Back Row: Pieter Wallace, Nigel Howlett, Corinne Garvie, Colin Black
Middle Row: Debbie Macklin, Rowena Barnes (Chair of Governors), Lucy Wilson, Chris Barrow
Front Row: Tanya Sheridan, Jo Ward, Glenn Perrott
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Chair of Governors
Committees: Finance, Premises, School Improvement, Personnel
I have lived in Girton since 1996 and have been a governor at the school since January 2012. I am keen to support the school in developing a strategic plan that supports educational achievement and in developing wider community involvement.
I have over forty years experience of working in and with the National Health Service and have been retired since September 2011. I worked as a Director at Board level over many years and was Interim Chief Executive at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I oversaw the successful move from four older buildings into the new Peterborough Hospital in November 2010.
My other experiences include working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 5 years as a health specialist and I also have strategic, clinical, research and value for money audit experience. Since my retirement I have enjoyed getting more involved in the village and I’m one of the key organisers of the Girton Feast Week. I also enjoy watching my grand-daughter grow and develop new skills.
Vice Chair / Co-Opted Governor
Committees: Personnel, School Improvement (Chair)
Special Interests: English, Equalities
I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2011. All three of my children have attended Girton Glebe; one is still at the school.
I was brought up in Pembrokeshire and went to Leeds University. Prior to having a family of my own I was a Primary School Teacher, working in several primary schools in Cambridgeshire with responsibility for Numeracy and ICT.
Since my children were small, I have been actively involved as a volunteer at their toddler groups, pre schools, football clubs etc. Chairing the committee of Under-Fives Roundabout for 2 years gave me the opportunity to improve preschool provision and enhance the communication between staff and parents.
During my ten years as a parent at the Glebe, I have seen many changes and improvements and am honoured to have been able to contribute towards that in a small way, by helping in class and supporting our incredibly dedicated staff. Chairing the School Improvement Committee has given me the opportunity to see first-hand the work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to continually strive to provide the best education for all the children at the school.
Committees: School Improvement
Special Interests: Special Needs, Equality
I trained at Homerton as an Infant School teacher (I like the idea of building secure foundations for the educational structure which will ensue). I taught in Nottingham, with a class of 45 children in a vertically-streamed school, then a town centre school in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
We moved to Edinburgh and I taught there for 6 years. When our first son was a year old we moved to California. Although I didn’t teach there, I was actively involved in Mark’s schools from his nursery school onwards. Our second son was born there, and we returned to England after 14 years in California.
I did not go back into teaching in England because one medical problem after another for practically every member of the family, and then caring for my mother-in-law as her dementia developed, meant that I felt I should be at home. We have lived in Girton since 1998, and after my mother-in-law’s death I was ordained and serve now as Assistant Curate at St Andrew’s Girton, and as Associate Priest in Madingley.
Committees: Finance, Personnel
I have worked in affordable housing in and around Cambridge for 30 years and am currently Chief Executive of CHS Group, a social investment agency and housing association. CHS provides a wide range of services across Cambridgeshire from affordable housing to Early Years childcare and end of life care for older people.
I have lived in Girton for more than 10 years; all my children have been to Girton Glebe and 2 are at the school currently. I have been a governor for over three years and have been most involved with finance and staff recruitment. Beyond my family and work I enjoy gardening and am interested in the weather.
Committees: School Improvement, Premises / Health & Safety
Special Interests: Equalities
I was appointed as an authority governor in February 2012 and sit on the School Improvement Plan Committee and the Strategy and School Status Subcommittee. I live in South West Cambridge with my husband and baby daughter.
I am a career civil servant committed to public service and became a school governor to contribute expertise to and learn about Girton Glebe School. I currently work for the Department of Energy and Climate change on climate change policy, having previously worked on energy policy and for the former Department of Trade and Industry. My hobbies and interests include various sports – I like to go for a good run.
Committees: School Improvement
Special Interests: Equalities
I worked for the NHS for 40 years as a Speech and Language Therapist working with many different disorders in children and adults. During this time I worked in special schools and mainstream schools and in the Child Development Centre. I have taught teachers about the range of communication disorders and how to help children with a communication problem in the classroom and also taught families with little children with very delayed language how to develop their child’s language skills. I have also helped people who stammered and people with voice disorders. Since I retired, I have continued working for the Faculty of Education with students who have poor voice projection and students with a poor teacher presence.
I have been a volunteer at the school which I enjoyed greatly. When I retired I wanted to get involved in the life of the village. As a Governor I am particularly interested in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and Special Needs. My son was born with low tone and dyspraxia and my nephew has Downs so I have personal experience of Special Needs too.
Committees: School Improvement
I have been a Cambridge resident since 1997 and moved with my young family to Girton in 2011. We currently have one child happily enrolled at Girton Glebe Primary School and another attending one of the nurseries in the village.
My professional background is as a teacher with almost 20 years of experience working in the state funded secondary education sector. I read History at the University of York before qualifying as a teacher and securing my first post at St Peter’s School in Huntingdon. Since then, I have worked in a range of school based settings and am currently employed as Deputy Principal at a local 11-16 secondary school, Sawston Village College.
In addition to gaining an insight into the challenges of school leadership, my career includes extensive experience of raising standards and leading change in an education setting and I have particularly enjoyed those opportunities to mentor and coach colleagues looking to develop and improve their practice. I have published articles on both History teaching and initial teacher training and I have collaborated closely with the teacher training programme delivered at Cambridge University; first as a school based subject mentor, then as a professional tutor and finally as a member of the Secondary PGCE standing committee.
My current role includes a strategic focus on raising achievement, academic intervention and improving the outcomes for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Committees: Finance, Premises
Originally from the north-west, I studied Earth Sciences in Oxford before moving to Cambridge in 2002 to complete a PhD in palaeontology. My next step was to join the British Antarctic Survey working as a geological database developer, specialising on their fossil database. I am currently enjoying a variety of voluntary posts, including working with the Wildlife Trust several days a week and going up to North Wales a few times a year to work on the permanent way of the Ffestiniog Railway.
As a governor at the school I am privileged to be able to help the staff provide not only an excellent and engaging education for our children but a strong sense of community. I enjoy being an active member of this community and regularly come in to help with various activities. One of my interests is choral singing and having sung with Wolfson College Choir for many years it is a delight to be able to use my skills to work with the school choir and see the enjoyment this brings to so many of the children too.
Girton Glebe is a well-established community primary school and I am honoured to be part of its management team. My two boys are both very happy and thriving at the school. They love the range of subjects and topics that they are taught, the diversity and talents of the other children, and of course the staff! As a family we are looking forward to enjoying our time at Girton Glebe and to help it continue to grow and develop to serve our ever-evolving village.
Committees: Personnel, Premises
Almost 40 years ago, I studied Physical Anthropology at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College) before going into journalism and freelance communication work, which proved flexible with family life and my husband’s career which took us to Brazil, Japan and France.
We came to live in Girton in 2013, after sixteen years living west of Paris, where our two children grew up and went to school. I was a governor in the British Section of the Lycée International in Saint Germain-en-Laye for ten years, where I chaired the Human Resources sub-committee. Albeit in a different context, this experience is what sparked my interest in joining the Governor team at Girton Glebe, along with a desire to get involved in village life. I have been struck by the welcome of a friendly open and caring school led by a committed professional team.
I currently work part-time for the Tropical Biology Association in the Cambridge Conservation Campus; I do freelance editing and writing work, and qualified last year as a Green Badge guide for Cambridge.
I have worked in education for the past 15 years, at Coventry University for 5 years as Operations Manager at the School of Lifelong Learning and with Cambridge Assessment for 10 years in a variety of roles, mainly involving the provision of teacher training and learning resources. In my current role as Interim Head of Product Support for OCR, I am responsible for all the assessment support that we provide for teachers in the delivery of our qualifications.
I received a BA (Hons) in Public Administration at Nottingham Trent University, obtained an MA in European Studies from the University of Bradford and recently completed a PG Cert in Educational Studies at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge.
I moved to the village 2 years ago and I have a daughter currently in the school. Having recently become the father of twin boys I am keen to ensure its long term success! I volunteer my time because I have built up a number of skills and experiences over the years which I think can help with the management of the school, and I would like to support all the dedicated and hard-working staff and governors to achieve the best for all of its pupils.
Committees: School Improvement
Biography to follow
Committees: Finance, Premises, Personnel, School Improvement
I began my teaching career in Lancashire in 2001 and spent many years working in the Ribble Valley. From 2007 I worked across county as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting schools and colleagues in all aspects of teaching and learning. As an AST I spent 20% of my time on out-reach work specialising in history, Able Gifted and Talented provision and cross-curricular learning. The AST role also provided me with the opportunity to produce topic plans for the Home Office in support of their PREVENT agenda and I was fortunate enough to spend many years working with the BBC creating online learning resources and advising on educational videos and programmes. The final collaboration I had with the BBC was to create a series of 32 videos based on the series Planet Dinosaur which were accompanied, on their Class Clips website, by my lesson outlines and planning ideas.
