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The Pixmore Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for working with the school to ensure high standards of achievement for all children who attend it.  Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, the Governing Body sets the aims and objectives for the school, and the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. It sets the budget and makes sure that money is well spent.  It monitors and evaluates the progress the school is making and acts as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.

  

Pixmore is a community school and its current Instrument of Government (made by order of HCC) came into effect on 24 April 2015. The Governing Body is made up of 11 governors, as follows:

o 2 parent governors

o 1 Local Authority governor

o 1 staff governor

o 1 head teacher

o 6 co-opted governors

The staff governor is Sue Willans, SENCo. Details of the non-staff governors are below.  As at September 2019 we have one parent governor vacancy and arrangements are in hand to fill in.  Sarah Inman, the Deputy Headteacher attends our meetings as an observer.

All governors are appointed for a term of four years. There is no maximum term of office so we can be reappointed. However, to be elected as a parent governor, you need to be a parent or carer of a child attending the school at the time of your appointment.  We all take on ‘link’ roles, where we work more closely with the senior leadership team/subject leaders/other staff to ensure that we have an in-depth understanding of what is happening and planned in the school.

We also appoint associate governors to help us. These governors participate fully in our work, but are not eligible to vote if the need arises. Associate governors are very important because our Governing Body is small in number, so they help to share our workload.  They also provide continuity for the future, so if a full governor leaves, we already have someone ready to take over. Associate governors sometimes also have an area of expertise that can help us, and/or may not be able to commit the same amount of time as a full governor.  We currently have 2 associate governors.

We meet once every half term, usually on Monday evenings at 7pm, except in February when we meet at 1.30pm in order to meet the current year’s school councillors.  Minutes of all meetings are available on request to the School Office.

The dates of our meetings for the current school year are:

Monday 14th September 2020

Monday 23rd November 2020

Monday 1st February 2021

Monday 22nd March 2021

Monday 17th May 2021

Tuesday 6th July 2021

We have two committees, the Resources Committee and the Standards and Outcomes Committee, to help us carry out our work.  The Resources Committee is responsible for all matters relating to finances, staffing, premises and other resources. The Standards and Outcomes Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the curriculum including monitoring and evaluation, quality of teaching and pupil achievement and pupil welfare, behaviour, special educational needs and attendance.  The dates of the committee meetings are available from the School Office.

Details of the non-staff governors are below, with biographies provided at the time of their appointment.  The attendance record is for 2019/20 and covers the meetings of the full Governing Body (FGB), and those of the Resources (RC) and the Standards and Outcomes (SOC) Committees. Note that there were only 5 meetings during the year due to COVID 19.

Name

Type of Governor (appointed by)

Roles & responsibilities

Term of office

Caroline Nicholson

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governing Body

English, PSHCE, Exclusion Panel, Complaints Panel,SEND & Inclusion 

1/12/17 – 30/11/21

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

5 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I became a co-opted governor in late 2017 and currently have two children attending Pixmore. In terms of my professional experience, I have previously worked as a secondary English teacher. During my teaching career I was head of KS3 for a school in Sheffield and a Deputy Head of Department for a school in North London. In my roles within these schools, I also worked as a lead Sex Education teacher, helping staff to delivery this tricky subject and was responsible for the mentoring and assessment of student teachers within the department. I left mainstream education to work for the charity War Child, where I established and implemented a national education program that aimed to teach children about the impact of war globally and encourage youth engagement in active citizenship endeavours. In this role I worked with young people around the country from primary school to university level. I am currently studying for my Masters Degree in Social and Critical Theory.

Kath West

Local Authority Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Body Pupil voice, SEND & Inclusion, Safeguarding and CLA, Exclusion Panel, Complaints Panel

10/11/19 – 09/11/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

4 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I have two sons, the oldest is now an adult and the youngest has just gone to University; both attended Pixmore and enjoyed their time here.  I joined the governing body, having previously spent 4 years on the committee of the Pixmore School Association.  I trained as a Medical Secretary and worked for Adult Care Services, but had to stop work for health reasons.  I joined the governing body because I wanted to support the school, and also to do something useful now that I no longer work.

Ian Hamilton

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair (RC)

IT and Science, Exclusion Panel

24/04/19 – 23/04/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

5 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I joined the Pixmore Governing Body in November 2011 as a Parent Governor when my son was at the school. I decided to become a school governor as I wanted to contribute something to the school as they did a lot for my son. I am a software engineer, with my own consultancy business. I have experience of people and project management, budgets and book keeping, all useful skills for a school governor.

Catherine Dock

Co-opted Governor

Chair (SOC)

Maths, Exclusion Panel

16/09/19 - 15/09/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

5 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I am married to Rory, and we have two daughters, who both attended Pixmore and are now in secondary school. I am an IT programme manager for a European commercial bank, where I’ve worked for the past nine years. Aside from spending time with my family, my interests (when I get a chance) include movies, crafts, reading, sport – football (Arsenal), rugby (Saracens) and cricket (Middlesex/Eng) especially. This is my second tenure as a Pixmore governor, having been previously an LEA governor from 2008-2011. It’s great to be involved again at such an exciting time for Pixmore’s development!

Marian Adams

Co-opted Governor

Chair (RC)

Finance, Exclusion Panel

01/09/20 – 31/08/24

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

4 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I retired as the Finance Director for the UK office of an international healthcare charity in 2016 and re-joined the Pixmore GB.  I was a governor at Pixmore (for the second time) until July 2013 when my then work commitments meant I did not have the time to carry on.  In fact, I was Chair of the Governing Body when Mrs Evans was appointed head teacher!  My daughter, who is now in her early 30s, attended Pixmore which was when my involvement with the school first started.  Now that I am no longer working, I have the time to continue my interest in education and to make use of the professional skills I have acquired during my working life in other ways.  I am very happy to be involved again with Pixmore.

