The governing body of Giles Junior School is composed of parents, representatives of the local community and the local authority, and school staff. Governors have legal powers, duties and responsibilities. Our role is to work strategically with the school’s senior leadership team, challenging and questioning the school, identifying priorities for improvement and ensuring that these.
The Curriculum and Standards Committee is responsible for ensuring that Giles Junior School provides a balanced curriculum which promotes the development of children and prepares them for future opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences. We monitor teaching and pupil achievement to maintain and improve standards and ensure high expectations. Our work includes:
The Resources Committee is responsible for four main topics – money, people, the premises (buildings and grounds) and safeguarding (children and staff, including Health and Safety).
The committee works with the school to ensure that it is able to make the most of its staff, finances and facilities, and that it is a safe and stimulating environment for our pupils, staff and visitors, through a range of activities including:
I have been a governor at Giles Junior school since 2001 and both my children subsequently attended the school. I became a governor to gain some insight into how education is delivered and to understand how schools work with changing demands and limited funding. My professional background is in biomedical science and I worked for many years within the NHS and, more recently, in veterinary pathology. I have seen the school undergo many significant changes and I am pleased that its enduring ethos of kindness, support, high expectation and inclusivity continues to adapt and improve. I am proud to be associated with such a vibrant and flourishing school.
I became a Parent Governor when the youngest of our three sons was still in the school, so I have been a governor of the school for over 30 years now. I have always had an interest in education and the development of young people; as a chartered engineer in industry I have managed graduates and apprentices, run a UK-wide graduate recruitment and development programme for a multinational engineering company and more recently set up my own consultancy business working in the engineering sector and with the University of Bristol. Although now retired, I am still very much involved with the engineering community and with Giles Junior school.
I am proud of the way the school has developed and grown whilst dealing with ever-changing requirements from governments and education authorities, and through all of this the staff and governors have worked together to achieve the best for our pupils.
I have been a teacher since 2015. Prior to that I was a sales representative for medical research companies, and a medical laboratory scientific officer in the NHS. I Joined the governing body in March 2019. Previously I was an SEN governor at York Road Nursery School. I enjoy walking my dog, gardening and Pilates. I am currently developing my photography skills. I have also started to practice mindfulness. My instant love of this school was when I originally visited made me appreciate what a special school Giles Junior is. I wanted to help develop the school further. As a parent of a child with SEN, I always want to ensure that similar children are receiving the best education and support possible. Every school needs a strong governing body to help them develop – I felt I had a range of skills that could be beneficial.
I have been a governor at Giles for over six years. I am a co-opted governor and I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee. I have four children who have all been to Giles and one is still attending in Year 5. I have just completed a master’s degree in law and business, and I work in a local secondary school as an attendance officer. I enjoy being a governor because I like being part of the Giles community and I want to make an impact on the education of all the children at Giles Junior School. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my children.
I was a governor at Giles many years ago when my daughters were both pupils at the school. I was extremely proud to be asked to consider joining again. I know the value we (the governing body) can add as a group and individuals to the achievements of all the pupils who attend our school. I believe that we add value and help the pupils and the staff by supporting the school. I joined the governing body in autumn 2018, I am a co-opted governor. I am a scientist at Lister Hospital, Sevenage, where I work full time, I am also a member of the Trusts staff side exec, which gives me a different insight into how policies and procedures can work this helps me make a different contribution to the governing body.