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The Governors

The Governing Board

Like all schools Alder Coppice has a Governing Board made up of governors from different backgrounds and interests. Governors do not run the School on a day-to- day basis - that is the Headteacher’s job. They play four very important roles in the life of Alder Coppice:

1. Strategic Direction

Working on behalf of the local community, they set the broad direction of the School. This includes the ethos of the School, that is to say its values and aims which underlie everything which the School does. Governors approve the School’s budget and the curriculum each year, and of vital importance to a successful School they appoint the Senior Leadership Team.

2. Critical Friend

The governors get to know the School well in various ways, and are able to give it their support as a ‘friend’. But they are also in a good position to have an honest ‘critical’ view of the School and be able to give constructive comments where it is needed.

3. Accountability

All Governors are accountable to the people who appoint them - and ultimately to parents and to the public. The Headteacher in turn is accountable to the governors for how he runs and manages the School.

4. Raising Attainment

The main role of any school is to enable the pupils to enjoy learning and to achieve their potential, whether that is intellectual, social, sporting or whatever. So governors must ensure that there are policies in place to raise the attainment of pupils each year and monitor those policies to see that they are being followed effectively.


Alder Coppice Primary School Governing Board

At Alder Coppice we are fortunate to have governors with a very wide range of experience and backgrounds. There are 5 types of governor:

  • Partnership: nominated by the Governing Board;
  • Parents:  elected by the parents from amongst themselves.;
  • Local Authority:  appointed by the Local Authority;
  • Staff: elected by the teachers and support staff also including the Headteacher as an ex-officio governor;
  • Co-opted:  nominated by the Governing Board.

All governors are appointed for four years at a time. Parent governors can complete their four-year appointment after their children have left school, but staff governors cannot continue if they leave the School.


Governor Duties

The Governing Board meets at least once each Term to conduct its business, when one of the major items is usually the Headteacher’s written Report. But in order to be effective in their work, the governors also serve on committees. 


Current committees include:


  • Resources
  • Pay


Staff and Pupil Discipline, Exclusion and Appeals committees meet when required.


As well as attending formal meetings, governors visit school to observe its life at first hand, so that they gain a greater knowledge of how it operates and the challenges it faces. This helps to inform them as they carry out their roles.



If you would like to contact the Governing Board or know more about what it does, please write to the Chair of Governors c/o the School.



Governing Board Composition 2018 – 2019

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities.

All governors attend Full Governing Board meetings and School Improvement Meetings.


Mr Peter Mandelstam

Category of Governor: Staff/Headteacher

Term of Office: Ex-Officio

Committees: Finance & Personnel; Pay Review (Advisory) & Premises & Health & Safety.

Responsibility: Headteacher - Alder Coppice Primary School


Mrs Emma Gobourn

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Appointing Body: Elected by Parents

Term of Office: 01/03/2016 – 29/02/2020

Responsibility: Chair of Governors

Committees: Premises, Health & Safety, Pay Review & Performance Management.

Special Responsibilities: Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor, Maths and Key Stage 1 


Mr Andrew Chaney

Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body: Governing Board

Term of Office: 07/10/2017 – 06/10/2021

Committees: Full Governing Board; 

Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors

Committees: Finance & Personnel & Premises, Health & Safety

Special Responsibilities: Health & Safety, Lower Key Stage 2


Mrs Nikki Hayden

Category of Governor: Staff Governor

Appointing Body: Elected by School Staff

Term of Office: 13/03/2014 – 12/06/2018

Committees: Premises, Health & Safety


Ms Danielle Johnson

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Appointing Body: Elected by Parents

Term of Office:  22/06/2019 - 21/06/2022

Committees: Performance Management & Pay Review

Responsibilities: Attendance, English & Upper Key Stage 2


Mrs Jayne Emery

Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body: Governing Board

Term of Office: 08/06/2019 - 07/06/2022

Committees: Finance & Personnel & Premises, Health & Safety

Responsibilities: SEND/LAC/Pupil Premium & EYFS


Mrs Vicky Smart

Category of Governor: Local Authority Governor

Appointing Body: Local Authority

Term of Office: 21/11/2018 - 20/11/2022

Committees: Finance & Personnel & Pay Review

Responsibilities: Training and Development



2018 - 2019

The following members of staff attend meetings in an advisory capacity.


Miss Melanie Boden

Strategic Finance Manager

Committee: Finance & Personnel.

