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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

Mrs Margaret Bonner Local Authority 22.11.17 21.11.21

Finance & Premises.

Personnel

Chair of Governors Mental Health and Wellbeing

Social Worker  Health & Care Professions Council.

Landlord

Mrs. Dyan Taylor Parent 13.11.16 13.11.20

Chair of Curriculum.

Personnel

Vice Chair

Sports Premium

and

Health & Safety

Vice President Social Co-ordinator of Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club

Mrs. Julie O’Mara

 

Headteacher

 

n/a

n/a

All committees

Headteacher

 

Member of staff at Chase Lane School

 

Ms Natasha Webb

 

Parent 06.02.18 06.02.22 Chair of Personnel

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding None
Mrs Elizabeth Ford Co-opted 20.07.18 20.07.22

Finance & Premises.

Personnel

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

&

Disadvantaged Pupils

Pupil Premium None
Mr Barry Messenger Parent 01.08.18 01.08.22 Chair of Finance & Premises Data Protection Data Protection

None

Mrs Stacey Barton

Co-opted

05.02.16.

05.02.20.

 

Finance and 

Premises

 

 

Curriculum & Standards

 

Member of Staff at

Chase Lane School.

Mrs Suellen Earle

Co-opted

14.03.16.

14.03.20.

Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

&

Attendance

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

Standards and Assessment

 

Curriculum and Standards

Member of staff at Chase Lane School

Sister-in-law is teacher at Chase Lane

 

Miss Hannah Everett

 

Parent 23.05.19 23.05.23        

 

Mr Nathan Evans

 

Co-opted 18.07.19 18.07.23        

 

 

 

             

Dates of Full Governing Board Meetings

23th September 2019

11th November 2019

9th March 2020

15th June 2020

 

Governors Attendance at Meetings

 

Personnel and Information Governance Committee

Name

Role

31st October 2018

27th February 2019 11th June 2019

Andrew Tyrrell

 Co-Opted Governor

Apologies

Apologies -

Claire Lawrence

 Parent Governor

- - -

Dyan Taylor

 Parent Governor Present Present Present
Julie O’Mara

 Headteacher

Present Present Present

Elizabeth Ford

 Co-Opted Governor

Present Present Present
Tracy Eve  Parent Governor - Not present -

Natasha Webb

 Parent Governor

Present (Chair) Present (Chair) Present (Chair)

Victoria Mealing

 Clerk

Clerk Clerk Clerk
Margaret Bonner  Local Authority Governor Present Present Present
Barry messenger Parent Governor     Present

 

 

Finance and Premises Committee

Name

 Role

7th February 2018

24th April 2019

3rd July 2019

Richard Simmonds

 Staff Governor

Present

Apologies

Present

Stacey Barton

 Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Apologies

Victoria Mealing

 Finance Manager

Present

Present

Present

Julie O'Mara

 Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Margaret Bonner

 Local Authority Governor

Present

Present

Present

Barry Messenger

 Parent Governor

Present (Chair)

Present (Chair)

Present (Chair)

Elizabeth Ford

 Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Michelle Kneeshaw  Deputy Head Observer Observer -

Kim Webb

 Clerk

Clerk

Clerk

Clerk

 

Curriculum Committee

Name

Role

10th October 2018

13th February 2018

5th June 2019

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Richard Simmonds

Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Andrew Tyrrell

Co-Opted Governor

Apologies

Not present

Not present

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

Present
Tracy Eve Parent Governor Apologies Not present -
Dyan Taylor Parent Governor Present (Acting Chair) Present (Chair) Present (Chair)

Victoria Mealing

Clerk

Clerk

Clerk

Clerk

 

 

Full Governing Body Meeting

Name

Role

18th June 2018

13th September 2018

12th November 2018

11th March 2019

Stacey Barton

Co-opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Paul Bertram

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Resigned

N/A

N/A

Margaret Bonner

Local Authority Governor

Present

Present

Present (Chair)

Present (Chair)

Suellen Earle

Co-Opted Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Tracy Eve

 Parent Governor

Present

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Elizabeth Ford

Co-opted Governor

-

Present

Present

Present

Barry Messenger

Parent Governor

-

Present

Present

Present

Julie O’Mara

Headteacher

Present

Present

Present

Present

Richard Simmonds

Staff Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Dyan Taylor

Parent Governor

Present

Present

Present

Present

Andrew Tyrrell

Co-Opted Governor

Present (Chair)

Apologies

Present

Present

  Natasha Webb Parent Governor Present Apologies Present Apologies
  Louise Cockerton Clerk Clerk Clerk Apologies Apologies

  Linda Boor

Clerk - - - Clerk
  Michelle Kneeshaw Deputy Head Observer Observer - Observer

Vicky Mealing

Finance Manager

-

-

Clerk

Present

Governor Profiles

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.

 

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!

 

 

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

 

Mr Andrew Tyrrell Co-opted Governor 30.11.15 Resigned 24.05.19
Ms Tracy Eve Parent Governor 04.03.18 Resigned 24.05.19
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
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