Our Role







Mrs Christine Slonker – Chair of Governors – c.slonker@hope.wigan.ch.uk

The role of the Governing Body of Hope School is to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school.

The Governing Body meets once a term and at other times if necessary. There are two main committees: Asset and Curriculum. These also meet once a term. Governors are expected to sit on at least one of these.

Hope School has two governors elected by parents, a governor elected by the staff and a governor nominated by the local authority. The head teacher has the right to be a governor. In addition there are ten governors co-opted by the Governing Body.

Free induction training is available to all governors and additional training covering various aspects of the role.

Governing Board Organisation 2020-21

Reviewed at FGB Business Meeting on 7th October 2020

Wigan Governor Services clerk FGBs

WGS Allocated Clerk: Marie Collier

Constitution – Total of 10: 1 HT, 2 Parents; 1 Staff; 1 LA; 5 Co-opted (reconstituted at FGB on 7th October 2020)

Meeting Structure – 6 FGBs (including Business Meeting)

School Business Manager: Mrs Sandra Couling


Chair: Mrs Christine Slonker

Vice Chair:

Clerk: Wigan Governor Services

Quorum: 5 (when all positions filled – check for vacancies)

Term of Office
NameType of Governor/ Associate MemberVoting rightsPacksStart DateEnd Date
Mrs Sue LucasHeadteacherY 09/09/15N/A
Mr Rob AdamsParentY 13/06/1712/06/21
Mrs Rachel DooleyParentY 22/04/2021/04/24
Mr Jim FoxStaffY 17/11/1916/11/23
Mrs Christine SlonkerGovernorY 02/03/2001/03/24
Mrs Pauline LynchCo-optedY 24/04/1823/04/22
Mrs Julie WilkinsonCo-optedY 24/04/1823/04/22
Mrs Joanne WeaverCo-optedY 13/07/1712/07/21



FORMER MEMBERS OF BOARD 2019/21 (info for website)
NameType of GovernorNotesStart DateEnd Date
Mr Philip FraserParentTerm expired02/03/1601/03/20
Mrs Joanne DeanCo-optedStepped down05/02/1917/06/20
Ms Susan BoothCo-optedStepped down02/03/1626/06/20



Pay Committee (agreed at FGB on 7th October 2020)


NameType of Governor
Mr Rob AdamsParent
Mrs Christine SlonkerLA




Headteacher Performance Management Reviewers (agreed at FGB on 7th October 2020)

External Adviser: Mr Andrew Farran

NameType of Governor
Mrs Christine SlonkerLA
Mrs Joanne WeaverCo-opted



  • Pupil Discipline
  • General Complaints
  • Staff Dismissal/Grievance/Appeals Committee


3 Governors with no prior knowledge of the matter will be called to form these committees



ResponsibilityName of Governor

Mrs Sue Lucas

Mrs Christine Slonker

Safeguarding/Child Protection*

Mrs Christine Slonker

AutismMr Rob Adams
Children Looked AfterMrs Christine Slonker
Health & Safety 
Website ComplianceMr Jim Fox



Governor’s attendance

To download attendance information for our governing body, please use the link below.

2021-2022 – Current Academic Year
2020-2021 – Previous Academic Year
2019-2020 – Previous Academic Year

2018-2019 – Previous Academic Year
2017-2018 – Previous Academic Year

Governing Board Organisation

To download board organisation information for our governing body, please use the link below.

2022-2023 Governing Board Organisation 2022-23