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Upland Primary School

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On behalf of the governing body, we'd like to welcome you and your child/children to Upland Primary School. Here’s a little bit about the school governors:

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

What do Governors Do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. It is governors who set and monitor the finance in the school and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Several Governors at Upland have been governors for many years. We do also have several newer members of the team to ensure we have a balance of experience and new blood. We come from varied professional backgrounds so have a good mixture of expertise and skills. The governing body is established in law as a corporate body. Each Individual governor may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. All decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body as a whole.

Say ‘hello’ to the Upland School Governors:

  • John Browning - Chair of Governors
  • David Bond - Vice Chair of Governors
  • Laurie Bennett
  • Paul Fisher
  • Mubarak Kolawole
  • Don Macglew
  • Emma Playford
  • Simrit Sandhu
  • Alison Scott
  • Emma Boulden - Staff Governor

What is our vision?

“Our vision is to develop children’s active and creative minds, through fun, inspiring opportunities to learn. We will develop confident lifelong learners with skills to tackle the present and the future”.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and goals
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • setting the annual budget to monitor all finances, premises and staffing
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Types of governors explained:

  • Trust appointed Governors: appointed by the governing body to represent the community. A co-opted governor does not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of education, nor do they need to have children.
  • Parent Governors: selected onto the governing body for their skills and experience.
  • Staff Governors: elected onto the governing body by staff at the school.

Everyone appointed to the Governing body is only appointed on the basis that they have in the opinion of the person making the appointment ‘the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school'.

Click below to see our Governance structure and schedules:

Unity Academy Trust Governance Structure

UPS LGB Governance Structure

UPS Governance Responsibilities

UPS Governor Meeting Attendance Record Academic Year 2019-2020

UPS Governor Meeting Dates 2020-2021


We have two committees that meet termly: Curriculum and Standards and Finance and Resources.  The Curriculum and Standards Committee is responsible for everything to do with your child’s learning from monitoring teaching and learning to reviewing performance data; from monitoring the use of Pupil Premium and SEN expenditure to pupil attendance and behaviour; from contributing to and developing of the School Development Plan to reviewing the impact of school policies. The Finance and Resources Committee is responsible for setting and reviewing the school budget, monitoring spending each term, maintaining and security of premises and the review and training of staff.

Responsibilities of a Link Governor

We introduced the role of Link Governor in September 2014. It is expected that every non-staff governor will fulfil a link governor role (some roles may be shared), with the aim of making effective links with key school leaders and their staff to ensure that governors can successfully challenge and support the school.

UPS Governance Responsibilities

To effectively fulfil their role, link governors must:

  • Communicate with their link school leader on at least a termly basis.
  • Visit the school to meet with the link leader and/or carry out a learning walk at least twice a year.
  • Ensure the focus of the visit is closely aligned to the school development plan and curriculum priorities.
  • Maintain effective lines of communication between the school link leader and the governing body by completing a report, to be shared with all governors by email and at the relevant committee and/or full governing body meeting.
  • Help to keep parents informed via the school website, newsletter and meetings
  • Keep themselves informed and up to date by attending relevant training provided by the LA and, where possible, relevant staff training. In addition, reading relevant material and information, in particular publications and newsletters from the DfE, Ofsted and the National Governance Association.
  • Each link school leader will be asked to prepare a written report at least annually, based on the four Ofsted areas for their area of responsibility and focused on the school development plan and curriculum priorities.

Although we do not have any current Governor vacancies at Upland Primary please don’t be put off. Contact either Mrs Helen Millward or Mr John Browning via the school office and they will happily tell you about life as a school governor. Should a vacancy become available at Upland Primary you will be informed and can put yourself forward. Please also visit http://www.inspiringgovernors.org/ to learn more about why schools need volunteers like you and the benefits and rewards of becoming a Governor.

We also welcome your feedback about the school.


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