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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!   Our job is to help lead the school strategically and act as a 'critical friend'.  Full  meetings are held once every half term.  Members of the Governing Body are also members of one or more of the following governor committees: Curriculum Committee, Personnel Committee or Finance/Premises Committee. Each committee gives a report to the full Governing Body at half-termly meetings. Minutes of meetings and further information are available from the school office.  See below for details of Governor backgrounds.

 

Governor Membership for the Academic Year 2018-19

Mr K D’Rosario (Chair)  Co-opted

Mr  P Culley-Barber  (Vice-Chair)  Local Authority

Mrs H Taylor  Co-opted

Mr S McDougall  Co-opted

Reverend K Billson Co-opted

Mr J Barker Co-opted

Mr J McCrea Co-opted

Mrs D Jeary  Co-opted (Staff)

Mrs A Mills Parent

Mr M Buck Parent

Mrs E Brooks Parent

Mr T Cheongvee Parent

Mrs T J Doggett  Headteacher

Mrs H Briggs  Staff (Term of office expired) Post currently being advertised

Mrs Claire Petley Parent

Mrs W Gitsham  Clerk

No member of our governing body governs at any other educational establishment.

Governor Committees:

Personnel: Paul Culley-Barber, Teresa Doggett, Ken D’Rosario, Simon McDougall, Hilda Taylor.

Finance & Premises: Paul Culley-Barber, James McCrea, Simon McDougall, Ken D’Rosario, Teresa Doggett.

Curriculum: Hannah Briggs, Lizzie Brooks, Tom Cheongvee, Teresa Doggett, Ken D’Rosario, Diane Jeary, James McCrea, Anna Mills, Hilda Taylor.

Headteacher’s Perforance Review Panel: Paul Culley-Barber, Ken D’Rosario, Simon McDougall, Hilda Taylor.

 

Speciality Governors:

English:  Anna Mills (Staff liaison Hannah Milton)

Maths:  Simon McDougall (Staff Liaison Lawrence Dibden)

SEND/Gifted & Talented:  Hilda Taylor (Staff Liaison Rachel Prior)

Safeguarding/Child Protection/Bullying:  Ken D’Rosario (Staff Liaison Hannah Briggs)

Attendance: Paul Culley-Barber (Staff Liaison Teresa Doggett)

Pupil Outcomes:  Hilda Taylor (Staff Liaison Teresa Doggett)

Pupil Development, welfare and behaviour: Diane Jeary (Staff LiaisonTeresa Doggett)

Pupil Premium:  Paul Culley-Barber (Staff Liaison Teresa Doggett)

Modern Foreign Languages:  Lizzie Brooks (Staff Liaison Anita Pandit)

Health and Safety:  Simon McDougall (Staff Liaison Teresa Doggett)

Extended Schools:  Matt Buck (Staff Liaison Teresa Doggett)

Early Years Foundation Stage:  Matthew Buck (Staff Liaison Hannah Briggs)

Science:  Tom Cheongvee (Staff Liaison Frazer Heasman)

Physical Education: Tom Cheongvee (Staff Liaison Paul Keating)

Computing:  Paul Culley-Barber (Staff Liaison Andy Hilson)

Religious Education: Reverend Kevin Billson (Staff Liaison James McCrea)

PSHE: Lizzie Brooks (Staff Liaison Hannah Briggs)

NQT+1: Simon McDougall (Staff Liaison Emma Light)

School development:  Simon McDougall (Staff Liaison Teresa Doggett)

Governor Profiles

Ken D'Rosario (Chair of Governors)

I’ve been involved as a member of Blofield School Governors for a good few years (18 on the last count!) taking the Chair several years ago. My involvement began with my two children attending the school. Both my children are now adults but I have never once considered not being involved with a wonderful, vibrant, inspiring, children focused environment, such as Blofield Primary.

 

Away from Blofield Primary I am husband to Sarah, Mrs D School Secretary.  In recent years I have run my own sport coaching business delivering a range of sports such as Fencing, Archery, Football, Basketball and Gymnastics into primary schools; now work as the Norfolk County Football Association Welfare Officer providing welfare and safeguarding support, guidance and management to all grassroots football clubs across Norfolk; Tutor Safeguarding and Welfare training to professional and volunteer sports coaches; Manage Youth and Adult Football teams for Blofield United; and support Chelsea!  In my spare time I sleep, cycle, enjoy the theatre, cinema and sleep some more!

