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The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and staff to make sure the school provides an excellent quality of education for all its pupils.

 

Governors are volunteers elected to the Governing Body for a fixed term bringing specialist skills and experience in order that its core strategic functions are met.

 

The Governing Body is part of the strategic leadership of the school.  Governors are not expected to make day-to-day decisions about how the school is run; that is the role of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. 

 

Governors have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. “Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.”

(Reference Department for Education – Governors’ Handbook)

 

This means that as school governors we will be involved in many aspects of running the school including how the budget should be spent, making sure the school building is welcoming, safe and fit for purpose, setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies and agreeing the curriculum.

 

The Full Governing Body meets in full every half term to conduct its business. 

 

Willowbrook Primary School - Instrument of Government

Governors' Profiles

 

Profiles for Willowbrook School Governors

 

Colin Hunt (Vice-Chair, Co-opted Governor)
I have been the Chair of Governors at Willowbrook Primary School since 2015 and have Governor responsibility for Early Years, Health and Safety.  I am now retired but have worked for over 40 years in the Finance departments of Insurance companies both in the UK and overseas. I am married to Patsy and we have three daughters and seven granddaughters (between the ages of 5 and 13), three of whom currently attend or have attended Willowbrook. I am enjoying working with Mrs Branton as they continue to develop what is already a good to outstanding school.

 

Sunj Notani (Co-Chair, Parent Governor)

I became a Parent Governor in February 2017 and currently have responsibility for governor training as well as being a class governor for Oak. I enjoy most sports with a particular passion for football. I have completed my level one FA coaching badge and currently coach a local U9 football team. I am also actively involved in coaching football at Willowbrook. I have two children who attend Willowbrook – Freddie in Olive class and Scarlett in Cherry class. My wife Michelle is also an LSA at Willowbrook. I have a degree in Mathematics and I currently work for a data analytics company in London where I have almost 30 years expertise in Data Management.

 

Rob Fryer (Co-Chair, Co-opted Governor)

I currently have responsibility for the thematic curriculum as well as being a class governor for Chestnut. Having held several board roles (as part of the Enterprise Advisor network and Institute of Student Employers) I became a Parent Governor in 2018 and Co-opted in 2021 when Sunj and I became Co-Chairs. After working in Human Resources Management for 15 years, I am now Director of Student Life at the University of Leicester (and an expert on the M1!). I am a qualified coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management and hope to bring all my experience and knowledge to help make Willowbrook an even better school. I have two children who attend the school; Elizabeth in Hawthorn and Alana in Pine and another one who cannot wait to join in autumn 2022.

 

Kathryn Kalair (Co-opted Governor)

Governor responsibility for SENCO and Class Governor for Cherry.  Currently on a professional HR career break, as prioritizing family, but worked for over 12 years in the Human Resource departments of large organisations in the UK in a variety of different Management and Business Partner roles.  I have also been a Co-Director of a micro horse livery business for 2+ years (which we chose to wind up due to high costs and operational risks).  Full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and hold a Masters in Organisational Change from Birkbeck, University of London.  Married to Daljit and we have two sons (between the ages of 7 and 11).    I am acutely aware of the importance of a child’s formative years and the difference a quality education can make.   At University I successfully applied for a foreign student exchange programme and spent 10 weeks working at an American Summer camp where I researched Environmental Education. This helped me better understand how children learn and teachers role in creative lesson planning.  By volunteering my time, expertise and working together with other Governors and staff, I hope that my involvement will make a difference and help realise the potential of the children at Willowbrook.

 

 

 

Governing Body

Willowbrook Primary Full Governing Committee Membership and Lead Governor Appointments

 

NAME

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

TERM

EXPIRY

CATEGORY

POSITION & RESPONSIBILITIES

Clare Branton

31.08.14

 

Staff

Headteacher

Jo Cox

08.06.14

08.06.26

Staff

Deputy Headteacher

Colin Hunt

11.02.22

10.02.26

Co-opted

Vice-Chair of FGB,

H&S, EYFS, Growth mindset

Jolami Youngblood

28.01.21

28.01.25

Co-opted

SENCO

Sunj Notani

13.03.17

13.03.25

Parent

Co-Chair of FGB, Link, Science

Rob Fryer

02.11.17

12.09.25

Co-opted

Co-Chair of FGB, Thematic Curriculum

Vacant

  

Local Authority

 

Kathryn Kalair

10.07.17

10.07.25

Co-opted

SEND, Inclusion, Safeguarding

Kate McLeod

13.09.21

12.09.25

Parent

 

Elaine Glanville

N/A

N/A

Observer

School Business Manager

TBC

N/A

N/A

 

Clerk

 

Governors that have left in the last 12 months:

Ann Keogh, resigned 11.10.21.

Dave Russell, resigned 12.07.22.

 

Pay & Personnel Committee

Kathryn Kalair

Colin Hunt

Sunj Notani

 

HT Performance Management Panel

Kathryn Kalair/Rob Fryer/Andrew Binnell (External Advisor)

WILLOWBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL

DECLARATION OF ANNUAL BUSINESS

INTERESTS 2021/22 (updated 4th October 2021)

 

Governors

Name

 

Position in school

Declaration

Date of completion

Rob Fryer

 

Co-Chair FGB

None

19/07/2021

Colin Hunt

 

Vice Chair FGB

Father-in-law to Dave Russell

30/09/2021

Kathryn Kalair

 

Governor

Co-Director of Smooth Pass Driver Training.

Exam Invigilator & Midday at Anglo European High School.

24/07/2021

Ann Keogh

 

Governor

None

17/09/2021

Sunj Notani

 

Co-Chair FGB

None

04/10/2021

Dave Russell

 

Governor

Director of DR Management Consultancy Limited.

Son-in-law to Colin Hunt.

27/09/2021

Kate McLeod

 

Governor

None

22/09/2021

 

Staff with financial responsibilities and Senior Management Team

Name

 

Position in school

Declaration

Date of completion

Clare Branton

Headteacher

Trust Governor at Ortu Gable Hall School

01/09/2021

12/08/2021

Emma Collier

 

School Administrator

None

19/07/2021

Trudi Dockerill

 

School Administrator

Director to D Dockerill & Sons

20/07/2021

Jolami Youngblood

SENCO

None

 

13/09/2021

Elaine Glanville

 

School Business Manager

None

06/09/2021

Gill Holloway

School Administrator

None

 

29/09/2021

Jo Cox

 

Deputy Headteacher

None

21/09/2021

Willowbrook Primary School – Governors’ Attendance 2021/22 (updated July 2022)

Name

7/6/21

FGB(Virtual)

15/7/21

FGB(Virtual)

13/9/21

FGB(Virtual)

11/10/21

FGB(Virtual)

07/02/22

FGB(Virtual)

28/03/22

FGB (Virtual)

23/05/22

FGB(Virtual)

12/07/22

FGB

Ann Keogh

ü

ü

ü

-

-

-

-

-

Clare Branton

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Colin Hunt

ü

x

ü

ü

x

x

x

ü

Dave Russell

ü

ü

x

x

ü

x

ü

ü

Jo Cox

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Jolami Youngblood

ü

ü

x

ü

ü

ü

x

ü

Kate McCleod

-

-

-

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Kathryn Kalair

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

x

x

ü

Robert Fryer

ü

x

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Sunj Notani

x

x

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

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