Welcome to Richardson Endowed Primary School

Governing Body

Sarah Armitage - Chair of Governors Message:

As Governors we are very proud of our wonderful school and dedicate ourselves to supporting the whole school team in providing the best education possible in a caring, nurturing environment. Our shared school vision to be ‘an outstanding school in the heart of the community’ underpins all that we do and from this sound base we work as a cohesive team to support and challenge the school to continuously improve.

This includes providing a broad, balanced and creative curriculum and an excellent teaching and learning experience for all our children. We support the school ethos in maintaining the important traditions that uphold our British values, such as our Remembrance Service and School Council active involvement, alongside opening up wide and exciting opportunities that inspire our children to achieve their full potential.

Our Governing Body Team

1 - Matthew Crawford/Kate Mason
Type of Governor: Staff (Headteacher)
Date of appointment: Sep-10
Term of office: On-going
Appointed by: Full governing body
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
2 - Stacey Hudson
Type of Governor: Clerk to Governors
Date of appointment: Sep-13
Term of office: On-going
Appointed by: Full governing body
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
3 - Sarah Armitage
Type of Governor: Co-opted Chair of Governors
Date of appointment: Oct-13
Term of office: 4 years ends Oct 2017
Appointed by: Full governing body
Any declaration of business interests: Yes
Any governor roles in other institutions: Yes, in line with NLG role
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
4 - David Banks
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: Jan-15
Term of office: 4 years ends Jan 2019
Appointed by: Full governing body
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
5 - Sheila Porter
Type of Governor: LA
Date of appointment: Aug-14
Term of office: 4 years, ends Aug 2018
Appointed by: Local Authority
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
6 - Diane Swindell
Type of Governor: Foundation
Date of appointment: Oct-14
Term of office: Oct-18
Appointed by: Richardson Foundation
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
7 - Rachel Watson
Type of Governor: Parent
Date of appointment: Oct-14
Term of office: 4 years, ends Oct 2018
Appointed by: Parent Vote
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
8 - Tim Hollingshurst
Type of Governor: Parent
Date of appointment: Dec-13
Term of office: 4 years, ends Dec 2017
Appointed by: Parent Vote
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
9 - Kate Bridgett
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: Jan-15
Term of office: 4 years ends Jan 2019
Appointed by: Full governing body
Any declaration of business interests: Yes
Any governor roles in other institutions: Yes Langley Mill Junior School
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
10 - John White
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: Sep-15
Term of office: 4 Years ends Sept 2019
Appointed by: Full governing body
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
Attendance for 2015/16: 100%
11 - Vacancy
Type of Governor: Foundation
12 - Vacancy
Type of Governor: Staff
13 - Vacancy
Type of Governor: Co-opted

Members stepped down within the last 12 months

1 - Michaela Phillips
Type of Governor: Parent
Date of appointment: Sep-13
Term of office: 4 years, ends Sept 2017
Appointed by: Parent Vote
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No
2 - Clare Rhodes
Type of Governor: Staff
Date of appointment: Aug-12
Term of office: 31-Aug-16
Appointed by: Teaching Staff
Any declaration of business interests: None declared
Any governor roles in other institutions: No
Any relationships to school staff: No

Governors are expected to attend full governing body meetings termly and also to participate in one of the committees that feed into the main governing body. We currently have 2 committees:

1. Finances and Resources Committee

Focussing on finance and the leadership and management of the school

Members: John White (Chair), Sarah Armitage, Sheila Porter, Tim Hollingshurst, Matthew Crawford

2. School Improvement Committee

Focus on teaching and learning, the curriculum, standards and the safety and well-being of our children

Members: Michaela Philips (Chair), Matthew Crawford, Diane Swindell, Kate Bridgett, David Banks

The Governing Body adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum, Performance Management and Pay Policy.

