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The Governing Board operates as a Full Governing Board (FGB) without any sub-committees.
All terms of office are four years.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Manor Green School, please contact the clerk: Jacky Cope at jacky.cope@manorgreenschool.co.uk

Manor Green School: Governing Board 2018-2019

Governors  Roles and Responsibilities

Appointment 

Date

Category Attendance at 2017-18 meetings
Joolz Scarlett Headteacher September 2016
 
Headteacher   6/6
Gwenda Lilley Safeguarding 
 
13 September 2017 Co-opted 5/6
Sue Dutton Vice Chair 3 October 2018

 
Local Authority 5/6
Fiona ODonnell
 
 Finance  23 March 2017 Parent  5/6
Richard Pelly Chair of Governors 6 July 2017 Co-opted 6/6
Peter Thorn Health & Safety 
GDPR
24 May 2017  Co-opted  5/6
Helen McHale  Communications 13 September 2017 Associate Member 4/6
Tabitha Marsh    11 December 2017 Parent 3/5
Rachel Goymer SEN 26 September 2018 Staff Not in post

The Chair of Governors or Clerk to the Governors can be contacted as follows:

Chair: via the school office or Clerk to the Governors

Tel: 07867 032251

Clerk: recruitment in process; please contact the school office

 

Pen Profiles

 

Joolz Scarlett, Headteacher   

 

I have worked in education for over 20 years and my experience includes working with children and young adults across the primary, special and secondary sectors. 

I joined Manor Green School in 2013 as the Assistant Headteacher for the secondary department, became a Deputy Headteacher in 2015 and was very fortunate to be appointed Headteacher in September 2016.  I love working at the school and enjoy being surrounded by a variety of amazing young people and staff, which fulfils my passion for inclusion and working with children.

I grew up locally in Berkshire and am married with two children, who, along with Manor Green School and our large furry family, keep me happy and busy and, whenever I do have time to myself, I enjoy horse riding and live music.  

 

 

 

Richard Pelly
Co-opted Governor
Chair of Governors
 

 

I responded to a request by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) in February 2017 to be the Interim Chair of the Governing Board of Manor Green School. I was subsequently co-opted and elected to the Chair in July 2017. I bring experience of 23 years as a governor, including 16 years as the chair of governors at a primary school within the RBWM.  

My working career included 33 years as a Marine Engineer Office in the Royal Navy. Afterwards I was employed for 12 years by a private organisation working closely with government promoting UK skills and expertise worldwide. This work included taking Trade Missions to various countries, mostly in the Asia Pacific markets.  

Now, as well as my roles as a school governor, I am the honorary Chief Executive of the Britain Nepal Chamber of Commerce and a director of a small property investment company.

Both for work and in pursuit of my mountaineering interests I have travelled widely.  I play golf (poorly), run occasionally, and still rock climb, though mostly on climbing walls these days.  My family, grandchildren and a dog also keep me busy!

 

Sue Dutton
Local Authority Governor
Vice Chair 



 
 

My name is Sue Dutton. I have been a Governor since January 2015.

In my role as Governor at Manor Green School I bring my experience of education and training developed over the past 35 years as an HR specialist and CEO of some public sector organisations.

Manor Green School is quite simply the best educational establishment I have ever had the pleasure to work with because it truly puts the children first in all that it does.

I make every effort to improve my life balance through playing golf, visiting historic houses and gardens and generally enjoying my family and friends company.

 

Gwenda Lilley
Co-opted Governor
Safeguarding 

 

I was born and brought up in North Wales and moved to London, aged eighteen, where I completed a Degree course in Chemistry and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  I have taught in both the state and independent sectors and I am a team inspector for the Independent School Inspectorate. 
 
I retired three years ago but missed the classroom and the children so I applied to become a volunteer at Manor Green School.  I had been loosely involved with Holyport Manor for a number of years but a late friend and colleague, Elizabeth Hawkes, used to speak passionately about her wish (as the Education Cabinet Member for RBWM) to have a purpose built special  needs school in the borough. Sadly Liz died before Manor Green opened but I often think of her as I walk around the school. 
 
I was delighted to be asked to become a Governor at MGS.
 
I am also a Governor at Cox Green School and I am a board member of a charity which encourages young people to set up mini trading companies: Young Enterprise.
 
I enjoy travelling especially to visit my daughter and two little granddaughters in California.

 

Fiona ODonnell

Parent Governor

Finance

 

My name is Fiona ODonnell. I am a CIMA qualified accountant, currently working at IAG Holdings' head office, near Heathrow Airport, as the Head of Risk Management. I have spent most of my 20-year career in finance and related roles. In 2004 I gained an MBA from Warwick Business School. 

My 12-year-old son Fergus is currently at Manor Green School. He has been in special schools since reception, first at Booker Park in Aylesbury and at Manor Green since 2014. I see the mission of the school as helping each child make the most of their abilities and their life. As a parent to four children, in four different schools, in four different counties, I have gained a considerable breadth of experience of different educational settings and I have become passionate about getting the right education for our children.

With four children and a busy job I do not get much time to myself, but I enjoy getting away from everything with the family on a long summer and hosting Christmas at home for family and friends.

 

Peter Thorn 

Co-opted Governor

Health & Safety

 

 

Majority of professional career within education, teaching and management, most recently and prior to retirement as Principal of a vocational Further Education College. The college managed a ‘Pathways’ programme within the mainstream curriculum for students requiring additional learning and personal support throughout their studies.

