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Governing Body

Last updated: 24th October 2019

 Letter from Chair of Governors

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

First, a warm welcome to new children and parents in Foundation and any other children and parents joining the school. As governors we work closely with the head teacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. We are there to help shape the school’s future direction and focus but not the day to day management of the school which is the responsibility of the head teacher.

The task for Governors can be divided into two main roles – providing a strategic overview and acting as a critical friend. In order to fulfill those roles we meet termly and attend the following committees: Full Governing Body committee meets three times a year Finance, Personnel, Pay & Premises committee meets three times a year Standards, Curriculum & SEND committee meets three times a year. Apart from meetings we also visit the school in order to be well informed about aspects of how children are taught and provision of resources.

Our constitution is 12 Governors made up of: • Head Teacher • 1 Staff Governor (appointed by the staff) • 1 Local Authority Governor • 2 Parent Governors • 7 Co-opted Governors Co-opted Governors are selected so we get a balance of skills.

We are very proud to be Governors of Mendell and are all very committed to getting the best education possible for your children. In the last school year the Governors were very involved in the strategic direction of the school not least in the appointment of a new Head teacher Mrs O’Neill Edwards and Mr Cowley as Deputy Head teacher. After sixteen years, Mrs McCallum sadly retired on ill health grounds and we wished her well for the future and thanked her for her great efforts on behalf of the children at Mendell. Mrs Morris, who was Deputy, also left for promotion to Headship after being Acting Head. We were also involved in the Ofsted inspection in October and the report recognises the good work of the Governors in supporting the school and in asking questions to make the school fully accountable which we will continue to do.

We welcome your views and look forward to meeting you at events and around school.

 

Chair of Governors

Meet our Governors

 

Chris Carubia

 

I am a sitting Wirral Councillor and a spokesperson on the Children's Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I also sit on Wirral's Looked After Children's board and the Corporate Parenting Board.

My working career took me from an apprentice electrician in Birkenhead to the board rooms of companies as an IT director in Europe, the Scandanavian countries and the USA.

I live and grew up in Eastham, the ward i represent, along with my wife of over thirty years and two crazy Bengal cats.

I am a published author of historical fiction and have a granddaughter (almost 2 years old) who keeps me on my toes and saves me the cost of gym fees. 

 

 

Catherine O'Neill Edwards

 

This is my second headship; I was Head Teacher at my previous school for 3 years (and was at the school for 16 years in total!). During my time there as Head Teacher, the school moved from requires improvement to good according to Ofsted and also received an outstanding church school inspection. 

I am thrilled to be part of Team Mendell, my son attended Mendell for 2 years before we moved out of the area, so it has a special place in my heart.

Mendell is a friendly, family welcoming, community school and I am excited to be leading the team through the next stage in the school's development.

I have 2 sons, a husband and a dog called Lolly. In my spare time I like singing, dancing, laughing and walks on the beach. 

2 interesting facts about me: I have saved someone's life and I once found the end of a rainbow!

 

Graham Seagrave

Occupation

Retired Production Control Manager for Architectural Aluminium manufacturer.

Responsible for Planning Production of £35m production facility, Departmental Health & Safety.

Interests 

Golf - member of Bromborough Golf Club.

Singing - member of All Saints Thornton Hough Church Choir

 

Jenny Gilles

 

I am the local rector (the word is the local term for parish priest or vicar) at St Barnabas Bromborough and have worked here for 6 years. I love my vocation and I love living amongst the people of Bromborough. 

 

Although I lived in Lancashire for 20 years and Brikenhead for 9, I was born in Devon. I taught English, Music and Personal, Social and Health Education for 20 years in various secondary schools. After 5 years as a project development worker supporting volunteers in the Church of England, I studied theology and  I was ordained priest in 2010 and worked first in Bidston and now here in Bromborough. 

