Tranmere Park Primary School Governors

Please see the Leeds Council school governor support page for more information on becoming a governor.

Chair Marie Stout                               Vice Chair Barbara Burke

The constitution of the governing body is:


1 Local Authority (LA) governor, recommended by the LA and approved by the governing body

5 parent governors, formally elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested

2 co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing body

1 staff governor, formally elected by staff employed at school

2 foundation governors, appointed by the foundation

1 associate members, appointed by the governing body (cannot vote in committee meetings)

The governing body operates with the following committees:

  • Resources committee – responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards. Committee chair Claire Wright


  • Teaching and learning committee  – responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy),  monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions. Committee chair Victoria Marsden


  • Pupil support – responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships. Committee chair Barbara Burke


  • Pay Review committee – responsible for ensuring the implementation of the school Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy.


  • Pay Appeal committee – responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.


Current and recent (in the last 12 months) governors and business/other interests declared are provided in the table below.  Governors and associate members, if appointed, are reminded that they should declare any changes as and when they occur.

All of our Governors were appointed by the Governing Body.

Name Position Date of Appointment/ Term Comittees Served Interests Declared / Other schools governed / Relationships
Marie Stout Chair (Parent Governor) 27/06/2012 – Present Pupil Support None
Barbara Burke Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor) 13/01/2014 – Present Pupil Support None
Kirsten Finley Headteacher 01/09/2007 – Present All None
Victoria Marsden Staff Governor 07/09/2015 – Present Teaching and Learning None
David Winters Foundation Governor 27/06/2016 – Present Teaching and Learning None
Helen Perry Parent Governor 22/09/2015 – Present Pupil Support None
Maria Hellyer Local Authority Governor 18/09/2018 – Present Teaching and Learning None
Stacey Fletcher Parent Governor 01/02/2016 – Present Resources None
Hannah Lockwood Parent Governor 18/09/2018 – Present Pupil Support None
Claire Wright Parent Governor 01/02/2016 – Present Resources None
Mark Lewis Foundation Governor 16/03/2017 – Present Resources None
Alison Hodgson Assosciate Governor 04/09/2017 – Present None
Robert Fordyce Parent Governor 28/11/18 – Present None
Former Governors
Sue Moore Parent Governor 28/11/18 – 31/05/18 None
Robert Atkinson Parent Governor 28/11/18 – 31/05/18 None
Fr David Pickett Co-Opted Governor 22/09/15 – 31/05/18 Governor at Hawksworth C of E
Alexandra Whelan LA Governor 29/09/10 – 31/5/18 None

Please address any comments or queries to the Chair of Governors – Mrs Marie Stout via the schoo office by emailing

Governor photographs are included with those of the staff in school’s reception area on the photo board if you’d like to know who we are!

Each governor has a term of office of four years.

The following is an attendance record for individual governors at meetings of the full governing body and committees. Please click to enlarge.

So what do we do?

Tranmere Governors School Development Plan & Monitoring2018-19

The headteacher is responsible for day-to-day leadership and management of the school.  The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic direction and act as a “critical friend,” supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.

School has a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget, for example, they can decide, with the help of the head, how many and what type of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

Governors must also appoint the head and are involved in the appointment of other staff.  In addition, the Governing Body has a role in monitoring school’s progress, and in setting annual targets for school’s performance.

The Full Governing Body meets once a term.  The headteacher provides a report for each meeting which covers:

– School Standards and Achievements
– School Improvement Priorities
– School Curriculum
– Personnel and Staffing
– Staff Training and Development
– School premises issues
– Finance and pupil numbers

Governors are available for parents to talk to on Parent Consultation evenings.  Come and have a chat!

The detail of our business is then dealt with via three sub-committees, each of which meets approximately twice a term.  These sub committees are;

– Finance and Resources (Chair Claire Wright)
– Pupil Support (Chair Barbara Burke)
– Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (Chair Victoria Marsden)

There is also a Performance Management and Pay Sub Committee which reviews the Headteacher’s Performance annually and makes any pay decisions.

Behaviour Statement

The Governing Body sets out the behaviour principles statement annually.

Staff presentation to Governors
Our Arts and Humanities Teams have now presented to Governors about both the opportunities offered to children, and developments in, their subjects. It was great to hear that in addition to our pupils doing really well in their core subjects, they are also being offered fantastic opportunities across the wider curriculum. Tranmere will hopefully be revalidated for Artsmark Gold this year and is well on the way to achieving the Gold level of the Sainsburys School Games Mark. A huge thank you to the staff for organising such a fantastic level of provision for the children.
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sub Committee.


Each Governor also takes responsibility for a specific area and undertakes class visits.

The Governing Body will also deal with key issues which affect school.  Examples of these issues in recent years have included,

– Academy Status
– Potential School Expansion
– Union action

Governor Activity – Finance and Resources 2014

Governor Activity – Finance and Resources 2015

Governor Activity – Finance and Resources 2016

Governor Activity – Finance and Resources 2017

Governor Activity – Finance and Resources 2018

Governor Activity – Personnel and Pupil Support 2014

Governor Activity – Personnel and Pupil Support 2015

Governor Activity – Personnel and Pupil Support 2016

Governor Activity – Personnel and Pupil Support 2017

Governor Activity – Personnel and Pupil Support 2018

Governor Activity – Teaching and Learning Curriculum 2014

Governor Activity – Teaching and Learning Curriculum 2015

Governor Activity – Teaching and Learning Curriculum 2016

Governor Activity – Teaching and Learning Curriculum 2017

Governor Activity – Teaching and Learning Curriculum 2018

Contacting us:

Parents should contact class teachers or the headteacher in the first instance.  However, the Governing Body can be contacted via the school office during term time.

If you would like information on how to become a governor please visit the Leeds Council school governor support page.


Governor Activity – Finance and Resources 2016


Governor Links

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