Hello and a very warm welcome from the governors at Ellenbrook Primary School.

We are an elected group of people, including staff, parents and members of the local community. We are all volunteers and have varied and diverse backgrounds and we work as a team with the Headteacher and his staff, for the benefit of all the pupils.

Our school is dedicated to nurturing the talents of every one of our children. By inspiring them to learn and teaching them independence, we hope to instill the confidence and skills they need to be successful in every aspect of their lives. Mutual respect is at the heart of all our teaching and we are proud that our pupils show outstanding behaviour throughout the school.

We have an excellent team of staff who are innovative, creative and work tirelessly to ensure that every child enjoys their time at school and are supported to succeed. Outcomes for our pupils are consistently outstanding in all areas and this reflects the hard work of both staff and children.

As parents and carers, you are very much part of the whole school community and your opinions and comments are very valuable to us. You can contact us directly using the email address: S.Charlesworth-gov@ellenbrookprimary.uk

Suzanne Charlesworth
Chair of Governors

The Governing Board

Our Governing Board is made up of 12 individuals and includes different categories of governors:

  • Parent Governors x 2 – elected by parents of the pupils
  • Community Governors x 7 – elected by the governing body
  • Staff Governor x 1 – teachers or other staff employed by the school elected by their colleagues
  • LA (Local Authority) Governor x 1 – nominated by the LA and appointed by the governing board
  • The Headteacher also attends the meetings and is a governor

Headteachers
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Name First Appointed Term Start Term End
Roger Blackburn 01 Sep 2018    
Local Authority Governors
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Name First Appointed Term Start Term End
Mrs Julie Strang* 04 Dec 2016 05 Dec 2020 05 Dec 2024

*Julie Strang – Vice chair of governors(VGOG) and Chair of School Effectiveness and Premises Committee

Co-opted governors
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Name First Appointed Term Start Term End
Mrs Suzanne Charlesworth* 01 Mar 2011 21 Nov 2019 20 Nov 2023
Mr Shaun France 10 Mar 2020 10 Mar 2020 09 Mar 2024
Mrs Jill Hughes 12 Mar 2019 12 Mar 2019 11 Mar 2023
Mrs Frances Jones 09 Mar 2021 09 Mar 2021 08 Mar 2025
Robert Prill* 19 Nov 2019 19 Nov 2019 18 Nov 2023
Mrs Elizabeth Williams 10 Mar 2020 10 Mar 2020 09 Mar 2024
Mr Malcolm Wilson 21 Nov 2019 20 Nov 2023
Mrs Anum Saleemi 19 Nov 2019 19 Nov 2019 17 Dec 2020

*Suzanne Charlesworth – Chair of Governors (COG) and Safeguarding governor

*Robert Prill – Chair of Finance & Staffing committee

Parent governors
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Name First Appointed Term Start Term End
Mrs Frances Jones 10 Nov 2016 10 Nov 2016 9 Nov 2020
Mrs Victoria Hilton 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020 21 Oct 2024
Mrs Michelle Patel 09 Nov 2020 09 Nov 2020 08 Nov 2024
Staff governors
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Name First Appointed Term Start Term End
Mrs Heather Podmore 01 Dec 2018 01 Dec 2018 30 Nov 2022

Note: Associate members have voting rights.



Ellenbrook Governing Board Attendance

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Names Role Autumn 2020
17th November
Spring 2021
9th March
Summer 2021
13th July
Roger Blackburn HT Attended Attended Attended
Peter Marks ASS Attended Attended Attended
Suzanne Charlesworth COG Attended Attended Attended
Julie Strang VCOG Attended Attended Attended
Malcolm Wilson Attended Attended Attended
Jill Hughes   Apologies accepted Attended Attended
Heather Podmore   Attended Attended Attended
Anum Saleemi   Apologies Accepted n/a n/a
Rob Prill   Attended Attended Attended
Shaun France Attended Attended Attended
Elizabeth Williams Attended Attended Attended
Frances Jones N/A Attended Attended
Victoria Hilton Attended Attended Attended
Michelle Patel Apologies accepted Attended Attended
  • HT – Head teacher
  • ASS – Associate member
  • COG – Chair of Governors
  • VCOG – Vice chair of governors
  • OBS – Observer

As well as termly meetings with the full governing board, we also have the following committees:

  • School Effectiveness and Premises
  • Finance and Staffing
  • Head teacher Performance management
  • Appeals

With the exception of Appeals and Performance Management, these committees meet termly. The Appeals committee is convened as and when required.

Attendance at our committee meetings can be found here:

School Effectiveness & Premises Committee

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Names/Dates Autumn 2020
30th October
Summer 2021
15th June
Roger Blackburn Attended Attended
Peter Marks Attended Attended
Julie Strang Attended Apologies accepted
Suzanne Charlesworth Attended Attended
Malcolm Wilson Attended Attended
Frances Jones Apologies accepted Attended
Jill Hughes Attended Apologies accepted
Shaun France Attended Attended
Elizabeth Williams Attended N/A
Victoria Hilton N/A Attended
Michelle Patel N/A Attended

Finance & Staffing Committee

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Names/Dates Autumn 2020
13th October
Spring 2021
16th March
Summer 2021
Roger Blackburn Attended Attended Attended
Peter Marks Attended Attended Attended
Suzanne Charlesworth Attended Attended Apologies accepted
Frances Jones Attended Attended No apologies received
Heather Podmore Attended Attended Attended
Rob Prill Attended Attended Attended
Anum Saleemi Apologies accepted n/a n/a
Elizabeth Williams Attended Attended Attended
Leah Robinson Attended as SBM Attended as SBM Attended as SBM
Victoria Hilton n/a Attended n/a
Michelle Patel n/a Attended n/a

Role of the Governing Board

The Governing Board has a strategic role in ensuring the school fulfils its vision and mission. It:

  • Thinks and works strategically to help raise standards.
  • Plans the school’s future direction
  • Monitors and evaluates progress towards the school’s priorities and targets.
  • Supports the head and staff and challenges them.
  • Oversees the school budget and spending
  • Is accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.
  • Must ensure that systems are in place for the school to deliver a good quality education and keep children safe (but isn’t responsible for the day to day management of the school)
  • Act as a ‘critical friend’ – encouraging, supporting and challenging.
  • Selects the head teacher
  • Makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs

For more details on the role of the governors, see the job description.

Register of Personal, Pecuniary and Business Interests

All the governors and associate members of Ellenbrook Primary School have signed the register of personal, pecuniary or business interests. This is a declaration of any business interests, any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) and any governance of other educational establishments.

If any interest a governor has could be seen to cause a conflict of interest they would be asked to withdraw from any decision making concerned. This is to ensure that our governors can always be seen to be putting the interest of the school first.

The full register for our school can be found here :

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Name Business Interests Personal Interests Governance Roles in other educational establishment
Roger Blackburn None None None
Peter Marks None None None
Julie Strang None None None
Suzanne Charlesworth None None None
Malcolm Wilson Chairperson – 11th Worsley Scout Group. Group uses the school facilities None None
Frances Jones None None None
Steve Huxley None None None
Mrs Anum Saleemi None None None
Miss Dee Moyo None None None
Mrs Heather Podmore None None None
Mr Robert Prill None None None
Mrs Jill Hughes None None None
Ms Victoria Hilton None None None
Ms Michelle Patel None None None

School Governors

Suzanne Charlesworth Suzanne Charlesworth
Frances Jones Frances Jones
Julie Strang Julie Strang
Malcolm Wilson Malcolm Wilson
Jill Hughes Jill Hughes