 

Please contact me on 07777 607567 if you want to know anything about the governing body or indeed if you have something you wish to know about the school. I may not be able to answer your enquiry directly but I can make sure it receives appropriate attention.

 

Co-opted Governor : Term of office ends 31/03/2019    

Business & Pecuniary Interests:  Football Association.  Wife School Secretary at Blofield Primary

Paul Culley-Barber Vice-Chair (Local Authority Governor)

 

Hello!  I’m Paul, but you may know me better as Flynn and Taliesin’s dad. I have been a parent governor since September 2014 and have recently been appointed as Local Authority Governor.  I sit on the Finance / Premises committee.

 

In May 2015 I took on the role of Pupil Premium governor. This involves working with the school to ensure they are wisely spending / utilising the additional funding school receives for eligible pupils, and to ensure that those pupils are making progress in their education.

 

I’m normally in the playground on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning – feel free to come and talk to me about anything you wish.

 

Outside of my involvement with school, I work at Aviva in the IT department. I used to work on pensions systems but have recently moved into a new area for business process automation.

 

I’m a member of the Blofield Allotment Association and we have a plot up at the Jubilee Allotment site (just beyond Norwich Camping / PYO). Flynn and Taliesin certainly enjoy the produce that our little plot provides.

 

In 2015 I was elected to the Blofield Parish Council and was involved with the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, where in 2016 the Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by the parish.

LA Governor (Previously Parent Governor) : Term of office ends 11/09/2022      

Business & Pecuniary Interests: No Business interests / Wife Teacher Assistant/Learning Support Assistant/Senior Mid-day Supervisory Assistant at Blofield Primary

 

 

 

Teresa Doggett (Headteacher)

 

I took up my appointment as Headteacher in September 2016, a role that I am thoroughly enjoying

and is certainly keeping me very busy. I am proud to be Headteacher of this exceptional and caring school. 

Before moving into education I worked as a buyer for Lotus Cars, during

which time I studied for an ONC then an HNC in Business Studies

and an HNC in Computing.  I then studied for my degree and Post

Graduate Certificate in Education at U.E.A.  

 

During my career in education, I have taught every age group from nursery

to Year 7 and have been school leader for almost all curriculum subjects.

I have worked in a wide range of schools, including Primary, Infant Schools,

a Junior and a Middle School. I completed the National Professional

Qualification for Headship at the same time as the National Award for

Special Educational Needs Coordination – a very busy year! 

 

I am fortunate in having three wonderful children: a daughter and two sons.  As well as spending time with my family I enjoy church bell-ringing, singing in a choir, reading (I belong to two book clubs), playing in a recorder group and going to the theatre.

 

I look forward to working with everyone in the school community over the coming years to continue the good work that has gone on in the past, and to move forward with new innovations to enable the school to continue to be worthy of the Ofsted accolade of Outstanding.

 

Headteacher Governor : Term of office on-going    

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

 

 

Diane Jeary (Staff Governor)

 

I’m Diane, Year 1 Teacher’s Assistant, and a staff governor who sits on the Curriculum Committee.

 

Following an earlier career in the Banking Industry lasting 25 years, I have been part of the school’s staff for the last 15 years, and have filled a Teacher’s Assistant role for a period in excess of 11 years.

 

Whilst originating from Sheringham, I have spent the vast majority of my married life in Blofield and Brundall.  My daughter, a former pupil of the school, is currently undertaking a Nursing degree course at the University of East Anglia.  In my free time, I am a keen gardener and a staunch Norwich City fan.

 

Staff Governor : Term of office ends 31/03/2019   

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

 

 

Hilda Taylor (Co-opted Governor)

 

Hello. I am Hilda Taylor and I live in Brundall.  I have been a Governor at Blofield School for over 10 years.

I serve on the Personnel and Curriculum Committees

I'm one of the elder statesmen of the governing body! I qualified as a teacher in 1966 (work it out!!) but within a few years had moved into training within industry, performing secretarial and management training, eventually being promoted to IT Training Manager for a major pharmaceutical company.

I have always had a strong interest in why and how people learn. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the dynamic team at Blofield Primary School, and performing my task as a 'critical friend'. I most enjoy the times I visit school to undertake observations, and to assist with recruitment. Governor meetings are a necessary evil!

Outside of school I enjoy travelling - the further away my destination is from the UK, the better I like it! I like to travel independently and alone whenever it is safe to do so.


Locally, I spend lots of time on the Broads network - kayaking and motor boating - and occasional yachting trips.


