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The Governing Body

The Full Governing Body (FGB) has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. The day to day business of school life remains the responsibility of the head teacher and the senior leadership team.  Our Governing Body is made up of staff, parent and co-opted governors and our Head Teacher. Our FGB delegates certain responsibilities to two main committees that each have a particular focus.  The Resources Committee is focused on the practical operations of the school such as Finance, HR & Premises  The Teaching & Learning Committee focuses on the pupils learning and progress.

 

Who are the School Governors?

In addition to the Head Teacher the members of the School’s Governing Body are;

 

Picture & Name

Profile

Category of Governor (Appointing Body)

Responsibilities

Term

(Date of Appointment to date term of office ends)

Martyn

Harris

I work for Notts County Council, as a Team Manager, managing the finances of vulnerable adults.  I sit on various National Committees related to my work. My son is currently at the school enjoying his learning as well as  many other activities run by the school.  I enjoy the theatre, dining out, reading and following Man. United.  Please come and talk to me if you see me in the playground, please don’t let the white cane put you off.

Co-Opted (Governing Body)

Chair of Governors | Resources Committee Member| Teaching & Learning Committee Member | Chair of Discipline Committee | Complaints Lead Governor | Anti Bullying Governor | LAC Governor | CLA Governor | Performance 2 Governor

6/7/2015

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5/7/2019

Amanda Hutchinson

I currently have two daughters at the school.  I am a Secondary School Teacher, so education is an important part of my home and work life. I therefore want to be an integral part of the way Greythorn responds to the ever changing and challenging demands of the Department for Education’s new policies. More importantly, I want to ensure our school continues to give a good and enjoyable education for our children.

Co-Opted (Governing Body)

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee | Science Lead Governor | Visits Governor

8/5/2013

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9/6/2020

Lucy

Littlefair

My aim is to ensure all our young people achieve the best possible outcomes and start to their education.  I live in the community and my two boys attend Greythorn.  They are very proud of their school and have benefited hugely from the school's positive values and ethos.  Professionally I have managed HR, Health & Safety and Governor Services to schools in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Co-Opted (Governing Body)

Vice Chair of Governing Body | Chair of Resources Committee | Teaching & Learning Committee Member | Health & Safety Governor | Complaints Deputy Governor | Joint HR Governor | Performance 1 Governor

6/7/2015

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5/7/2019

Jane

Roberts

As a parent of three children, all of whom have attended Greythorn, my longstanding association with the school dates back to 1996. Since 2006, I have worked as a teacher here and am proud to be part of a professional, dedicated and enthusiastic team. I look forward to using my experiences as a parent, teacher and resident in the local community, to help Greythorn rise to the challenges faced today and in the future.

Staff (Staff Election)

Teaching & Learning Committee Member | Joint Pupil Premium Governor

6/7/2015

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5/7/2019

Pam

Parkin

I have worked at Greythorn since 2004 and wanted to make a positive contribution to children's education.  Outside of school 'm married with three children.  I enjoy spending time with my family and love cake making.  Greythorn has a fantastic team of children, parents, staff and Governors and I feel privileged to be part of that team.

Staff (Staff Election)

Resources Committee Member | Joint Pupil Premium Governor

6/12/2015

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4/12/2019

Jessica Hannan

I am a freelance HR Consultant with over 15 years experience in HR both in the private and public sector. I have been providing HR support to the governing bodies, head teachers and trustees of schools, academies and multi-academy trusts over the past 9 years. My calling to be a governor was not to see things from the other side but to support the school in achieving its aims and ambitions and making it the best place to be for the children at Greythorn now and those to come in the future. When I am not working or chasing after my 2 kids (currently loving life at Greythorn) I love to Zumba and hang out with my family.

Parent (Parent Election)

Teaching & Learning Committee Member | Safeguarding Governor | SPAG Governor | Joint HR Governor

2/2/2016

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1/2/2020

Helen Lester

I have a background in project delivery, contract management and service improvement. I work at Nottinghamshire County Council as a Programme Manager, overseeing the delivery of efficiency and improvement projects in the Children, Families and Cultural Services department. I'm committed to supporting the school in it's new academy status and have chosen to be a Governor to be actively involved at this important transitional time. I have three children at Greythorn Primary School and in my spare time I love to spend time with my family. I also enjoy holidays in our caravan and running and swimming to keep fit. 

