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We meet regularly throughout the school year, both as a full Governing Body and also in our two committees (Impact on Learning and Resources) to look in detail at different aspects of the school’s work and environment.

 

These aspects include:

• Promoting high standards of education and achievement

• Setting direction, policies and objectives for the school’s long term future

• Work with the Senior Leadership Team to set the school’s aims and values

• Approving the allocation and control of the school budget

• Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives

• Appointing staff

• Challenging and supporting the Headteacher

 

We visit the school on a regular basis (twice a term) to go into different classrooms and observe learning activities. We are guided on our visits by aspects of the School Improvement plan (SIP) which the Headteacher would like us to monitor. 

 

We feel it is important to ensure that parents are kept informed as much as possible about the school and Governor activities. A Newsletter is sent at the end of each term to parents and the more recent ones are available below.

Governor Newsletter Summer 2019

Governor Newsletter Autumn 2018

Governor Committee Terms of Reference

The School Governing Body has recently been re-constituted such that there are 14 Governors who have voting rights.

There are two sub-committees
Impact on Learning (IoL)
Resources (Res)

Recommendations for the size and composition of Wheatfields Infants and Nursery School is as follows:

5 x Parent Governors

Vicky Penn (Chair of IoL)
Debbie Chachulski (IoL)
Vicky Bristow  (IoL)
Dhaud Sardar (Res)

Heather Molsom (Res)

 

1 x Staff Governors
Thomas Rush (IoL)

 

1 x Head Teacher
Clare Cockburn (IoL)(Res)


7 x Co-opted Governors

Roger Thomas (Chair of FGB) (IoL) (Res)
Mark Adams (IoL)
Craig Furner (Res)
James Rodea (Res)
Chris Kelly (Res)
Father Grant Holmes (IoL)

Rebecca Dawson (IoL)

Associate Governors
Anna Chase
Caroline Churchill
Michael Clarke

 

Governors

 

Name: Roger Thomas
Category: LA Governor
Governors Term of Office: 11/10/2015 – 10/10/2019
Committees: Impact on Learning /Resources
Areas of Responsibility: Chair of FGB/Heads PM Committee/Sports Premium
Relevant associated interests: Chair of Wheatfields Junior School/AQA Moderator
Personal relationships with school:None

 

Coming from a farming background, I took a degree in Agricultural Engineering before joining David Brown Tractors as a graduate trainee. I moved into Marketing and Sales until the company merged with International Harvesters and became Case International. It was then that I took a different path and started a career in education, firstly as a senior lecturer in a college in South Wales and then as Head of Agricultural Engineering at Oaklands College. Following mergers with St Albans FE and the Building College I became Head of Land Based Studies and for a number of years I was an Associate Ofsted Inspector. Latterly I joined AQA (an exam board) to develop new Land Based qualifications and the Extended Project. I joined the Infant School Governing Body to try to appreciate the primary curriculum which my two grandsons are now following.

 

Name: Clare Cockburn
Category: Head
Appointing Body: Governors
Term of Office: 01/09/2017
Committees: Resources/Impact on Learning
Areas of Responsibility: Curriculum
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: Headteacher

 

Name: Vicky Penn
Category: Parent
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Term of Office: 14/10/2014 – 13/10/2018
Committees: Chair of Impact on Learning
Areas of responsibility: Early Years
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: Child in Year 1

I have been an Impact on Learning Governor since October 2014 and I am enjoying supporting the school in this role. I live locally and I am a mother of two girls and a boy, I am a full time mum who works as a Primary Supply Teacher in Hertfordshire occasionally. Having worked as a Primary Teacher for over 13 years I feel I have skills and attributes I can offer the Impact on Learning Committee on the Governing body and I look forward to doing so over the next few years.

 

Name: James Rodea
Category: Co-opted
Appointing Body: Governors
Term of Office: 20/10/2015 – 19/10/19
Committees: Resources
Areas of Responsibility: HR/Pay Committee/Treetops
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: Child in Year 1 

 

James Rodea is an Executive Director with a shareholding in the company he works for, SPF Private Clients, based at 55 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5DX. James has been with SPF, over two terms for 17 years. SPF is a financial services company offering advice in mortgages, insurance and financial planning.

 

Name: Mark Adams
Category: Co-opted
Appointing Body: Governors
Term of Office: 23/09/2017 – 22/09/2021
Committees: Impact on Learning
Areas of Responsibility: School Council/IT/GDPR
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: None

 

I am the father of three daughters. I see the Parent Governor role as an ideal opportunity for me to give something back to the school. I have previous committee experience with a local wildlife charity. As an IT professional I would like to explore more efficient ways for the governors to communicate their work with parents and the wider community.

 

Name Craig Furner
Category:Co Opted
Appointing Body: Governors
Terms of Office: 29/03/16 - 28/03/20
Areas of Responsibility: Health and Safety
Relevant Associated Interests: None
Personal Relationships with School: Child in Reception


I have lived in St Albans for 12 years now and became involved with Wheatfields Infants' School in 2008 when my elder daughter Emma started there, to be followed by our daughter Ava a few years later and now our son has just started his school career at the school. I became a governor to give something back to the school that played such a vital role in my own childrens’ lives. I have a 20 year career in Financial services and enjoy sports and spending time with my family. Most of my free time these days is spent next to the hockey and rugby fields supporting my kids!

