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The Chair of Governors is Linda Meredith

To contact her or to ask for information about Petersfield Governors please email - clerk@petersfield.cambs.sch.uk

Forward from the Chair

The Governing Body of Petersfield School is committed to steering school improvement. Our governors are a voluntary group of dedicated people that are focused on clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for Petersfield School.

Our responsibility is to challenge all expectations, to monitor targets for pupils and staff and to set a budget that meets the needs of the school. Working together with the Headteachers, as the school's critical friend, we are helping to improve education for every child in this school.

'Governors know the school well. They offer precise support and challenge to leaders.' Ofsted September 2017.

The Governing Body commissioned a health check from the local authority governance service to take a look from within at its effectiveness, efficiency and ability to challenge. As a result we have endeavored to ensure that we have the tools for the new challenges in the education system and that we concentrate our time and skills effectively.

'Governance is significantly improved. Governors now provide a clearer strategic direction for the school.' Ofsted September 2017.

The purpose of this page is to provide information about the work of the Governing Body and its committees involved in the management of our school, and how, together with the Headteachers we make decisions that affect our pupils and parents.

Linda Meredith

The Governing Body:
  • guides and helps plan the school's overall direction
  • selects the head teacher, assists with the recruitment of teaching staff and approves decisions on staffing
  • sets the policies which define how the school is run and ensures these are followed
  • annually sets a balanced school budget
  • reviews the progress of the school against agreed targets and objectives
  • ensures the National Curriculum is taught
  • makes sure that proper safeguarding procedures are in place
  • makes sure that statutory duties are fulfilled
Who are Petersfield Governors?

Petersfield Governors come from many walks of life. We are a diverse group that includes people with backgrounds in accounting, finance, law, engineering, management, marketing, human resources, logistics, IT, local government, public affairs, decorative arts, performing arts and education. All Governors, except Ex Officio Governors, are appointed for a term of four years.

The Governing Body

Linda Meredith - Chair Foundation - Croydon
Colin Wilson - Co-vice Chair Foundation - Tadlow
Jane Johnson - Co-vice Chair Local Authority Representative
Laura Penrose Ex-officio - Co-Headteacher
Karen Gwynn Ex-officio - Co-Headteacher
Tabitha Smith Staff Governor
Damian Hales Co-opted Governor
Felicity Couch Ex-officio - Minister for the Orwell benefice
Sara Metherell Foundation - Wimpole
Katie Reid Foundation - Orwell
Nina Kelly Parent
Imogen Lomax Associate Governor
Gerry Burnell Associate Governor

At present there are vacancies for 2 POMs, 1 Parent Governor and 2 Foundation Governor.

The Clerk to Petersfield Governing Body is Clare Kendle. The Clerk is responsible for arranging meetings, circulating relevant materials, ensuring compliance with the governing body's constitution and relevant guidance, and taking and keeping minutes of meetings.

Chairs:
Chair – Linda Meredith
Co-Vice Chair – Jane Johnson and Colin Wilson

Sub-Committees:
Resources - Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Colin Wilson, Linda Meredith, Nina Kelly, Katie Reid, Damian Hales and Gerry Burnell
Standards - Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Tabitha Smith, Sara Metherell, Linda Meredith, Jane Johnson, Felicity Couch and Imogen Lomax
Staff Pay Award Committee – the Resources Committee excluding Linda Meredith
Head Teacher Performance Management Committee – Sara Metherell, Katie Reid and Colin Wilson
Exclusions Committee – Colin Wilson, Jane Johnson and Nina Kelly

Nominated Governors:
Nominate Governor for Health and Safety – Katie Reid
Website and Social Media Working Party – Laura Penrose, Sara Metherell and Howard Carter
Nominated Governor for Training – Linda Meredith
Nominated Governor for Safeguarding – Sara Metherell
Nominated Governor for E-Safety – Damian Hales
Nominated Governor for Inclusion including SEND & Gifted and Talented - Colin Wilson
Nominated Governor for Looked After Children (LAC) and Post LAC – Felicity Couch
Nominated Governor for Pupil Premium – Linda Meredith
Nominated Governors for EYFS – Jane Johnson
Nominated Governor for allegations against the Headteacher - Colin Wilson
Nominated Governor for Curriculum - Sara Metherell
Colbatch & Hooper Representative – Colin Wilson

The work of the Full Governing Body and Committees

The Governing Body is charged with making sure that it has the relevant skills to carry out its duties. Governors attend termly briefings, workshops and targeted training courses on subjects relevant to our set objectives as part of the continued development of the Governing Body.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets five times a year. It receives reports from the Headteachers and the committees, and monitoring reports from governors who have visited the school. Governors discuss and approve policies that are reserved for the FGB such as Child Protection and Pay Policy, and take time to discuss issues that affect the school's progress and how these issues will be managed.

