Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Email: headteacher@sandal.wakefield.sch.uk
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
2nd July 2020 Guidance for full reopening of School - September 2020 The guidance for the full reopening of school as of of September 2020 has been published this morning. As you can imagine, we are now trawling through the detail. What I can confirm so far, based upon the key messages received,is that school will re open for all children on Tuesday 8th September. In line with government guidance, we will employ a staggered approach to the start and end of the day. As you will appreciate, we will be unable to ensure that siblings can start/finish school at the same time. We will communicate details to families as soon as possible to ensure you have maximum time to plan for the different start and finish times. More detail to follow asap. Thank you for all your lovely messages of support. It's been lovely to see how the school community continues to pull together through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Nichola Russell

Our Governors

The Governing Body of Sandal Castle Primary school is made up of dedicated individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. We are all volunteers who give our time to monitor and evaluate school practices to ensure management of the school are spending the budget wisely to ensure the best outcomes for all of the children. We also have to make sure that the school is meeting all statutory requirements.

Our Acting Chair of Governors is Ben Cowell. He can be contacted via school.

Our Designated Governors for Safeguarding are; Ben Cowell, Andrew Carter and Nichola Russell.





Effective School Governance Award

After a rigorous assessment day, the Governing Board of Sandal Castle have been awarded the Effective School Governance Award.

The Effective School Governance Award provides schools with a framework to develop and demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of their governing board. The award framework for self-evaluation is based on nine elements that address the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management. Through the process of action planning, collecting evidence and external verification, schools can validate the impact and effectiveness of their governing body in driving school improvement.

We are delighted that on the 4th July, we received the accreditation.

Governing Board Meetings 2020

Governor Attendance 2020/21

Sandal Castle Primary Governor Roles and Responsibilities revised November 2019

Governor Details and Register of Business Interests 2019-20 (revised November 2019)





The values and roles of the Governing Body are driven by the DfE Competency Framework for Governance, January 2017.


Governance Handbook

Competency Framework

There are a number of other ways we support and monitor the school other than attending meetings. One of our favourite things to do is visit the school on learning walks and attend performances. In particular we are always impressed by the exceptional behaviour and positive attitudes of the children and it is really rewarding to see how much they enjoy learning. We also attend training provided by school and the Local authority to update and improve our knowledge and skills so we can fulfil our roles as governors effectively.



GDPR and Governance

Draft 1 GDPR Governors and Volunteers

Governors Archive