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: slcharlesworth@hotmail.com.

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

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Name Type Term from Term to Role
Roger Blackburn Head teacher 01 Sept 2018   Head teacher
Peter Marks Staff 05 July 2016 04 July 2020 Deputy head
Julie Strang LA 05 Dec 2016 04 Dec 2020 Vice Chair
Chair of Staffing Committee
Suzanne Charlesworth Co-opted 21 Nov 2015 20 Nov 2019 Chair
Safeguarding Governor
Helen Bullock Co-opted 21 Nov 2015 20 Nov 2019  
Malcolm Wilson Co-opted 21 Nov 2015 20 Nov 2019  
Cllr Robin Garrido Co-opted 21 Nov 2015 20 Nov 2019  
Dawn Hardie Co-opted 21 Nov 2015 20 Nov 2019 SEND governor
Chair of Curriculum Committee
Jack Prady Co-opted 14 Nov 2017 13 Nov 2021  
Frances Jones Parent 10 Nov 2016 09 Nov 2020  
Steve Huxley Parent 26 Mar 2018 25 Mar 2022  
Jill Hughes Co-opted      
Heather Podmore Curriculum      

Ellenbrook Governing Board Attendance

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Names Role Autumn 2018
13th November
Spring 2019
12th March
Summer 2019
Roger Blackburn HT Attended Attended  
Peter Marks DHT Attended Apologies Accepted  
Suzanne Charlesworth COG Attended Attended  
Julie Strang VCOG Attended Attended  
Helen Bullock   Attended Attended  
Dawn Hardie   Attended Attended  
Malcolm Wilson   Attended Attended  
Cllr Robin Garrido   Attended Apologies Accepted  
Frances Jones   Attended Attended  
Jack Prady   No Apologies Sent Attended  
Steve Huxley   Attended Apologies Accepted  
Jill Hughes OBS n/a Attended  
Heather Podmore     Attended  
  • HT – Head teacher
  • DHT – Deputy head teacher
  • 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:

  • Staffing
  • Curriculum and School Effectiveness
  • Finance
  • Buildings and Premises
  • 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:

Curriculum, School Effectiveness & Staffing Committee

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Names/Dates Autumn 2018
2nd October
Spring 2019
5th February
Summer 2019
Roger Blackburn Attended Attended  
Peter Marks Attended Attended  
Julie Strang Attended Attended  
Suzanne Charlesworth Attended Attended  
Helen Bullock Apologies accepted Apologies accepted  
Dawn Hardie Attended Apologies accepted  
Malcolm Wilson Attended Attended  
Frances Jones Attended Attended  
Steve Huxley Attended as observer Apologies accepted  
Jack Prady Attended as observer n/a  
Jill Hughes n/a Attended as observer  

Finance, Buildings & Premises Committee

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Names/Dates Autumn 2018
16th October
Spring 2019
26th February
Summer 2019
Roger Blackburn Attended Attended  
Peter Marks Attended Attended  
Robin Garrido Attended Apologies accepted  
Suzanne Charlesworth Attended Attended  
Frances Jones Attended Attended  
Steve Huxley Attended as observer Attended  
Jack Prady Attended as observer Attended  
Colette Plant Attended as BM Attended as BM  
Jill Hughes n/a Attended as observer  

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
Helen Bullock Self employed childminder from 03/09/1996 None None
Malcolm Wilson Chairperson – 11th Worsley Scout Group. Group uses the school facilities None None
Cllr Robin Garrido Salford MDC – Councillor.
Chair of Audit and Accounts Committee Member of Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee.
Effective date 1st May 2004
Greater Manchester Waste Disposal and Recycling Committee – Councillor Member
Effective Date: 30th June 2018
ForViva Limited (Housing RP) of which City West Housing is a subsidiary – Group Board Member.
Chair Development Committee Member of Audit and Accounts Committee
Effective Date: 30th April 2012
Dawn Hardie None None None
Jack Prady None None None
Frances Jones None None None
Steve Huxley None None None

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