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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body consists of a maximum of thirteen governors who meet to support the school in strategic planning and decision making. The work is extremely varied and evolves around the board’s three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors at a Glance

Vision

The governors at Colden Common Primary School set their vision for the school as follows:

We are committed to:

  • Developing children who are confident and motivated to take risks, enjoy challenges and persist with new learning
  • Providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to succeed in each stage of their education and become lifelong learners
  • Maintaining a united staff team with a shared vision that recognises and celebrates success and offers collective support
  • Creating and encouraging opportunities for staff development, including leadership, to enable a collaborative approach to effective curriculum development, teaching and learning
  • Communicating the school’s core values and purpose to the wider community and recognising its evolving and diverse nature
  • Encouraging the community to have a role in the school

 

 

The Governors

We are keen to introduce your school governors to you. For more information about the structure and the responsibilities of the Governor Body and its individual governors, please scroll down.

 

Mrs Nicola Mitchell

 

 

 

Co-chair of Governors 

Parent Governor

"I was elected as a governor in October 2019.

I have three children at the school and am actually a former pupil myself.  I am therefore passionate about the success of the school and its place in the local community. 

I am a Solicitor and run my own firm in the village specialising in family law."

Miss Hannah Williams

 

Co-Chair of Governors 
Parent Governor

"I was elected as a parent governor in October 2019. 

I have 2 children in the school and wanted to join the Governing body so I can help the school continue to encourage, create, and sustain an environment for every child to learn and grow. I've worked in Human Resources at large national and international companies for over 10 years and I'm looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to our successful school's governing body"

Mr Jason Cannons

 

 

 

Staff Governor

Member of Resources Committee

"I joined the governing body in September 2017  and am a member of the curriculum committee. As a member of teaching staff at Colden Common, I  enjoy contributing to strategic decision making with teaching and learning as a priority." 

 

Mrs Sue Lapham

 

 

Co-opted Governor 

Chair of Resources Committee

"I responded to a request looking for people with financial expertise to join the Governing Body back in September 2017 and joined in February 2018.
I’m an accountant with several years of experience in the public sector working with departmental management teams to deliver public services against a backdrop of substantial financial challenge and I hope this experience can help the school continue to provide effective learning for all the children attending it despite the increasing pressures on resources.
I live in the village close by to the school, it has been a part of my experience of living in Colden Common since moving here over twenty years ago and I welcome the chance to put something back into the community where I live."

 

Mr Don Fielder

 

Co-opted Governor
Chair of Health and Safety Sub-committee and member of Resources Committee

"I am a retired Professional Engineer with experience of managing manufacturing facilities. I have been a school governor since 2004  with Health and Safety monitoring responsibilities." 

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Mr Wayne French 

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors 

"Born in Eastleigh, in 1957, I have spent most of my life in the local area.

I am married to Meryl, and have 3 adult children, and three grandchildren, one of whom will be going to Colden Common Primary School in a few years time.

I am a qualified accountant by profession, holding senior financial roles in various companies, including, British Transport Docks Board, Marconi Space & Defence, Schlumberger and Cobham Plc.

I have 7 years experience as a Non Executive Director of a mental health trust in Bournemouth, and have been a Mental Health Act panel member since 2008.

I now own my own manufacturing business in the Midlands, and spend 2 days a week in Derby, and “work from Home” the rest of the week.

I have been very active in the village community for many years. Firstly for the Youth football club as a referee since 1994, and as team manager/coach for numerous teams since 1995, and as Chairman for the past 11 years. I have helped Meryl run the Colden Common tots group every Friday morning at the Community Centre for the past 14 months."

 

Mr Glen Taylor

 

 

Co-opted Governor

Development and Training Governor  

"Having lived in the village of Colden Common since 2013, I am proud to be part of the school community. With a daughter already in the school and a son joining in September, I feel it important to support the school wherever possible as a Parent Governor, whereby I have been in the role since March 2018.  With 18 years’ Sales / Management experience in the Corporate IT / Medical industries, I have a good grasp of the operational and financial requirements to ensure long term sustainability and success, which I hope, in the fullness of time will support CCPS in their future endeavours. Above and beyond my love all sports (pretty much all sport!), I am actively involved in various charity organisation’s serving in Chairman and Trustee positions."

 

Mrs Jules Chiari 

 

Clerk to Governing Body.

Mrs Chiari was appointed as clerk to the governing body in October 2021. 

 

 

 

 

Which governor types are there?

The Governing Body is made up of governors from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of expertise. There are two parent governors, who represent and are elected by the parents of the school; one staff governor who represents all the staff; one Local Authority Governor who is appointed by the Local Authority; and eight co-opted governors who are appointed by the Governing Body because of their links to the local community and/or their specific skill set. The Headteacher is also a governor. All governors, no matter what type of governor they are, have the same overall responsibilities within the Governing Body.

 

Committees

The Governors meet as a full Governing Body every half term, but in addition they divide up into separate committees with specific responsibilities:

  • The Curriculum Committee is responsible for curriculum matters and reviews the school’s performance data. They meet five times a year.
  • The Resources Committee is responsible for reviewing the school’s budget and financial performance, as well as Health and Safety across the school. They meet six times a year.
  • Minutes of Governing Body meetings are available on request

Both committees feed back into the main Governing Body meetings.

 

Governor Roles

In addition to being part of a committee, most governors also have a specific role or responsibility.

 

Role / Responsibility

Governor

Co-Chairs of Governors

Hannah Williams

Nicola Mitchell

Vice-Chair of Governors

Wayne French

Curriculum Committee

Nicola Mitchell (Chair)

Greig Sturges

Rebekah White

Frances Hardy

Resources Committee

Sue Lapham (Chair)

Wayne French

Glen Taylor

Don Fielder

Jason Cannons

Hannah Williams
Frances Hardy 

Health and Safety

Don Fielder

Safeguarding/Child Protection

Niamh Croker

Pupil Premium (PPG)

Wayne French

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Greig Sturges

Training and Development

Hannah Williams

Website

Jason Cannons and Glen Taylor

Pay Committee

Hannah Williams, Sue Lapham, Don Fielder

HT Performance Management

 Wayne French, Glen Taylor

 

 

Name

Governor Type

Appointed by

Term From

Term To

Mr Jason Cannons

Staff governor

 

 

Staff

26 Mar 2018

25 Mar 2022

Mr Don Fielder

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

16 Mar 2019

15 Mar 2023

Mr Wayne French

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

09 Dec 2019

8 Dec 2023

Mrs Frances Hardy

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Angela Kirby

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

22 Nov 2019

21 Nov 2023

Mrs Sue Lapham

Co-opted governor

Governing Body

05 Feb 2018

4 Feb 2022

Mrs Nicola Mitchell

Parent governor

 

 

Parents

09 Dec 2019

8 Dec 2023

Greig  Sturges

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

24 May 2021

23 May 2025

Mr Glen Taylor

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

22 Jul 2019

21 Jul 2023

Rebekah White

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

20 Sep 2021

19 Sep 2025

Hannah Williams

Parent governor

 

 

Parents

09 Dec 2019

8 Dec 2023

 

Governor meeting dates 2021-22

 

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year (once every half term) on a Monday. The dates for 2021-22 are as follows:

 

Monday 20 September 2021
Monday 29 November 2021
Tuesday 8th February 2022 - FGB training 
Monday 28 March 2022
Monday 23 May 2022
Monday 11 July 2022

 

Minutes of meetings are available on request at the school office.

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