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Meet the Governors

 

Chair of Governors

Diana Holmes:  Parent Governor

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to June 2023

Head Teacher Performance Management Panel

Looked After Children Governor

I have been a parent at The Meads since we moved to East Grinstead in 2006. We were immediately struck by the warmth, enthusiasm and commitment of the staff and school community. As a governor, I am pleased to be able to support the school to provide a high quality, wide ranging education and school experience to enable all children to reach their full potential.

 

I have worked as a PA in Human Resources in local authority, and leisure, retail and construction sectors. I have also trained and taught as a registered Royal Academy of Dance ballet teacher. In recent years my organisational skills have been used to raise a large family and to facilitate the home education of one of our children. This has certainly developed my interest to learn more about education and I have enjoyed the opportunities and experience I have gained as a governor. As Chair of Governors, I look forward to working with the Head Teacher and staff to support the school and to deliver the very best for all our children.

Vice Chair of Governors

Lisa Newhouse: Parent Governor

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to February 2023

Engagement Governor

 

I have two children at the Meads and have been a Meads parent since 2015.  I have always been impressed by the commitment staff show to the children and the inclusive, happy environment they learn in.

I currently work in general management for a leading pregnancy charity. My role finds me involved in numerous aspects of the charity day-to-day, but my particular focus is digital marketing and leading awareness campaigns.

I’m delighted to be a Parent Governor and look forward to contributing towards the continual success of our excellent school.

 Susan Smith: Co-opted Governor  

Appointed by the Governing Body 

Term of Office: 4 years to Jan 2023 

Co-Safeguarding Governor

Pay Committee 

All four of our children attended The Meads and have happy memories of their time at the school.  I joined the Governing Body in 2005 and thoroughly enjoy working with the Head Teacher and her staff who are committed to giving a good quality education and school experience to every child, whilst keeping up with the rapid changes in our education system. I continue to learn as a governor and enjoy the challenge and the opportunity to give support to the school.

Deborah Matthews: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office: 4 years to Jan 2023

Inclusion/SEND Governor

I have had a long connection with the school – my two grown up children attended the Meads and I was a midday meals supervisor for many years.

I am a Lay Minister in the Church of England working at St Swithun’s church with special responsibilities for children and young people. I am the link between the church and the school and visit the Meads to lead assemblies. I enjoy welcoming the school and parents to the church to celebrate Harvest and Christmas.

My role as a Community Governor has broadened my understanding of the work of the Head Teacher and staff at school and made me more aware of the challenges they face. I always enjoy visiting as a Governor to see the school ‘in action’ and continue to offer my support whenever I can.

Ms Jane Oxlade:  Local Authority Governor 

Nominated by the LA.

Term of Office: 4 years to March 2024

Finance Governor

Chair of Pay Committee

Head Teacher Performance Management Panel

Co-Safeguarding Governor

For the last 10 years I have worked in schools in Surrey and Sussex as a Business Manager in both the primary, junior and secondary sector.

I have always been interested in schools finance and developing schools to develop to their full potential both in operating on a day to day basis and developing their facilities to maximise the teaching and learning experience of the whole school community.  I have both financial and legal experience which has enabled me to undertake a pro-active and hands-on role within schools.

My interests outside of the school environment include  volunteering roles with Standen a local National Trust Arts and Craft property where I am a tour guide  and assist in the busy visitor ticket office.

I am a member of a local Health Club where I participate in a variety of fitness classes. I also enjoy walking and playing Tennis and Racketball at East Grinstead Tennis Squash and Racketball Club. When time allows I like gardening and pottering in my greenhouse.

This will be my first role as a Local Authority elected school governor and I am excited and keen to make a positive contribution to the whole school community and give pupils the best possible learning environment in which to fulfil their potential in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

Paul Barker:  Parent Governor

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to December 2022

Member of Pay Committee

 

My son joined The Meads in 2018, three years after my daughter, and I wanted to put myself forward for the board of governors to gain a greater understanding of how the school works and the challenges it faces, and to help push it forward for the benefit of all its children.

I’ve always been impressed with the way the school instils a sense of community and responsibility in its pupils, and the dedication and enthusiasm of its staff.

I have lived in East Grinstead since 2012, having grown up on the Sussex coast before moving to London. As a director of a small publishing company, I have faced and overcome a variety of challenges that I hope to learn from and use in my role as governor, and my role also gives me the flexibility to try and get as involved in school life as much as I, and my family, are able to. I believe I have the ability to see both sides of an issue and work hard to overcome problems, as well as an analytical mentality and willingness to ask questions.

Gaelle Blake: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office: 4 Years to Nov 2021

Member of Pay Committee

Head Teacher Performance Management Panel

I am very excited to be chosen as a co-opted governor and I want to support The Meads in Its vision to be a positive learning environment. My desire to be a Governor comes from wanting to give something back for the amazing state education I received myself, which took me through to Master Degree level.
 

In addition to being a local Mum of three young children (two of whom attend the Meads), I am also an Operations Director for a Large FT250 company in Belgravia.  I hope that some of the experiences which I have gained, both managerially and educationally can help support the school in reaching its visions of “challenge, ambition, community and resilience.”

Miss Nicole Essex:  Head Teacher

Statutory Member of the Governing Body

 

Mrs Kate Bryant: Staff Governor

Elected by School Staff

Term of Office: 4 Years to Oct 2023

Administration of Medicines Governor

 
Mrs Helen Salter: Clerk to the Governors
 

 

Governing Body Details, Including Attendance for the Academic Year 2019-20

GOVERNING BODY OF The Meads Primary SchoolOur Governing Body consists of up to 11 members. There is one Committee, the Pay Committee 

Full name of Governor

Governor Category

Date of Current Appointment or Election

Term of office/Roles within GB

Attendance at full GB Meetings*

Committee Membership

Attendance at Committee Meetings*

Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest

Remarks

Susan Smith

Co-opted

 

29 January 2019

4 years

 

11/11

 

-

Son in law is proprietor of Really Wild Education

Chair of Governors until 2/9/20

Nicole Essex

 

Staff (Headteacher)

n/a

n/a

Headteacher

11/11

n/a

-

None

 

Diana Holmes

Parent

(Chair of Governors)

7 June 2019

4 years

Chair of Governors

11/11

 

 

-

None

Co-Vice Chair of Governors until 2/9/20, Chair from 3/9/20

Deborah Matthews

Co-opted

29 January 2019

4 years

11/11

 

 

-

None

 

Jane Oxlade

Local Authority

(Chair of Pay Committee)

24 February 2016

Reappointed 12 March 2020

4 years

Chair of Pay Committee

9/11

 

Pay Committee

2/2

 

 

 

None

Reappointed 12 March 2020

Gaelle Blake

Co-opted

7 November 2017

4 years

 

8/11

 

 Pay Committee

 

2/2

None

 

 

Lisa Sheppard

Parent

22 June 2018

Resigned 1/9/20

4 years

4/11

 

 

-

None

 

Resigned 1/9/20

Paul Barker

Parent

3 December 2018

4 years

8/11

Pay Committee

 

2/2

None

 

Lisa Newhouse

Parent

(Vice Chair of Governors)

15 February 2019

4 years

Vice Chair of Governors

9/11

 

-

None

 

Vice Chair of Governors from 3/9/20

Meryl Walter

Co-opted

26 February 2019

Resigned 20/7/20

4 years

 

9/11

 

-

None

 

Resigned 20/7/20

Co-Vice Chair of Governors until resignation

Kate Bryant Staff 15 October 2019 4 years 7/9 n/a - None  

 

*Attendance during previous academic year to 31/8/2020

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