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Mountfields Lodge School

Meet The Governors

The School Governors:

 

 

Chair of Trustees: James Flint (re-appointed as Chair, Sept 2021)

Mr Flint can be contacted via the School Office

 

Trustees:

Andrew Bruce (appointed by parent election; June 2021).

Elizabeth Monk (appointed by Trust Board; June 2019)

Helen deRijk (appointed by staff election; September 2019)

Jagjit Samra (appointed by Trust Board; November 2020)

James Flint (appointed by academy members; March 2021)

James Leeson (appointed by parent election; December 2018)

Joanna Linton (appointed by academy members; December 2020). Vice Chair of Trustees.

Joanne Downs (appointed by parent election; May 2021)

Kelly Bayliss (appointed by staff election; December 2019)

Yasser Eliwa (appointed by Trust Board; March 2021)

Academy Members:

 

James Flint (appointed by Trust Board; September 2018)

Joanna Linton (appointed by academy members; December 2012)

Yasser Eliwa (appointed by Trust Board; May 2017)

 

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/Trust Board 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/Trust 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/Trust Board operates a code of conduct which sets an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of governors.

The Finance, Audit and Risk 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, Audit and Risk Committee with regards to any decisions that might have financial impact upon the school.

The Full Governing Body/Trust Board meets 4 times per academic year (minimum of once per term). The Governing Body/Trust Board 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)

Chair of Personnel Cttee: Joanna Linton.

Vice-Chair of Personnel Cttee: Joanne Downs

· Finance, Audit and Risk (including H&S/Environment)

Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Cttee: Yasser Eliwa

Vice Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Cttee: Andrew Bruce

. Teaching and Learning (Standards and Curriculum)

Chair of Teaching and Learning Cttee: James Leeson

Vice-Chair of Teaching and Learning Cttee: Elizabeth Monk

 

The terms of reference (ToR) for each governor/trustee 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/trustee.

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

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

 

Governor (Trustee) Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body (Trust Board) 2020-21

Governor Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body (Trust Board) 2020-21

 

Trustee

Meetings attended

      Out of a possible

James Flint

5

5

Joanna Linton

5

5

Jagjit Samra

4

5

Helen deRijk

4

5

Michael Hoare

4

5

Joanne Downs

5

5

Yasser Eliwa

5

5

James Leeson

5

5

Elizabeth Monk

5

5

Kelly Bayliss

5

5

Andrew Bruce (appointed

28/6/21)

1

1

Governor Attendance of Meetings of the Finance, Audit and Risk Cttee 2019-20

Governor Attendance at Meetings of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee 2020-21

Trustee

Meetings attended

       Out of a possible

James Flint

6

6

Joanna Linton

6

6

Jagjit Samra

6

6

Michael Hoare

6

6

Yasser Eliwa

6

6

James Leeson

6

6

James Flint, Chair of Governors

I originally became a Governor/Trustee in May 2017 and then became a Trust Member in September 2018 (24/09/18).

I have two children who both attend 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.

 

Re-appointment as a Trustee: September 2021.

Re-appointment as Chair of Trustees: September 2021 

Joanna Linton, Vice-Chair of Governors

Joanna has been a Governor at the school for many years.  She was one of the original Trust Members and was appointed to this position by the academy members on 1st December 2012.

As well as being Vice-Chair of Governors, Joanna also chairs the Personnel Committee.

 

Re-appointment as a Trustee: December 2020

Re-appointment as Vice-Chair of Trustees: September 2021

 

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 an elected Staff Governor/Trustee.

I have been a Teacher here in varying roles from 2001, with the last 7 years 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.

 

Current term started: 20/09/19

Current term ends: 19/09/23

Yasser Eliwa

I have been a Governor/Trustee since I was elected by parents in May 2017 (10/05/17).

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.

I am Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Cttee.

 

Current term started: 22/03/21

Current term ends: 21/03/25

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, Audit and Risk Cttee and for many years was also a member on the SEND Cttee.

I was on the committee producing the annual Trust Board Report for several years. Currently I am the Training and Development governor/trustee for the Governing Body/Trust Board

 

Current term started: 30/11/20

Current term ends: 29/11/24 

Jo Downs

I currently have one child at Mountfields Lodge, my eldest child now having left the school.

I have worked at Loughborough College in the Learner Services Department for the last 7 years, working with students with Special Educational Needs and I am part of the college’s safeguarding team. 

I am the school's Safeguarding Governor/Trustee and am Vice-Chair of the Personnel Cttee.

 

Current term started: 21/05/21

Current term ends: 20/05/25

Liz Monk

I became a governor/trustee in 2019 and am currently the Vice Chair of the Teaching and Learning Cttee.

I am a Professional Services Manager at Loughborough University working in Change Management, have an MA in International Higher Education and have previously worked in Learning Teaching Development.   

I am also a parent to two children who both attend the school.

 

Current term started:  08/06/19

Current term ends: 07/06/23

 

 

James Leeson

I became a governor/trustee in 2018 and have really enjoyed my time taking part in the governance of Mountfields Lodge School. I have two children, both of whom attend the school.

I am currently Network Manager at the Loughborough Schools Foundation and have worked in IT for over 12 years and 10 of these are within education.

 

Current term started: 03/12/18

Current term ends: 02/12/22

Kelly Bayliss

 

I am currently in my 6th year of teaching at Mountfields Lodge Primary School. I started here 7 years ago as a student teacher in Year 3 initially for 6 weeks… and I’m still here! I previously taught in Year 1 for two years, then Year 3 for three years and now Year 3/4.

I enjoy running, going for walks and cycling with my husband. We also enjoy travelling when we have the opportunity, most recently we have been to Mexico, but we love a city break! 

 

Current term started: 02/12/19

Current term ends: 01/12/23

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