I am also involved with various charities, but my real love is the charity work I undertake for Guide Dogs; this is mainly fundraising, but also whenever possible boarding a guide dog for an incapacitated owner.

 

Co-opted Governor : Term of office ends 31/03/2019    

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

 

Simon McDougall (Co-opted Governor) 

 

I joined the Governing Body in May 2015 as a co-opted governor, having read in the Parish Council minutes that there was a vacancy. I was shortly to take retirement and wanted to help my local school by drawing on 42 years of experience in banking and school administration. I am a member of the Finances & Premises Committee.

 

My family and I have lived in Blofield since 1988. I worked for Barclays Bank for about 30 years, mainly in corporate banking but including spells at one of our training centres where I both wrote and delivered courses based upon lending and technical training. The last 10 years of my working life was spent as a member of the administration team at Costessey High School (now Ormiston Victory Academy), carrying out a variety of duties which included that of Business Manager.

 

My hobbies include gardening, playing the drums (usually once a year at the Hethersett panto!) and music generally. I am a loyal supporter and season ticket holder at Norwich City.

 

I am delighted to be a governor at Blofield Primary where I am a member of the Personnel and Finance sub-committees.  My governor specialism is Maths.

 

Co-opted Governor : Term of office ends 17/05/2019    

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Lizzie Brooks (Parent Governor)

 

Hi! My name is Lizzie Brooks and I have been a parent governor since March 2016. My eldest son Matthew is currently in Year 1 and William will start school in September 2018.

 

I am delighted to be on the Governing Body of such a successful primary school and I, along with the other governors, seek to support the school to be the best it can be and maintain its excellent standards. As well as attending full Governing Body meetings, I am also a member of the Curriculum Committee and the link Governor for Languages. Having the opportunity to visit school and see it in action has been fantastic!

Professionally I have been a primary school teacher for eleven years and am now working part time at a large Norfolk junior school as the Languages teacher. The experience I have in education has been particularly useful for my role as Governor and the role has supported me in my work too.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, swimming and reading.

If at any time you wish to contact me with matters relating to my role as Governor please feel free to catch me on the playground Monday to Wednesday. Also, if you are interested in finding out more about the role of Parent Governor please feel free to come and chat to me.  I am really looking forward to working with other parents in my role.

 

Parent Governor : Term of office ends 01/03/2020    

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Tom Cheongvee

I have grown up in Norfolk (attending Freethorpe Primary School & Acle High School) and after completing my Maths degree at Cambridge University and teacher training in Saffron Walden moved back to Blofield in 2009.

I have two children at the school, Isaac and Betsy, so have a great interest in helping to ensure that Blofield Primary School is governed as well as possible. I have enjoyed immensely watching how well Isaac has developed in such a short time at Blofield and do my best as a parent to help support with his reading, writing, maths and general encouragement of curiosity!  I work in education; I am the Curriculum Team Leader at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in charge of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, IT and Financial Studies.

 

Parent Governor : Term of office ends 06/02/2021    

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Anna Mills

 

Hi I’m Anna, Parent Governor since January 2018 and link Governor for English.

We have been part of the local community for many years, arriving in Brundall in 1999. We moved to Blofield eleven years ago and we feel very lucky to have found such a special place in which to bring up our two boys Edward and Henry.

I am delighted to join the Governing Body and alongside my colleagues will do my very best to help the school continue to thrive and be a happy and nurturing learning environment for our children. I am also keen to support the school as it faces the challenge of a changing village over the next few years. 

Having trained and worked in Public Relations, I have run my own PR company since 2005, working on communications campaigns for organisations in the lifestyle, education and charitable sectors.

We enjoy spending our free time with friends and our families, who we are fortunate to have close by.

I’m in the playground most mornings, so please do come and have a chat!

 

Parent Governor : Term of office ends 04/02/2022    

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Matthew Buck

Parent Governor : Term of office ends 04/02/2022   

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

I am Norfolk born and bred and save for my attendance of the University of Wales Swansea, I have always lived in the county. My Wife and I moved from Norwich to the village in 2014 seeking a feeling of community, a great school for our daughter and some country air. We found all three in Blofield.

My involvement with the Fete Committee in 2017 opened my eyes to the impact that a small group of committed Parents can have. As Parents we all have a vested interest in seeing the School, the School team and our Children continue to excel. Our opinions, views and contributions are very also important to the School and I will seek to understand those of the broader Parent Community as a Parent Governor.

