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Governor profile - David Fotheringham

 

Name:

David Fotheringham

Role:

Headteacher

Type of Governor:

Ex officio

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

01/09/2011 -

On which committees do you currently serve?

All

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Full GB 3/3

F&GP 6/9

SDC 5/6

P&P 2/4

Admissions1/2

*included a period of absence

On which committees do you have voting rights?

All

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

N/A

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

Yes

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

I am dad to 3 boys, Harry, Jamie & Dan.  All very keen sportsmen, just like their dad. 

I have been in Primary School Education for 20 years.  I gained my first degree from Sheffield Hallam University, followed by a PGC and then did a PGCE in Primary School Teaching in West Cumbria.

Before teaching I worked for Boots the Chemist, Bircotes Leisure Centre and Burger King.

My teaching career began in Bolton at St. Stephen & All Martyrs CE Primary School.  I returned to the area as  year 5/6 teacher at Blyth CE Primary School, then became Assistant Head at St. Luke’s CE Primary School before becoming Head Teacher here at Gamston CE Primary School in September 2011.

 

 

     

 

 

Governor profile - Andrew Woodsford

 

Name:

Andrew Norman Woodsford (Canon)

Role:

Governor

Type of Governor:

Foundation

Appointed by:

Parochial Church Council

Term of office:

05/02/2015 - 04/02/2019

On which committees do you currently serve?

Admissions; Pupils & Personnel (Chair); Foundation Governors; Head Teacher Performance Management

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Full Governing Body 3/3

P&P 4/4

Admissions 2/2

HTPM 1/1 (from appointment)

On which committees do you have voting rights?

All on which I serve

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

SIP 4 - RE link governor

Child Protection/Safeguarding

Pupil Council Liaison

 

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

My son is a class teacher at the school and I have a grandson in school.

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

I have had a long association with Gamston School (since 1980 when I was Chair of Governors for 7 years) and when I retired I decided to offer my skills as a Governor once again. I am particularly interested in promoting the Christian ethos of the school as well as the school giving a rounded education that is not totally results driven. I am particularly interested in the RE teaching at the school and its assemblies as acts of worship.

 

 

 

 

     

 

Governor profile - Hollie Weselby

 

Name:

Hollie Weselby

Role:

Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher

Type of Governor:

Staff

Appointed by:

Staff

Term of office:

22/01/2015 – 21/01/2019

On which committees do you currently serve?

Strategic Development

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Full Governing Body 2/2

Strategic Development 3/3

On which committees do you have voting rights?

 SDC

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

 

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

No

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

Having worked at Gamston for six years before becoming a Governor  I felt that I wanted to give something back to the School by becoming the staff Governor and by continuing to build the relationship between staff and Governors to be the best that we can be for the School and Children .

As the EYFS Teacher I wanted to continue to build the profile of the Foundation Stage at Gamston and work closely with other Governors and professionals to ensure high standards are achieved in the Early Years Class at Gamston.

 

 

     

 

Governor profile - Jo Brunyee

 

Name:

Jo-Anne Brunyee

Role:

Office Manager

Type of Governor:

Associate Governor - Finance

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

11/10/2012 – 10/10/2016

On which committees do you currently serve?

Finance & General Purposes

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

F&GP 9/9

On which committees do you have voting rights?

F&GP

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

None

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

No

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

 

Being the Office Manager, I have a vital role in managing the School budget. So being part of the Finance Committee, enables me to work closely with the F & GP Committee, to ensure the smooth financial running of the School. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

Governor profile - Lucy Vernon

 

Name:

Lucy Vernon

Role:

 

Type of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Diocesan Board of Education

Term of office:

30/09/2015 – 29/09/2019

On which committees do you currently serve?

 

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Newly appointed September 2015

On which committees do you have voting rights?

 

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

School Improvement Priority 4 link governor

RE link governor

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

One child is pupil at this school.

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

My husband, Richard Vernon, currently has the school garden maintenance contract as he is self-employed landscape gardener (N.B. he is not an employee of the school).

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

I am already involved many aspects of school life, both as a parent and as committee member of the Gamston Parents & Friends Association, so being a Governor allows me to further develop my relationship with the school. I am keen to play a part in improving the education and happiness of the children at Gamston School and in supporting the school’s staff. As a practising Christian and Churchwarden of the Parish of Eaton and Gamston, I also fully support the school’s Christian ethos. I believe that the skills that I have developed through working in Human Resources, Project Management, administration and Higher Education can benefit the school, and am excited at the chance to develop new skills through this role.

 

     

 

Governor profile - Philippa Thornton

 

Name:

Philippa Thornton

Role:

Vice Chair SDC

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

09/11/2013 – 08/11/2017

On which committees do you currently serve?

Strategic Development (Chair),

Pupils & Personnel,

Discipline (Clerk),

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Full Governing Body 3/3

SDC 6/6

P&P 3/4

On which committees do you have voting rights?

