Who are we?

The Governing Body of Navigation Primary School was re-constituted on 5th March 2015. There are thirteen governors as follows: the head teacher (Joanne Patterson) one elected staff governor (Lucy Hetherington), two elected parent governors (Amy Johnston and Ian Holmes), one  local authority governor (David Morgan) and seven co-opted governors (Dr Ling Lim, Jon Bentley, Ciaran McDonald [chair] Catriona Urquhart-Lintz, Catherine Bell, Richard Laverick [vice chair], Nathan Matta , Clem Studholme and Abigail Grady ). 

The Governing Body believes that the current structure is appropriate for its current activities but continually keeps it under review. The Governing Body will also co-opt individuals with specific skills and knowledge to assist in the work of the sub-committees.

A co-opted governor is one who is appointed by the governing body and is a person who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Who are we responsible to?

School governors are responsible to and must be prepared to explain their actions to anyone with a valid interest in the school. This includes parents, staff, pupils, the LEA, DfES and the local community.

What is our core purpose?

Our job is to work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review so that all our children have the best opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Our key objectives are:

• to set high standards for all children and clear targets for improvement 
• to agree policies, targets and priorities 
• to monitor and review aims and objectives and whether policies, targets and priorities are being achieved 
• to be a critical friend in this process by asking probing questions and through working with the head and the staff. As governors we support the work of the school but we do not get involved in its day to day running 
• to help the school be responsive to the needs of parents and the community

How do we achieve our objectives?

The blueprint for school improvement is the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

The SIP is the mechanism by which we can monitor how well the school is doing its job. A good plan will have clear goals and success criteria, which the governors can then review, at regular intervals. Governors at Navigation Primary set their own targets as part of the plan. Although raising standards is our key objective, governors also monitor many other aspects of school life - the achievement of different ethnic groups, lateness, behaviour, pupil and parent feedback on school and how our school performs in comparison with schools with similar intakes.

However, above all the Governors support the school and staff to ensure that each and every pupil has the best possible opportunity and maximise their abilities.

Meetings and committees

The full governing body meets once at least once a term but in our case most of the work (and reviewing of the SIP) is done in two main committees- Curriculum and Finance, Personnel & Facilities. Both committees meet at least termly, and contribute to the overall objective of raising standards. We look at governors’ strengths to ensure that each committee is made up of people who can make properly informed decisions. The last review was undertaken in September 2018.

In 2020, the school was pleased to retain our ‘Good’ assessment. In teh April 2016 in th eprevious short inspection the Ofsted letter reflects the contribution of the governing body, with the inspector observing that ‘The governors I met are highly knowledgeable and have a very good oversight of the school’s assessment information. They are fully involved in setting the vision for the school and quality assuring the information presented to them by school staff.’ THis has continued throughout.

In 2019/2020 the governing body focussed on whole school improvement and on monitoring the school’s progress against delivery of the SIP in the latter part ofhe yearthe governing body was focussed on ensurting he school community was fully supported throughouthe C-19 pandemic and that health and safety requirements were met. 

​The Curriculum Committee

The members of the Curriculum Committee are - Richard Laverick [Chair] Ciaran McDonald, Ling Lim, Catriona Urquhart-Lintz,  Abigail Grady, Lucy Hetherington, Clem Studholme  and Joanne Patterson [Head]. This committee monitors the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and the National Curriculum and the standards and quality of teaching and learning. The curriculum committee has within its composition mathematics, English and IT governors who take a particular interest in that part of the curriculum and an SEND governor - ensuring there is good provision for children with special needs is a key responsibility for the governors.

​From 2018- 19 the Curriculum Committee spent time considering the impact of changes to the delivery of the Navigation curriculum and, in particular, the embedding of the Talk 4 Writing project in the school; the ongoing impact of the maths lead teacher's work with the North West Maths Hub mastery in maths approach and the utilisiation of the My Happy Mind programme. Governors have also discussed key data giving the results of pupil achievement, attainment and progress so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its targets for all pupils. We focus on how the Pupil Premium & Sports Funding Grants are being spent by the school and what impact this has on the pupil outcomes. Governors will also analyse the trainng being given to staff to ensure there are good opportunities for all.

​The Finance, Personnel and Facilities Committee

The members of this committee are -  Jon Bentley, Ian Holmes [Chair], Ciaran McDonald, David Morgan, Nathan Matta, Amy Johnson and Joanne Patterson [Head]. This committee deals with matters of health and safety, building maintenance, pay, staff recruitment, discipline and grievances and also oversees the budget. The committee aims to link the curriculum, staffing and premises key objectives to the amount of money we have to spend.

​In the 2019-20, the FP&FC signed off the 2019-20 budget and approved the 2020/21 budget plan for the school and this is reviewed at each committee meeting. The priority of our budget is focused on standards, value for money and ensuring that the right resources are targeted to achieving excellence in teaching.


Governing bodies must have policies which cover every aspect of school life in place. All school policies are available from school but some of the more commonly requested ones are available in the website polices section. The governing body must ensure that all school policies are reviewed on a regular basis.

Ciaran McDonald, Chair of Governors

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