Governing Body

The role of our Governors

School governors are members of the school’s Governing Body. They have responsibility for raising school standards but do not run the school day to day; their role is at the strategic or policy-making level. They ensure that the Head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school and ensure the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.  We value the experience and skills that all governors bring and our governors find that the role is very rewarding. Their contribution to the development of our school and seeing visible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

You can read more about our Governors here:

Name: Colin Bowpitt

Governor Role: School Development and Improvement

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Executive Head teacher

Term of Office: Ex-officio

Job Title: Executive Head teacher

Pecuniary Interest: Ex-officio Executive Head teacher governing bodies of Greenfield Primary and Countesthorpe Nursery school

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Colin has been a teacher since his qualified status in 1993 and has worked in a variety of schools within Leicester City and Leicestershire. He has been Executive Head of Thistly Meadow Primary School since 2012 and both Greenfield Primary and Countesthorpe Nursery School.  Under his leadership, all three schools have received Good Ofsted ratings.  He is a Leader of Education and provides additional support and training for Primary, Special and Secondary school leaders.

 

Name: Martin Smith

Governor Role: Chair, Training link

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Co-opted

Term of Office: 21.9.2016 – 20.9.2020

Job Title: Clerk to the Governors (for a number of other schools)

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been a Governor of Greenfield since 1995, serving as Chair of the Finance and Staffing committees until I became Chair of Governors over 5 years ago.

My previous career was as a Bank Manager for HSBC Bank plc and after leaving the Bank I became involved with a number of schools, working as their Clerk to the Governors, giving procedural and legal advice and undertaking administration work on behalf of the Governing Bodies.

Until recently I also worked as a national adviser for Governors throughout England, on the Department for Education funded, Governorline.

I therefore have a very wide range of experiences and knowledge of schools and Governing Bodies which helps me undertake the role of Chair of Governors at Greenfield.

I have been a Parish Councillor since 1991 and also help to produce the Countesthorpe Herald so have good links with the community.

 

Name: Caroline Simpson

Governor Role: Finance

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 3.6.2017 – 2.6.2021

Job Title: Director of HSP Financial Planning Ltd and HSP Tax Ltd

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been involved with Greenfield for the last 14 years initially when my children started in Reception by helping in the classroom, being an active member of the PTFA and for the last 10 years as a School Governor.

I am passionate about children having the opportunity to learn and to enjoy their school experience.  The ethos at Greenfield has inspired me to continue working to support the senior leadership team where I can.

Having over 30 years experience as a tax practitioner and 15 years as a Financial Adviser I have been involved with businesses and individuals on many levels and my professional work ensures that I can understand the day to day finances of the school and the issues it faces with the need to balance the budget against the children having a first class education.

 

Name: Sarah Jarowicki

Governor Role: Data and assessment

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 3.6.2017 – 2.6.2021

Job Title: Deputy Head teacher

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been a member of staff at Greenfield Primary School for 15 years now- originally, I was appointed as literacy co-ordinator and later became Assistant head and more recently Deputy head. In this time I have got married, had two children and moved house so feel that Greenfield Primary School is a huge part of my professional and personal life especially since both my children attend the school.

I have always taught in year 5 and 6 whilst at Greenfield but have experience of teaching Key stage 1. I have always loved teaching year 6 and been committed to raising standards whilst also engaging pupils in an exciting and interesting curriculum that sets pupils up for life at high school and beyond. In my time teaching year 6 I have enjoyed many sporting events and been part of many year 6 leavers productions- I still remember all the words to “Take a Chance on Me”, “Step by Step” and many High School Musical and Grease songs!

Living locally, I still see many ex pupils around the village – it is with great pleasure and pride that I see and hear of their successes. Many of them have successful careers, houses and cars of their own and some are now parents themselves with those children attending Greenfield Primary School.

As part of my work at Greenfield Primary School, I am now a writing moderator for Leicestershire authority. This is a post that I have successfully held for a number of years and one which I enjoy very much. I enjoy supporting year 6 teachers with agreeing accurate assessments and curriculum development. I have also had the pleasure of becoming a mentor to new moderators.

