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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.

Leadership and management of the school – which includes governance – was judged as 'Good' during our 2020 Ofsted inspection.

The inspector told us that leaders have dramatically improved the quality of education and commented on the strong and clear educational justification for all actions taken.

He also noted that Governors care for the staff and pupils.

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
Rachel Peachey Staff Governor
VACANCY Minister for the Tadlow benefice
VACANCY Minister for the Whaddon benefice
VACANCY 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, Linda Meredith, Katie Reid, Rachel Peachey and Jane Johnson.
Standards – Sarah Metherell (Chair), Laura Penrose, Linda Meredith, Jane Johnson, Felicity Couch, Imogen Loxam, Rachel Peachey, Ian Dugdale and Nik Cunniffe.
Staff Pay Award Committee – the Resources Committee excluding Linda Meredith, Laura Penrose & Rachel Peachey.
Head Teacher Performance Management Committee – Imogen Loxam, Colin Wilson and Jane Johnson.
Exclusions Committee – Colin Wilson, Jane Johnson and Imogen Loxam.

Nominated Governors:
Nominated Governor for Health and Safety – Katie Reid
Nominated Governor for the Website – Linda Meredith
Nominated Governor for Training – Jane Johnson
Nominated Governor for Safeguarding – Felicity Couch, Linda Meredith (and all governors are responsible for safeguarding)
Nominated Governor for E-Safety – Katie Reid
Nominated Governor for Inclusion including SEND & Gifted and Talented - Colin Wilson, Imogen Loxam (and all governors are responsible for SEND children)
Nominated Governor for Looked After Children (LAC) and Post LAC – Felicity Couch (and all governors are responsible for Care Experienced children)
Nominated Governor for Pupil Premium – Linda Meredith, Imogen Loxam (and all governors are responsible for Pupil Premium children)
Nominated Governors for EYFS – Jane Johnson
Nominated Governor for allegations against the Headteacher - Colin Wilson
Nominated Governors for English – Jane Johnson and Sara Metherell
Nominated Governors for Maths – Colin Wilson, Ian Dugdale and Nik Cunniffe
Nominated Governor for PE – Jane Johnson
Nominated Governor for EYFS – Jane Johnson
Nominated Governor for Curriculum - All Governors
Colbatch & Hooper Representative – Colin Wilson
2020-21 Safeguarding Priority – Felicity Couch and Katie Reid
2020-21 Wellbeing Priority – Imogen Loxam
2020-21 Curriculum Priority – Jane Johnson and Colin Wilson
2020-21 Remote Learning Priority – Nik Cunniffe and Ian Dugdale

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, salary appeals and appeals e.g. dismissals), three Governors will serve on the convened committee subject to availability and requirements for impartiality.

Meet The Governors

Governors attend most school events and can be identified by their orange lanyards. To help you to recognise us easily, photographs of all the current school Governors are displayed outside the school office. For further information about the work of the Governors or becoming a Governor yourself, please feel free to approach any one of us.

You can also e-mail us:

Further Information – Reports, Minutes, Attendance, Declaration of Interests and Terms of Reference
Financial reports

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' Code of Conduct
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

23rd Oct - School is now closed for the autumn half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils and parents back to school on Tuesday 3rd November after the INSET day. Happy holidays!

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

19th Oct - We had a great whole school RE day today building up our school journey of 'Understanding Christianity'. Our youngest children learnt about what makes us special and how Jesus is special to Christians. Our older children looked into the topic of what is the 'Good News' of the gospel.

16th Oct - Today, our pupils showcased their positive mental health work as a press photographer visited our school to take socially distanced pictures for the newspaper.

15th Oct - THANK YOU! to the parents who have donated slabs (and the time and effort to install them) to make entry to the school gate less muddy!

13th Oct - Despite to power cut, thank you to everyone who is joining us for the virtual Parents' Evening tonight!

12th Oct - Thanks to Pine class, we will now have on display posters to promote positive thinking including word-web phrases and images. They explored what 'Positive Thinking' means and how we can be more positive in our lives and with other people.

9th Oct - The virtual governor visit today was an opportunity to celebrate all the work we have done this week in conjunction with the YMCA and our cluster schools. Please do ask the children about what they have learnt and how together, we are all promoting positive mental health.

Latest Publications

Notices

As per County and national guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances or where instructed to do so. The decision will be made ASAP and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News' above.


Covid-19 Coronavirus update - we continue to follow the regularly updated government guidance available via this link. At all times, safety is our highest priority. Please ensure you follow guidance particularly regarding illness, isolation and entry to


The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - written by our Book Club volunteer Ute - is 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 - now a virtual event for everyone! Click here to visit the website and join in!


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


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.


Is your child due to start school in September 2020? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


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.

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