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 Debbie Barlow Staff Governor
"I have been a teacher for many years at several different schools. Which has given me broad experience and knowledge. I love teaching and helping children to recognise and achieve their full potential. They amaze me every day with their curiosity, ideas and enthusiasm. I believe Yelvertoft school is a special place, with a remarkable team of Pupils, Staff, Parents and Governors. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the school beyond the classroom by being the Staff Governor."
Mrs Jane Hetherington - Joint Vice Chair of Governors (Developing Role of Governors & Maths)
"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."
Paul Starkey (Physical Education)
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Claire Penna (Health & Safety & RE)
"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 - Joint Vice Chair of Governors
"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 Nicola Sparkes (English)
"I was delighted to be given the opportunity to be on the board of governors. My main reason for applying for the role was to give something back to such an amazing primary school. My youngest son joined in year 3.As a family we had been struggling and needed a lot of support, Yelvertoft offered us this in abundance and changed our lives. As a governor I want to support the staff so they can continue to do such an outstanding job."
Mr David Noble - Chair of Governors
"I have lived in Yelvertoft for 25 years and have three grown up children who all attended Yelvertoft School. Before retiring five years ago I worked in financial role at Rolls-Royce in Coventry before moving to the Ministry of Defence. Since retiring I have taken on the position of Non-Executive Director at Northampton General Hospital and serve on the Audit Committee of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, giving me a good range of experience of how governance operates in a number of different organisations. In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton in the village hall with the Yelvertoft badminton club."
Mr Roger Griffiths (Website & Arts)
"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
Mrs Sophie Woodhead (Safeguarding & Child Protection & Pupil Premium & Wellbeing)
"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
Wendy Bates - SBM
David Noble - Clerk
Jane Hetherington- Chair
Premises and Health & Safety
Wendy Bates - SBM
Roger Griffiths - Clerk
Claire Penna- Chair
Roger Griffiths - Chair
Sue Nicholas - Clerk
Curriculum & Standards
Mel Servent - Chair
David Noble - Clerk