Who we are


Who are School Governors?

School Governors are the largest voluntary group in the UK!
Governors represent all stakeholders in the school and together help decide on the direction, focus and ethos of the school. Representatives from the school staff, parents, local community and Church means that school decisions are made by people with a wide range of experiences and views.
 

What do School Governors Do?

The Governing Body has a strategic role in the development of the school but does not become involved in the day-to-day management - that is the role of the headteacher and the staff.
The Governing Body does however
• provide a strategic view - governors help set and maintain the broad framework within which the headteacher and staff should run the school. They also help plan ahead by setting aims and objectives.
• act as a critical friend -  governors provide the headteacher with support and constructive advice but also provide challenge! The Governing Body is there to monitor and evaluate the school's effectiveness and governors therefore should be prepared to ask some challenging questions!
• to ensure accountability - the headteacher and staff report to the Governing Body on the school's performance. In turn the Governing Body is accountable to all stakeholders on the school's overall performance.

 
Who are Petworth Primary School Governors?

Sara Bennie (Co-Chairperson) Local Authority Governor
Pay and Capability Committee and Chair of Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee       

I became a Parent Governor when we moved to Petworth and our children started at PPS. I wanted to be involved in their education and make a positive contribution to our local school. Over twenty years later I am still a governor but now represent the Local Authority. Having  retired after 30 years in teaching I feel I have time and experience to offer the school as both Chair of Governors and the Curriculum Committee. I find being a governor a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Lisa Whitby  Co-Chairperson                                                                                                          Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                                                                          

With both of my children now attending Petworth Primary School, I wanted to become a governor so that I can be involved in my children’s education. I am looking forward to learning more about the school and to hopefully making a positive contribution as I gain more experience as a governor.

Walter Jones (Vice Chair) Co-opted Governor                                                                                Pay and Capability Committee and Chair of Finance, Premises, Staffing, Health and Safety Committee                                                                                                     

Having retired from 38 years experience in schools, both as a teacher and as headteacher, I have had considerable knowledge of both finance and staffing issues and feel that I can bring this expertise to  the Governing Body at PPS.

Eileen Lintill Foundation Governor                                                                                                       Finance, Premises, Staffing Health and Safety Committee                                                          

I became a governor many years ago as my own children attended both PPS and Herbert Shiner School. I am the representative for St Mary's Church and I also represent the Governing Body on the Children and Family Centre steering group. As a District Councillor I find it helpful to understand the issues faced by children and schools today.                                                                                          

Judy Howard  Foundation Governor                                                                                                 Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee and Chair of Pay and Capability Committee

I am representative for St. Mary’s Church. I recently retired as Assistant Principal Education Welfare Officer, specialising  in children’s welfare and attendance at school. I am also a panel member for the West Sussex Adoption Panel. Our youngest son attended Herbert Shiner School. I was a Cub leader and ran a Community Playgroup for many years so have therefore been involved in all ages of young people. My strong interest in Education is maintained by sitting on the Diocesan Board of Education and now as a Governor of PPS to which I hope to help and bring some expertise.

Canon Mark Gilbert Rector St Mary's Church Petworth   Foundation Governor                           Finance, Premises, Staffing Health and Safety Committee

Naomi Welch Parent Governor                                                                                                     Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                                                                                  

As a parent of five Petworth Primary School children, two of whom are still at the school I felt I wanted to give something back. I have been Chairperson at Kaleidoscope Preschool for several years, so becoming a parent governor with an Early Years focus gives me the opportunity to make a positive contribution and use the knowledge I have gained.

Claire Abbott Parent Governor                                                                                                Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                                                                              

As a parent and school volunteer I want to play an active part in helping to develop our children's school. As a parent governor I hope to assist the school in its commitment to its pupils by supporting but also challenging the school's management. I aim to represent the views of the parents so that the parent voice is considered in the strategy making process and look forward to gaining a greater understanding of the many issues which play a part in our children's education.

Shirley Baring-Johnstone Co-opted Governor     
Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee and Pay and Capability Committee                     

I was a primary school teacher for many years. My volunteering roles all still revolve round young people. I am passionate about the importance of children developing an understanding of their place in the world. I am proud to be a governor and part of the rich school life that is offered to our pupils both within the classroom and outside.

