Governance is a wonderfully rewarding and stimulating form of volunteering. What could be more satisfying than playing a part in ensuring the children of Flushdyke J & I School get the best possible education?
We strive to be equipped to deal with the endlessly changing face of education. Your Governing Body work with the school’s strong leadership team and staff, to continuously improve every aspect of our children’s education, safety and happiness at Flushdyke J & I School.
As Chair of your Governing Body I am part of a team, deciding on things jointly and sharing responsibilities for the decisions we make about the overall direction of the school. We work closely with the Head Teacher to set policies, targets, development plans and much more in order to keep school standards at a high level. We constantly aim to make the very best use of the school budget for the benefit of the children’s education.
All our Governors are supported by the Local Authority who provide information and regular training.
In hugely challenging times governance is not always easy, but so worthwhile.
Mrs J Lawton – Chair of Governors
Meet Our Governing Body
I was welcomed into Flushdyke’s governing body when our eldest son was in the school’s nursery ten years ago. As a full-time working Mum I found it gave me a great insight into our school and education. I feel I have been able to make a real contribution to the school and community through using my skills I have gained in my career as a sales director managing budgets, motivating a team and working with different sized businesses. The Staff and children have always made me very welcome on visits to the school and always have given their time generously, sharing all the great work they do.
Jane Lawton – Chair
I am partner of a local Solicitor’s practice and am also a Director of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I sit on the board of Trustees at Wakefield Theatre Royal and am Vice President of the Wakefield and District Law Society. I applied to become a Governor at Flushdyke School when my eldest child started in reception. Because of my job, I would have very little interaction with school if I was not a member of the Governing body. My experience of the school has always been and remains to be extremely good, the school has a fantastic atmosphere and all of the stakeholders fully buy into the ethos of the school. The staff are dedicated and always strive to improve the outcomes for the children. In the time that I have been a Governor ,I have taken on the role of Vice Chair and I also sit on the Finance and Resources committee and the Strategic Committee. I feel like I am giving back to the school that has provided my children with an outstanding education and introduction to learning.
Tim Welton – Vice Chair
I joined Flushydyke’s governing body in 2017 with the ambition of supporting governors, teachers and pupils in creating the perfect learning environment. My current role within financial services allows me to share my knowledge of managing budgets and financial planning. This enables me to ensure the strategic direction of the school, encouraging both teachers and pupils to reach their full potential. I strongly support the schools ethos of high educational standards, behaviour and development, and look forward to building on the school’s current success.
When my eldest child started at Flushdyke J & I School in 2012 I was keen to be involved in some way during their time at the school. I thought that becoming a Governor would be a good way of achieving this and so became a Parent Governor. I have since served my term in this role but recently moved into the role of Foundation Governor for a new term of office. Part of my Governing role is to sit on the Health and Safety Committee to discuss issues affecting the school, it’s staff and the children. I enjoy being proactive in this role and assisting in ensuring the school provides a safe environment in which children can learn, develop and prosper. Both my children now attend Flushdyke School and have become part of a close knit community with a dedicated Head teacher and team of staff and teachers. I’m very proud to be able to work with this team as part of the School’s Governing Body.
I have been a Governor at Flushdyke School for the past six years and have enjoyed sharing my skills and experiences with the pupils, staff and contributing to the strategic planning of the Governing Body. My background in education and social care has proved useful and particularly relevant, as is my current position as a local businessman. I am keen to work amongst the other governors and enjoy sharing vision, challenge, support and aspirations in order to help our pupils to succeed and thrive.
I love working with and for people and have a particular passion for community. My role in daily life, as a Minister in the church means that I am called by God to work alongside the local church and community of Ossett & Gawthorpe to meet local needs and bring the love and hope of Christ into this place. I applied to be a local authority governor so that I could share my passion for community within a school context and I see it as an opportunity to help encourage and support the learning and development of the children of this community. I offer myself as a means of building up connections and relations with the local community and helping to develop the sense of community within the school context. I bring skills in personal relations, pastoral care, listening, collaborative leadership and initiative. Flushdyke Infant & Junior School reminds me, very fondly, of my own primary school and through becoming a Governor I aim to give something back in thanks for all those who made my own schooling so wonderful.
Reverend Lucy Savage
I think that Flushdyke is an excellent school, which provides high quality learning opportunities. I believe the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements and their development of social and other life skills. I am an experienced teacher, particularly in the early years and key stage one and in my role on the governing body I hope to help Flushdyke maintain the high standards that I feel it has.
I have a high involvement with the school, not only being a governor but I have also been the chair of our PTA friends of Flushdyke, for several years. I enjoy organising fund raising events for school and enabling the children to have fun and take part in different activities. As a parent I am keen to communicate the views of the whole school community towards improving the school and providing a safe, nurturing environment in which the children thrive and learn. As a plumber, I take a keen interest in Health and safety and helping practically whenever I can. I also enjoy accompanying classes on their school trips!
After being welcomed to this warm and friendly school five years ago, I was offered the chance to become a teacher governor. I wanted to give something back to the school, which had given me the fantastic opportunity to join their staff. I began with no experience of being a governor but quickly found that everyone involved only wished to provide the very best opportunities for the children here at Flushdyke Junior & Infants school. I enjoy keeping abreast of wider issues involving education, both locally and nationally, whilst working amongst a strong team and which both supports and challenges, in order to move the school forward.
I am the Assistant Head teacher here at Flushdyke School. Being part of the governing body is both a privilege and insightful. As a staff governor, I am able to communicate and celebrate all the amazing learning and enrichment opportunities that happen in school. I feel well-supported and encouraged by our other knowledgeable governors who take a genuine interest in what happens in our school – both now and in the future. This is a very proactive, welcoming governing body which offers challenge and assistance to staff in equal measure.