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The Chair of Governors is Linda Meredith

To contact her or to ask for information about Petersfield Governors please email -

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.

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

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 Mar - Thank you to all those parents who attended tonight's Parents' Evening. We very much appreciate you taking the time to fill out our questionnaires and speak to Governors. Please do contact school if you have not yet arranged your appointment as this close home school liaison is vital.

20th Mar - Puffins pupils were delighted to received their morse code certificate today thanks to our local experts Peter, Martin and Eric. Puffins are very much looking forward to the 'advanced' session next.

20th Mar - Thank to Rev Felicity for supporting the pupils who led our collective worship today.

16th Mar - It is always a pleasure to hear about the learning successes of our pupils in the Hedteachers' Awards assembly.

16th Mar - Rev. Felicity joined pupils to collaboratively plan our Lent church service which we hope you can join us at. The service is at 9:30am on Wednesday 28th March.

16th Mar - We were delighted to welcome Mrs Murfet into school to lead science activities with science club and two classes as part of British Science week. Exciting activities included lava lamps, George's marvelous medicine and rainbows!

16th Mar - Yew class participated in REactive Church today. Thank you to volunteers who make this possible.

14th Mar - Thank to Pine class and the school community for making the FOPS Pine cake sale such a fundraising success whilst enjoying tasty treats!

14th Mar - It was wonderful to welcome Mrs Bonfield back into school today to launch our handmade values bears. We are very grateful for her skill and time to make these for us. They are a beautiful replacement for the much loved values dolls which represented the old school values.

14th Mar - Rowan class attended the first of the REactive Church sessions as we prepare for Easter.

12th Mar - We were delighted to welcome Andy Richardson, from local business Volac, into school today to view Clicker7 and talk to the pupils about it. We are incredibly grateful to Volac for purchasing this fantastic educational software that can be used to support learning at home and school.

9th Mar - We were delighted to have so many mothers and female carers in school for lunch and Mother's Day activities. Pupils worked with their mums and grannies to make bridges, plaques, towers and also took part in a scavenger hunt!

9th Mar - In our Elm Class assembly, they shared their learning about Great Britain through artwork, oracy, music, songs and a wonderful retelling of the Feeding of the 5000 Bible story.

7th Mar - Pine Class walked up to Wimpole Hall Farm as part of their 'United Kingdom' topic focusing on their local area. Whilst there, they took part in an activity making butter in the Victorian dairy.

5th Mar - Mrs Grieves launched 'Malawi Monday' our fundraising challenge to cover her giant map of Malawi in donated coins. These funds will be taken to Malawi in August 2018 to continue the charity work of providing useable school building and resources for children to learn in.

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