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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
Faye Wilkinson-Smith Associate Governor

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, Nik Cunniffe and Faye Wilkinson-Smith.
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 children with SEND)
Nominated Governor for Looked After Children (LAC) and Post LAC – Felicity Couch (and all governors are responsible for children who are Care Experienced)
Nominated Governor for Pupil Premium – Linda Meredith, Imogen Loxam (and all governors are responsible for children in receipt of the Pupil Premium)
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

27th Nov - Well done to everyone for being super Run Orwell Lap-athon participants. Medals are coming home over the next few days. We are very proud of the children for their participation in the sports activity and the fantastic fundraising.

23rd Nov - Following our Historic England Heritage Schools accreditation, staff were delighted to spend a twilight training session exploring the local area history and geography research completed for us. We look forward to sharing the resulting fantastic resources and projects with the children.

23rd Nov - Ready, Steady, Go! Each class will participate in our Run Orwell sponsored Lapathon challenge during a session this week.

19th Nov - Road safety is always important but it is especially important as the nights are darker. Children shared this week's learning today.

18th Nov - Smile! It is photo day today!

18th Nov - Thanks to Rowan class for leading our first ever virtual class assembly. What a triumph! Parent and pupil feedback agrees! Rowan class agree 'I really enjoyed the kennings poem and holding up the words. I enjoyed the square number song. I loved the cardio drumming as it was different.'

13th Nov - We are pleased to have raised £124.65 today, thanks to our non uniform day for Children In Need.

11th Nov - The decorated stones provided a focus for reflection today as we raised £73.50 with our Remembrance collection before our two minutes silence.

9th Nov - The nurses administering the flu vaccination were very impressed with our pupils today. We also had 100 percent attendance and administration of the vaccine for those booked to have it. Well done everyone!

5th Nov - Thank you to all the parents who joined us virtually for the Headteacher Awards. We are very proud of the children and enjoyed hearing about their great attitude to learning resulting in success.

3rd Nov - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2. We look forward to seeing you all this morning after the half term holiday. Please do read the 'Welcome back' email sent last night for the latest updates.

2nd Nov - Remote Learning planning featured on today's INSET day agenda.

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.

Latest Publications

Notices

Is your child due to start school in September 2021? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


Have you tried any of the experiments in the science magazines you can find on the 'Science is Fun' webpage? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to find out more.


Have you visited our 'Reading for Pleasure' page where local published author Ute Maria is adding stories regularly? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to enjoy the stories.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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