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The Governing Board

The Friezland School Governors make a positive contribution to the School by giving their time, expertise and experience, to help to shape the strategic vision and direction of the school.

The Governors support the school’s commitment to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that engages all learners, regardless of their starting points and helps to prepare them for each and every stage of their education journey.

They work in partnership with the Headteacher and all staff, to raise the educational achievement, attainment and progress of all its pupils and ensure the safeguarding of both the pupils and staff.

All Governors are volunteers with a particular skill set that they willingly share with school staff.   Governors take their responsibilities seriously by: practically engaging with the school; challenging leaders to evaluate the impact of their management decisions; and evaluating school performance.

About our Governing Board:

The Governing Board is made up of nominated representatives from:

•The local community (Co-opted Governors are elected by the Governing Board)

•The local authority (Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority)

•Staff representatives including teaching and support staff (elected by school staff)

•Parent Governors (elected by Parents)

•Associate Members (Associate Members are elected by the Governing Board)

The Headteacher also sits on Friezland’s Governing Board.

All Governors are elected to serve for a period of four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected in the Autumn Term by the Governing Board for a period of twelve months.

The Governing Board meets at least once a term, and further meetings of relevant sub-committees are also held at least once a term. 


The Governing Board are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people as we believe that this is of paramount importance.  Governors have undertaken training in Safeguarding as well as Safer recruitment training and all Governors have enhanced DBS Checks.

You can find further information on Safeguarding in the Safeguarding Section of this website as well as in the Safeguarding Policy.

The School’s Designated Safeguarding Governor is Ms. N. Gainsborough.

Members of the Governing Board:

Chair of Governors: To be appointed in October 17 (Co-opted Governor)

Vice-Chair of Governors: Mrs. V. Fitzpatrick (Parent Governor)

Headteacher: Miss R. Swaby

Staff Governor: Miss. R. Hill (Assistant Headteacher)

Co-opted Governor: Mrs. T. Dickinson-Rhodes

Co-opted Governor: Ms. N. Gainsborough

LA Governor: Mrs. Y. Farrand

Parent Governor: Miss. A. Lancashire

Parent Governor: Mrs. J. Heald

Associate Member: Mr. P. Freeman (Support staff)

Clerk to the Governing Board: Oldham LA.

Contacting Governors:
If you would like to get in touch with a Governor for any reason then please contact us via Mrs. Flynn in the School Office.

Further information?

You can download additional information on the work of the Governing Board here:

Governing Board: Code of Conduct

Terms of Reference: Standards Committee

Terms of Reference: Resource and Environment Committee

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Click here to find more information about, Becoming a School Governor in Oldham.

Governing Board Code of Conduct

Terms of Reference – R&E Committee- 2017

Terms of Reference- Standards Committee- 2017