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Governors

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:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 head teacher
  • 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 130pm 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 16 September 2019
  • Monday 25 November 2019
  • Monday 3 February 2020 (afternoon meeting)
  • Monday 23 March 2020
  • Tuesday 19 May 2020
  • Tuesday 7 July 2020

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 2018/19 and covers the meetings of the full Governing Body (FGB), and those of the Resources (RC) and the Standards and Outcomes (SOC) Committees.

Name Type of Governor (appointed by)

Roles & responsibilities

Term of office


Kath West
Local Authority Governor Chair of Governing Body Pupil voice, Pupil data & outcome, Safeguarding and CLA 10/11/15 – 09/11/19

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

3 of 6

6 of 6

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.


Caroline Nicholson
Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Body

English, SEND and Inclusion

1/12/17 – 30/11/21

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

5 of 6

6 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I became a co-opted governor in late 2017 and have a daughter who started pixmore that academic year. I also have a younger child who attends Hillshott. 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.
Ian Hamilton Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair (RC)

IT and Science

24/04/19 – 23/04/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

 

6 of 6

6 of 7

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 and Governor training

16/09/19 - 15/09/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

6 of 6

5 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I am married to Rory, and we have two daughters, one who at secondary school and another currently in year 6. 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

01/09/16 – 31/08/20

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

 

5 of 6

7 of 7

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.
Deborah Onbashi Co-opted Governor

Vice-Chair (SOC)

Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

01/03/18 – 28/02/22

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

5 of 6

4 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None

I have a daughter who started Pixmore in September 2017 which is why I was interested to get more involved with the school.  I joined the Governing Body in March 2018.

My background is in Human Resources having worked in the Charity/Voluntary sector for a number of years and currently provide HR support for an International software company.  I want to use my knowledge and skills to contribute to the school plans and to further my learning about Pixmore to help support staff, pupils and parents. 

Alison Walker Co-opted Governor Safeguarding and CLA 07/05/18 – 06/05/22

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

4 of 6

5 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
Our family have a long association with Letchworth Garden City and Pixmore school, as my father attended in 1935. He was 6 weeks late starting as war was declared and his Mum didn't think it was safe for him to go to school! I have a nursing background and have also experience in advocacy and supporting people to have their voice heard. I have been a parent governor and Chair for Pre-school at other schools and have taught music, cookery and wild-life gardening and actively fund raised for a purpose built Pre-School building to be erected on a school site. I now look forward to supporting both children and parents of Pixmore School in my new role.


Sarah Carlson
Parent Governor Pupil data & outcome and Wellbeing 13/02/19 – 12/02/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

 

3 of 3

3 of 4

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I have two children at Pixmore - my son is in Year 4 and my daughter in Year 6. Both are 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   25/11/19 – 24/11/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

  Relevant business interests or material interests None

My son is in year 4 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
Associate Member Health & Safety 13/02/19 – 12/02/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

 

3 of 3

4 of 4

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 is in year 5 and is having a great experience at Pixmore and with my youngest son hopefully following him in 4 years I want to use my experience to contribute to the schools plans and to help other parents, the staff and ultimately the pupils. 


Vilborg Olof Sigurdardottir
Associate Member   13/02/19 – 12/02/23

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

 

3 of 3

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I am married and a mother of four children, two of whom attend Pixmore, in years 3 and 6. I already help at the school; I listen to students read every week and I have also been on field trips with the school. I am enthusiastic to learn more about the school environment and hope I will be a valuable addition to the team of Governors. Before I had my youngest child I was Human Resources manager at a nursing home in Iceland.
Susan Haigh Associate Member   25/11/19 – 24/11/23
Attendance at FGB   Relevant business interests or material interests None

My son Evan joined Pixmore this September 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   25/11/19 – 24/11/23
Attendance at FGB   Relevant business interests or material interests None

I have 2 daughters currently at Pixmore, one in Year 4 and the other in Year 5. 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.

GOVERNORS WHO HAVE RESIGNED/LEFT IN LAST 12 MONTHS
Name Type of Governor Date of Resignation Term of Office
Tina Dickens Co-opted Governor July 2019 27/05/2016-26/05/2020
Simon Franklin Associate Member 25/05/2019 30/11/2017-20/11/2020

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.

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