Parent Governor Information
Governing Body of Pocklington CE (VC) Infant School
Parent Governor Election - Nominations
I am writing to let you know that a vacancy has now arisen for three parent governors to serve on the Governing Body.
Becoming a governor is very rewarding and worthwhile experience. Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and offer appropriate challenge and support.
They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children. Governors are asked to act with integrity, honesty and objectivity and act at all times in the best interests of the school.
The prime focus of the Governing Body is to develop the strategic direction of the school, be accountable to stakeholders and to ensure that financial resources are spent appropriately.
Governors also have a number of opportunities to access training or development to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills.
It is important to note that governors are elected or appointed to bring the experience of that individual as a member of the governing body. Once elected, parent governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the school or governing body without prior consent from the governing body.
The Governing Body welcomes nominations from individuals with any of the following skills or experience:
Early years, education, special education, safeguarding
Further information about the commitment and role of a governor can be gained by visiting http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/schools-colleges-and-academies/governors/
I am therefore inviting you to consider standing in the election to become a parent governor. Before completing a nomination form, please remember that:
(a) a person nominated must be a parent/carer of a pupil registered at the school
(b) a person nominated must sign the form to show that he/she is willing to be a governor
(c) a parent/carer cannot stand for election if they work at the school for more than 500 hours in a twelve month period or if they are an elected member of the local authority
(d) every eligible parent is entitled to vote in a ballot process
(e) the term of office for a parent governor shall be 4 years
(f) all nominations must be returned to the school by 4.00 p.m. on Friday 21st September 2018
Following receipt of all nominations by the stated closing date and time, if there are the same numbers of nominations as positions available, those parents will be duly elected. If however there are more nominations than positions available, a secret ballot will be held. Therefore all nominees are asked to provide a personal statement about themselves to assist with the voting process.
All newly elected and re-elected governors must complete a declaration of eligibility form to certify that they are not disqualified from being a governor. To ensure from the outset that candidates are eligible, the person nominated is asked to read and sign a pre-appointment declaration of eligibility form.
If you are considering standing in the election and would like some further information (on the work involved in being a Governor, for example) please do not hesitate to contact Les Slow (Chair of Governors) via the school office. Our current parent governor will also be able to give you an insight into the role: Clare Stones.
Nomination forms can be collected from the school office.
The governors hold a full meeting at least four times each year in which all LEA policies and requirements are discussed and adopted. In addition sub-committees meet as and when required. Minutes of meetings and agenda papers are available in school for inspection.
The school Governors, chaired by Les Slow, is a group of people from various parts of our community.
Your Governors for 2018-2019 are:
Mrs Kirsty Brooks (term of office until 12/09/2019)
Mrs Mel Grieveson ( term of office 03/01/2021)
Rev’d Les Slow (Chair of Governors)
2 Vacancies and a further vacancy as of 5/10/2018
Mrs Alex Quigley (term of office until 05/10/2018)
Ms Clare Stones (term of office until 11/01/2021)
Mr Elliot Jones (term of office until 11/01/2021)
Co- Opted Governors
Mrs Tina Mouland (term of office until 21/06/2019)
Rev’d Neville Simpson (term of office until 01/09/2019)
Dr Lynn Bartram –Headteacher
Mrs Jan Snowball – Staff – teacher (term of office until 01/09/2019)
Revd Les Slow – Chair and Foundation Governor
I am married to Hilary and we have three children and five grandchildren (aged from two to fourteen). I taught Mathematics at Bradford Grammar School for 36 years and was the Deputy Head for the last eight, retiring to Pocklington in 2007. I was ordained in 1980 and have worked as a non-stipendiary minister in the Church of England ever since. My interests include DIY, growing fruit and vegetables on the allotment, walking and cycling. In 2012, I cycled from London to Paris with my two sons for charity and in May 2015 rode the 940 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in just 11 days. I am Chair of “Young People Count” which has the aim of setting up a youth centre in the town and since March 2013 I have been a Governor of Pocklington School.
I joined the Governing Body of the Infant School as a Foundation Governor in 2010 and was elected Chair of Governor’s just over 12 months ago. I am also Chair of the Finance Committee and have responsibility for monitoring Science on the curriculum. I visit the school frequently and usually lead Collective Worship every half term.
Kirsty Brooks – Foundation Governor
I live in Pocklington with my husband and daughter Evie. Evie had 3 happy years at Pocklington Infants School and now attends Pocklington Community Junior School. I work part time as a clerical assistant at Warter C.E. Primary School and am co-ordinator of Little Saints, a preschool church group based at All Saints, Pocklington. I am passionate about our church-school links and look forward to being more involved with the Infants School.
Melanie Grieveson - Foundation Governor
I moved to Pocklington with my husband in October 2015, having been born and brought up in Hull. I spent 23 years working as an Audiologist at the Hull Royal Infirmary and latterly, Castle Hill Hospital, occasionally working in 'outreach' clinics.
My two sons are grown up, but when they were younger I taught in Sunday School and played the organ at church.
I left the NHS to undertake further study and now work from home as a piano teacher.
Pocklington CE VC Infant School is the sort of school I wish my own children could have attended. As a Foundation Governor, I hope to help maintain the strong links between the school and the parish church.
Mrs Alex Quigley – Parent Governor
I am a parent governor, elected in September 2014. I live locally with my husband and two children Matthew and Beatrice. Matthew leaves Pocklington CE VC Infant School for junior school this summer having loved his time with the school and really thrived in their care. Beatrice starts in September 2015 and is already excited to get started. I am a lawyer with 14 years experience of evidential analysis, legal and public interest based decision making and court advocacy. A large proportion of my work involves vulnerable children and young people and so I also have experience in the area of safeguarding and cared for children.
Elliot Jones ~ Parent Governor
I moved to Pocklington in 2015 with my wife and two children Zachary & Florence, one of whom now attends the school’s Foundation Year. I’m a firm believer that a child’s experiences and development at school will be with them all their life, and it’s great to know I’m helping Pocklington Infant School to have a lasting, positive impact on its pupils’ learning.
I’m a business owner, and take a keen interest in the way the school is being run and managed, sharing and contributing my experiences of the private sector wherever possible.
Ms Clare Stones ~ Parent Governor
“I have lived in Pocklington since 2007. I have two children Lucas and Paige. Paige started Foundation at Pocklington Infant School in September 2017 and is thriving.
I qualified as an accountant in 2004 and have worked in practice since 1998. I took a career break following the incredibly premature birth of my son as his medical and additional needs needed my full attention, which means I have personal experience on the SEN side.
I currently volunteer for AGE uk as a befriender, I am a treasurer at York Special Care Baby Unit Support Group and I am very keen to get involved in helping the school go from strength to strength.”
Tina Mouland – Co-Opted staff Governor
I am Pocklington born and bred and have worked as a teaching assistant at Pocklington Infant School since 1996. I have been on the governing board since 1999. I am responsible for Health and Safety.
Jan Snowball – staff Governor and Assistant Head
I have been warmly welcomed to Pocklington Infants in September 2015 and look forward to a happy and fulfilling time at the school.
I have previously taught in Primary schools in both Cambridgeshire and York and now look forward to a new experience within an Infant school.
My first connections with Pocklington Infants dates back many years to when my two sons, both now at Woldgate, attended the school and they look back with fond and happy memories.
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work within the school and value the chance to work with the whole school community.