Cowick C of E Primary School

Cowick C of E Primary School

Together we shine as one

Snaith Road, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 9DG



School Governors

Chair Of Governors                                                    Mrs Terry Ram - outgoing

     Mrs Shelley Messenger - incoming

Vice Chair                                                                       Mrs Shelley Messenger - outgoing

     Mr Russell Faid - incoming

Voting Headteacher                                                   Mrs Katherine Rawes

Type of Governor Name Appointment date Term of Office ends Responsibilities

Committee Memberships

Voting rights

Headteacher Mrs Katherine Rawes 04/06/18 N/A


All All Meetings

Staff Governor

Appointed by staff

Mr A Martin 04/02/19 03/02/23



Curriculum All Meetings

Foundation Governor

Ex Officio

Rev Eleanor Robertshaw 06/06/13 N/A





All Meetings

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

Mr Richard Lyons 15/12/21 14/12/25 tbc All Meetings

LA Governor

Appointed by the LA

Mrs Terry Ram 07/02/14 25/04/26

Chair of Governors (appointed July 2021) retiring 31/7/22



Resources/ Curriculum

Performance Review


All Meetings

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

Mr Russell Faid 19/04/21 18/04/25


Vice Chair of Finance

Vice Chair of Governors newly appointed from July 22

Health and Safety


Performance Review

All Meetings 

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents






Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body






Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Mrs Shelley Messenger 14/06/21 13/06/25

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors newly appointed from July 22

Chair of Finance


Resources / Curriculum

Performance Review

All Meetings

Associate Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Mrs Kim Reed 13/11/17 13/06/25 Training Link Governor Resources and Curriculum  Secretariat Committee Meetings only


Our Clerk is Lindsay Newton.

Mrs Rawes is Executive Headteacher at Pollington-Balne CE Primary School

Rev Robertshaw is also an Ex Officio Governor at Pollington-Balne CE Primary School. 

Mrs Messenger works for the ERYC.

Mr Faid is married to a member of the school staff.

No other pecuniary interests have been declared by governors.

There are no related party transactions to declare.

Three governors have left in the last 12 months - Mrs C Collins (ex Chair of Governors) retired on 20/7/21, Mrs V Whiteley left on 16/3/22 and Mrs C Bagguley left on 06/05/22.

Governor attendance at meetings - Please see attached documents  for current academic year attendance                    and past academic year attendance

If you would like to ask Governors a question, please complete the contact form below. 

Your questions will be taken to the next Governors meeting and a response sent to you directly.

Thank you.

Contact Form

What is the role of a Governor?

Governors are responsible for making sure that the school provides the highest possible standard of education for its pupils, with a very clear focus on raising standards of achievement. All stakeholders are represented on the Governing Body – parents, staff, the Education Authority and the local community. We work together as a team, setting the school’s aims and agreeing its policies which are designed to promote the most effective ways of teaching and learning. We do this together with Mrs Rawes, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

When we meet, which is at least twice a term we discuss the school’s finances, staffing, pupils’ welfare or building developments on the site. We always consider what impact our decisions will have towards improving the pupils’ learning. We plan the future direction of the school; make sure the National Curriculum is taught; decide how best the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, cultural and moral development; and make sure that we provide for all our pupils, including those with special needs. We work closely not only with Mrs Rawes but all members of the Leadership Team, who act as advisers in our meetings. We are able to ask relevant questions, challenge recommendations where appropriate, and offer support when needed.

To help us make the best possible decisions in our meetings we involve ourselves as much as possible in school life. We do this in a variety of ways, including linking governors with a class, having special responsibilities for health and safety and safeguarding, visiting the school, helping to make staff appointments and attending school events. This not only makes us better informed but it is also very rewarding and enjoyable.

Are you interested in becoming a Governor?

Governors do not need to have any specific skills or qualifications as the Local Education Authority provides the necessary training. We have governors from all walks of life who have different types of skills and expertise.

We have 2 governor vacancies at the moment - one is for a parent governor and only parents of children in school can apply. Please ask for a nomination form if you would like to apply to join our team.

The other is for a co-opted governor. If you think you might like to become a governor please contact Mrs Reed in the school office, who will pass on your details to Mrs Ram, Chair of Governors.


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