School Governors

The main role of the school governing body is to support the Head Teacher and the staff through providing rigorous challenges to ensure the school is constantly improving. A role described as a “critical friend.”

The main duties are to:
  • Set strategic direction, policies and objectives.

  • Approve school budget.

  • Review progress of the objectives set.

There are termly full governing body meetings to discuss issues arising and curriculum meetings to monitor the pro-gress within school.

A number of smaller working groups are set up to look at particular areas.

These include Finance, Standards, Engaging Parents and the Community, Health and Safety.

Different types of governors:
  • Co-opted governors who are appointed by the Governing Body.

  • Local Authority Governors who are appointed by the Local Authority.

  • Parent Governors who are elected by the parents and carers. Like all Governors they serve a 4 year term of office and you are encouraged to think about standing for election when a vacancy arises.

  • Staff Governors who are elected by staff employed at the school.

Each governor also has a subject to which they pay special attention and meet with the teacher involved to discuss progress. Governors are also linked to areas of the school development plan.

If you wish to contact the governors directly please email Ian Clark [email protected]

School Governors 2020 – 2021

My name is Ian Clark and I am the Chair of Governors.  I have lived in Beverley for 27 years with my wife, and formerly with our three children, all of whom attended Beverley St Nicholas School, the last one leaving about 15 years ago.

I first became a parent governor over 20 years ago now and have had the pleasure of being the Chair of Governors for about the last 15 years.

I have been the Chair of Governors through the good years and the not so good, helping to steer the school through special measures to the current position of being graded good with outstanding features.  It is my overall goal to see the school achieve a grading of outstanding within the next 3 – 5 years.

My background was as a police officer specialising in Serious Collision Investigation until retiring from the police in 2016, when I started working for a company of specialist engineers and collision investigators.

I have always had a strong affinity with the school, moving my children from another local school to Beverley St Nicholas because of its strong reputation for a caring and nurturing approach that we all strive to maintain.

I have a wealth of experience with working across the public sector and dealing with the Local Authority and other organisations.  My experience and my skills have developed over the years to allow me to work closely with both the staff and senior leaders of the school as we all strive to produce a caring and nurturing environment to allow all students to achieve their potential.

Ian Clark

I was born in Beverley in 1962 and currently live here with my wife Janet. My Son Alex attended the school where I am a local authority governor representing ERYC. As well as representing the Minster and Woodmansey Ward at ERYC I also work at the Defence School of Transport as Quality Manager in the vehicle maintenance and repair workshop. Following my education at Longcroft, I attended the then Beverley College to study motor vehicle engineering to level 4 and NEBOSH health and safety. Some years later I attended RAF Halton to study environmental protection and pollution prevention (including air and noise).

Councillor David Elvidge

I’ve been a Governor at the School since 2017.

I work for the local Council as a Senior Human Resources Officer supporting children and adult’s social care.  Prior to this I worked as a HR advisor to schools across the East Riding of Yorkshire.  I have a wide range of expertise around staff management, especially with a school focus and have a lot of experience providing advice and guidance to schools and Governors in both a primary and secondary school setting.

I was really pleased to join the team of Governors as I had been looking for an opportunity to give something back to the local community.  I live locally and my daughter will be attending in the not too distant future.  It’s therefore really important to me that the School succeeds in providing a well rounded and quality curriculum to the children attending, helping them to prepare for secondary school and beyond.  I am a strong believer that learning can be fun and I think at St Nicks we strike an excellent balance, helping to keep children engaged in learning.

I feel very proud to play a small part in this fantastic school. The children really are a credit to us and my favourite part of being a school governor is definitely coming into school and meeting the kids!  I am always impressed be their behaviour around school and during lessons. I’ve recently been appointed the link governor for years 5 and 6, which I’m very much looking forward to!

Kirsty Gent

Hi, I’m Sarah Smith and I am a parent governor. I have 2 daughters at Beverley St Nicholas School, which is the main reason I wanted to be part of the governing body. I think the school is excellent and both of my children enjoy school life.

My background is education. I have worked in a secondary school for 21 years as a classroom teacher and I have been The SENDCo for the last 13 years. Inclusion for all is very important to me. I can discuss and offer advice regarding many aspects of education and I feel proud to be part of your governing body.

The students at Beverley St Nicholas are lovely and very hardworking and the staff are extremely dedicated.

Sarah Smith

july, 2022

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