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Governing Body

Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and Academy Trustees.

The Chair of the Governing Body is Miss Catharine Harwood,  who can be contacted via the school on 01207 232059.  Any correspondence should be addressed to:

Miss Catharine Harwood, c/o South Stanley Junior School, Tyne Road, Stanley, Co Durham, DH9 6PZ.

The Interim Clerk to the Governing Body is Ms Michelle Johnson, Executive Support Officer SLP Operations Director, Langley Park Primary School, Behind May Terrace, Langley Park, Durham, DH7 9XN.

Aims, Ethos and Vision

of our Governing Body

At South Stanley Junior School our Local Governing Body wants every child to enjoy learning and develop confidence, independence and a feeling of self-worth.  Governors ask questions, gather information and help make decisions about the school. Our school’s Governing Body meets in school once every term.  Under our current Governance structure all financial decision for the school are made at Trustee level.

Together, we aim to provide a caring, supportive, stimulating environment in which all our children can develop into thoughtful, capable individuals.

We make learning vivid and real, engaging all our learners through the provision of a rich and varied curriculum and inspirational teaching. We have high expectations of each individual, aiming to raise aspirations and break down barriers to success.

Our vision is to be at the heart of our local community, fostering a warm sense of belonging through trust and understanding. We want to encourage every individual to reach for the stars and aim to support families to achieve their full potential.

Sub-committees meet as and when required. Current committee membership/working parties and terms of reference are detailed below, however, for more information please contact Interim Clerk to the Governing Body - Ms Michelle Johnson, Executive Support Officer on (01207) 266702.

It should be noted that the Governors of SSJ do not have a Virement & Expenditure Limit as their role is voluntary.


Governing Body Committee Structure

Meet our Governing Body

The Governing Body of South Stanley Junior School has recently undergone a restructure to ensure that we best meet the needs and demands of our school and the children under our care.  The table below details current Governors, we have no associated members of the Governing Body.

An Instrument of Government records the constitution of the governing body and the term of office for each category of governor.  To view our Instrument of Government please click here: Instrument of Governance June 2023

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

South Stanley Junior School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.

We have very high expectations of our Governors and as such, they are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. This document sets out the purpose of the governing body and describes the appropriate relationship between individual governors/trustees/academy committee members, the whole governing board and the executive leaders.  To view our Governor Code of Conduct please click here: SSJ Governor Policies

We welcome our Governors into school as often as possible.  When visiting they will follow our Governors Visit & Protocol Policy, a copy of which can be accessed by clicking here SSJ Governor Policies

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