Our team of Governors are dedicated volunteers whose range of skills and experiences support and challenge Ryburn to be as good as we can be.



Our team of governors includes a mixture of staff, parents, local authority and co-opted members who bring a range of skills to the table. The full governing body meets four times per year. We have two regular committees, one focussed on Achievement and Wellbeing, and one on Staffing and Resources. Each meets three times a year. Other special committees meet on an ad hoc basis, when there is something to discuss. Read details of who sits on our committees and what their remits are. Read our Governors' Report and Audited Accounts.

In the interests of transparency, we publish each governor's attendance and a register of interests.

Who's who

What do governors do?

Our governing body is responsible for the conduct of our school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at Ryburn. It is our accountable body and as such:

  • provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;

  • monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;

  • signs off the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.

If you'd like to know more about the role of school governors in general, or if you are interested in becoming one, visit the Calderdale Council website for more information.