About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


Govas Annual General Meeting held on 5th July 2017 at Priestnall School


  • Welcome by the Chair

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed the 60 plus Governors who attended the meeting.

  • Apologies

Ian Ritchie,P Carter

  • Approval of minutes of last AGM held on March 7th 2015

The minutes were approved

  • Matters arising from minutes

There were no matters arising

  • Notification of AOCB

Question from Chair of Ludworth Primary about transparency relating to the Admissions and Appeals Panel

  • Govas Management Committee Report

The Chair presented the report for the year which had been a challenge for all.

About a year ago the Government indicated that all school would become academies by 2022. Although forced acadamisation was now off the agenda, full acadamisation is still the aim. To give an up-to-date picture ,last October,Govas organised , a Conference entitled “Education for All” to help Governors understand the full implications of academisation and to emphasise the importance of schools working together.

We also saw the introduction of National Fairer Funding Formula,which proved to be not  advantageous to many Stockport schools. In the present financial scene it is difficult to see how a new “fairer” formula can be introduced. Whatever happens it is important that schools need to spend money wisely and work effectively with other schools.

He emphasised the challenge  remained to improve standards and Govas is committed to achieving this through:

   -Helping Governors to support each other

   -Sharing good practice and information

   -Providing links to training and resources

   -Giving a voice to Stockport Governors

   -Working with others to promote and improve governance in Stockport.

This year we have been more pro-active in providing support by putting on the Education for All conference last October and a conference  about Effective Financial Management.We also worked alongside the LA to put on the Stockport Governors Conference.                                                                                                                              We continue to represent Governors on various committees and at meetings with the Primary Headteachers Consortium and others.

He thanked members of the Committee for their contribution and encouraged anyone interested to apply for membership of the Management Committee.

        7  Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet

The Treasurer Report was presented. It showed how Govas is funded and how the money is spent.


        8   Election of Management Committee Members                                                                     

4 existing members of the Committee had applied for re-election. Ian Roberts,              S Foster,A Rogowski were re-elected for a further two years.  J Evans was re-elected as a co-opted member.


        9  AOCB          

            On the question re Admissions and Appeals,Ian Roberts,who serves on the Schools

            Capacity, Admissions and Places Advisory Group,explained the process of admissions

            and emphasised the independence of the members of the Appeals Panel.

            It was proposed that the concerns of the questioner be discussed at the next meeting

            of the Management Committee and our regular meeting with the LA.


     10 Date of next AGM

           To be arranged