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Our Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


On this page you can find out more about our governing body, how it is structured, who the governors are and who they represent, their roles and responsibilities and their terms of appointment.

Who are our governors?

 

Sharon Heraty - Chair of Governors

 

Sharon joined the governing body 29 years ago as a parent governor when both of her children attended the school.  She is now a grandmother to 5 grandchildren of primary school age, or younger.  Sharon has worked in banking and pensions throughout her adult life.  Sharon works closely with the Senior Leadership Team and often attends their weekly meetings.  She has accompanied Y6 on many of the residential trips to Hindhead and also makes costumes for our school productions. As well as being Chair of Governors Sharon is also Chair of the Finance Committee and has responsibility for Safeguarding (including child protection and safe recruitment).

 

Mark Laws - Co-opted governor

 

Mark is a parent governor and has been a member of the governing body since October 2013. In November 2015  he became vice-chair.  Mark has two boys in the school and both thoroughly enjoy their time at Martins Wood.  As part of his role Mark has been supporting the governors to respond to those elements of the Ofsted report (October 2015) that applied to them to support the school  in returning to an Ofsted judgement of at least good in the future. In addition to being Vice Chair Mark is a member of the Finance Committee and Chairs the Premises Committee (including Health and Safety).

 

Mrs Sarah Pomeroy- Staff governor

 

Sarah was elected as staff governor in September 2020. Sarah has been a teacher at Martins Wood for over 5 years. She has taught in Years 3 and 4 and specialises in Art and Design. She believes all children should be given opportunities to explore all aspects of the Arts. 

 

 

Richard Wallace - Local Authority governor

 

Richard is a Local Authority governor and brings a wealth of experience in education to our governing body. He has lived in Stevenage since 1971, working as a teacher in a local secondary school. Richard's three children all went to schools in the town.

 

Richard is chair of the Human Resources Committee.

 

 

Simon Burgess - Parent governor

Simon is a lecturer at a further education college.  He believes that some of the students he teaches have been failed by our education system.  He wants to ensure that we identify children with difficulties early and prepare all children for success in a challenging economy, not just academically but as balanced people.  Simon has three children at the school in Y3, Reception and Saplings. 

 

 

 

Alex Tonge - Vice Chair of governors

Alex is a parent governor with two children at Martins Wood who have blossomed during their time at the school. As an Operations manager Alex has a specific interest in Health and Safety, whilst ensuring the school is getting best value within limited budgets.
As a person with a passion for the great outdoors, he appreciates the benefits outdoor play and learning can offer in conjunction with traditional academic school life. Alex is a member of the Finance and Premises committees

 

 

Natalie Stephens - Parent governor

 

Natalie is a recently elected governor. Her details will follow shortly. 

 

 

Elspeth Shaw - Community governor

Elspeth is a Community Governor at our school. She works in primary education and is currently a Headteacher in Cambridgeshire although she has spent most of her teaching career working in North Hertfordshire. Eleven of those years were spent working across 4 different primary settings in Stevenage.

Elspeth is also a governor of the school where she is headteacher.

 

 

 

Lisa Winston - Co-opted governor

 

Lisa works in the school as our much valued Family Support Worker and she is also manager of our breakfast and after-school club, Treetops. The governors found her input when she was an elected staff governor invaluable as she has a deep understanding of the complex needs of some of our children and their families. Lisa was invited to  be a co-opted member of the governing body so that the governors can continue to benefit from her knowledge.

 

 

Tom Evans - Headteacher

 

As headteacher Tom attends all committee and full governing body meetings.

 

 

Andrew Carless - Deputy Headteacher, Associate governor

 

Andrew is an associate member of the governing body. He attends all full governing body meetings so that he has a detailed knowledge of the running of the school. He also attends meetings of the Finance and Premises committees. Andrew has voting rights in all the meetings that he attends.  Andrew is also a Co-opted Governor at Wareside Primary School, where his term of office is due to end in March 2024.

 

Nicola Pearce - School Business Manager, Associate governor

 

Nicola was appointed to the school as Business Manager in April 2020. She was invited to be an associate member of the governing body in September 2020. More details will follow shortly.

 

Priscilla Simmons - Clerk to the governing body

 

Priscilla is the clerk to our governing body. She is employed through Herts for Learning and ensures that accurate minutes are kept of our full governing body meetings.

 

Business and other interests

Governors are required to declare at each meeting if they have a business or personal interest that may bring them into conflict with or lead to them benefiting personally from any decision made by the governing body. There are currently no such conflicts of interest within the governors.

None of our governors are on the governing body of other schools unless stated above in their profiles.

What do our governors do?

The purpose of the Governing Body is to ensure that the school delivers high quality education for its pupils.

