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Governors

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The Governors at Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School are all volunteers who give up their time because they care about our school. They work closely with the leadership team and help decide how the money we receive would be best spent in order to realise the goals and ambitions of the school. The Governing Body consists of Parents, Staff, Co-opted Governors and a Local Authority Governor who bring a wide range of skills and expertise from areas such as civil service, communications, banking and of course education and parenting. Much of the work of the Governing Body is conducted via the Committees who specifically focus on Resources and Finance and the Curriculum and Community.

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The Chair of the Governing Body is Jenny Gresson.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Ursula Partridge and she can be contacted via email at clerk@grandavenue.kingston.sch.uk or via the school office. If you would like to contact any of the Governors about a particular issue, please email the Clerk, who will forward your correspondence on to the appropriate Governor. Please be assured that this contact would be treated in confidence.

Are you interested in being a school Governor?

HOW TO BECOME A GOVERNOR:

There are five categories of governor:

- Parent governors are elected by the school parent population. Parents (including carers) of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as parent governors and can nominate themselves for this role.
- Staff governors are elected from all people who work at the school. The Head Teacher is automatic, any other staff member is by staff vote
- Local Authority governors are nominated by the Local Authority but are appointed by the Governing Body
- Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are individuals who have been identified to have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance of the school
- Associate governors are current staff but this position can also be held by those with specialist knowledge or experience deemed by the Governing Body to be needed generally or in respect of specific projects. They are nominated and approved by the Governing Body but their term of office can vary and they do not have full voting rights

All governors are appointed according to the skills required within the Governing Body and their term of office is normally four years (apart from Associate Governors which can be a shorter period of time). A skills audit is undertaken annually.

Please see the attached Governors Code of Conduct document:

Governors Code of Conduct

Please click on the link here to see the dates of forthcoming Governors Meetings

Previous Governing Body Meeting Minutes:

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 28th September 2015

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 16th November 2015

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 1st February 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 7th March 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 14th March 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 21st March 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 9th May 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 4th July 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 19th September 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 14th November 2016

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 30th January 2017

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 6th March 2017

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 27th March 2017

Governing Body Meeting Minutes - 15th May 2017


For information on the School Voluntary Fund, please click here


Please see below the Annual Statement of the Governing body

Annual Statement for the Governing Body


The current governors are:

Chair Jenny Gresson
  • Co-opted Governor
Jt Vice Chair Erik Boesten Co-opted Governor
Jt Vice Chair Cath Tanner Co-opted Governor
  Darren Beaver Co-opted Governor
  Daryl Close Co-opted Governor
  Nadine Jones Co-opted Governor
  Kerry Lilienfeld Co-opted Governor
  Onika Russell Co-opted Governor
  Margaret Barrington Ex- Officio
  Agnetha Addison Staff Governor
  Anna McKenna Associate Governor
  Shona Pitcher Associate Governor
  Alex McKee Parent Governor
  Liz Smith Parent Governor
  Kim Small Local Authority Governor


Register of Business Interests and Record of Attendance


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governor profiles

Jenny Gresson

I am a retired primary school Head Teacher who has moved to Surrey from the Midlands to be close to my grandchildren, three of whom attend Grand Avenue. I have a wide range of experience in primary education and I enjoy supporting the school and contributing to the range of skills already within the governing body.

I am interested in all aspects of school life but my particular curriculum interest is Literacy. I also have a keen interest in special educational needs. I am passionate about the impact of participation by all children in the performing arts during their primary school years. I am Chair of the Governing Body, a member of both the Curriculum & Community Committee and the Resources & Finance Committee and Jt Vice Chair of the latter as well. I really enjoy visiting the school and getting to know the children.

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Erik Boesten

I am a father of two children attending Grand Avenue School, and care deeply about the education they and their fellow pupils receive. Becoming a Governor has provided me with the opportunity to give something back to the school which is playing such an important role in our children's lives. Professionally I have worked in Human Resources for over 15 years and hope I can put my experience to use in helping the school to reach its goals. Having spent a few years on the Resources & Finance Committee, I am now contributing to the Curriculum and Community Committee.

Cath Tanner

Cath Tanner is currently joint Vice Chair of the Governing Body. She has been a governor for 13 years, first as a parent governor and more recently as a Co-opted governor. She has one daughter, Sophie, who attended Grand Avenue from Reception to Year 6 and is currently in Year 13 at senior school.

Cath works part-time as a midwife at Kingston Hospital. She became a Governor when Sophie was in Reception. "I became a Governor because I wanted to part of school life and help make a positive difference to the life of the children in the school. Over the years I have seen many major changes but the one constant has been the enthusiasm and commitment of all the staff, making sure the children are happy in the classroom, having fun as they learn".

