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

 

Term of Office:

November 2014 - November 2018

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 behaviour, development and welfare

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.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Beale

 

 

Co-Opted Governor

 

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

 

Term of Office:

November 2014 - November 2018

 

About me:

• I have a degree in Geography from Exeter University and a PGCE from London University and have worked as a teacher in both Secondary and Primary Sectors.  I worked at the William Penn School and Penn Wood for 10 years and am now retired. 

• I also qualified as a school librarian and was instrumental in setting up the Active Learning Library at Penn Wood, a powerful resource. 

• I am proud to have had a large input into the artistic environment of Penn Wood and have been involved in many projects promoting the school's artistic and creative identity.

• I am pleased to renew my commitment to helping in the continued development of Penn Wood, its staff and pupils on their journey to becoming an outstanding school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa Hopkins

Co-opted Governor

Governor Role: Mental Health

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

Personal behaviour, development and welfare

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:

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

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 third year of teaching at Penn Wood Primary & Nursery School and am Head of Year 5. 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.

 

 

 

 

Kevin Oakley

Parent Governor

 

Governor Role:

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

 

Term of Office:

June 2017 - June 2021

 

 

About me:

My professional background is in education where, currently as the Headteacher of a local school, I am acutely aware of the contextual challenges that Penn Wood Primary faces. I have over 10 years Senior Leadership experience with interests in Inclusion, EAL and early childhood education, particularly EYFS.

Areas that I have led on in the past include: SEN/D; Safeguarding; English; Phonics; Science; Curriculum design

As well as being an educator, I am a parent. Part of my role as a parent governor is to see it through the eyes of parents at the school and give a parental perspective on school improvement agenda items. Being a parent of a child of school age is a constant challenge with the ever-limited places across Slough and neighbouring Local Authorities. I feel it is very important for parents to have a voice on a school’s strategic body and believe it is vital for both school and parents to work together to ensure children reach their potential and beyond.

I am passionate that all children - regardless of their starting points - can achieve mastery with quality first teaching, effective support and accurate assessment being fundamental to achieving this.

I have been a governor in one school for over 8 years and been part of its journey to achieve ‘Outstanding’. Further to this the school has been accredited as a teaching school with further commendations for the positive outcomes it has every year for the vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

As governor, I can offer Penn Wood balanced challenge and support to ensure that it stays true to the ethos of continuingly pursuing improvement and never sitting still. Since the introduction of the NC14 mastery curriculum and the removal of levels to assess, schools have grasped at moving away from a linear progression model. Penn Wood is certainly at the forefront in tackling this new paradigm and I feel that being an active Headteacher puts me in a good position to ensure that the school’s improvement continues towards excellence.

 

 

Paul Dewberry

LA Governor

Governor Role:

Strategic Plan Focus Area:

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.

   
   

 1 vacancy - Parent Governor

 

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

 

 

Charis Witkowski

Assistant Headteacher

SLT Adviser

 

Tracy O'Shea

Assistant 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

Mr Shailesh   Jha Parent Governor Full Governing Board May 2017
Mrs Nadia   Shahid Parent Governor Full Governing Board May 2017
Mrs  Anne   Sheridan Co-opted Governor Full Governing Board June 2017
Mrs  Shereen    Bhatti Parent Governor Full Governing Board March 2018