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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.

Last year 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.

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

At present there are vacancies for 2 POMs, 1 Co-opted Governor, 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, Linda Meredith, Nina Kelly, Katie Reid and Damian Hales
Standards - Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Tabitha Smith, Sara Metherell, Linda Meredith, Jane Johnson, Colin Wilson and Felicity Couch
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 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. 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. Committee members are Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Tabitha Smith, Sara Metherell, Linda Meredith, Jane Johnson, Colin Wilson and Felicity Couch.
  • 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. Committee members are Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Linda Meredith, Nina Kelly, Katie Reid, and Damian Hales.
  • Staff Pay Award and Committee: Committee members are Nina Kelly, Katie Reid, and Damian Hales.
  • Head Teacher Performance Management Committee : Committee members are Sara Metherell, Katie Reid and Colin Wilson..

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

22nd Nov - our 'Stay and Play' session at Peterfield welcomed prospective parents and pupils for September 2017. The application deadline for the first round of EYFS admissions is 15th January 2018.

22nd Nov - Pupils from Petersfield attended an award ceremony and were presented with our Bronze Travel Plan award and a prizes of bike and scooter storage.

21st Nov - Thanks to FOPS for the dancing, sweets and fun had at tonight's school disco.

17th Nov - Children in Need Fundraising with a dress down day.

16th Nov - We were delighted to host one of our regular induction sessions. We highly value the parent and local community support we receive to enrich the learning of our pupils.

16th Nov - In our Anti-Bullying Assembly today, we listened to how to be a good friend, why we are all unique, special and equal and the varieties of bullying. The pupils learnt more about how to deal with cyber bullying and we all agreed that Petersfield is an anti-bullying school.

15th Nov - Hands on science in Rowan Class thanks to Miss Ball! 'Mr Ashford made his hands wet, scooped up the bubbles and Miss Ball then set light to a long, long, long stick before setting Mr Ashford's hands on fire! Twice! When the flames went out, Mr Ashford's hands weren't even singed!'

14th Nov - Year 6 participated in the first of an exciting series of science lessons thanks to Johnson Matthey as organized by one of our wonderful parents.

14th Nov - we continue to invite parents and carers into school to find out more about how we support any specific needs of our pupils at our 'SENDCo parent drop in'. Please see the diary dates for the next session in the Spring term.

8th-14th Nov - Thank you to our teachers and FOPS for staffing the book fair and to our pupils and parents for supporting this event and grabbing a good read!

11th Nov - We were very proud of our pupils, past and present, who joined us and the local community to observe 2 minutes silence. Our thanks to Mr Bryant for organizing the poppy campaign at Petersfield and to the Standard Bearer who led us from school to Chequers.

10th Nov - Pine class enjoyed an excellent visit to the British Museum. Thanks to our staff and volunteers for enabling this visit.

10th Nov - Congratulation to those who deserved our Headteacher Awards today. We are very proud of the excellent learning and attitudes to learning being demonstrated.

9th Nov - We were delighted to welcome prospective parents to our Open Afternoon for September 2018 intake. We were very impressed with how the children joined in with the learning in class. We look forward to welcoming new pupils and parents back. The deadline for applications is 15th Jan 2018.

8th Nov - What an exciting medieval day in EYFS and KS1 today! Music, dancing, arts, crafts, cooking, and of course a banquet, were all enjoyed in costume. What a great day of learning!

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