Currently a Trustee of Adviza, an independent careers advisory and development service within the Thames Valley for young people and adults. Also a Trustee of a secondary school academy in Maidenhead where I chair the Finance and Resources Committee and am the Governor responsible for monitoring health and safety.

I am able to make a contribution at Manor Green based upon my experience and knowledge in managing and supporting the development of young people both academically and into adulthood. Governors have an important role advising and supporting the leadership team and their collective vision for the achievement and welfare of all students in their care and in giving them an enjoyable and rich experience. 

 

Helen McHale

Associate Member

Communications

 

I originally trained as a Registered General Nurse but then developed an interest in Early Years' Education when my children were young and this led to re-training as a teacher.

Since qualifying in September 1999 I have worked exclusively in the Foundation Stage and now am one of the Co-Headteachers of the Cookham, Maidenhead and The Lawns Nursery School Federation.  I am deeply committed to inclusive Early Years Education and am particularly passionate about maximising the children’s learning potential in the outdoor environment.

I hope that my Early Years' Headship experience will add to the expertise of the Manor Green School Governing Board. 

Rachel Goymer

Staff Governor

 

I have worked at Manor Green for three years. During this time I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with a range of students and staff across the school.

I started my career in education specialising in Early Years Teaching. I spent time teaching in a variety of schools and across the primary age range. My time working in early years taught me how important it is to ensure children feel happy and safe in school, as well as the importance of learning actively through play. This has led to my further study for a master’s qualification in Education with a focus on emotional and social skills, as well as promoting positive mental health. I have worked in the secondary department in Manor Green and I have had full-filled the role of acting Key Stage Leader for Key Stage 3. After this I went on to continue to extend my skills by becoming Primary Link and Outreach leader. We offer a therapeutic intervention for primary aged children to help them to regulate and take on the challenges of school life. I truly enjoy working at Manor Green, with the fantastic students and staff, that I get the privilege of working with daily. I hope to be able to use my experiences in education to support the development of Manor Green School in the future.

My weekends are filled with visits to friends and family, we will often enjoy a variety of board games. I enjoy going for long walks by the sea or across the moors, painting, and studying neuropsychology. I am also learning to play the harp!

 

DECLARATIONS OF BUSINESS INTERESTS

No governors have declared a business interest in the school
The Head Teacher, Rachel Goymer and Tabith Marsh have declared an interest as employees at the school

Governor Organisation Nature of Interest
Richard Pelly Waltham St Lawrence Primary School Governor
Peter Thorn Cox Green School Member

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Golden Rules
At our school we always:
Treat people kindly
Listen to each other
Look after our school environment
Do our best
(devised by School Council 2009)

Vision
To be the Centre of Excellence for students with special educational needs.

The Governing Board (GB) - purpose and function as defined by the DfE

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.  

All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its students, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Membership

The GB membership is defined by the school’s Instrument of Government dated 3 May 2016.  This specifies that the board consists of eight governors; 

  • One Headteacher,
  • Two parent governors,
  • One local authority governor,
  • One staff governor,
  • Three co-opted governors

A governor’s term of office is four years unless agreed otherwise at the time of appointment.
Co-opted governors are appointed by a majority of other governors.
In attendance - Clerk to the Governors.

The board may appoint, for defined terms, associate members for their particular expertise or contribution.

The GB will meet at least six times a year with the agenda and relevant reports ideally made available a minimum of seven calendar days before the meeting. 

Meetings may include, by exception, governors dialling in through conference calls or the use of skype for video conferencing to fulfil the quorum requirement when they cannot attend in person.

Minutes from a meeting should be available to governors within two weeks of the meeting.

If a governor fails to attend three consecutive GB meetings, the GB will question that individual’s commitment and contribution to governance. Where a governor has not attended meetings for six months, the GB will consider taking steps towards disqualification from office.

The Role

To undertake its role, the GB at its meeting, will:

  1. Receive and consider reports from the Headteacher and Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) regarding the school’s progress against the School Development Plan
  2. Receive and consider reports about financial performance, budgets and projections
  3. Receive and consider reports from each lead governor regarding the school’s effectiveness in that area
  4. Ensure that all matters requiring action following each GB meeting are agreed and recorded, including appropriate named responsibility and timing.
  5. Ensure that actions are then followed up and outcomes communicated to the GB to confirm completion. The GB will not wait until its next meeting to conclude matters outstanding.
  6. Make strategic decisions that ensure the school’s resources are used to secure the best possible outcomes for all students of the school
  7. Support and monitor implementation of the School Development Plan and relevant policies
  8. Ensure the school’s legal compliance and governance
  9. Make strategic decisions to ensure that the ACE Model is effectively implemented and monitored to secure best possible outcomes for the students
  10. Respond to identified areas of weakness and support effective strategies to deal with them
  11. Monitor the safeguarding of students and the wider SEN provision 

Quorum

The quorum for GB decisions to be actionable is four governors.
Associate governors do not have a vote. 

Code of Conduct

Governors agree to abide by the Code of Conduct at the Annex.

Review
These Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually.

The Governing Board approved these Terms of Reference on: 6th December 2018

Signed:    Chair of Governors
Signed:  Headteacher

RETIRED GOVERNORS

Governor  Roles and Responsibilities Date Term of Office ended Category  Attendance at 2017-2018 meetings  
 Josie Glover  SEN  31 August 2018  Staff    

Declarations of Business Interests

Governor  Organisation Nature of Interest
Josie Glover   None