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Governors

To see the Governors Newsletter to parents  Jan 2016 please click here

Governors Newsletter to parents March 2015

Welcome to the Governors section. Here you will find information about the work of the governing body and also about the members of the governing body.

The Governing Body* has responsibility for the strategic objectives of the school and is responsible for promoting high standards of achievement and progress. We work closely with the headteacher to determine the school’s priorities and we support the school in achieving those aims. We also follow a rigour cycle of monitoring and evaluating to ensure the school’s self assessment is accurate.

(*The Governing Body, which is constituted by an instrument of Government effected by order of the East Sussex Local Education Authority in April 2004, is a dedicated group of people coming together to undertake the strategic and statutory management requirements of the School).

The school values governors involvement in the life and work of the school and would encourage you to become a member of the governing body when an opportunity arises. Parent Governors vacancies are mentioned in the school newsletter.

Information on the role of governors can be found here.

To see the Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools please click here

Please click here to see our Code of Conduct

Being a governor is an incredibly rewarding experience. Governors come from different backgrounds, reflecting the many interest groups involved in our school, but they have one important thing in common: they are dedicated to ensuring that the children at St Mary the Virgin have the best education possible.

 

Governing Body Members

The school has a committed and hardworking team of governors who support and challenge the school, through the Governing body itself, and the two sub-committees: the Business Committee and the Academic Committee.

If parents have an issue they wish to discuss they should always approach the teacher or headteacher in the first instance.

 

Lorna Simm  – Chair of the Governing Body

  • Elected as Parent governor from 1st April 2011- 31st March 2015, elected as Foundation governor by St Mary’s PCC from 1st April 2015- 31st March 2019
  • Chairs the Full Governing Body meetings, is a member of the Academic Committee, attends Business meetings, is a member of the Marketing Working Party, Headteacher Recruitment Working Party, Headteacher Recruitment Panel and Headteacher Performance Management Panel
  • Governor attendance 2014-2015: 7/7 Full Governing Body meetings; 6/6 (1 electronic attendance) Academic committee meetings; 4/4 Business committee meetings, 1/1 FGB Safeguarding Training, 1/1 FGB Finance Training
  • Register of business interests, other educational establishments governed, relationships between governor and members of school staff: has 1 child at St Mary’s.

I have been a Parent Governor since Spring 2011, and a parent at the school since September 2009. I have served as a member of the governing body as Chair of the Academic Committee for 1 year and as Vice Chair for 2 years. I have a deep understanding of the school and am excited by the incredible potential it has to flourish. I deeply value the contribution a small church school makes to a village like Hartfield and am passionate about ensuring St Mary’s continues to raise standards and ensures all pupils make good or better progress during their time here. At the end of 2014-2015 we saw some fantastic results as a result of good – outstanding teaching. We will build on this in 2015-2016 to ensure our school is recognised as a place of excellent teaching and learning and outstanding behaviour, all within a strong christian ethos of service and compassion.

I have a degree in Graphic Design and use this knowledge to support the school with its publications, marketing, website and social media presence. My career led me to be an Operations Manager so I have a wide ranging experience of managing budgets, recruitment, performance management, understanding data, presenting reports and designing operation systems, which have also been helpful in supporting and challenging the school.

You can contact me at; chair@st-maryhartfield.e-sussex.sch.uk

Andy Parkin – Vice Chair

  • Elected by St Mary’s PCC from June 2015 – June 2019
  • Governor attendance 2014 – 2015 (NB, term started in June) 1/1 Full Governing Body meetings; 1/1 Academic committee meetings; 1/1 Business committee meetings.
  • Member of the Business Committee
  • Register of business interests, other educational establishments governed, relationships between governor and members of school staff: none (retired)

I graduated from Exeter University in 1971 with an Honours degree in Physics and Geology.  I worked for 5 different Local Authorities over a period of 35 years, and latterly for the London Boroughs of Bromley and Croydon. My work was mainly in the Social Services and Education Departments, with my final post being Assistant Director of Education with responsibility for a range of support functions. These included Finance, Personnel, School Admissions and ICT. I also hold a Management qualification and qualified as a Public Finance Accountant in mid-career, in order to widen job opportunities.