It is wonderful to see my Daughter continually developing new skills, abilities and confidence through her attendance of Blofield Primary. My Daughter comes home enthused and engaged from fun and imaginative learning delivered by a great team. With my colleagues on the Governing Body, I will seek to ensure that the School continues to maximise the potential of every Child, through a rich and supportive environment grounded in strong values.

I currently work for Vodafone’s largest Partner in the UK delivering service excellence to Business Customers across the UK. Previously I have worked as Operations Director in two organisations. I have broad commercial experience and a roll the sleeves-up attitude to most things!

Away from work I love spending time with my family, getting in the garden to grow fruit and vegetables and I also love Skiing.

 

James Barker (Co-opted Governor)

Term of office ends 20/05/2022    Business and pecuniary interests: None

Profile to follow

Claire Petley (Parent Governor)

Term of office ends 16/9/2022    Business and pecuniary interests: None

Profile to follow

Hannah Briggs 

I have been teaching at Blofield Primary since 2003 and feel privileged to work with such supportive and enthusiastic families, staff and Governors.  I am a staff representative on the Governing Body and a member of the curriculum committee.   As the school Designated Safeguarding Lead I also ensure that the Governors are kept up to date with safeguarding procedures and practice in school.  

 

I am married to Jonathan and enjoy running (I am a committee member of City of Norwich Athletics Club), cycling and walking as well as spending time with family and friends.  

 

Staff Governor : Term of office ended 29/09/2018 (Staff  currently being invited to self-nominate)     

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

James McCrea 

I have been teaching at Blofield Primary since joining the school on secondment in January

2017. I am a qualified primary Maths Specialist Teacher and an experienced subject leader,

having led Maths in schools since 2009. I took up the post of Deputy Headteacher in

September 2017 and am currently enjoying teaching in Year 4 and leading Art across

the school alongside my management responsibilities.

Away from school, I am married to Liz and have a 4-year son, Ewan. When I find the time,

I enjoy road cycling and often take part in various cycling related challenges.

 

Co-opted Governor : Term of office ends 18/09/2021   

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Wendy Gitsham (Clerk to Governors)

I started my school secretary/finance and clerk to the governors role at Blofield Primary 19 plus years ago, after transferring from Fairhaven and Upton primary schools where I was secretary for 11 years. Before employment as a school secretary, I worked 10 years at Barclays, Norwich, Bank Plain and Acle branches.  

I'm married to Evan and we have two children.  In my spare time I like to garden, bake cakes and spend time with our family and friends.  Also walking Bonnie, our 5 year-old Labrador!  .

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Andrew Proctor LA Governor (Resigned March 2018)

Emma Covington Parent Governor (Resigned 4th December 2017)

Paul Myhill Parent Governor (Resigned November 2017)

Register of Business interests 2018-19

Roles & Governor Types

 

Chair of Governors

A chair of governors works with the headteacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement, ensures that the governing body sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction  for the school, with the governing body holds the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for the performance management  of staff and ensures oversight of the financial performance of the school and effective use of the schools resources

 

Vice Chair

The chair, with support from the vice chair, is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the board. Where the chair is absent from any meeting or there is at the time a vacancy in the office of the chair, the vice-chair is to act as chair for all purposes

 

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are people invited to join a governing body by the other governors. They usually live or work in the community served by the school or they are people committed to good governance and the success of the school.

 

Staff Governors

Staff Governors are in a unique position on a governing body. By definition staff governors are involved in the day to day running of the school and yet are asked, as governors, to put this to one side and participate in the governing body’s work as ‘strategic managers’.  This is not always easy to do!  However, the role of the staff governor offers an opportunity to make a real contribution to the strategic management of the school, providing an interesting and rewarding dimension to work.

 

Parent Governors

A Parent Governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. Parent governors do not have to vote in a particular way because of pressure to do so by parents. Objectivity, however, is essential. Parent governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected them, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance. Parent Governors are not there to promote the interests of their own children but all children in the setting.

Blofield Primary School Values

Fairness
  • “Win or lose, do it fairly.” Knute Rockne
Respect
  • “Everyone should be respected as an individual” Albert Einstein
Challenge
  • “We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges” Joyce Meyer
Perseverance
  • “No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” Ramana Maharshi
Thoughtfulness
  • “A little attention, a little kindness, a little thoughtfulness are worth more than all the wealth in the world.” Avijeet Das
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