Governing Body

Welcome to the Board of Governors Page

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Governing Board undertakes to ensure that your child(ren) receives an education unique to their needs. As governors, we work alongside the whole school community of staff, pupils and parents and aim to provide a happy, caring environment where all the pupils feel valued and safe.

From July 2019 Settle CE Primary School became Federated with Kirkby Malham Primary after a successful year of collaboration which saw Kirkby Malham Primary achieve a successful Ofsted Inspection in February.

Both schools now operate under one united governing body and are led by our Executive Headteacher Mr Richard Wright.

Contained within this page you will find further information about the role of the governor at Settle CE Primary School and the people who contribute to the Governing Board.

The Governing Board is very proud of the achievements of Settle Primary School and Kirkby Malham and we are excited to see the federated partnership grow from strength to strength in the years to come, with greater teaching and learning opportunities that fully utilise the experience  and talents of staff and governors of both schools ,to the greater good of all the children in both communities. We expect the partnership to impact positively on standards, both in academic terms and also in the breadth of opportunities provided.

During the last Ofsted inpsection our school was considered to be GOOD in all areas. To view a copy of the Ofsted report please click on the link below:

I hope you find this information helpful.

Best wishes

Rachael Caton

Chair of Governors


The Governing Body is made up of parent governors, staff governors, governors appointed by the Local Authority, governors co-opted from the local community and any governors (known as associate governors) elected on to the Governing Body for a particular purpose. We  are also proud to have governors with church connections in recognition of our status as a Church of England School.

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

•Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
•Acting appropriately to implement recommendations from outside bodies such as Ofsted.
•Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
•Management of the school's delegated budget
•Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub committee-meetings dealing with more specific issues.

A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as Finance, Resources, Safeguarding and Special Needs.

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.

The Governing Body is, therefore, rightly proud of the achievements of the school, not only in terms of good academic results, but also in the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for the remainder of their formative education.

Join in!

If you want to be part of our Governing Body then feel free to contact us about any vacancies.

You may contact our Executive Headteacher Mr Richard Wright by phoning 01729 822019.

Copies of Minutes of the Governors’ Meetings are available to members of the public for inspection at any time during school office hours, upon request.