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Meet the Governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.  Governors are supported by the Local Authority who provides information and regular training.


 The governing body’s responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school. 
  • Help set the school’s vision and aims
  • Review and agree policies that the school has written
  • Help the school make good use of resources
  • Monitor the school’s performance
  • Provide support and challenge to the Headteacher in managing the school


Governors can be contacted via the school office


Full Governing Body Meetings at South Parade are held once every Half Term, with Resources, Standards and Pupils Sub Committee meetings held at least once every Term. 


Your Chair of Governors: Mrs B Riley

I was appointed as Parent Governor at South Parade Primary School in 2001.  I initially became a Governor to support the children (and my own), find out more about their education and provide a voice for parents.  Sixteen years later, I am now a Co-opted Governor; I enjoy using my knowledge and experience to support school to make a difference to children’s education.  In my role I aim to attend all meetings, to challenge school to perform their very best and ensure all children achieve their potential.


 In June 2013 I was seconded to two Castleford Federated Schools as Additional Governor to provide support to the Governing Body. I am today still supporting these schools as a Co-opted Governor and feel that the experience and knowledge I have gained during the process of supporting these schools to become 'Good' schools have had positive impact on my role at South Parade.


I am also Vice Chair of Wakefield Association of School Governors where I aim to assist and encourage co-operation between governing bodies and act as a vehicle for consultation with the Local Authority.