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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 Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards

None

Mrs Stacey Barton

Co-opted

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

Finance and 

Premises,

Curriculum

 

 

 

Curriculum and Standards

Member of Staff

Chase Lane 

Mrs Suellen Earle

Co-opted

14.03.16.

14.03.20.

Curriculum

 

EYFS

&

Attendance

Member of staff at Chase Lane School,

Spouse of Supply Teacher at Chase Lane

Mr Richard Simmonds

Staff

27.01.16.

27.01.20.

Finance and Premises

Curriculum

 

 

Curriculum and Standards

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 Chair

Sports Premium

and

Health & Safety

Vice President Social Co-ordinator of Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club
Mrs Margaret Bonner Local Authority 22.11.17 21.11.21   Chair of Governors Mental Health and Wellbeing

Social Worker  Health & Care Professions Council.

Landlord

 

Ms Tracy Eve

 

Parent 04.03.18 04.03.22     SEND

Employed by Essex County Council.

Secretary of Little Oakley Scout Group

 

Ms Natasha Webb

 

Parent 06.02.18 06.02.22     Safeguarding None
Mrs Elizabeth Ford Co-opted 20.07.18 20.07.22     Pupil Premium  
Mr Barry Messenger Parent 01.08.18 01.08.22     Data Protection  

Dates of Full Governing Board Mettings

12 November 2018

11 March 2019

17 June 2019

 

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

18th September 2017

13th November 2017

5th March 2018

13th September 2018

Scott Manhood

Local Authority Governor

Absent

resigned

N/A

N/A

Stacey Barton

Co-opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Paul Bertram

Co-Opted Governor

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Resigned

Barry Brown

Co-Opted Governor

N/A

N/A

N/A

Keith Brown

Co-Opted Governor

(Vice Chair)

Present

N/A

N/A

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Claire Lawrence

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Resigned

Madeline Lewis

Parent Governor

Present

N/A

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

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

Apologies

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Present

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

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.
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. 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Dyan Taylor – Parent Governor - Vice Chair

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 - Chair of Governors

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. 

 

Elizabeth Ford - Co-opted Governor

My family have lived in Little Oakley for 36 years.

 

My professional background is Physiotherapy and I was lucky to have enjoyed a long career that I loved. For the last 12 years of my professional career I worked in management and was Head of Rehabilitation latterly for North East Essex Primary Care Trust. I managed a number of clinical services provided through a talented multi disciplinary team. I was responsible for management including the creation and implementation of new services and service delivery, service redesign,audit, recruitment ,including international recruitment, cost analysis, project management, business service planning for commissioners amongst other key areas.

 

I retired a couple of years early to be with my husband who himself was a local GP.

 

I am very involved in the Parish of the Harwich Peninsula . I was Churchwarden for 6 years at St Michael's Church Ramsey. I was also the vice chair and then during the period of interregnum I was the acting chair of the Parochial Church Council. ( this is a period without a Rector in post and during recruitment).

I am now the parish Safeguarding officer, a Sacristan and the secretary for the Parochial church council.

 

I have two daughters and three grandchildren with two of them attending Chase lane school. They have both been there since the Nursery class and are now in year 4 and 6. I am lucky to be regularly involved with my grandchildren and am a frequent visitor to the school.

 

I have been a governor previously for a number of years at another local primary school. I was initially a member of the governing body then vice Chair with my last position being the Chair of the governing body .

 

I am excited to use my previous experience and skills to be able to continue to be part of the future development and continued progress of an inspirational school.

I feel so much gratitude for the help and kindness shown to my grandchildren and my family . I wish to use my knowledge to work with and support the future for the staff and children at Chase lane school.

 

Barry Messenger - Parent Governor

Originally from Oxfordshire, via Bedfordshire, Australia and a few other places in the world, I have lived in Harwich since 2004. I am currently the Supply Chain Manager for Trinity House, having moved to the area for the job. My son, James, joined Chase Lane in 2016 in the Reception Year and every day we see the result of the quality of the teaching that takes place.

 

Chase Lane Primary School has an excellent reputation in the local area, having achieved good results and an excellent Ofsted report. I am keen to ensure that the school continues to deliver safe and nurturing environment for all pupils and we need to ensure that the quality of the teaching, facilities and management of the school remain at a high standard and that a focus on core reading, writing and maths skills is supported at all levels.

 

I am a member of both the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Chartered Management Institute, and I aim to use my skills, knowledge and experience in supporting the on-going management and development of our school.

Past Governors

 

Mrs Claire Lawrence Parent Governor 05.02.16 Resigned 29.05.18
Mrs Madeline Lewis Parent Governor 05.02.16 Resigned 23.11.17
Mr Paul Bertram Co-opted Governor 30.11.15 Resigned 19.07.18
Mr Keith Brown Co-opted Governor 10.12.15 Resigned 03.12.17
Mr Scott Manhood Authority Governor 14.03.16 Resigned 13.11.17
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