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Tadley Community Primary School

Tadley Community Primary School

Governors

Introduction

 

Tadley Community Primary School Governing Body consists of 12 governors representing parents, staff, local government and the local community.

 

The 2002 Education Act explains their role: “The governing body shall conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”. The main aim of the governing body is therefore to promote the welfare and development of the school so that a caring, stimulating and secure environment exists within which learning can be fostered. This is achieved by strategic planning; the day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher.

The governors must ensure that the school conducts its affairs in accordance with all relevant legal obligations. Much of the work of the governing body is therefore in the reviewing and endorsing of policies; you may download the policies currently in place at Tadley from the policies page - link below.

The statutory responsibilities for governing bodies include the curriculum, equality, special educational needs, learners’ care and well-being, leadership/ management and keeping parents/guardians informed. 

or at the Hampshire governors web pages.

 

The governing body is required to meet three times per year, but in practice meets six times. Minutes are available on request via the school office.

 

Governors work in partnership with parents and teachers for the ultimate benefit of the children attending Tadley, and suggestions are welcome from parents and staff on general matters. Particular concerns in relation to the school should first be raised with the head teacher. If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.

Governor Newsletters

Composition of the Governing Body

 

The Tadley Community Primary School governing body consists of:

  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 2 Staff Governors including the head teacher
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 7 Co-opted Governors

Governor Profiles

 

Louise Bleathman – Local Authority Governor

 

I became a Parent Governor in March 2018 and have had two children be part of the Tadley Primary community. Since 2022 I then became the LA Governor. I have spent over 25 years working within the IT industry as well as providing business and sales process consultancy to small businesses. I believe I bring skills that can be used within the Governing body to aid the school overall.   

 

Since May 2024 I have become the Chair of Governors.

 

I wanted to become a Governor to have a positive impact on the direction of the school, being a spokesperson for the community and ensuring the school continues to be a safe and happy place for children to attend and flourish.

 

Jan Draper – Co-Opted Governor

 

I became a Governor in 2012, my link to the school being through my grandchildren. I am retired now, but in the past have been a computer programmer, a secondary teacher of Maths and Computing (for part of the time at The Hurst), a senior manager at Newbury College and a travel agent. My links with primary schools came through the travel industry when I helped a number of local schools with travel-related projects. My garden keeps me busy, but my real passions are for travelling and cooking. I’ve always been interested in all stages of education and becoming a Governor has reinforced my belief that primary years are the most important in setting the aspirations of children. I want the very best for all our children; I want them to aspire to keep on learning and achieve their very best; I want them to leave us ready for the next stage of their education. But most of all I want them to have enjoyed their time at Tadley Primary School.

 

Hattie Davies – Staff Governor

 

I have worked as a class teacher at Tadley Community Primary School since 2014. I have taught in Year R, Year 1 and I have been teaching Year 2 for the past 5 years. I have seen Tadley School change a lot over the years but one thing that has not changed is the strong sense of community. Becoming a staff governor has been a positive step to help support the school vision in the best way I can. I love working at this school and do not see myself leaving here for a very long time! The staff are all terrific and we all have a strong team ethic. The children at Tadley School are all superstars and I want to help them on their journey to be the very best they can be! In my spare time I enjoy baking, cooking, gardening and DIY! I have a pet cat called Cheeky that all the children at the school know very well! 

 

Carol Donner - Co-Opted Governor

 

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David Lovelock - Co-Opted Governor

 

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Richard Mackworth-Praed – Co-Opted Governor

 

I joined Tadley Primary School as a Co-opted Governor at the beginning of 2017, having come across an advert looking for a Governor with finance experience.   I have worked in finance and technology at Barclays for over 20 years, and prior to that qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.  My wife and several other relatives on both sides of our family are all teachers, so education is a subject I have always been interested in, and I have seen at first hand the dedication and passion displayed by teachers in helping children to achieve their potential. Since joining I have greatly enjoyed participating in an organisation that is very different from my workplace, and gives me the opportunity to contribute to the local community.  I have lived in Silchester for over 15 years with my wife and three daughters, and enjoy cycling and the occasional round of golf.

 

Richard Musson - Parent Governor

 

I became a Governor in January 2021. I have two children at the school as well as links through my nine nieces and nephews who are either attending, have attended or are going to. I wanted to be a Governor as a way of supporting the school, understanding the decision making and contributing where possible. I am a Production Manager for a bespoke timber windows and doors manufacturer and have a background in mechanical engineering.

 

Roxy Quinn - Parent Governor

 

I joined Tadley Primary School as a Governor in May 2022. My eldest daughter was in year R and we have had a great experience with the school so far. I wanted to support the school and as someone who is passionate about education felt that joining the Governing Body would allow me to do that. I am currently Head of Geography at a local secondary school with over 10 years experience of teaching and have undertaken a range of leadership roles in education. School is so important for society in many ways, but is also a complex and ever-changing place that needs strong and supportive governance. I hope that my experience in education will enable me to do that. I am really looking forward to working with the great staff at Tadley Primary in the future. 

 

Jeff Maidment - Co-Opted Governor

I became a governor at the school in March 2024. I have recently retired after 19 years as a Primary School Teacher and 13 years as Headteacher at a small primary school, all in Hampshire. I believe my experience as a Headteacher and governor for over 17 years will allow me to support Tadley Primary School strategically, be a critical friend and could help support the continuing development of the school.

I actually started my teaching career at Tadley Primary School and I have always been grateful for the excellent support I received. All three of my children attended the school. 

I still maintain an interest in education through information I receive from my professional organisation, social media and contact with previous colleagues. I enjoy cycling, running, watching sport, travelling and reading.

Governor Membership

Tadley School Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Committees of the Governing Body

 

Governors volunteer to serve on various committees, panels and working parties that meet as required and advise the full governing body of recommended actions on specific issues. The main committees at Tadley School are:

 

Resources Committee

  • Monitors the condition of the building and grounds of the school
  • Monitors the progress of work in hand
  • Advises on aspects of safety within and around the school
  • Strategic Responsibility for the review of school staffing and employment policies in line with Hampshire Guidance
  • Work with the Head to approve and monitor the school budgets and financial matters. This includes regular reviews of the financial position of the school
  • Advise the Full Governing Body on matters of personnel and finance
  • Review the various policies relating to the finance, personnel and management of the school.

 

Standards and Improvement Committee

  • Reviews the curriculum delivery at the school
  • Monitors pupil progress and standards
  • Reviews school improvement work
  • Review the various policies relating to curriculum, standards and improvement

 

Pay and Performance Committee

  • Reviews performance management arrangements and pay decisions

Diversity Data

 

The governors of Tadley School believe it is important that boards reflect the diversity of the school communities they serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people.

The governors are currently collecting data on the diversity of the board, including data on age, gender and ethnicity. They will use that data to inform their recruitment and training needs and ensure there is a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making.

Due to our relatively small governing body we do not publish this diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.

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