Governance

The Link School Sunderland

At the Link School we have a strong, well informed Management Committee who are committed to the school, ensuring every learner receives the best possible education and achieves the best possible outcomes to prepare them for the next phase of their lives.

The Management Committee is the equivalent of a Governing Body, its members are the strategic leaders of our school.  They play an important role in providing challenge and support to the school’s Leadership Team.  The committee brings together professional expertise and community links.

The Management Committee of the Link School is strong committed to the principles of continuous school improvement.  The committee has three core strategic functions:

– Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

– Providing robust challenge to the Headteacher in relation to all aspects of the work of the school and specifically the educational performance of learners, the behaviour and safety of learners and the performance of all staff.

– Overseeing the financial management of the school and making sure that money is well spent.

 

At the Link School the Management Committee is supported by a Resources Committee and a School Improvement Committee.  These additional committees also meet termly.

The Resources Committee works closely with the Headteacher to discuss the following elements of Governance:

  • Finance
  • Premises including Lettings, Risk Assessments and Health and Safety
  • Personnel including Employment and Staff Discipline
  • Policy Reviews (except statutory policies which will be reviewed and ratified by the Full Governing Body

The School Improvement Committee will work closely with the School Leadership Team and Curriculum Leaders to discuss the following elements of Governance.

  • School Improvement Plan
  • SEN
  • Achievement Overview
  • OFSTED
  • Curriculum

The following panels will be convened to meet as and when required:

  • Personnel Appeals
  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Complaints Panel
  • Selection Panel

 

Membership Details

Name of Governor Category of Governor Link Governor if applicable Term of Office

all 4 years unless stated

Committees Business / Pecuniary

Interests

Governance role in other settings Voting Rights
Mr T Cunningham

Contact c/o Link School

Co-opted Governor Chair Appointed 16/09/2020

One Year term of office

School Improvement

Resources

None Discover Learning Trust Yes
Mrs A Parr Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

SEND / Disadvantaged Link Governor Appointed 16/09/2020 One Year Term of office School Improvement None Inspire Trust Yes
Mrs C Gitsham Co-opted Governor Careers and Information Guidance Link Governor Appointed 01/09/2019 Resources None None Yes
Mr S Reay Co-opted Governor Behaviour, Safety and Welfare Link Governor Appointed 01/09/2019 School Improvement Employed by a Sunderland based training provider Springboard None Yes
Ms. V. Ingleton Local Authority Governor Safeguarding Link Governor (including Looked After Children, Safer Recruitment and Prevent) Appointed 01/09/2019 Resources None Sunningdale  School, Ludworth Primary School, Acre Rigg Academy, Stephenson Way School Yes
Mrs. D Walker Headteacher

Staff Governor

Appointed 01/09/2019 Resources   School Improvement None Easington Colliery Primary School Yes
Name of Governor Category of Governor Link Governor if applicable Term of Office

all 4 years unless stated

Committees Business / Pecuniary

Interests

Governance role in other settings Voting Rights
Mrs S Bell Co-opted Governor Appointed 01/09/2019 School Improvement None Hetton Lyons Primary School, East Herrington Academy Yes
Mrs A Howey Staff Governor Religious education / SMSC Link Governor Appointed 01/09/2019 School Improvement None None Yes
Mrs S Collingwood Co-opted Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2019 Resources None Diamond Hall Infant Academy

Ryhope Infant Academy

Yes
Ms C Granton Associate Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2019 Resources None

 

None No
Mrs C Comer Co-opted Governor Behaviour Support Service Link Governor Appointed 16/09/2020 Governing Board Member Hylton Castle Primary School Yes
Vacancy Co-opted Governor

 

Vacancy Parent Governor

 

Attendance at Committee Meetings 2020/2021

Attendance at Committee Meetings 2019/2020

Name of Governor Category of Governor Full Management Committee School Improvement Committee Resources Committee Full Management Committee Extraordinary Committee School Improvement Committee Resources Committee Full Management Committee Full Management Committee
18 Sep 2019 2 Oct 2019 12 Dec 2019 12 Dec 2019 4 Feb 20 13 Feb 20 11 Mar 20 11 Mar 20 13 May 20
Mr T Cunningham Co-opted Governor Chair Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Mrs A Parr Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Apologies Attended N/A Attended Attended Attended N/A Attended Attended
Mrs D Walker Headteacher Staff Governor Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Mrs A Howey Staff Governor Attended

 

N/A N/A Attended

 

Apologies Apologies N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Mrs V Ingleton

 

Local Authority Governor Attended

 

Attended

 

Apologies

 

Miss L Mitchell Co-opted Governor N/A N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Apologies
Mr S Reay Co-opted Governor Attended

 

Attended

 

N/A Attended

 

Apologies Attended

 

N/A Apologies Attended

 

Mrs C Gitcham

 

Co-opted Governor Attended

 

N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Apologies N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Mrs S Bell Co-opted Governor

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

N/A Apologies Attended

 

Apologies N/A Apologies Attended

 

Mrs S Collingwood Co-opted Governor

 

Apologies N/A Apologies Apologies Attended

 

N/A Apologies Apologies
Mrs F Taylor Parent Governor Attended

 

N/A N/A Apologies Attended

 

N/A N/A Apologies
Ms C Granton Associate Member Attended

 

N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

N/A Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk