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Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section. 

 

Welcome to the High View Governing body page. Here you will find information regarding our role and how we support the school.

 

What is the role of the Governing Body?

 

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The Governing Body are a group of volunteers who give up large amounts of their own time to support the staff and act as a critical friend by providing strategic management. They help to maintain high standards of educational achievement, manage the school’s finances, make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based and aid in the appointment of staff.

 

The Governing Body is presently comprised of the following:

 

Mr D Coomansingh - Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governing Body

 

 I initially became a Governor to simply get involved and make a difference to all our children's school  experience. A lot  has changed in education in the years since I took on these responsibilities, but what  has remained the same is my  belief the relationship between school and home is crucial for children to  perform well in class and enjoy their learning. I have one daughter at High View and my wife Lystra is a member of the PTFA. As a family we value  our school  community. Between family life, volunteering as Chair of Governors and my job as a Recruitment Manager, it's rare to get free time to be honest... but  whatever little i do get i enjoy cooking, watching 1970s and 80s re-runs of West Indies cricket and going to the theatre. If you would like to know more about governance at High View and how we hold the school to account, please leave your contact details with the School Office and I will get in touch. 

 

Mrs K Finnis - Foundation Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Body

 

I grew up in a home where learning was always strongly encouraged but never enforced. My own mum, a retired teacher, had always given me the opportunity to support her in the classroom, so from a very early age I was aware of what happened 'behind the scenes' in schools. I travelled, lived and studied in America for several years, and while there, I worked and volunteered for the Boys and Girls' Clubs in Wisconsin. This afforded me the experience of working with young people from a hugely diverse range of backgrounds. I'd always imagined my career would end up leading me into an educational setting, however that transpired not to be the case! I work full time as a Payroll Project Manager and Implementation Team Leader for one of the UK's leading software providers which allows me to bring experiences from a very different work setting to the Governing Body. As a parent and step-parent of High View pupils, I had always taken a keen interest in the school, so when the opportunity arose to join the Governing Board I was glad to take the position. I chair the Resources Committee and am Link Governor for EYFS, Art, DT and Music. Outside of school and work, I spend most of my free time with my large extended, blended family and take the opportunity when it arises to run, read, cook and enjoy time outdoors. 

 

Mrs F Addy - LA Appointed Governor

 

I have been working in the NHS for the last 13 years, Most of which have been in the mental health service in the Mental Health Act Department, which is about making sure that any detentions that occur within my organisation are legal and do not infringe on our service users rights and are in their best interests. Being a school governor gives me the opportunity to be responsible for the best interests of pupils in a different spectrum from my day to day working life. As a Local Authority governor and a mother, being a school governor is advantageous for me as I can keep up both professionally and personally with the ever changing education system.

 

Mrs K Badwal - Foundation Governor

 

My parents migrated to England and one of the values they bought with them and passed on to me is that 'education is power'. I am an advocate of education, both in school and outside of school. My first stint at being a Governor at High View was when my eldest was at High View. I became involved in ‘Diversity Week’ and was hooked into how things were managed behind the scenes. I’ve rejoined the Governing body in 2015 and been astounded at how much things have changed in primary education. I have a son at High View. I chair the Standards and Curriculum Committee and am the Link Governor for Humanities subjects (Religious Education, Geography and History).

 

I work for a local authority as a senior manager. Prior to that I held senior positions with charities supporting refugees and asylum seekers, supplementary and extended schools and multiple sclerosis.

 

I juggle family and work and in my spare minutes I go to the gym and enjoy spinning, swimming, aerobics and Zumba. When and if I get any spare time, I do enjoy watching Bollywood movies. I like cooking and had a wonderful time during one Diversity Week when I ran a cookery class for the staff and made a powerful curry which did help cure one of the teacher's colds! 

 

 

Mrs S Bhatt - Parent Governor

 

Being born in India and then brought up in England from the age of only 3 years old, the education system in this country was very different from back home and it was a very steep learning curve for myself and my parents, however the ultimate emphasis on education being the empowering force in life stood strong despite the huge changes we experienced as a family. My parents always told us, “If you are educated, your choices in life are limitless. You can stand strong where ever you go in the world, you can open any door you wish to for yourself and the best part is, it is yours forever, to nurture as you wish to”. I always held onto that and with this my passion for education grew along with a hunger to excel in all that I set my mind to, be that in learning for myself or helping others to learn and develop valuable, lifelong, transferable skills.

 

I graduated from Kings College London with a BSc in Medical Biochemistry and started my career in the world of Pharmaceutical sales for a very successful 10 years, after which new chapters began in life and soon I became a mother and now I run my own educational classes for children of all ages from preschoolers onwards. A keen interest in being fully involved in my children’s education grew as I kept in close contact with my children’s teachers to ensure that they never felt any gaps or difficulties in their learning and I started to volunteer in helping to read with children in KS1, helping at Diversity Week with other active parents and in time, I was given the privileged opportunity of becoming a parent governor at High View Primary. Being involved in the behind the scenes projects of the school has opened my eyes to the dedication and hard work the teachers, office staff and Mrs Brailsford put in to ensure that the school is successfully managed, that each child’s individual progress and educational needs are recognised and attended to. The role of the governors being so vital in supporting the headteacher, teachers, teaching assistants and office staff became so clear and it has given me the opportunity to help and have an input in the tight running ship that High View Primary School is. The experience to date has been overwhelming and I am looking forward to learning and developing along the way.

