The Governors

The School Governors

In a Foundation School such as ours, the Governors are responsible for the whole management of the school, in all its aspects. They give the Headteacher general principles to follow in determining the day-to-day running and discipline of the school.
The school is accountable to its parents, the local community and Rochdale MBC Education Department, and is open to inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) and the National Audit Office.

The Governors aim to keep parents informed about these wide-ranging activities, and their business meetings are open to the parents to attend.

Governors’ Information Documents

Governors’ Letters to Parents/Carers

The Governing Body is made up of:

  • 5 parent governors elected by the parents of the school
  • 4 Co-opted governors
  • 1 LA governors
  • 4 Partnership governors
  • 1 staff governors
  • The headteacher (ex officio)

The Governors meet frequently to carry out their many tasks, normally as Committees, but meeting together each term to hold at least one formal business meeting.

Should any parent wish to contact the Chair of the Governors, communications can be left for him, in the school office, and they will be passed on promptly. The Clerk to the Governing Body can be contacted through the school office. The full list of school governors is posted below.

Vacancies on the governing body are normally advertised both in the local press, and also to all parents via pupil post.

Governors of Smithy Bridge Foundation Primary School

Governor Constitution

Class Link Governors:

Area Link Governors

  • Linking with staff is a vital part of the Governor’s role in order that they get to know the school, its Staff and its pupils.
  • They need to see how the School Development Plan priorities are implemented by teachers, and to get comments and feed-back from pupils and staff about any aspect of school life.
  • They are not here to inspect!!!!
  • Governors will contact their link to arrange a meeting/visit.
  • Where possible, Governors will visit the school to meet their links, but, as some Governors may find this difficult, they will conduct their link meeting by email, Skype or phone.
  • The Governor’s report will be emailed to the member(s) of staff for checking before passing to Gemma Dean to forward to Governors Services for distribution in the Full Governors’ Pack.


Mr M Brown Observer
Mrs K Burman Observer
Mr P Owen School Improvement Officer
Mrs A Walker Michelle Henry (925161)


The clerk to the full Governing Body is Ms Michelle Henry
Governors can be contacted via their email address:
or by letter to the following address.

FAO The Governors
c/o Smithy Bridge Primary School
Bridge North Drive
OL15 0DY

Safeguarding children & Child Protection

At Smithy Bridge Foundation Primary School we feel strongly that the principle of being
and staying safe should underpin our approach to the care and education of pupils. All school staff and Governors have a responsibility towards the safeguarding and protection of children.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Safeguarding & Child Protection is Alan Rigg/Terry Allen. They liaise regularly with Mark Brown, Deputy Head, who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and report back to the Governing Body.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Looked-After Children is Alan Rigg who liaises with Mark Brown and reports back to the Governing Body.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Health & Safety is Natalie White who liaises with Mr T Marron (site manager) and reports beck to the Governing body.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

It is the responsibility of the Governors and the Staff of the school to ensure that ALL children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities receive maximum opportunities to develop their full academic, social and personal potential by fostering a caring and supportive environment which utilises all available appropriate resources.

All children, at some time or other in their education, experience a degree of difficulty over some aspect of the curriculum. Smithy Bridge Primary School recognises that children need to be helped over such hurdles and that it should be safe for a child to make mistakes as this is the way we all learn.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is Kara Garforth and she liaises regularly with Mrs D Taylor (SEND co-ordinator), and reports back to the Governing Body.