TJS Governing Body
Who we are:
The governors are all volunteers drawn from parents ,the community, staff and the local authority. We come from a range of backgrounds and contribute in a variety of skills, knowledge and expertise. We meet as a full governing body at least once a term. Committees also meet to address specific areas: Teaching and Learning, and Resources which covers finance and personnel issues. We also undertake a range of individual roles to support our monitoring and evaluation role .
The Governing body acts as a corporate body.
All governor meetings are recorded in minute form. Once the minutes have been agrees and checked for confidentiality they become public record.
Membership is as follows:
Martin Baxter Chair of Governors
I started my working life as a science teacher in a secondary school and, after promotion to a senior post, became a school adviser and later an inspector. This included Ofsted inspections of primary, secondary and special schools. Following that I became a headteacher, led a large school improvement team, and worked at national level on school improvement projects and at government level in four countries to support their national curriculum and assessment.
I believe that it is important to help local schools and I want to draw on my experience to support improvement at Turnfurlong Junior, which is a particular challenge as the education landscape changes. The School is a dynamic place to learn, it promotes a positive and inclusive attitude, establishes a strong base for learning beyond the school, and encourages all children to make a positive contribution. The challenge is to sustain all the strengths of the School this at a time of significant change, including financial constraints, and I want to help the school continue to develop.
Jo Divers Headteacher
It is my absolute pleasure to be the Headteacher of such a dynamic and amazing school, it is a very exciting place to be and everyone is committed to achieving the best outcomes for all children.
Rebecca Ellis Associate Governor
I joined Turnfurlong Junior School in September 2013 as Deputy Headteacher and joined the governing body at the same time as Staff Governor. I have a 9 year old son and know how important it is for children to have the best start in education. I have been so proud to have been part of the school and am looking forward to the exciting times ahead.
Ed Macklin- Day Staff Governor
I am the teacher representative for Turnfurlong Junior School. I have been a teacher for almost 19 years and am passionate about seeing our children develop and learn.
Neil Esslemont Parent Governor
I am new to being a parent governor and I am pleased to have the opportunity to be more involved in the life of the school. I have 3 daughters, two of whom are pupils at the school. I am a Chartered Geologist and I work for London Underground, where I am responsible for the inspection and maintenance of earth structures. In my spare time, I play (and teach) the bagpipes.
Hilary Walker Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Body when TJS came out of special measures and a new GB could be appointed. I have no previous experience of Governance but I have found that there is plenty of support and training available and my job with the Local Safeguarding Children Board means that I have a number of skills that I can bring to the table. I work with young people aged 14 – 18 as a volunteer with the Scout Association. My daughter has now moved on to secondary school but she absolutely loved her time at Turnfurlong and I am enjoying the opportunity to put something back into the school.
Aksa Majid- Parent Governor
Being the oldest of six siblings, I always took a keen interest in helping them to achieve their full potential in life. Since having my own family, I have three children at Turnfurlong Junior School. I have been keen to get involved as a parent governor so that I can make a difference and support the school in the great work that it is doing already in setting excellent standards and creating a happy and safe environment for the children.
I sit on both the teaching and learning and the resources committee. I am passionate about education and my technical and business knowledge as well as dealing with children from an early age sets me in good stead for contributing to and helping to shape the future of the school. I am a project manager for a large IT company and lead and direct a large team. I am educated to degree level in BSC (Hons) Information Systems.
Rachel Hardern - Parent Governor
The Clerk to governors is Jo Cayless, BLT, Governor Services.
The governing body works within the following committee structure:
Resources (Finance and Personnel with responsibility for Health and Safety)
Teaching and Learning (with responsibility for community)
Pay Review Committee
Headteachers Performance Management
Individual Roles on behalf of the governing body include:
Safeguarding /Child Protection
Health and Safety
The governing body have also chosen to establish year links to enable us to get to know the school and children in an informed way.
The above structure enables the governing body to fulfil its role.