Meet our School Governors
Mrs Melanie Servent Headteacher
" I have been a Headteacher for over ten years and have led three different schools before joining Yelvertoft. I have a passion for educating the whole child and really enjoy looking around our school and seeing all the happy, smiling faces from the children and the staff. I have taught across the whole primary age range from Reception to Year Six which places me in a very informed position. There are many aspects of the curriculum that are my favourites, Maths being on top. My aim is to work with the Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils to make our school the very best that it can be."
Miss Calli Morris representing Teaching Staff
" I have been a Staff Governor at Yelvertoft Primary School since October 2008. Presently, I sit on two committees: Curriculum & Standards and Safeguarding. I have worked at Yelvertoft Primary School since 2004 and have taught in Years 4 & 5 before moving to Early Years and Year 1. I became a staff governor because I wanted to support our school, develop new skills and have the opportunity to contribute to our local community. As staff governor, I serve as a useful link between our school staff and the Governing Body. As well as being an enthusiastic and committed supporter of Yelvertoft Primary School, I have a unique understanding of the school which enables me to contribute positively to the development of our school."
Mrs Jane Hetherington
"This is my first time as a parent governor so new territory for me. I love our local Yelvertoft Primary school and the whole ethos of how its run so feel very passionate about supporting it in any way that I can. I have 2 children attending in Years 1 and 3 and both thoroughly enjoy being there – in fact, I can’t think of a better school for them to be in. I have just attended a Governors Training course with 2 of my other fellow governors and we all concluded that it was fantastic at setting out what it is to be a governor and why it is so important that every school has a Governors Board – so I hope that I can live up to the expectations of what it means to be a Governor. I pretty much work full time as Finance Director for a local company so I’d like to think that I can bring in my many years of finance experience to assist in the governance of the school. I am also the Treasurer of our school PTA committee where again I’ve enjoyed being part of an enthusiastic team of people all with the aim of enriching our children’s life and raising much needed funds for the school."
"I am a new Governor this year. My daughter is currently in year 2, we also have a new baby, and I have embarked into this new role to help me fill my time during maternity leave! I enjoyed my school days and want the children at our school to enjoy their time at school, feeling valued, safe, empowered and engaged. My work background is 20 years in Civil Engineering and Construction based on site where I was responsible for projects up to £8,000,000 and involving 100 plus operatives at any one time. I love team sports and have been involved in setting up a new ladies rugby team at Kenilworth. The main pleasure has been seeing new and inexperienced players develop and gain confidence and skills, and the team gel and achieve success in their first season."
Mrs Caroline Page
"I’ve been a Governor at Yelvertoft Primary School since February 2015 and feel very privileged to be part of such a lovely school. I have 2 children, one of whom is currently at Yelvertoft School and one who moved on last September. Both my children would say what a fantastic and happy school Yelvertoft is. Since September 2016 I have been a stay at home mum but prior to that I was a childminder and before that I had nearly 20 years in the world of HR. Also, for the last 6 years I have been an active member of Yelvertoft School Association which raises much needed funds for our lovely school."
Mrs Sam Berridge - Vice Chair of Governors (Health & Safety)
"I am a married mother of three and have been a governor at Yelvertoft Primary school since early 2014. My ties with the school are longstanding as both my husband and I and all of my children have gone through Yelvertoft Primary School, my youngest has recently moved on to Secondary School. I am an NNEB by trade and before having my children I worked in a local school in the pre-school, as a TA and as a holiday club supervisor. Since having my children as well as being a mum I have assisted my husband in running our farm and car storage business. I am also an active member of the local community, running the local toddler group and chairing the Yelvertoft pre-school committee."
Mrs Jenny Crawford - Chair of Governors (Maths)
"I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in 2013 after serving as a Community Governor since 2011 and a year as Vice Chair. I am also the designated governor for Maths but as chair serve on all the sub committees. I have one daughter who is now in Year 8, but who loved her time at Yelvertoft Primary School. Since Pre-school years I have been an active supporter of the school whether as a member of the Pre-School committee, YSA or latterly as a Governor. The school has always benefited greatly from community support and I strongly believe it is imperative for the healthy development of both, that this special two way relationship continues.
I come from a background of business management within the electronics industry, having worked for international companies across various disciplines. This broad base of experience has a strong relevance in modern governance as the Department for Education levels ever more demanding expectations on the role of the Governing Body plays in school leadership."
Mr Roger Griffiths (Website)
"I have been a governor of this School for more than 25 years and have had two children attend it before they moved to Guilsborough. At first I was a parent governor and acted as a vice chair for a few years before becoming a Local Authority governor representative. I am now a co-opted member of the Governing Body. After running my own landscape architecture business for many years I am now retired but involved in a variety of interests. These include being chairman of Yelvertoft Village Hall and a trustee of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. I am a keen artist and a trustee of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. and in addition I enjoy the outdoors playing golf and walking. The Primary School is vital to the local community and being a governor enables me to contribute to the success of the School and the maintenance of consistently high standards which it has upheld for many years."
Mrs Jane Larder representing Support Staff
"I have a long, unique affiliation and understanding of Yelvertoft Primary School which enables me to contribute positively to the development of our school. I have been a Teaching Assistant since 2000, working in both KS1 and KS2, during this time the role of support staff has changed significantly, nowadays working closely with the class teacher to deliver effective learning in all areas. My motivation as a governor is to ensure that Yelvertoft Primary provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment."
Mrs Mavis Sale (English)
"I have lived in Yelvertoft for 40 years and spent 30 years working as a primary school teacher in Leicester. I mainly taught pupils in years 4,5 and 6 in three schools varying from the rough and tough to one in a fairly affluent area. I volunteered to join our governing body as a representative of Yelvertoft Parish Council of which I was a member at the time. I currently serve on the Finance and Curriculum /Standards committees. I enjoy village life and am active in the WI and WEA, a voluntary provider of ongoing education."
Mrs Sophie Woodhead (Safeguarding & Child Protection)
"I have been involved with Yelvertoft primary school for many years with 2 children in years 6 and 4 and have volunteered at the school, but this is my first time as a governor. I have been working as a doctor in the NHS for 17 years so have extensive experience of other areas of the public sector and deal with safeguarding in my current role but am new to 'education'. I am looking forward to the challenges of being a governor and hope that I can bring some of my skills to work positively for the school. In my spare time I like walking and usually have a craft project 'on the go'. I feel passionately that all children need and deserve an excellent start to their education in a safe and welcoming environment and I feel privileged to be able to contribute and be involved in this way"
Local Authority Governors:
Mrs Sue Nicholas (SEND & Inclusion)
" I am married with two grown up children, I have lived in Yelvertoft for nearly 40 years and for 25+ years have been a Governor at Yelvertoft Primary School. My husband and I run the local village oil buying consortium YOBCo and I am also involved in the village Ladies Choir and Parish Church. Currently I am on the Curriculum and Personnel committees and have responsibility as the SEN Governor. Our Primary School is very much part of our community and I am privileged to have been a part of it for so long."
What is the role of our Governors?
Our Governors have 3 main roles:
Their Strategic role, which is about:
A vision for the school
Developing aims for the school
Planning so that all pupils can achieve the very best they can
Their role in School Improvement is that of a ‘Critical Friend’ and in this role they:
Monitor and evaluate the school’s work
Visit the school
Ensure that all meetings are effective by reading all papers prior to the meeting and preparing their questions for areas that they would like to discuss at the meeting
Their Accountability role which is concerned with:
Reporting on progress
Reciprocal accountability between school leaders and governors
The accountability to parents and the community they serve
School governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to parents and the community. The responsibilities of the governing body include:
Promoting high standards of education and achievement
Planning the school’s long term future
Setting the schools aims and values
Appointing senior staff, including the Headteacher
Budgetary allocation and control
Deciding on the number of staff to be employed
Making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced
Considering how the school will ensure that all pupils have access to the full range of extended services
Caroline Page - Chair
Wendy Bates - Clerk
Premises and Health & Safety
Sam Berridge - Chair
Wendy Bates - Clerk
Sophie Woodhead - Chair
Jane Larder - Clerk
Roger Griffiths - Chair
Sue Nicholas - Clerk
Curriculum & Standards
Mel Servent - Chair
Mavis Sale - Clerk