Welcome to the Governing Body page of our school website
Below is a brief introduction of who the Governors are at our school and what their roles are. In principle there are three main roles of the Governing Body of a school:
To provide a strategic view for the school – planning where the school is heading; this includes appointing the headteacher and agreeing the broad priorities for school improvement
To act as a critical or challenging friend – offering advice & support and constructively questioning the status quo
To ensure accountability – ensuring what should be happening is happening, for example, that the students are receiving their education entitlement, the school is safe and the improvement priorities are being progressed. We do this at termly main meetings, in committee and through visits to the school. We also report on progress to you and other stakeholders.
I have been a Foundation PCC governor at our school since May 2011. My eldest daughter currently attends Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E (VA) Junior School and I have a younger daughter who is at Ingatestone Infants School. I feel that being a governor for the school is my way of putting something back into our community by helping to ensure that our children have a high standard of education in a happy, safe environment. As Chair of Governors, I aim to lead our team of skilled governors and work closely with the Headteacher and school leadership team to ensure that our school delivers the opportunity for each individual pupil to achieve the best that they can be. I bring with me my experience of Student Welfare management as well as Premises and Facilities management in private tertiary education. I have also worked in the Financial Services industry.
Rev Patrick Sherring
As Rector of the parish, I have been involved with the church school since June 2001. In my role I have sought to be a supportive presence to the whole school community, available to all. This includes regular conversations with the Head Teacher and staff and a weekly lunch with the children. I have always been a frequent visitor to the school. My Wednesday assemblies follow the pattern of values that the school presents to the children, ensuring a Christian view on the theme and always includes prayer and a song. I am available to assist with projects in Religious Education, where I have a responsibility on the governing body. The children regularly visit both grade 1 listed churches for worship at Harvest, Christmas, Easter, end of the school year and other occasions. The school and the churches work closely together, including having joint harvest appeals. The Head Teacher writes regularly for the Towers, the church magazine. Our churches give a Youth Bible to all year six leavers at the end of the summer term. Many of our school governors are involved with the local church. The last inspection noted that the relationship between the local churches and the school was outstanding. I also have a weekly radio programme on Phoenix98FM and this has featured the school and the children on a number of occasions. I write a monthly article for the Brentwood Gazette. These links have ensured the school receives regular press coverage.
I have lived in the village for 18 years and have two daughters currently at the school and a third recently joined the local Infants school. I was elected a Parent Governor in October 2013. Following a degree in Genetics, my working background has been in accountancy and insurance and I hope that I bring this knowledge and experience to the Finance and Premises Committees and as Science monitoring Governor.
I am the school business manager and support staff governor at school. I have worked in school for over ten years and have been a governor since 2012. Both of my children attended this school when they were junior school age, I can therefore bring experience as both a parent and a member of staff to the role of school governor.
Having now lived in Ingatestone for over 20 years with a son at the Junior School I was pleased to get the opportunity to join the school Governing Body as a Foundation PCC Governor. I have business experience in insurance, computing and administration.
My responsibilities at the school include sitting on the Curriculum Committee which will help the teaching staff implement the new National Curriculum changes that come into effect over the next couple of years starting in September 2014.
During the short time I have been with the school body I have already seen the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and pupils, and I look forward to contributing to the further improvement of what is already an excellent school.
I was privileged to become a Governor in November 2014 after my daughter came to the school in February 2013; mid-way through Year 3. I also have two other children who will, I hope, pass through the school in due course. Having had experience of different schools, I hope I will be able to bring a different perspective to the Governing Body. I, very much, want to be an advocate for parents’ concerns so I hope parents will feel free to approach me and to highlight any concerns they may have or, indeed, compliment the school on its achievements.
I joined the Governors in September 2015 as the local authority governor. Although I live in Writtle, I have an association with the school as it was my junior school, albeit a long time ago! Upon leaving Ingatestone and Fryerning I went to secondary school in Chelmsford and then on to university, where I studied Philosophy. After a brief spell in teaching I moved into a career in IT. Most of my career was in the private sector and I was privileged to work in several European countries as well as in different areas of the UK. My last 11 years were spent in the IT department of a London local authority where my final position was as Head of the IT department. Due to my experience in senior management I am on the Personnel and Salaries committees, and I am lead governor for Safeguarding, PSHE and E-Safety and monitoring the Computing and Design and Technology curriculum.