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Governing Body

Last updated: 6th November 2020

 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.  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!

 

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 K Mansell (Teacher Governor)

 

From the moment that I joined Mendell Primary six years ago I was hooked! This is an amazing school with an extraordinarily skilled and committed team who strive for the upmost success and contentment for our children.

 

As the School Business Manager I am passionate about working together in partnership with the children, staff, governors and parents to continue to develop Mendell as a happy and successful school. For me, the needs of the children are always paramount in the life and decision making within a school. I believe that our pupils should have access to the best possible facilities and resources which underpin learning.

 

Another important job I have is being a mum to two daughters aged 9 and 11yrs, so I have first-hand experience of being a primary school parent. Outside of my working life I would love to say that I have lots of interesting hobbies; however, my free time is very much taken up with family responsibilities, something that I’m sure many of you will be familiar with!  As a family, we have a love of reading, films, baking and enjoying outdoor adventures.

 

It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to be a member of the governing body and I hope to bring the same dedication and enthusiasm to this role as I do every day within the school. I am looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the wider issues in education, promoting the school’s ethos within governance and adding value where I can. 

 

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. 

 

Helen Higgins:

 

I have worked with children and families in a safeguarding role for almost 20 years, mostly in Leeds but more recently closer to my roots (I was born and raised on the Wirral).  I currently work for the Local Authority supporting children in care. 

 

I live locally with my partner and am lucky to be a step parent to his three amazing children. I have a large family on the Wirral and love spending time with them outdoors or gathering to eat food (one of my favourite things to do with anyone!)

 

I am passionate about supporting children and families to be happy and healthy, and I believe we can all make a difference if we come together and care about each other. 

 

Michael Paul:

 

This is the first time I've served as a school governor. Having moved to the Wirral in 2016 I wanted to contribute to a community I've grown to love and call home. My day job is working in marketing and advertising for the Department for Education, but over the past ten years i've worked for a Member of Parliament in Westminster, an educational charity and as a political campaigner.

 

Education is the single greatest tool we have to help children understand and reach their potential. I'm delighted to contribute to such a wonderful school community.

Roles of the governors:

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

Training Liasion

Mrs Catherine O’Neill Edwards

Governing Body

1/9/17 to

Full Governing Body

YES

None

LA Governor

Chair of Governors

SEND / HT Wellbeing

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

Staff Governor

Mrs Kate Mansell

Staff

3/11/20 to 02/11/24

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

Maths / Pupil Premium / Sports Premium

Mrs Linda Atkinson

Governing Body

19/9/19 to 18/9/23

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

Health and Safety

Mr Kris Skates Governing Body

27/5/19 to 

26/5/23

Full Governing Body YES TBC 23/5/19

Clerk To Governors

Mrs Carolyn Totty

Governing Body

 

Full Governing Body

NO

None

Co-opted governor

Creative Curriculum (incl RE/PSED/Diversity)

Reverend Jenny Gillies

Governing Body

17/6/19 to 16/6/23

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

Safeguarding / Child Protection / LAC / Science

Helen Higgins

Governing Body

19/9/19 to 18/9/23

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

English / Website Compliance

Michael Paul

Governing Body

02/07/20 to 01/07/04

Full Governing Body

YES

None

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

 

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