Sarah Carlson

Parent Governor

Pupil data & outcome and Wellbeing, Governor Training, Safeguarding

13/02/19 – 12/02/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

SOC meetings

5 of 5

TBC

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I have a son at Pixmore who is currently in Year 5 and my daughter who had attended Pixmore and is now at secondary school. Both are and have been very happy and cared for at the school.  By career I have been a criminal defence solicitor for more than 20 years. I am also a trustee and safeguarding officer of a local charity.  I now work part time, and am very happy to be able to contribute to the school as a parent governor.  

Sarah Parkhouse

Parent Governor

Pupil Premium, Complaints panel

25/11/19 – 24/11/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

4 of 5

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

My son is in year 5 of Pixmore School and loving the Pixmore experience; for a while now, I have been keen to give more time back to the school and am really enjoying being a parent of a pupil and getting involved with extracurricular school activities when I can.

I have accrued over the years a plethora of knowledge and experience working for local government in a variety of roles from community development, estate management, housing and homelessness, and for the past 16 years for Children Services, Services for Young People at Herts County Council, predominantly working with 11+ years old but branching out into primary school ages too.

I currently manage a team of Youth Work Development Workers and we work to provide preventative curriculum education programmes and services for targeted or vulnerable young people.  My current specialism leads are around education, accreditation, safeguarding, healthy relationships and mental well-being.  I also love sport, both supporting and taking part.

I would like to use my knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to and support the future development of the school, and to enable and provide opportunities for the children to grow and be resilient, enabling them to transition to greater things.

Dave Wright

Co-opted Member

Health & Safety

13/02/19 – 12/02/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

4 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I am practical, trustworthy, highly numerate and have ten 10 years’ experience of being a company director, ranging from Operations Director, Commercial Director and also Managing Director for a successful local company, which when I left employed over 120 people. Part of my ethos whilst developing the company was to nurture and mentor the people as well as the products which I did to the best of my ability. Acting as an adhoc volunteer TA over the last year has invoked the same enthusiasm in teaching and developing young people as it did in my commercial roles.  My eldest son has attended Pixmore and is now at secondary school and had a great experience at Pixmore and my youngest son hopefully following him in 3 years I want to use my experience to contribute to the schools plans and to help other parents, the staff and ultimately the pupils. 

Susan Haigh

Co-opted Member

Complaints Panel

25/11/19 – 24/11/23

Attendance at FGB meetings

SOC meetings

3 of 5   

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

My son Evan joined Pixmore September 2019 in year 3. I also have a younger daughter who we hope will start Hillshott next year, so I will be part of Pixmore as a parent for a number of years to come. 

I’m passionate about education in the broadest sense. I want our school to bring out the very best in all its pupils. To be supportive, challenging, to nurture their interests across all areas and help them to flourish and reach their full potential. 

My background is in strategic communications - working for the past 15 years in the NHS. If appointed I would use this experience to help the school shout about its successes and bring its achievements to the attention of the wider Letchworth community.  

Chris Burniston

Associate Member

Sports Premium

25/11/19 – 24/11/23

Attendance at FGB meetings

RC meetings

3 of 5

TBC

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I have 2 daughters currently at Pixmore, one in Year 5 and the other in Year 6. My wife, Heidi, is a primary school teacher at Whitehill in Hitchin.

I am a marketer by profession with about 20 years’ experience, working for a mixture of very large and some not so large organisations, and have spent the last 10 years working in and around Letchworth. Having spent the last few years as a one-person marketing department for several different businesses, I recently took the decision to set up on my own.

For the past 18 months I have been involved with the Garden House Hospice and sit on their steering committee to look at ways to get local businesses involved in helping raise the funds they need to continue to offer their services for free.

Outside of work and family, I love my football and run a team (and still play) in the Hitchin Sunday league.

Working for myself has given me the flexibility to get involved with my daughters’ school lives more, and I feel becoming a governor would be a good opportunity to get involved further and allow me to give something back to the school.

Sarah Rooney

Associate Member

23/11/20 – 22/11/24

Attendance at

RC meetings

SOC meetings

Relevant business interests or material interests

None

I have a son who has recently started at Pixmore in Year 3. As a new parent to Pixmore, I’ve been impressed with the way Pixmore has performed under the increased challenge of Covid and I feel becoming a Governor will be a great way to contribute and give something back to the school.

I’m hoping my experience of 20 years working within the Technology sector and the skills I have gained within a professional environment, will enable me contribute to Pixmore school life in a positive way, helping both the pupils and the school to exceed in future plans and goals.

Outside of work and family, I enjoy fitness, travelling, and with arbitrary success cooking. An area I’m trying to do better in!

GOVERNORS WHO HAVE RESIGNED/LEFT IN LAST 12 MONTHS

Name

Type of Governor

Date of Resignation

Term of Office

Alison Walker

Co-opted Governor

01/04/2020

07/05/2018-06/05/2022

Deborah Onbashi

Co-opted Governor

31/08/2020

01/03/2018-28/02/2022

Vilborg Olof Sigurdardottir

Associate Member

31/05/2020

12/02/2019-12/02/2023

For more information or if you are interested in joining us, we can be contacted via the School Office or emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see our occasional newsletters for recent Governor news and information.

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