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 Castle Primary School Governing Body

The Full Governing Body of the school meets twice a term and is responsible for setting the strategic framework of the school and monitoring its implementation. It acts as a 'critical friend' by holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils. The Governing Body also oversees the finances of the school; making sure money is well spent. The Governing Body is structured into sub-committees. These consist of the Finance, Personnel and Resources Committee; the Curriculum, Progress and Standards Committee; Pay Committee; and Premises Committee. Chairs of sub-committees and the Chair of Full Governing Body and the Headteacher also meet as a Strategy Committee to oversee the work of the other committees.

Parents wishing to contact the Chair of Governors can do so via a post box held in the school office. Our Governing Body consists of the following members:

 
   
   

Mrs Marie Leonard - Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

Responsibilities - Chair of FGB and Strategy Committee. Member of Finance, Personnel & Resources Committee.  Governor for Safeguarding, Safer recruitment, Pupil Premium, School trips. Link Governor for English & Mathematics.

Relevant Experience - 35 years in Finance in education, including personnel as Finance Officer / Bursar. 13 years as secondary school governor.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office July 2011 - expires Jan 2019.

 

Mrs Alison Hodgson - Co-Opted Governor 

Responsibilities - Member of Strategy and Curriculum, Progress and Standards Committees.  Link Governor for PE & Assessment.

Relevant Experience -science teacher in a secondary school.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office July 2013 - expires Jan 2019

 

 

Mr Justin Bartlett - Headteacher

Responsibilities - Member of all Committees.

Relevant Experience -QTS since 1994 - 22 years experience of teaching in the primary phase. Teacher Governor responsibilities 2002-2009, Headteacher Governor 2009-to date. Significant experience of senior leadership in primary school settings including additional experience as NPQH assessor and current Ofsted Inspector role.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office 2009 - ongoing

Ms Lauren Stevens - Co-opted Governor

 

Responsibilities - Chair of  Finance, Personnel & Resources and member of Strategy Committees. Link Governor for PHSE.

Relevant Experience -M Ed (Leading Community Through Learning). BA (Hons) Eng Lang & Lit. Education employment for more than 25 years, teaching and support. Experience in retail, finance, NHS & the military.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office - expires Jan 2019

Rev. Dr Raymond Burnish JP - Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities - Chair of Curriculum, Progress and Standards & Pay Committees. Link Governor for RE.

Relevant Experience: Served on five governing bodies since 1975; Regional Manager of a national charity. member of Independent Schools Admission Appeals Panel.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office: April 2011 - expires April 2019

Mr Paul Woodman - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities - Member of Finance, Personnel & Resources, Lettings and Performance Management Committees.

Relevant Experience: Staff governor at college, college Communications Officer, Marketing Manager and local community member.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office: May 2011 - expires May 2019

 

 

 

 

   
 

Mr Neil Hoare- Parent Governor

Responsibilities: member of Finance, Personnel & Resources Committee, has responsibility for reviewing risk assessments for school trips working closely with the Health and Safety governor and is our representative on the South East Governors’ Forum.

Relevant Experience: Neil holds a BSc in Applied Chemistry and PhD in computational drug design from the University of Portsmouth and a postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Open University. For the last 20 years, Neil has worked for AT&T, a major US telecommunications company, in a variety of roles, most recently in its business continuity and disaster recovery group

Pecuniary Interests: Partner is a member of staff

Term of Office: Nov 2016- expires Nov 2020

 

Mrs Sally Rogers - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities- member of Finance, Personnel & Resources Committee and collection of governor's voluntary contributions.

Relevant Experience: Has served as a staff governor for many years and on all of the committees during this time. Chairperson of the PTA , Friends of Castle School for many years. Over 20 years experience as learning support assistant in primary phase.

Pecuniary Interests: Hirer of the school hall

Term of Office: Nov 2012- expires Nov 2016

Mr Jonathan Stokes - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities - Vice Chair of Finance, Personnel & Resources Committee. Governor Link for Health & Safety and Science.

Relevant Experience - Programme Director for The Tree Council - the UK’s lead charity for urban and rural trees.  There he helped establish The Tree Council’s Tree Warden Network which now has 8000 volunteers . He has written ten books on trees, speaks at national and international conferences on trees and the environment and has regularly appeared on radio and TV.

Pecuniary Interests: Spouse is a member of staff at the school

Term of Office: - 2011 - expires Jan 2019

   

Mrs Samantha White - Parent Governor  (Vice Chair)

Responsibilities: Member of Curriculum, Progress and Standards Committee. Link Governor for Music.

Relevant Experience: Local business owner, previous project management and training experience.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office: 2015 - expires July 2019

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr John Stringer - Parent Governor

Responsibilities: Member of Curriculum, Progress & Standards and Strategy Committees. Training and Development Governor. Link Governor for school performance data analysis.

Relevant Experience: Career exceeding 20 years in information technology. Voluntary experience as a primary school learning support assistant. Recently qualified primary school teacher.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office: 2012 - expires Nov 2016

   

Ms Catherine Williams - Teacher Governor

Responsibilities: Member of Curriculum, Progress & Standards, lettings and Performance Management Committees.

 

Relevant Experience: QTS since 2012. Degree in Fine Art and musical qualifications in piano and saxophone. Personal interest in mathematics and a love of data.

Pecuniary Interests: Teacher at the school

Term of Office: 2015 - expires Jan 2019

 

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Mrs Patricia Palmer - Clerk to the Governing Body  
   

 

 

Attendance Records for Governing Body Meetings 2015-16
           
Committee FGB CP&S FP&R Strategy  
Mr Justin Bartlett 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Mrs Marie Leonard 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Mrs. Victoria Brook-Holmes 90%   86%    
Mrs Alison Hodgson 100% 66%   100%  
Rev. Dr. Raymond Burnish JP 90% 100%   100%  
Mrs Patricia Palmer 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Sally Rogers 100%   86%    
Ian Ryan 80% 84%   50%  
Jonathan Stokes 50%   100%    
John Stringer 50% 84%   100%  
Ms Lauren Stevens  90%   72% 100%  
Mrs Samantha White 90% 84%      
Ms Catherine Williams 90% 66%      
Paul Woodman 100%   100%    
           
           
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