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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: Sharon Glover at sharon.glover@manorgreenschool.co.uk

Manor Green School: Governing Board 2021-2022

Governors  Roles and Responsibilities

Appointment 

Date

Category Attendance at 2020-2021 meetings
Joolz Scarlett Headteacher September 2016
 
Headteacher   6/6
Fiona ODonnell
 
 Vice Chair, Finance, Pay Panel  24 March 2021 Parent  5/6
Richard Pelly Chair of Governors, Pay Panel, HT Performance Management 6 July 2021 Co-opted 6/6
Peter Thorn Health & Safety, GDPR, Pupil Premium 24 May 2021 Co-opted 6/6
Tabitha Marsh Staff Wellbeing 11 December 2017 Parent 4/6
Helen McHale  Communications, HT Performance Management 22 April 2020 Local Authority 5/6
Rachel Goymer SEN 26 September 2018 Staff 5/6
Jahseen Foster   26 November 2020 Co-opted 2/5
Ash Patel Finance, Pay Panel 18 March 2021 Co-opted 3/3
Simon Calvert Safeguarding, LAC 07 October 2021 Co-opted 0/0

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: Sharon Glover 

Tel: 01628 513800

sharon.glover@manorgreenschool.co.uk

 

Annual letter to parents December 2020

 

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!

 

 

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

I began my career in a business environment within the private sector but with a change into education, I eventually became the Principal of a Further Education College. The college offered a wide range of vocational education and training for young people and adults and offered programmes for ‘Pathways’ to work.

Now retired, I have maintained my commitment to the development of young people at Manor Green School and as the Co-Chair of Governors of an academy secondary school and as a Trustee of the provider for careers education and guidance within the Thames Valley.

I have a strong belief that personal development is lifelong and in the importance of everyone having opportunity to achieve. Governors have an important role advising and supporting the leadership team; it is their collective vision for the achievement and welfare of all students that enables Manor Green School to give an enjoyable, rich and safe experience.

Tabitha Marsh

Parent Governor

I have been a parent at the school since 2014, when my son started in reception and I have been a governor at the school since 2017.  I am a personal trainer with over 27 years experience and I also work at another local school for children with specialist educational needs.
I hope that my own personal experience with a child with higher needs, that too of teaching and also running my own business, enables me to bring something of value to the governing body.
 
 

Helen McHale

Local Authority Governor                                                

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 five 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 and I currently hold the position of Head of the Link. 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!

 

Jahseen Foster

Co-opted Governor

My name is Jahseen Foster and I am originally from Jamaica Montego Bay. I am from a large family consisting of nine brothers and six sisters. 

Growing up in such a huge family I have always been a people person who loves to learn about different cultures and ways of life. Consequently, I have traveled to various countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, investigating educational systems and cultures. I have also worked with a small charity helping to provide better education for children and young people in Africa and Jamaica. I have also been involved in a project that delivered over 3000 books to libraries in rural areas of Africa and which provided school lunches for over 500 children.  

For the past two years I have been working at Manor Green School as a Special Educational Needs' (SEN) teacher,  but I have been working in education for over eight years. I am passionate about improving the life chances and aspirations of children and young people to reach their full potential. Consequently, I have a BA (Hons) degree in Child Development and Learning and a Master’s degree in Primary Education, which I acquired at the University of Reading.  

I have always wanted to contribute to the oversight of schools, which will be facilitated by my new role as a governor. This will enable me to contribute, in a positive way, to key decisions and discussions to help establish an inclusive and effective school environment for all students and staff. 

Ash Patel

Co-opted Governor

I am a Programme Head for Justice at the Nuffield Foundation. I have over 18 years of experience conducting and commissioning empirical social research and specialises in complex and mixed methods research and evaluation focussing on low income and disadvantaged groups. In my current role, I am responsible for developing the Foundation’s justice portfolio to strengthen access to justice and advice sector related research and support the operational effectiveness of the justice system. Prior to joining Nuffield Foundation, I was Head of Research (Inclusion) at the Learning and Work Institute (L&W) where my work focussed on the interaction between work and health, integrated service delivery and labour market disadvantage. This has included designing and delivering evaluations of integrated work and health interventions, co-located services and Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service models.

I live in Windsor with my wife and two young children, one of whom attends Manor Green School.

 

DECLARATIONS OF BUSINESS INTERESTS

No governors have declared a business interest in the school
The Head Teacher, Rachel Goymer and Jahseen Foster have declared an interest as employees at the school and Peter Thorn's daughter is an employee at the school.

Governor Organisation Nature of Interest
Peter Thorn Cox Green School Member
Ash Patel

Nuffield Foundation
Ministry of Justice

Employee
Expert Advistory Group 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 26 November 2020.  This specifies that the board consists of ten governors; 

  • One Headteacher,
  • Two parent governors,
  • One local authority governor,
  • One staff governor,
  • Five 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, Teams or Zoom 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 Teaching and Learning (T&L) 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 five 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: 7th October 2021

Signed:   Richard Pelly, Chair of Governors
Signed:   Joolz Scarlett, Headteacher

ANNEX – CODE OF CONDUCT FOR GOVERNORS

Governance – strategic vs operational

The governors accept the following demarcation of responsibilities:

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, the implementation of policy and procedure and the operation of the curriculum.

The governors are responsible for leading the school`s strategic direction, and monitoring and keeping under review the policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.

Duties

These include ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets set in the school improvement/development plan;
  • Performance managing the Headteacher;
  • Engaging with stakeholders both with the school and the wider community;
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Agreeing the budget;
  • Monitoring spending against the budget;
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained;
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed.

Roles and Responsibilities

As individuals on the GB, governors agree to:

  • Abide by the seven principles of public life (Appendix A)
  • Accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the GB has given us delegated authority to do so
  • Only to speak on behalf of the GB when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
  • Accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside of GB meetings.
  • Act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, to fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • Encourage open government.
  • Consider carefully how our decisions might affect the community, Borough and other schools in the area.
  • Be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school.
  • Follow the procedures established by the GB when making or responding to criticism or complaints Actively support and challenge the Headteacher.
  • Individual Governors are delegated the authority to lead certain areas of the Governing Body. These Governors being held accountable by the GB for the quality of governance in their lead area.

Commitment

  • We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of appropriate amounts of time and energy
  • We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the GB and accept our fair share of responsibility, including service on committees or working groups.
  • We will make every effort to attend all meetings and, where we cannot attend, explain as far in advance as possible why we are unable to do so to the Clerk and Chair of Governors.
  • We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
  • All visits to school will be arranged in advance with the staff and undertaken in accordance with the Governor Visits Policy.
  • We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development and will undertake relevant training.
  • We accept that in the interests of open government, our names, terms of office, roles on the GB, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.

Relationships

  • We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors.
  • We will support the Chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
  • We are prepared to answer queries from other governors in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the Headteacher, staff and parents, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.

Confidentiality

  • We willobserve complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or students, both inside or outside school.
  • We will exercise prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside a GB meeting.
  • We will not reveal the details of any GB vote.

Conflicts of interest

Breach of this Code of Conduct

  • If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the Chair for investigation; the GB will only use suspension/removal as a last resort after seeking to resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.
  • Should it be the Chair that we believe has breached this code, another governor, such as the Vice Chair, will investigate.

RETIRED GOVERNORS

Governor  Roles and Responsibilities Date Term of Office ended Category  Attendance at 2020-21 meetings  
Geetha Veerasamy   01.03.21 Co-opted 2/2  
Gwenda Lilley

Vice Chair
Safeguarding
LAC

07.10.21 Co-opted 6/6