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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ Section

 

Our school is a member of the East Midlands Education Trust, a multi-Academy Trust, which encompasses primary, secondary and a special school.  Trustees are responsible for much of the strategic direction of the schools at a higher level but the vast majority of day to day operations and school based strategic leadership is delegated to the Local Governing Body of each individual school.

 

The Awsworth Primary & Nursery School Local Governing Body is a dedicated group of community, parent and staff governors who support and challenge the Head Teacher 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 our work is carried out at these meetings and can be categorised under the headings of Finance, Resources, Curriculum, Pupils, Personnel and Strategic Development.  As Governors, we consider, approve and monitor the school’s annual budget plan in accordance with the priorities in the School Improvement Plan including the staffing structure.  We consider reports from the Head Teacher, approve policies, monitor performance and attainment and ensure compliance with national requirements.  We also ensure Pupil Premium funding and Sports Premium funding is spent effectively and robust Safeguarding procedures are in place.  We 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

We assign individual link governors 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 eowen@awsworthprimary.org 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.

East Midlands Education Trust Published Business Declarations List

You can find the EMET published Business Declarations List via the following link: 

 

https://www.emet.academy/attachments/download.asp?file=565&type=pdf

This document has been created in collaboration with Staff and Governors.  This is a 3 year plan consisting of 

3 Year Goal18m - 2 Year Goal6 m - 1 Year Goal   – to begin execution of this plan in Sept 2020 and review Impact/Achievement in June 2021 and set new areas to achieve for each academic year.

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

 

 

MEET THE GOVERNORS

Head Teacher  Ben Painter 

 

Category:  Head Teacher

Appointed By:  Automatic appointment on taking up the role                                       

Date joined Governing Body: September 2021

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

Register of Interests and other positions held:  None

Link Roles:  All

 

Chair of Governors

 

Erika Owen        

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:   Leadership & Management, Quality of Education, Admissions, Appraisals, Pay, Safe-Recruitment

                                                      

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 the school where my boys are developing the foundations of their own education.  With my “American upbringing” I have had many diverse experiences of adjusting to and fitting into numerous communities across the USA.  Performing Arts and managing my own business in private music tuition have enabled me to be adaptable, inquisitive, collaborative, financially and organizationally efficient.  Analyzing my own performance, as well as that of my students, it is my goal to work constructively with the governing body and to help forward the success of our school.

Vice-Chair of Governors   

   

Karen Eardley

 

Category: Community

Appointed By: The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body: 2013

Current term of office: Jan 25, 2021 - Jan 24, 2025

Register of Interests and other positions held:  Governor at Kimberley Primary School

Link Roles: Finance, Pay, Safeguarding, Assessment, EYFS, Appraisal

 

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.

Linda Abolins

 

Category: Community

Appointed By: The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body: 2019

Current term of office: Nov 13, 2019 - Nov 12, 2023

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: SEND, Leadership & Management, Appraisals, Pay, Behaviour & Attitudes

 

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.

Nikki Hufton

Category: Community

Appointed By: The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body: 2020

Current term of office: Jan 23, 2020 - Jan 22, 2024

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: GDPR, Pay, Assessment, Personal Development

Simon Pearse

 

Category: Community

Appointed By: The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body: 2021

Current term of office: Jun 30, 2021 - Jun 29, 2025

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Curriculum, Personal Development

 

Having very briefly worked at Awsworth Primary School around 15 years ago I have kept an eye on the school's journey to this day. During my career I have worked in a range of educational settings including, Primary, Secondary, Special Educational Needs as well as Alternative Provision settings in both a teaching and leadership capacity. Prior to leaving education I was employed by a Multi Academy Trust to advise and support schools across the trust on matters relating to personal wellbeing, safeguarding, alternative provision and special educational needs provision.  I made the decision to leave education when my daughter was born and retrained as a Social Worker. I am currently employed as a front line Children's Child Protection Social Worker by a Local Authority.  Despite leaving education, I continue to be employed on a casual basis by the Times Education Supplement where I write feature articles on matters linked to education and social care. I live in the local area and my daughter is due to start at the school in September. I hope that my experience can support the school moving forwards.  I am honoured to play an active role in school life as a community governor.

