Meet Our Governors

 

 

Carol Pearce

Co-Opted Governor

 

Governor Role:

Chair of Governors

Child protection & safeguarding

Responsible for liaison with the LA in the event of any Child Protection allegation against the headteacher

Governor for SEN

 

 

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Quality of Education

Personal Development/Behaviour & Attitudes

 

Term of Office:

October 2018 - October 2022

About me:

As Chair, I see it as my role to ensure that the work of Governors is focused on Penn Wood’s core purpose and vision 'Better Never Stops - Mastery Learning in the pursuit of Excellence’.  In essence, this means that we aim for our whole school, children and staff, to be the best that they can be to ensure we are an exceptional school and recognised as such by our community, the wider community, nationally and by those schools that we support on their improvement journeys.

I have had many years’ experience in governance and continue to work across schools in a range of functions: 

• Supporting and challenging school leaders as a Professional Leadership and Learning Partner.

• Working with governing bodies as a National Leader of Governance and an experienced Governor Mark Assessor to ensure that they are fit for purpose, carry out their statutory roles and responsibilities and keep children’s well-being, learning and progress at the heart of their work.

• Delivering the National Chairs' Programme under Hampshire’s License.

• Delivering National Leadership Programmes for the Institute of Education, and Inspired to Lead.

• Designing and delivering a host of professional learning opportunities/programmes for school governors.

• Acting as a leadership coach for school staff at all levels.

• Professional external advice to Governors for Headteacher appraisal panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arshidh-Ali Sahir

Parent Governor

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Personal Development/Behaviour & Attitudes

Term of Office:

July 2016 - July 2020

 

About me:

I have 3 children at Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School and am passionate about ensuring that all children receive a quality education at the school.  I work for London Transport and am originally from Sri Lanka.  My particular interest is in sports and want to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop in sport as well as performing well academically, with behaviours that positively support learning.

 

 

 

 

Saqib Mughal

 

 

 

Co-Opted Governor

Resources Committee Member

 

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Behaviour and Attitudes/Personal Development

 

Term of Office:

February 2019-February 2023

About me:

With two children currently in Penn Wood School, I have a vested interest in the school’s wellbeing and performance.  My new-born being my third child to join the school (hopefully!) in the next few years, my relationship with Penn Wood will be extending well into the future and so I feel a personal responsibility to help, support and nurture the schools development.

Professionally, I come from a finance background. Having originally trained in practice I’ve since moved into industry mainly within Commercial Finance. I recently moved to O2 in Slough – responsible for financial planning and analysis. Alongside this I also worked for 2 years as a Trustee for Citizens Advice Bureaux Slough. My responsibility on the board was to approve the finances, help set the future strategy and to hold the CEO to account for her performance and decisions made in the running of the service.

Having lived, worked and schooled in Slough, the local community is a big part of my life and I feel it’s important that someone with extensive local knowledge and community links is represented on the schools governing board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa Hopkins

Co-opted Governor

Governor Role: Mental Health

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Personal Development/Behaviour & Attitudes

Term of Office:

Feb 2018 – Feb 2022

About me:

I have worked in school and community settings with Aik Saath since September 2015 and coordinate their training in primary and secondary schools, planning and delivering work around conflict, cohesion and diversity, linking with PSHE and British Values.  Through Aik Saath I have worked with several Year 4 and 5 classes at Penn Wood School and also worked with current students/alumni of Penn Wood in Youth Clubs.  I have also worked with children and young people in previous roles as a watersports instructor and play worker.  I have an MA in Conflict Resolution, am First Aid trained and have Level 1 Safeguarding. I have a key focus as a Governor in Mental Health.  Outside work, I am a volunteer with the youth charity the Woodcraft Folk and enjoy netball, kayaking, cycling and walking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jane Girle

About me:

Headteacher / Staff Governor

 

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Effectiveness of leadership and management

 

Term of Office:

February 2002 - present

 

As a Governor, my role is to:
• Formulate aims and objectives, policies, targets and the curriculum for the governing body to consider adopting
• Fulfil my delegated responsibility  for the organisation, management and control of the school
• Advise on and implement the Governors’ strategic framework
• Report on achievement and progress over time and in comparison with other schools
• Give Governors information so that they can feel confident about performing their duties well

