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Our Governing Body

 

 

Governing Body Composition 2022/23

 

Jane Bennett

Co-opted

2022-2026

bennett.j7@welearn365.com

Performance and Standards Committee

Neil Dirveiks

Local Authority

2021-2025

dirveiks.n@welearn365.com

Finance and Resources Committee

Gilly Hall

Staff

2022-2026

dixon.g1@welearn365.com

Performance and Standards Committee

Clare Maguire

Co-opted

2019-2023

maguire.c1@welearn365.com

Performance and Standards Committee

Finance and Resources Committee

Ekta Porter

Parent

2020-2024

porter.e1@welearn365.com

Resigned September 2022

Sally Taylor

Headteacher

N/A

head2083@welearn365.com

Finance and Resources Committee

Performance and Standards Committee

Pay Committee

 

Belinda Bollans

 

Belinda Bollans

Chair

Co-opted

2022-2026

 

bollans.b@welearn365.com

Finance and Resources Committee

Performance and Standards Committee

Pay Committee

Welcome to the governor's section of the Outwoods Primary School website. My name is Belinda and I have been a governor at Outwoods for just over 4 years. I have lived in Atherstone for most of my life and as a child I attended the two previous schools (Arden Hill and Oakfield) that merged to form Outwoods Primary. Love for learning, learning for life embodies everything that our school aims to achieve; putting children first and striving to give them the best primary education experiences possible in an exciting, stimulating, and safe environment. On my frequent visits to school, I see children who are happy, confident learners, who feel valued and respected and staff who plan and deliver an exciting and varied curriculum so that all children can achieve well. 

My background in primary education has given me the great privilege of being involved in the school lives of countless numbers of children and seeing them grow and flourish, overcoming barriers and challenges continues to inspire me. 

My role as a governor is to support and challenge the school so that each child's educational journey here at Outwoods gives them the best chance to succeed. 

Since my retirement I have enjoyed reading many more books, but my greatest pleasure is now to read and share books with my four grandchildren. It is very difficult for me to choose a favourite book but the one that we have all loved reading is, Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and is one of the current choices of my delightful 1 year old granddaughter. You can never have too many books!

John Cressey

 

John Cressey

Vice-Chair

Co-opted

2022-2026

cressey.j@welearn365.com

Finance and Resources Committee

Performance and Standards Committee

Pay Committee

Hi, my name is John Cressey and I am one of the governors that help to ensure the school delivers the best possible learning experiences for our children.  I’ve been a member of the governing board since 2018.

Having moved to the area in 2013 I have seen all 3 of my children progress through the school with our last child leaving for secondary school in 2022.

I thoroughly enjoy my role as a governor, the most enjoyable aspect is the school visits, watching the children enjoying their learning & listening to them share their work is great fun !

As a family we have 2 cocker spaniels, Mollie and Peggie, along with a Tortoise called Oogwai.  I’m an avid reader, as a child my favourite author was Enid Blyton, I now enjoy autobiographies and thrillers.

Rachel Bird

 

Rachel Bird

Co-opted

2022-2026

bird.r@welearn365.com

Performance and Standards Committee

I joined the governing body here at Outwood’s around April 2022. I have experience of being a governor in the past in another primary school, and have also been a clerk for another school governing body. I have a good understanding of the role and functions of a governor - to be that critical friend, to ask the right questions, to see the best progress for the school. I have a wide experience of working in various roles in the charity and education setting with children and young people and find working with them so rewarding and fulfilling. I am passionate about ensuring a school is meeting a child’s holistic needs and believe that wellbeing, parent engagement and equal opportunities for all will bring out the best learning from the children. I sit on the governing body as a Copt governor through our Restore Collective charity that works in Atherstone and Mancetter. Our charity mandate is to see people enabled and empowered to thrive and being a governor for me is about that too, supporting the school to ensure the right things are in place for that to happen for every student. All my children attend or attended Outwood’s and I am wanting to ensure the strong ethos and values of the school continue to go from strength to strength, because I have seen the positive impact first hand with my own children growing here.

I have a border terrier called Bailey who keeps me on my toes! I like chocolate a bit too much, so I also go running regularly to compensate. I like reading a good book but rarely get the chance! I enjoy having coffee and chat with friends and an occasional binge watch on Netflix.

Christian Mander

My name is Christian Mander, I have two children at Outwoods who think the world of it and their teachers. If in some small way I can help to show our appreciation and keep the school doing what it is clearly doing so well, then I will try my best.

