Seven Hills Primary School

"A Place Where Everyone is valued"

Governors

 

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 SEVEN HILLS PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY

 

 Seven Hills Primary School is a community school.

 

The name of the governing body is ‘The governing body of Seven Hills Primary School’.

 

The Governing Body of any school is in place to provide both support and challenge for the school in the way it is led and managed in order to provide the best possible education to every pupil in the school - our Governing Body is no exception.

Our Governors do not tend to get involved with the daily running of the school but their expectations are exceptionally high in terms of the way they support and carry out their roles and responsibilities. It is the role of the Governors to monitor and work with the school leaders on the strategic planning and thinking ahead; they also ask questions and are well informed about every aspect of school life.

Our Governors share the vision and ambition as part of the leadership team (Click link for School Development Plan) for the children at Seven Hills to be the best they can possibly be both academically and socially as well as emotionally. This is embedded in the Curriculum Intent (Click link for Curriculum Intent). The governing body strongly agree that the children are at the heart of everything we do at Seven Hills.

Governors are invited to attend special days for their specific year group to which they are attached. These include special curriculum days, performances, Inspire days etc. and they also meet the member of staff responsible for their specific governor area in order for them to present what has been implemented and the current impact. (Click link for Governor Responsibilities) They are also able to provide support and challenge, as appropriate. Additionally, they are in tune with staff and pupil voice.

Governors are volunteers who give a significant amount of time over the course of the year to helping the school be the best it can possible be. They are part of the biggest volunteer workforce in the country and we thank them for their time and efforts.

 

The governing body consists of:

            1 Headteacher

            Parent Governors;

            LA Governor;

            1  Staff governor;

            7 Co-opted Governors;

 

Total number of governors 12

 

We have a Chair of Governors and 2 Associate Governors. Our Associate Governors hold voting rights within the governor committees but not at the full Governing Body Meetings. As Deputy Headteacher and School Business Manager, they also hold strategic positions within the school.

Each governor forms part of one of three committees: Pupil Support; Resources or Teaching and Learning. (Click link to Governor Roles 2021-22)

Our Governors provide support and challenge in equal measure thanks to their excellent knowledge of the school and the policies and practices. The skill set, experiences and varied interests of our Governing Body is also a strength of our school.

 

Our Governors

Mr R Catherall

As Headteacher of Seven Hills Primary School for the last 10 years, it has been a privilege to be part of such a strong and caring governing body. Whilst acting as critical friends, our governors makes sure that I keep everyone safe, I ensure all our children achieve their full potential both academically and socially and that I manage finances effectively across school.

I am passionate about education and have been involved in teaching for 30 years throughout the primary age ranges. Every day is different at Seven Hills and every day is an exciting learning day both for me and the children!

As a keen sports fan, I believe in fair play, a team ethos, resilient players and supporting each other to achieve our goals. I am proud to be part of the Seven Hills Team - ‘A Place Where Everyone is Valued’.

Mrs M Webb

My journey at Seven Hills has been a long and interesting one. I have been a qualified teacher for 40 years, taught here for 32 years and been the Deputy Headteacher for the last 13 years. My son attended this school and some of my grandchildren are part of our school family. Both my daughters work at Seven Hills, and it is a joy to have them as part of our school family.

One of my many roles at school is to ensure all children make good progress by tracking their attainment and meeting with staff to ensure teaching and learning is having a positive impact. As a member of the safeguarding team, I work with lots of stakeholders to keep everyone safe.

My main leisure activities include reading and listening to all genres of music. Coming from Liverpool I am a fan of the Fab Four and a lot of the children will know this about me. Having a Beatles medley included in the Young Voices score this year was a bonus and singing at Sheffield Arena again was a fabulous experience to share with the children.

 

Mrs. Susan Redfearn

I have been a member of staff here at Seven Hills Primary School for the last 9 years and part of the governing body for the last 6 years. I am currently a HLTA based in year 3 and 4 but have had experience working across all key stages within school. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the governing body representing the staff in school.

 After having my own children and seeing them start their school journey, I soon realized that I had a real interest in education. I decided to change direction after a 20-year career in Banking to retrain and volunteer at their school. This then led to me taking up a position here at Seven Hills. I thoroughly enjoy my job and am passionate about supporting children both academically and socially. It is an incredibly rewarding job and I am proud to be part of the Seven Hills family.

Miss Katy Earnshaw

I joined the Seven Hills Team as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2008 and became a member of the Governing body in 2015. I have taught mainly in Nursery, with a brief spell in Year 1. I love my role supporting our very youngest children and their families as they start their learning journey at Seven Hills. Every day is different, and it is wonderful to see the children grow in confidence, make progress from their unique starting points and most of all enjoy their learning! I am very passionate about supporting children’s mental health and well-being and currently lead on Mindmate (SEMH) and Travel Planning (Active travel to school). I am also responsible for EVOLVE, which involves ensuring that the correct risk assessments are in place for school trips and enrichment opportunities to take place safely.

In my free-time, I am an avid Rugby League fan, I enjoy reading, baking, and visits to the Theatre as well as spending time with my family.

I love working at Seven Hills and feel very proud to be part of this wonderful School community.

 

Sarah Newton

I’ve worked with school since 2019, and currently serve as Chair of Governors.

