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Governors

The Pixmore Governing Body

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies. Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the head teacher
  • To ensure accountability
     

Pixmore is a community school and its current Instrument of Government (made by order of HCC) came into effect on 24th April 2015. The school Governing Body (GB) is made up of 11 governors, as follows:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 head teacher
  • 6 co-opted governors
  • 2 associate governor

The staff governor is Sue Willans, SENCo. Sarah Inman, the Deputy Headteacher attends all governing body meetings as an observer.

All governors are appointed for a term of four years. There is no maximum term of office so governors can be reappointed. However, to be elected as a parent governor, you need to be a parent or carer of a child attending Pixmore at the time of your appointment. All governors are appointed ‘link’ roles, whereby they work more closely with the school / subject leaders to ensure that as a group we have a in-depth understanding of what is happening and planned in school life.

We also appoint associate governors to help us. These governors participate fully in our work, but are not eligible to vote if the need arises. Associate governors are very important because our GB is small in number, so they help to share our workload, and provide continuity for the future. Also, if a full governor leaves, we already have someone ready to take over. Associate governors sometimes also have an area of expertise that can help us, and/or may not be able to commit the same amount of time as a full governor.

The current non-staff governors have introduced themselves below:

Name Type of Governor (appointed by)

Roles & responsibilities

Term of office

Tina Dickens

C/O Pixmore Junior School, Rushby Mead, Letchworth, SG6 1RS

Co-Opted Governor (GB)

Chair of the Governing Body

Pupil & Parent Voice, Data and Outcomes link governor

 

27/5/16-26/5/20

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

6 of 6

3 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I became a Governor in May 2012. I have a daughter who started Pixmore in September 2017, following in the footsteps of her brother who is now at secondary school. I run my own business providing training and coaching services to technology companies and local public sector organisations; I am also a visiting lecturer in coaching and hold an adult teacher training qualification.


Kath West
Local Authority Governor (Local Authority)

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Vice Chair, Standards and Outcomes Committee

Safeguarding, Inclusion, CLA and SEND link Governor

10/11/15 – 09/11/20

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

5 of 6

5 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I have two sons, the oldest is now an adult and the youngest has just gone to University; both attended Pixmore and enjoyed their time here.  I joined the governing body, having previously spent 4 years on the committee of the Pixmore School Association.  I trained as a Medical Secretary and worked for Adult Care Services, but had to stop work for health reasons.  I joined the governing body because I wanted to support the school, and also to do something useful now that I no longer work.
Ian Hamilton Co-Opted Governor (GB)

Vice Chair, Resources Committee

ICT and Science link governor

 

28/11/15 – 27/11/20

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

6 of 6

7 of 7

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I joined the Pixmore Governing Body in November 2011 as a Parent Governor when my son was at the school. I decided to become a school governor as I wanted to contribute something to the school as they did a lot for my son. I am a software engineer, with my own consultancy business. I have experience of people and project management, budgets and book keeping, all useful skills for a school governor.
Catherine Dock Parent Governor (Parents)

Chair, Standards and Outcomes Committee

Maths and Governor training link governor

24/11/15 – 23/11/20

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

6 of 6

5 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I am married to Rory, and we have two daughters, one who at secondary school and another currently in year 6. I am an IT programme manager for a European commercial bank, where I’ve worked for the past nine years. Aside from spending time with my family, my interests (when I get a chance) include movies, crafts, reading, sport – football (Arsenal), rugby (Saracens) and cricket (Middlesex/Eng) especially. This is my second tenure as a Pixmore governor, having been previously an LEA governor from 2008-2011. It’s great to be involved again at such an exciting time for Pixmore’s development!
Marian Adams Co-Opted Governor (GB)

Resources Committee

Finance link governor

01/09/16 – 31/08/20

Attendance at;

FGB meetings

RC meetings

 

6 of 6

7 of 7

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I retired as the Finance Director for the UK office of an international healthcare charity in 2016 and re-joined the Pixmore GB.  I was a governor at Pixmore (for the second time) until July 2013 when my then work commitments meant I did not have the time to carry on.  In fact, I was Chair of the Governing Body when Mrs Evans was appointed head teacher!  My daughter, who is now in her early 30s, attended Pixmore which was when my involvement with the school first started.  Now that I am no longer working, I have the time to continue my interest in education and to make use of the professional skills I have acquired during my working life in other ways.  I am very happy to be involved again with Pixmore.