I am married with 3 grown up sons and 5 grandchildren. We moved to Crowborough in 1986 and my 3 boys attended St John’s CE School and Beacon Community College in Crowborough. My hobbies include gardening, family history research, reading, Pilates, walking, sports spectating and running, although latterly the aging process has restricted this activity, and cycling has taken its place. I was an athletics coach at Crowborough Runners junior section for 8 years and served as Club Secretary for Crowborough Runners until October 2015.

Having supported schools from a Local Authority perspective I am anxious to use my experience and knowledge to assist St Mary the Virgin CEP School in its further development.

James Procter – Executive Headteacher

  • Appointed from September 2017

I have worked in Primary Schools in both Lincolnshire and East Sussex and have taught all year groups. I have been a Leading County Teacher, Senior Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Head of School and now Executive Headteacher.  I love seeing the amazing children in our Federation finding their learning irresistible, particularly where the children actively explore concepts, apply skills, ask questions and are motivated by independent discovery. I enjoy working alongside the great staff team and supportive parents and governors.

My vision and values for ­­The Pioneer Federation: An outstanding federation with a central focus on creative, innovative and engaging teaching that develops a love and interest in learning. My vision is for our children to value learning as a creative endeavour that underpins their aspirations for great futures and to ensure that we are all focused on seeing opportunities and believing that anything is possible. We craft meaningful contexts for learning and tasks that develop key skills for independence, confidence and resilience, which actively engage children. The federation will have outstanding schools where every child is provided with a toolkit for life-long learning through the highest quality teaching.

 

Chantal Charman – Staff Governor

  • Staff Governor. Appointed by staff election 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2019
  • Register of business interests, other educational establishments governed, relationships between governor and members of school staff: Teacher at St Mary’s
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016 (started Jan ’16) Jan ’16 FGB meeting, March ’16 Academic Meeting.

 Juliet Stirrat

  • Local Authority governor, elected by St Mary’s PCC from 21st October 2014 – 20th October 2018
  • Member of the Business Committee
  • Governor attendance 2014-2015: 7/7 Full Governing Body meetings; 6/6 (1 electronic attendance) Academic committee meetings, 1/1 FGB Safeguarding Training, 1/1 FGB Finance Training
  • Register of business interests, other educational establishments governed, relationships between governor and members of school staff: Teacher (occasionally works as supply at St Mary’s)

After graduating from Manchester University with a degree in History of Art, I worked in London as a picture restorer for 12 years. We moved to Sussex in 1994 where I joined the PTA at my children’s school and then became Chairman for a year. I also started my own business running art and craft courses for children in the school holidays. In 2001 I returned to university to study for a PGCE, which included teaching practice at St Mary’s! My final practice was at Dormansland and I stayed for 10 years, finally leaving in July 2013.   Whilst there, I worked in a job-share teaching Years 2, 3 and 6 for 3-4 years each, as well as leading maths and history, mentoring PGCE students and being involved with 1-2-1 tuition. For the last few years I have also tutored children from Year 1 to Year 9. My daughter recently graduated from Newcastle University, whilst my son graduated from Durham three years ago.  For the last two years I have been supply teaching, tutoring, marking SATs papers and studying for a TESOL qualification, as well as volunteering at St Mary’s.  I was a governor of Brambletye from 1999 to 2013 and also a staff governor at Dormansland for four years. I am a trustee of the Countess of Thanet’s Almshouses in Holtye and of EHAS, a children’s charity in Edenbridge.

