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Contact email for Rachel Jones, Chair of Governors: rjones@yattendon.w-berks.sch.uk

Introducing the Governors:

The Governing Body consists of 12 governors.  7 Foundation Governors (1 Ex-officio Priest, 2 appointed by the Parochial Church Council, 2 appointed by the Diocese and 2 appointed by the Waterhouse Trust), 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Ex-officio Head Teacher, 1 Staff Governor and 2 Parent Governors.  

Term of Office:

4 Years 28.09.15 - 27.09.19

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None 

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

78% (7 from 9 meetings)

Rachel Jones, Chair of Governors

Local Authority (LA) Governor (Nominated by LA, Appointed by Governing Body)

Member of Resources Committee, Lead Governor for Communications and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Chair of Strategy Group

Rachel became Chair of Governors in July 2017. She runs a PR and marketing consultancy, bringing extensive experience in communicating with a variety of stakeholders. She is passionate about education, and as a Governor, brings valuable skills that will positively contribute to making Yattendon School the best it can be. She has two daughters at school and became a Governor in 2015.

 

Term of Office:

4 Years 20.08.14 - 19.08.18

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

Shabby Barn furniture business (from 2012)

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

91% (10 from 11 meetings)

Jane Livesey, Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Parochial Church Council, PCC)

Chair of Resources Committee, Member of Standards Committee, Lead Governor for Mathematics and Governor Development, Member of Strategy Group.

A governor since 2009, Jane was Chair of Governors from 2015 - 17. She brings experience from both the Public & Private sectors and was Partnership Director at West Berkshire Council for a number of years. Her professional background is HR and she has worked as a management consultant as well as running a local successful business.

Term of Office:

1 Year 09.10.17 - 08.10.18

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

 

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

82% (9 from 11 meetings)

Jason Carter

Associate Member (Appointed by Governing Body)

Member of Resources Committee, Lead on Assessment.

Jason became a governor in 2013. He works for a large IT company. 

Term of Office:

4 Years 01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

91% (10 from 11 meetings)

Ann Wheeler

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Diocese)

Chair of Standards Committee, Chair of Admissions Committee, Lead Governor for Safeguarding, Member of Strategy Group.

Ann has been a governor for 35 years, although her connection with the school is even more long standing; as a child and teacher too. She is also an ex-headteacher of a small West Berkshire rural school and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She also provides a valuable link with the Church and local residents which enhances the schools links and role within the wider community. 

Term of Office:

Ex-Officio

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

100% (16 from 16 meetings)

Rachel Manley, Head Teacher

Member of Standards Committee, Member of Resources Committee, Member of Strategy Group.

Rachel joined the school in September 2015 from St Nicolas Junior School in Newbury, where she spent 17 years as a teacher and, for her final three years, as assistant head. Rachel is excited about the future of our beautiful school and in working with a strong team of teachers, governors and parents to ensure it thrives as a place of nurture and opportunity. She is also keen to forge strong relationships within the wider Yattendon community. As well as leading the school, Rachel will also be teaching regularly too, allowing her to be part of each child’s learning journey. Rachel is married with two teenage children.

 

Term of Office:

Ex-Officio

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

 

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

90% (9 from 10 meetings)

Rev. Meg Kirby

Foundation Governor - Ex-Officio (Appointed by PCC)

Member of Standards Committee, Vice Chair of Admissions Committee, Lead Governor for SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)

Meg arrived in Yattendon in 2014 and is the Associate Priest in the Hermitage Team Ministry. She has responsibility for the Parish of Yattendon and Frilsham. She became an ex-officio governor in September 2016, following Reverend Rita Ball’s retirement.

 

Term of Office:

4 Years 29.02.16 - 28.02.20

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

91% (10 from 11 meetings)

Roger Sansom

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Waterhouse Trust)

Vice Chair of Resources Committee, Lead Governor for Health & Safety and Premises.

Roger is an actuary who retired some years ago from reinsurance in the city. He and his wife run an art gallery & both are very involved in the village, Roger in running the fete for the last 11 years, and now the local Sports & Social Trust, Yattendon Village Hall, Brewhouse Music evenings, and the local wine society. 

Term of Office:

4 Years 05.12.16 - 04.12.20

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

100% (8 from 8 meetings).

Amanda Service

Foundation Governor (Appointed by PCC)

Member of Standards Committee, Lead Governor for English.

Amanda has been visiting Yattendon regularly as a volunteer, listening to readers from Years 5 and 6. After achieving a degree in English Literature and Language, she worked in publishing and tour operating. She has always been involved in voluntary and community work, including helping Macmillan Cancer Support and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Amanda is also very involved in the life of her local church.

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Term of Office:

4 Years 04.09.14 - 03.09.18

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

88% (14 from 16 meetings).

Paula Philips

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Diocese)

Vice Chair of Standards Committee, Member of Resources Committee, Lead Governor for Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and Equality.

As well as being a parent governor, Paula works directly with the children as a Lunchtime Play Leader. Paula has a long association with the school and has developed valuable skills and experience in her time serving as governor since 2003. 

Term of Office:

4 Years 19.01.15 - 18.01.19

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

82% (9 from 11 meetings)

Libby Weedon

Staff Governor (Elected by staff)

Member of Standards Committee.

