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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 2017 - 18:

100% (12 from 12 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 11.09.18 - 10.09.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

Shabby Barn furniture business (from 2012)

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

73% (11 from 15 meetings)

Jane Livesey, Joint Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Parochial Church Council, PCC)

Lead Governor for Mathematics and Governor Development, Member of Resources Committee, 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:

Ex-Officio

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

100% (16 from 16 meetings)

Rachel Manley, Head Teacher

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

Term of Office:

4 Years 15.10.18 - 14.10.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

80% (8 from 10 meetings)

Ann Wheeler, Joint Vice Chair of Governors

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:

 

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

70% (7 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 2017 - 18:

75% (9 from 12 meetings)

Roger Sansom

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Waterhouse Trust)

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% (10 from 10 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 15.10.18 - 14.10.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

81% (13 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 15.03.17 - 14.03.21

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

75% (9 from 12 meetings)

Simon Cromack 

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Waterhouse Trust)

Vice Chair 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 30.01.15 - 29.01.19

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None.

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

60% (6 from 10 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 18.10.18 - 17.10.22

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

N/A

 

Alexandra Gruber

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

Member of Resources Committee

 

 

Term of Office:

4 Years 18.10.18 - 17.10.22

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18:

N/A

Becky Wise

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

Member of Standards Committee

 

 

Term of Office: 

1 Year 16.07.18 - 15.07.19

Business/Pecuniary Interests: 

None.

Meeting Attendance 2017 - 18: 

73% (8 from 11 meetings - as Parent Governor).

 

Emma Slack

Associate Member (Appointed by Governing Body)

Member of Resources Committee

 

CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Rachael House Gemmell

Rachael has been a Clerk since November 2013 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

Joe Lewis, Parent Governor from 09.10.17 to 01.05.18 (40% Attendance 2017 - 18).

Emma Slack, Parent Governor from 10.10.16 to 08.06.18 (73% Attendance 2017 - 18).

Jason Carter, Associate Member from 09.10.17 to 06.07.18 (46% Attendance 2017 - 18).

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

 

Roger Sansom (Chair)

Simon Cromack (Vice Chair)

Rachel Manley

Rachel Jones

Paula Philips

Jane Livesey

Alexandra Gruber

Emma Slack

Sue Dobbins (Finance Officer)

Ann Wheeler (Chair)

Paula Philips (Vice Chair)

Amanda Service

Meg Kirby

Libby Weedon

Becky Wise

 

Rachel Jones (Chair)

Jane Livesey (Vice Chair)

Rachel Manley

Ann Wheeler

Roger Sansom

Lead Governors

Communications - Rachel Jones

Development - Jane Livesey

English - Amanda Service

PPG - Paula Philips

Health & Safety and Premises - Roger Sansom

 

EYFS - Rachel Jones

Maths - Jane Livesey

Safeguarding - Ann Wheeler

SEND & Equality - Paula Philips

Meg Kirby - SIAMS

 

Meeting Dates for the Academic Year 2018 - 19

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

Full Governing Body

Monday 15th October at 6.30 pm

Monday 10th December at 6.30 pm

Monday 11th February at 6.30 pm

Monday 18th March at 6.30 pm

Monday 29th April at 6.30 pm

Monday 8th July at 6.30 pm

Resources Committee

Friday 5th October at 2.00 pm

Friday 30th November at 2.00 pm

Friday 1st February at 2.00 pm

Friday 8th March at 2.00 pm

Friday 5th April at 2.00 pm

Friday 21st June at 2.00 pm

Standards Committee

Monday 1st October at 1.00 pm

Monday 28th January at 1.00 pm

Monday 13th May at 1.00 pm

Strategy Group

Friday 28th September at 9.00 am

Friday 16th November at 9.00 am

Friday 15th February at 9.00 am

Friday 14th June at 9.00 am