Governors at Castle Rock meet regularly (at least once each term) to review and discuss agenda items.

Governing Body Roles and Responsibilities

The purpose, roles and responsibilities of the school governing body is to ensure the quality of education provision and to act at the accountable body for the school.

The Governing Body has responsibility for ensuring the good conduct and high standards of educational achievement in the school.

The Governing Body:-

Sets the strategic direction of the school by:-

  • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Setting statutory targets
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure
  • Meeting statutory duties.

Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating;

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the head teacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the head teacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Link: Terms of Reference document

Castle Rock Governors visit the school regularly and work closely with all staff.

Governors List 2018 – 2019

Name Role Category of Governor Term of Office
Mrs Carol Allen Chair Community Governor 01/11/2017 >
Mr Raymond Dennis Vice-Chair Community Governor 01/11/2017 >
Mr Andrew Pritchard Governor Community Governor 01/11/2017 >
Mr Andrew Presland Governor / Safeguarding Governor / SEN Governor/Vice Chair Estates, Finance & Staffing Committee Community Governor 01/11/2017 >
Mr Ian Knifton Governor Parent Governor 07/12/2017
Mrs Julia Patrick CEO / Accounting Officer CEO / Accounting Officer  
Mrs Maxine Adams Company Secretary    
Mr Stuart McDonough Clerk to Governors   07/03/2016 >
Mr Michael Gamble Head of School    

Correspondence to the Chair of Governors or any other governor must be sent addressed to the individual c/o Castle Rock School, Meadow Lane, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 4BR.


Pecuniary Interests Declared

There are no declarations at present.

Declaration of Interests (PDF Document)

Close Personal Relationships at Work

A register of close personal relationships is held by the School Business Manager/Company Secretary and updated every 12 months (or earlier if a new interest is declared). The school Scheme of Delegation ensures conflicts of interest are managed appropriately with the Board of Governors informed of ALL declarations. External consultants are procured when appropriate regarding performance management processes and any internal line management conflicts.

Governance Statement

The focus of the Governing body, throughout the last year, has been split between the ongoing educational developments implemented to further improve outcomes for our students, and working with the leadership team to manage the increase in pupil numbers.

The Governing Body has also ensured they have kept abreast of changes nationally considering the future direction of Castle Rock High School.

The increase in numbers are a reflection of the constant effort to improve educational standards and provide a positive and supportive environment at Castle Rock. The challenge for the whole school, is to manage this growth, improve our outcomes and keep strict controls on our financial budgets. The Governing Board are confident that these three targets have been met, and will continue to do so.

The support that our school gives, and has received from the ACE Partnership has been important to ensure that the changes to curriculum, grading and assessment have a consistency with the wider educational environment. In addition, the Board has also been involved with supporting the developments and initiatives in Safeguarding, both reacting to events and ensuring a consistency in our policy to prepare and protect our students.

Over the next academic year, the Governors will continue our role as ‘critical friends’ to maintain the high standards that our pupils and parents have come to expect.