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27/06/17

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23/06/17

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June 2017 Newsletter

14/06/17

The North School's June 2017 Newsletter

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Student Leadership RESULTS

09/06/17

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The Governing Body

The Governing Body at The North School is committed to supporting and challenging the leadership of the School to ensure that school improvement is paramount and the potential of students is maximised.

The details of the governors can be found below.  Please note the non confidential minutes to the Governing Body meetings are available on request from governors@north.kent.sch.uk .

 

Governing Body Members

Paul Cooke – Chair

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at the North School for eight years, following my daughter joining the school from primary school.  I became Chair of the Governing body two years ago, overseeing the vast changes needed to move our school forward.  

I live locally in Charing, and work for a worldwide trading company based in London as head of coal operations and logistics.

My main interest is sports based, being a keen modern jive dancer, a water-ski instructor, trampoline judge and ex Rugby player.

My focus is to ensure every child is given the opportunity to receive the education they deserve.

I strongly believe the new management team at The North School have the capability and vision to make our local community school deliver an outstanding learning environment where our students can flourish to their full potential.

 

 

Mr Alan Barham – Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

I retired from teaching in August 2013 after 39 years of service.

My teaching career spanned Head of Geography Department, Sixth Form, Local Authority Adviser, Deputy Head and 23 years as Head Teacher of Sittingbourne Community College.

I now work as an education consultant working for the Trust, The Swale Inclusion Service and chairing national education conferences.

From September, I work for East Kent College to develop the Swale Skills Centre.

Now my particular interests are student progression routes Post 16 and the development of Apprenticeships.

 

 

Mr George Clifton

Co-opted Governor

I am a retired Logistics Manager residing on a 1.5-hectare smallholding near Sittingbourne.  My hobbies include driving and maintaining my classic 1962 Rover, caring and tending to the garden and orchard at my home. 

I have been a governor of Westlands School, Sittingbourne since 1990 and I am currently Chair of that Local governing Body.  I also serve as a governor on two other Local Governing Bodies within Swale Academies Trust and am also a founding member of the Trust together with being Chair of that organisation. 

For many years, I was treasurer of the Kent Federation of Parent Teacher Associations and on their behalf represented parents on the Kent funding Forum which deals with financial issues affecting schools at county level.

 

 

Mr John Fassenfelt

Co-opted Governor

I have previously worked for Local Government in Human Resources and Highways Engineering before taking early retirement.

Being a magistrate for some 20 years including responsibilities in youth court has given me insights into the problems faced by young people and need for good and consistent education.

This led me to becoming a Governor in Sittingbourne and I am current Chairman of Governors at a Secondary school of some 1300 pupils whose characteristics are similar to that of The North School.

As a magistrate, I worked within an organisation that supported the magistracy and was made its Chairman for some two years. My work in the local community and in the justice system was recognised by the Queen in this year’s New Years’ Honours when I became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).

I welcome the opportunity of being a Governor at The North School so that I can use all my experience to make a positive impact on governance issues and thus help to improve the education of students at this school.

 

Mrs Liesl York

Co-opted Governor

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Although I am a relatively new Governor at the North School, I have been involved in governance at a local infant school for 6 years.  Having lived in Ashford all my life, I now work for the local authority in a training role after 25 years in the financial sector.  These careers and governor experience have provided me with skills and expertise to bring to our governing body.

Currently, my two eldest children attend the North School and I am keen to use my abilities to help positively shape the future of the young people that attend the school.  The school is part of my community and I am keen to challenge and seek improvements that will have a favourable impact on the education our pupils receive.   

 

 

Mrs Vicki Jessel

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Kent for seventeen years and have two teenage children at school in Canterbury.

As a family we farm in Brabourne with a mixture of arable, grassland, stock and five alpacas.  I am the farm secretary responsible for the day to day running of the business including accounts, commercial and holiday lets and our event centre Penstock Barn.

Before moving to Kent I was Marketing Director at Savills for ten years running a busy department and I hope to use my knowledge gained over this period to the benefit of The North School.