 

Governors have four main roles:

 

  • To promote the welfare of children; they must consider any safeguarding guidance; they are accountable for ensuring that their school has effective child protection policies in place. Governors will receive training so that they are aware of the full extent of the nature of safeguarding and that it permeates everything the school does including, among other areas: child abuse, e-safety, Prevent policies, anti-bullying, recruitment, health and safety and whistleblowing. Governors are required to acknowledge their reading and understanding of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ a copy of which will be available to them. Governors will also be required, rather than acknowledging that aspects of Safeguarding are happening because they have been told that this is the case, to be able to provide evidence that they have seen the safeguarding policies put into practice in the school.
     
  • To work with the school community to provide a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school

 

  • To hold the Headteacher and his team to account for the performance of the school in a collegiate and challenging way to facilitate the successful achievement of every pupil

 

  • To secure best value by making sure that the school finances are managed in a way that achieves best value for money with maximum benefit for our children.

 

The governing body of Martins Wood seeks to develop positive relationships between governors and school leaders, characterised by trust, openness and transparency. The governing body systematically monitors the progress of the school towards meeting agreed development targets. Governors provide challenge and feedback for the senior leaders by asking for information and providing constructive feedback. Sharing information enables the governors to make a strong contribution to robust planning for improvement in a supportive and challenging way.

 

Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

 

  • Hearing appeals and complaints
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils’ attendance, behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

 

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors you can write to her  at the school and mark your envelope confidential.  Alternatively, you may wish to email her at cofg@martinswood.herts.sch.uk

 

How does our governing body work?

 

The full governing body meets at least once in each term. In addition to their main meetings there are four committees which will also meet at least termly.  The committees are made up as follows;

 

Achievement Finance Human Resources Premises (inc. H&S)

This committee oversees standards of attainment and the academic, social and emotional progress of all pupils.

 

 

This committee meets regularly to plan and monitor spending and ensure that the school provides value for money and receives value for money from suppliers and contractors.

 

This committee is involved in the safe recruitment of staff. They also oversee the appraisal process for all staff, including the headteacher.

 

 

This committee plans and reviews the continued development of the school building and grounds, ensuring that the school complies fully with all relevant H&S legislation and guidance.

 

 

Membership Membership Membership Membership

Elspeth Shaw - Chair

Sarah Pomeroy

Lisa Winston

Simon Burgess*

Natalie Stephens

Tom Evans

 

 

Sharon Heraty - Chair

Mark Laws

Simon Burgess

Alex Tonge

Andrew Carless

Tom Evans

 

 

Richard Wallace - Chair

Sharon Heraty

Simon Burgess

Tom Evans

 

 

 

 

Mark Laws - Chair

Sharon Heraty

Alex Tonge

Andrew Carless

Tom Evans

 

 

 

 

* Simon is also our Pupil Premium Champion.

 

Governor terms of office and attendance at meetings

 

We are required to report on governor terms of office and attendance at meetings over the last  year. These are shown in the table below.

 

Parent governor elections are currently underway and this information will be updated following the next meeting in January 2021.

 

Attendance at full governing body meetings over the last year

 

 

Governor

 

 

Term of Office

 

28/01/20

 28/04/20

 29/09/20

 

Sharon Heraty

 

 

29.09.2020 – 28.09.2024

 

 

/

 

/

 

/

 

Tom Evans

 

Headteacher

 

/

 

/

 

/

 

Lisa Winston

 

11.11.2019 – 10.11.2022

 

/

 

/

 

Ap

 

Cheryl Lund

 

13.09.2016 – 12.09.2020

 

/

 

/

 

x

 

Mark Laws

 

04.10.2017 – 03.10.2021

 

/

 

/

 

/

 

David House

 

 31.03.2016 – 30.03.2020

 

/

 

x

 

X

 

Richard Wallace

 

 27.04.2016 – 26.04.2020

 

Ap

 

/

 

/

 

Simon Burgess

 

 26.09.2016 – 25.09.2020

 

/

 

Ap

 

Ap*

 

Alex Tonge

 

 19.01.2018 – 18.01.2022

 

/

 

/

 

/

 

Natalie Stevens

 

 12.10.2018 – 11.10.2022

 

Ap

 

Ap

 

Ap

 

Sarah Pomeroy

(elected September

2020)

 

29.09.20 - 28.09.2024

 

 

x

 

X

 

/

 

Andrew Carless

 

 

07.10.2018 – 06.10.2022

 

 

/

 

/

 

/

 Priscilla Simmons

 Clerk

 

/

 

 /

/

 

  / = Present at the Meeting       Ap = Approved Absence      X = Not a Governor at this point

* Parent governor elections were underway on 29/09/20. As Simon is standing again it was considered not to be appropriate for him to attend this meeting.

 

 

 

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