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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section.

 

The Governing Body would like to say a warm welcome to Whiteheath Junior School.  As Governors, we all care passionately about our school and work in partnership with the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Teaching staff to act as a ‘strategic partner’ to:

  • strive for the highest educational standards and promote best practice
  • put the welfare and needs of our children at the centre of everything we do
  • sustain the inclusive ethos of our school and maintain a strong relationship with parents and the local community

 

Led by our Chair of Governors, Mr Jim Edgecombe, the Governing Body meets regularly to monitor and continually improve all aspects of school life including the curriculum, personnel, finance, school policies, resources as well as standards of education and achievement. 

 

In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the School Governing Body are:

1) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2) Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

There is a Full Governing Body Meeting each term with separate meetings of the following sub-committees:

  • Teaching and Learning - including assessment, curriculum, special education needs, safeguarding, pastoral care and associated policies
  • Finance and Resources - including premises, health and safety, personnel, GDPR and associated policies

 

Meet the Governors for 2019-20

Jim Edgecombe – Governing Body Chair
Michael Spooner - Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Michelle Kenny - Head Teacher
Ashleigh Garland – Staff Governor
Natalie Anwar - Associate Governor

Kerry Quantrell - Associate Governor

Sarah Ovens - Associate Governor

Michael Spooner - Co-opted Governor

Kate Boulter  - Clerk to the Governors

Simon Blackwell - Parent Governor

Alison Percy - Parent Governor

Vacant - Parent Governor

Rena Drone - Co-opted Governor

Vacant - Parent Governor

 

Governors can be contacted via the school office. However, if you have any specific issues regarding individual pupils or members of staff, these should be raised with the Head Teacher in the first instance.

CURRENT GOVERNORS

 

Business/Pecuniary/ Other Interests

Charity

Trusteeships

Other educational establishments governed

Relationships with school staff

Term of Office

Committees

Co-opted Governors (6) - appointed by the Governing Body

Jim Edgecombe

Chair of Hillingdon Schools Forum

NONE

NONE

NONE

02/03/20-01/03/24 (second)

Finance & Resources

Teaching & Learning

Rena Drone

Director - DR1 Asset Management Ltd, Delicious Brands Ltd, Himmense Ltd

NONE

NONE

NONE

21/06/18-20/06/22 (first)

Finance & Resources

Michael Spooner

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

02/03/20-01/03/24 (second)

Finance & Resources (Chair)

(3 x vacancy)

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Parent Governors (3) - elected by parents

Lee Hudson

Director – Hudson Medical Care Ltd.

NONE

NONE

NONE

20/11/20-19/11/24

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Ali Percy

Sole Trader - Percy Research

NONE

NONE

NONE

01/01/18-31/12/21

Teaching & Learning (Co-Chair)

(1 x vacancy)

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LA Governors (1) - nominated by the LA

Simon Blackwell

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Spouse works in Whiteheath Infant School

25/05/21-24/05/25 (first term as LA Governor)

Finance & Resources

Teaching & Learning (Co-Chair)

Staff Governor (1) - elected by staff

Ashleigh Garland

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

11/10/17-10/10/21

Teaching & Learning

Headteacher - ex officio

Michelle Kenny

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

ex officio

All Committees

Associate Members - appointed by the Governing Body

(none)

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Annual Governance Statement 2019-20

Updates from the Governing Body

GOVERNOR BIOGRAPHIES

 

Jim Edgecombe

I am a retired civil servant living in Uxbridge, where all my children went to school.
I have been a governor of various schools, primary and secondary, in the Borough of Hillingdon for over 20 years.
I have continued to be a governor because I feel that people who are not educational professionals should have a significant say in the operation of our education system.
I enjoy being a governor because I can see how our children take advantage of what our schools offer not only in academic learning but in wider areas.

 

Michael Spooner

My name is Michael Spooner and I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2016.

I decided to become a governor because I wanted the opportunity to be able to help support a local school in my community, by providing perspectives considering my HR experience and also to learn new skills and knowledge myself. In the role of governor I’m keen to understand our school in greater depth and drive forward new ideas and insights to ensure continuous improvement.

I am a HR professional working in the private financial sector and specialises in strategy, leadership and respect & inclusion.

I enjoy being a governor at this great school and feel privileged to be able to do so.

 

Simon Blackwell 

My name is Simon Blackwell and I joined the governing body at Whiteheath Junior School in 2016. Like many who do this, I was motivated by the opportunity to contribute to something within my community. Working in a structure where people give up their time for free is brilliant because there’s no politics, agendas or egos – just like minded people working together to serve a common set of objectives. That’s about as liberating as it gets.

Professionally I've spent the last twenty years working in London, developing marketing and go-to-market strategies predominantly in the telco, IT and fintech sectors.  But when I’m not doing that I get to work with the great team we have at Whiteheath, where I sit on our Finance & Resources Committee and serve as the current Vice Chair for Teaching & Learning.

Being a governor continues to pays dividends in terms of my professional and personal growth, so if you have something to offer I would wholeheartedly recommend it.

 

Alison Percy

My name is Ali Percy and I am a parent to 3 children - a son who has just moved on from Whiteheath, and twin daughters in year 4.  Alongside being a parent, I also manage my own business as a qualitative market researcher, which I love as it means I can spend lots of time being nosy about other people's lives! 

I joined the governing body in January 2018 because I've seen how the positive environment of Whiteheath has encouraged my children and their peers to develop and grow in confidence, and I wanted to support the school in continuing to offer a wide range of experiences to its students.  It’s important to me that our school environment is one where our children feel safe to be children still, to play, to grow and to make and learn from their mistakes and I enjoy working with the fantastic team at Whiteheath in maintaining a healthy, happy place for all our children.

 

Rena Drone

My name is Rena Drone and I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2018. I am currently a Director at an investment bank in Equity Sales and also a Director of a property management company which I co-founded. I graduated with a MSc (Hons) Economics and am also a chartered management accountant (ACMA). In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit as well as fund raising.

I know first hand the importance of education, for me it was a way out of financial hardship. Ultimately the reason I became a governor is because I want to help the school achieve its aims and invest in the learning and development of children and young people. Another one of my key reasons for becoming a governor at Whiteheath Junior School was to get more involved in the community where I spent most of my childhood and teenage years. For so many families, the school is the centre of the community – they go there more often than any other place. I think it’s important for schools to have input from those of us who aren’t directly involved in the education system – we become links between the two, opening up more possibilities for the school and wider community.
Being able to serve this school and the community is highly rewarding and a huge privilege. I also see this position as an opportunity to develop new skills - learning and development doesn't end when you leave school!

 

Lee Hudson

My name is Lee, and I am a parent governor. I have a daughter who is currently at Whiteheath Junior, and younger daughters at the infant school who will be eventually be transitioning. When I’m not being a parent, I work as a consultant children’s doctor in London and also as an associate professor researching child health.  Becoming a governor was important for me not only to contribute and support the school from the perspective of a parent, but also because my own state education has been very important in allowing me to progress and achieve in my life and career – so it is important to me to support children coming through education (especially at such a challenging time during a pandemic).  I am also passionate about the rights and wellbeing of children which has been reflected in my career. Ruislip is now also my home and I strongly believe in playing a part in supporting a community to be a success and face its challenges. My aim as a governor is to support, and where necessary challenge the school in its strategy to deliver the best and most holistic  learning  environment and opportunities to allow the children to succeed, excel and reach their full potential. Education is the great enabler of life opportunities in all of their many forms.

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