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Pinner Park Junior School: Governors
Opportunity, encouragement and determination build success for all

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:
Mr T Sturdy

Headteacher:
Ms K Mildner

Co-opted Governors:
Mrs B Panesar
Ms S Syed
Mr S Keeley Mrs C Edwards
Mrs S Flaherty

Clerk:
Mrs P Rawlins
Parent Governors:
Mrs H Solomon
Mr P Mehta
Mrs P Jardine (Vice-Chair)
Mr P Forrest (Chair)
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Associate Members:
Mrs L O'Goan
Mrs T Gill

Staff Governor:
Ms D Ohene-Darko

LA Officer/Adviser:
Gerri Gowans

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 - Helen Solomon

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

Helen Solomon - I have been a Parent Governor since Nov 2003 and I am a mum of four, with the eldest three who have already had a great time going through both Pinner Park Infant and Junior Schools. My youngest girl is currently at Pinner Park Junior School. I had 15 years retail management experience with the John Lewis Partnership and have been a stay-at-home mum for the past 15 years.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared
Attended 6 out of 8 meetings in 2014/15


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
Attended 9 out of 9 meetings in 2014/15


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
Attended 4 out of 4 meetings in 2014/15


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
Attended 9 out of 9 meetings in 2014/15


Saba Syed - I have lived in Harrow all my life and am proud of the good reputation that Harrow schools enjoy. I am now a mother to a seven year old boy who is in Yr3 and enjoy getting involved in a school in my local area. My background is in media - mainly editorial and print. I also have experience of producing targeted communications and campaigns for the NHS and more recently worked for the Training and Development Agency for schools which sparked an interest in the governance role.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared
Attended 8 out of 9 meetings in 2014/15


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
Attended 6 out of 8 meetings in 2014/15


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
Attended 7 out of 8 meetings in 2014/15


Headteacher

Katrina Mildner - 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
Attended 12 out of 12 meetings in 2014/15


LA Governor

Ted Sturdy - Chair - I started as a Parent Governor in 2009 and have been a Local Authority Governor for one year. I have family ties with PPJS with my both my wife and daughter and two nieces having been pupils at the school. I work in commercial management and in a working life so often about short term goals it is very rewarding to work with staff and governors on worthwhile projects with the longer term focus on pupil benefit.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared
Attended 8 out of 8 meetings in 2014/15


Associate Members

Teena Gill - Associate Governor - I have two children and one of them goes to Pinner Park Junior School. I work full time as a Facilities Manager and have only recently become Associate Governor. I have taken an interest in the Governing body as I hope to be able to use the skills that I have and hopefully bring some added value to the school. This is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to working with the other staff members and governors.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared
Attended 3 out of 4 meetings in 2014/15


Lynn O'Goan - I have three children, one who attends the Junior School. My background in finance enables me to understand and comment on the school's financial performance and strategy. Being a member of the Finance and Resources committee also enables me to have a detailed involvement in reviewing certain aspects of the school's academic performance.
No Financial or Pecuniary interests declared
Attended 8 out of 9 meetings in 2014/15



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