          Oluwafemi

Omodara

Category: Community 

Appointed By: The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body: 2021

Current term of office: Sept 22, 2021 - Sept 21, 2025

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: Assessment, Website, 

Daniel Fyffe

 

Category: Parent

Appointed By: Elected by the Parent Community

Date joined Governing Body: 2019

Current term of office: Nov 13, 2019 - Nov 12, 2023

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: Attendance, Health & Safety, Curriculum, Behaviour & Attitudes

 

I’m not a local as such; however I was born in Nottingham and I have lived in and around the city all of my life and for the last 7 years just on the outskirts of Awsworth.  Our daughter attends the school and seeing her take to education with such enthusiasm made me realise that becoming a parent governor was the next natural step to support her and the next generation.  I have previously worked for large mechanical & electrical contractors, product manufacturers & renewable system installers. This has been on contracts / projects throughout the UK and some parts of Europe.  I currently work in the Asset Management department of a local authority and deliver planned maintenance.  I am one for continuing to learn and develop due to this I am currently in the process of achieving “chartered” status in Quantity surveying. I am honoured to be part of a team that will continue to develop and cultivate all associated with Awsworth Primary School.

Hannah AdkinsWalker        

 Category: Parent

Appointed By: Elected by the Parent Community

Date joined Governing Body: 2021

Current term of office: Oct 13, 2021 - Oct 12, 2025

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: Curriculum, EYFS, PSHE

 

Hello, I’m Hannah, mum of two boys who attend Awsworth Primary School. I am also a previous pupil of the school. I believe this school has so much to offer and is very much like a big family.  I feel very privileged to be appointed parent governor and being able to work on the continuing journey to make Awsworth Primary the BEST it can be.  I have lived in the village the majority of my life and this school has been a big part of it as I know it has been for many parents. My main strength will be to listen to others views, allow everybody to have an opinion and to be able to voice any concerns. In turn working as a group with other governors and staff to help with any improvements needed.  I have always worked in finance and I’m currently the finance director of a construction company. I actually enjoy crunching figures and using spreadsheets.  I am always up for learning new skills and believe every day is a school day.                 

Claire Watson

 

Category: Staff

Appointed By: Elected by the Staffing Community

Date joined Governing Body: 2002

Current term of office: Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 3, 2022

Register of Interests and other positions held: None

Link Roles: Curriculum, RRSA, Website, Anti-Bullying

 

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 2022

Name

Spring 1

Jan 2022

Spring 2

Mar 2022

Summer 1

May 2022

Summer 2

June 2022

Autumn 1

Sept 2022

Autumn 2

Nov 2022

Ben Painter (HT)      
Erika Z Owen (Chair)      
Karen Eardley      
Linda Abolins      
Nikki Hufton      
Oluwafemi Omodara      
Simon Pearse      
Daniel Fyffe      
Hannah Adkin-Walker      
Claire Watson      

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2021

Name

Spring 1

Jan 2021

Spring 2

Mar 2021

Summer 1

May 2021

Summer 2

June 2021

Autumn 1

Sept 2021

Autumn 2

Dec 2021

Erika OwenYYYYYY
Karen EardleyYYYNYY

Linda Abolins

YYYYYY
Stuart AinleyNYNSD--
Daniel FyffeYYYYYN
Nikki HuftonYNNYNY
Jennifer RenshawYNSD---
Claire WatsonYYYYYY
Jane MainprizeYYYYSD-
Ben Painter   YYY
Oluwafemi Omodara    YN
Hannah Adkin-Walker     Y

 

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

16 Sept

2020

Autumn

Nov

2020

Erika OwenYYN/AYYY
Karen EardleyYYN/AYYY
Stuart AinleyYYN/AYY

N

Linda AbolinsYYN/AYYY
Daniel FyffeYNN/AYYY
Jennifer RenshawYNN/AYYN
Nikki HuftonYYN/AYYN
Lynette LeithYNN/ANSD 
Claire WatsonYYN/AYYY
Jane MainprizeYYN/AYYY

 

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

YSD

N/A

Erika Owen

Y

Y

Y

YY

Y

Karen Eardley

Y

Y

Y

YY

Y

Thomas Bolton

N

Y

Y

NSD

N/A

Neil Kelley

Y

Y

N

NY

SD

Stuart Ainley

 

Y

Y

NY

Y

Linda Stokes

Y

Y

Y

YSD

N/A

Nicole Clarke

N

Y

N

YY

SD

Claire Watson

N

Y

Y

YY

Y

Jane Mainprize

Y

Y

Y

YY

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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