 

A day in the life of a vicar is as unpredictable as you could imagine. Prayers, Weddings, funerals, baptisms and Sunday services are obviously part of it along with visiting the elderly and leading school assemblies. But I have to do a lot of admin, I have  responsibility for safeguarding in the church community and often find a day changed by the needs of one person or another. The other day I took a parishioner's dog to the dog trust because she was too ill to care for it. I support the community association, liaise with local councillors and work a bit with the library group (when I can). I attend meetings connected with the Church in London and in Chester too. 

 

If I ever get spare time I like the theatre, reading and walking my dog called Harry (you can follow him on Instagram). I am a mum of two wonderful 20+ year old daughters. My dad has recently moved to the village too. Family is important.

 

Mrs D Sanati (Teacher Governor)

 

I have been teaching at Mendell for almost 8 years now and love my job!

Before I became a teacher, I worked for an education project in Knowsley Council and before that I was a Children's Rep for a holiday company abroad, so I have always worked with children in some capacity.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my endlessly energetic toddler and my adorable French bulldogs (Lanson and Piper). 

We live in North Wales so spend a lot of time out in the fresh air enjoying the countryside.

An interesting fact about me: I have a degree in Classics, Egyptology and Philosophy.

 

Linda Atkinson

 

I have spent my career in Government as a Tax Professional, holding a variety of senior Leadership positions in Governance, Finance and Learning. Education was my gateway to a rewarding career and I am passionate about supporting the provision of excellent learning for our pupils. I am an experienced School Governor having supported other schools across Wirral.  

We established our family home in Wirral over 30 years ago and enjoy the many facilities this beautiful part of the country has to offer. I also like to spend my free time on art and craft projects, walking the hills of Snowdonia and attending live music events. 

Part of a school governing body's responsibilities are to: 

• Promote high standards of educational attainment.
• Agree the School Improvement plan.
• Set an annual budget detailing planned spending.
• Approve a staffing structure.
• Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught, and report on pupil's achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examinations results.
• Draw up an action plan following an Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) report.
• Produce policies on a number of issues including Sex Education, SEN.
Appoint staff, ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures.
• Secure high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
• Ensure the health & safety of pupils and staff.
• Develop the strategic plan for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.
• Deal with complaints against the school.

 

 

Essentially, governors work in partnership with the Head Teacher and staff to oversee the work of the school to make sure that it provides high quality education for its pupils. For details of who is on our Governing Body, see the table below.

Category &

Position on governing body

Name

Body that appoints them

Term of office

Names & position of committee – NB: All our governors sit on all committees *

Voting Rights

Pecuniary register of interests / conflicts

Headteacher

Mrs Catherine O’Neill Edwards

Governing Body

1/9/17 to

Full Governing Body

YES

None

LA Governor

Chair of Governors / Safeguarding / Child Protection

Councillor Chris Carubia

Governing Body

06/7/18 to 

05/7/22

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Parent Governor

 

Vacancy

Parents

 

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair, Maths, Health & Safety

Mr Graham Seagrave

Governing Body

13/12/16 to

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Staff Governor

Theme

Mrs Dionne Sanati

Staff

1/9/17 to 1/9/21

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

Mrs Linda Atkinson

Governing Body

19/9/19 to 18/9/23

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

Mrs Jill Potter

Governing Body

26/6/19 to 25/6/23

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Associate Governor

Deputy Head Teacher

Mr Justin Cowley

Governing Body

1/9/17 to

Full Governing Body

NO

None

Parent Governor

Mr Kris Skates Governing Body

6/5/19 to 

6/5/23

Full Governing Body YES TBC 23/5/19

Clerk To Governors

Mrs Carolyn Totty

Governing Body

 

Full Governing Body

NO

None

Co-opted governor

Reverend Jenny Gillies

Governing Body

17/6/19 to 16/6/23

Full Governing Body

NO

None

Co-opted governor

Helen Higgins

Governing Body

19/9/19 to 18/9/23

Full Governing Body

NO

None

* Mendell Primary School has two committee meetings per term; finance committee and curriculum/SEND committee.

 

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