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Meet the Governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.  Their role is voluntary.  They contribute to the strategic direction of the school and hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance.  

 

The Governing Body has specific responsibilities including:
 

  • The conduct of the school;
  • Setting and agreeing targets in standards and achievement;
  • Overseeing the implementation of the School Improvement Plan;
  • Ensuring the school has a curriculum policy, in particular the teaching of national curriculum subjects and religious education and deciding on the provision of sex education;
  • Statutory responsibility regarding special educational needs (SEN);
  • Ensuring policies relating to the school’s operation are prepared, agreed and reviewed regularly;
  • Ensuring compliance with equality legislation;
  • Providing information for parents;
  • Financial management;
  • Personnel matters including staff appointments as appropriate;
  • Management and maintenance of buildings;
  • Health and Safety;
  • Pupil discipline and behaviour;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the activities of the school.

Governing Body Members

NAME COMMITTEES LINK GOVERNOR ROLES
Fiona Jones (Chair)

Strategic Development

Finance, General Purposes and Personnel

Data (Chair)

Writing, ICT, Science, Data/Assessment (inc. Pupil Premium), Performance Management
Mark Smith (Vice Chair​)

Finance, General Purposes and Personnel (Chair)

Data

Health and Safety, Governor Training, History
Margaret Allman Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Special Education Needs, Early Years Foundation Stage
Rebecca Blackwood Strategic Development TBD
Michele Cammack Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Performance Management, Safeguarding, Child Protection, Looked-After Children, French, Art and DT, Visits, School Council
Rob Cook

Strategic Development

Finance, General Purposes and Personnel

Data

Staff Headteacher
Jo Donald Strategic Development (Chair) Staff Governor
Janet Kneen Strategic Development RE, Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), Music
Jake Manderfield Finance, General Purposes and Personnel TBD
Jamie Watt Strategic Development, Data TBD

 

If you would like to get in touch with the governors  please do so through the School office or Headteacher.

Attendance at governor meetings (academic year 2016-2017)

NAME FULL GOVERNING BODY SDC FGPP DATA
Fiona Jones (Chair) 4 of 4 3 of 3 2 of 2 2 of 2
Mark Smith (Vice-Chair)

3 of 4

- 3 of 3 2 of 2
Margaret Allman 4 of 4 - 3 of 3 -
Rebecca Blackwood 1 of 1 - - -
Michele Cammack 4 of 4 - 2 of 3 -
Rob Cook 4 of 4 3 of 3 3 of 3 2 of 2
Jo Donald 3 of 3 2 of 2 - -
Janet Kneen 4 of 4 3 of 3 - -
Jake Manderfield 1 of 1 - - -
Jamie Watt 1 of 1 - - -
Natasha Litowczyk (left GB DEC16) 1 of 1 1 of 1 - -
Peter Davies (left GB FEB17) 0 of 2 0 of 1 - -
Neil Robinson (left GB MAR17) 2 of 3 - 1 of 2 -
Andy Leary (left GB JUL17) 3 of 4 - 3 of 3 -
Julia Loach-Martin (non-voting) (left GB JUL17) 4 of 4 1 of 3 - -

A register of interest is taken at each full governing body meeting.

 FIONA JONES

Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category: Parent

 

Appointed by: Parents

Date joined Governing Body:  1 December 2015

Current term of office:  01/12/15 - 30/11/19

Register of interests & other positions held:  None

 

I joined the governing body in December 2015.  I have 2 daughters at Winthorpe, Abigail in Year 1 and Samantha in Year 3.  My motivations for being a governor are to contribute my skills, experience and time to support the school and the school's leaders in doing the very best job they can for the children and the local community. 

 

I work for an international bank in corporate governance.  In my spare time I do a lot of running, cycling and gardening.

 

MARK SMITH

Vice-Chair of Governing Body

 

Governor Category: Parent

 

Appointed by: Parents

Date joined governing body: January 2011

Current term of office: 22/03/2017 - 21/03/2021

Register of interests & other positions held: None

 

I originally stood for election as a parent governor as my two daughters attended Winthorpe, and I wanted to assist in any way I could at the school. As part of  the finance committee, I have been involved in solving the budgetary challenges that today’s schools face.  My day job is transport and logistics, so I am used to thinking on my feet, dealing with people and working to financial constraints.