Hilary Rowberry

  • Elected by St Mary’s PCC from 1st October 2011 – 30th September 2015
  • Chair of the governing body during the Academic year 2014-2015, Chair of the Academic Committee from 2011-2014
  • Is a member of the Academic Committee
  • Governor attendance 2014-2015: 7/7 Full Governing Body meetings, 6/6, Academic committee meetings; 4/4 Business committee meetings, 1/1 FGB Safeguarding Training, 1/1 FGB Finance Training
  • Register of business interests, other educational establishments governed, relationships between governor and members of school staff: none (retired)

My interest in supporting St Mary the Virgin School has grown as a member of the community for thirty years, as a parent of a child who attended St Marys and working with the school children over many years on environmental visits.

My passion for teaching spans over forty years across all school sectors: primary, secondary and further education where I was Vice Principal responsible for Curriculum development, staff development and training and student affairs . I have also worked as a science advisory teacher and in teacher training.

Most recently I was a senior leader in a local primary school teaching science to all age groups and responsible for school developments including Investors in People, Eco-Schools and Royal Society Partnership links with local Business and Industry. I run a small Environmental Centre in Hartfield working with local schools, the British Wildlife Centre and the RSPB. I am a member of our church congregation where my husband is church warden.

Rev. Julie Sear

  • Ex-Officio Foundation Governor from 2nd January 2014 – 1st January 2018 as Rev Sear is Rector at St Mary’s Church
  • Member of the Academic Committee
  • Special areas of responsibility – Safeguarding, SIAMS
  • Governor attendance 2014-2015: 5/7 Full Governing Body meetings, 6/6 Academic committee meetings, 1/1 FGB Safeguarding Training, 1/1 FGB Finance Training
  • Register of business interests, other educational establishments governed, relationships between governor and members of school staff: Ex-officio priest in charge

I arrived in Hartfield in November 2013 with my husband Trevor. We have two grown up sons Ben and Andrew. Ben is also training for ordination. I trained for ordination for two years at Trinity College Bristol and then undertook my Curacy in Ashington, Washington, Wiston with Buncton, nestling at the base of the South Downs. At St Mary’s Church, Hartfield, we love to welcome people of all ages. We also have close links with St Mary’s school and a once a month cafe’ in the church where parents and children and community come together. I enjoy coming in and taking assemblies and being part of festivals and end of term services. I look forward to my role as a school Governor with link responsibilities for Religious Education and child safeguarding.

 

Heidi Twort

  • Parent Governor, elected by the parent body. 11th July 2016-10th July 2020

I have been a part of the Hartfield community for the last 8 years and in September, I will have two children in St Mary’s. I already feel lucky to be a part of the school and would love to extend my involvement in the future of St Mary’s. I am full of enthusiasm, willing to learn and also bring the qualitities of a good listener, number skills and have a passion for education .

 

We welcome governors from a diverse range of people from different backgrounds, experiences and ages.

Martin Jenkins – Treasurer to the Governing Body, no voting rights

 

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

 

Phil Wilmowski  – Clerk to the Governors

The Clerk holds an historic appointment going back 400 years and works closely with the Chair of Governors, the Headteacher, and the other Governors to support the Governing Body. I advise the Governing Body on constitutional and procedural matters, duties, and powers. I am accountable to the Governing Body, maintain its information management system, record minutes of meetings, and undertake the role of historian.

Before taking early retirement, I worked as a BT manager (planning, customer service, staff management, and project management) for 36 years, and spent 42 years in the Territorial Army (rising from Pte to Major).

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Parent Governors are drawn from parents and careers of the children at school. Parents Governors do not necessarily represent the views of the parents, and therefor do not report back to them.

Staff Governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.

Community Governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent Community interests.

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Mary the Virgin Church.

Associate Members are not Governors, but appointed by the Governing Body to attend regular meetings due to their particular skills or experience.

The Governing Body at St Mary the Virgin, Hartfield is constituted in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (Engand) Regulations 2003. These reguations cover the number and type of governors that make up the Governing Body.

 

To view the most recent sets of Governing Body minutes please click below: