All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a 'critical friend' to support, challenge, ask questions and ultimately to represent the school community. Whilst the Principal is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
Governors play a vital role in school life. They are there to support the staff to provide the very best possible education for all children. As an Academy they also directly hold the Principal to account for providing best value for money, ensuring that the schools budget is spent fairly, equitably and in line with School Improvement priorities. Although it is a voluntary job, it carries great responsibility and we are very lucky here at the Academy to have a strong, supportive and knowledgeable team. New governors are appointed by the board of trustees, and are invited to submit a letter of suitability for the role to the Headteacher and Chair. They also sit in on a meeting as silent observers prior to formally joining to ascertain whether the role suits them.
David Tattersall (Chair of Governors/Vice Chair of Finance and Human Resources Committee) - "I took over as Chair of Governors in April 2015. I have been a Governor since the early 1990s soon after coming to work at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in the Finance Department. After retiring I have been involved in several local interests and it has allowed me to give the time and due consideration to the role of Chair of Governors which has been both rewarding and demanding. There will be many challenges facing the school in the next few years principally to return the school to at least GOOD in the eyes of OFSTED and to manage the reduction in funding which will undoubtedly be coming in the next three years." (Year appointed: 2006)
Stuart Warren (Vice Chair of Governors) - "I am a parent of two children at the school and a parent governor, having started in September 2015. I applied to be a Governor to better understand the workings of the education system and to contribute in some small way to the school and local community. When not being a Dad, I work as an Operations Manager in a role co-ordinating activities and strategies across a set of independent projects." (Year appointed: 2015)
Andrew Purnell (Chair of Finance and Human Resources Committee) - “I have been a Governor at the school since 2008 and have been on the Finance and Human Resources Committee for most of that time where I’m now the chair. All of my children have attended the school, where the youngest is the only one that now remains. I volunteered to become a Governor to give something back to the School where it sits proudly in the centre of our Community and to contribute in any way that I could in the oversight of the school especially in the area of Finances. I work as a Payroll Manager which encompasses a wide variety of planning and project work.” (Year appointed: 2008)
Jody Harris (Principal) - "As Principal of the Academy, I am on the Full Governing Body to be held to account for the standards the children achieve and how we use money for best value. I report fully each meeting to the rest of the Governors on how the term is progressing and how the school is performing. I have worked in over 15 different schools over the years, in a variety of capacities and roles, including advisory roles. My love of the job means that I simply can't imagine doing anything else!" (Year appointed: 2010)
Catherine Anders (Co-opted Governor) - "I have recently been elected as Parent Governor, and look forward to developing my role within the Governing Body, as I have worked at Chickerell Primary Academy for 11 years, and my daughter is a pupil at the school. I have a broad view of the school, being both the Assistant Headteacher at the school and a parent, and therefore I can fully consider what is best for the school, staff, pupils and families within our local community. I know the school extremely well and understand the rationale behind leadership decisions and actions, being a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As a Governor, I support Miss Harris and Mrs Llewellyn in answering questions about school improvement, whilst providing challenge and creative thinking in order to help the school improve." (Year appointed: 2016)
Lis Gray (Governor) - "I have been a Governor since 2005 and both my children attended the school. I applied to become a Governor when I saw what a brilliant educational foundation they were getting and how happy they were there and I wanted to give something back to the school and the community it serves. After being a professional actor for many years I now teach Performing Arts to students of all ages from 5 upwards. I have a wide experience in education as I work in a variety of settings including Weymouth College, Stagecoach Theatre Arts and at various schools in Dorset and Somerset. I am passionate about both the Arts and the education of all our young people. I am proud to be a member of the governing body of a school which continues to go from strength to strength through the unstinting effort of a strong and visionary senior leadership team, highly skilled and dedicated teachers and supportive parents." (Year appointed: 2005)
Lorraine Llewellyn (Staff Governor, Chair of School Improvement Committee) - "I am a member of both the Full Governing Body and the Finance and Human Resources Committee. I am also Chair of the School Improvement Committee. My role in school is Deputy Head Teacher, and I am also the Early Years Leader and teach part-time in one of the Reception classes. I have a first degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I love my role and am fully committed to continually striving for school improvement to ensure that every child at Chickerell Primary Academy achieves their full potential. As a Staff Governor, I can provide a useful link between staff and the Governing Body. I can also bring my professional knowledge of the Academy's strengths and weaknesses." (Year appointed 2009)
Lisa May (Staff Governor) - "I am a Staff Governor representing the support staff. I am currently working in Year 2. I am Mum to two daughters, one of whom is still at Chickerell Academy. Prior to working at Chickerell, I worked in banking for 15 years." (Year appointed: 2015)
Claire Taylor (Parent Governor) - "I became a Governor in March 2016. My daughter started in Reception in September 2015 and as a teacher myself, I wanted to play an important role in the school of our local community. Having worked as a teacher for 16 years, I have a good understanding of the daily pressures and challenges which schools are faced with. During my last job, as Deputy Head Teacher, I was also the staff Governor, so I am able to bring a good knowledge of the role of the Governing Body, particularly during Ofsted inspections. Having chosen this school for my daughter’s education, I want to be able to fully support the school, help it move forward and be there to share on this exciting journey." (Year appointed: 2016)
Clerk to the Governors - Debbie McCarthy
Duty Governor for April - Lis Gray