 

I work mainly with technology, analytical functions and I focus heavily on innovation. I would like to bring some of those thoughts and ideas to other parts of the world. It is an amazing sector to work in and it really looks for new opportunities and sustainable ways of working. I think kids will rely on these skills so much in the future (many of whom already know more than I do at the age of 6+)

I am an avid sci-fi fan and will happily nerd out over anything set in space or a fantasy world, I constantly refer to my kids as hobbits or goblins which I am sure they greatly appreciate.

 

We have lived in Atherstone for six years and have fallen in love with the town and its community, it has so much potential and a great deal of great people. My favourite time of year is Christmas and I will often bore my colleagues with a countdown hundreds of days out.

 

Like so many conversations I have at work about innovation, the future is in the hands of people who are not stuck in their ways and keep an open mind to new things, kids are our biggest hope for this open mindedness and future thinking.

Jamie Goulty

 

Jamie Goulty

Parent

2022-2026

goulty.j@welearrn365.com

Finance and Resources Committee

 

Hi, my name is Jamie, I am a newly appointed Parent Governor and I have volunteered my time in order to ensure the children receive the best the school can offer.

 

I am an Army Veteran of 13 years before being medically retired due to injuries sustained during my service.

This enables me to look at things from a different view point to most, things close to me are Mental Health & Wellbeing and learning through enjoyment.

 

These are also two aspects that the school has a very high interest in- this shows when you speak to the children with regards support and learning. 

 

Martin Short

 

Martin Short

Co-opted

2019-2023

Short.m1@welearn365.com

Performance and Standards Committee

Hi, my name is Martin, and I’ve been a governor at Outwoods for quite a few years.

 

I used to be a teacher, and, having visited lots of other schools in the course of my work since leaving teaching, I’m able to recognise confidently that Outwoods is a very good school, well organised and caring.

 

As a former language teacher, who recognises the value of being able to speak other languages, I’m proud that Outwoods is able to offer high quality foreign language teaching. I also love the fact that the School Council is taken seriously by all concerned. It’s great to visit their meetings and hear from Mrs Bloomer about what they have been doing.

Governing Board Register of Interests – Outwoods Primary School 2022/23

 

name of governor

type of governor

date appointed

relevant business interests

links to other educational establishments

personal relationships with school staff or other governors

Belinda Bollans

Co-opted

Chair of Governors

12.6.2022

Re-appointed for further term

n/a

n/a

n/a

John Cressey

Co-opted

Vice-Chair of Governors

6.7.2022

Re-appointed for further term

n/a

n/a

Related to member of staff

Jane Bennett

Co-opted

6.7.2022

Re-appointed for further term

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rachel Bird

Co-opted

25.4.2022

Employed by Charity contracted

n/a

n/a

Neil Dirveiks

Local Authority Governor

29.9.2021

Re-appointed for further term

Local Borough Councillor

n/a

n/a

Jamie Goulty

Parent Governor

26.4.2022

n/a

n/a

n/a

Gilly Hall

Staff Governor

6.7.2022

Re-appointed for further term

n/a

n/a

Related to member of staff

Clare Maguire

Co-opted

 

1/12/2019

Re-appointed for further term

n/a

n/a

n/a

Ekta Porter

Parent Governor

29.9.2020

n/a

n/a

n/a

Sally Taylor

Headteacher

14.2.2020

n/a

n/a

n/a

Martin Short

Co-opted

 

2.10.2019

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Outwoods Primary School Governing Body Attendance Record 2021/22

 

Governor Name

Category of Governor

Attendance

 

 

 

David Bond

Co-opted

Chair of Governors

1 out of 1 meeting

Retired October 2021

Belinda Bollans

Co-opted

Chair of Governors (from

October 2021)

8 out of 8 meetings

Jane Bennett

Co-opted

3 out of 6 meetings

(illness due to Covid)

John Cressey

Vice-Chair of Governors

8 out of 8 meetings

 

Neil Dirveiks

Co-opted

4 out of 6 meetings

 

Gilly Hall

Staff Governor

5 out of 6 meetings

 

Andreea Iftimia Mander

Co-opted

6 out of 8 meetings

Ekta Porter

Parent Governor

2 out of 6 meetings

 

Clare Maguire

Co-opted

8 out of 8 meetings

 

Martin Short

Co-opted

4 out of 6 meetings

 

Sally Taylor

Headteacher

8 out of 8 meetings

 

Jamie Goulty

Parent Governor

3 out of 3 meetings

(Appointed April 2022)

Rachel Bird

Co-opted

3 out of 3 meetings

(Appointed April 2022)