I am also a new non-executive Director of Swale Academies Trust.

 

 

Mrs Julie Pyatt

Co-opted Governor

I have enjoyed fifteen years as a teacher of business and finance and relished challenging the parameters of the classroom ensuring that studentshave skills to make them successful within their personal and professional lives.  I have fulfilled roles such as Head of IT, Business and Finance; Head of Careers Education and Enocomic & Emotional Well-being across the curriculum; Leader of work experience and employer links and Co-ordinator of work scrutiny to ensure high standards demonstrated in students books over time.

I am currently working for The London Institute of Banking and Finance engaging schools with high quality financial education.  

I feel passionately that every child deserves a positive, high quality education that equips them for employment and provides them with skills for life.

 

 

Mrs Lyn Greenfield

Co-opted Governor

In my role as Parent Governor at the North School, I am particularly interested in the welfare and educational provision that the North School offers our children.

I have lived in Ashford all my life and have attended local schools and believe that The North School forms an important part of our community.

For the past twenty-five years, I have worked for a large Ashford based company. My role is in customer services which involves dealing with clients, staff and visitors from different backgrounds in a range of positions. Within this role, I challenge the business to improve processes and record outcomes accurately; I also monitor results and seek improvements and am solution focused. These are all skills that I am able to bring to the Governing Body at the school.

 

 

Mrs Nicki Hodges

Headteacher Governor

I have worked in education for nearly twenty years.  Having achieved my PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University, I then went to teach in a new school in Swanscombe. There I taught a number of subjects and was also involved in pastoral care.  I moved to Westlands (SWAT) in 2001 and have been involved in school improvement ever since.

At Westlands, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a number of roles including Head of Year 7, 10 and 11, Learning Leader, Head of Department, Vice Principal and Director of Sixth Form.

I have always been involved in staff training and was able to become more formally involved in this in 2012 where I was invited to join the training programme for Schools Direct trainees for the Trust.  In 2012, I was also asked to work with Sittingbourne Community College in building capacity with middle leaders in the school.

After the school had a successful Ofsted I was given the opportunity to come to The North School as Associate Deputy Headteacher and then Head of School later in that year. 

During my time with Trust I was also able to complete a Masters degree at distinction level on school improvement, and have been hooked ever since!

 

Ms Julieanne Bayford

Parent Governor

I am a parent/carer of five with children currently in year 8 and year 11 of The North School.  My journey started with the school in February 2016, when one of our children transferred into year 10.  Working with the pastoral team and teaching staff I quickly realised the vision and standards of the school matched my own.  Without hesitation we supported our son moving into year 8 at The North in July this year. 

I am passionate about education and truly beieve in maximising the potential in every child.  After twenty years in public services in a professional development role, I have recently pursued a career supporting children from all backgrounds.  I have experience with special educational needs, ECHP, safeguarding, welfare and teacher training.

I understand the unique challenges parents face ine very school year, whether it be transition into year 7, options in years 8 and 9, the GCSE process and student through to 16+ education.

As a parent governor I aim to be an advocate for all.  I will work hard to support the school to maintain and increase the standards which I see demonstrated every time I visit The North.

 

Mr Neil Wickens

Parent Governor

I’m married with two children – my son is in year 7 at The North School and my daughter is in year 5 at Willesborough Junior School. I moved to Ashford in 2001 and for the last fifteen years have worked in the public sector, specifically within policing and criminal justice.

I have significant experience in performance management, audit/compliance and the development of organisational strategy. My current role includes managing governance and scrutiny arrangements, building relationships with partners and delivering specific projects to support organisational objectives. In particular I am the lead officer for work to improve services to those in mental health crisis and I also manage engagement with young people across the county.

I am keen to use my experience and knowledge to positively shape and influence the education local children receive. I am committed to both supporting and challenging the head teacher to ensure pupils receive not only the best education possible, but also the necessary life skills to make a really positive contribution to society.

I welcome this opportunity to contribute to the development of the school for the benefit of current and future students/staff.

