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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: Rachel Cannon (Co-Opted) I became a parent governor at Hundon school in 2008 and Vice Chair in 2010 before being elected as Chair in 2012 and then Chair of Hundon and Thurlow Primary Federation in September 2014. I have an educational background having taught A Level English Literature and English Language to sixth form college students for 13 years; I believe passionately that children’s early experiences of education shape their personal success in life and am determined that our pupils will have the best possible start. As Chair I feel it is important that governors know the schools well so that they can challenge and support the school to be the best that it can be, through strong leadership and teaching, an engaging curriculum and good knowledge of the needs of individuals. The governing body also takes seriously its responsibility for protecting the future of the schools for the community in a challenging financial climate, and to this end works hard to maintain and improve standards in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team. We aim to provide a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum, and forge relationships with the pre-school and other schools and organisations that support the schools' aims. As Chair of the Samuel Ward Partnership Governors' Forum I am keen to use local expertise to promote best practice in leadership and governance, supporting all local primary schools to strive for the best outcomes for the children of our community. We are extremely fortunate at Hundon and Thurlow to have an established team of hardworking and experienced governors who are committed to ensuring the quality of education is sustained and continues to improve year on year, and who work together for the benefit of both schools. It is a privilege to work with them.

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

Vice 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 Finance committee and is also on the Teaching and Learning, Performance and the Steering Group committee.

Kirsty Kleczkowski (Co-Opted) I'm married with a son and daughter who go to Thurlow school and a teenage son at Samuel Ward Academy Sixth Form. I work in HR for Sainsburys at their Distribution Centre at Waltham Abbey on the M25. I've worked at Sainsburys for 23 years in a variety of roles including stores and head office. I became a governor in 2013.

Kirsty chairs the Teaching & Learning Committee and is also on the Steering Group Committee and the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee.

 

John Annand (Co-Opted) I have been a Governor since Dec 2011. My wife is a Teaching Assistant at Thurlow School and we are parents to former and current pupils at Thurlow. My job is as General Manager for Johnsons Apparelmaster running an Industrial Laundry in Letchworth and in addition to making a profit , its business after all, I am responsible for the wellbeing of a staff of 100 and have carried out this role for the last 9 years. In my spare time I am a keen golfer, handicap could be lower, and am a member of Haverhill Golf Club.

John chairs the Premises/Health and Safety Committee and is also part of the Steering Group Committee.

 

John Noel (Co-Opted) I taught science in secondary schools in Kettering until 1989 and then until 2011, I worked in Cambridge on GCSE and A Level examinations.  My wife and I moved to Hundon in 2005 and, in 2010, I was very pleased to be asked to be a Governor, to be able to make a contribution to the community in which we live.  I have interests in science, technology and the environment and I particularly welcome the development of learning outside the classroom (including forest schools and other project work on the old airfield site, and the school allotment) and the ‘eco schools’ project.

John is on the Teaching and Learning committee and the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee.

 

Karen Harper (Parent Hundon) I have been living in the village since 2008, and my background is science, specialising in analytical chemistry. When my son started at Hundon primary school, I gave up full time work for a part time scientific consultant role.  I started helping out with reading at the school when my son started in reception, and was very happy to be asked to join the governing body in November 2011. As a parent governor, I would like to ensure that we positively promote our great schools so that generations to come will be able to enjoy its benefits.

Karen is on the Premises/Health & Safety Committee.

 

Rev Derek Hollis (Foundation - Ex Officio) Born and brought up in Leicester. My training is in modern languages, as I have a degree from Loughborough in Modern European Studies (French, German and Politics). I studied theology in Durham, and have been ordained (i.e. “Reverend”) over twenty-seven years. I have worked in parishes on the edge of Leicester and Nottingham, but since 1993 I have been in rural work. I was Vicar of a group of parishes in Nottinghamshire for twelve years, another group for six-and-a-half, before moving here to Suffolk in 2011. As Rector of Stourhead Benefice I look after churches in Kedington, Barnardiston, Gt. and Lt. Bradley, Gt. and Lt. Thurlow, and Gt. and Lt. Wratting. I was given a long service certificate from Nottinghamshire, having notched up sixteen years of service as a school governor there. 

Derek is on the Finance & Personnel committee.

 

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.

 Lizzie Rosewell (Co-opted)  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 is on the Premises, Health & Safety Committee.

       

 Anne Crawley (Co-Opted)

Anne joined the governors in 2012 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 is on the Finance and Personnel Committee

 

Vicky Hogg (HT / Staff)

Vicky 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

Sandra Bottomley (Staff)

Sandra is on the Teaching & 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 minute taker.

 

Angie Price (Associate)

Angie works at Hundon School in the office.

Angie attends the Finance and Personnel committee meetings

 

All the governors started their term of office on the 1st of September 2014 at the official start of the federation and they all serve a four year term.

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?

Rachel Cannon

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

John Annand

N

Y

N

N

Y - Wife is teaching assistant @ Thurlow

N

N

John Noel

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Karen Harper

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Kirsty Kleczkowski

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Rev Derek Hollis

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Sarah Upson

N

N

N

Y - Estate Charity of Thomas Rogeron

N

N

N

James Mason

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Emma Pitt

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Anne Crawley N N N N N N N

Zena Chalmers

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Vicky Hogg

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Clare Buckle

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Sandra Bottomley

N

N

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