Caroline Nicholson Co-opted Governor English, SEND (second) & inclusion (second) link governor 1/12/17 – 31/11/21

Attendance at;

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

6 of 6

5 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
I became a co-opted governor in late 2017 and have a daughter who started pixmore that academic year. I also have a younger child who attends Hillshott. In terms of my professional experience, I have previously worked as a secondary English teacher. During my teaching career I was head of KS3 for a school in Sheffield and a Deputy Head of Department for a school in North London. In my roles within these schools, I also worked as a lead Sex Education teacher, helping staff to delivery this tricky subject and was responsible for the mentoring and assessment of student teachers within the department. I left mainstream education to work for the charity War Child, where I established and implemented a national education program that aimed to teach children about the impact of war globally and encourage youth engagement in active citizenship endeavours. In this role I worked with young people around the country from primary school to university level. I am currently studying for my Masters Degree in Social and Critical Theory.
Deborah Onbashi Co-opted Governor Pupil Premium & Sports Premium link governor 01/03/18 – 28/02/22

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

4 of 6

5 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None

I have a daughter who started Pixmore in September 2017 which is why I was interested to get more involved with the school.  I joined the Governing Body in March 2018.

My background is in Human Resources having worked in the Charity/Voluntary sector for a number of years and currently provide HR support for an International software company.  I want to use my knowledge and skills to contribute to the school plans and to further my learning about Pixmore to help support staff, pupils and parents. 

Alison Walker Associate Member Safeguarding & CLA link governor (second) 07/05/18 – 06/05/22

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

SOC meetings

 

4 of 5

4 of 6

Relevant business interests or material interests None
Our family have a long association with Letchworth Garden City and Pixmore school, as my father attended in 1935. He was 6 weeks late starting as war was declared and his Mum didn't think it was safe for him to go to school! I have a nursing background and have also experience in advocacy and supporting people to have their voice heard. I have been a parent governor and Chair for Pre-school at other schools and have taught music, cookery and wild-life gardening and actively fund raised for a purpose built Pre-School building to be erected on a school site. I now look forward to supporting both children and parents of Pixmore School in my new role.



Sarah Carlson
Parent Governor   13/02/19 – 12/02/23  

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

 

1 of 1

Relevant business interests or material interests None  
I have two children at Pixmore - my son is in Year 4 and my daughter in Year 6. Both are very happy and cared for at the school.  By career I have been a criminal defence solicitor for more than 20 years. I am also a trustee and safeguarding officer of a local charity.  I now work part time, and am very happy to be able to contribute to the school as a parent governor.    
Dave Wright Associate Member   13/02/19 – 12/02/23  

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

RC meetings

 

1 of 1

2 of 2

Relevant business interests or material interests None  
I am practical, trustworthy, highly numerate and have ten 10 years’ experience of being a company director, ranging from Operations Director, Commercial Director and also Managing Director for a successful local company, which when I left employed over 120 people. Part of my ethos whilst developing the company was to nurture and mentor the people as well as the products which I did to the best of my ability. Having acted as an adhoc volunteer TA over the last year has invoked the same enthusiasm in teaching and developing young people as it did in my commercial roles.   My eldest son is in year 5 and is having a great experience at Pixmore and with my youngest son hopefully following him in 4 years I want to use my experience to contribute to the schools plans and to help other parents, the staff and ultimately the pupils.   
Vilborg Olof Sigurdardottir Co-opted Governor   13/02/19 – 12/02/23  

Attendance at:

FGB meetings

 

1 of 1

Relevant business interests or material interests None  
I am married and a mother of four children, two of whom attend Pixmore, in years 3 and 6. I already help at the school; I listen to students read every week and I have also been on field trips with the school. I am enthusiastic to learn more about the school environment and hope I will be a valuable addition to the team of Governors. Before I had my youngest child I was Human Resources manager at a nursing home in Iceland.  

GOVERNORS WHO HAVE RESIGNED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS
 
Tamsyn Gillan

Associate Member

(Resigned 23/11/18)

  01/03/18 – 28/02/22  
Lee Sheldon Parent Governor (Resigned Nov 2018)   28/11/15 – 27/11/19  
Matti Keltanen Co-Opted Governor (Resigned 18/05/18)   01/09/16 – 31/08/20  
Carol Haynes

Co-Opted Non-teaching Staff Governor

(resigned Oct 2018)

  24/04/15 – 23/04/19  
Simon Franklin

Associate Member

(Resigned 25/05/19)

  30/11/17 – 20/  

The Governing Body meets once every half term, as do the two committees, the Resources Committee and the School Improvement Committee.

  • The Resources Committee is responsible for all matters relating to finances, staffing, premises and other resources.
  • The Standards and Outcomes Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the curriculum including monitoring and evaluation, quality of teaching and pupil achievement and pupil welfare, behaviour, special educational needs and attendance.

Minutes of all meetings are available by request to the School Office. Occasionally additional meetings are required, for example when the Resources Committee is considering the school budget.

We meet on Monday evenings at 7pm, except in November when we meet at 1pm in order to meet the current year’s school councillors. The dates of the GB meetings for the current school year are:

  • 17/09/18
  • 10/12/18
  • 04/02/19
  • 25/03/19
  • 20/05/19
  • 08/07/19

The school office can advise dates for the committee meetings.

For more information or to find out about joining the GB, the Governors can be contacted via the School Office or we can be emailed on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see our regular newsletters for recent Governor news and information.