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Governors

What is the role of the governor?

In state schools they have responsibility for raising school standards by performing these key roles :-

  • Setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives 
  • Approving the budget 
  • Reviewing progress against the budget and objectives
  • Challenging and supporting senior staff by being a critical friend
  • Playing a part in appointing staff

In essence we are all about one thing - improving the school.

The governing body of the schools are made up as follows :-

  • Parent Governors: parents (one from each school in the federation)
  • Staff Governors: Usually the Head Teacher plus a member(s) of the school staff
  • Authority Governors (previously known as LEA Governors): nominated by the Local Authority
  • Co-Opted Governors: members of the local community (appointed by the rest of the governing body)
  • Foundation Governors: representatives of the diocese.

The federation is always interested to here from parents or members of the community who are interested in becoming a governor or who want to know more about the role. We are particularly interested to hear from people with a strong business or finance background. Contact the office of either school and they can put you in touch with the Chair or Vice Chair.

You can find out more about becoming a school governor at the ‘School Governors’ One Stop Shop’ website.

The responsibilities of the Governing Body are shared between the full Governing Body and Committees.

 

 

The governors of the Hundon and Thurlow Primary Federation are :-

 

Chair: Emma Pitt (Parent Thurlow) I moved to the village of Little Thurlow in 2015 and strongly believe in the value of maintaining strong relationships between the local church, community and school. I became a foundation governor of the federation in April 2016, having previously been a parent governor since September 2015. I was then appointed Vice Chair in October 2016.

During the last 12 years I have worked in several senior Learning and Development positions, the most recent was Head of a Learning and Development function within a large regional organisation. I have a general interest in travel, music, psychology and politics and love nothing more than having a “putting the world to rights” conversation. I look forward to working with the others members of the governing body and serving as governor for the federation.

Emma chairs the  Steering Group Committee and is on the committee for Teaching & Learning, Finance & Personnel and Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Vice Chair: Lizzie Rosewell  (Co-Opted Governor) I became a Governor in February 2017. I am serving as a co-opted governor, but am also the parent of a son and a daughter at Hundon School. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, although currently taking time out to do some freelance writing and be a stay at home Mum. In my spare time I love spending time outdoors, particularly running up mountains and competing in marathons and ultra-marathons. Other interests include reading and foreign languages.

Lizzie chairs thee Premises/ Health & Safety Committee and is also on the Steering Group and Head Teacher Performance  Management Committees.

 

Sarah Upson (Local Authority) I came to Clare in 1973, when I joined the staff at the Middle School, where I continued teaching until it closed in 2011. I moved to Hundon in the early 1980s and have been a Trustee and the Clerk to the Rogeron Trust for approximately 12 years.  I spent some years as the Year 5 Year Tutor at the Middle School, which involved liaising and working with Hundon staff. This was a great pleasure, as I found the school to be a welcoming and friendly place where the pupils fulfilled their potential in a secure and positive atmosphere. During my final year at Clare I spent time at Hundon school, gaining experience with the younger pupils, and I found that my impressions from previous visits were confirmed.I was delighted to be asked to be a Governor in January 2012.  I relish the opportunity to become more involved in the workings of the schools, to help them continue to give pupils the best experience they can have.

Sarah is on the Premises/Health and Safety Committee and is the Safeguarding Governor

  

Anne Crawley (Co-Opted)  I retired from my post as a Teaching Assistant in a large Edinburgh primary school in  2014 and moved to Hundon to be nearer to our son and his 2 little girls.  We have a  daughter in New Zealand who teaches Beauty Therapy, and our other daughter lives in France where she teaches English to the French.  Education is a big thing in our  family !   I therefore feel privileged to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Hundon and Thurlow Federation.

Anne joined the governors in 2014 and is a local resident in Hundon.

 Anne is on the Premises/Health and Safety Committee  

 Zena Chalmers  (Co-opted) I have worked in Finance and Administration in both primary and high schools for over 25 years. In 2006 I joined the Local Authority Enhanced Finance Team and visited schools throughout Suffolk to help School Bursars and Headteachers to manage their finances. Thurlow was one of the schools I visited and when I retired in April 2016, I was delighted to be asked to be a Governor.

Zena chairs the Finance & Personnel committee and is also on the Steering group Committee

 

Penny Smith (Parent Governor)  I became a Governor in December 2017.  I moved to Hundon in 2016 with my family and love the village and the community spirit.  I have a son at Hundon School.  I am currently on a career break from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in order to spend more time with our young son.  During my career in the FCO, I held a number of positions in London and overseas.  My last position was Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  I have travelled extensively and am now thoroughly enjoying putting down roots in Hundon and not moving house every couple of years!  
In my spare time I enjoy walking our dog in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.  I also have an interest in travel, foreign languages and current affairs.  I look forward to working with the other members of the Governing Body and the staff and pupils at Thurlow and Hundon Schools.
Penny chairs the Teaching and Learning committee and is also on Finance and Personnel, Premises/Health and Safety and Steering Group Committees.

Sharon FitzGerald ( Head Teacher  Staff)

Sharon is on all the governing body committees except the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee which she attends.

 

Clare Buckle (Staff)

Clare is on the Teaching & Learning Committee

We have 3 new Governors who joined on 3 October 2018 ( full details will follow)

Alex Rolland - Finance & Personnel Committee

Alex Cassidy - Premises/ Health and Safety Committee

Val Phillips - Teaching and Learning Committee

We also have associate members of the governing body. These are people who generally do not have voting rights but attend on the basis of their knowledge and expertise. For the federation they are as follows….

Audrey Loosley (Associate)

Audrey works at Thurlow School in the office.

Audrey attends the Finance and Personnel committee meetings when required.

 

Lisa Mitson (Associate)

Lisa works at Hundon School in the office.

Lisa attends all committee meetings as the governing body clerk.

 

Angie Price (Associate)

Angie works at Hundon School in the office.

Angie attends the Finance and Personnel committee meetings.

 

Claire Harris (Associate)

Claire is a parent at Thurlow with a background in Science who undertakes Governor visit reports.

 

All governors have voting rights in their respective committees and each governor has voting rights when the full governing board meets.

 

Pecuniary Interests

 

What is a Pecuniary Interest?

A governor must avoid using his/her position as a governor for personal gain or the gain of other outside parties. Members of the Governing Body are asked to record, any pecuniary interests held either personally or through a company or relative or partner. An 'interest' is a situation where a member of the governing body may be affected personally or financially, directly or indirectly, or in some other way by a decision made at a meeting where the governor is present.

It is important to understand that for a pecuniary interest to be relevant it should relate to goods or services which might be acquired by the school. If Governors or members of staff have pecuniary interests in businesses or companies that would not provide goods or services to the school then they would not need to be declared.

The School Governance (Procedures) (England) Regulations state that members of the governing body with any such interest must declare it as soon as possible at any meeting of the full governing body or committee meeting, must not take part in the discussion, must not vote and should withdraw from the meeting. Their withdrawal and return should be minuted. From the 1st Sept 2015 the pecuniary interests of all governors must be shown on the schools website.

 

Pecuniary Interests of Hundon and Thurlow Primary Federation Governors

 

Parent Governor?

Child at our school(s) this year?

Company Director, Partner, Business Owner? If Y inc NAME

Trustee of a charity? If Y inc NAME

Spouse or partner living with you employed by school?

Governor at any other School? If Y inc NAME

Any other interest to declare?

 

Alex Cassidy

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Val Phillips

N

N

Y Val Phillips Education

N

N

N

N

Sarah Upson

N

N

N

Y - Estate Charity of Thomas Rogeron

N

N

N

Lizzie Rosewell

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Emma Pitt

N

Y

Y- MD Inspire & Transform Consultancy Ltd

Partner - Andrew Clay Builder

N

N

N

N

Anne Crawley N N N N N N N

Sharon FitzGerald

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Clare Buckle

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Zena Chalmers N N N N N N N

Alex Rolland

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Audrey Loosely

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Angie Price

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Lisa Mitson

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N