 

Along with being an active and busy Mum of two and being self-employed, I have a true passion for dance, both performing and choreographing. I enjoy cooking and hosting get togethers, spending quality time with my family and friends and when given the opportunity, to tap into my creative side. It’s a jam packed lifestyle but, I thoroughly enjoy it all and manage it all through developing strong multitasking skills and being extremely organised – not easy but definitely possible.

 

 

Mrs C Mclaren - Parent Governor

 

My mother raised me to have a positive and strong sense of self. She encouraged belief systems such as ’’ You can do anything you put my mind to’ highlighting the importance of having passion at the forefront of what you choose to do in life to be successful. Simply be the best you can be. The positive belief systems learnt as children are torches that light the path to success. Primarily taught in the home environment but notably also at school and for me by one particular teacher at primary school. So I experienced the importance of the positive and powerful impact both the home and school environment has in children's pathway to success.

 

As a Criminal Lawyer of 9 years I’ve gained vast and varied experience of working with young people by representing youths from various backgrounds and presenting legal workshops focused on prevention. I also enjoy being a host family for international students visiting the UK to learn English and have been lucky enough to have hosted children from Italy and France as well as China.

 

In my business as a Transformational Life Coach, well being of the mind, body and energy is paramount. When my two children started at

High View, I was so impressed with the school community and the focus on education and the well being of the children that I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I have a keen interest in the well being and progress of all the children at High View. My first stint of getting involved was hosting during diversity week and when the opportunity opened the door to become a Governor I welcomed it.

 

I am a Parent School Governor and Link Governor for well being. In my spare time I am a fitness enthusiast, enjoy eating out and travelling to experience different cultures. Passionate about music, arts and dance.

 

 

Ms T Springer - Co-opted Governor 

 

I served as a Parent Governor for 5 years and have recently been appointed as a Co-opted Governor. In my role as a Governor, I am Subject Governor for Arts, Responsible Officer and also working parties as required.

 

l have worked in the travel industry for just over 28 years and currently work for a leading, international airline in the Sales and Marketing team. As well as my Governance role, l dedicate time for voluntary work with a charity in Sussex, where we take children away on weekend residentials. I also enjoy exercise and team sports and played netball for many years.

 

 

 

Mr J Driscoll - Co-opted Governor

 

I have three children who at the time of writing are 5 and under. My eldest two attend High View and as such l wanted to be involved to support the best outcomes for all children who attend the school.

 

I currently work for a local authority as a Senior Manager where l lead a team of analysts who provide intelligence and performance information for early help services.

 

In my spare time ( not that l have any!) l enjoy watching most sports, especially football, so go to watch my team Crystal Palace regularly.

 

 

Mrs H Beard - Co-opted Governor

 

I worked as a School Business Manager in a Merton Primary School for 28 years and have a certificate in School Business Management (CSBM) from the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

 

I have a good understanding of school finance and the challenges schools face in managing them as well as  the hard decisions they have to make to ensure that the children get the best education available, whilst making sure that the school is a safe and pleasant learning environment for the children and staff.

 

I have a long connection with High View Primary School as l attended the school myself, my children attended and now my grandson has just started in Reception class. I look forward to supporting the school in the future, helping to ensure that all the children have an enjoyable school experience and a good education.

 

 

 

 

Staff Members on the Governing Body

Staff Members on the Governing Body 1 Mrs E Brailsford - Head Teacher (ex officio)
Staff Members on the Governing Body 2 Ms D Leybourne - Observer
Staff Members on the Governing Body 3 Mrs J Riches - Associate (Finance)
Staff Members on the Governing Body 4 Mrs J Rogers - Associate (Standards & Curriculum)
Staff Members on the Governing Body 5 Mrs S Biard - Staff Governor
Staff Members on the Governing Body 6 Mrs T Pillay - Observer

Annual Statement to the School Community from the Governing Board (May 2017)

 

In the year since Ofsted graded High View Primary as good, Governors have continued to support teachers and pupils as the school begins a new chapter in its history. Reflecting on Ofsted’s judgment, governance has not stood still but instead propelled us to build on the strong footing the inspection provided.

 

After a consultation period, Governors unanimously voted on 10th January 2017 to take High View into the Sutton Education Trust (SET) with the sole aim of working in partnership with eight other schools. As Governors it was one of the most important decisions we will ever have to make. With co-operative values at its core, the SET will ensure our school not only plays a leading role in local primary education but will also offer some protection against the tough times ahead as cuts to local authority budgets and services sink in.

As reported in the national media, schools face a severe financial funding issue which cannot be underestimated. Governors are under no illusion that budget pressures pose the single biggest threat to providing a good education for our children. While High View is not at breaking point, tough decisions on how we balance the books will inevitably see cuts in one form or another. These cuts will mean less opportunities and resources for pupils.

