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Welcome from the Chair of Governors

 

Welcome to our school. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and staff, and as a governing body want to do our utmost to support all at the school in building on the high standards already achieved. Our school is rated ‘Good’ with Ofsted, and we continually strive to maintain and improve this strong position.

 

At the same time, we ensure that our pupils have other experiences to remember through the wide variety of activities that are available, from school shows to film clubs, from after school sports to residential trips for every year group. We are very grateful to have such a vibrant and committed staff who deliver these valuable elements over and above their classroom role.

We are also fortunate to have the PSA (Parent Staff Association), who run regular and popular fundraising activities, and Farnstock, our very own music festival. The fundraising provided by these organisations provides important financial support for the school, and creates a sense of fun and community.

 

Our governing body is fully engaged with the school, and committed to its roles. All governors are volunteers and I thank them for their time.

 

I am always happy to hear your view and comments, so please feel free to contact me via  the school office or at governors@st-michaels.notts.sch.uk.

 

With best wishes

 

Jennifer Jones

Chair of Governors

Mrs Jennifer Jones - Foundation (Diocesan Board of Education) and Chair of Governors - term ends 30/09/18 - FGPP and P & S Committees - Appraisal Governor, Finance Governor. "I am a foundation governor and have been on the governing body since 2006, and Chair since 2010. I have two children who attended St Michael's from Foundation to Y6 and are now at The Minster School. I am a chartered accountant by profession, working with small to medium sized businesses and charities.  I live in Farnsfield and I am also a trustee of the church school."

Mr Rik Hughes - Local Authority and Vice Chair of Governors - term ends 25/02/18- FGPP Committee - Complaints Governor, Looked After Children Governor. "I have lived in Farnsfield for 13 years. I have a son 14 and a daughter 11, both of whom went to St Michaels. I currently work for Framework, a Nottingham based charity that supports vulnerable people living across the East Midlands. I am registered qualified social worker and have a passion for social justice. In my spare time I like walking my dogs, cooking and listening to music."

Mrs Jennie Fieldwick - Parent - term ends 17/12/18 - on Finance and General Purpose Committee and Pupil and Strategic Committee - Appraisal Governor, SEN Inclusion and behaviour Governor, Safer Recruitment Governor. "Hello, I have two daughters in the school, Grace in year 2 and Hannah in Foundation.  I have lived in Farnsfield for almost 15 years now. At the moment I am a stay at home mum. I was a primary school teacher until I had the girls. I decided to become a governor because being on the other side of the classroom door gave me a totally new insight to how a school runs. I am interested in ensuring that the current changes to the education system have the least harmful impact on our children as possible. Away from education I enjoy lots of different crafts; I particularly enjoy scrapbooking and running card-making sessions."

Mr Dean Greaves - Foundation (PCC) - term ends 14/10/19 - Foundation (PCC) and Prevent Governor. "I live in Farnsfield with my wife and two young children. When we moved to the village we were given an extremely warm welcome, this inspired us to want to give something back and so we became involved in this wonderful community.

This is a great school and when I was approached to consider this position as a representative of the Parochial Church Council I gladly accepted. I am a firm advocate of the importance of a good education but also of ensuring that children are brought up with the right values and are given the very best start. 

My children will eventually attend the school and ‘hand on heart' I am proud to work with such professional people. I know they will be in the safest of hands.

Although I am new to the role of governor and feel that I have things to learn, I have been a Civil Servant for almost eighteen years and bring to this role a wealth of experience from my employment within the East Midlands Crime and Justice Department. 

During my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit, walking my two dogs and spending time with friends and family."

Mr Tony Walker - Staff Head Teacher

Mrs Emma Patman - Staff -  term ends 09/02/18 - P & S Committee, B & A Management Group. "I have lived in Nottinghamshire all of my life apart from when I studied at Leeds Metropolitan University for my four year teaching degree. I have never wanted to do anything else for a career. I've been teaching in Farnsfield since 2002 and am proud to know many families in our school community. When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my family; my husband, my nine year old twins and my lovely dog. 

During my career, I have taught in all year groups from Foundation to Year 6 and have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for a number of years and a staff governor since 2014. I'm passionate about teaching children, especially mathematics which I lead in school. Being a school governor has meant I have gained an fascinating insight into the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body."

Mrs Rebecca Gosling-Barr - Parent - term ends 27/06/2020 - "I am a parent of two children aged eight and six. We moved into the village in January 2016. Previously, I was a parent governor for two years. Helping in the school, through an Ofsted Inspection and attending Governor Training. 

I work as teacher for the Sensory Team at Nottinghamshire County Council, specialising in Visual Impairment.

As a family we love being outdoors, holidays and have just joined the Twinning Association. I am keen to become an active part of the school and the wider community."

Canon Peter Jones - "Moving to Farnsfield in 2016 to be closer to grandchildren has reconnected me to primary education.  Spells as a parish priest in Hull, Middlesbrough, Plymouth and Portsmouth have provided opportunities to visit, teach in and sometimes help advise governing bodies in a variety of both primary and secondary schools. Besides these opportunities I have led Chaplaincy services in two universities so have seen the strengths and weaknesses of our ever changing systems from early years through to postgraduate studies. The lesson I’ve learned over forty years of involvement in education is that every pupil and student, given the right support and encouragement can excel even when they may have struggled at an earlier stage. Now I’m privileged to watch both my sons teach in state secondary schools daily enriching the learning of pupils of all abilities. It’s wonderful to return to playing a part in shaping the lives of our younger children at St. Michael and All Angels."

All Governors have voting rights on their respective committees and no Governor declared any relevant business interest. No Governor or their family is related to any school staff.


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