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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

 

The Governing Board has three core functions, as set out in the Department for Education’s Governors’ Handbook:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

 

Please find below details of how our Governing board is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also included details of the Governors' interests, for your information.

 

Name

Category of Governor

Date Appointed

Term of Office ends

Committee

Membership

Position of Responsibility

Area of Responsibility

Register of Interests

Mr Andrew Tyrrell

 

Co-opted

 

30.11.15.

30.11.19.

Personnel,

Curriculum

 Chair of Governing Body and Chair of Personnel Committee

Quality of School Leadership

Pupil Premium

None

Mrs Stacey Barton

Co-opted

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

Finance and 

Premises,

Curriculum

 

Safeguarding

Quality First Teaching

Safeguarding

Numeracy & Maths

Member of Staff

Chase Lane 

Mrs Claire Lawrence

Parent

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

Personnel

 

Quality First Teaching

Literacy

Member of Staff at

Spring Meadow Primary School

Mrs Madeline Lewis

Parent

05.02.16.

Resigned

23.11.17

 

 

 

 

Mr Paul Bertram

Co-opted

30.11.15.

30.11.19.

Finance and Premises,

Personnel

 

Curriculum

Extra-Curricula

Sport

Member of staff at Alton Park Junior School,.

Director

BBC Sporting Solutions

Mr Keith Brown

 

Co-opted

 

10.12.15.

Resigned

03.12.17

 

 

 

 

Mrs Suellen Earle

Co-opted

14.03.16.

14.03.20.

Curriculum

 

Engagement of Parents/Carers

Attendance

Member of staff at Chase Lane School,

Spouse of Supply Teacher at Chase Lane

Mr Scott Manhood

Authority

14.03.16.

Resigned

13.11.17

 

 

 

Mr Richard Simmonds

Staff

27.01.16.

27.01.20.

Finance and Premises

Curriculum

 

 

Attendance

Member of staff at Chase Lane School

Sister-in-law is teacher at Chase Lane

Mrs. Julie O’Mara

 

Headteacher

 

n/a

n/a

All committees

Headteacher

 

Member of staff at Chase Lane School

Mrs. Dyan Taylor Parent 13.11.16 13.11.20

Vice Chair,

Finance and Premises,

Personnel

    Vice President Social Co-ordinator of Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club
Mrs Margaret Bonner Local Authority 22.11.17 21.11.21      

Social Worker  Health & Care Professions Council.

Landlord

 

Ms Tracy Eve

 

Parent 04.03.18 04.03.22      

Employed by Essex County Council.

Secretary of Little Oakley Scout Group

 

Ms Natasha Webb

 

Parent 06.02.18 06.02.22       None

Dates of Full Governing Board Mettings

5th March 2018

18th June 2018

 

Governors Attendance at Meetings

 

Personnel Committee

Name

Role

8th June 2017

12th October 2017

5th February 2018

Andrew Tyrrell

 Co-Opted Governor

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Scott Manhood

 Local Authority Governor

Absent

Absent

N/A

Madeline Lewis

 Parent Governor Present Present N/A

Stacey Barton

Co-Opted Governor N/A N/A N/A
Claire Lawrence

 Parent Governor

Apologies

Present

Present

Dyan Taylor

 Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present
Paul Bertram  Co-Opted Governor - - Present

Julie O’Mara

 Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Victoria Mealing

 Clerk

Clerk

Observer

Clerk

 

 

Finance and Premises Committee

Name

 Role

20th April 2017

16th May 2017

3rd October 2017

20th  February 2018

Scott Manhood

 Local Authority Governor

Absent

Absent

Absent

N/A

Paul Bertram

 Co-Opted Governor

Apologies

Present

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Keith Brown

 Co-Opted Governor

Present

(Acting Chair)

Present

Present

N/A

Dyan Taylor

 Parent Governor

N/A

N/A

Present

Present

Mr Simmonds

 Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Julie O’Mara

 Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Present

Victoria Mealing

 Finance Manager

Present

Present

Present

Present

Stacey Barton  Co-Opted Governor - - - Present

Marilyn Cooper-Keeble

 Clerk

Present

Present

Present

N/A

Kim Webb  Clerk - - - Present

 

Curriculum Committee

Name

Role

12th July 2017

18th October 2017

21st February 2018

Stacey Barton

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Richard Simmonds

Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Andrew Tyrrell

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

Present
Margaret Bonner Local Authority Governor - - Observer
Tracy Eve Parent Governor - - Observer
Natasha Webb Parent Governor - - Observer

Victoria Mealing

Clerk

Present

apologies

Present

 

 

Full Governing Body Meeting

Name

Role

19th June 2017

18th September 2017

13th November 2017

5th March 2018

Scott Manhood

Local Authority Governor

Present

Absent

resigned

N/A

Stacey Barton

Co-opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Paul Bertram

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Barry Brown

Co-Opted Governor

Present

N\A

N/A

N/A

Keith Brown

Co-Opted Governor

Apologies

Present

(Vice Chair)

