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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 Tyrell

Co-opted

 

30.11.15.

30.11.19.

Personnel

Curriculum

 Chair of Governing Body and Chair of Personnel Committee

Quality of School Leadership

Tackling Underperformance

Pupil Premium

None

Mrs Stacey Barton

Parent

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

Personnel

 

Quality First Teaching

Safeguarding

Numeracy

Director of 

Oakey Dokey Pre-School

Mrs Claire Lawrence

Parent

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

Curriculum

 

Quality First Teaching

Literacy

SCITT

None

Mrs Madeline Lewis

Parent

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

Personnel

Link Governor

Engagement of Parents/Carers

SEND

Employed at 

Stanley Baker Studios

Mr Paul Bertram

Co-opted

30.11.15.

30.11.19.

Finance and Premises

 

Curriculum

Extra-Curricula

Sport

Member of staff at St Osyth School

Mr Barry Brown

Co-opted

24.06.13.

24.06.17.

Curriculum

 

Buildings

None

Mr Keith Brown

Co-opted

 

10.12.15.

10.12.19.

Curriculum

Finance and Premises

Chair of Curriculum Committee

Curriculum

Extra-Curricula

Health & Safety

Director of

HPVA, Harwich & MCP Felixstowe

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.

14.03.20.

Finance and Premises

Personnel

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Quality of School Leadership

Buildings

Finance

Director of Coverde Ltd & Bay Bio Services Ltd

Mr Richard Simmonds

Staff

27.01.16.

27.01.20.

Finance and Premises

Curriculum

 

Tackling Underperformance

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

Pay

Personnel

    Vice President Social Co-ordinator of Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club
Mr Darren Deex Parent 22.10.12. 22.10.16.

Finance and Premises

Personnel

Term of responsibility ended 22.10.16 N/A None

Dates of Full Governing Board Mettings

Monday 19th June 2017

 

Governors Attendance at Meetings

 

Personnel Committee

Name

Role

19th October 2016

21st February 2017

8th June 2017

Andrew Tyrrell

Co-Opted Governor

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

 

Scott Manhood

Local Authority Governor

Present

Absent

 

Darren Deex

Parent Governor

Present

Resigned

 

Madeline Lewis

Parent Governor

Present

Present

 

Stacey Barton

Parent Governor

Present

Resigned from committee

 

Claire Lawrence

Parent Governor

Apologies

Present

 

Dyan Taylor

Parent Governor

Not appointed

Observer

 

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

 

Victoria Mealing

Clerk

Present

Present

 

 

 

Finance and Premises Committee

Name

 Role

4th October 2016

7th February 2017

20th April 2017

16th May 2017

Scott Manhood

 Local Authority Governor

Present

(Chair)

Apologies

Absent

Absent

Darren Deex

 Parent Governor

Apologies

Resigned

N/A

N/A

Paul Bertram

 Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Apologies

Present

Keith Brown

 Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

(Acting Chair)

Present

(Acting Chair)

Present

Dyan Taylor

 Parent Governor

Not appointed

Observer

N/A

N/A

Mr Simmonds

 Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Julie O’Mara

 Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Present

Victoria Mealing

 Finance Manager

Present

Present

Present

Present

Marilyn Cooper-Keeble

 Clerk

Present

Present

Present

Present

 

Curriculum Committee

Name

Role

2nd November 2016

22nd February  2017

12th July 2017

Keith Brown

Co-Opted Governor

Present

(Chair)

Present

(Chair)

 

Stacey Barton

Parent Governor

Present

Present

 

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

 

Richard Simmonds

Staff Governor

Present

Present

 

Andrew Tyrrell

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

 

Dyan Taylor

Parent Governor

Not appointed

Observer

 

Barry Brown

Co-Opted

Present

Apologies

 

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

 

Victoria Mealing

Clerk

Not appointed

Present

 

Marilyn Cooper-Keeble

Clerk

Present

Resigned

 

 

 

Full Governing Body Meeting

Name

Role

26th September 2016

14th November 2016

23rd January 2017

Darren Deex

Parent Governor

Present

(Chair)

Resigned

N/A

Scott Manhood    

Local Authority Governor

Present

(Vice Chair)

Present

(Acting Chair)

Apologies

(Chair)

Stacey Barton

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Paul Bertram

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Barry Brown

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Keith Brown

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted

Present

Present

Present

Claire Lawrence

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Apologies

Madeline Lewis

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Apologies

Richard Simmonds

Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Dyan Taylor

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Andrew Tyrrell        

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

(Vice Chair)

Present

(Vice Chair)

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Louise Cockerton

Clerk

Present

Present

Present

Michelle Kneeshaw

Deputy Headteacher

Observer

Observer

Absent

 

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 - Parent 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.

 

Scott Manhood - Authority Governor 

I grew up in Dovercourt and attended Chase Lane Primary School. I moved away to progress my Career but when my wife and I decided to start our own family we moved back to the area. I consider the good education I received helped me with some of the successes I’ve now experienced in life.  Being a governor for 7 years has enabled me to give something back to the community I grew up in. With experience in Finance, Health & Safety, Construction and the Environment, I always try to use the skills I’ve developed in business to aid the school. I have 1 child at the school as my daughter has now left and moved on to senior school. As a foster carer I’ve experienced some magical moments helping children during difficult times in their lives.

I really enjoy working with a group of people with one common aim; making Chase Lane the best it can be. 

 

Madeline Lewis - Parent Governor

I attended Chase Lane Primary School as a young girl and I have very fond memories. It was brilliant news when my daughter was accepted to attend as well. Being able to join the governing body as a parent governor is an amazing opportunity. I now have this important role which I hope to do justice. I was blessed to have a happy and successful education at Chase Lane. So long may that continue for all our present and future children. 

My hobbies include a lot of fitness, mainly running. I’m very active and love to be fit and healthy. What I’ve learnt from my working career is to be pro-active, communicate, be honest and make the most of everything you do. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and you get out, what you put in. Being part of the governing body is exciting and I’m looking forward to the journey.

 

Keith Brown - Co-opted Governor
I live locally and am employed by a large company with an office in Harwich and as such am a great supporter of the community. My children have attended Chase Lane School through their primary years and I have always felt the need to give something back. Having been a governor at the school for nearly nine years, I am still actively involved in school events and serve on the ACL committee. The ACL is there to support the school, teachers and children and endeavours to hold functions that raise funds for the school as a whole. My spare time is taken as a volunteer for the local cricket and football clubs, together with family life. Through my duties as a school governor, I hope to continue the good work that the school has provided over the last few years.

 

Barry Brown - Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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