 

Mrs Helen Wyllie

Staff Governor

I completed my PGCE in Modern Languages in 1998 at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have worked as a Modern Languages teacher and had Senior Leadership responsibilities both pastoral and curriculum. I have been Head of all Key Stages and Subject Leader. I have mentored new staff and supported Middle Leaders. I regularly deliver training to staff.

I joined The North School in September 2016. I thoroughly enjoy my role of teaching French, Spanish and RE along with my Teaching and Learning responsibility.

I am passionate about ensuring all children achieve their potential and beyond. I believe in creating an aspirational environment to allow this to happen.

I am very proud to be part of The North School community.

 

 

The North School Governing Body May 2017

The North School Governing Body uses the Circle Mode of Governance with Dedicated Governor Responsibilities

GOVERNOR

NAME

GOVERNOR

CATEGORY

NOMINATING

GROUP

TERM OF OFFICE

START OF TERM

GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITY

BUSINESS INTEREST DECLARED

DATE DECLARED

ATTENDANCE

RECORD 2015/16

Mr Paul Cooke

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Chair of Governors

Joint Finance

Health and Safety

 

Operations Manager, EDF Trading

Declared 30/09/2015

5/7

Mr Alan Barham

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Vice Chair of Governors

Outcomes of Pupils

Effectiveness of 16 – 19 Study Programme

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

HT Appraisal

 

Trading as Alan Barham Business Support Services Ltd working as an Education Consultant for Westminster Briefing and KCC – Swale Inclusion Service.

Chair of Governors Swale Inclusion Service

Director of Swale Academies Trust

Dover Grammar School for Boys and Chair of Governors at Westlands School

Chair of Maidstone & Malling Inclusion Service.

Declared 28/09/16

 

5/7

Mr George Clifton

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Pupil Premium

HT Appraisal

 

Director and Member of the Swale Academy Trust.

Chairman of Governors for Regis Manor Primary School (which is one of the Primary schools in the Trust.)

 Declared 28/09/16

 

6/7

Mr John Fassenfelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Joint Leadership & Management

HT Appraisal

 

Chairman of the Directors of the Swale Academy Trust, Director and Member of the Swale Academy Trust.

Chairman of Governors for Sittingbourne Community College (which is one of the Secondary schools in the Trust.)

Declared 28/09/16

4/7

Mrs Lyn Greenfield

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

1 September 2016

Joint Personal Development, Joint Behaviour and Welfare

Safeguarding

 

 None

Declared 28/09/16

7/7

Mrs Victoria Jessel

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

16 March 2016

Joint Leadership & Management and

Joint Finance

 

Director of Swale Academy Trust

Partner Jessel Farms

Declared 28/09/16

3/4

Mrs Nicola Hodges

Headteacher

 

[Previously

Co-opted]

 

-

 

[Co-opted by

Governing Body]

No term specified

15 July 2015

[4 years

24 September 2014

Change of governor status 15 July 2015]

 

None

Declared 28/09/16

7/7

Mrs Liesl York

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 Years

30 September 2015

Joint SEND

Website

 

Chair of Governors at Willesborough Infant School.

Declared 28/09/16

6/7

Ms Helen Wyllie

Staff

Staff Election

3 years

19 April 2017

 

None.

Declared 08/05/2017

New Governor

Ms Julianne Bayford

Parent

Parental Election

3 years

29 September 2016

Joint SEND

Joint Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Joint Health and Safety

 

None.

Declared 06/10/2016

New Governor

Mr Neil Wickens

Parent

Parental Election

3 years

29 September 2016

Link Training

Joint Finance

 

 

Governor at Willesborough Junior School.

Declared 13/10/2016

New Governor

Mrs Julie Pyatt

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

24 November 2016

Outcomes of Pupils

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

 

None.

Declared 12/12/2016

New Governor

 

 

Governor

Resignations

From April 

2016

 

 

 

Mrs Claire Barrett-Smith

 

Staff

Staff Election

3 years

15 July 2016

Resigned 16 April 2017

 

None

Declared 28/09/2016

New Governor