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Governing body

The purpose of the Governing body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its three core strategic functions are:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of the staff.

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing Principles

As a governing body we aim to uphold the 7 principles of Public Life which are :-

  • Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
  • Integrity – Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties
  • Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
  • Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
  • Openness – Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take.  They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands
  • Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
  • Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Governor Information

Mrs Steph Atkinson is our Chair of Governors and she can be contacted through the school on email – or Tel 01642 471298 

c/o Riverdale Primary School , Hambleton Avenue, Redcar , TS10 4HH 

Governing Body

Kirsty Reilly – Head Teacher
I have had the privilege to be Head of Riverdale Primary School and a member of the governing body since September 2006.   In the last 18 months I have taken over a very unloved allotment plot in Wolviston and so most weekends come rain or shine you can find me knee deep in mud slowly turning this plot of land back to a usable state. When I am not trying to conquer the battle with the weeds and the slugs, I love to walk my two cheeky dogs Jack and Belle.
Chair of Governors Steph Atkinson
I’ve been a teacher all my life – working in many schools in East Cleveland, though I began my teaching career in London. I was made deputy head at Riverdale in 1995, which is when I first became a governor of the school. In 2007 I decided I’d like some time to myself and gave up being the deputy and went part-time. Then in June 2014 I retired to spend time with my one year old Schnoodle (Poodle and Schnauzer mix) Bobby, oh yes and my husband! I now spend my time gardening, reading and walking the dog. I’m a keen walker and have done the Coast to Coast, Cleveland Way and the West Highland Way. I have a son, Peter who is married. When I retired I was keen to remain on the Governing Body of Riverdale as I still want to stay connected to the school and be part of its development. It’s a school I have been proud to have taught at and continue to be proud to be a member of its Governing Body.
Sue Rawlinson – Vice Chair of Governors
Hello I’m Sue Rawlinson and in my full time educational career I have been a secondary teacher; head of department; Deputy Head teacher and Director of Specialism in a Sports College gaining experience of leading change, securing and managing large budgets and managing large teams of staff. As a member of the governing board of a secondary school and former chair of governors of a local primary school, I have gained experience of maintaining challenge and accountability within the educational context ensuring value for money and fitness for purpose to secure the highest level of achievement for all.

Now, when I am not travelling, I work for Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership with trainee teachers in both the primary and secondary sectors. It is this range of experience I bring to the governing board of Riverdale Primary School which I am delighted to have been invited to join and feel very privileged to serve.
Dianne Carabine – Parent Governor
Lisa BoneParent Governor 

Click the link for membership and attendance information.

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