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 

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 Parent Governor                                                                                                    Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                                                                                    Specific responsibilities: Inclusion, safeguarding, SEND                                                                  

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                                                                              Staffing Committee and Chair of Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee                        Specific Responsibility: Finance                                                                             

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 (Co Chairperson) Foundation Governor                                                                                 Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee                                                                      Specific Responsibilities: Christian distinctiveness, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium                     

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 Staffing Committee                                Specific Responsibilities: Christian distinctiveness, pupil attendance

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. 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                         Staffing Committee                                                                                                                              Specific Responsibility: Christian distinctiveness  

Claire Abbott Parent Governor                                                                                                Curriculum, Welfare and Standards Committee                                                                                    Specific Responsibilities: Science                                                                               

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 Staffing Committee                                      Specific Responsibilities: Mathematics, Pupil Voice, British values                  

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, Health and Safety Committee  Specific Responsibilities: Health and Safety      

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                                                                                                                   All Committees

Rachel Harris Staff Governor

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     

Resigned

  

  Parent

                                

Ella Whitchurch                   

Resigned     Staff                        
 
 

 Governors'Attendence Register 2017-2018

 

Name

   FGB

       CWS

    FPHS         Staff           

Naomi Welch

    4/6          6/6         N/A            N/A

Claire Abbott

    6/6

         5/6         N/A            N/A

Shirley Baring Johnstone

    6/6

         6/6         N/A            3/3

Sara Bennie

    4/6

         6/6          4/5              3/3

John Galvin

    6/6

         5/6         5/5             3/3

Mark Gilbert

    5/6

         N/A         0/2             3/3

Judy Howard

    5/6

         4/6          N/A             3/3

Walter Jones

    6/6

         N/A         5/5             2/3

Eileen Lintill

    4/6 

         N/A         4/5             N/A

Jennifer Loughan

    5/6           N/A          4/5             N/A

Lisa Whitby

    6/6           5/6         5/5             N/A

Ella Whitchurch

    3/6           5/6         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,Health and Safety Committee                                          Walter Jones, Eileen Lintill, Lisa Whitby, Sara Bennie, John Galvin, Mark Gilbert,                                    Jennifer Loughan

Staff - Staffing Committee                                                                           Judy Howard, Sara Bennie, Walter Jones, Shirley Baring-Johnstone,John Galvin