Meet Our Governors

Chair - Dave Higgens

Vice Chair - Renata Kirby 

Parent Governors - Renata Kirby / Judy Kelso /Alison Stothard/ Sarah Allen/Kathryn Rothwell/Clare Crabb
Executive Head - Joanne Powell Co-Opted - Dave Higgens / Tracey Naylor 
Head of School - Sheenagh Middleton Staff - Ellie Carpenter-McGarrity
Local Authority - TBC



What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing board make key strategic decisions about Rivelin. Examples include appointing the head teacher; deciding on staffing structures and monitoring the school’s improvement plan.

In line with the Governments requirement for having a strong focus on three core strategic functions, the Governors responsibilities are:

  • To set the vision and strategic direction of the school.
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  • To ensure financial resources are well spent.

The Governing board does not manage the school on a day-to-day basis. The Governors are very careful to leave everyday decisions about the children and the staff to Mrs Powell. 

As a Governing board we believe are always trying to strike the right balance between supporting the senior leaders in their efforts to improve the school and monitoring the decisions they are making.


Keeping you Informed

As a Governing board we are always looking for better ways to communicate with parents, carers and everyone else with an interest in the success of the school. We want to ensure that the website keeps parents informed and hopefully, encourage some feedback. This can be sent directly to, and we will aim to act upon all feedback received.  You can keep up-to-date with what the Governors are doing by visiting the Chair of Governor's Blog.

Why not take a look at our 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) section. This will be a useful tool for answering any questions you may have.

If you have a question that you would like to ask, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Please also look out for us at Rivelin events and come say hello.


Warm regards,


The Governing Board