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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

The Governing Body of Upton Infant School would like to welcome all the users of this website. On this page, we aim to provide you with information and details of the tasks we undertake towards the successful running of the school.

We hope that the information provided throughout this website will provide evidence of how much we all believe and value not only academic achievement, but also how much the children are encouraged to achieve their potential, as well as demonstrating how happy, safe and secure they feel in their learning environment. The Governors are proud to be a proactive part of a very successful and dedicated team.

The Governing Body is always keen to meet and hear the views of both parents and pupils, and can be contacted via the governors' email address (governors@uptoninf.dorset.sch.uk) . Alternatively, contact details for the Chair and Vice Chair can be found at the bottom of each school newsletter. Minutes for each meeting are held in school should anyone wish to read them.

The Governors are actively involved in school life in many ways from appointing staff, overseeing budgetary expenditure and ensuring a safe environment for staff and children.

GOVERNING BODY

 

Steve Austen

Date of appointment: 01/07/10

Category of governor: Co-opted

Committees attended: Finance and Premises

Responsibilities: Chair of Governing Body, Inclusion (SEN)

Terms of office: 01/07/14 - 30/06/18

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I've been a school governor since July 2010 and have been Chair of the Finance Committee and SEN link governor for 4 years, taking over as Chair of Governors from Jayne French in September 2015. I have received training in my areas of responsibility, allowing me to bring my own experience to the role and also to take new experience back to my day job. The staff go out of their way to make you feel part of the team and ensure that you have all the information and explanation you need to fulfil your particular role, challenging and supporting the team to continuously improve the outcomes for Upton children. The opportunity to gain a greater insight into how good the school really is, to understand more of what goes on behind the scenes and to contribute in a small way in supporting the school's development is a real privilege and very rewarding.

 

Duncan Churchill

Date of appointment:  20/02/17

Category of governor:  Headteacher

Committees attended:  All

Responsibilities:  Senior Leadership

Terms of office:  20/02/17

Business Interests:  Nil

Financial Interests:  Nil

I have been a teacher for fourteen years working exclusively in Infant schools as I believe they give children the specialist start they need in their most important years at school.  Prior to starting at Upton Infants I was the Headteacher of Mudeford Infants School in Christchurch which I led for six years.  Outside of school I love to travel and I am a keen runner.  In 2016 I completed my first marathon.  I am delighted to have joined Upton and I look forward to working with the excellent team.

 

David Reeves

Date of appointment: 16/03/00

Category of governor: Local Authority

Committees attended: Headteacher's Performance Management

Responsibilities: EYFS, Mathematics

Terms of office: 16/03/14 – 15/03/18

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I am a grandfather with 5 delightful grandchildren. I have spent my working life involved in education. For 23 years I was a Headteacher and for the final few years of my career I helped organise a partnership of 32 schools in East Dorset. Being a governor enables me to continue to learn about education and hopefully provide some useful experience for the school.


Deborah Sanders

Date of appointment: 01/03/1988

Category of governor: Co-opted

Committees attended: 

Responsibilities: Literacy

Terms of office: 01/03/13 - 28/02/17

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I am married to David, who is a lawyer. We have three adult children, two boys and a girl, all of whom attended Upton Infants, Juniors and Lytchett Minster Schools. I am a Primary School teacher specialising in Music and teach this subject privately at home to children and adults. Miss Chalmers was the head when my eldest son entered the school and she invited me to become a governor. This means that I have been a governor for over twenty years. Consequently, I have seen many changes in staff, methods of teaching, the introduction of the National Curriculum with its various aspects, all of which have been interesting and have kept me up to date with the ever changing educational world. As a governor I try to attend all the meetings and visit the school frequently. Once a term there is a governors’ week when I and the other fellow governors come into school to observe lessons in all the years with a particular focus on which the head gives us. My particular governor role is linked with Literacy which means I have regular meetings with the Literacy Coordinator who keeps me informed of all that is going on in this subject within the school. We are not paid for being a governor and it means giving up some of our spare time. However, personally I find it very rewarding in that I help a little in seeing that Upton Infants remains a very good local school where everyone works as a team.

 

Adele Weaver

Date of appointment: 13/10/15

Category of governor: Staff

Committees attended: 

Responsibilities: Equality, Staff

Terms of office: 13/10/15 – 14/10/19

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I am Mum to 2 children who have both been lucky enough to start their learning journey at Upton Infant School.

I have been working at Upton Infant School for the past 6 years as an Inclusion teaching assistant, most recently specialising in speech, language and communication, a very interesting and rewarding role, and am proud to work as part of such a fantastic team of staff.

 

Daniel Williams

Date of appointment: 01/09/09

Category of governor:

Committees attended:  Finance and Premises

Responsibilities: Senior Leadership

Terms of office: 01/09/16 -

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I have taught at Upton Infant School for ten years, in which time I have held a number of different responsibilities and coordinated a variety of subjects. This enabled me to gain a thorough picture of the school before assuming the role of Deputy Head. I am married and have two children of infant school age. I am very pleased to see how the school continues to go from strength to strength, and I am always very proud to tell people that I work at Upton Infant School. 

