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Role of the Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors' page of the website. The aim of the page is to tell parents who we are and what we do.

The Governing Body consists of local people who have an active interest in the school as parents, staff, or as members of the local Dronfield Community. Parent Governors are elected by parents and other governors are appointed by the local authority usually on the recommendation of the governors. The majority of the governors at Dronfield Junior School are either parents of children currently at the school or of former pupils. It is a voluntary and unpaid role and we are always keen to encourage new governors.

The Governors’ role at the school is to help make the strategic decisions to move the school forward. In addition the Governors scrutinize the work of the school, particularly the standards of achievement, to ensure the school is effectively educating the pupils and preparing them for their futures. We do this both through our regular full governors’ meetings or as committees and by regular visits into school to look at different aspects of the curriculum.

In order for the Governors to carry out our role effectively, we have separate committees to oversee the leadership and management of the school. These include Curriculum, Personnel, Finance, Premises and Performance Management.

REGISTER OF BUSINESS & PECUNIARY INTEREST

 

 

Governor Name

Category

Term of Office

Date Stepped Down

Committees

Responsibility

Business & Pecuniary Interest

Governors Roles in Other Educational Institutions

Relationship between Governors and/or School

Who Appointed

John Harvey (Chair)

LA

01/10/20-01/10/24

N/A

Pay and Personnel

Curriculum

Finance

Premises

Chair of Governors

Chair of Pay and Personnel

Head’s Performance Management

Staff Disciplinary

Road Safety

None

Consultancy as National Leader of Governance

 

Governing Board

Alistair Garrett

Co-opted

02/02/19- 02/02/23

N/A

Pay and Personnel

Finance

Chair of Finance

Online safety

IT

Head's Performance Management

DORA 2017 – Treasurer (Trustee)

Bipolar UK Chesterfield Support Group – Treasurer (Facilitator)

Chesterfield Male Voice Choir – Committee Member (Sponsorship Secretary)

 

 

 

Governing Board

Caroline Leah

Staff

01/09/19- 01/09/23

N/A

Curriculum

Finance

 

 

 

TA

Governing Board

Elizabeth Bashforth

Co-opted

02/02/19- 02/02/23

N/A

Curriculum

Staff Disciplinary

Anti-bullying

Literacy

 

Liz Bashforth Consultancy LTD

Sheffield Riding for the Disabled (Trustee)

 

 

Governing Board

Elizabeth Hazlehurst

Parent

14/04/18- 14/04/22

N/A

Pay and Personnel

Finance

 

HR Advisor – South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

 

 

Elected by Parents

Emma Genders

Staff

01/09/17- 01/09/21

N/A

Curriculum

Road Safety

 

 

Teacher

Elected by School Staff

Ian Roberts

Associate

01/09/19- 01/09/23

N/A

Premises

Curriculum

Finance

 

 

 

Deputy Head

Governing Board

Jennifer Cartwright

Parent

23/10/19- 23/10/23

N/A

 

Pupil Premium

RE

 

 

 

Elected by Parents

Jill Tingle

Co-opted

09/04/19-09/04/23

N/A

Pay and Personnel

Premises

Exclusions/Admissions

Head’s Performance Management

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Panel member for Sheffield City Council School Admission Appeals.

 

 

Governing Board

Karen Bull

Co-opted

02/02/19- 02/02/23

N/A

Premises

Curriculum

Finance

Exclusions/Admissions

Chair of Curriculum

Staff Disciplinary

Anti-bullying

Literacy

Special Needs

Maths

 

Oaks Community Church Charity Director

 

 

Governing Board

Lisa Mather

Parent

23/10/19-23/10/23

N/A

Premises

 

 

 

 

Elected by Parents

Nicola Thomson

Staff

01/05/15-01/05/22

N/A

 

 

 

 

Headteacher

Ex-oficio by virtue of office of HT

Richard Gilson

(Vice Chair)

Co-opted

02/02/19- 02/02/23

N/A

Premises

Curriculum

Finance

Pay and Personnel

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Premises

Staff Disciplinary

GDPR

Health & Safety

None

Governor at DHFS

 

Governing Board

Sarah Sinclair

Parent

14/04/18-14/04/22

N/A

Curriculum

Exclusions/Admissions

Child in Care

Sport

Saint Ventures

 

 

Elected by Parents

 

 

John Harvey – Chair of Governors

John harvey chair of governorsWe came to Dronfield over 40 years ago and probably for half that time I have been a governor at the school. I came on to the governors as a Local Authority governor mainly because this is my local school and it is the school to which both our children came. Over the years the role has become more demanding as more responsibilities were placed on governors but the nice thing about our governors is that we share the work and I think we support each other well. A school is a very important part of a local community and in our case we have been here since 1875 when we were the first Board school in the town.

Richard Gilson - Vice Chair of Governors

My name is Richard Gilson, I have been on the Governing Body for 6 Years I joined as a Parent Governor and I am currently a LA Governor.

I like to be involved with school activities as much as possible and this year have helped at the sports day.  I am on the Curriculum and Premises Committees.  I am also a governor at the Infants school and provide the link between the two governing bodies.

I enjoy being a Governor and I am committed to maintaining the high standards of Education the school provides. 

