Petts Hill Primary School

Petts Hill
Primary School

Governors

At Petts Hill Primary School we have 11 governors.

Whether you are a prospective or existing parent please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

Opportunities to join the governing body arise at regular intervals. There is currently one vacancy for a parent governors. We are always keen to hear from parents who may be interested in joining the governing body – please contact the school for more details.

Category of Governor

Name

Term of Office

Sub Committee Groups

Area of Responsibility

Declaration of business interests

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mr. Mark Wild (Chair)

20-June-15

To

19-June-19

All Sub Committee Groups

None to declare Sept 17

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mr. Martyn Harris (Vice Chair)

14-Nov-14

To

13-Nov-18

*Resources Committee

None to declare Sept 17

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mr. Leslie Sommer

14-Nov-14

To

13-Nov-18

Pay & Staffing Committee

PSHE & Healthy Schools

None to declare Sept 17

Community Governors

Co-opted

Ms Zahra Bawab

20-Jun-15

To

19-Jun-19

*Curriculum, Standards & Well-being

Safeguarding

None to declare Sept 17

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mrs Fidelis Griffiths

20-Apr-16

To

19-Apr-20

*Pay and

Staffing Committee

Early Years

None to declare

Sept 17

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mr Mathew Bennett

20-Apr-16

To

19-Apr-20

Resources Committee

Reading

None to declare

Sept 17

Parent Governors

Mrs C Williams

16-3-16

To

15-3-20

 

 

SEN

 

Parent Governors

Mrs Shabana Davis

20-7-17

To

19-7-21

Pay & Staffing Committee

 

 

LA Governors

Cllr. Chris Summers

1-Sept-15

To

 1-Sept-19

Resources Committee

None to declare Sept 17

Staff Governors

Ms. Valerie Upton (Headteacher)

Start Sept 2003

All Sub Committee Groups

None to declare Sept 17

Staff Governor

Miss Amanda Paisley

30-6-16

To

29-6-20

Curriculum, Standards & Well-being

 

 

Observer/Deputy Headteacher

Mrs F Flewitt

 

Curriculum, Standards & Well-being

English & Maths

None to declare Sept 17

Clerk to Governing Body

Mrs Lesley Tucker

 

N/A

None to declare Sept 17

What do Governors do?

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.

Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies. The governors act as a “critical friend” to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.

School governors help our school provide the best possible education for our pupils by:

  • Thinking and working strategically to help raise standards;
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets;
  • Supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made;
  • Promote high standards of educational attainment and ensure continued school improvement;
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  •  Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school;
  • Manage the school’s budget, including deciding how many staff will work there and their pay;
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils’ achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results;
  • Participate in the appointment of staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline, and;
  • Approve an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted);
  • Ensure provision for pupils with statements of special educational needs;
  • Set standards of behaviour;
  • Assist with the preparation of a school profile for parents;
  • Deal with complaints;
  • Hear appeals against pupil exclusions;
  • Fulfil duties placed on governing bodies by the Department for Education. 

Chizoro Willliams

I became a Parent Governor in 2016, and I am responsible for Special Educational Needs.

My daughter attends Petts Hill and she’s in Year 2. Two of my other children also attended Petts Hill. My background is in Public Administration. I have worked for two Local Authorities in the Housing Department.

I am currently working in the Health and Social Care sector.

My hobbies are cooking and reading.

Chris Summers

Journalist who worked at the BBC for 18 years, mostly on the News website.

A specialist in crime and covering courts, he previously worked for UK News and the Gloucester Citizen, where he covered the trial of serial killer Rose West. He is currently working for the Daily Star Online. He is also a Labour Party councillor representing Northolt Mandeville ward and stood for Parliament against Boris Johnson in Uxbridge & South Ruislip in May 2015.

He was vice-chairman of Ealing’s planning committee and also sat on the Adoption & Fostering Panel.

Fidelis Griffith

My career spans more than 25 years in local government in the Midlands and here in London.

Experienced gained in support services, facilities management and customer services involving managing staff, budgets, service standards and improvements and projects. Contributing to successful partnership working with professional social care and corporate colleagues, staff and customers. Working with the very young to teenagers and young offenders in the voluntary sector has provided me with a good understanding of the issues and challenges faced by our children. I am a local resident, recently moved with my partner and two teenagers into Ealing from Brent.

Contributing to successful partnership working with professional social care and corporate colleagues, staff and customers. 

Mark Wild

Mark Wild has worked in development with BBC Natural History Unit for 2 years.

Previously he was Director International Development for National Geographic Television in Washington DC. Prior to this, he was Head of Production and Development for Discovery Communications with Animal Planet International responsible for programming throughout the UK, EMEA, Germany, Italy, Asia, Pacific Rim and Latin America regions. Before Discovery he worked in feature films across disciplines and was an early graduate of the UK Film Industry Training Scheme having gained practical experience in photography and advertising. He currently lives in London with his wife and three sons.

Previously he was Director International Development for National Geographic Television in Washington DC.  

Martyn Harris 

Martyn Harris has been a governor at Petts Hill for the last 12 years.

For most of his working life he has worked as an accountant. Up to a few years ago, he worked for the BBC for 22 years and now works for Mars.

He worked for the BBC for 22 years and now works for Mars.

Zahra Bawab

Zahra is a recent graduate who has a particular interest in Education.

She studied International Relations at master’s level, and Anthropology as an undergraduate. Zahra currently works in the software industry and has several years’ experience in IT. Her main interests include reading, environmental awareness, and refining IT and educational processes within the school environment.

She studied International Relations at master’s level, and Anthropology as an undergraduate.