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Pinner Park Junior School: Governors
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At Pinner Park Junior School we believe that a successful school is supported by a strong Governing Body. Over the past few years we have worked hard to ensure that the Governing Body has the skills and experience required to be able to undertake its role effectively and to be of the greatest benefit to the school.

The purpose of the PPJS Governing Body is to govern the school as instructed under the DfE guidance that requires us;
  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
Our Governing body is made up of the following members:
  • The Headteacher
  • 4 Parent Governors (elected by the parents)
  • 1 Staff Governor (elected by staff)
  • 1 LA Governor
  • 5 Co Opted Governors (selected by GB members on the basis of skills or experience relevant to the requirements of Pinner Park Junior School)
  • Associate Governors with identified skills are also recruited to the Governing Body but do not have voting rights.
Roles & Responsibilities

Our roles and responsibilities are set out in our Terms of Reference, and include areas such as;
  • To challenge and support school leadership in equal measure
  • To ensure the school complies with and meets its statutory responsibilities.
  • To understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school and focus on and maintain the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations, understanding and promoting effective teaching and learning whilst safeguarding the welfare of all pupils.
  • To approve the implementation of agreed policies annually ensuring inclusion (in regard to gender, social disadvantage, race equality and disability discrimination).
  • To be transparent and accountable in governance structures, meeting attendance and in contact with parents and carers
  • To be available to respond to matters of particular difficulty, sensitivity or emergency and offer advice to the Head teacher.
  • To undertake self-evaluation and ensure action on those areas requiring development.
  • To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year.
  • To oversee arrangements for Governor involvement in formulating and monitoring the School Improvement plan.
As a Governing Body we undertake training as and when necessary to ensure that we are up to date with current legislation and good practice and so that we are able to provide the highest of support to the school.

Governors are volunteers and are not paid for the work that we do. The role of Governor means that sometimes it is necessary to take time off from our normal work to visit the school or attend meetings. The majority of meetings are held in the evenings in school.

Pinner Park Junior School Governors
LA Governor:

Acting Headteacher:
Mr D English

Co-opted Governors:
Mrs B Panesar
Mr S Keeley
Mrs C Edwards
Mrs S Flaherty
Mrs P Jardine (Vice-Chair)

Ms S Wildman
Parent Governors:
Mr P Mehta
Mr R Sareen
Mr S Kotecha
Mr P Forrest (Chair)

Associate Members:

Staff Governor:
Mrs C Lewis

LA Officer/Adviser:
Sue Cox (MKSIP)

We have two Committees that look at specific areas in more detail;

Finance & Resources Committee: Chair - Philippa Jardine

The main objective of this committee is to ensure that the school is achieving best value for money for pupils of all abilities. We monitor that the school's funds are used efficiently and effectively, that the school meets the statutory financial requirements and that funds such as Pupil and Sports Premiums are appropriately allocated and that targeted spend is evidenced.

Achievement & Standards Committee: Chair - Paul Forrest

This committee is responsible for overseeing the pupil progress and attainment in the school and ensuring that the Teaching and Learning practice is focused on the best possible outcomes for pupils regardless of ethnicity, age or ability. The Committee seeks evidence of the implementation of statutory requirements and initiatives to ensure that the school maximises every pupils potential.

We also have a number of Ad Hoc Committees

Pay Committee, Pupil & Staff Discipline, Health & Safety, Head Performance Review

Parent Governors

Situl Kotecha

Rahul Sareen

Paresh Mehta

Paul Forrest - I joined the Governing body in 2015 and am a parent to two children; my youngest is a pupil at PPJ. I work for a social enterprise as a manager of school building projects. In this role I work closely with Head teachers and premises staff at a number of schools. Prior to this, I was a public librarian for eleven years and am therefore very interested in the promotion of reading for pleasure and how we engage reluctant readers.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared

Co-opted Governors

Sue Flaherty - I am the Office Manager and have worked in the Junior School since February 2000. Previous to that I was employed at Pinner Park and Weald Infant Schools. I have been working in schools since 1989. I have training in School Business Management, Premises Health & Safety, Safer Recruitment, Recruitment and Selection and Fire Risk Assessment. I work closely with the Head and provide support to the staff and governors to help ensure the school continues to move forward in providing the best possible education to our pupils.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared

Claire Edwards - Deputy Head Teacher - I have been Deputy Head at Pinner Park Junior since September 2011. Prior to this I had taught in Harrow for 14 years and worked with Harrow Local Authority as part of the Maths Advisory Team. My role as deputy is varied but my specialism is assessment and leading to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the school.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared

Baljeet Panesar

Sean Keeley - I started as a Parent Governor in 2010 and have more recently become an Associate Governor at PPJS. Both of my children have benefited from the work of the staff at the school and I hope that my expertise enhances the work that they do. Being an occupational psychologist, I have a keen interest in assessment and testing, and have enjoyed working with the staff and other governors in improving the already high standards.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared

Philippa Jardine - I have two children who have attended Pinner Park Junior School - my daughter left last year and my son is currently in Year 4. I have experience in the Finance sector and feel that this gives me valuable skills to contribute to the school in the current environment of ever tightening funding. I have been a governor at PPJS for almost 5 years and feel that my perspective as a parent enables me to contribute positively to the strategy of the school and the provision of the best possible education to each and every child.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared


Dominic English – Acting Headteacher - As the Head Teacher, working effectively with the Governing Body is integral to ensuring that the school is providing the best possible education for all pupils who attend PPJS. Monitoring and evaluating the school’s policies and procedures has been key in supporting the school identifying ways in which we can work together to drive improvement and raise standards across all areas of the school. The Governing Body have been supportive yet challenging in their role resulting in a rewarding partnership with the school.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared

LA Governor

Staff Governor

Christine Lewis

Associate Members

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