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Sunny Bank Primary School

Happy, Challenged, Successful and Proud


Hathaway Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 8EQ

0161 766 2121



Our Governors

Governors challenge the school well and have gone out of their way to make sure they have the skills to do this effectively.

The governing body has a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and where improvements are needed.

Governors are kept well informed through reports and presentations from leaders at all levels. They visit school regularly and talk to pupils and staff and have a clear picture on the quality of teaching. They use their expertise well to hold the school to account. This includes finance and safeguarding. They are clear about what effect the extra money the school receives for sports and disadvantaged pupils is having. Through their scrutiny of the school’s performance data they know where the priorities are if the school is to improve.

They are diligent in developing their skills as governors and attend training sessions in order to do this. This has helped them become aware of the changes in the new curriculum and in assessment procedures.

Governors set challenging targets for the headteacher and understand the link between teachers’ pay and their performance.

OFSTED February 2019


A Governing Body is a group of volunteers elected by parents and staff at the school and also nominated by the Bury Local Authority.  Working closely with the Headteacher, the Body has the responsibility for raising school standards through key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring & evaluating school performance. 

Sunny Bank Primary School has 8 Governors who meet once per term to address the delegated functions of the Trustee Board (Vision Multi Academy Trust).

Our Governing Body includes 3 Parent Governors, one Staff Governor, the Head Teacher as ex-officio and the remaining members are co-opted. 

The schedule of meetings in the academic year 2020 -2021 is to be confirmed and will be published at the earliest possible opportunity.

To find out more about our Trust Governance Model along with further information about trustees and members please visit the Vision Multi Academy Trust website.


Current Governing Body Members  2020 - 2021

Chair  Councillor David Jones

c/o Sunny Bank Primary School,

Hathaway Road,


BL9 8EQ.


Vice Chair  Mr Alex Martin


Headteacher  Mr James Gabrielides (Headteacher)


Community Governor  Mr Robert Judge


Staff Governor  Mrs Christine Oldham


Parent Governors  Mrs Lubna Umar and Miss Claudine Jacobs


Full Name Date of Appointment Term of Office



Business or Pecuniary Interests Attendance Record 2019/20 Attendance Record 2020/21 Associate or Full membership Voting Rights

Councillor David Jones

1st September 2020 1 year Bury MBC None declared          100% 100% Full Yes

Mr Alex Martin

5th January 2020 3 years

 Parent Governor 

None declared 100% 100% Full Yes
Miss Claudine Jacobs 30th June 2020 4 years Parent Governor None declared 100% 100% Full Yes
Mr Robert Judge 30th June 2020 4 years Co-opted Governor None declared 100% 100% Full Yes
Mr James Gabrielides 1st November 2020 4 years School Staff None declared N/A 100% Full Yes
Mr Anthony Harris 1st September 2017 4 years School staff None declared 100% 100% Full Yes
Mrs Christine Oldham 10th October 2018 4 years School Staff None declared           100% 100% Full Yes

Mrs Lubna Umar

1st March 2018 4 years

Parent Governor

None declared 66% 100% Full Yes