Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Governing Board at Millbrook Junior School and tell you about what we do.
The main role of the Governing Board is to ensure the future of the school through a continuous journey of improvement, based upon all our children achieving their potential, in a safe and happy environment, and ensuring the school effectively spends its budget.
This year has provided a new challenge. Like all schools in England, 2020 has been an extraordinary one due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The governors at Millbrook Junior School have worked closely with the Headteacher and all staff to ensure we met and exceeded the government regulations and ensured the school could re-open to all pupils in September 2020. Alongside this, our dedicated staff also continued to provide learning activities, support and guidance from March to July 2020, to facilitate home-based learning, as well as enabling the school to remain open for key workers and vulnerable children and the safe return of year 6 children in June.
From March 2020 governors continued to meet (using ‘Zoom’) to monitor the school’s response to Covid-19. At the start of this school year the Governing Board set up a Covid Governor Monitoring Group to continue to support and monitor the school’s response to Covid-19. The governors and senior staff also continued to monitor educational provision; safeguarding and school finances to assure the wellbeing of the children and the operational viability of the school and we are as always committed as ever to continue to improve our school, despite Covid-19, so that all our children can succeed. To do this, we have adapted how we work as a Board in 2020/21. We will continue to meet as a Board on at least 7 occasions across the school year. As well as reviewing the school’s progress through Board meetings, we have identified ‘lead governors’ to undertake specific monitoring responsibilities.
This year we will continue to focus on monitoring progress made in relation to the school’s improvement priorities as agreed with the Board at our first meeting of the school year. We will also continue to monitor other aspects of the work of the school such as safeguarding, health and safety, provision for vulnerable children and the school environment. We do such monitoring through designated ‘lead governors’.
Our ‘vision’ is central to what we do. The vision is articulated through the document called ‘The Five Hands of Millbrook Junior School’. The vision is the work of the children of Millbrook Junior School. It was produced by ‘The School Council, whose members consulted with their class members to identify what they want Millbrook Junior School, and themselves, to aspire to be. This vision informs our curriculum which provides both breadth and balance and enriches the learning experiences of all our children. We believe it is an excellent preparation for when our children move to their secondary school and beyond as young adults.
When visiting school, governors undertake a variety of activities to gather evidence of how well the school is doing. This includes talking to pupils and staff, looking at books and visiting classes. Following each visit to school, the governors submit a report to the Board. This enables the Board to monitor the schools progress using evidence primarily based upon the pupils experience. These activities will have to be limited during 2020/21 due to Covid-19 but will be adapted and monitored to ensure we have the data and information to assess the schools improvement plan (SIP) and make improvements where required.
The Board reviews its own performance each year and from this we agree a Governor Improvement Plan.
In 2020/21, we have two committees, the Full Governing Board and the Pay and Performance Committee, with the Covid -19 committee running alongside for as long as required.
The clerk to the Board and Committee is Josje Reid-Anderson.
Finally, working in partnership with our parents and carers is very important. We will be consulting with parents and carers as well as other stakeholders (pupils and staff) in 2020/21 to help us to review the values and aims of the school. We remain dedicated to making Millbrook Junior School the best school it can be for all our pupils.
(Chair of Governors, Millbrook Junior School)
The Governing Body meet during the year and minutes are recorded.
Supporting information is offered at the side of the page.
Chair: Mr Paul Davies
Vice Chair: Adrian North
Headteacher: Danielle Warren
Co-Opted Governors: Mr Darrell Townsend, Stefan Szoltysek, Adrian North, Leigh Cooper, Anup Pandey and Jud Purdy
LA Governor: Mr Daniel Shepherd
Staff Governor: Lorraine Sinclair
Parent Governors: Vacancy
Associate Members: Karen Harrison & Victoria Clements
Advisory Member: Mr Phil Harris-Bridge
Clerk to the Governors: Jos Reid-Anderson
Information about length and terms of office can be found by clicking here.
