Our Governors
The purpose of a Governing Body is to:
  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement,
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement,
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice,
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community,
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does,
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review,
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff,
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
(Department for Education, March 2011)

A new Federation Governing Body covering both Polehampton Schools was legally formed on September 1st 2011.
The Instrument of Government was reviewed in Autumn 2015.

Governing Body:
 Type         Name Committee Area of Responsibility
FoundationJoelle CooperMember of Finance and HR
Foundation             Deborah ProcterMember of School and Community (until 5.2.18), then Member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Foundation         Rosemary Hay    Member of Finance and HR. 
Member of School and Community.
Foundation Stage
Local Authorityvacancyn/a
Co-opted    Allistaire Leighton-YoungNot a committee member - schedules and attends regular safeguarding meetingsSafeguarding / Looked-After Children
Co-opted    James SmithChair of Finance & HR
Co-opted Brian Rogers    Chair of School & CommunityHealth and Safety
Co-opted    Caroline Harrison    Chair of Governors.  Interim Chair of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.  Member of Finance and HR.  Member of School and Community.
Co-optedNicola BradshawMember of Teaching, Learning and AssessmentInclusion (SEND & more able)
Co-opted    Phil CurnowMember of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
Parent - Junior        Sarah PickardVice-chair of Governors.   Member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
Parent - InfantAbigail LaceyMember of School and Community.Development Governor.
Headteacher - Infant  Helen BallAll committees
Headteacher - JuniorPenny LitsonAll committees
Staff        Julie LongMember of School and Community.

Associate Governor    Hazel Snellgroven/aDeputy Headteacher - Infant 
Jennifer Stockdale
Zoe Cacutt
n/aDeputy Headteachers - Junior

Lisa Spooner
Clerk to the Governors
Terms of Office:

 Name     Start Date   

 End Date TermAppointed By
 Allistaire     Leighton-Young 17/01/201618/01/2020      4 yearsGoverning Body
 Caroline      Harrison 23/09/2014     22/09/2018 4 yearsGoverning Body
 James Smith 23/09/2014 22/09/2018 4 yearsGoverning Body
 Phil Curnow 25/09/2017 24/09/2021 4 years Governing Body
 Nicola Bradshaw 10/02/2018     09/02/2022 4 years Staff /     Governing     Body
 Brian Rogers 08/07/2018 07/07/2022 4 years     Governing      Body
Joelle Cooper 07/07/2016   06/07/2020 4 years     Diocese
 Rosemary Hay 03/12/201402/12/2018  4 years Diocese
 Deborah Procter 03/11/2014   02/11/2018 4 years     Diocese
 Funmi Alder 01/09/2018 ongoing ongoing Ex Officio
 Helen Ball 01/09/2015 ongoing ongoing Ex Officio

 4 years Local Authority
 Abigail Lacey 14/10/2014 13/10/2018 4 years Parents
 Sarah Pickard 03/10/2014 02/10/2018 4 years Parents
 Julie Long 12/11/2014 11/11/2018 4 years Staff


 NameFull Governing Body Meetings 2017/2018Committee Attendance 2017/2018
Allistaire Leighton-Young 3/8 meetings 0/0
Caroline Harrison 8/8 14/14
James Smith 8/8 5/6
Joelle Cooper 7/8 5/6
Nicola Bradshaw 7/84/5
Brian Rogers7/83/3
Co-opted Vacancy n/an/a
Rosemary Hay 5/68/11
Deborah Procter 6/84/5
Penny Litson 6/6 14/14
Helen Ball7/714/14
Local Authority Vacancy n/a n/a
Abigail Lacey 7/8 3/3
Sarah Pickard7/83/5
Julie Long 8/82/3
 Phil Curnow     5/8 6/10

Previous Governors

The following governors left the Governing Body in the last twelve months:

 Category Name
 Ex Officio
Penny Litson

Register of Other Interests as at July 2018

Governors resolved to disclose all directorships and trusteeships:

 Name Other Interests
Allistaire Leighton-YoungDirector (The Bid Centre Ltd)
Caroline HarrisonParent, Husband is Trustee of David George Trust
James SmithParent, Trustee (David George Trust)
Nicola BradshawStaff, Parent
Brian RogersTrustee (Twyford Snooker Club)

Deborah ProcterParent

Penny LitsonStaff, Trustee (David George Trust)

Helen BallStaff

Joelle CooperParent, Employee of Wokingham Borough Council
Abigail LaceyParent

Sarah PickardParent, Director (New Road Consulting Ltd)
Julie LongStaff

Phil Curnow

Parent, Director (PTD Consulting Ltd, PTD Holding Ltd)