Who are Urmston Primary School Governors?

The Governing body of Urmston Primary School is made up of a group of extremely dedicated, supportive and challenging members. Please click on the name to get a little more information:

5 co-opted governors – Mr Derek Brown (Chair  Governing Body), Mrs Amy Cunningham, Mrs Suzanne Knights, Mrs Karen Smyth, Rev Stephen Smith

(Co-opted governors are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.)

4 parent governors – Mrs Julia Crawford (Vice Chair of Governing Body), Mrs Sally Cook, Ms Lucy Stuart, Mr Andy Sweeting

1 Local Authority governor – Position to be filled.

1 staff governor – Mr Matt Keen

1 headteacher – Mr Simon Parker

We are all volunteers and do not get paid for being a Governor. We come from all walks of life and bring a range of skills to the governing body. We are all passionate about education and are willing to commit some of our free time to work with the school.

What do school governors do?

The governing body is the strategic leader of our school and has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The purpose of the governing body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’. The governing body has a strong focus on three core functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • An effective governing body is a source of tremendous strength for the school and helps its leaders cope with major issues and handle change

The Governing body does not…

  • inspect the school
  • have involvement in the day-to-day running of the school
  • authorise all expenditure
  • decide which pupils will be admitted to the school
  • decide how pupils are taught individual subjects

Governors need to…

  • be fully committed to the role
  • be discreet, open minded and fair
  • be willing to raise questions constructively and participate in discussion and decision-making
  • be prepared to participate in the life of the school
  • have the time to attend governors meetings and training
  • be open to new ideas and ready to learn
  • act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, pupils, parents and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school

What role do we play in the UPS governing body?

We all play a part based on our interests and abilities and are members of the following committees, seen at the top of the committee remits:

Committee Remits

We are also links for each subject area within the curriculum, and we liaise termly with subject leaders about how their subject is developing:

Link Governors

Also see how often we've been meeting...

Governor attendance 19-20



Governor Name Business Interest Other establishments governed Relationships with staff/governors Date
SIMON PARKER Headteacher None None 11/2019
DEREK BROWN (Chair) None None None 11/2019
JULIA CRAWFORD (Vice-Chair) Calm Dental Care None None 11/2019

Parent Governor

at Urmston Grammar 

None 11/2019
KAREN SMYTH Karen Smyth Consulting - School Business Management for Urmston Primary & several other primary schools None None 11/2019
STEPHEN SMITH Greenfield Church None None 11/2019
AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff None Aunt is Parent Governor 11/2019
SALLY COOK None None Niece in teacher & Governor 11/2019
LUCY STUART None None None 11/2019
ANDY SWEETING Transport for Greater Manchester - policy manager None None 11/2019

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