 

 

 

Madeleine Turner

  

Staff Governor

Governor Role:

Governor training and development

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Quality of Early Years Education

 

Term of Office:

September 2016 - September 2020

 

 

About me:

I graduated from Aston University with a BSc in Psychology and Sociology and then qualified as a teacher from Bath Spa University with a PGCE in Primary School Education. I am in my fifth year of teaching at Penn Wood Primary & Nursery School and am the Year 6 leader. I am passionate about the need to expose children to a wealth of knowledge and experience through a mastery curriculum. I believe every child should have an equal opportunity to a great education and support network. It is my responsibility, as a member of the governing body, to ensure the delivery of this.

 

 

 

Pauline Williams

Clerk to Governors

 

Term of Office:

April 2016 - Present

 

About me:

As clerk, my role is to work with the Governing Board and Senior Leadership to ensure that the Governors can work effecrtively and are supported with advice and guidance to fulfil their duties. I work in several schools, including academies, as their Clerk, across different Local Authorities, which ensures that I can learn best practice and share this with all my Governors. I am an Associate Trainer of Clerks for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and an Accredited Clerk.

 

 

 

 

Vacant

 

Parent Governor

 

Governor Role:

 

 

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

 

 

Term of Office:

June 2017 - June 2021

 

 

About me:

 

 

 

Nick Hart

Parent Governor

Governor Role:

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Leadership and management; Quality of Education

Term of Office:

May 2018 - May 2022

 

About me: 

My decision to become a governor at Penn Wood is to once more be part of the great work that the school does.  As a Governor, I intend to contribute to the strategic direction of the school and hold leadership to account in order to secure great outcomes for the children.  I am a Headteacher of a Junior School in Windsor and Maidenhead and have also been a Head in Buckinghamshire and Slough.  I know Slough very well and the challenges that Penn Wood seeks to overcome having lived in Slough since birth and having been a senior leader at Penn Wood for several years.  My educational experience is varied, having worked in local authority maintained schools and a large academy trust, and includes the leadership of curriculum design, the Pupil Premium and CPD.  I also have experience of governance through my Headship of an Academy and serving as a Staff Governor at Penn Wood, being heavily involved in HR and financial management as well as clerking and chairing.

 

 

 

Paul Dewberry

LA Governor

Governor Role:

Chair of Resources Committee

Chair of Pay Committee

GDPR Champion

Safeguarding

 

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Budget spend associated with strategic plan and sports premium and pupil premium plan

 

Term of Office:

July 2017- July 2021

I am an experienced PFI Facilities Operations, Contract and Mobilisation Manager working in the education sector for over 12 years.

Within the scope of responsibilities I currently undertake, I strongly believe my skillset can complement the existing board.

 To this end, I can confirm the following are aspects of my current role:

 

Full accountability to Budget planning and management spend

Full procurement process approvals from tender to order ensuring best value to all parties

Authorising person for H&S tasks and overall accountability for all H&S related matters on my contracts.

Premises and Facilities Management has been the backbone of my career for over 20 years

Within that period, I have gained skills in Project Management from small renovations to larger complex additional rooms / blocks.

We engage local providers where practical and sponsor local sports teams.

I was vice-chair of the Burnham Business Association and I still engage with them on an external support basis.

 

I am fully committed to undertake and adhere to both the boards values and any training opportunity that will enhance my offerings to them.

 

 
   

 

 

SLT advisers

 

 

Joanne Shears

 

Deputy Headteacher

SLT Adviser

 

Usha Lad

Finance and Operations Manager

SLT Adviser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surjit Sandhu

Business Manager

SLT Adviser

 

Emma Mann

Deputy Headteacher

SLT Adviser

 

 

Tracy O'Shea

Acting Deputy Headteacher

SLT Adviser

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

Governors who have left the Governing Board within the last 12 months:

 

TITLE

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

SURNAME

TYPE

APPOINTING BODY

DEPARTURE

Mrs  Carolyn   Beale Co-opted Governor Full Governing Board September 2018
Mr Kevin   Oakley Parent Governor Full Governing Board April 2019