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I have recently been appointed Chair of Governors having joined the Board in December. I have previously served on the governing board at another primary school in Bracknell Forest for over 12 years holding the post of vice-chair and chair of the Finance & Resources committee.

 

I am passionate about children receiving the best education possible and look forward to working with Mrs Davies, staff and governors to deliver this for our pupils.

 

My wife is a primary school teacher and we have 2 grown up children and 2 who are currently in secondary school. My day job is working in finance for an international charity.

 

As Chair I will continue to support our new Leadership team and through effective Governance ensure that all changes benefit the children and staff.  To contact me please use the following email Clerk to Governors at clerk@thepinesschool.org.uk 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Caradog Davies
Chair of Governors

 

All Governors are volunteers and are responsible for the strategic management of the school.

 

Who are our Governors?

 

Caradog Davies – Chair of Governors  

I joined the Governing Board of The Pines in December 2019 and was appointed Chair in January 2020. I had previously served as governor for Meadowvale Primary School for 13 years. During this time the school moved to 3 form entry and was consistently rated as a good school. I served as chair of finance & facilities, vice-chair and was responsible for health & safety. Before stepping down I was involved in recruiting the new Head teacher and supporting as she settled into the school.

 

Professionally I have a background in finance, most recently working for two international charities. When time allows I enjoy watching sport and continue to ski each year.

 

I am married to a primary school teacher and we have 2 grown up children and 2 in secondary school.

 

Gill Birch – LA Governor. Vice Chair of Governors

I have lived in Bracknell Forest for 38 years and have been proud to be one the governors of The Pines for over 10 years. I am a local councillor representing Hanworth for the Borough Council, a Birch Hill Bracknell Town Councillor and a retired teacher. On the borough council I am the Scrutiny Chair for Children, Education and Growth so I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to The Pines.

 

Currently I am Vice-Chair of the governors and Chair of the Children, Curriculum and Learning committee.

 

However, my favourite role is being a grandparent to a grandson of 8 years, twins of 5 years and a toddler of 15 months and they keep me grounded and in touch with the aspirations and innovations of young people today.

 

Paul Jordan - Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Cereda – Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at The Pines school since July 2019, I have 4 children at the school currently in years ranging from Nursery through to Year 4. I saw joining the governing body as fantastic opportunity to support the leadership of the school to achieve its aim of ‘be your BEST’ and ensure the very best education for the pupils of the school. I joined at a time of a change with a new Head Teacher recently appointed and a number of new Governors but this has meant we have all been able to grow together and support each other. I sit on Finance & Resources, Pay & Personal and also chair the Head Teachers Performance Management. I have been in the Water Industry for approximately 15 years managing teams, budgets and most recently dealing with contract governance and use this experience within the governing body.

 

Chris Pine- Co-Opted Governor

I recently moved to Bracknell Forest having lived in the area previously for 10 years. I am an experienced governor and worked with Central Bedfordshire council as a Governor with three local schools. I work in IT as a Project Manager and have been contracting for the past 12 years after having run and sold a successful software business. I am also a Non-Executive Director for a startup business. I look forward to working with the staff, parents, pupils and fellow governors at the Pines school.

 

Kate Davies – Head Teacher – Ex Officio

I have been the Headteacher at The Pines since September 2019 and am an ex-officio member of the governing body. I have worked in Bracknell Forest for the last 10 years in primary schools covering all age ranges. I have been a parent governor at my children’s school and an associate governor at my previous school. I am passionate about education and ensuring that all children have access to a high quality, engaging curriculum. I am thrilled to be the Headteacher of this wonderful school and am determined to make the school even better.

 

I have two children of my own, one in primary and one in secondary. I enjoy spending quality time with my family at the weekends and walking my dog. I feel it is important to have this time to rejuvenate. I look forward to continuing to serve our community, working alongside our governors. I sit on all of the committees and attend all meetings.

 

 

Katy Drury (Mrs Drury) – Staff Governor

I qualified as a primary teacher in July 2008 and excitedly started my first year teaching at The Pines School in September. I have not left. I am committed to our school and wish for all our pupils to feel valued and see their potential whilst immersing themselves in an engaging curriculum, that provides them with aspirations and life-long learning skills. Having been a staff governor for just over a year now, I am continuing to learn new things, be inspired and look forward to being able to keep strengthening our school community.

 

Ben Place – Co-opted Governor

I joined the school’s Governing Body in July 2019 and have a proven track record in Sales and IT. I am currently chair of the Finance & Resources committee and oversee progress within EYFS.

 

I live in Jennetts Park with my girlfriend and cocker spaniel (Bailey) and wanted the opportunity to give back to the community in some way.

 

I love the idea that I am helping (no matter how small) our future generation achieve whatever they set their minds to in this world and definitely share the same vision and ethics as the rest of the Governors and Mrs Davies and her Senior Management Team.

 

Sharon Elliott-Walker – Co-opted Governor

I have been a teacher for the past 17 years, prior to that I worked supporting children with hearing and visual impairments. As a qualified teacher, with a Masters in Education, I feel that I can bring a wealth of experience regarding both teaching pedagogy and meeting the learning needs of the pupils at our school. As a Senco and SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) I have been seconded into several schools in Bracknell, so I have a good knowledge of the different schools in the area.