Voting Rights: None


Mrs Maria Shee

Designation: Deputy Headteacher

Senior Leadership Team

Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None


Mrs Jo Randall

Designation: Assistant Headteacher

Senior Leadership Team

Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None


Mrs Jackie Podmore

Designation: Assistant Headteacher

Senior Leadership Team

Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None


Miss Jo Bigford

Designation: Assistant Headteacher

Senior Leadership Team

Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None



Vacancies for Partnership Governors - Autumn 2019


Northway – Sedgley – Dudley – West Midlands – DY3 3PS

01384 816610



We currently have 2 vacancies for Partnership Governors.


Partnership governors are found only at foundation and foundation special schools which do not have a foundation of trustees.

These are former county grant-maintained and grant-maintained special schools. Partnership governors must be members of the community served by the school who are committed to the good government and success of the School.


The Governing Board is responsible for seeking nominations for partnership governors, and for appointing them. Parents of pupils currently at the School, people employed to work at the School, or elected members or local authority employees connected with education cannot be appointed as partnership governors.


Individuals are only eligible to be nominated as a partnership governor if the person nominating them believes that they have the skills needed to contribute to the effective governance and success of the School.


Individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.


We are particularly looking for Partnership governors who can add expertise to the existing team e.g. with knowledge and/or experience in business, finance, personnel, law, safeguarding, health and safety.


Reasons to Volunteer


Being a school governor means being interested in getting the best education for the pupils at the School. Governors can become involved in a range of school matters, which can include recruitment, finance and curriculum.


They also provide a strong link between the School and the local community, and an independent view to support the School on long term development and improvement.


Our Governing Board meet on a regular basis, with meetings currently scheduled during the day with little or few evening commitments.


There are a range of training opportunities available to help governors undertake their duties and develop their understanding of the key areas of school management.


For further details or to make a nomination please contact Mrs S Linney, Headteacher’s PA, in the first instance by Friday 13 September 2019.




Special Responsibility Governors


Safeguarding, Behaviour and Safety*


Mrs E Gobourn


SEND/LAC/Pupil Premium Governor


Mrs J Emery


Safer Recruitment Governor


Mr P Mandelstam


Attendance Governor

 Ms D Johnson


English Governor


Ms D Johnson


Maths Governor


Mrs E Gobourn


Training and Development Governor


Mrs V Smart


EYFS Governor


Mrs J Emery


KS1 Governor


Mrs E Gobourn


LKS2 Governor


Mr A Chaney


UKS2 Governor


Ms D Johnson

*The DfE’s statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education requires governing boards to:


ensure a member of the Governing Board, usually the Chair, is nominated to liaise with the LA and/or partner agencies on issues of child protection and in the event of allegations of abuse made against the Headteacher, the principal of a college or proprietor or member of Governing Board of an independent school.’


Terms of Reference 2018 - 2019

Instrument of Government

Governing Board Register of Interests 2018 - 2019


Governing bodies are under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register sets out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register also sets out any relationships between governors and members of the School staff including spouses, partners and relatives.


This is a summary of our Governing Board and their responsibilities and register of interests.



Governor Name Type of Governor Date of Appointment Term of Office End Date Reason for Stepping Down Appointing Body Chair (CH) or Vice Chair (VC) Committee Chair Pay Review Committee member Finance and Personnel Committee member Premises and H&S Committee member Connections to Staff (Yes or No) If Yes, who & how Other School Governor Posts held. Name of School & type of Governor Business Interests declared. (Yes / No) If yes please state
Mr P Mandelstam Head Teacher Ex officio Ex officio N/A Ex officio       Yes Yes No No No
Mr A Chaney Co-opted 07/10/2017 06/10/2021 N/A Board VC PH&S   Yes Yes No No Yes - Wife employed by DMBC
Mrs J Emery Co-opted 08/06/2018 07/06/2022 N/A Board   F&P   Yes Yes No No No
Mrs N Hayden Staff 13/06/2018 12/06/2022 N/A Staff         Yes No No No
Mrs E Gobourn Parent 01/03/2016 29/02/2020 N/A Parents CH Pay Yes   Yes No No No
Ms D Johnson Parent 22/06/2018 21/06/2022 N/A Parents     Yes     No No No
Mrs V Smart LA 21/11/2018 20/11/2022 N/A Board     Yes Yes   No No No