Cath is also Special Education Needs Governor, which means she meets regularly with Mrs White, the school SENCO, to discuss SEN provision in the school, see the provision for herself attend Steering Group meetings and represent SEN needs in governing body meetings and committee meetings. Cath is also a member of the Curriculum Group which meets twice a term.

"Being a school governor is really challenging but it is equally stimulating and interesting. it's great being part of a small team who make important decisions about the school but who also work equally hard to make sure that we keep the needs of the children at the centre of those decisions".

Darren Beaver

I have two boys at the school, in Year 3 and in Reception. Being a Governor and member of the Curriculum & Community Committee provides the opportunity to offer my support to the school. I have been fortunate enough to find time to help both in school and on trips, providing me with an insight of the effort staff put into the school and into our children. In return the support of parents is vital and paramount in helping staff to achieve their goals for our children and I have seen the difference it makes.

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Daryl Close

I have been a governor since late 2013 having moved into the local area in late 2012. As a father with a young family I have considerable interest in the current and future education of children and with Grand Avenue I am looking to contribute to the ongoing development of the school.

My background is in finance and banking and I have worked for a number of years with a global consultancy in the areas of risk and people management. I currently Chair the Resources and Financing Committee.

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Kerry Lilienfeld

I really enjoy being part of Grand Avenue School! I have two children here. Having worked as a teacher and now as a childminder, I am very interested in children's education and development. I have always been keen to support the school in any way I can. As a parent I have helped with reading and classroom activities and experienced the real buzz in the classroom and as a class rep I get to take a very active role - working with parents, staff and children, supporting school fundraising and helping in general.

In my role as governor, I am now involved in another aspect of school life which is both interesting and challenging and I am now Chair of the Curriculum and Community committee. As a member of the Governing Body, I hope that I can use my previous experience in education as well as my interest as a parent to ensure that the school continues to provide the best opportunities for our children.

Onika Russell

As a mother and community advocate, I have a personal interest in the quality of the education, and life preparation that we provide our young people, so look forward to making a valuable contribution to Grand Avenue and being a member of the Resources and Finance Committee.

I work in the Fintech sector and my experience of working in a young and evolving industry driven by the advancement of technology, has provided me with internationally gained cultural and business experience. I have worked in start-up and global organisations that have required me to contribute to the debate on key decision making and manage significant budgets throughout my career. Within Finance I have always held positions of trust and take great pride in operating with fairness and integrity.

I have volunteered in primary schools in varying capacities, my mother works in primary education and am also a youth mentor, so have an appreciation for the challenges faced in delivering a successful learning environment and the expectations of our next generation.

 

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Kim Small

Kim Small recently joined the governing body as a Local Authority governor. She is a solicitor and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators who has been working in a legal advisory role in higher education for several years. She is a member of the Curriculum and Community Committee and has a keen interest in governance and equality and diversity issues. Kim is looking forward to using her skills and experience to work with the other members of the governing body to continue to drive the school's improvement. 

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Alex McKee

Having two children in the school I am keen to help Grand Avenue School continue providing an excellent learning environment for our children. I started my career as a Chartered Management Accountant for 14 years before moving into Management Consultancy where I delivered projects across a broad range of public and private industries. I look forward to bringing my experience to the Governing Body with a broad range of skills, particularly in the area of financial planning, management and overall strategic thinking, serving on the Resources & Finance Committee, to help the school find the resources to meet its current and future needs.

Liz Smith

I currently have two daughters attending the school in Years 3 and 4. I am keen to help support staff and parents to ensure the school achieves all it can and am really excited to have been appointed as a Parent Governor. I have been a class representative and enjoy volunteering to help at all the fairs, swimming, reading, etc. I have worked as a teacher for the past 14 years, so have a good understanding of current educational policy and a sound knowledge of the Early Years Curriculum.

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Staff Governors:

(Ex-Officio) Mrs Margaret Barrington: Head Teacher and a member of the Resources & Finance Committee.

(Staff) Miss Agnetha Addison: Yr1 Year group leader, Science co-ordinator and a member of the Resources & Finance Committee.

(Co-opted) Nadine Jones: Senior Administration Officer.

 

Associate Members of Governing Body:

Ms Anna McKenna: Deputy Head Teacher, leading on Assessment and curriculum and leads Middle leadership team. A member of the Curriculum & Community Committee.

Mrs Shona Pitcher: Deputy Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager, SENCO and Designated Teacher for Child Protection and Looked After Children. A member of the Resources & Finance Committee.

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