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Governors

Contact email for Jane Livesey, Chair of Governors: jlivesey@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.  

 

Foundation Governors:

Term of Office:

4 Years 11.09.18 – 10.09.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

Shabby Barn – local furniture refurbishment from 2009.  (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 – 19:

 

 

Jane Livesey, Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Parochial Church Council, PCC)

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

A governor since 2009, Jane 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.

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Term of Office:

Ex-Officio

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19:

 

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 15.10.18 - 14.10.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018- 19:

 

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 29.02.16 - 28.02.20

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting

Attendance 2018 –  19:

 

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 (Sept 2019).

Meeting

Attendance 2018 – 19:

 

Amanda Service

Foundation Governor (Appointed by PCC)

Member of Standards Committee, Lead Governor for English and Mental Health & Wellbeing.

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.

Term of Office:

4 Years 15.10.18 - 14.10.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 – 19:

 

Ann Wheeler

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Diocese)

Chair of Standards Committee, Chair of Admissions Committee, Lead Governor for Safeguarding, Lead Governor for RE (Religious Education), 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:

 

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

 

Meeting Attendance 2018 – 19:

 

Vacancy

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Waterhouse Trust)

 

Staff Governors:

Term of Office:

Ex-Officio

 

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

Husband teaches music lessons at the school from Sept 2018.  (Sept 2019).

 

Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19:

 

Rachel Manley, Head Teacher

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

Term of Office:

4 Years 04.02.19 - 03.02.23

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19:

 

Melanie Mason

Staff Governor (Elected by staff)

Member of Standards Committee.

 

Local Authority Governor:

Term of Office:

4 Years

 

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19:

 

Rachel Jones, Joint Vice Chair

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

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

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.

Parent Governors:

Term of Office: 

4 Years 18.10.18 - 17.10.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 – 19:

 

Alexandra Gruber

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

Member of Resources Committee, Member of Admissions Committee, Lead for Governor Development.

Alexandra used to work as an HR specialist for international companies and has lived in Asia and France. Her twin sons attend Yattendon School. 

 

 

Term of Office:

4 Years 18.10.18 - 17.10.22

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019).

Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19:

 

 

 

 

Becky Wise, Joint Vice Chair

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

Member of Standards Committee, Lead Governor for maths and science.

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk to Governors:

Business/Pecuniary Interests:

None (Sept 2019). 

 

Rachael House Gemmell

Rachael has been a Clerk since November 2013 and currently clerks for three West Berkshire Primary Schools. Rachael studied psychology and has worked in administration for the Local Education Authority and the NHS.  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).

Libby Weedon, Staff Governor from 30.01.15 to 29.01.19 (60% Attendance 2017 - 18).

Emma Slack, Associate Member from 16.07.18 to 15.07.19

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)

Alexandra Gruber

Rachel Manley

 

Roger Sansom (Chair)

Rachel Jones (Vice Chair)

Rachel Manley

Paula Philips

Jane Livesey

Alexandra Gruber

Sue Dobbins (Finance Officer)

Ann Wheeler (Chair)

Paula Philips (Vice Chair)

Amanda Service

Jane livesey

Meg Kirby

Becky Wise

 

Jane Livesey (Chair)

Rachel Jones

Becky Wise

Rachel Manley

Ann Wheeler

Roger Sansom

Lead Governors

Communications - Rachel Jones

Development - Alexandra Gruber

English - Amanda Service

PPG - Paula Philips

Health & Safety and Premises - Roger Sansom

 

EYFS - Rachel Jones

Maths - Becky Wise

Science - Becky Wise

Safeguarding - Ann Wheeler

SEND & Equality - Paula Philips

Meg Kirby - SIAMS

 

Meeting Dates for the Academic Year 2019 - 20

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

Full Governing Body

Monday 30th September at 6.30 pm

Monday 9th December at 6.30 pm

Monday 10th February at 6.30 pm

Monday 30th March at 6.30 pm

Monday 27th April at 6.30 pm

Monday 13th July at 6.30 pm

Resources Committee

Friday 18th October at 9.30 am

Friday 6th December at 9.30 am

Friday 31st January at 9.30 am

Friday 20th March at 9.30 am

Friday 24th April at 9.30 am

Friday 19th June at 9.30 am

Standards Committee

Monday 23rd September at 1.00 pm

Monday 27th January at 1.00 pm

Monday 4th May at 1.00 pm

Monday 29th June at 1.00 pm

Strategy Group

Friday 13th September at 9.00 am

Friday 17th January at 9.00 am

Friday 12th June at 9.00 am

 

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