More recently I have worked closely with Thistly Meadow Primary School as a member of the senior leadership team. I have established myself there as a member of staff accepted and respected by others. I continue to work hard for both schools constantly striving for outstanding teaching and the very best outcomes for the pupils.

I feel very lucky and privileged to have a job that I absolutely love in schools that I am lucky to be a part of.

 

Name: Mr Nick Quinn

Governor Role: HR, Curriculum, Staff and NQT development

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Ex-Officio

Term of Office: N/A

Job Title: Head of School

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I was appointed as the Deputy Head of Greenfield Primary School fourteen years ago. Prior to that I worked as a teacher in Hertfordshire and the city of Leicester before I was appointed as Key Stage 1 lead and Assistant Head at Stafford Leys in Leicestershire County. I have recently taken on the role of Head of School at Greenfield and have also enjoyed opportunities to work at Thistly Meadow with staff as a senior leader.

I am committed to the teaching and mastery of key skills in the core subjects of English and maths because once children have the basics securely in place, the curriculum can be opened up and children then have the power to learn independently. I strongly believe that it is our duty as primary practitioners to prepare children to be independent, self-motivated and engaged learners in order for them to be able to fully access the demands of the KS3 curriculum.

Music and sport have both had a huge influence in my own life and as a teacher and school leader, I have always been committed to sport, music and all aspects of the Arts. When I am on a football field or listening to children sing with passion and enthusiasm or working on a Y6 production, I know that I entered the right profession as I get enormous pleasure in seeing children perform, act, play as part of a team but more importantly, create memories that will stay with them forever. For this reason, I will always encourage and support residentials, trips and outdoor learning as fantastic learning and life opportunities.

One of the most important aspects of my role is to work with young teachers and NQTs. Primary teaching is a tough and demanding job, but it is incredibly rewarding and an extremely important profession. Teachers have an enormous role to play in the lives of young children and working with teachers to support them, keep them positive and committed to improving the learning experiences in their classroom is crucial in terms of giving children a challenging, rounded and exciting experience at primary school.

Greenfield is a terrific school, full of hard working people and happy children and I look forward to the challenges of leadership over the next few years.

 

Name: Julie Tilley

Governor Role: Vice Chair

Committees: Staffing (Chair), Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Co-opted

Term of Office: 3.6.2017  – 2.6.2021

Job Title: 

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been involved with Greenfield for a number of years since my children started at the school and am very passionate about my role as a Governor, to help the school to be the best it can. I regulalrly take part in governor visits and see at first hand the wonderful work going on to give the children the best start in life.

 

Name: Jason Oldham

Governor Role: Curriculum

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing (Vice Chair)

Type of Office: Co-opted

Term of Office: 4.2.2015 – 3.2.2019

Job Title: Senior Manager

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have a keen interest in the school and commitment to contributing to the success of the school through the role of Governor. My professional expertise lends itself best to roles where there is a focus on measuring the impact of initiatives, programmes and policies against identified needs and objectives.

I have been a governor at the school since 2010 and both of my children have attended the school.

To my role of Parent Governor, I have in excess of 15 years’ experience in various managerial and leadership roles, including performance management, professional development, apprenticeship programmes and HR; requiring strong organisational skills.  I am a member of the Learning and Wellbeing Committee with specific focus on the school building upon its Arts Mark status.

As a governor for approximately 6 years I have had a fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand the positive impact an integrated approach to teaching can have on the health, wellbeing and attainment of children at school. I bring a genuine commitment to ensuring all children at Greenfield School experience a positive environment in which to thrive.

 

Name: Sam Barford

Governor Role: Gifted and Talented Mathematics

Committees: Business

Type of Office: Parent Governor

Term of Office: 11.4.2017 – 10.4.2021

Job Title: Assistant Head of Department Secondary Mathematics

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have a keen interest in the school and commitment to contributing to its success through the role of Parent Governor, I bring over 15 years’ experience in education and church involvement including working with children, running holiday camps and leading money management courses. I am a Mathematics teacher. In my current post (secondary) I hold a department management role in charge of interventions and Pupil Premium whilst teaching Mathematics to GCSE and A level. As a parent of four children, who have attended the school for the last 8 years, and as a governor for approximately 3 years, I have seen this school grow and develop. I am a member of the Business committee, assisting with Health & Safety, Safeguarding and reviewing of Policies. I also work closely with the level 6 mathematics team.

