If your child was born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, he or she is eligible to start school here in September 2023. Please contact Mrs Carter, in our school office if you would like to have a look around telephone: 01798 342369 or office@petworthprimary.co.uk and we will arrange a time for you to come and see the school in action.
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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
Staffing Committee and Chair of Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee     
Specific Responsibilities: Early Years, Literacy, SEND, Safeguarding
 
Eileen Lintill (Co Chairperson) Foundation Governor         
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee   
Specific Responsibilities: Christian Distinctiveness, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium                     
 
Judy Howard  Foundation Governor       
Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee and Chair of Staffing Committee
Specific Responsibilities: Christian Distinctiveness, Pupil Attendance
 
Canon Mark Gilbert Rector St Mary's Church Petworth, Foundation Governor  
Staffing Committee; Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee
Specific Responsibility: Christian Distinctiveness  
 
Claire Abbott  Co-opted  Governor      
Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                        
Specific Responsibilities: Science                                                                               
 
Shirley Baring-Johnstone Co-opted Governor      
Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee and Staffing Committee   
Specific Responsibilities: Mathematics, Pupil Voice, Well being                  
 
Jennifer Loughan Co-opted Governor        
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee   
Specific Responsibilities: Health and Safety, Finance     
 
Jennie Thorpe  Parent Governor  - Resigned 08 September 2022
Finance, Premises Health and Safety Committee  
 
John Galvin Headteacher      
All Committees
 
Rachel Harris Staff Governor         
Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee
 
Jo Collis  Parent Governor   
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee
 
Deborah Parker  Parent Governor    - Resigned 22 May 2022
Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee     
                                                                                                      
 
Governor Categories and Terms of Office

NAME OF GOVERNOR                                                 

START DATE                                       
 END DATE                                  
 CATEGORY                                                        
 PECUNIARY INTEREST                                                                                                                                   

Jennifer Loughan             

 21.9.21  21.9.25  Co-opted None

Claire Abbott                 

 1.1.21 1.1.25  Co-opted  None

Shirley Baring -Johnstone           

1.11.19

1.11.23

 Co-opted

None

Sara Bennie       

16.3.21

16.3.25

Local Authority

None

John Galvin        

1.1.16

n/a

Head

None

Mark Gilbert        

1.11.15

 n/a

Foundation

None

Judy Howard       

1.11.18

1.11.22

Foundation

None

Eileen Lintill

 

 01.11.18  01.11.22  Foundation None

Jennie Thorpe -Resigned 08 September 2022

 01.01.19  01.01.23  Parent  None

 Rachel Harris

 1.1.19  1.1.23   Staff  

 Jo Collis

 12.11.19

 12.11.23

  Parent

None 

Deborah Parker - Resigned 22 May 2022

 01.02.21  01.02.25  Parent
 
                    None         

 

Governors' Attendence Register 2021-2022

Name

   FGB

       CWS

    FPHS         Staff           

Jennie Thorpe

   2/4         3 /3        N/A             N/A

Claire Abbott

    4/4

        3/3         N/A            N/A

Shirley Baring Johnstone

    4/4

        3/3         N/A            3/3

Sara Bennie

    4/4

         2/3         3/3             2/3

John Galvin

    4/4

         3/3         3/3             3/3

Mark Gilbert

    2/4

         N/A         0/3             0/3

Judy Howard

    3/4

         3/3          N/A             3/3

Deborah Parker (resigned 22/5/22)

    1/4          1/3           0/3            N/A

Eileen Lintill

    3/4 

         N/A         2/3             N/A

Jennifer Loughan

    3/4          N/A          2/3             N/A

Jo Collis

    4/4           N/A        3/3               N/A

Rachel Harris

  

    0/4         2/3         N/A             N/A

 

FGB - Full Governing Body All Governors
CWS - Curriculum, Welfare          & Standards Committee      
Sara Bennie, Judy Howard, Claire Abbott, Shirley Baring-Johnstone, John Galvin, Rachel Harris
 
FPHS - Finance, Premises, Health & Safety Committee 
Eileen Lintill, Sara Bennie, John Galvin, Mark Gilbert, Jennifer Loughan, Jo Collis.
 
Staff - Staffing Committee    
Judy Howard, Sara Bennie, Shirley Baring-Johnstone, John Galvin, Mark Gilbert.
 

                                                        

Sara Bennie

(Co-Chairperson) Local Authority Governor

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 five 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.

Mrs Eileen Lintill

(Co-Chairperson) Foundation Governor

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. As a District Councillor I find it helpful to understand the issues faced by children and schools today.

Mr John Galvin

Head

Mrs Judy Howard

Foundation Governor

I am a representative for St. Mary’s Church. I recently retired as Assistant Principal Education Welfare Officer, specialising in children’s welfare and attendance at school. 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.

Mrs Shirley Baring-Johnstone

Co-opted Governor

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.

Father Mark

Foundation Governor

Rector of St Mary's Parish Church

Mrs Claire Abbott

Co-opted Governor

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.

Mrs Jennifer Loughan

Co-opted Governor

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.

Mrs Rachel Harris

Staff Governor

Mrs Jo Collis

Parent Governor

Having lived happily in Petworth for just over 2 years now, not only do I want to be more involved in my daughter's education and personal development at PPS but I'd very much like to get to know the school community (parents, pupils and staff) better understand where I can assist in making an already great school fantastic. I'm looking forward to gaining additional knowledge and taking more positive steps in my role as parent governor.