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Governors

Governors at St Martin’s Primary School are extremely ambitious for the school and the children. First and foremost, as governors we ensure that children are safe and happy in a good learning environment. We aim to ensure that children are attending a safe, successful school which provides them with the best education to meet their individual needs and supports their wellbeing.

 

The Governing Body works with the Executive Headteacher and other staff, promoting high standards and providing appropriate support and challenge to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the Executive Headteacher and leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its children, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
  • Check that the children, parents and staff are actively engaged in the development of the school.

 

We fulfil this role by getting to know the school and the wider educational context and community, reading documents and attending meetings where we ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the benefit of the children in the school, attending training and development events to improve our own skills and knowledge and adhering to the Governors’ Code of Conduct. Individual governors take on responsibilities for specific key areas of school life.

 

The Full Governing Body meets regularly, at least five times per year. We also have two committees – Finance & Resources and Education & Standards – and these meetings take place between our Full Governing Body meetings.

 

Our Governors and their responsibilities

Name

Governor type

Appointing body

Date of appointment

End of term of office

Specific responsibilities and links

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings 09/2015-11/2016

Andy Goode

(Chair)

Local Authority 

Local Authority

 20/1/17

Chair of Full Governing Body

Safeguarding/Child Protection and E-safety, Behaviour, Attendance, Staffing Performance

 2/2

Tracey Kneale CBE

Executive Headteacher

Governing Body

01/09/2016

n/a

Executive Headteacher

2/2

Rev. Phill Brown

(Vice Chair)

Co-opted

Governing Body

01/09/2015

31/08/2019

Vice Chair of Full Governing Body, Chair of Education & Standards Committee, English & Phonics, MFL, RE

9/11

Joy Carroll

Co-opted

Governing Body

27/09/2016

26/09/2020

SEN, Inclusion & EAL, Assessment

2/2

Lyndsay Francis

Parent/Family

Parents/Families

27/09/2016

26/09/2016

IT, Science, Community

2/2

Hannah Harvey

Parent/Family

Parents/Families

12/07/2016

11/07/2020

School Council, Geography, History

3/3

Sue Jenkins

Associate (no voting rights)

Governing Body

27/09/2016

n/a

Executive Deputy Headteacher

2/2

Sarah Kilby

Co-opted

Governing Body

09/07/2014

08/07/2018

Early Years, Maths, Transition

7/11

Karen Morris

Co-opted

Governing Body

08/12/2015

07/12/2019

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee,

Website compliance, Music, Art & Creative Arts, Gifted and Talented

9/9

Aubrey Oliver

Co-opted

Governing Body

01/09/2015

31/08/2019

PE, Pupil & Sports Premiums, PSHE/SMSC/British Values

10/11

Sue Palmer

Staff

Staff

06/11/2015

05/11/2019

Staff liaison

12/13

 

Caroline Watkins

Clerk to the Governors

Chair/School

17/05/2016

n/a

Clerking and governance support

4/4

Alan Hardwicke

Co-opted

Governing Body

01/09/2015

Resigned 01/03/2016

SEN, Safeguarding/Child Protection, Training

3/5

Hilary Thomas

Associate (no voting rights)

Governing Body

0109/2016

Left SMPS 29/04/2016

Pupil Premium data

4/7

Vickie Walker

Headteacher

n/a

02/09/2013

Left SMPS 31/08/2016

Headteacher responsibilities

8/9

 

Neil Christie

Co-opted

Governing Body

05/01/2015

Resigned 26/07/2016

IT, Science

6/9

Tracey Kneale CBE

(co-Vice Chair)

Local Authority

Herefordshire Council

16/03/2016

Stepped down as Vice Chair and appointed as Interim Executive Headteacher 01/09/2016

Co-Vice Chair of Full Governing Body

Chair of Education & Standards Committee

SEND

3/4

Trina Thomas

Associate (no voting rights)

Governing Body

01/09/2012

Associate Governors updated 01/09/2016

Safeguarding/Child Protection

By invitation

 

 Barbara Frankham

Co-opted 

 Governing body

03/09/2012

January 2017

(resigned)

Premises, Health & Safety, Eco/Forest School

 8/11

 

Finance & Resources Committee

Name

Role

Attendance at committee meetings 09/2015-11/2016

Karen Morris

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

2/2

Tracey Kneale CBE

Executive Headteacher

1/1

Lyndsay Francis

Committee Member

1/1

Sarah Kilby

Committee Member

4/5

Aubrey Oliver

Committee Chair

5/5

Sue Palmer

School Business Manager

3/4

 Babara Frankham

 Committee Member (resigned)