Mr Paul Davies
Chair of Governors
Paul was born in Liverpool. After gaining a degree in History from the University of Manchester, he trained to become a teacher. He taught both in secondary and primary schools in Merseyside and in Arizona (USA) in the late 1970s and 1980s. He left teaching to become a local authority school adviser while working as an Ofsted Inspector for 12 years. In 1994 he joined Liverpool Hope University as a part-time senior lecturer and subsequently became Vice Dean of Education from 2002 to 2007. He left Liverpool to become the Head of Education and Associate Dean at the University of Bedfordshire and now works part-time as an Education Consultant advising on school governance and teacher training.
Paul has been a governor for over 25 years. During this time, he has been a governor of 7 schools which includes being chair of governors of 5 primary schools, Vice Chair of a Secondary School and chairing a trust of 8 schools. He is currently Chair of Governors at Lander Road Primary School (Sefton in Merseyside) and Chair of Ashby Fields Primary School in Daventry.
Paul is honoured and pleased to become a governor and chair of Millbrook Junior School governing board (from April 2019). His involvement with Millbrook Junior School began with his previous post as Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) Adviser to School Governance from 2013 to 2017. The school has made significant progress in recent years and he looks forward to making a contribution to its success.
“We all want the best for the children and to provide opportunities for every child to reach their potential and achieve.”
Vice Chair of Governors
Adrian was elected onto MJS Governing Board in October 2013 and he is currently the longest serving member. He has two daughters. He too attended both Millbrook Infant School and Millbrook Junior School in the 1970s, having lived in Kettering since birth, so he has a long-standing affiliation with and affection for our school. Career wise, he is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and for the past twenty years has held senior positions within Automotive & Aerospace companies managing Quality Assurance & Compliance functions. Adrian applied to become a Governor, because he wanted to give something back to the school that gave him so many happy memories as a child and also because he wanted to use the skills, knowledge and experience he had gained in his work life, to assist the school in achieving the best possible; education, experiences & chances in life for the children in his local community. As Safeguarding Lead, he regularly attends relevant training to keep apace with the ever changing regulations & social influences. Currently he is also the Vice Chair. He is a very keen sportsman, having played Rugby at Kettering for over twenty years, and now plays Badminton. You may even catch him pounding the local pavements as he also regularly runs, just in case he gets a chance to play rugby again! In the small amount of spare time he has, as well as enjoying life with his family, his interests include: supporting Kettering Rugby Club and reading Sci Fi novels.
Danielle’s early career began in various schools in Somerset where she taught across the primary phase and gained experience of leading Science and PE.
Following a year spent learning about people, places and herself, travelling the world, she returned to her passion of teaching and learning.
For the next few years Danielle taught in Leicestershire schools, gaining valuable skills and becoming an Assistant then Deputy Head.
More recently, Danielle was the Head of a large (400+) primary school in Northamptonshire, leading it through significant changes. These included a building extension, conversion to Academy status and improving the school from Inadequate to Good.
In addition to a teaching degree, Danielle’s qualifications include NPQH (National Qualification for Headship) and a Masters in School Effectiveness and Improvement. This enabled her to study the theory of leadership whilst further developing practical teaching and learning skills.
Danielle believes her qualities and strengths are that she is passionate about teaching and learning, she is a people person and she is enthusiastic. Personally, she is committed to life-long learning.
Outside of school life, Danielle is married, lives in Market Harborough and has two girls (aged 9 and 11). She loves being outside, gardening, adventures and enjoying family time.
In her two years of leading at Millbrook Junior School, significant improvements have been in made in pupil outcomes and the school achieved a ‘Good’ from Ofsted in December 2017.
Jos’s career as clerk to the Governing Body, started in 2012 at a school in Thrapston and she has expanded her experiences over several schools in the County. In October 2016 she was contacted by Northamptonshire County Council to minute a meeting at Millbrook Junior School and she has stayed with the school since.