 

Another difficult area in which Governors need to support the school is in the recruitment and retention of staff. The pool of good, experienced teachers continually gets smaller and smaller. Good people are hard to find in any organisation and this is certainly the case in education. Governors are committed to retaining our good teachers and understand the key in doing this is being able to offer career progression and development.

The membership of the Governing Board has changed in the last twelve months. After 13 years Roger Savill stood down having spent almost all of that time as Chair. It is with our upmost gratitude that we thank Roger for his unwavering commitment to High View. Chris Jacobs left his role as Associate and we also thank him for his wonderful contribution. Appointed to the Board was Farai Addy as a Local Authority Governor and we also welcomed two new Parent Governors, Sonal Bhatt and Cleo McLaren. If you are interested in governance at High View please leave your details with the school office.

 

Along with our three meetings each term Governors continue to spend time in school to undertake statutory responsibilities. These include overseeing financial auditing procedures, compiling safeguarding reports and reviewing the performance management of the Head Teacher, senior leaders and teaching staff. One of the most valuable times spent in school however is during our termly Monitoring Days. These visits are designed for Governors to drill down into aspects of the school development plan and its priorities. We speak with staff to understand their planning and teaching methods. We scrutinize pupil workbooks to see progress made in class as well as to ensure consistency in marking and that feedback is a two-way conversation. Most importantly we meet with children to hear what they have to say about taking ownership of their learning. Children at High View never fail to disappoint and often it’s from what they say that gives the evidence Governors are looking for to know whether initiatives are working.

 

At April’s INSET Governors participated in the annual school conference. This conference sees the Head Teacher lay out the school priorities for the following year and other senior leaders speak on behaviour, safeguarding, key stage predictions and phonics in Early Years. Subject leaders address their colleagues on planning and new ideas. Throughout the conference Governors are invited to comment and raise questions as we are fully integrated into the day and therefore contributed integrally into devising the school development plan for 2017-18.

 

Going forward the Governing Board have agreed to extend the school day by twenty minutes so all pupils can have a same day Maths intervention no matter their ability. This will see the school day finish ten minutes later at 3.20pm from September 2017. The other ten minutes will be taken from lunch time. Governors have also agreed with the school changes to the nursery provision which for the first time will see a number of full day places benefit families.

 

Finally, Governors would like to acknowledge the Deputy Head Jill Taylor who retires in July 2017. We will forever be grateful for Mrs Taylor’s invaluable contributions not only in Governor meetings but across the entire school community. Mrs Taylor’s work in raising standards of behaviour and attendance, as well as for all the children she has taught over the years, leaves a legacy which will live long in the memory of High View Primary.

Governors Attendance & Declared Interests 2016/2017

Attendance            

Governor's Full Name

Category of Governor

Terms of office

Committees (and voting rights for Associate Members)

Positions of Responsibility

Declared interest

FGB Committee
  Liz Brailsford

  HT

  (ex-officio)

 01/01/08 –    31/12/27

Safeguarding

Personnel

Premises

Standards and Curriculum

Sutton Education Trust (Co-op) Board Member 

  Headteacher   100% 100%
 David      Coomansingh   Co-opted  05/01/15 -  04/01/19

 

Sutton Education Trust (Co-op) Board Member

Core Subjects Governor

Forum of Sutton Governors Representative

 Chair of Governing  Board  Family member  works for school  catering  company 100% 100%
  Kate Finnis   Foundation  30/11/16 –    29/11/20

Vice Chair

EYFS Governor

Training Co-Ordinator

Chair of Resources

Subject Governor for Healthy Lifestyles

 Vice Chair of  Governing Body   100% 75%

Jody Rogers

Associate

05/01/15 – 04/01/19

Standards and Curriculum

 Assistant  Headteacher

 

100% 100%

Sarah Biard

Staff

02/09/16 – 01/09/20

Standards and Curriculum

 

 

100% 50%

Tracy Pillay

Observer

03/04/14 – 03/04/18

Inclusion and SEN

 

 

100% 100%

Donna Leybourne

Observer

05/01/15 – 04/01/19

EYFS

 

 

100% 100%

Kelly Saini Badwal

Foundation

05/01/15 – 04/01/19

Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee

Subject Governor for Humanities

 

 

66% 100%

Farai Addy

Local Authority

15/09/15 – 14/09/19

Safeguarding Governor

Core Subjects Governor

 

 

100% 50%

Sonal Bhatt

Parent

30/11/16 – 29/11/20

Subject Governor for Humanities

 

 

100% 100%

Cleo McLaren

Parent

30/11/16 – 29/11/20

Subject Governor for Healthy Lifestyles

 

 

100% 100%

Tracey Springer

Co-Opted

12/09/16 – 11/09/20

Responsible Officer

Subject Governor for Arts

 

 

100% 75%
Jo Riches   Associate  06/03/06 -  05/03/31  Finance  School Business  Manager   100% 100%
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