Governors have a link to a specific area of school.  This is dependent upon the school's priorities for each year.  For this academic year they are as follows:

Safeguarding & SEN Mrs D Swindell

Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Mrs D Swindell

Exceptional Leave of Absence The governing body

Strategic Objectives All governors

The governors build an annual plan yearly, which becomes the focus of support and monitoring activity throughout the school year. The elements of the plan are drawn from the School Self-Evaluation, the School Improvement Plan and the ideas drawn from our highly consultative Share Vision process. The table below outlines our areas of focus last year and our objectives for this school year. For each of these areas, governors build connections with school leaders to understand the area in more detail and provide supportive monitoring activity to help ensure the best possible outcome for the objectives set.

As Governors we believe in building high trust, professional working relationships with school leaders to ensure our governance is helpful and valued. For us, it’s about working together productively as a high performing whole school team.

Strategic Objectives 2014-2015

To continue the upward trend on progress in reading

A governor monitoring team explored and reviewed this topic thoroughly with school leaders and teaching staff.

To ensure our EYFS provision is outstanding

A monitoring team provided a detailed report to the full governing body on this topic, following supportive meeting and visits into school.

To implement the new curriculum and ways of assessing without levels

Workshops were held with governors and school leaders to understand the requirements, this included awareness of the school’s iTracker assessment system. Sharing of experiences with other schools also helped here.

The Hall Improvement Project

The governors are proud to see a beautiful refreshed hall, now in operation and thanks the whole team for the hard work in making this happen!

Strategic Objectives 2015-2016

Improve attainment in spelling, punctuation and grammar across all year groups

Increase the proportion of pupils achieving better than expected progress at KS2

Improve attainment in Phonics across the school

Implement financial audit requirements

Explore and drive forward the school’s big ambitions, such as federation and further collaborative links

Strategic Objectives 2016-2017

Improve the percentage of pupils making accelerated progress in reading.

Further develop the discreet teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Accelerate progress for all groups of learner through a personalised approach to teaching and learning.

Explore and drive forward the school’s big ambitions, such as federation and further collaborative links

The Governing Body are very proud of the achievements of the school and believe that by working as a cohesive whole school team we can strive to ensure all children fulfil their potential and become lifelong learners.

Please address any enquiries to: Stacey Hudson (Clerk to governors) at Richardson Endowed Primary School, Main Road, Smalley, Derbyshire, DE7 6EF.

Telephone: 01332 880317

Meet our Governors

Sarah Armitage
Sarah Armitage Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

My two daughters were both lucky enough to attend Smalley Richardson and are now at Heanor Gate. I’ve been a school governor here for 6 years and feel very privileged to be able to contribute to our on-going success and work with a highly skilled and motivated whole school team. I balance governor duties with running my own business, Work Vitality, which involves coaching and facilitating to help organisations build strong leadership, team-working and high performance cultures. In March 2015, I was also designated a National Leader of Governance.  This role sees me supporting other Chairs of Governors, helping them improve the performance of their school governance. It’s a great chance to meet other governors for collaborative learning, which I love! With our own committed and knowledgeable governing body and lots of developments in the pipeline, I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead for taking our excellent school from strength to strength.

Tim Hollingshurst
Tim Hollingshurst Parent Governor

I have two children at our school and have lived in the Heanor area for 12 years. Over the past 3 years I have observed how interested in the development of the children, and how engrained in the community, the school is and this has encouraged me to increase my involvement. My children will be at the school for a further 5 years and if I can help shape and support the school to benefit them and others in the future, then why wouldn’t I want to be involved!? I work for a large multinational company as a Senior Information Solutions Specialist. My favourite part of my job is working with people from all over the world. I have a number of close friends in America that I especially enjoy working with. When I’m not working I have a keen interest in technology and like to stay fit by running and indoor climbing. I have completed a number of races in 2013 (starting with the Silverstone half marathon for Team Eddy), including extreme obstacle courses, and I am planning to continue this and increase my training in 2014 to compete in a number of triathlons.

James Taylor
James Taylor Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee

I am proud to say that I have been a school governor at our fantastic school since 2009. I have three girls at Smalley school and as a parent I am naturally very keen that they receive a great education in a caring and safe environment. I am a Chartered Accountant and look to bring my financial experience to make a positive difference for the benefit of our school as well as the wider community. I am proud of what we have achieved over the past few years and look forward to the challenges ahead as we strive to improve the school further.

Sheila Porter
Sheila Porter Local Authority Governor

I am Derby born and bred and I have lived in Smalley for 20 years. Married to John for 50 years we have a son and daughter and four granddaughters. I am a qualified, now retired, Occupational Therapist and worked for 20 years for Derbyshire County Council Social Services.

I am a Christian, a regular worshipper at St John the Baptist church, a member of the Parochial Church Council and value the links the school has with church. I enjoy reading, sewing, knitting, paper crafting and walking through woodland (as I love trees!). My initial support for the school began when two of our grandchildren, Hannah and Alice, attended the school and I was asked to make costumes for the school nativity play. I continued making costumes for other productions for 8 years. Hannah and Alice had an excellent education and benefited greatly from the strong ethos of care and consideration shown by all throughout the school and have continued to work hard and do well. They look back on their time at Richardson Endowed as a happy experience and an excellent start in life. This strong ethos and happy caring environment is still very evident in school. I have been privileged to be a school governor for past 10 years.

Kate Bridgett
Kate Bridgett Co-opted governor

I have lived in the area for 11 years and am grandma to 2 children in the school. Although now semi-retired, I was formerly ICT Curriculum Strategy Manager (Adviser) for a Local authority working with schools to develop their ICT curriculum. I am a qualified teacher and work regularly with staff in school, on a voluntary basis, to help develop staff skills to deliver the new computing curriculum. I am committed to supporting our school to enable them to deliver the best possible education for all of the children in the school.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, coastal sailing and narrowboating. Spring time and warmer weather will see me heading off down the Erewash Canal for another cruise around the English canal system.

Diane Swindell
Diane Swindell Foundation Governor

I have lived in Smalley for over 30 years and have been a governor for 5 years as an adopted representative of the Richardson Foundation Trust. I have particular responsibilities for Safeguarding, children with Special Needs and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Since retirement (I was originally an Infant Teacher but spent most of my teaching career as an Early Years Tutor in a College of Further Education) I have been a regular volunteer in school, working with pupils in Year 2. Always I find them polite, hardworking, confident in tackling new skills or situations and in working with others. This, I feel, is one of the strengths of the school as a confident child usually achieves the best in their life.

Being in regular contact with school helps me to experience at first hand current everyday practice and issues and this, together with my career experience, hopefully helps me to be a more effective school governor in a school which is exciting and robust.

David Banks
David Banks Governor

More information about David will be available soon.

Rachel Watson
Rachel Watson Governor

More information about Rachel will be available soon.

Stacey Hudson
Stacey Hudson Clerk to Governors

I live in Smalley with my husband Dave and two sons Ewan (attends Smalley Richardson) and baby Archie. I am a School Business Manager at Firbeck Academy. Generally the role of SBM is vast and includes managing the school budget, all matters affecting the school personnel and buildings. It allows the Headteacher of a school to concentrate on curriculum areas and teaching and learning.

As a Nottingham City school with a high pupil premium, EAL and housed in three aged buildings my role is varied and challenging also encompassing safeguarding, attendance and admission issues and arrangements too. Firbeck converted to academy on 1st July 2013, so much of my last year was focused on the conversion. I am also a staff governor at Firbeck Academy sitting on the Finance Committee too. In my spare time I am company secretary for Sage Engineering Solutions my role with them includes running payroll, invoicing, VAT returns, making payments, preparing and filing the annual company accounts. In my spare, spare time I am chairperson for the PTFA at Smalley Richardson School.