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The Governing Body at Colburn School is made up of volunteers who are passionate about ensuring that each and every child in Colburn gets the very best possible start and is given the opportunities to achieve their full potential. Governors also help to provide a safe and caring environment in which every child can enjoy building happy memories. 

The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management and to act as a 'critical friend', supporting the work of the Head Teacher and other staff. The Governing Body has a programme of meetings that are scheduled throughout the academic year. These meetings each take a different focus (school improvement, financial management etc), as the Governing Body does not operate with a committee structure. There are currently no associate members.


The Role of the Governing Body


  • Ensure that policies are in place and school meets statutory requirements.
  • Hear appeals/complaints about curriculum matters.

Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship

  • Arrange for RE to be provided in accordance with the agreed syllabus.
  • Arrange for daily Collective Worship for all pupils.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

  • Ensure staff know the importance of identifying and helping pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Make every effort to meet needs of SEND pupils.
  • Ensure teachers of pupils with SEND are aware of and provide for their individual needs.
  • Inform the Local Authority about pupils who may need a EHCP.
  • Ensure that pupils with SEND can join in school activities as far as is practicable.


  • Decide how to spend the school’s delegated budget depending on any conditions in the LA scheme.
  • Must be consulted by the LA on significant changes to the LA’s local management of schools’ scheme.
  • Ensure accurate financial accounts are kept.


  • Select the Headteacher.
  • Decide staff numbers and appointments.
  • Can exercise a range of pay discretion.
  • Set disciplinary procedures.
  • Hear staff grievances.
  • Ensure that effective Performance Management Procedures are in place and are followed.
  • Select Clerk to Governing Body.


  • Admit pupils whose parents have chosen the school, where places are available.
  • May comment on LA admissions arrangements when consulted annually.
  • Can ask the LA to raise admissions limit for their school.

Equal Opportunities

  • Must not discriminate against pupils, job applications or staff on grounds of sex, race, disability or marital status in line with current legislation.

Discipline and Attendance

  • Must agree the statement on discipline.
  • Consider representations about exclusion.
  • Ensure attendance registers are kept.
  • Must report on unauthorised attendances in the school prospectus.
  • Decide the duration of school sessions.

Providing information

  • Must supply the LA with any written information asked for – e.g. financial information and reports, annual returns.
  • Supply parents with comparative information on school’s performance (via website).
  • Ensure the School’s website is up to date and accessible to parents.
  • Maintain pupils’ educational records and allow access.
  • Provide other statutory reports on data as appropriate in line with current legislation.


  • Notify parents and other relevant bodies of pending inspection.
  • Provide information to registered inspector.
  • Distribute Inspection Report and summary.
  • Draw up action plan if required by OFSTED.

Health, Safety and Welfare

  • Make sure buildings, equipment and materials are safe and no risk to health in line with current legislation.

Charging for School Activities

  • Determine the charging and remissions policy.
  • May invite voluntary contributions.
  • Ensure free provision of activities in school time.
  • May charge for some activities provided out of school hours.

School Building

  • Control the use of premises outside of the school day.
  • Follow LA directions on community use outside school hours.


Our Governors


Mrs Angie Dale (Chair, Co-opted)

Appointment Date: 27th September 2021

Term Ends: 26th September 2025

Responsibilities: Chair of Governing Body, English Linked Governor, Safeguarding Linked Governor, PE Linked Governor

Attendance for 2015/16: 100%

Attendance for 2016/17: 100%

Attendance for 2017/18: 100%

Attendance for 2018/19: 100%

Attendance for 2019/20: 100%

Attendance for 2020/21: 100%


Mr Yousef Abdo (Head Teacher)

Appointment Date: 1st September 2022

Term Ends: n/a

Responsibilities: Head Teacher

Attendance for 2022/23: 100%




Mrs Vicki Hughes (Local Authority)

Appointment Date: 4th April 2022

Term Ends: 3rd April 2026


Attendance for 2021/22: 


Ms Alisha Ray (Staff)

Appointment Date: 27th September 2021

Term Ends: 26th September 2025

Responsibilities: Teacher


Ms Pat Gale (Clerk)


1 x Co-opted Governor


Register of Personal Interests

(including governance roles

in other schools)

Register of Financial /

Business Interests

Angie DaleGrandparent 

Colburn Town Council-2002

Richmondshire District Council 2009

Alisha RayStaff GovernorNone
Victoria Hughes  
Pat Galen/an/a