My wife and I relocated from Manchester to Cambridgeshire in 2012 where I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher at an Ely school and was part of the ‘Outstanding’ leadership team that guided the school on its journey towards being classified as ‘Good’. My wife and I now have a two-year-old daughter to keep us busy, and aside from family life and school, my passions are playing the guitar (both classical and electric), photography and running.
Throughout my career I have used educational research to develop both my own practice and the culture of the schools I have led. I am a passionate advocate of Prof. Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindsets and feel that the insights that this offers are vital in producing resilient, life-long learners.
Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes
Please click the dates below to download the non-confidential version of the Full Governing Body (FGB) Minutes.
FGB Minutes – 27 June 2017
FGB Minutes – 9 May 2017
FGB Minutes – 14 March 2017
FGB Minutes – 24 January 2017
FGB Minutes – 8 November 2016
FGB Minutes – 20 September 2016
FGB Minutes – 28 June 2016
FGB Minutes – 10 May 2016
FGB Minutes – 15 March 2016
FGB Minutes – 26 January 2016
FGB Minutes – 3 November 2015
FGB Minutes – 22 September 2015
The tables below show details of our current Governing Body, Register of Interests, and attendance at Full Governing Body and sub-committee meetings.
Governor Details, Register of Interests and Meeting Attendance
|Name||Committees||Category of Governor||Appointed by||Term End||Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interest||Governor at Other Schools||Relationship with Other Governors or Staff|
|Rowena Barnes (Chair)||School Improvement, Finance, Personnel, Premises (Chair)||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||None||None||None|
|Jo Ward (Vice-Chair)||School Improvement (Chair), Personnel||Co-opted||Governing Body||21.9.18||None||None||None|
|Nigel Howlett||Finance, Personnel (Chair)||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||Cambridge Housing Society (Chief Executive)||None||Sharon Howlett, TA|
|Tanya Sheridan||Premises||Local Authority||Local Authority||14.3.19||None||None||None|
|Corinne Garvie||School Improvement||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||None||None||None|
|Chris Barrow||School Improvement||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||None||None|
|Pieter Wallace||School Improvement||Elected Parent||Parents||2.11.19||None||Sawston Village College (Deputy Principal)|
|Andrew Simpson||School Improvement, Personnel, Finance, Premises||Head||Ex officio (from 1.9.16)||n/a||Head Teacher||None||None|
|Naomi Whitworth||School Improvement||Associate Member||Governing Body (re-appointed annually)||31.8.17||Assistant Head Teacher||None||None|
|Assistant Head Teacher, Associate Member||Governing Body||31.8.17||Assistant Head Teacher||None||None|
|Jo Pyle||School Improvement||Elected Staff||Staff||2.11.18||None||None||None|
|Colin Black||Finance||Co-opted||Governing Body||7.11.19||None||None||None|
|Glen Perrott||School Improvement||Co-opted||Governing Body||27.6.19||Pre-School Provider||None|
|Debbie Macklin||School Improvement|
|Graham Whiting||Clerk (Cambs CC)|
In Autumn 2017, two changes to committee structure were made. The Finance and Premises Committees combined to form the Resources Committee, and the School Improvement Committee became the Standards & Curriculum Committee.
Full Governing Body: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||20 Sep 2016||8 Nov 2016||24 Jan 2017||14 Mar 2017||9 May 2017||27 June 2017||12 Sept 2017||14 Nov 2017|
Resources (Finance & Premises) Committee: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||13 Oct 2016||15 Nov 2016||12 Jan 2017||9 Mar 2017||27 Apr 2017||22 Jun 2017||2 Nov 2017|
Personnel Committee: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||8 Nov 2016||12 Jan 2017||7 Mar 2017||6 Jun 2017||17 Nov 2017|
Premises Committee: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||13 Oct 2016||9 Feb 2017||25 May 2017|
Standards & Curriculum: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||14 Oct 2016||25 Nov 2016||3 Feb 2017||24 Mar 2017||6 Jun 2017||23 Nov 2017|
A = Absent with the consent of the governing body (apologies accepted)
F = Failed to attend or Absent without the consent of the governing body