Governors are a group of volunteers who include parents, staff and members of our local community. Our main role is to promote ongoing improvements in standards throughout the school. We help the headteacher, and staff, plan the school’s long-term direction and we evaluate progress. We help set the school’s aims and values and are responsible for some staff appointments, including the head. Many of our responsibilities carry a statutory requirement. This means we are obliged by law to do things such as agree the annual budget.
Governors do not become involved in the day to day management of the school – this is the headteacher’s responsibility, but we hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school.
Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’. This does not mean that we are there to criticise the head or the school. Instead we try to ask useful questions to gain a greater understanding of the school and to help the continuous improvement of Norman Street Primary School.
Keith TeasdaleLA Governor, Chair of Governors, English Governor
Keith is a Minister at St Cuthberts and also St Aidans churches in Carlisle. He brings a wealth of experience to the governing body having been a governor for a number of years in the North East.
Joanne RoutledgeCo-opted Governor, Chair of Staffing Committee
Joanne is responsible for the monitoring of Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Her skills and experience in this area are due to her running a local children’s day nursery since 1991, the nursery’s last two Ofsted inspections have resulted in an ‘Outstanding’ grading. Joanne thoroughly enjoys her involvement with Norman Street Primary School and used to attend as a pupil herself.