The majority of the Governors' work is done in committees. Members of each committee are listed above in the section 'Who are Petersfield Governors?'. At Petersfield there are four committees:

  • Standards Committee: This committee monitors the taught curriculum and the performance of the school against different educational goals and standards. The committee is also concerned with health and safety, parent-school relations, and communications.
  • Resources Committee: This committee is responsible for financial oversight, and issues relating to the school's buildings and grounds. It is also concerned with key management issues, such as human resources and legal compliance.
  • Staff Pay Award and Committee
  • Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Membership of the committees is decided upon at the start of each school year. The committees meet at least once per term. Governors usually serve on one committee, but may attend all committee meetings. The Headteachers are on both committees. In some situations (including complaints, grievances, pupil exclusion and appeals/dismissals), three Governors will serve subject to availability / impartiality.

Meet The Governors

Did you know that every other meeting of the Full Governing Body begins with a parent's forum which starts at 7.15pm where you can meet us all and raise any issues that concern you? Please do come along and tell us what you think. How are we doing? What could we do better?

Meetings have been arranged for 21st September 2017, 7th December 2017, 8th Feb 2018, 3rd May 2018 and 19th July 2018. The FGB meetings on the 7th December, 3rd May and 19th July will start with a Parents' Forum.

For further information about the work of the Governors or becoming a Governor yourself, please feel free to approach any one of us. To help you to recognise us easily, photographs of all the current school Governors are displayed outside the school office.

You can also e-mail us:

Further Information – Reports, Minutes, Attendance, Declaration of Interests and Terms of Reference
Governors Questionnaires

The views of all stakeholders, especially parents, pupils and staff, are essential in shaping our key priorities. Please find below the published response to the questionnaires. The questionnaires are usually issued at the same time as the Spring Parent-Teacher consultations so that these views are gathered and inform budget setting in May and planning for the new academic year in September.

Response to Governor Questionnaires

We actively encourage feedback at all other times of the year. When you have comments to make, please do speak to a member of staff or a governor, use our ‘Ticked pink’ and ‘Green for Growth’ slips available in the school entrance, send your message via the red post-box opposite the school office entrance. Alternatively, you can email school using the clerk to Governors or school email address available on the contact information page of the website.

Latest News

20th Apr - Mrs Gwynn met with the Peer Mediation councillors today and was delighted with their attitude. Why do they want to be a peer mediator? Replies included 'Because I want to make people happy','I want to make our school a happier place' and 'I want to make a difference'.

20th Apr - Excellent, over a third of pupils walked to school today during 'Walk to School' week. With 3 days to go, more pupils can now join us for the morning exercise as part of our travel plan.

19th Apr - Well done to all those who joined us for the start of Walk to School Week. Please do join us at each morning until Wednesday 25th to 'Walk to School'.

18th April - Following the exciting Archeological Dig on our school site two years ago, the team returned today to geophys the area in an attempt to explain the stone found in the test pits. We eagerly await the results!

16th Mar - Today is 'Offer day' for pupils due to start at Petersfield in September 2018. Please do contact school to accept your place. We very much look forward to welcoming our new pupils and parents to our school family.

16th Mar - Excitingly, our sensory garden is taking shape thanks to FOPs, Tesco tokens, the Community Chest grant and the work so far by Meadow Nursery. We look forward to seeing this garden evolve and grow over the coming weeks.

16th Apr - Welcome back to pupils, parents and visitors as school opens today for the start of the exciting and busy summer term.

29th Mar - School is now closed for the Easter holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 16th April. Happy Easter!

29th Mar - Today we welcomed our Diocese Advisor into school. She spoke to pupils about the Collective Worship which they are increasingly leading. They explained about our 'school family' the benefit of 'time for reflection' and how 'it is fun now, we get involved'.

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