 

 

MARGARET ALLMAN

Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by:  The Governing Body

Date joined: 2007

Current term of office:  01/01/2015 – 31/12/2018

Register of Interests & other positions held: None

 

I have been a member of the governing body for some time now and enjoy my role on the FGPP committee, supporting budgetary decisions and informing the governors about the schools financial resources.  My motivation for becoming and staying a governor has always been to support the school in moving forward and providing the best education for the children.  My post within Winthorpe is Office Manager, which I have held for 25 years.  As well as my many clerical duties I handle the budget, accompany the children and staff on the annual residential visits and support cookery club.  I currently have two grandchildren at Winthorpe. 

 

My hobbies include watching cricket, motor sport, travel, spending time with my family and cooking. I have a keen interest in anything history related and are a member of Grantham Archaelogy group. I love going to Italy and have a GCSE in Italian!

 

 

REBECCA BLACKWOOD

Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Body

Date joined: June 2017

Current term of office: 29/06/2017 -28/06/2021

Register of Interests & other positions held: None

 

 

MICHELE CAMMACK

Governor category: Local Authority 

Appointed by:  Local Authority

Date Joined Governing Body - 2003

Current term of office - 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018

Register of interests & other positions held: Co-opted Governor at John Hunt Primary School, Newark

 

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2003 becoming chair in 2006 until November 2016.  I feel a strong sense of connection with this community living in Winthorpe and both my children attended the school.  As a governor I have attended many training courses to ensure that as a school we keep up to date current practices so I appreciate how essential it is for children to be engaged in the learning process from an early age and for us to provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment and the best teaching for the job. 

 

I am a Bank Manager in Newark.  I enjoy skiing, gardening and travel.  

 

 

ROB COOK

Governor Category: Ex-officio

Appointed by: By virtue of office

Date joined: September 2016

Current term of office:  01/09/2016 -

Register of Interests & other positions held: None

 

I am very excited to have been appointed the Head Teacher at Winthorpe Primary School.  Prior to joining Winthorpe I was Deputy Head at Caythorpe Primary School for 5 years and previously taught at Cherry Willingham Primary School, Lincoln.

 

Out of school I enjoy all team sports, particularly rugby and football, and also enjoy going to watch live music gigs. I’ve recently started trying to get a bit fitter, and like setting myself challenging targets. This year I’ve ran my first ever 10k race and half-marathon, and my next goal is a 100 mile cycle ride! My two lovely children keep me very busy, but if I can find the time I find a DIY project or pottering at the allotment rewarding pastimes.

 

JOANNE DONALD

Governor Category:  Staff

Appointed by: Staff

Date joined: December 2016

Current term of office:  01/01/2017 -31/12/2020

Register of Interests & other positions held: None

 

I joined Winthorpe as an NQT in 2015 and have really enjoyed working within the school. I decided to join the governing body to help support and drive the school forward.

 

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with friends and family, travelling and taking part in different sports, including running and netball.

 

 

 

JANET KNEEN

Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Governing Body

Date joined Governing Body:  2014

Current term of office: 01/01/15 – 31/12/18

Register of interests & other positions held: None

 

I initially joined the governing body as a community governor. My working career has been in teaching both secondary and primary years. I live in Winthorpe and I want there to be a healthy, thriving school in the community where each child’s potential is recognised and the appropriate learning environment is provided.  As I currently work as a supply teacher and tutor, I am able to volunteer in school regularly so can see firsthand the education being provided by the school. My own three children attended Winthorpe Primary so I also have a parent’s perspective of the school. Outside of work I am on the leadership team of a local church with responsibility for safeguarding and youth and children’s work.

 

JAKE MANDERFIELD

Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Body

Date joined: June 2017

Current term of office: 29/06/2017 -28/06/2021

Register of Interests & other positions held: None

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in June 2017. Although I do not have children at the school, I had a great education myself and being a member of Winthorpe’s governing body means that I can help to provide the same to the school’s pupils.  I work for a global bank and have experience in business banking as well as financial planning, so am able to put my day to day skills in to practice as part of the finance committee.

 

In my spare time, when I’m not working towards my next exam, I enjoy playing and coaching water polo for a team in Grantham as well as rock climbing.

JAMIE WATT

Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Governing Body

Date joined: June 2017

Current term of office: 29/06/2017 -28/06/2021

Register of Interests & other positions held: None

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in June 2017.  I'm currently half way through a Masters of English at the University of Lincoln and also work as a bank clerk. I enjoy reading, going to the theatre and running.  Having visited the school I picked up on a great, friendly atmosphere and community feel at Winthorpe Primary.  I aspire to become a teacher and am a very motivated, organised individual with good attention to detail and time management.

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