Governors Mission Statement:

“Blacko Primary School aims to be a village school of excellence. We strive to provide a stimulating and caring environment in which all children can achieve their full potential, both academically and personally, through the highest standards of teaching and learning. We also aim to foster good relationships between children, staff, parents, carers and the wider community”.

Your governing body is a team of volunteers who work with the head teacher and management team to raise school standards. 




Blacko’s governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in school. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and we work with Mr Harrison to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Take a look at our role description, What do governors do?   

Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. Our role is a strategic one. Our key functions are to:


  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress Blacko Primary school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Each Governor attends termly ‘full Governing Body’ meetings and has individual roles and responsibilities within the team. Members also attend committee meetings: Buildings, Health and Safety, Curriculum, Finance and Staffing, Staff Performance Management, Pay, Appointments, Reviews and Dismissals and Appeals meetings. Some governors are also nominated to lead in a particular area; for example Clare Hutchinson leads numeracy, Andrea Tattersall literacy. These roles require observing lessons, discussing teaching within the school, and keeping colleagues informed of change and performance.



Our Governing Body constitution:

1 Local Authority

1 Headteacher

2 Staff

2 Parent

8 Co-opted


Chair of Governors

Mr. T. Root

4 Beverley Road, Blacko, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 6LX 


Vice Chair of Governors

Mr. S. Frost


Head Teacher

Mrs. K. Richards


Staff Representative:

Miss. H. Lord 

Mrs. K. Davis


LEA Representative:

Mr. J. Osborn


Parent Representatives:

Mrs. S. Heys

Mrs. E. Holden



Co-opted Representatives:

Mr. T. Root (Chair)

Mr. S. Frost (Vice Chair)

Mr. H. Devonport

Mrs. H. Scholey

Mrs. H. F. Wilson (SEND & CP Governor)

Mr. S. Steele

Mrs. H. Swinson 

Miss. E. Gauntlett (Training Link & Literacy Governor)


Terms of Reference

Curriculum Committee

Resources Committee