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
Staffing Committee and Chair of Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee     
Specific Responsibilities: Early Years, Literacy, SEND
 
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          
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, British Values                  
 
Jennifer Loughan Co-opted Governor        
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee   
Specific Responsibilities: Health and Safety      
 
Jennie Thorpe  Parent Governor  
Finance, Premises Health and Safety Committee  
 
John Galvin Headteacher      
All Committees
 
Rachel Harris Staff Governor         
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee
 
Jo Collis  Parent Governor   
Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee
 
Deborah Parker  Parent Governor    
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

 01.01.19  01.01.23  Parent  None

 Rachel Harris

 1.1.19  1.1.23   Staff None

 Jo Collis

 12.11.19

   12.11.23

  Parent

None 

Deborah Parker 

 01.02.21  01.02.25  Parent
 
                     None         

 

Governors' Attendence Register 2020-2021

Name

   FGB

       CWS

    FPHS         Staff           

Jennie Thorpe

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

Claire Abbott

    4/4

        3/3         N/A            N/A

Shirley Baring Johnstone

    3/4

        3/3         N/A            3/3

Sara Bennie

    4/4

         3/3         3/3             2/3

John Galvin

    4/4

         3/3         3/3             3/3

Mark Gilbert

    4/4

         N/A         3/3             1/3

Judy Howard

    3/4

         2/3          N/A             3/3

Deborah Parker

    2/4          1/3           2/3            N/A

Eileen Lintill

    4/4 

         N/A         3/3             N/A

Jennifer Loughan

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

Jo Collis

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

Rachel Harris

  

    2/4         1/3         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, Deborah Parker, Rachel Harris, Jennie Thorpe.
FPSHS - Finance, Premises, Health & Safety Committee  Eileen Lintill, Sara Bennie, John Galvin, Mark Gilbert, Jennifer Loughan, Jo Collis, Deborah Parker.
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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Ms Rachel Harris

    Staff Governor

  • Mrs Jennie Thorpe

    Parent Governor

    When my sons started Petworth Primary School in September 2018 I wanted to become a Parent Governor to be more involved in their education and make an active contribution to their school. I am keen to understand more about the school and to both challenge and support its management and help ensure my children and their peers can learn and grow in a safe, well-resourced, productive and inclusive environment; and in particular to help assert the voice of the parents in key decision making.

  • 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.

  • Ms Deborah Parker

    Parent Governor

    I have recently moved to Petworth and my son attends Petworth Primary School hence my wish to offer my people skills to the community and as a ‘voice’ for other like-minded parents. Whilst I feel it is important to uphold the outstanding commitment shown by the school team and its pupils, I believe that I can add support to the direction in growth unity and equality. The skills I bring to the role include: Counselling and mentoring young and old, safeguarding knowledge, HR experience, leadership, creativity and being a parent, I am naturally here to listen.