Present

N/A

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Claire Lawrence

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Madeline Lewis

Parent Governor

Present

Present

N/A

N/A

Richard Simmonds

Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Dyan Taylor

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Andrew Tyrrell

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Present

  Margaret Bonner Local Authority Governor - - - Present
  Ms Tracy Eve  Prospective Governor - - - Present
  Ms Natasha Webb Parent Governor - - - Present

Louise Cockerton

Clerk

Present

Present

Present

Present

Michelle Kneeshaw

Deputy Head

Observer

Observer

Observer

Observer

  Vicky Mealing Finance Manaager - - Observer Observer

Governor Profiles

 

Andrew Tyrrell - Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body
I have 4 children attending the school and nursery. I joined the Governing Body at the end of 2015 to help make a positive difference to the school; not just in the short-term, but also sustained in the longer term. I have already seen the school go through a massive amount of change, with Government-led changes to education system, and our own changes to the school’s leadership just after I became a Governor, then subsequent changes in various areas of the staff team, how the school delivers teaching, new subject initiatives and the improvements to the resources and facilities at the school. I was elected to become the Chair in June 2017 and as the Chair of the Governors I have responsibilities alongside others for the quality of school leadership and constantly looking to improve performance. 

 

My background, with qualifications in management, coaching and mentoring, should bring skills that I hope will benefit the school. There are some amazing members of the team at Chase Lane, which shows in the effective way that the pupils learn and develop in their time at the school. Everyone works incredibly hard to ensure that every child gets a good education and that they enjoy the enrichment opportunities available.

 

As Governors, I believe that we need to be supportive of the dedicated team we have here, yet we should offer some independent and constructive challenge to make sure we are all doing the right things, for the right reasons and that the changes we make move the school forwards. All of our decisions should ensure the best outcomes to the children of Chase Lane. This was already a good school when I joined, and I hope that as a Governor I may help in any way that I can to bring even more success over the coming years, and leave it as a great school when that day comes. I welcome any feedback or opinions from anyone if they will help the Governing Body perform its duties.

 

Julie O'Mara - Head Teacher

During my career in education, I have had the opportunity to teach throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 in both rural and inner city primary schools. I have continued to develop my own professional role, including successfully completing the National Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and the National Award for SEN Coordination.

 

I consider myself to be an experienced Headteacher who leads by example and sets high standards of teaching, learning and pupil welfare in order to inspire both staff and pupils.

I spend a lot of my spare time with my family outdoors. We particularly enjoy camping and walking along the Norfolk coast.

 

Suellen Earle - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Dovercourt for many years and have worked at Chase Lane since 2000. I wanted to take a more proactive role in the school community and consequently have been a governor for the past 16 years.

I am a member of the Curriculum Committee, as well as being linked to School Attendance, Engagement of Parents/Carers and also EYFS.

 

My interests are history & local history in particular, reading & gardening.

At school I work as a Cover Assistant taking classes of children from the Nursery to Year 6. I also organise the annual Book Journey Reading Challenge, an after school club called ‘Don’t Just Sit There…’ and work with a very enthusiastic group of children who love gardening.

 

It is very rewarding to belong to the governing body, responding to the responsibilities and challenges involved, and working in partnership with others to ensure that the pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and achieve their potential.

 

Mrs Stacey Barton - Parent GovernorStacey Barton - Co-opted Governor

After completing a degree in Graphic Design, I became a teacher of Art and Design, in a large secondary school. I was also a Head of Year, and responsible for the pastoral care of all students within my year group. This was a very challenging and rewarding role, and one which I enjoyed immensely. I am currently having a career break to raise my three children. The skills I developed over my time in education will be invaluable to me, in my role as governor.

 

I am the governor responsible for Safeguarding, as well as overseeing the Quality of Teaching, and Numeracy. I am on both the Curriculum, and Personnel Committees. As a governor I will be seeking to ensure a safe, caring, stimulating and enjoyable learning environment, where every child can achieve their full potential. I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children, at this important and early stage of the journey for lifelong learning. I wish to support pupils, parents, staff and the wider community.

 

Claire Lawrence - Parent Governor

I have lived in Harwich all my life and I have seen much change over the years but one thing is still evident, Harwich has still retained its community feel.

 

Since my youngest son has attended Chase Lane Primary School and Nursery I knew I wanted to help the school the best way I could, so I took the chance to become a Parent Governor the moment it was possible.

 

Prior to having my second child I was a Special Needs TA at Chase Lane before studying to become a Primary Teacher. I have worked in a number of schools in the Harwich area and still teach locally.

 

As a Governor I am currently linked to the Curriculum Committee (with a focus on Literacy) and also the SCITT training. The main focal point being quality teaching and learning.

