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.
Rene Horner - Chair of Governors
I have lived in Ingatestone since 1997. I have been a Foundation PCC governor at our school since May 2011. My eldest daughter attended Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E (VA) Junior School from year 3 through to year 6 and is now in secondary school. My younger daughter attends the school in year 6. 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 am also responsible for monitoring SEND provision and Governor Training. 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.
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.
I have been teaching at the school for 9 years as of Easter 2022, after having taught for 4 years in a school in the New Forest. I attended the Anglo European School as a pupil so have links to the village from my childhood. I am currently Upper School leader and lead the English and Modern Foreign Languages subjects. I have been interested in the role of the governing body and hope that I can bring my experience inside the classroom to the committee.
I have lived with my family in Ingatestone for over 25 years, and our son is currently studying within the sixth form at the Anglo European school after having previously attended both the Ingatestone Infant and Junior schools. I have been a governor of the Junior school as a Foundation PCC Governor since 2013, with my previous governing responsibilities including the Chairing of the Salaries Committee and assisting with the analysis of school performance data. My business experience is within insurance, computing and administration. During the time I have been with the school body I have been privileged to have witnessed the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and pupils, and I look forward to contributing to the further improvement of what I believe is already an excellent school.
I became a Governor in November 2014 after my elder daughter came to the school in February 2013; mid-way through Year 3. Originally, I was elected as Parent Governor and I, very much, want to be an advocate for parents’ concerns. My son came through the school and now my youngest has commenced Year 3. As a solicitor, I hope I can bring a useful set of skills to the Governing Body and, over the years as a Governor, can attest to the hard work of both the staff and students of the school.
Jimmy is an Ingatestone resident of 10 years, and a pupil parent. He joined the Governors team in 2020. Jimmy works in international aid is currently the Chief Executive of an international charity that advocates for disability rights and inclusion in Africa and Asia. He has worked in the aid sector throughout his career.
I have lived in Ingatestone since 2010 and have two children. My son is in year 6 and my daughter is in year 2 and will join the junior school in September. I have been a foundation governor since November 2020. I have 20 years’ experience working as a policy advisor at the Department of Health and Social care, following an earlier career as a research scientist. I hope that I can bring my expertise in setting strategic direction and system oversight to the role of school governor as well as supporting the strong links between the school and local churches.
I have lived in Ingatestone for the past 8 years, and have two children both attending Ingatestone Infant School. I was invited to join the Governing body in October 2018 as a Foundation DBE Governor. I have a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and for the past 15 years worked within the financial services industry as an HR Manager. I hope that my people management experience lends itself to supporting the development of staff, which will in turn contribute to improving the educational provision and performance of pupils.