Welcome to Norton Community Primary School

Governors display board

Linda McCarthy

At Norton CP School, our governors, all our staff, parents and children work as a team, building on success, in a happy, creative, high attaining environment where everyone feels valued.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is specific, monitored, visionary and realistic. We are here to support and encourage the Head teacher along with her Senior Leadership Team and all school personnel so that children have access to an enriched education.

The governing body will work diligently to meet its core functions which are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our Governing Body Constitution allows for 9 Governors.

    In addition, we also welcome Associate Members to our Governing Body; people with specific expertise who wish to contribute, we currently have 1 Associate Member. The school values the presence of parents on the Governing Body as parents have a unique insight to bring to the role of governor.

    We meet twice a school term where a wide range of matters are discussed and important decisions are made.

Additionally, each Governor holds specific responsibilities as a Lead Governor and will attend meetings and undertake monitoring visits to the school to fulfil obligations.

As governors we support and monitor many issues regarding the school, including finance, pupil attainment, safety and welfare, staff development and the appointment of the very best calibre of teacher, support and associate staff. We also approve a wide range of policies, monitor the maintenance of the buildings and grounds maintenance and health and safety provision.

Our priority is to ensure that every child is receiving the best support and encouragement in order to achieve their very best both as a learner and as an individual by asking searching questions.

I can be contacted through the school should you wish to discuss any matter further.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the year. With very best wishes to you from

Linda McCarthy, Vice Chair of Governors.

Governing Body 2018-19

LA and Co-opted Governors

Mrs Linda McCarthy

Category: Local Authority (Vice Chair)
Appointed: September 2015
Term of office ends: August 2019
Elected by: FGB

It is my privilege to be part of the governing body of our school. As a retired primary school head teacher, I try to use the skills I have learned to support every member of the school staff, especially the head teacher, in providing the best learning and teaching opportunities for every child in the school. I have 4 grandchildren and I would be delighted if the schools they attend in the future are as vibrant and committed to pupil progress as Norton C.P. School.

Reverend Rachel Hirst

Category: Co-opted
Appointed: September 2015
Term of office ends: August 2019
Elected by: FGB

I am Vicar at St. Peter’s Church in Norton and enjoy coming into school to take assemblies and a few lessons. I also host visits to the church by various classes where we have fun exploring the building and finding out what different things are used for. I always enjoy my visits to the school and hope to contribute as much as I can to the school by being a governor.

Mr Shane Jarman

Category: Co-opted
Appointed: September 2016
Term of office ends: August 2020
Elected by: FGB

I have 2 children that currently attend the school and must say how impressed and rewarded I feel by how both of them have really blossomed and grown in confidence throughout their school life, an experience that, as voiced and shared by other governors, I would like to ensure that all of the children within the school can share and benefit from.

Professionally, I am senior Financial Services Manager working for a major UK/Worldwide bank, although nowadays I am predominately based within the Rydale area. I have worked within the banking industry for over 20 years and would like to think that there are areas and aspects of this experience that I will be able to call on and utilise within the valuable role of the school governor.

Outside of work, along with spending quality time with my family, I am a keen sportsman and, although my ‘finest years’ are far behind me, still continue to run in order to attempt to keep those fitness levels up and follow both football and cricket at national and international level.

Parent Governors

Mr Ian Barnard - Chair

Appointed: September 2015
Term of office ends: August 2019
Elected by: Parents

I have one child at our school who is now the third generation of my wife’s family to attend Norton C.P. School. My child’s confidence and abilities have been nurtured and encouraged since starting and I want to help continue this for every pupil. I am a solicitor in a local firm specialising in property and agricultural law and I also have previous committee experience. I believe these skills will help support the school and staff in its continued growth and success. I have a keen interest in rugby and cricket and have previously coached various age groups.

Mrs Helen Robinson

Appointed: September 2015
Term of office ends: August 2019
Elected by: Parents

I have lived in Norton since I was 2 ½ years old and went to school here. I have 3 children at the school and I work as a Family Law Barrister specialising in children’s welfare. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed serving as a Governor for the last 4 years and particularly the last year as Vice Chair. I want to continue to help the school go from strength to strength, offering every child the opportunity to fulfill their potential. I have very fond memories of my school days here and am grateful for the opportunities I was given. I want to ensure every child has the same experience.

Mr Joe Rumney

Appointed: February 2017
Term of office ends: January 2021
Elected by: Parents

I have been heavily involved in secondary education for 13 years, and have been teaching Chemistry, Science and Engineering at Malton Secondary School since 2010. In my role as one of the Lead Practitioner Team and Assistant Head of Science I have been involved in developing new curriculum content and structure and heavily involved in training staff and trainee teachers. Prior to living in Norton, I taught in a number of National Challenge Schools in Birmingham and Warwickshire. Therefore I have a large skill set and experience base which I can offer to Norton Primary. I have two young children, one currently at the school. I enjoy learning and like that students at Norton Primary are encouraged to enjoy the thrill of learning using the language of "growth mindset".

Staff Governor

Mrs Chloe Meade

Appointed: March 2018
Term of office ends: February 2022
Elected by: Staff

I first got to know Norton CP School on a teaching practice in 2012. I spent 6 weeks in the Foundation unit and loved every second of my time at the school. Just over a year later I was thrilled to find a job advertised and since then have spent 5 years working across two key stages, from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 2. Throughout this time I have been fortunate enough to work alongside many of the wonderful staff members and have taught most of the children in school at some point. I have first-hand experience of the lasting effect the school has on its students, as the things I learned here still impact my teaching on a daily basis. As staff governor, I am looking forward to playing a larger role in maintaining a happy school in which children can thrive.

Governing Body

Terms of Office and Committee Structure

Category of Governor Name of Governor Date of Appointment Term of Office
Local Authority Linda McCarthy September 2015 August 2019
Parent Helen Robinson September 2015 August 2019
Ian Barnard - Chair September 2015 August 2019
Joe Rumney February 2017 January 2021
Co opted Rachel Hirst September 2015 August 2019
Shane Jarman September 2016 August 2020
Staff Chloe Meade March 2018 February 2022
Headteacher Liz Parker September 2015 August 2019
Associate Governor Sarah Bates September 2017

The information above is also available to download. Please see the download for declarations of business and pecuniary interests and relationships between governors and school staff.

Attendance at Meetings

2018 - 2019

26/09/2018 28/11/2018 20/02/2019 03/04/2019 22/05/2019 10/07/2019
Ian BarnardYY
Linday McCarthyYY
Rachel HirstYY
Helen RobinsonNARY
Shane JarmanNARNAR
Chloe MeadeYY
Joe RumneyNARY
Liz ParkerYY
Sarah BatesYY
Y – Attended, AR – Apologies received (Authorised), NAR – No apologies received (Not authorised)

Resources Committee

This committee comprises: Rachel Hirst (Chair), Linda McCarthy (Clerk), Liz Parker and Helen Piercy.

Past Governors

Category of GovernorName of GovernorDate of appointmentDate stepped down
Co optedJill DawsonSeptember 201525th February 2016
ParentPaul WalkerSeptember 20159th May 2016
ParentKate TowseSeptember 201519th May 2016