Parent (Parent Election)

Teaching & Learning Committee Member | RLA Governor | Training Governor | EAL Governor

2/2/2016

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31/1/2020

Simon Litchfield

I have two daughters at the school. I am employed as a Careers Adviser working with adults with a range of disabilities – previously I had a role as a School Connexions Adviser which meant dealing with a variety of educational, social and emotional issues. I am looking forward to my first term as governor whilst the school goes through exciting new developments. At weekends, I am trying to encourage my daughters to be keen Nottingham Forest and Notts County Cricket supporters and also ‘enjoy’ running – I regularly take part in half marathons.

Parent (Parent Election)

Teaching & Learning Committee Member | Maths Lead Governor

2/2/2016

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31/1/2020

David Coleman

I am a retired teacher with a Masters Degree in Education.  I taught for 46 years in Nottinghamshire schools beginning in 1968 at Huntingdon Street Primary before moving on to do 12 years at the St Ann’s Hospital School.  Here I worked with children who had a wide range of learning and behavioural needs.  In 1981 I became Senior Teacher at Aspley Wood School for the Physically Handicapped – and remained there for 15 years.  At Aspley Wood we pioneered the use of computers in the classroom.

From 1997 to 2014 I worked as a Supply Teacher in several primary schools in Nottingham – particularly Beeston and West Bridgford.  My passions in education include the effective teaching of reading and maths.

My hobbies are walking, cycling and playing the guitar.  I am married with 3 children, 4 step-children and 7 grandchildren.

I am proud to be a co-opted member of Greythorn Governing Body and intend to serve children, staff and parents to the very best of my ability.

Co-Opted (Governing Body)

Teaching & Learning Committee Member | Writing Governor | Reading Governor

20/10/2016

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19/10/2020

Amy Jones

We have recently moved to Nottingham from Hertfordshire and we're really enjoying getting to know the area, especially the parks. I have one son in reception and two younger daughters so am keen to invest in the school in this small way. I work for the Church of England and my husband is home full time making incredible food!

Co-Opted (Governing Body)

Resources Committee Member | PR & Communication Governor

23/2/2017

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22/2/2021

Mark Betts

I am a director at a local Financial Services company with over 20 years’ experience in the private sector. My aim is to bring my business experience to the governing board and assist the school in any way I can. I have lived in the community all my life, have two girls who attend Greythorn and in my spare time I enjoy running, football and golf.  I also volunteer at the Rushcliffe junior parkrun which is a free 2k run for juniors only (4-14 year olds) at Rushcliffe Country Park every Sunday morning at 9am.

Co-Opted (Governing Body)

Resources Committee

28/3/2017

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27/3/2021

* Local Authority proposes candidate to match the Governing Body criteria & skills.  The Governing Body decides whether appropriate.

The Governing Body's Core Functions

In order to achieve the goal of promoting high standards of educational achievement, the governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions. Briefly explained these are;

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. For example, by agreeing school policies and concurring content & priorities for improvement in the school development plan.
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff. For example, asking questions, offering support, constructive advice, help improve proposals, monitor and evaluate school performance, performance management of the head teacher.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. For example, checking that resources are allocated in line with the school's strategic priorities, benchmarking spend with similar schools, questioning value for money with budgetary spend.

 

Contacting with the Governing Body

We would like to be as accessible as possible within the school community. Suggestions for improvement and your ideas and comments will always be welcome. You can contact the Governors by;
 
- Use this contact form below or e-mail: governors@greythorn.notts.sch.uk - This will go to the Chair & Vice Chair of Governors, and will be forwarded to the relevant committee if appropriate.
- Letter: Please address any written correspondence to the Chair of Governors c/o Greythorn Primary School. Hand this into the school office and your letter will be forwarded as soon as possible.
- Meet Us: There are parent governors who are often at the school gates dropping off or picking up their children.
 
Just a reminder: If you have an issue with something in school, your first point of contact should always be your child’s teacher and subsequently the head teacher – please contact the office to make an appointment. Governors do not normally get involved in the day to day running of the school – that is rightly left to the Head Teacher and the senior leadership team.
 
We welcome your views and your continued support of the school.

Governor Contact Form

If you have any suggestions for improvement your ideas and comments will be welcome. You can contact by use this contact form. This will go to the Chair & Vice Chair of Governors, and will be forwarded to the relevant committee if appropriate. Just a reminder: If you have an issue with something in school, your first point of contact should always be your child’s teacher and subsequently the head teacher – please contact the office to make an appointment. Governors do not normally get involved in the day to day running of the school – that is rightly left to the Head Teacher and the senior leadership team. We welcome your views and your continued support of the school.

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