 

Name: Charlotte Hart

Governor Role: Pupil wellbeing

Committees: Learning and wellbeing

Type of Office: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 8.10.2013 – 7.10.2017

Job Title: Learning Support Assistant (Pastoral care)

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been a Governor at Greenfield Primary School for the past 15 years. I am passionate about this role and committed to making a difference. To support my role at Greenfield as Pastoral Assistant, I am just coming to the end of three years training on Attachment Aware modules and I’m also on my second year course in Counselling. Previously, I have completed professional development on building resilience and several workshops through CAMHS and NSPCC.

 

Name: Sandeep Dhinsa

Governor Role: Literacy

Committees: Learning and wellbeing

Type of Office: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 1.9.2014 – 31.8.2018

Job Title: Teacher

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I began my teaching career at Greenfield Primary School as a newly qualified teacher and this is my 7th year working at the school. I am currently a Year 6 class teacher and I also lead English across the school. I have experience of teaching in both key stages and I have also been Science Leader.  I am totally committed to raising standards further at Greenfield Primary School as teaching and learning developments have always been my number one priority. At the heart of my teaching philosophy remains a child centred approach, which guarantees each child’s entitlement to the best possible education they can achieve. As a governor and teacher at the school, I will make a vital contribution to Greenfield’s quest to become ‘outstanding’ and to be recognised as a ‘beacon’ of excellence for the high quality of education it provides for the children at the school.

 

Name: Dr Stuart Simpson

Governor Role: Arts and Creativity

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Local Authority appointed

Term of Office: 24.1.2017 – 23.1.2021

Job Title: HE/FE Lecturer

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I am an interdisciplinary artist, project evaluator, creative learning facilitator and arts educator. As an artist I have experience of exhibiting and performing work internationally which includes several solo exhibitions and numerous group shows whilst my commissioned work comes from museums and art galleries; charities and the Youth Service. I have worked for Arts Council England as an Artsmark Award assessor and moderator; as an evaluation partner for Creative Partnerships and as a researcher for CAPE UK. I have many experiences of being a practitioner on creative learning projects in the primary and secondary sector and I am also a lecturer in both higher and further education teaching on a variety of programmes. From this experience I hope to contribute to the governing body by facilitating the development of the arts provision and advising on how it can be utilised as a catalyst for enhancing teaching and learning.

 

Name: Ms Alison Fox

Governor Role: Curriculum

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Parent Governor

Term of Office: 1.8.2016 – 31.7.2020

Job Title: Governor HMYOI

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I am currently a Governor at HMYOI in Glen Parva and a parent at Greenfield. I have a range of experience in leadership, HR, finance and feel I can contribute to the strategic leadership of the school. I am very much looking forward to supporting the Head teacher and staff of the school in it’s continued success.

 

Name: Mr Justin French

Governor Role: Curriculum

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Parent Governor

Term of Office: 1.8.2016 – 31.7.2020

Job Title:

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

Most of my life has been spent in Blaby and Countesthorpe and my son nows attends Greenfield primary school. I was delighted to be elected as a parent governor and will work enthusiatically to ensure that the school continues to provide an excellent education for all its pupils. I have a number of years experience working for a major retail bank and bring skills in finance, IT and HR to the governing body.

 

Name: Mrs Hayley Aitken

Governor Role: Clerk to Governors

Committees: N/A

Type of Office: N/A

Term of Office: Salaried role

Job Title: Clerk to Governors

Pecuniary Interest: Senior Administrator at Greenfield Primary School and Clerk to Governors at Thistly Meadow (partner school)

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been employed at Greenfield Primary School since January 2017. Before that I worked at a number of schools around Leicestershire including academies and a special school. I have previously worked as a clerk to governors for other schools, so I have financial, administrative and clerking experience to bring to the Governing body. I have also been a school governor (safeguarding) at a secondary school.

 The Clerk to the governors is responsible for providing independent procedural advice to the governing body and is the administrator for meetings of the governing body.

Attendance

Please see the table below for details of our Governors’ attendance over the past 12 months:

Attendance GF 2016-17

Register of Business Interests

Click on the register below for more details:

RBI summary 2016-17