 

I feel privileged to be working with such a dynamic board of Governors and know we will be able to make our school outstanding, with the vision we all share for the future benefit of all students who will attend this excellent school.

 

 

Richard Simmonds - Staff Governor

I have worked at Chase Lane School for 13 years, during this time I have taught a variety of year groups and currently teach Year 6. I have held a number of positions of responsibility including maths coordinator and year 5/6 phase leader.

 

Outside of school I enjoy a number of sports in particular football and cricket which I regularly watch and badminton which I play. I was elected onto the governing body in January of this year and look forward to working in this position to continue to move the school forward. My roles include attendance and assessment.

 

 

Paul Bertram - Co-opted Governor

I have been a teacher for 16 years and a Governor for 12 years. At Chase Lane, I have been a Phase Leader and Senior advisor for teacher training for sport in the area for 9 years.


Prior to teaching I ran my own advertising company. Currently, I am Head of School at St Osyth Church of England Primary School. These life experiences have allowed me to hone a specific set of abilities; I was the driving force responsible for Chase Lane being voted 'best in the county' for sport. I am a highly motivated and driven individual who feels that a local outstanding school is required in all areas. Using my strong interpersonal skills, I motivate and inspire others with the child as the focal point.


As a governor, I am responsible for overseeing a series of checks and measures to allow Chase Lane to get value for money and assist the staff in creating an environment that allows the children to get an outstanding education.

 

 

 

Dyan Taylor – Parent Governor

I was voted in as Parent Governor in October, it was something I'd considered doing since my eldest joined this school in year 1 four years ago. I wanted to learn more about how the school is run but I was also intrigued to see what happens behind the scenes and to get involved with helping the school. Being a governor has enabled me to have some understanding of this & the decisions that get made. I feel as a person I am confident, outgoing and approachable. I will support the Head Teacher and staff, but I feel I will challenge or speak up when necessary. I have two children currently at Chase Lane in years 2 and 5.

 

I was born and brought up in Harwich, before moving out of the area for 12 years. I work full time for a nationwide transport company, originally in London but now in Ipswich and have had experience in different areas of the business. I've also been parts of different committees for various organisations in the past, currently I help co-ordinate events at Harwich & Dovercourt RUFC.

 

I'm looking forward to learning more as a Parent Governor!

 

Margaret Bonner - Local Authority Governor

After many years working as a Senior Manager at Essex County Council, working in Social Care as a Social Worker, Customer Services and Information Technology I retired early and moved to the area four years ago. I have previous experience of being a Governor at a large secondary school in Essex.  having Grandchildren at the school I have seen first-hand the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of the teaching staff.  I now feel privileged at having the opportunity to become a Governor at this inspiring school that has a strong ethos of nurturing pupils and developing firm foundations for the future. 

 
I look forward to acting as a critical friend and being able to use my skills and experiences in supporting the staff and the other governors to provide a creative and stimulating environment where all the children feel secure and happy and are inspired and encouraged to learn and be the best that they can be.

 

Tracy Eve - Parent Governor

I attended both the Chase Lane Primary School and Harwich and Dovercourt Secondary School. I now have two children at Chase Lane Primary School. As well as working full time, I also enjoy crafting and outdoor activities including walking and cycling. I believe that my knowledge, skills, experience and passion to ensure children’s skills are enhanced to prepare them for not only secondary school, but the world of work.

 

My 24 years of experience relates to the field of Careers Education and Guidance. Working in the Economic Growth Unit within Essex County Council enables me to hear about the future Labour Market. My role involves supporting secondary schools to not only meet the Careers Statutory Guidance, but to also influence secondary education to enhance their careers programme. In addition I manage a contract that includes engaging employers in education, developing Data Sharing Protocols and I have experience of writing specifications and procuring services that are effective while also reducing public service costs. In previous roles, while managing the delivery of Careers Services, I wrote and submitted bids for funding to enhance the local services in other areas.

 

I believe that Chase Lane is enabling students to become prepared for secondary school and the world of work and as a Parent Governor I would like to support the school’s senior leadership team and staff, to continue a progressive education programme for the children of the future.

 

Natasha Webb - Parent Governor

 I returned to live in Dovercourt in 2013 having lived here as a child. After leaving the Harwich School where I studied for my GCSE’s and A Levels I studied law at university and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2005. Since then I have specialised in family law and child protection. 
 
I was elected as a parent governor in February 2018. I have 2 children, one of whom attends Chase Lane primary school and my youngest will start school in September 2018. 
 
My desire to be part of Chase Lane’s governing body stems from a my genuine interest in school improvement at all levels and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all. As a parent governor I aim to help direct and support the vision and growth of the school, ensuring “all-round” development and outstanding education for each and every child.I hope that my skills will be useful to support the staff and governors as they continue to develop what is already a good school into one that can be outstanding in many ways. 

 

 

 

 

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