4/5 

Hilary Thomas

Committee Member

(left)

2/2

Neil Christie

Committee Member (resigned)

2/4

Vickie Walker

Headteacher (left)

3/4

Tracey Kneale CBE

Committee Member (stepped down and appointed as Interim Executive Headteacher)

1/1

 

Education & Standards Committee

Name

Role

Attendance at committee meetings 09/2015-11/2016

Rev. Phill Brown

Chair of Education & Standards Committee

2/2

Tracey Kneale

Committee Chair

1/1

Joy Carroll

Committee Member

1/1

Hannah Harvey

Committee Member

1/1

Sue Jenkins

Committee Member

1/1

Cathi Shovlin 

Committee Member

 2/2

Alan Hardwicke

Committee Chair (resigned)

1/1

Vickie Walker

Headteacher (left)

2/2

Sarah Kilby

Committee Member (reorganised committees 07/2016)

2/2

Tracey Kneale

Chair of Education & Standards Committee

(stepped down and appointed as Interim Executive Headteacher)

1/1

Trina Thomas

Committee Member (reorganised committees 07/2016)

0/1

 

Governors’ Register of Interests

Name

Relevant business interests

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Andy Goode

(Chair)

None

None

None

Tracey Kneale CBE

(Executive Headteacher)

None

Executive Headteacher – Marlbrook Primary Teaching School, Little Dewchurch Primary School and Ewyas Harold Primary School

None

Rev. Phill Brown

(Vice Chair)

South Wye Team Ministry

None

None

Joy Carroll

None

None

None

Lyndsay Francis

Herefordshire Council employee

None

None

Barbara Frankham

Full House FRS Limited up to 08.2016

None

None

Hannah Harvey

None

None

None

Sue Jenkins

None

Deputy Headteacher – Marlbrook Primary Teaching School, Little Dewchurch Primary School and Ewyas Harold Primary School

None

Sarah Kilby

None

Aylestone Business & Enterprise College

None

Karen Morris

None

None

None

Aubrey Oliver

None

Our Lady’s Primary School

None

Sue Palmer

None

None

None

Alan Hardwicke

None

None

None

Cathi Shovlin 

None 

None 

None 

Hilary Thomas

Vennture and Rob Thomas Consultancy (partner’s businesses)

None

None

Neil Christie

None

None

None

Vickie Walker

None

None

None

Trina Thomas

None

None

None

About us:

Andy Goode - Chair of Governors

 

 

 

 Tracey Kneale CBE - Interim Executive Head Teacher

Originally from Brighton, Sussex, I worked as a Psychologist before qualifying as a teacher in 1992. I was a Head Teacher in Liverpool for 4 years before moving to Herefordshire in 2004 to become Head Teacher of Marlbrook Primary School. I am also Executive Head Teacher of Marlbrook Primary Teaching School with Little Dewchurch and Ewyas Harold primary schools. I am a National Leader in Education, an Ofsted inspector and Marlbrook is a National Support School. When not working, I love walking, the theatre and the cinema. I also love spending time with my 2 dogs – both of whom are far more photogenic than me!

  

Rev. Phill Brown - Vice-Chair, Co-opted Community Governor

I come from a local family and have lived in South Wye all my life. I grew up in Hunderton with my two older Brother and after leaving school joined the Army along with them. There I trained as a Plumber and Pipe-fitter before moving into manufacturing Temperature control product. I married my wife at the age of 22 and we have 4 children. I became a Christian at the age of 25 and was eventually Ordained into the Church in Hereford Cathedral at 33. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Masters in Systematic & Philosophical Theology from the University of Nottingham and am currently undertaking a PhD in Historical and Philosophical theology. My interests are in Christian doctrine and apologetics as well as science and Art. I am very interested in modern science and Metaphysics and the nature of reality. I also like to do Classical Greek in my spare time and love translating ancient texts. I am also an Iconographer, the making of Russian and Byzantine religious art.

I believe very much that education is one of the most important aspects of any society, and is key to our development as valued and participating members of society. I believe education is essential for human beings to flourish and share more fully in the experience of life.

I am also very passionate about the TV series the Big Bang Theory and also anything to do with science fiction.

 

Joy Carroll - Co-opted Community Governor

As a Primary School teacher I started my teaching career in the London Borough of Brent. I have taught in America, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, holding a range of leadership roles including Lead Teacher for Literacy, Key Stage One Moderator for a Local Authority, Geography and History Coordinator, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Key Stage 1 Manager and Assistant Head Teacher. I set up and managed an Independent Nursery School in Hereford for 2 – 5 year olds. Following my experience in schools I worked as an advisor in Worcestershire Local Authority in the area of School Workforce.

