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Sawley Junior School currently has a full Governing Body and does not have a committee structure - October 2017

Governor Pecuniary Interests Declaration 2017-18

Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2016- 17

Governor Attendance 2015-16

Governor Attendance 2016-17

Meet the Governors

 

The governors at Sawley Junior School play an integral part in the running of the school.

The governing body is made up of a variety of individuals from different backgrounds including, local authority governors and parents.  All the governors are volunteers who are committed to offering their time, expertise and support to the school.

 

Governor meetings are held regularly, after school roughly 6-8 times a year, although governors regularly make informal visits the school to view and monitor progress with the curriculum, environment and ethos of the school. The school governors also undergo regular training to keep them up to date with the latest issues concerning the school.

 

The Governors act as a critical friend to the school and are responsible for monitoring the schools performance. They work with the school to raise standards and maintain high standards of behaviour and attendance.   The governors also have a responsibility to decide how the school budget is spent and to set targets for the school to continue to improve. They are committed to working with parents and the wider community.

 

It can be a very challenging but a very rewarding experience. The governors all believe that the children at Sawley Junior School deserve the very best. We all bring our own skills and experiences to the role and are committed to giving our time and energy to support and move the school forward.

 

We are proud of our school and we have the greatest confidence in recommending it to you for your child or children.

 

 

Alison Burton

Headteacher

Having been born and brought up in Halesowen on the edge of the Black Country, I came to Nottingham to complete my degree and never left! Along with Mrs Stead, I have been part of the Sawley community for a very long time. I began my career in headship working alongside the previous headteacher in 2009, taking over full time in 2010. I have watched Sawley Junior School grow and develop since I first started teaching here. It is a fabulous place to work: I have never ceased to admire the resilience, curiosity and aspirations of Sawley children and I am very proud when they are complimented about the way they conduct themselves. I feel very privileged to lead such a dedicated team of adults whose ultimate aim is to ensure high quality education for all our children.

 

 

Karen Bowers

Chair of Governors

I am a community governor at Sawley Junior School. I’m also on the Board of Directors for Willows Academy Trust and consider my roles to be a great privilege. I first took this role as I had a child within Sawley Juniors and wanted the opportunity to contribute to the decisions that shape our school and impact positively on parents, pupils and staff. I was interested in how the school works and how they dealt with certain issues, I thought my HR background and skills would offer experience to support the school. I wanted to be more involved and by doing this role I have found it extremely rewarding, I get to raise queries, have a say on what our funds get spent on  i.e. new equipment for our children, new buildings/alterations etc. I would encourage any parents to join us and get on board and have their voice heard. I am extremely proud of our school and what we have achieved; there are exciting times ahead as part of a great academy. Our children are the future and we need to work together to invest in them to make them great!

Term of Office 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018 

Responsibilities: Headteacher Performance Management, Attendance

 

 

Paul O’Connor

Vice-Chair

Community Governor

I have been teaching the violin at Sawley Junior School for eleven years and I am also the Head of Strings at South East Derbyshire Music Centre and coach the violins in the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra. I attended the Royal Academy of Music, studying violin and composition and started my musical career with the Scottish National Orchestra before moving to Yorkshire to begin teaching where I worked for Bradford music service. My family moved to Melbourne in 2001 and after a spell teaching for the Nottingham Arts Support Service I began teaching full time in south Derbyshire in 2005.

Term of Office : 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018 

ResponsibilitiesHeadteacher Performance Management, Pupil Interviews & Monitoring, Anti-bullying link governor

 

 

Luise Taylor

Staff Governor

I gained my Honours degree from the University of Nottingham, and then attended Durham University to train and qualify as a teacher.  Upon completion of my course I returned home to Yorkshire to start my career teaching in a primary school near Huddersfield.   I migrated south to Derbyshire in 1996 to take up a teaching post in a school near Alfreton.  Seeking a new challenge I arrived at Sawley Juniors in 2010, where I immediately felt welcomed and have loved every moment since…well almost every moment!   I regularly attend meetings as staff governor and aim to support fellow governors in their understanding and involvement in all aspects of the schools work and future development. 

It is great to work as part of our strong team of staff and governors who are dedicated to securing the high quality teaching of skills and knowledge as well as, enjoyable learning experiences for all our pupils.

Term of Office : 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018 

Responsibilities: Finance

 

 

Heather Stead

Staff Governor

I have been a teacher here at Sawley Junior School for over 25 years. I have taught across the whole of Key Stage Two during my time here and have led a range of subjects. I have worked as part of the senior leadership team for the past 5 years and am responsible for Special Educational Needs and inclusion. I enjoy sharing my ideas and enthusiasm with the children on a daily basis and currently teach a year 5/6 mixed class.

The school has given me lots of opportunities to grow and develop as a teacher, Senior Leader and SENCo and with this in mind, I wanted to give something back. I became a governor two years ago to enable me to help and support the wider leadership of our school, I understand the importance of effective leadership and how the involvement of a wider group of people can be beneficial to this.           

I am very passionate about encouraging children to experiment and experience different things, develop their own ideas and identity and share their talents with others whilst being kind, caring and considerate to all. This fits in with our whole school ethos.

I hope that my work as a governor will contribute to the continued achievements and successes for our school.    

Term of Office : 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018 

Responsibilities:  SEN/D

 

Katrina Riley

Community Governor

I am a parent governor.  I have two children: my youngest left Sawley Juniors this summer.  I am an infant teacher, currently working with reception aged children so have an understanding of the issues faced by schools and the hard work that goes on to keep the standards high.    

I became a governor as I wanted to take an active role in the life of the school and take a closer interest in my sons’ education. 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and socialising with friends.  I also spend much of my weekends watching my two sons play football and rugby.  

Term of Office : 1.11.14 to 31.10.2018 

Responsibilities: Safeguarding & Child Protection,

 

 

Georgina Arnett

Community Governor

I am a Chartered Accountant with 11 years experience including the audit of academy schools. I’m also an ex-pupil of Sawley Junior School and an ex-pupil of Mrs Burton. I chose to join SJS Governing Body to give something back to a place I care about using the skills I have developed in my professional career. I also sit on the finance committee, using my accountant and audit skills to add value to the school. I enjoy spending time in school, working with pupils, staff and other governors to ensure SJS remains a brilliant school.

Term of Office : 14.05.2015 to 13.05.2019 

Responsibilities: Finance,  Pupil Interviews & Monitoring

 

 

 

Clerk to Governors - Vacancy

 

The purpose of the role is to:

• Provide advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters.
• Provide effective administrative support to the governing body and its committees.
• Ensure the governing body is properly constituted.
• Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Smith

Parent Governor

Term of Office : 23.03.2016 to 22.03.2020

 

I am a firm believer in Primary Education and how a school can be the making of young people. I believe that Sawley Junior School offers all children quality teaching and excellent learning opportunities both in and out the classroom and I really wanted to be involved. I have a background in Hospitality Management and I feel all the skills I have developed in my working career mean I can contribute to the successfulness of the school. I have a son in year 6 and Sawley School has been the making of him and I am proud to be a part of that.   

 

Sharon Henshaw

Parent Governor

Term of Office : 23.06.2017 to 22.06.2021  

 

Governors who have served on the governing body over the last 12 months.

 

Mr A Marshall - Parent Governor                                         November 2014 -  March 2016

Cllr D Walton -  Community Governor/Past Chairman       November 2014 - January 2017


Company Registered No. 9093035 (England and Wales)

Registered Office: Sawley Junior School, Wilmot Street. Long Eaton, Nottingham. NG10 3DQ

Company Name: Willows Academy Trust