Governors

Governing Body

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.

Committees

Curriculum & Standards Committee

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:

  • Monitoring progress in children’s books
  • Receiving and analysing data on attainment and progress
  • Holding the Senior Leadership team and teachers to account to ensure they maintain high standards by asking challenging questions
  • Monitoring lessons
  • Talking to children to gain their views
  • Ensuring the school allocates pupil premium funding and sports funding to good effect
  • Supporting learning in the classroom

Resources Committee

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:

  • Setting the school’s budget and ensuring that the school’s priorities are included
  • Regularly monitoring income and expenditure and ensuring that all financial risks have been considered and minimised
  • Ensuring that the school gets the best possible value for the equipment and services we purchase
  • Producing and implementing policies and standards for financial management (including those for Lettings, Charging and Remissions, Debt Recovery ), personnel, Health and Safety and Safeguarding (including Accessibility, Attendance, Behaviour, Child Protection, Equality, First Aid, Safer Recruitment and Whistleblowing)
  • Determining and implementing the school’s staff pay and performance management policies
  • The recruitment of teaching staff
  • Managing the school’s assets, including the school buildings and grounds.

Governor Profiles

Kim Hedley - Chair of Governors

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 as 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.

Mr Bill Hadall - Vice-Chair 

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.

Mrs Karen Wheatland - Governor

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.

Mrs Woolston  - Staff Governor

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.

Dawn De-Vall - Co-opted Governor

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.

Sarah Allcock-Green - Co-opted Governor

I am Sarah Allcock-Green, I have 3 children that have all been to school at Giles, with my youngest child currently in year 5. I have been a governor at Giles since November 2010. I wanted to be a governor to be able to support and invest time into the school that was educating my children. My expertise is within Special Educational Needs (SEN) and ensuring that children with SEN have good outcomes. Every Child Matters and working closely with the whole of the Giles community, I know that provision for all children is outstanding at Giles. I work at a local secondary school as an Assistant SENCo and SEN transition lead. I enjoy being a governor and spending time with my family.

Sophie Bichener - Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body at the start of 2018. I live in Stevenage and work in London as a Marketing Manager. My aim as a governor is to give back to my local community and use my expertise to help others. Giles has always been an important place for me as I grew up making frequent trips to the school while my mother taught there for nearly 25 years. It was an easy decision for me to find somewhere close to home where I could make a positive impact on the community and future generations.

Cath Whitehouse - Parent Governor

My name is Cath. I have two children; my son who is in the Juniors and and daughter who is in the infant school. I am a parent governor and have been I post since November 2019. I am enjoying this new role and want to try my best to make the School the best it can be for the children and families using it. I am a full time Foster Carer, looking after children from all sort of backgrounds and ages. My career has mainly been based in childcare/ children’s residential care and safeguarding. This is what I am passionate about and I advocate for children and young people to be able to achieve to the best of their abilities. I am able to listen carefully and understand their points of view. This is what I hope to also do in my role as governor. 

Eddie Kaahwa - Parent Governor

I am a teacher in a comprehensive secondary school and also hold a middle leadership position. Watching children develop into their full potential is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job and playing a part in the process is a privilege. I visited Giles Junior as a parent and talking to the friendly and passionate teachers at the school encouraged me to take up the position of parent governor to play a part in shaping the future of our children. I am very honoured to work with the school as we strive to ensure we offer the best education for all our pupils and their families. I hope to play an active and supportive role to help shape the future of Giles Junior school.