Our Governors

The purpose of a Governing Body is to:
  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the future and setting targets for improvement,
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement,
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice,
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community,
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does,
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review,
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff,
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
(Department for Education, March 2011)

A new Federation Governing Body covering both Polehampton Schools was legally formed on September 1st 2011.
The Instrument of Government was reviewed in Autumn 15.

Governing Body:

Type Name Committee Area of Responsibility
Foundation Joelle Cooper Member of Finance and HR
Foundation             Reverend Anna HarwoodMember of School and Community

Foundation         Vacancy

Co-opted Sarah PickardVice-chair of Governors, member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Co-opted     Vacancy

Local Authority  James Smith Chair of Finance & HR
Co-opted Brian Rogers     Chair of School & Community
Health and Safety
Safeguarding / Looked-After Children
Co-opted    Caroline Harrison    Chair of Governors, member of all committees
Co-optedNicola Bradshaw Chair of  Teaching, Learning and Assessment Inclusion (SEND & More and Most Able)
Co-opted    Phil CurnowMember of Finance & HR
Parent - Junior         Anna Lippett Member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and School & Community
Listening Governor
Parent - InfantSarah TangMember of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Foundation Stage Governor
Executive Headteacher  Helen BallAll committees

Staff         Carl McGlone Member of School and Community

Associate Governor    Hazel Snellgrove n/a Deputy Headteacher - Infant 
Jenny Stockdale & Zoe Cacutt n/a Deputy Headteachers - Junior

Lisa Spooner
Clerk to the Governors
Terms of Office:

 Name Start Date End Date Term Appointed By
 Caroline   Harrison 23/09/2018     22/09/2022 4 yearsGoverning Body
 James Smith 24/09/2018 23/09/2022 4 yearsLocal Authority
 Phil Curnow 25/09/2017 24/09/2021 4 yearsGoverning Body
 Nicola Bradshaw 10/02/2018     09/02/2022 4 yearsStaff / Governing Body
 Brian Rogers 08/07/2018 07/07/2022 4 years     Governing Body
 Joelle Cooper 07/07/2016 06/07/2020 4 years     Diocese
 Anna Harwood
  18/03/23 4 years Diocese
 VACANCY   4 years     Governing Body
 VACANCY     4 years     Diocese
 Helen Ball 01/09/2015 ongoing ongoing Ex Officio
 Sarah Tang19/10/2018
 4 years Parents
 Anna Lippett 19/10/2018 18/10/2022 4 years Parents
 Sarah Pickard 03/10/2018 02/10/2022 4 yearsGoverning Body
 Carl McGlone 04/12/201803/12/2022
 4 years Staff


Name    Full Governing Body Meetings 2017/2018Committee Attendance 2017/2018
Allistaire Leighton-Young3/8 meetings 0/0
Caroline Harrison8/814/14
James Smith 8/85/6
Joelle Cooper 7/85/6
Nicola Bradshaw 7/8 4/5
Brian Rogers 7/83/3
Co-opted Vacancy n/a n/a
Rosemary Hay 5/68/11
Deborah Procter 6/84/5
Penny Litson 6/614/14
Helen Ball7/714/14
Local Authority Vacancy
n/a n/a
Abigail Lacey 7/8 3/3
Sarah Pickard 7/8 3/5
Julie Long 8/8 2/3


Previous Governors

The following governors left the Governing Body in the last twelve months:

Category Name
 Ex Officio     Penny Litson (resigned 31.08.18)
 Parents Abigail Lacey (term ended 13.10.18)
 Staff Julie Long (term ended 11.11.18)
 Foundation    Deborah Procter (term ended 02.11.18)
 Foundation     Rosemary Hay (term ended 02.12.18)
 Co-opted      Allistaire Leighton-Young (resigned 04.02.19)
 Ex Officio Funmi Alder (post ended 07.04.19)

Register of Other Interests as at July 2018

Governors resolved to disclose all directorships and trusteeships.

 Name Other Interests
Allistaire Leighton-Young Director (The Bid Centre Ltd)
Caroline Harrison  Parent, Husband is Trustee of David George Trust
James Smith Parent, Trustee (David George Trust)
Nicola Bradshaw Staff, Parent
Brian Rogers Trustee (Twyford Snooker Club)
Deborah Procter Parent
Helen Ball Staff
Additional trusteeship declared 22/03/19 - Trustee of David George Trust
 Penny Litson     Staff, Trustee of David George Trust
Joelle Cooper Parent, Employee of Wokingham Borough Council
 Abigail Lacey Parent
 Sarah Pickard Parent, Director (New Road Consulting Ltd). 
Additional directorship declared December 2018 - Director (BPSE Global)
 Julie Long Staff
 Phil Curnow Parent, Director (PTD Consulting Ltd, PTD Holding Ltd)

Register of other interests for governors appointed since July 2018:

 Other Interests
 Funmi Alder Interim Head Teacher
 Anna Lippett Parent, Director CLA Consulting Ltd
 Sarah Tang Parent
 Carl McGlone Staff, Trustee David George Trust
 Rev Anna Harwood Trustee Polehampton Charity, Twyford and Ruscombe PCC, Hurst PCC