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WHAT IS THE GOVERNING BOARD ?

The Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the overall running and strategy of the federation of the two schools, Hampstead Norreys Church of England primary school and The Ilsleys primary school.  It appoints the Headteacher to whom, in practice, the day-to-day rumming of the school is delegated.

The Governing Board meets at least once a term as a full body, and more regularly in a series of smaller committees, overseeing the work of the schools.  Currently, it consists of 11 Governors and 3 Associate Governors, drawn from a combination of sources of parents, staff, local authority, local community and the church.

Governing Board Vision Statement

The governing board will work with the headteacher and staff to keep our schools amazing, where our children are proud of what they achieve every day, grow in confidence, self-assurance, resilience and independence and show excellent behaviour that we can all celebrate and take pride in .  The governing board will support all staff in further develooping their expertise to deliver the very best outcomes possible for our children.

We will help all staff to inspire and motivate the children to engage fully in learning and life, ensuring they leave us with the building blocks of reading, writing and maths and the tools for learning with which to build a successful future in modern Britain.

The federation extends our children's learning opportunities, develops new friendships and shares and embraces the best ideas and practices.

Governing Board Membership

Name

Governor type

Appointed by

Term of office

Kate House

Headteacher

Ex officio

N/A

Sandra Barber

Staff Governor

Elected by staff

 

Mark Browne

Parent Governor (chair)

Elected by parents

 

Lesley Ravenscroft

Co-opted Governor (vice-chair)

The Governing Board

 

Andrew Atkinson

Foundation Governor

Oxford Diocese

 

Lauren Sandys

Co-opted Governor

The Governing Board

 

John Hartley

Co-opted Governor

The Governing Board

 

Rev. Luci Morriss

Foundation Governor

Oxford Diocese

 

Emma Newton

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

 

Francesca Wilson

Co-opted Governor

The Governing Board

 

TBC

Local Authority Governor

Local Authority

 

Alice MacDonald

Associate Governor (assistant headteacher, HN)

The Governing Board

 

Katie Weller

Associate Governor (assistant headteacher, TI)

The Governing Board

 

Kath Sadler-Smith

Associate Governor

The Governing Board

 

Committees and Membership

 

Personal Statements

As can be seen from the summaries below, the members of the Governig Board bring with them a wide range of experitise and experience.

Andrew Atkinson

I am a Foundation Governor in the Federation, following around two years on the Hampstead Norreys Governing board, and I sit on the Finance Resources and Premises committee with responsibility for Health and Safety.  I am a chartered surveyor by training and work in rural property management and farming consultancy.  This is a varied role which requires among other things goal setting, problem solving, financial planning and analysis in order to help clients get the most from their property assets.  I am looking forward to using these skills to support and build on the excellent work being done in our two schools.

Sandra Barber

My name is Sandra Barber and I have been appointed as Staff Governor for the new federation. I have been teaching since 2008 and joined the Ilsleys in September 2016. I am currently the year 2,3 and 4 class teacher at the Ilsleys Primary school. I am  new to the governing board and am looking forward to working as part of the governing team to support the federation.

Mark Browne

I have lived in East Ilsley since 2008 and was Chair of Governors at The Ilsleys for the four years leading up to the Federation.  I am delighted to be continuing as Chair under the new arrangement for our two schools.  I started my career as a Ceramics teacher in 1996, before taking up an education position in the Civil Service, later becoming a local area Director for the Learning and Skills Council.  I currently work for West Berkshire Council as a School Improvement Advisor, leading on improving education, employment and training outcomes for young people aged 16-24 and I also lead on Adult and Community Learning across the district.

John Hartley

I am a co-opted governor and sit on our finance and community relations committees.  Prior to the formation of the federation I was a member of The Ilsley's governing board where I chaired the finance committee for two years.  I am a strategy consultant and business leader by profession and bring the finance and strategic planning skills from work into my governor role.  I have lived in East Ilsley for five years and now have two children in the village school.  I am looking forward to helping make our schools a great place for our children and teachers to be and a core part of our communities.

Alice MacDonald

I am an Associate Member and am Assistant Headteacher at Hampstead Norreys.  I have been on the teaching staff here for nearly 12 years.  I have a background in science where I worked in research before retraining as a teacher.  I enjoy being part of this amazing school and enjoy supporting all the extra curricular activities we provide.  I look forward to being part of the federation moving forwards.