 

Becky Hall

Date of appointment: 13/10/15

Category of governor: Co-opted

Committees attended: Finance and Premises

Responsibilities: PE

Terms of office: 13/10/15 – 12/10/19

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

Growing up I always wanted to be a PE teacher and despite attending university and teaching a variety of ages and sports at Broadstone Leisure Centre, my career took me into the business world. I have always had a keen interest in education and how to help children develop their skills and personalities. I was excited to be accepted as a governor in 2015 to help the school in preparation for my godson who is hoping to enrol next year.

Avril Perkins

Date of appointment: 16/09/14

Category of governor: Co-opted

Committees attended:

Responsibilities: Inclusion (Safeguarding, Child Protection and Pupil Premium)

Terms of office: 16/09/14 - 17/09/18

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

With well-established links to the school for many years, both my husband, who is retired, and our daughter attended the school in 1955 and 1984 respectively. Now I have recently become involved with the school as my grandson has joined a reception class this year. As a first-school teacher with 30 years experience in the Poole area, I have been impressed with all aspects of Upton Infants School, most notable is the way in which everyone, of all ages, is involved with school life, and the enthusiasm of staff throughout the school. I have enjoyed being a reading buddy in a reception class and look forward to being involved with many school activities in the coming years and am delighted to become a governor.

 

Rowena Johns

Date of appointment: 17/09/14

Category of governor: Parent

Committees attended: 

Responsibilities: Inclusion (supporting SEN), Medical

Terms of office: 17/09/14 - 18/09/18

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I am mum to two young children – my daughter had a fantastic three years at the school and my son is currently enjoying year one - so I was keen to become more involved in supporting the school. I felt I had skills that could be useful as I have 15 years experience as a specialist children’s occupational therapist and now work as an Early Years Area SENCo. Both careers have given me extensive knowledge of child development, special educational needs and disability which has helped me fulfil my governor inclusion role.

 

Emilie Hannam

Date of appointment: 05/07/16

Category of governor: Parent

Committees attended: 

Responsibilities: School Development Plan - Curriculum

Terms of office: 05/07/16 - 04/07/20

Business Interests: Turbary Trust

Financial Interests: Nil

I am primarily a mum of 3 young children. My daughter is now at the junior school, my middle child is in Year One and the baby of the family is due to start at Upton Infant School in a couple of years. I am also a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in the field of Brain Injury and I hope to bring some of my skills from my job to support my role as governor. I am very excited to be part of the governing body and to support the wonderful staff that Upton Infant School has.  From a Parent's perspective I have been impressed with how children of all abilities and needs are included into the wonderful community of the school and how every child is given the opportunity to bloom in some aspect of school life. I am very honoured to be a part of it.

 

Richard Hesketh

Date of appointment: 07/07/16

Category of governor: Co-opted

Committees attended: Finance and Premises

Responsibilities: Premises/Facilities

Terms of office: 07/07/16 - 06/07/20

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

I have a daughter, Molly, who started at Upton Infants’ in 2015 and is currently in Year One. My wife and I were so pleased when Molly managed to get a place in the school, three and a half weeks into the autumn term of 2015. It is a super school and we could not be happier. From the start, I wanted to be involved as a parent and to help the school in any way I could, so I joined the PSA. Then, in the summer of 2016, I was very pleased to become a governor of the school  -  something I had never done before. I hope to bring some of the skills I have learned from working for Bournemouth Borough Council for 25 years in to my role as a governor. With that in mind, I have taken on governor responsibilities for the school premises, both inside and out. I have also joined the Finance Committee. I am very excited about continuing to help this lovely school in any way I can, both as a governor and as a parent.

 

Emma Morden

Date of appointment: 05/07/16

Category of governor: Co-opted

Committees attended:

Responsibilities: Vice Chair

Terms of office: 05/07/16 - 04/07/20

Business Interests: Nil

Financial Interests: Nil

Governance Roles in other schools: Vice Chair, Upton Junior School

Hello my name is Emma Morden, I recently joined The Upton Infants' governing body in July and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful team. I have had 3 and a half years experience as a governor at the Junior school also and still currently sit on the governing body there too.
I live in Upton, I am married with 2 boys aged 9 and 11 both of which went through Upton Infant school. They had the most wonderful time and start to their education here I felt there would be nothing greater than to become a part of this great community that created those memories for them.
My background is HR administration in earlier years and more recently working with people with special needs and learning difficulties of varying kinds.
I love my job dearly and equally love volunteering in school both as a helper when I can and as a governor and sometimes both together. I am particularly passionate about the curriculum and the different ways in which individual children learn, 'what makes them tick' and how we can offer learning in a way that encourages them to be really happy, confident, motivated and enthusiastic about what they are learning. I feel that Upton Infants has always had an incredible sense of injecting fun into learning encouraging children to be the best that they can be with a beautiful atmosphere to do it in. I am so privileged to be a part of it and be a part of how we evolve. I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.