 

Name: Rebecca Dawson 
Category: Co Opted
Appointing Body: Governor
Term of Office: 16/10/18 – 15/10/22
Committees: Impact on Learning
Areas of Responsibility: Inclusion and Safeguarding
Relevant associated interests: Staff Member at Sandringham School
Personal relationships with school: None

 

 

Name: Debbie Chachulski
Category: Parent
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Terms of Office: 23/01/17 - 22/01/2021
Area of Responsibility: Key Stage 1 /School Council
Relevant Associated Interests: None
Personal Relationships with School: Parent of Child in Year 2 and Reception

 

My son is currently in Year 2 and my daughter is in Reception. I work part time for a large utility company, as a Health and Safety Educational Advisor, with previous experience in Internal Audit. I also run a local playgroup, something I have been involved in for over 3 years. I am passionate about giving back to my community and making a difference and believe I have the right skills and attributes to positively contribute as a Parent Governor.

 

Name: Heather Molsom
Category : Parent
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Term of Office: 11/05/18 – 10/05/22
Committees: Resources
Areas of Responsibility: Finance/Pay Committee
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: Child in Year 1

I joined the Governing Body in 2014, taking a role in the Resources Committee supporting the Leadership Team on the finance agenda. I am a Chartered Management Accountant, with more than 15 years’ experience working in commercial and operational finance roles for large corporations and am currently spending time at home looking after our three boys. I moved to Marshalswick three years ago with my family, and am looking forward to all three boys attending and developing at Wheatfields Infants and Nursery.

 

Name: Chris Kelly
Category : Co-opted
Appointing Body: Governors
Term of Office:01/10/16 - 30/09/20
Committee: Resources
Areas of Responsibility: Pay Committee/ Premises
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: None

 

A former mathematics teacher and first class cricket umpire who for the last 15 years has been involved in the management of cricket umpiring at both ICC and ECB. Currently in my second term as a school Governor, moving from Parent to Community Governor when both children moved on from the school.

 

Name: Father Grant Holmes
Category: Co-opted
Term of Office:10/01/17 – 09/01/21
Appointing Body: Governors
Committee: Impact on Learning
Areas of Responsibilty: Inclusion/ SEN (inc PPr)
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationship with school: Local Vicar

 

Fr Grant is the Vicar of Marshalswick. He was born in County Durham but moved to Lancashire soon after. He was ordained in 1979 and has served in both parochial ministry and sector ministries (theological education and the NHS).

 

Name: Thomas Rush
Category: Staff
Appointing Body: Staff Election
Term of Office:08/10/18 - 07/10/22
Committee: Impact on Learning
Areas of Responsibility: Staff Representative
Relevant Associated Interests: Class Teacher
Personal interest with school: Member of Teaching Staff

Name: Eden Longley
Category : Parent
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Term of Office: 11/05/18 – 10/05/22
Committees: Impact on Learning
Areas of Responsibility: British Values/ Wellbeing
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: 2 Children in Year 2

 

I left school at 16 and became an apprentice plumber, challenging for a girl in the early 90s. I’ve run my own plumbing business and gained a BSc, and a PGCE whilst working full time. I now run the plumbing department at Oaklands College. I bring experience of running a small business in challenging times, an understanding of education, diverse work experience and a desire to help the school evolve to prepare our children for a changing world.


Name: Dhaud Sardar
Category : Parent
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Term of Office: 11/05/18 – 10/05/22
Committees: Resources
Areas of Responsibility:
Relevant associated interests: None
Personal relationships with school: Child in Reception

 

My son is in Nursery and will attend reception, September 2018. I have a 1yr old daughter who we hope will attend the school in the future. I believe that the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements and their social and life skills.

 

With my project management background, in construction and civil engineering, I will support staff and ensure your views are represented and always considered when making decisions about our children’s school.

 

To Contact Governors Please use the contact box below

 

Governor Attendance

 

 

 

 

Governor

FGB attendance 2017-2018

Sub-committee attendance 2017-2018

FGB attendance 2018-2019

Sub-committee attendance 2018-2019

Mr Roger Thomas

3/6

9/12

1/1

2/2

Mrs Vicky Penn

6/6

6/6

1/1

1/1

Mr James Rodea

5/6

6/6

1/1

1/1

Mr Mark Adams

5/6

6/6

0/1

0/1

Miss Clare Cockburn

6/6

12/12

1/1

2/2

Mrs Hayley Gilbert

3/6

5/6

-

-

Mrs Debbie Chachulski

5/6

5/6

1/1

1/1

Mr Craig Furner

6/6

4/6

1/1

1/1

Father Grant Holmes

1/6

1/6

1/1

1/1

Mr Chris Kelly

4/6

6/6

1/1

1/1

Mrs Heather Molsom

5/6

6/6

1/1

1/1

Mrs Eden Longley

1/2

2/2

0/1

0/1

Mr Dhaud Sardar

2/2

2/2

1/1

1/1

Miss Jen Hackett

5/6

5/6

-

-

Mr Thomas Rush

-

-

1/1

1/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All absences were approved unless denoted by an asterisk*

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