Revd Luci Morriss

I'm Revd Luci Morriss and I'm a Foundation Governor in the new federation.  I  joined the Hampstead Norreys Primary school governing board in 2014, when I arrived as Team Vicar working in the villages of Hampstead Norreys, East Ilsley and Compton.  I will serve on the Pupil Development, Welfare & Wellbeing Committee.   I am looking forward to working more closely with The Ilsleys and remain committed to the development of a school environment where all our children flourish.

Emma Newton

I am a Parent Governor and have two sons (Years 3 and 5) at Hampstead Norreys.  I served as a Parent Governor for one year prior to federating and I am delighted to be able to continue in that role.  I believe the federation of our two schools is a positive one and I'm looking forward to working with the other governors as we explore the opportunities it provides.  I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Development and Welfare Committee.  Currently, I work for myself as a Freelance IT trainer.  I teach adults usually in a business environment.  It is a job that takes me to a wide variety of locations and I'm lucky to meet many different people from all kinds of fascinating backgrounds.

Lesley Ravenscroft

I have lived in Hampstead Norreys for 20 years, and have been a governor for two years including the role of chair at Hampstead Norreys. I am now vice-chair of the federated governing board and am part of the teaching, learning, progress and achievement committee. I am very involved in many aspects of village life, so am pleased to also be part of the community relations working party.  I am an ex-secondary school teacher and have worked at national level in England and Wales heading teams working on assessments for the national curriculum.  Currently, I am director of a small company that creates curriculum and assessment materials in mathematics.

Kath Sadler-Smith

I'm an Associate Member with a son in Year 5 at Hampstead Norreys.   I am grateful that my son benefits from the excellent learning environment the school provides both academically and through its pastoral care.  With 20 years’ experience working as a Lawyer providing specialist employment advice, I enjoy working with the school and other governors to provide support on legal and personnel issues.   With a background in dispute resolution, I can also assist parents and the school with positively resolving any concerns that are raised.  I am committed to using my expertise to support the federation in its ongoing efforts to provide the best start for all the children at the schools.
 
Lauren Sandys
 
I am a co-opted Governor on the Federation Board following two years as a Governor at Hampstead Norreys.  I am currently the Chair of Finance.  I have over 12 years' experience in a large multi-national corporate company working in a range of Finance roles.  I am skilled in financial planning and analysis to support business navigation.  This involves management of multi-million pound budgets through effective tracking, analysis and reconciliation working to maximise efficiency of spend and drive productivity.  I have undertaken relevant governor training sessions and am committed to effective financial management to ensure the longevity of the Federation, and support the best education outcomes for the children.
 

Katie Weller

I’m Katie Weller and I have been appointed as an Associate Member for the new federation. I am Assistant Headteacher at The Ilsleys and have been here since my NQT year in 2012. I am the Maths Co-ordinator and lead for Anti-Bullying at The Ilsleys and manage the day-to-day running of the school in Miss House’s absence. I have been a part of the leadership team since we started our collaboration and passionately believe that it has led to significant improvements for all our pupils. I am looking forward to working as part of the federation and helping our two schools to grow and develop even more. 

Francesca Wilson

I am a mother of three amazing children living in East Ilsley with my husband.  I have been working for the last 20 years as an Event Manager and have been a Governor at the Ilsleys Primary for 6 years now.  I thoroughly enjoy the challenge finding it an incredibly rewarding and responsible role.  I have served as Vice Chair, Chair of Finance, Health & Safety Governor and now Safeguarding Governor across the Federation.  I am really looking forward to embracing all that Federation brings to our wonderful community schools and working further on what we have already achieved behind the scenes.  The eldest of my three children is now in secondary school helping me to understand further what is expected of our pupils as they progress through their education. It is a privilege to work with the staff and fellow Governors in these tough economic times to maintain incredible standards of education. 

Governors Letters to Parents

Governors News

End of Year Documents

Britishness at Hampstead Norreys School

The governors take note of the government’s interest in the concept of Britishness and can identify elements of it in the school in the following ways:

A respect for democracy

Pupils are able to have their say through their representatives on the school council.

Teachers in lessons lay great stress on individual voices being heard and listened to, and strive to inculcate an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Individual liberty and the rule of law

Pupils are guided to an understanding that the freedom to make decisions which benefit themselves and others should be constrained by the relevant laws – whether of the school or the country.

Tolerance of others

Pupils are encouraged, in RE and PSHE sessions, in Assemblies and by visits to diverse centres of worship, to have consideration for those of different faiths – or none.

Great Learning! Great Challenge! Great Fun!

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