I now work in the Centre for Primary Initial Teacher Education at the University of Worcester. I hold the posts of Module Leader for Y2 Professional Studies and am Geography tutor on the PGCE and UG programmes. I joined the School Partnership Team as Manager for UG Primary Placements. I maintain a keen interest in supporting adults to be outstanding in their practice to ensure that high standards of teaching and learning are maintained for our children in schools. I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education at University College London researching the impact of policy upon the practice of teacher educators. My latest publication is a book on The Teacher’s Standards and I am currently writing a book on British Values. Alongside my interest in writing I enjoy hill walking and dancing especially salsa and tango.

 

Lyndsay Francis - Parent Governor

I am a proud Herefordian who has had the pleasure of living and working in this beautiful county since the day I was born. I have worked for Herefordshire Council for the last 18 years, during this time I have worked in both Community Regeneration and more recently in the Economic Development Team.  I am involved in delivering our Growth Hub which involves supporting businesses with their growth plans and regularly advising them of the best route available to them to see these plans into reality.

My family has a long association with St Martins Primary School, with both my husband and I having attended the school, our daughter is currently in Year 1 and she absolutely loves it.  Our daughter is one of 3 in the 4th generation to attend St Martins, her great Grandfather attended the school at its previous site prior to the current school being built so you can see there is a strong family connection to the School.

St Martins is a key school in the South Wye community and I am very excited to have the opportunity to use my skills and enthusiasm to help and support the school to achieve its full potential and to build a reputation of being a leading primary school in Herefordshire for future generations.

My husband and I are keen ‘Caravanners’ and enjoy nothing more than waking up in the morning, sitting on a chair outside our caravan and gazing out over a beautiful lake or overlooking the countryside while sipping a cup of tea watching our daughter enjoy the great outdoors.

 

Hannah Harvey - Parent Governor

I was born in Birmingham which is where I met my husband who I have been married to for 5 years. We have two boys, one who started Reception in September 2016 and is very excited about that!

Before having children, I went to university and have a degree in Design for Interior Textiles. After university, I started working at Monsoon and was there until my eldest was born. I have since retrained as a Teaching Assistant. I am currently volunteering at St Martin’s and enjoying helping the children with their learning. In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema with my husband and children. I also enjoy spending time in the garden and seeing the flowers and vegetables grow that we have planted.

 

Sarah Kilby - Co-opted Community Governor

I was born in Hereford hospital but grew up with my parents and two older brothers in Presteigne which is just over the welsh border. We moved back here in the mid 90's into St Martin's catchment area and got to know St Martin's when our eldest son started in the nursery in September 1998. My three sons have gone through the school and I became a governor in the Autumn 2005 after our youngest started school! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and in my spare time can be found cultivating our little veg patch!   

 

Karen Morris - Co-opted Community Governor

I was born in Hereford and attended St Martins Primary School, after finishing at college I went to Glamorgan University to do a Business Accounting Degree. I've worked for the past 16 years in Public Sector finance with my current role of Principal Accountant at Avon and Somerset Police. I hope to benefit the school with my strong financial experience, I qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005. I have two children, one at primary school and the other studying at University so understand the need for a good educational start in life.

 Aubrey Oliver - Co-opted Community Governor

I was born and edcated in Wolverhampton. Later I spent twelve moths doing a practical on a mixed farm with a dairy herd before taking a degree in Horticulture at Nottingham University. I am able to milk a cow and drive a tractor! I moved to Herefordshire in 1965 where I qualified as a chartered accountant (I am now semi retired). I am a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, Worcestershire Cricket Club and Ireland's rugby union team. As a governor or St Martin's Primary school for many years, I want the school to be able to offer an ever widening opportunities for our children to progress and have a confident and happy future. As link governor for PE at the school I want to encourage the children to be involved in competitive team games - both in and out of school.

 

  

Sue Palmer  Staff Governor

I have worked at St Martin's Primary School for twenty seven years in a variety of roles. I was born in Hereford and have long associations with the school as both my husband and children have all attended the school. When I am not working I enjoy travelling, gardening and spending time with my grand children.

  

Sue Jenkins - Associate Governor

I am originally from Essex and I worked as a journalist before becoming a teacher 10 years ago. I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in 2011 and I am also the SENCo for Marlbrook, Little Dewchurch and Ewyas Harold Primary School. When I am not working I enjoy going to the theatre, travelling and walking my dog