Libby joined Yattendon as a KS2 teacher in 2013 and is subject leader for literacy and music. She was appointed Senior Teacher in September 2015. Prior to retraining as a teacher, Libby worked in advertising, publishing and marketing. Libby is a keen musician and sings with a local choir.

Term of Office:

4 Years 10.10.16 - 09.10.20

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

80% (4 from 5 meetings).

 

Emma Slack

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

Member of Resources Committee, Member of Admissions Committee.

Emma is a mother of two children at the school and is married to David, who runs the Yattendon Estate. She has experience in retail, visual merchandising and project and event management. She currently works part-time at a Yattendon-based luxury home company, where she does their marketing, creative and PR. 

Term of Office:

4 Years 15.03.17 - 14.03.21

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

67% (2 from 3 meetings)

Simon Cromack 

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Waterhouse Trust)

Member of Resources Committee.

Simon co-owns a food consultancy business based in London, with a long career in the hospitality industry having previously owned an events and production company for over ten years. In addition to hospitality, he has managed property portfolios where he lived in Gabon, West Africa. He used to be a governor at Shiplake College before moving out of the area.

Term of Office:

4 Years 09.10.17 - 08.10.21

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

 

Meeting Attendance 2016 - 17:

Joe was not a governor during the 2016 - 17 academic year.

Joe Lewis

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

 

CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Rachael House Gemmell

Rachael has been a Clerk for four years and is currently Clerk for three West Berkshire Primary Schools. She has a background in administration, having worked within the Local Education Authority and the NHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health). Rachael also has a degree in Psychology and applies analytical and research skills to the role of Clerk to support governors in working as strategically as possible. Growing up in nearby Bradfield, Rachael is very familiar with Yattendon and its surrounding beautiful countryside. Rachael has two primary school-aged daughters.

 

 

Previous Governors

Annette Bland: governor until February 2017 (57% attendance at FGB meetings Ac Yr 2015 - 16).

About the Governing Body

Governors will, for the efficient working of the Governing Body, simply commit to.....

 

  • engage fully with the work of the Governing Body, its committees and working parties to fulfill our individual and joint obligations as Governor
  • make ourselves available for planned meetings, sending apologies to the organiser if exceptionally we cannot attend
  • prepare for meetings appropriately, reading papers/reports and undertaking any necessary research in advance
  • open, read and deal with communications, usually e.mails, at least weekly to ensure responses are timely, information is shared and understood and issues raised appropriately
  • attend as many school events as practicable to ensure our leadership profile as a Governor is recognised with staff, parents and stakeholders
  • participate in governor or school development to ensure skills and knowledge are updated appropriately
  • positively promote the school and staff at every opportunity, in particular
    • at least 2 Governors will attend open event/parents evening on a rota basis
    • all governors will participate in planned learning walk

 

Our aim as a Governor is to be seen as…

  • Professional
  • Helpful
  • Approachable
  • Flexible
  • Knowledgeable
  • Having clear standards
  • Positive
  • Reliable
  • Courteous
  • Informed
  • Efficient
  • Skilled

 

 

We will manage expectations by…

 

  • Keeping our commitments
  • Being clear about what we are able to do, and
  • Being realistic

 

 

Agreed by full Governing Body in October 2017

Committee Memberships & Lead Governors
Admissions Committee Resources Committee Standards Committee Strategy Group

Ann Wheeler (Chair)

Meg Kirby (Vice Chair)

Rachel Manley

Emma Slack

Jane Livesey (Chair)

Roger Sansom (Vice Chair)

Rachel Manley

Rachel Jones

Paula Philips

Simon Cromack

Emma Slack

Jason Carter

Sue Dobbins (Finance Officer)

Ann Wheeler (Chair)

Paula Philips (Vice Chair)

Amanda Service

Meg Kirby

Libby Weedon

 

Rachel Jones (Chair)

Jane Livesey (Vice Chair)

Rachel Manley

Ann Wheeler

Lead Governors

Communications - Rachel Jones

Development - Jane Livesey

English - Amanda Service

PPG - Paula Philips

Health & Safety and Premises - Roger Sansom

Assessment - Jason Carter

EYFS - Rachel Jones

Maths - Jane Livesey

Safeguarding - Ann Wheeler

SEND & Equality - Paula Philips

Meg Kirby - SIAMS

 

Meeting Dates for the Academic Year 2017 - 18

The Admissions Committee meet on an "as required" basis.

Full Governing Body

Monday 9th October at 6.30 pm

Monday 18th December at 6.30 pm

Monday 5th February at 6.30 pm

Monday 30th April at 6.30 pm

Monday 21st May at 6.30 pm

Monday 16th July at 6.30 pm

Resources Committee

Monday 2nd October at 9.00 am

Friday 24th November at 9.00 am

Friday 26th January at 9.00 am

Friday 16th March at 9.00 am

Friday 20th April at 9.00 am

Friday 22nd June at 9.00 am

Standards Committee

Monday 25th September at 1.00 pm

Monday 11th December at 1.00 pm

Monday 26th March at 1.00 pm

Monday 14th May at 1.00 pm

Monday 9th July at 1.00 pm

Strategy Group

Friday 6th October at 9.00 am

Friday 10th November at 9.00 am 

Friday 19th January at 9.00 am

Friday 11th May at 9.00 am