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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 from a wide range of backgrounds. All Governors, except Ex Officio Governors, are appointed for a term of four years.

The Governing Body

Linda Meredith - Chair Co-opted Governor
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
Rachel Peachey Staff Governor
VACANCY Minister for the Tadlow benefice
VACANCY Minister for the Whaddon benefice
Gerry Burnell Foundation - Croydon
Felicity Couch Ex-officio - Minister for the Orwell benefice
VACANCY Foundation - Whaddon
Sara Metherell Foundation - Wimpole
Katie Reid Foundation - Orwell
Ian Dugdale Parent
Nik Cunniffe Parent
Imogen Loxam Foundation Arrington

The Clerk to Petersfield Governing Body is Andrew Pulham. 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 - Colin Wilson (Chair), Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Linda Meredith, Katie Reid, Nik Cunniffe and Gerry Burnell
Standards – Sarah Metherell (Chair), Laura Penrose, Karen Gwynn, Linda Meredith, Jane Johnson, Felicity Couch, Imogen Loxam, Rachel Peachey and Ian Dugdale
Staff Pay Award Committee – the Resources Committee excluding Linda Meredith, Karen Gwynn and Laura Penrose.
Head Teacher Performance Management Committee – Sara Metherell, Katie Reid, Colin Wilson and Imogen Lomax
Exclusions Committee – Colin Wilson, Jane Johnson and Imogen Loxam

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 – Felicity Couch
Nominated Governor for E-Safety – Gerry Burnell and Katie Reid
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 the Standards and Resources Committees. In some situations (including complaints, grievances, pupil exclusion and appeals/dismissals), three Governors will serve subject to availability and requirements for impartiality.

Meet The Governors

FGB meetings have been arranged for 20th September 2018, 29th November 2018, 7th February 2019, 2nd May 2019 and 18th July 2019.

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

Prior to 2015-16, Governors produced an annual report to parents:

Since September 2015, Governors have been reporting to parents following every committee and Full Governing Body meeting. These reports, detailing the actions of the Governors and the impact of these actions on raising standards at Petersfield, can be found in the school Newsletter.

Governors' Declaration of Interests
Governors' Attendance
Full Governing Body Minutes
Committees
Extra Ordinary Meeting Minutes
Updates from the Chair of Governors
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

17th Jun - INSET day. School is closed to pupils, parents and visitors today as staff attend the training day. This is one of 5 required days set throughout the academic year. Please see the 'Term Dates' section of this website for next year's training dates.

14th Jun - We were delighted by the huge turnout of male carers who attended our Father's Day lunch and afternoon activities. It was wonderful seeing the children enjoying the company. The 'bee-related' activities mean the honey bees now have many homes!

14th Jun - Our 'Walk to School' week finished with the sun shining! Thank you to the volunteers who walked with us throughout the week. They enabled so many children and staff to have more exercise before the start of the school day.

12th Jun - Our year 4 pupils attended the first session of our new coding club, thanks to Mr Anderson and our parent volunteer. We look forward to seeing the outcome from all their new skills.

11th Jun - We were delighted to be joined by Bishop Stephen, Beverley from Age UK and many members of the community to celebrate the work of our Lent Challenge. Bishop Stephen led collective worship, was given a tour of our school by the pupils than had a cup of tea with the Petersfield Community.

11th Jun - Mrs Penrose was joined by a County representative for a bus ride along today. The positive comments about the bus escort and children were a delight to hear.

10th Jun - Well done to all those who joined us to walk to school, despite the weather, as we started Walk to School Week.

9th Jun - Thanks to parents, governors, pupils, staff and the community, our Sensory Garden looked amazing following the final touches and the addition of our pupils' sculptures. Ice-creams added to the enjoyment and we were delighted to welcome so many people in as part of Orwell Open Gardenss.

7th Jun - It was, once again, a delight to see the incredible variety of learning that had taken place over the half term. Rainforests, quizzes, home-made clocks, dazzling artwork and so much more!! Thank you to the parents who came to see and hear about the learning.

6th Jun - Some pupils in KS2 took part in an inter-school 'Quad Kids'. They enjoyed this event and worked well together.

6th Jun - Well done to the pupils who took part in the Maths Challenge in Cambridge. They demonstrated their amazing fluency and reasoning skills.

6th Jun - We were absolutely delighted to welcome all of KS2 from Barrington and Foxton to our BFP Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies Oracy day. What a showcase of oracy skills with new friends!

3rd Jun - Welcome back to the first day of the busy, exciting and final half term of the 18-19 academic year.

24th May - School is now closed. We wish all our children and their families a lovely half term break. Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday 3rd June.

23rd May - Today, our Year 6 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to do practical scientific experiments with Claire from the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme (primary schools and science-based manufacturing companies working together) as part of the science curriculum.

22nd May - Wow year 2! You should be very proud of your attitude and achievement over the last two weeks as you have taken SATs in your stride showing all you have learnt. We are very proud of you!

21st May - Excellent fun in the river was had by all Rowan and Yes class at Stibbington!

17th May - We celebrated the pupils' varied achievements in assembly. All of year 6 achieved an award due to their hard work and positive attitude this week. Mr Hollands presented his cup to a child who demonstrated a great willingness to learn the piano and play in a band in the Rock Steady group.

16th May - Well done Year 6. SATs are done! You are a credit to yourself and Peterfield School!

Latest Publications

Notices

SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE: As per County guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances. The decision will be made as soon as possible and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News'.


As we explained in a newsletter, we have updates our policies and privacy notice about how we process data in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Click here for the updated policies.


Are you interested in being a Governor? Do you have HR or Finance skills? If so, please do visit our Governors' webpage to find out more about the strategic role of our Governors.


Funding for Petersfield - As you may have read in the media, school funding is under threat. Please click here to see the information about how you can continue to help.


We apologise for the intermittent, continuing fault on the phone line which we have again reported to the telephone company. Should you need to reach us, please press '6' immediately the phone is answered. Alternatively email the office.


The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - write by our Book Club volunteer Ute - can be accessed here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


Please see our vacancies page for an opportunity for a Playworker.


Run Orwell - back in 2019. Save the date. 30th June 2019. Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone.


Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787

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