Mountfields Lodge School

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Mountfields Lodge School

Meet The Governors

The School Governors:


Trust Members: James Flint (Chair of Governors)

Mr Flint can be contacted via the School Office

Joanna Linton (Vice Chair of Governors)

Yasser Eliwa (Chair of Finance)


Trustees: Governor Appointed:

Jean Lewis (Safeguarding)


Marion Smith (Health and Safety/Environment)


Jagjit Samra (Link Governor)


Joanna Linton, (Vice Chair of Governors + Chair of Personnel)

Trustees: Member Appointed:

Yasser Eliwa (Chair of Finance)


James Flint (Chair of Governors and Chair of Teaching and Learning)

Trustees: Parent Elected:

Jo Downs


Jenny Oakden (Safeguarding)

Trustees: Staff

Helen DeRijk

Head teacher:

Michael Hoare, Headteacher (ex-officio)

Company Secretary:

Valerie Thorley

Clerk to Governors:

Gillian Weaver

Clerk to Finance:

Cath Watson


The Governing Board of our school plays a key role in:

· Setting the strategic plan for the school.

· Setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement.

· Monitoring progress towards meeting these targets.

· Finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the Headteacher      and therefore the performance of his/her staff and the school as a whole.

· Deciding policy and future development plans.

· Upholding good governance and working towards the success of the school.


The role of the governing body is one of oversight and it is not involved in the day to day management of the school. The Headteacher role includes the educational performance of the school and operational responsibilities.


School Headteacher

and Staff

Governing Board

Parent Staff Association (PSA)

Manage the day to day operation of the school and education of the pupils.

Provides strategic leadership and accountability.

Supports the school with fundraising and other events.


The governing body operates a code of conduct which sets an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of governors.

The Finance Committee have the delegated authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the academy; any other committees or working groups must make representation to the Finance Committee with regards to any decisions that might have financial impact upon the school.

The Full Governing Body meets 4 times per academic year (minimum of once per term). The Governing Body establishes the overall framework for the governance of the academy and determines membership, terms of reference and procedures of committees and other groups. It receives reports from its committees for ratification. It monitors the activities of the committees through the minutes of their meetings. The Board may, from time to time, establish working groups to perform specific tasks over a limited timescale.

There are 3 committees:

· Personnel (Pupils and Staff)

· Finance (including H&S/Environment)

. Teaching and Learning (Standards and Curriculum)

The terms of reference (ToR) for each governor committee set out the expectations for that committee. The ToR are reviewed annually as a minimum expectation but may be reviewed earlier at the request of the Chair or any other governor.

Each committee has a Chairperson (annual appointment) and a Minute-taker is agreed each meeting; the Finance Committee have a dedicated Minute-taker.

Minutes from each committee meeting are shared with all governors prior to each Full Governors Meeting and each governor has the opportunity to question, challenge and request further information from committee members.

James Flint, Chair of Governors

I became a governor in May 2017 and have two children, one of whom currently attends the school. I am an Electronic and Electrical engineer and have been lecturing at Loughborough University since 2001. In my current role I also have an additional responsibility for learning and teaching. I have a particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.

I am delighted to be part of the team that is helping to support and shape the future direction of the school.

Joanna Linton, Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Personnel

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Helen deRijk

I have been a Governor at Mountfields Lodge School for 18 years, working with 3 Head Teachers. I started off as a parent Governor and am now a Staff governor. I have been a Teacher here in varying roles from 2001, with the last 6 year being in Year 2.

I have 4 children, who all came to this school, as we live in the local area. We enjoy cycling, walking and skiing as a family.

Jenny Oakden

I have been a parent governor for about 3 years. I work at the University as a Senior Lecturer and the Community Warden. I also work at Loughborough Students Union as a member of the executive support staff. I have recently completed an MSc in Educational Practice and have two degrees in Criminology. I feel passionately that schools should be safe and secure environments. My working life involves a lot of work around students with mental health issues and I want to help promote a healthy environment for staff and pupils at Mountfields.

Marion Smith

I am married with 4 children who all went to Mountfields and Lodge Farm schools, and I also have 2 grandsons.
I first joined the governors before 1987 and returned in 1990 after a short break living in the USA.
I am a retired Pharmacist and from 2011 to 2015 a local Councillor for the Southfields ward.
In my younger days I was an athlete representing Wales and played hockey at county level.
At Mountfields Lodge I have been proud to be a governor of what I feel to be a very good and caring school. I have particular interests in keeping a wide curriculum including French, Music and Outdoor Education. Previous responsibility was as a member of the SEN committee and now I am nominated as a Health and Safety governor.
Being a governor has changed drastically since my early days when you just attended meetings once a term. The change has been very positive for schools with much more involvement and responsibility.

Yasser Eliwa

I have been a parent governor for about a year. I am currently working as a Lecturer of Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University with a PhD in Accounting & Finance, and I have previously taught in Higher Education for ten years. At Mountfields Lodge, I focus on helping in developing the strategic plan of the school and managing the school budget. Also, I am passionate about learning and teaching, staff development, curriculum innovation, enrichment and enhancement and the promotion of careers and progression.

Jean Lewis

I have been involved in school governance since 1984, and have been a Governor at Mountfields Lodge since 1992. For many years I was Chair of Governors at two Loughborough schools, Mountfields and Ashmount Special school. Both  my children attended Mountfields Lodge.
I am a NLG, supporting governors in other Primary and Special schools, was until recently Chair of the Association of Leicestershire Governors, and have recently been re-elected to the LA Funding Forum as a Primary Academy representative. In 2015, I was honoured to receive an MBE for services to education.
As a governor, I have seen and been involved in many of the continuous changes which have been introduced: I have been involved in school conversions from LA control to Academy, the design, planning (and fund raising) of new purpose built school premises, the development of a Teaching School, decisions about MAT conversions... to name but a few.
I have appointed seven new Headteachers, worked through the development of various versions of the National Curriculum, as well as the changes in SATs and other examination/ testing systems, and other changes/ developments in education too numerous to mention!
All this sounds as if I am well past my sell by date, but I am still passionate about governance and the way in which governing bodies respond to change and help drive their schools to greater achievement. I want to make use of my experience to help our school encourage our pupils be the best they can be in achieving their life goals.

Jagjit Samra

I became a governor in November 1991 when Mountfields and Lodge Farm schools amalgamated to form Mountfields Lodge School. I have always been a member of the finance sub-committee and for many years was also a member on the SEN committee. I was on the committee producing the governors annual report for several years. Currently I am the Training and Development governor for the governing body.

Jo Downs

I have two children at Mountfields Lodge and have only recently become a governor; so far I have found it very interesting. I have worked at Loughborough College in the Learner Services Department for the last 5 years, working with students with Special Educational Needs and I am part of the college’s safeguarding team. I am hoping to use this experience to enhance my role as governor and support the staff at Mountfields Lodge.

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