Govenors (ID 1080)
I joined as a parent governor in October 2017, initially as part of the School Improvement Committee and became Co-Chair in September 2019. Governors analyse data, help to formulate robust plans, check for statutory compliance and undertake regular monitoring visits to verify progress. I have Business Management and PGCE Secondary teaching qualifications and worked in both fields. My work experience helps me to understand and perform our governance functions but I also enjoy representing my views as a parent. Our daughter moved to Rodillian High School in September 2021 having had the full Carlton Primary School experience from the early days of Red Bay all the way through to Year 6. Our staff, parents and governors help to make our school a great place to learn and our children generate a positive learning environment with kind and thoughtful attitudes. It is a school within our community we should all feel proud of.
Lauren LambertParent Governor
I joined the governing body in February 2022 as an elected parent governor. I currently work in the Indirect Procurement department as a buyer for Premier Farnell, based in Leeds. In my day-to-day role I work with colleagues from around the globe on a variety of complex and critical business projects. I am hoping this will allow me to review key agenda items and view decisions strategically to ensure the best for the children and school. My daughter has attended Carlton for the last couple of years and I look forward to having a more active role within the school.
Andrew LuptonParent Governor
I was elected as a parent governor in July 2018 and have since been involved in both the school improvement and resources committees. I have been involved in primary education for the past 14 years and am a serving deputy head teacher at a school in Bradford. In my role there I continue to lead maths and teach children with Special Educational Needs and have a lead role in safeguarding as well as supporting the head with analysis of school data. I hope to be able to use my experience to support the school in providing the best possible education and experience for the children of Carlton.
Nicola UpsallCo-opted Governor
I joined the governing body in September 2017 as a co-opted governor. When my two children started at Carlton Primary School I was keen to learn more about their education and to play an active role in the success of their school. I work at Lloyds Banking Group as a Senior Accountant use all the transferrable skills and experience gained from my job to ensure I am doing the best I can for the school and the governing body. My main areas of experience are in finance, HR and project management.
Ruth PetzoldCo-opted Governor
I joined the governor team in 2020 as a co-opted governor. My son started Carlton in 2017, so I am looking forward to learning more about the education system and playing an active role in the life of the school. I have over 15 years' experience in HR in a number of roles including employee relations, policy, recruitment as well as diversity and inclusion. I am currently the HR Projects Lead for an organisation focussed on delivering NHS care in the community. I am passionate about making sure there is equality of opportunity for all and hope I can support the governor and staff teams to create a respectful and inclusive environment where everyone learning and working in the school can achieve their full potential.
Pauline VarnalsCo-opted Governor
I am married with a daughter living in London and a son in Carlton. I began my career working for a television network in Central London. Following a number of years with my young family, I joined the London Borough of Barnet where I became Head of Marketing and Events. I was also responsible for all Mayoral and Council activities in general. My experience in local authority matters led to an appointment with a Junior School in North London as a governor, a position which I held until moving to Carlton in 2007. Since moving into the village I have been an active member of the Carlton Village Residents Association. I have also worked with a church group on the GRACE project raising funds for the educational needs of children in the Ho district in Ghana. I am pleased to have this opportunity to be involved with the school and use my experience to meet the challenges that face education in general and Carlton Primary School in particular.
Nasheen WuismanCo-opted Governor
I was elected as a co-opted governor in 2021. I left Accountancy practice 18 years ago to work in private sector education. In addition to training post graduates for their professional Accountancy exams across all relevant qualifications, I also create learning products over various mediums. Education is definitely a passion of mine and I have worked with local high schools with their career ready programmes to help pupils realise their potential. I will be involved in supporting the school Finance function. However, I am most looking forward to supporting the school and community develop their pupil wellbeing programme. My son has been at Carlton for a few years and being part of his school journey so far as a parent, helps me to appreciate matters from both perspectives. This has been such a great opportunity!
Annie RadleyStaff Governor
I began my staff governor role at Carlton in the academic year 2021-2022. I was appointed Foundation Stage Leader in September 2019 and currently teach Reception class. I completed a BSc Psychology degree before completing my PGCE in 2015 and I have gained experience of teaching and leading in primary schools in Lincolnshire, London and Leeds. I also gained 3 years’ experience being a local authority moderator in Croydon and have a good knowledge of the curriculum across school. Having completed my Ambition School Leadership course and being a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Carlton, I believe school improvement is key to develop a school. I have been part of two successful Ofsted inspections, with the most recent being here at Carlton and I am therefore keen to continue the journey of improvement for the school. I enjoy helping young people dream, achieve and inspire to reach their goals and to develop skills to be all rounded individuals who are well equipped with the skills they need in order to progress in life. I also hope to develop new and valuable skills myself as staff governor.
Have you ever wondered what school governors do?
Across the city there are thousands of members of our community helping to support school leadership teams by volunteering their time and expertise as school governors - but what is it about the role which encourages so many committed volunteers to apply?
Making a difference
All schools have a governing board, that provides strategic leadership. It is responsible for the strategic vision, driving up standards and ensuring money is well spent. Being a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education and positively influence children’s lives.
Use and develop your skills
As well as becoming more involved with your community, school governors develop a range of both new and existing
skills. You do not need to be a parent or have worked in education to be a governor, as a wide range of skills are needed on a Board. These include finance, H.R., buildings, health and safety, legal, complaints, data analysis, project management etc. Or it could be softer skills like working as a team to come to a vital decision. Being a governor is an opportunity to develop your skills. A wide range of training is also available from the Local Authority.
Improve your knowledge about the education sector
As a new school governor, you are not expected to come with a working knowledge of the education sector. This role will allow you will gain a fascinating insight into how schools work and how the education sector is changing and continues to change. You are guaranteed to gain a further appreciation of the work of teachers and school leaders as well as the type of challenges schools face.
It’s a challenge
There’s no denying that being a school governor is a challenge, but that’s a good thing - because it’s important. It may be that you are putting your professional skills to use in a new context or getting to grips with a whole new sector, but most governors find this very rewarding. The fact that the role is so enjoyable is probably one of the main reasons why there are so many governors giving up their time to help.
What qualities make an effective governor?
- a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
- the inquisitiveness to question and analyse
- the willingness to learn
- good inter-personal skills
- appropriate levels of literacy in English (unless a governing body is prepared to make special arrangements)
- sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data
- willingness to attend appropriate training
Types of governors
There are many different categories of governors depending on how they were elected or appointed and the category of school or academy. The most common include; · Co-opted – appointed by the Board and the most common type.
- Parent – elected by the parents
- Staff – elected by the staff
- Foundation – appointed by the Diocese/ Trust
- Local authority - nominated by the local authority and appointed by the board
The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.
What is the time commitment?
The average is 10-15 hours per term; this includes attending meetings, background reading and school visits. Governors are expected to take an interest in the life of the school, to attend some of its events during the academic year and to see something of the school at work.
Being a governor is a public duty and governors have a right to reasonable time off work, although this may be without pay. You should look at your company’s policy to see what entitlement you have.