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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ Section

We are a dedicated group of community, parent and staff governors who support and challenge the Headteacher in providing the best education for the children at Awsworth Primary and Nursery School. The Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school. We help to set the strategic direction of the school and ensure finances are used effectively to provide a safe, happy, caring and exciting learning environment and the resources necessary to deliver high standards of teaching and learning.

We are committed to ensuring that our pupils can achieve their BEST by valuing, nurturing and embedding the following key principles of Belief, Effort, Success and Teamwork.  You can see how we encourage these key principles in our school’s Vision and Aims Statement. 

 

The composition of the Governing Body is as follows:

two parent governors

six community governors

one staff governor

the Head Teacher (permanent member of the governing body)

 

Committee Structures

Two Full Governing Body meetings are held each term.  Much of the work carried out at these meetings can be categorised under the headings of Finance, Resources, Curriculum, Pupils, Personnel and Strategic Development.  Governors consider, approve and monitor the school’s annual budget plan in accordance with the priorities in the School Improvement Plan including the staffing structure.  They consider reports from the Head Teacher, approve policies, monitor performance and attainment and ensure compliance with national requirements.  Governors ensure Pupil Premium funding and Sports Premium funding is spent effectively and robust Safeguarding procedures are in place.  They monitor behaviour and attendance and make recommendations on strategic development that will improve pupil achievement and school effectiveness.  Staff are invited to meetings to talk to governors about areas of their expertise. These have recently included Special Educational Needs and Disability, Behaviour, Data Protection, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. There are also sub committees which are responsible for Pay, Performance Management and Discipline who report back to the Full Governing Body.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Individual link governors are assigned to each area of the School Improvement Plan and come in to school to focus on a particular area and participate in the school’s self-evaluation process. Governors look at children’s work, monitor behaviour, evaluate progress and talk to groups of children across all ages to find out their opinions on a wide range of school related topics. 

 

Governors sign a Code of Conduct which makes clear the commitment needed and behaviour expected and conduct an annual Governing Body Skills Audit and Governing Body Self Review.  Governors are also expected to attend training to improve their skills and all governors have undertaken Safeguarding training. 

 

Governors report their impact at Full Governing Body meetings.

In 2017/2018 governors took ownership of key strategic areas in the School Improvement Plan which has raised greater awareness and a more focused approach to monitoring pupil performance, asking more challenging questions in governing body meetings, and developing a greater understanding of the initiatives and strategies used to raise, asses and monitor pupil attainment.

 

We place great importance on the relationship parents/carers have with the school and value any suggestions and comments you would like to make.  To contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Erika Owen, please call, email or drop a letter into the school office and she will contact you as quickly as she can. You can also contact us on the school website on the ‘Information for Parents’ page where there is a link to give your comments which we will respond personally.

Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each governor.

 

 

 

Name: Jane Mainprize

Governor Category                            Head Teacher

Appointed by:                                    Automatic appointment on taking up role as Head                                                                               Teacher

Date joined Governing Body:            September 2002

Current term of office:                       The Head Teacher is a permanent member of the                                                                                   Governing Body

Register of interests and other

Governor positions held:                   None

Committees:                                       Finance, Curriculum & Pupils

 

 

 

Name:  Erika Owen                       Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category:                        Community

Appointed By:                                The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body:         2014

Current term of office:                   23/10/2018 - 22/10/2022

Register of interests and other

positions held:                                None

Link Roles:                                      HT Appraisal, Complaints, Whistleblowing, Annual Planner,

                                                       Code of Conduct, CPD, Home/School Agreement, Governor             

                                                       Induction, Data, Curriculum, Assessment, Music, Art & Design,         

                                                       Design & Technology

                                                       SIP 4: Leadership & Management

 

Hello my name is Erika, parent to George and Thomas.  I’ve always wanted to belong to a community and now that Awsworth has become “home”, I’m so privileged to help support my local community and school. 

With my “American upbringing” I have had many diverse experiences of adjusting to and fitting into numerous communities across the US.  Performing Arts and managing my own business in private music tuition have enabled me to be adaptable, inquisitive, collaborative, financially and organisationally efficient.  Analysing my own performance, as well as that of my students, it is my goal to work constructively with the governing body and fellow parents to help forward the success of our school.

 

 

Name:  Karen Eardley                  Vice Chair of Governors

Governor Category:                       Community

Appointed By:                                The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body:         2013

Current term of office:                   25/01/17 - 24/01/2021

Register of interests and other     

positions held:                               Governor at Kimberley Primary School

Link Roles:                                     Quality Assurance Appraiser, Pay, Finance, Safeguarding,

                                                      SCR, CPOMs, Peer on Peer Abuse, EYFS,

                                                      English, Languages

                                                      SIP 5: Early Years Provision

 

I grew up in the village and having attended this school as a pupil it has always had a place in my heart.  When my youngest children started school I wanted to learn more about it and have been a parent governor for over six years.

During this time I have enjoyed learning how the school is run.  I understand the importance of being a critical friend, whilst challenging and gathering evidence to hold the school accountable for financial decisions and improving the provisions for teaching and learning.

