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Cross Lane Governors

The current governing body of Cross Lane Primary School is listed below.  We also have a professional Clerk.  

  • Louise Downing - Chair
  • Mark Sharp - Headteacher
  • Amy Powell-Bevan - Vice Chair
  • Madeeha Rahman
  • Rachel Scholes
  • Louise Naylor
  • Lee Hamilton 
  • Laura Golding
  • Nicola Dumbreck*
  • Emma Wyatt*
  • Melanie Tyson*
  • Emily Lawton

We are all volunteers who wish to make a positive contribution to the school and the education of all its children.

The governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the Headteacher, to promote the continuous improvement in the performance of the school. We play an important part in raising school standards through our three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

The Full Governing Body meets five times per year.  There are two main Committees, each of which meets once per term – the Standards & Effectiveness Committee and the Resources Committee. The governing body makes collective decisions.

Introduction from our Chair of Governors:

  1.        My name is Louise Downing and I have had the pleasure of being a Governor at Cross Lane Primary School for over 8 years. Following 2 years as Vice               Chair of Governors, I was pleased to take up the Chair position 2 years ago, shortly after Mr Sharp joined us. 
  2.        Outside of school, I have two children of my own, both of whom keep me very busy.  I work as a Vulnerable Customer Specialist for Virgin Media O2. I have       over 15 years’ experience of managing teams within a complaints background and supporting others. The skills I have developed over the years have definitely helped within my governor role and vice versa.In the time since joining the school my experience has been fantastic. The inclusive and nurturing attitude to education by all staff is clear to see. I am highly committed to the schools vision and ensuring that Cross Lane pupils receive the best possible education, through a range of stimulating and exciting experiences preparing them to become wholly rounded individuals making a positive difference in the world. High expectations are at the heart of everything that I do; my role as a Governor means contributing to the vision and the core values of school life and looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in the future.

Categories of governors

The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic direction and success of the school.  It also ensures that all statutory obligations for pupils and staff are met.

The school has four types of Governors and 13 Governors in total: Parent Governors elected by the parents (3); Local Authority Governor appointed by Calderdale Council (1); Head, by virtue of his office (1); Staff Governors (3, to represent staff); and Co-opted Governors, appointed by the Governing Body to meet specific needs (4).  All positions are currently filled. We currently have three associate governors (*) who do not have voting rights but attend meetings to provide additional support to the governing body in role as Staff Governors. 

The governing body of Cross Lane Primary School seeks to reflect fully the population of the school and welcomes members from all sections of our community. 

The agendas and minutes of our meetings are made available to the local authority and are at the school for anyone to read via the school office. We do, however, maintain the right to confidentiality where appropriate. Non governors may attend meetings at the invitation of the governing body.

If you would like to contact the Governors for any reason, please address your letter to the chair of governors, and leave it for them at the school office.

For information regarding the governing body structure to including Registers of Business Interest please click here.

To view Governor attendance information for 2020-21, please click here. 

How governing bodies perform their functions

The governing body can perform its duties and use its powers in three modes:

  1. Itself as a body
  2. By delegation to a committee of governors
  3. By delegation to the head

We meet regularly, at least twice a term to hear progress reports from the Head and also reports from the various committees on which the governors sit. The governors also regularly attend training sessions.

To maintain links between the governors and staff and children, each governor is allocated to a particular year group in which normally there are two classes. If possible each governor visits classes in their years group once or twice a term to see the work the children are doing and to speak to them and their teachers.

Governors can also, if they wish, volunteer to help children by, for example, hearing them read on a one to one basis, help with after-school extracurricular activities and accompany staff members on educational and leisure visits.

Involvement of the governors in this way is considered very important by the Government-appointed Ofsted teams who carry out inspections at all schools on a regular basis to check the progress being made by the children and they are very keen to know about the work of the governors and their contribution to the life of the school.

Why we have governing bodies

The Education Act 1980 made it compulsory for each school in England and Wales to have a governing body. The Governing Body is responsible for the overall management of the school.


Governing bodies are accountable to:

  • The Local Authority (which maintains the school)
  • The parents
  • The pupils
  • The community served by the school
  • The staff of the school

Where governors come from

Members of School Governing Bodies are volunteers and are part of the biggest volunteer force in the country. They include men and women who represent the parents, staff, the local authority and the local community.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the school for more information.

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