All on which I sit

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

Quality Assurance of Appraisal Governor; SIP 1 Link  Governor

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

Two daughters in school: Elizabeth in Year 5 & Penelope Year 3

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

 

Having two children in the school I was keen to be involved. I attended a smaller school as a child and appreciated the community spirit and individual learning it offered. I wished to help Gamston school keep the excellent reputation it had when we chose it and believe involvement in things that matter to you is the most effective way of retaining them.  I had committee experience and delight in analysing figures, so felt that I could be of help on the governing body. Luckily they felt the same way too and I was appointed. I have found the last two years as a member incredibly rewarding and look forward to helping the school in any way I can

 

 

 

     

 

Governor Profile - Adrian Argent-Cook

 

Name:

Adrian Argent-Cook

Role:

Various Differing Roles (see below)

Type of Governor:

Foundation

Appointed by:

Diocesan Board of Education

Term of office:

16/01/2016 – 16/01/2019

On which committees do you currently serve?

Finance & General Purpose (Chair)

Admissions (Clerk)

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Full Governing Body 3/3

F&GP 9/9

Admissions 1/2

Strategic Development 4/6

Pupil and Personnel 3/4

On which committees do you have voting rights?

All on which I serve.

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

Nominated Governor for Safeguarding

Training Coordinator

Member of the Complaints Committee

Community Liaison Governor

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

No

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

Up until 2014 both of my children attended Gamston C of E Primary School and they had a happy and contented 6 years with them always looking forward to school.

Gamston’s traditional motto is ‘a fun place to learn’, more recently the school has adopted a further motto of ‘be the best you can be’. I believe both of these sit side by side and are two of the most important aspects off successful primary education.

I am especially proud of the strong links the school has with the local community and the Parish of Eaton and Gamston. These links support the school in maintaining a strong Christian ethos as well as providing all pupils with strong underpinning in British values.

Although I work full time I am still a familiar face in school. My role as a clinical manager in NHS provides me with a wide skills base, essential for modern school governance.

     

 

Governor Profile - Jane Turner

Governor Profile - Angela Morfett-Jones

 

Name:

Angela Morfett- Jones

Role:

Incumbent

Type of Governor:

Ex Officio Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

Term of office:

05/02/2015 -

On which committees do you currently serve?

 

Which GB meetings have you attended over the past 2014-2015 year?

Full Governing Body 1/1

On which committees do you have voting rights?

 

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

 

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

No

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

 

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

The Minister of the Parish of Eaton-and-Gamston has an ex-officio­ place on the governing body of the school, so here I am.  Sometimes I think it might be good to be 10 years old again, so I could be a pupil there, too!

Before moving to this area, I have had several educational roles, with learners from different age-groups.  It’s great to see children fulfill their potential through education, gaining self-confidence and an exploration of faith.  Gamston is a good place to do that and I am delighted to be part of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

Governor Profile - Mary Howard

 

Name:

Mary Howard

Role:

 

Type of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Diocesan Board of Education

Term of office:

30/09/2015 – 29/09/2019

On which committees do you currently serve?

 

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2014-2015 academic year?

Newly appointed

On which committees do you have voting rights?

 

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

SIP 3 (SPAG) link governor

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

No

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

 

I have always thought that one of the great gifts in life is to have a lifelong joy in learning and this is why I am happy to be a governor of Gamston school. It is a lively, progressive and happy school which challenges its pupils to aim for the highest standards. I champion all aspects of rural life and village schools like Gamston are a lynch pin in the rural community.   We must provide the best opportunities for children and I am happy to help in the running and development of the school.

 

 

 

 

Governor Profile - Zoe Venables

 

Name:

Zoë Venables

Role:

 

Type of Governor:

Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

12/03/2015 – 11/03/2019

On which committees do you currently serve?

Strategic Development

Which GB meetings have you attended over the past academic year?

Full Governing Body 1/1

SD 2/2

On which committees do you have voting rights?

Strategic Development

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

Member of Management Committee of the Community Building; SIP 2 (EYFS) link governor

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

Yes – My son George is in Year 1 and my daughter Amelie is in EYFS1

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

 

Having lived in Gamston for the past 10 years I have always held the ideal that it takes a whole community to raise “our children”.

 

In a professional capacity I specialise in Project Planning and Controls, primarily in the Civil Engineering sector. Roles I have held have gained me experience in leadership, recruitment, contracts, project management, finance, data analysis and IT.

 

I care passionately about our primary school and hope that my skills contribute to supporting our excellent staff in ensuring all our children achieve their potential in a stimulating learning environment. I have two children currently in the school and it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to actively participate in their education as a Parent Governor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Profile - Lesley Footitt

Name:

Lesley Footitt

Role:

 

Type of Governor:

Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

February 21, 2017 - February 20, 2021

On which committees do you currently serve?

Strategic Development

Finance and General Purposes

Which GB meetings have you attended over the 2016 – 17 academic year?

Full Govs 1/3

F & GP 4/9

SDC 3/5

P & P 1/3

On which committees do you have voting rights?

Strategic Development

Finance and General Purposes

Which other Governor roles do you currently perform?

 

Do you have children, relatives or partners at the school?

Yes - daughter currently in year two and son finished year six in July 2017.

Do you need to declare any business interests for this role?

No

Are you a Governor at any other school?

No

Why have you chosen to be a Governor at Gamston?

 

Having lived in Gamston for 12 years and having a son who has recently completed his whole primary school journey at Gamston, I felt I wanted to become more involved and give something back to the school, whilst hopefully helping it develop and continue to be an important part of the local community.