As Governors we have a key role in aiding school to ensure our children have all the opportunities to fulfil their potential, no matter their background or needs. Asking challenging questions to be that supportive critical friend, driving strategic development and achievement standards.

I worked in financial service for nearly 20 years, including in governance, and currently am the Customer Relations Manager for a rail company.

My nephew and niece attend Seven Hills so I have a vested interest in supporting school both on a personal and community level, to help our children achieve and succeed in their school careers.

 

Miss Amy Mandelj

I originally started working with Seven Hills as part of FOSH PTA when my son Tyler started in reception, organising various fundraising events within the school.

A couple of years later, school were looking for parent governors with admin and finance experience. I decided this was my opportunity to give more back, and in doing so I have been able to learn so much about the inner workings of the school which I would never have known without becoming a governor. I have now been a governor for four years. I absolutely love been a part of the school community and being able to see first hand plans coming into action.

Outside of school I have two businesses. The first is predominantly admin based, aiding small businesses to get organised and to grow. The second is product based helping to spread love and positivity through crystals and other items.

My son and I are big football fans and I also love cats, crafting and crystals.

 

Kathrine Day

As a mother of three boys, I have been attending Seven Hills Primary School for 12 years so far. I have tried to remain as engaged and involved as possible over the years. I joined the School PTA During 2021 as Secretary and followed to join the Governors as a parent governor in 2022.

I am keen to be involved in the community and have involvement with the local council and schools along with local sports clubs. The schools Ethos resonates perfectly with me and I believe captures the essence of what life should be about. Seven Hills Primary are great ambassadors for being “a place where everyone is valued”

Alongside heavy involvement with our Children’s sports teams we have three businesses centred around art, design and creativity, printing, sweets can edible treats. With any remaining free time, I enjoy getting outdoors to spend quality time with my family and friends along with downtime focussing on art.

 When combined, all of this experience simply enhances the strategic running of Seven Hills Primary School. It also provides the necessary support and challenge to move our school forward in the best interests of the children, in line with Government, OFSTED and DfE guidance and legislation.

 

Cllr Wyn Kidger

I have just joined the Governing body of Seven Hills Primary school and look forward to the future with the school, supporting in any way I can.

I was a governor for 12 years at Morley Newlands Academy, enjoying being involved with the school and the children.

I am a Leeds City Councillor and Morley town councillor and I am also the Outer South Children's Champion I am passionate about children and will help in anyway I can to ensure children receive the best care and attention they deserve.

Children are tomorrow's adults.

 

Mrs H Robertshaw

I have been a member of staff here at Seven Hills Primary School for the last 14 years and part of the governing body since I started in 2008 as an associate governor. I am the School Business Manager and report to the governing body on all aspects of school finance. I am involved in many aspects of school management which include HR, H & S, premises management and support staff throughout school wherever possible. I thoroughly enjoy my role in school.

I have worked in banking prior to having a family and after taking a few years out I started working in school settings as an admin assistant in 1993. This then led to me taking up a position as School Business Manager here at Seven Hills in 2008. I thoroughly enjoy my job and am passionate about supporting the school to move forward and contend with the constant changes within an educational setting. It is an incredibly challenging job but extremely rewarding and I am proud to be part of the Seven Hills family.

 In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy time spent outdoors walking, watching cricket and being away in my caravan.

 

Andy Arnfield 

I have been an LEA School Governor for 3 years with a daughter coming towards the end of her Seven Hills journey. I have worked in Education for 15 years and more recently worked in the NHS for almost 20 years.

I have really enjoyed my time as a Governor and have found the experience immensely rewarding. Having a deeper understanding of the work taking place in the School has enabled me to appreciate the full value of all the staff. Working alongside the pupils has been a pleasure and a real reminder of how beautiful the creative minds of young children can be.

I have a particular interest in the emotional wellbeing of the children at school and how this underpins the School Curriculum. I enjoy reading and so being linked with the School Reading Lead has provided real fulfillment.

I would encourage everyone to consider being a School Governor. It is interesting and provides a real insight into what makes Seven Hills so special. It has certainly enhanced the quality of my life working with so many fine people and observing the pupils embracing the joy of learning.

 

When combined, all of this experience simply enhances the strategic running of Seven Hills Primary School. It also provides the necessary support and challenge to move our school forward in the best interests of the children, in line with Government, OFSTED and DfE guidance and legislation.

 

Bamidele Bode 

I took interest in Education and became a Governor about 3 years ago when my daughter started Reception at Seven Hills. I was told about the vacancy during our first parent visit. I was first a Co-opted Governor and then became a parent governor. I am also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and have recently got involved with Health and Safety in the School.

Being a governor at Seven Hills has been an amazing experience, it gives me so much satisfaction knowing that my child attends the same school where I am governor. I am also confident in the leadership at Seven Hills because I know that they put the pupils at the heart of everything that they do.

I have come from a Finance and IT background and over the last 15 years I have worked in several Banks and Financial institutions. I have very recently started working in a company that provides data analysis tool for Schools and Colleges. Being a governor has no doubt heled me even in my day-to-day life and I have had access to numerous trainings to help me perform the role effectively.

In my spare time, I love to travel, spend time with my family and socialise with friends.