Jennifer Loughan Co-opted Governor/ Parent governor                                                            Curriculum Welfare and Standards Committee and Finance, Premises, Staffing Health and Safety Committee

As a parent governor I am keen to be involved in the positive future progress of the school especially as I have three children who attend the school. I also work full time and as a family we have a farm so hope I can offer some business focus, creativity, positive input and practical skills to the role.

John Galvin Headteacher                                                                                                                   AllCommittees

Ella Whitchurch Staff Governor
Curriculum, Standards and Welfare Committee
 
John Merchant   Clerk to Governors
 
 
Governor Categories and Terms of Office

NAME OF GOVERNOR                                                                                                   

START DATE                                       
 END DATE                                  
 CATEGORY                                                        
 PECUNIARY INTEREST                                                                                                                                     

Jennifer Loughan             

 1.7.17  1.7.21  Co-opted                       None

Claire Abbott                 

 1.1.17 1.1.21   Parent                        None

Shirley Baring -Johnstone           

1.11.15

1.11.19

 Co-opted

                     None

Sara Bennie       

16.3.17

16.3.21

   LEA

                        None

John Galvin        

1.1.16

n/a

  Head

                        None

Mark Gilbert        

1.11.15

 n/a

  Foundation

                        None

Judy Howard       

1.11.15

1.11.19

  Foundation

                        None

Walter Jones       

1.11.15

1.11.19

  Co-opted

                        None

Eileen Lintill

1.11.15

 1.11.19

 Foundation    

                        None

 Lisa Whitby 

 1.11.15  1.11.19   Parent                        None

Naomi Welch     

1.1.17

  1.1.21

  Parent

                       None            

Ella Whitchurch                   

1.9.16 1.9.20   Staff                        None
 
 

 Governors'Attendence Register 2017-2018

 

Name

   FGB

       CWS

    FPSHS        P&C            

Naomi Welch

    2/3          3/3         N/A            N/A

Claire Abbott

    3/3

         3/3         N/A            N/A

Shirley Baring Johnstone

    3/3

         3/3         N/A            1/1

Sara Bennie

    2/3

         3/3          1/2             1/1

John Galvin

    3/3 

         2/3         2/2             1/1

Mark Gilbert

    2/3 

         N/A         0/2             N/A

Judy Howard

    3/3 

         1/3          N/A             1/1

Walter Jones

    3/3 

         N/A         2/2             0/1

Eileen Lintill

    2/3 

         N/A         1/2             N/A

Jennifer Loughan

    3/3           N/A          1/2             N/A

Lisa Whitby

    3/3           2/3         2/2             N/A

Ella Whitchurch

    2/3           3/3         N/A             N/A

FGB - Full Governing Body ie those meetings attended by all governors

CWS - Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                                                       Sara Bennie, Judy Howard, Lisa Whitby, Ella Whitchurch, Naomi Welch, Claire Abbott,                           Shirley Baring-Johnstone, John Galvin

FPSHS - Finance, Premises, Staffing, Health and Safety Committee                                          Walter Jones, Eileen Lintill, Lisa Whitby, Sara Bennie, John Galvin, Mark Gilbert,                                    Jennifer Loughan

P&C - Pay and Capability Committee                                                                           Judy Howard, Sara Bennie, Walter Jones, Shirley Baring-Johnstone,John Galvin

 

Governors'Attendence Register 2016-2017

    Name                                    

    P&C      

    FGB

    CWS

  FPSHS

 Claire Abbott

    n/a  

     4/4

      3/3

     n/a

 Melanie Arnold

     n/a

     1/1

      1/2

     n/a

 Ella Whitchurch

     n/a

     6/6 

      5/5

     n/a

 Shirley Baring Johnstone

     2/2

     5/6

      4/5

     n/a

 Sara Bennie

     1/1

     6/6

      5/5

     3/4

 John Galvin

     2/2

     6/6

      5/5

     5/5

 Mark Gilbert

     n/a

     5/6

      n/a      4/5
 Judy Howard

     2/2

     5/6

      3/5

     n/a

 Walter Jones

     2/2

     6/6

      n/a

     5/5

 Eileen Lintill

     n/a

     6/6

      n/a

     5/5

 Naomi Welch

     n/a

     2/2   

      2/2     

     n/a  

 Lisa Whitby

     n/a

     6/6

      5/5

     5/5

 Jenny Loughan

     n/a

     1/1

     n/a     1/1