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The role of the Governing Body:

What do we do?

Governors work together to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards. The school’s Governing Body does not run the school; this is the job of the Headteacher and other senior staff.

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Key Roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
    • To hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school

We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

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

The Governing body meet formally every 6-8 weeks. Meeting dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons.

In between these formal meetings we have sub-committee meetings – at Atlas we have one sub-committee;
The Finance and general purpose committee
– who discuss finance, personnel issues, and all matters relating to the buildings and site of the school.

 Click here to see the terms of reference for this Committee.

In addition some governors volunteer to fulfil specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, the Health and Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year group or subject.

All governors arrange shorter visits to school and into classrooms to focus on key priorities, so that they can see how the school is addressing issues identified for development.

The governing body are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school and it has an important part to play in raising school standards.

Who are we?

At Atlas we have a small governing body , of seven people, made up of parents, staff and members of the local community. The Governing Body is appointed by  the City of Bradford Metropolitan  District Council.

Click here to see the instrument of Government for Atlas Community Primary School.

Meet Paul Terry…

Name and Governor Type: Paul Terry – Co-opted Governor


End of term date: 6.3.19
Responsibilities SEND/Safeguarding
Background 37 years as teacher, the last 20 of which I was Headteacher of 3 different schools (1 Middle, 2 Primary). I have taught all ages from Y1 through to ‘A’ level students. I studied at Leeds University and also at university in France where I taught in 2 secondary schools in Bordeaux in the south-west of the country.
Hobbies Gym, swimming, reading, travelling
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school No
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

Since his appointment to the Governing body, Mr Terry has attended three out of three full Governing Body meetings including the Finance and General Purposes Meeting.

My name is Paul Terry and I have recently joined the LGB at Atlas school. I was very happy when Miss Carr asked if I would like to become part of the team here. Until I retired I was Headteacher at another local Primary school and knew both Miss Carr and Atlas school from the SHINE partnership of local schools so I was already a little familiar with the ethos and achievement here.

There is a real feeling of ‘togetherness’ from everyone associated with Atlas school and I have been made to feel very welcome. My whole career has been spent teaching children and young people both here and in France. Education is the key which can open so many opportunities in life.

My responsibility as a governor is Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.



Meet Mr Qayum…

Name and Governor Type: Ajaz Qayum – Parent Governor

Elected by parents

End of term date: 21/07/2018
Responsibilities Finance and general purposes committee member

Pay Committee Member

Background Civil Servant, works for H.M.R.C
Hobbies Spending time with family and occasional DIY around the house.
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school Yes, I.E.B member at Oasis Academy Lister
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

Ajaz Qayum

Code of Conduct

During the 2014-15 academic year Mr Qayum attended 5 out of 6 of the Full Governing Body Meetings and 1 out of the 2 of the Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings.

During the 2015-16 academic year Mr Qayum has attended five out of six of the full Governing Body Meetings and one of the Finance and general Purpose Committee Meetings.  He also attended the pay committee meeting in November.

During the 2016-17 Mr Qayum has attended six out of six full Governing Body meetings including the Finance and General Purposes Meeting.

Meet Mrs Lisa Simpson…

Name and Governor Type: Mrs Lisa Simpson – Ex-officio (Headteacher)
End of term date: N/A
Responsibilities Standards, finance and general purposes.
Background Headteacher 
Hobbies Singing
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school No
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes