Yelvertoft Primary School

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Meet our School Governors


Staff Governors:

Mrs Melanie Servent                                    Headteacher

" I have been a Headteacher for over 17 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."

 Mr Barry Dow                                               Staff Governor

"Coming soon"

Parent Governors:


Paul Starkey- Chair of Governors     (Science & Technology team and Humanities team)         

"I am currently a Director of Faculty for a post-16 Further Education College and have significant experience in the education sector.  I started my education career working within Early Years before moving on to work with post-16 learners where I have been for the past 13 years.  I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring the next generation have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals.  I have a particular interest in the quality of education provision and have experience of improving quality and maintaining positive outcomes for all.  I welcome the opportunity to help Yelvertoft Primary School continue to be a provider of high quality education and experiences for the children as well as being an integral part of the local community."

Shelley Dowell                       (SEND & Life Skills team)                                       

"With my son having just joined in Class 1 I’m lucky to be able to work around school hours and give some spare time to invest in the school and his education. I’ve worked with children and families for over 17 years as a family support worker for Rugby Children’s Team and I was a teaching assistant prior to this. I hope to be able to put my knowledge and experience to good use as a governor and continue my passion for best outcomes and success for all children."


Gurpal Singh                          (Physical Education & Sports Premium - PE team)

 "Coming soon"


Co-opted Governors  

Claire Penna                                                (Health & Safety) 

"Coming soon" 

Chris Bolton

Mark Tomlins


Mrs Sophie Woodhead                                 (Safeguarding & Child Protection, Disadvantaged/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 Jane Hetherington - Joint Vice Chair of Governors    ( Maths, Maths team)

" 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."


Associate members:


Mr Roger Griffiths                                      (Website & Arts Team)

"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. "

Mrs Caroline Page - Joint Vice Chair of Governors  ( English, Languages Team )

 "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.








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


Governor Committees


Jane Hetherington- Clerk

Gurpal Singh - Chair

Mel Servent

Barry Dow

Sarah Bevan - SBM


Premises and Health & Safety

Claire Penna - Chair

Roger Griffiths - Clerk 

Mel Servent

Sarah Bevan - SBM



Caroline Page- Chair

Roger Griffiths - Clerk

Paul Starkey

Mel Servent 


Curriculum & Standards

Paul Starkey- Chair 

Shelley Dowell  -  Clerk

Barry Dow

Mel Servent