ST PETER’S SCHOOL GOVERNORS
As you will already know, Chris Luck stepped down as Chair of Governors at St Peter’s at the end of the summer term after an incredible 12 years in the role. We are all very grateful for the time he has given to the school over such a long period. In line with our protocol, the governing body then elected a new Chair and Vice-Chair back in September, at the start of the Autumn term. I am pleased to announce that I am the newly elected Chair of Governors and Lisa Christie is our Vice-Chair.
A Bit About Us
We both joined St Peter’s in 2012 with children starting in reception and are both still parents at the school.
My background is law. I qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and have been providing in-house legal advice to businesses ever since, with a focus on employment law. I have three children of my own (aged 25, 22 and 13) and I also foster children; I have looked after 21 children in the last ten years, two of whom are currently at St Peter’s.
Lisa previously worked in the City and started her own business in 2011. She has a Masters in Psychology and is a qualified executive coach focused on leadership, wellbeing and motivation. She is also a specialist parent coach, particularly supporting parents of teenage children, and those with anxiety and ADHD. Lisa has 3 children of her own (aged 13, 11 and 9), the youngest of which is at St Peter’s.
The Governing Body
The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the school, its staff and its pupils. Our role is to work with Iain and the senior leadership, to agree the strategic direction of the school, set the school priorities and monitor performance against them. We are there to both challenge where we think things can be done better, but also to ensure that Iain and the whole teaching team feel personally supported and have the right tools and resources they need to help each child fulfil their potential.
There are 14 governors at St Peter’s, including teachers, parents, ex-parents and the vicar amongst others, all with a range of experiences and a willingness to volunteer for our school in this way. We meet several times each term and split our focus between curriculum, pupils and personnel, and finance and premises related matters. We review key issues, update policies and carry out visits in the school to consider what is working well and what could be improved.
Our most recent governor visits have focused on safeguarding, disadvantaged children, well-being, how we as a school have responded to COVID and used the COVID catch up fund, and how we are continuing to deliver a Curriculum which is progressive, engaging and inclusive for all. In addition to monitoring the children’s attainment and progress data, we have also had a specific focus on reading and on monitoring maths and literacy interventions to ensure that children who need extra support are provided for, and that the interventions are effective.
Governor visits next term will include a continuing focus on the curriculum and ensuring that all children make progress, how we are teaching children British Values, health and safety, music and DT, changes to the EYFS curriculum, financial viability and GDPR compliance.
As a general rule, issues relating to school are to be directed to staff and/or the Head Teacher as appropriate and we would usually only be involved in issues of governance. We are regularly in the playground, or you can communicate with us via the school office, should you wish to get in touch with us or share information that you feel may be of interest. In return, we will commit to producing a newsletter each term to feedback to you and to report our findings.
Lastly, after another very difficult year of COVID, on behalf of the governing body, I would like to thank our staff for all of their efforts in keeping the school going, against a back-drop of illnesses and absences in their own families and at school. Their efforts have been remarkable to ensure that our children keep on progressing. Thank you too to our parents and carers for working with the staff in these trying times of all things COVID related, masks, testing, isolations etc and doing your bit to keep everyone safe.
So at the end of our first term chairing the governing body, we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.
Victoria Dorrington Lisa Christie
Chair of Governors Vice Chair