Liz Bashforth

I have been a governor at Dronfield Juniors for over 10 years. My son was a pupil at the school when I started! I am on the Curriculum Committee which is especially interesting as it involves coming into school to talk to the children about what they are doing. I also go on school trips, attend different events and am involved in the Anti-Bullying Group. 

Sarah Sinclair - Parent governor

My name is Sarah Sinclair and I was pleased to be elected as parent governor in Spring 2014. I have two sons, one at Dronfield Juniors and one at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

I am the Sport and PE Governor, the ECO Governor and the Looked After Child Governor. I sit on the Curriculum Committee. I have a particular interest in the school's creative literacy curriculum and especially how it engages boys. 

I hope parents will contact me should they have any questions or issues they wish me to put forward.

Lisa Mather - Parent Governor

I have three children, one at DHFS, one at the Juniors and a younger child, who will hopefully attend the school in the future.  A former student of Dronfield Junior School, I am now a Physiotherapist working with stroke survivors.  I am also an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader in the local area.

As a community Physiotherapist and Beaver Leader, I am experienced in team working, problem solving and prioritisation, whilst operating within these legal guidelines including confidentiality and safeguarding.  I feel these are skills that would enable me to be a valued member of the governing board for Dronfield Junior School.

I recognise the importance of supporting mental and physical health to allow pupils to achieve their maximum potential academically and to promote long term individual wellbeing.  This is something the school is already doing and I am keen to ensure this continues and progresses.  I enjoy running myself and recognise the many advantages an active lifestyle can have on everyday life.  

Jenny Cartwright - Parent Governor

I currently have a son at DJS so feel the timing is right to put myself forward for the role of parent governor.  I grew up in Dronfield and attended Dronfield Junior School, so I have a strong attachment to both the school and community.  I really like the fact that the staff at Dronfield Juniors always seem to have the best interests of the children at the heart of everything they do, and I would love to help support them as a parent governor to ensure that this continues.

Professionally, I work for the Department of Education, and as such am passionate about improving educational standards.  As part of my current role, I work with under performing schools, which involves analysing school level data, interpreting Ofsted reports and providing challenge.  I believe I can bring the skills and experience gained through my work to the governing body, whilst being there purely in a parent governor capacity.

Through my work, I recognise the importance of a strong governing body to provide support to the headteacher and leadership team to continue to run the school effectively, but at the same time, holding them to account.  I would like the opportunity to work directly with the school, as I know how important the early school years can be and how much of a potential influence it has on the development of our children.    

Karen Bull - Co-opted Governor

        

My name is Karen Bull. I have lived in Dronfield for 44 years and I have been a Governor at Dronfield Junior School for over 20 years. I started as a Parent Governor when both my children were at school. I am currently a co-opted Governor and I am chair of the curriculum committee, SEN Governor and Maths Governor. 

I am passionate that the children get the best possible education and opportunities that they can, in order to help them to reach their full potential. As a Governor I have been involved in interviewing for new teachers and staff. I am usually in school at least once a week as a volunteer and often help out on trips and visits.

We have a good team of governors who work well together and share the workload. I am happy for parents to contact me through the school if they have any questions or issues they would like to discuss.

Alistair Garrett - Co-opted Governor

My wife Anne and I moved to Dronfield in 1980, living first in Dronfield Woodhouse and since 1985 at our current address. Both my sons came to Dronfield Junior School so I have a vested interest in helping the school to achieve the highest possible standards. I started as a Parent Governor when my younger son was in Year 5. I am currently a Co-opted Governor. In my role as Chair of the Finance Committee, my main task is keeping an eye on school finances – agreeing the annual budget and making sure ‘we live within our means’. I am also on the Head's Performance Review Committee.

Over the years our roles as Governors have become more demanding as more responsibilities are placed upon us. The current Governing Board is a great team who share the responsibilities between us.           

Jill Tingle - Co-opted Governor

          

Emma Genders - Teaching Staff Governor

                

Caroline Leah - Non-Teaching Staff Governor

 I joined Dronfield Junior School as a Teaching Assistant in March 2019 and became a Non-Teaching Governor in September 2019.  I am on the Curriculum and Finance Committees.         

Nicola Thomson - Headteacher/Governor

My role is to fully inform the Governing Body over the safeguarding and achievement of all pupils. Using the information, Governors ask me questions about the performance of the school, including the quality of leadership and teaching. I encourage the Governors to come into school regularly to see the work of the school first hand.

Liz Cooper - Clerk to governors

             

Documents

Governors Date  
Instrument of Government 15th Mar 2018 Download
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  • 05:27 PM - Fri 16 July Good luck to our Y6s, the majority of whom transfer to DHFS on Monday. We wish all our Y6s the very best as they take the next step in their education. Always reach for the stars. We are proud to call you our own.
  • 05:24 PM - Fri 16 July For their final project this term, the Y6s studied the question, ‘What is the legacy we leave?’ One aspect that of this was the decorated picnic benches that now adorn our playground. You’ve made a beautiful job of them Y6, thank you! https://t.co/tqRz7OoZwx
  • 10:44 AM - Thu 15 July Our heartfelt support of The England Team continues with our Y5s writing to you. You all richly deserve our commendations. Thank you for giving us some exciting football and for representing our country. We applaud you. https://t.co/QQLxobzVnz