 

 

Name: Jennifer Renshaw

Governor Category:                        Parent 

Appointed By:                                 Parent Community

Date joined Governing Body:         2019

Current term of office:                    08/10/19 - 07/10/23

Register of interests and other

positions held:                                Member of the Awsworth Parish Council

Link Roles:                                      HT Appraisal, Pupil Premium, Curriculum,

                                                       Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Marking,

                                                       English, History, Geography

                                                       SIP 1:  Quality of Education

 

Hi my name is Jennifer and I'm the parent of William who is currently in Year 4. I am originally from Canada but have lived in Awsworth since 2002. I have worked at Nottingham Trent University for the last 7 years in international student recruitment and supporting those students who make the decision to undertake undergraduate/postgraduate study in the UK. I have previously been employed in the Further Education sector and then working for an engineering management consultancy company in bidding for EU- funded projects in less fortunate countries.
I have a passion for supporting the community in which I live and have for the last 2 years been a Councillor for Awsworth Parish Council. It is with this in mind that I am excited to be appointed a Parent Governor for Awsworth Primary School and look forward to helping and supporting students and staff in the pursuit of education for all.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, spending time with family and music.

 

 

Name: Daniel Fyffe

Governing Category:                      Parent 

Appointed by:                                 Parent Community

Date joined Governing Body:         2019

Current term of office:                    13/11/19 - 12/11/23

Register of interests and other 

positions held: 

Link Roles:                                       Business Interests, Equality Objectives, Admissions, Attendance,  

                                                        Behaviour Mgmt, Maths, Computing, Physical Education

                                                        SIP 2:  Behaviour & Attitudes

 

Name: Linda Abolins

Governing Category:                       Community

Appointed by:                                 The Governing Body

Dated joined Governing Body:        2019

Current term of office:                    13/11/19 - 12/11/23

Register of interests and other

positions held:                                 None

Link Roles:                                       GDPR, Inclusion, SEND, Pay, Anti-Bullying, School Council, 

                                                        Collective Worship, Religious Education, Science

                                                        SIP 3:  Personal Development

 

I have lived in Nottingham for over 30 years and recently retired from a 40 year career in the NHS, where I worked as a clinician, manager and leader. 

I am delighted to be appointed as a Community Governor at Awsworth Primary School and look forward to working alongside fellow governors and teachers in pursuit of continuous educational improvement and personal development for our pupils and staff in striving to be our best.

 

  Vacancy for Community Governor

Name:  Stuart Ainley                         

Governor Category:                        Community

Appointed By:                                 The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body:         2019

Current term of office:                    05/03/19 - 04/03/23

Register of interests and other  

positions held:                                None

Link Roles:                                      Training Coordinator, Pay, Health & Safety, Business

                                                        Continuity Mgmt. – Emergency Plan, Premises Mgmt.,

                                                        Lettings and Charges, Equality Scheme - Access Plan

 

I am married and live in Oakwood. I recently retired having worked in Building and Civil Engineering for some 40 plus years.  My background is Purchasing, Contract Finance, Budgetary controls, and an awareness of Health & Safety.  I am delighted to be a member of Awsworth’s Governing Body, and my aim is to help maintain and improve the school infrastructure and environment within the parameters of budgets and timescales.  My spare time hobbies include photography and travel with the main one being football where I have held and continue to hold administrative positions.

 

  Vacancy for Community Governor

Name:  Claire Watson

Governor Category:                         Staff

Appointed By:                                  Staff

Date joined Governing Body:          2002

Current term of office:                     04/10/2018 - 03/10/2022

Register of interests and other  

positions held:                                 None

Committees                                     Resources, Curriculum & Pupils

Link Roles:                                       CPD, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Anti-Bullying,

                                                        RRSA, Computing, Website

                                                        SIP 1: Quality of Education

         

I have been teaching in Awsworth since 1998 and have been part of the senior leadership team since the two schools amalgamated to form Awsworth Primary School in 2002. I am proud to work in a school which has such a positive, inclusive ethos and where the governing body work closely with the staff to ensure a rich learning experience. 

I am married with one child, a daughter who attends Awsworth Primary School and is currently in Year Four. Out of school I enjoy dancing, reading and spending time with family.

 

   

 

 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020

 

 

Spring

22 Jan

2020

Spring 

10 Mar

2020

Summer

6 May

2020

Summer

16 June

2020

Autumn

Sept

2020

Autumn

Nov

2020

Erika Owen            
Karen Eardley            
Stuart Ainley            
Linda Abolins            
Daniel Fyffe            
Jennifer Renshaw            
             
             
Claire Watson            
Jane Mainprize            

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2019

 

 

Spring

23 Jan

2019

Spring

5 Mar

2019

Summer 8 May

2019

Summer

18 June

2019

Autumn 25 Sept

2019

Autumn

12 Nov

2019

Marilyn Reed

Y

Y

Y

Y SD

N/A

Erika Owen

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Y

Karen Eardley

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Y

Thomas Bolton

N

Y

Y

N SD

N/A

Neil Kelley

Y

Y

N

N Y

N

Stuart Ainley

 

Y

Y

N Y

Y

Linda Stokes

Y

Y

Y

Y SD

N/A

Nicole Clarke

N

Y

N

Y Y

SD

Claire Watson

N

Y

Y

Y Y

Y

Jane Mainprize

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Y

Jennifer Renshaw           Y
Daniel Fyffe           Y
Linda Abolins           Y

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018

 

 

 

Spring

24 Jan

2018

Summer

9 May

2018

Summer 12 June

2018

Autumn

19 Sept

2018

Autumn 13 Nov

2018

 

Marilyn Reed

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Erika Owen

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Karen Eardley

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Thomas Bolton

N

Y

N

N

N

 

Neil Kelley

Y

N

Y

N

Y

 

Ben Parker

N

N

N

N

SD

 

Matthew Francis

N

N

N

SD

N/A

 

Linda Stokes

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Nicole Clarke

N

Y

N

Y

Y

 

Claire Watson

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Jane Mainprize

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

SD - Stepped Down 

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