I was seconded into The Pines to support the SENCo in 2017. I was part of the new leadership team, and I can see the school’s potential. Along with the other governors I am committed to ensure that our school continues to offer all pupils the very best start in life ensuring they reach their full potential.

I am looking forward to working as a governor and I hope that my contribution will help the school as it moves onwards and upwards.

 

Anna Kempster – Co-opted Governor

Co-opted to The Pines School Governing Board in February 2019, I have two children who have attended The Pines School, the youngest is still there and loves it. I work at another school, leading IT strategy and providing IT systems for parents, staff and pupils, which intensified during the challenging remote learning requirements of the pandemic. My experience within the education system is nearly 15 years long and I am proud to provide any help and support I can to both my wonderful schools.

 

Emily Hicks – Deputy Head Teacher. Associate Governor

I am the Deputy Head at The Pines and am an Associate Member of the Governing Body. I joined the school in September 2019 and have particular responsibility for Teaching and Learning. I am passionate about the curriculum and about ensuring that our children receive the best and most relevant learning opportunities to enable them to be successful in the future. I also have a keen interest in improving Quality First Teaching and am privileged to be in the position to be able to support the development of our staff in this area. I attend all Full Governing Body meetings and am also on the Curriculum, Children and Learning committee.

 

 

Governors list September 2020 - July 2021

Name:

 

Appointed by:

Category and Term of Office:

Committee(s) serving on :

Specialist Areas

Governor Role

Caradog

Davies

Governing Body

10/12/2019-

9/12/2023

Finance and Resources, Pay and Personnel (Chair), Head Teachers Performance review (2019-20)

English

Chair of Local Governing Body

Gill

Birch

Governing Body

09/07/2019 - 8/7/2023

Children, Curriculum and Learning (Chair)

Pupil Premium, H+S

Vice chair of Local Governing Body

Paul

Jordan

Parent Election

05/12/2017 - 4/12/2021

Children, Curriculum and learning, Pay and Personnel, Head Teachers Performance Review (2020-21)

Sports Premium

 

Anna

Kempster

Governing Body

22/01/2019 - 21/1/2023

Finance and Resources

Science, Development Governor

 

Ben

Place

Governing Body

09/07/2019 - 8/7/2023

Finance and Resources (Chair) 

EYFS

Chair of Finance and Resources

Kate

Davies

Ex-Officio

 

Children, Curriculum and Learning, Finance and Resources, Pay and Policy

 

 

Katy

Drury

Staff Election

09/07/2019 - 8/7/2023

Children, Curriculum and Learning

School Council

 

Philip

Cereda

Parent Election

03/06/2019 - 2/6/2023

Finance and Resources, Pay and Personnel, Head Teachers Performance Review (Chair) (2020-21)

Maths

 

Chris

Pines

Co-Opted

17/9/2020 - 16/9/2024

     
Sharon Elliott-Walker Co-Opted

10/12/2019 -

9/12/2023

Children, Curriculum and Learning Safeguarding and SEND  

 

 

Declaration of Interests of the Governing Body of The Pines School: Updated for Year 2020/21

 

As from September 2015, governing bodies are under a legal duty to publish the register of interest for Governor and Associate members.  The following interests have been declared.

 

Declaration of Interests 2020-21

Name

Position

Interest /  organisation

Nature of Interest

Caradog Davies

Chair of Governors

Self - NGO

Employee

 

 

Wife - Meadowvale School

Employee

Gill Birch

Vice Chair

Husband

Birch Consulting Ltd

 

 

Self

CPAP, SIAB, CYPL Scrutiny Panel

 

 

Self

Birch Consulting Ltd

 

 

Self

Bracknell Town Councillor

Paul Jordan

Parent Governor

The Pines School

None

Ben Place

Co-opted

The Pines School

None

 

 

Self - Wolf Data Systems

Employee

Anna Kempster

Co-opted

Self - The Pines school

Parent and member of the PTA

 

 

Self - Eton College

Employee

 

 

Self - Hanworth Borough

Town Councillor

Chris Pine

Co-opted

 

 

Sharon Elliott-Walker

Co-opted

 

 

Philip Cereda

Parent Governor

The Pines School

None

Kate Drury

Staff Governor

The Pines School

Staff

Kate Davies

Ex-Officio Governor

The Pines School

Headteacher

 

 

Husband - Sandy Lane School

Headteacher

Emily Hicks

Associate Governor

The Pines School

None

 

Register of Attendance 2019/20

Name

 

Meetings Attended

Possible meetings

% attendance

Caradog 

Davies

11

11

100%

Gill

Birch

9

10

90%

Paul

Jordan

10

12

83%

Anna

Kempster

9

10

90%

Anna

Nyatsanza

0

1

0%

Ben

Place

9

10

90%

Philip

Cereda

8

12

67%

Sharon

Elliott-Walker

7

8

88%

Katy

Drury

11

11

100%

Lyndsey

North

14

14

100%

Kate

Davies

14

14

100%

Emily

Hicks

11

11

100%

Carole-Ann

Roycroft

8

10

80%

Served in the last 12 months

 

 

 

 

Jatinder

Mahil

7

7

100%

Rachel

Morgan

10

7

143%

Jenny 

Penfold

9

9

100%

Maggie

Elkin

4

3

133%

Doug

Jennings

7

5

141%

 

 

Governor Newsletter November 2020

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