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Pocklington Community Junior School

Governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.

Our governing body is made up of the following individuals:

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Chair of Governors – Mrs Julia Thomson – No declared pecuniary interests

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Responsibility: Resources, Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: School development plan, East Riding School Improvement Programme (ERSIP), Wold Learning Partnership Trustee & School Council

I have a retail background, firstly as a Buyer in a large department store group then as a Director for Training and HR at Shiseido, a worldwide Japan based cosmetic business. I have also been a School Governor in Surrey for 15 years, 10 as Chair of Resources. Moving north, back to my roots, I joined PCJS as a Governor in October 2014 and became Chair in July 2015. I am a fellow of the NSPCC and have done extensive fundraising on behalf of Save the Children and Cancer Research. I am a keen dog walker, cook, reader and a member of MENSA.

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Vice Chair of Governors – Mrs Sandra Burley – No declared pecuniary interests

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Responsibility: Chair of Teaching and Learning and Resources, Teaching & Learning Member

Link Area: SEN, Looked After Children, Pupil Premium and Numeracy

I was a lecturer at the University of Hull from 1990 until autumn 2014, I am still a registered nurse and currently involved  in the patient participation group at the local surgery, the Dementia Action Alliance for East Yorkshire and monitoring and validating nursing courses. I have been a Governor at PCJS since July 2014, taking up the role of Chair of the Standards Committee in January 2015 and I feel we have made good progress in the school over the last year. I think the website gives you a flavour of our successes and future aspirations. My overall role is to monitor the school’s development plan and activities alongside the other Governors and provide constructive criticism for continued improvement. A specific area of responsibility is monitoring attendance.

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Chair of Resources – Mr Stephen Burley – No declared pecuniary interests

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Link Area: Attendance & Accidents Monitor, Premises, Health & Safety and Finance, Wolds Learning Partnership Trustee

 

I am a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Registered Valuer, Managing Director of RM English and a Partner and Auctioneer at York Auction Centre. As a long standing Pocklingtonian I am committed to the continuing development of excellence in our community and its schools. I was born and bred in Pocklington and attended Pocklington Community Junior School in the early 60s, so have seen the major changes to the school over this time and in more detail since becoming a co opted Governor in 1999. I have been involved in all the major capital works undertaken at the school during this time. I took over the Chair of Resources Committee in January 2016 and hold specific Governor responsibility for finance, health and safety and the fabric of the school.

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Responsibility: Resources member, Vice Chair of Resources

Link Area: Art & Culture, Data

 

 

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Mrs Angela Guest – No declared pecuniary interests. Member of staff at Pocklington Community Junior School.

Staff governor, appointed by staff.

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Safeguarding Deputy, Educational Visits, More Able & Gifted.

My previous working role was in the Customer Service department for ERYC where I developed essential skills to deal with various scenarios with a number of different people. As the senior Midday Supervisor for Pocklington Community Junior School those skills sometimes come in handy! My job is to make sure the children have a happy and safe lunchtime, which I have been doing since November 2013. I was appointed Staff Governor in September 2015 and have a daughter at the school, currently in year 4.

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Mrs Liz Greatorex

Pecuniary interest declared: Childminder for the Headteacher’s child.

Parent governor, appointed by parents.

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Literacy, Governor Training

I have worked in the Secretarial/PA sector for various companies both large and small and trained as a Company Facilitator and team member working in a world-wide project team implementing new processes and procedure. I am currently a childminder where the children’s welfare is of paramount importance and I strive to give the children the best chances and experiences to help them achieve their potential; this is a crucial part of being a Governor too. Other commitments include being on the Advisory Board for Pocklington and Market Weighton Children’s Centres and Chairperson of the local Childminding Group.

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Mrs Caroline Hewitt – No declared pecuniary interests

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Behaviour & Safety, Sport Premium (PE) and Assessment

 

I initially trained as a primary school teacher, responsible for Foundation, PE & SEN. I have trained teaching assistants, Early Years Qualifications and provided autism training. I am passionate about encouraging children to be the best that they can be and make a difference in the world around them. I believe in raising awareness and breaking down barriers to help live in an inclusive community. I have also been involved in national projects with NSLC training teaching assistants how to teach science in school. I am an advocate for independent learners who are engaged to achieve their goals.

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Mr Alex Reppold – Headteacher.

Pecuniary interest declared:

Married to the headteacher of Malton Community Primary School.

Liz Greatorex is my child’s childminder.

 

 

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Vice Chair of Teaching and Learning – Mr Mathew Rowley – No declared pecuniary interests

Local Authority governor, appointed by the Local Authority.

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning Member

Link Area: Safeguarding Lead

I am a commercial solicitor at Harrowells Limited in Pocklington and York. Previously I have worked as a Police Officer and a Teaching Assistant at the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent. I worked with deaf children and others with special educational needs, including autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I have twin boys aged 5 who live and attend school near Driffield.

 

How our governing body is structured

Governors are organised into two committees; Resources and Teaching and Learning. These two committees meet separately and come together for Full Governor’s meetings. This allows governors to understand a smaller area of the school in greater depth and develops expertise. The membership of the committees is as follows;

Teaching and Learning

Chair of Teaching and Learning – Mrs Sandra Burley

Mrs Julia Thomson

Mr Matthew Rowley

Mrs Liz Greatorex

Mrs Angela Guest

Mrs Caroline Hewitt

Mr Alex Reppold

Resources

Chair of Resources – Mr Stephen Burley

Mrs Julia Thomson

Mrs Sandra Burley

Mr Alex Reppold

Mrs Hannah Fouracre

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor. If you are interested in finding out more about what our governors do, please get in touch with the school office.

If you wish to get in touch with the governors to compliment the work of the school or pass on a concern or criticism, please pass this through the school office. If the message is confidential, please ensure it is in an envelope marked as such and include your contact details so that the governors can address you directly without needing to ask the school to provide contact details.

Meeting Attendees:

Pay Progression Committee Meeting – 19th October 2017

Mrs J Thomson, Mr A Reppold, Mr S Burley, Mrs S Burley