Jos’s career in her full time jobs, span from PA, Office Manager to Procurement, Finance and HR, when moving to the UK in March 2002.
Her spare time interests include volunteering at a local Scout Group, an animal sanctuary and in the PTA of her son’s school. When she has spare time left, she enjoys reading and watching movies.
Stefan is married with children who attend both Millbrook Infant and Millbrook Junior schools. He has a BSc in Computing and a career in Data and eCommerce across the financial, manufacturing and retail sectors. Spare time interests include technology and long distance running where he has raised money for a number of charities. Stefan has joined the Governing Board to gain a greater insight in the teaching and learning at Millbrook and has enjoyed seeing the school succeed.
Lorraine has lived and taught locally for her whole life. She has a vast experience of school life at every level, to include primary, middle and secondary education, senior and middle management and as a hard-working, committed and dedicated class teacher. She has a wealth of experience in and out of the classroom and throughout her career, she has taken a full and active part in every aspect of school life. Her professional interests include teaching and learning, the pastoral care and academic progress of pupils and the development of positive working relationships with all school stakeholders. Her experience and skills can be of value to the Governing Body and she looks forward to playing an active role.
Lorraine’s interests outside school include cookery, reading, visiting new places and learning new skills! She is married with one grown up son.
This is the first time that Lorraine has been a school governor. She has embraced this special opportunity to represent the staff and children on the Governing Body as Millbrook Junior School continues its exciting journey towards sustained improvement, maintaining its commitment to provide high quality, memorable and enriching learning experiences for its pupils.
Justin is married with a daughter who currently attends Millbrook Junior School. He is a director of his own property maintenance business, built up over 12 years and lives in Kettering.
He is proud to be chosen to be a school governor, to allow him to support the school to achieve the best for the children, now and for the future. He prefers to use life’s curve balls and challenges as opportunities to better himself, to succeed and to learn.
Justin has qualifications in photography, which is one of his outside interests, and enjoys gardening, music and spending time with his family.
Darrell Townsend is married with 2 children who attend Millbrook Infant School and Millbrook Junior School. He attended both schools as a child and is proud to take both his sons to school every day. He put himself forward to be considered as a school co-opted governor when enrolling his eldest child to Millbrook Junior School.
Darrell believes that a child’s education and experience plays an important part in shaping them and wanted to be part of the decision making, along with assisting in any improvements.
When Darrell isn’t being a co-opted governor, he runs 2 successful businesses in Kettering. He’s also a keen sportsman and feels strongly about PE as part of our children’s curriculum.
Leigh is married with two children with his youngest attending Millbrook Junior School. Like his youngest child, Leigh also attended Millbrook Junior School and Millbrook Infants School. Leigh is currently a year 6 teacher at another local primary school.
Leigh graduated Loughborough University where he studied his passions of chemistry and ICT. After Leigh graduated, he went on to train as a secondary science teacher specialising in physics. Once he had completed his training, he realised his passion lay working in primary education and so he became a primary school teacher. Through his experiences in primary and secondary education, Leigh has had the opportunity to teach all year groups from reception all the way up to teaching A-Level physics. This has given Leigh a clear insight into the educational pathway that children travel along from their very first day that they arrive at school, to their last.
Throughout Leigh’s time in education, he has also been a P.E. teacher and has helped coach several teams outside of school. Leigh currently manages a men’s football team as well as coaching one of the Ise Lodge youth teams. Leigh has a passion for sports and seeing children succeed inside and outside of school.
Leigh felt passionately about joining the Governing Board at Millbrook as he wanted to help support the school in giving every child the best possible foundation for a bright future ahead.
Having graduated from many world-class Universities, Including Oxford University, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India, and Coventry University, Anup brings experiences of cross-cultural atmosphere and understanding of how classroom teaching can be made more effective to deliver the best and most value-added experiences to students. He brings over 18 years of professional experience from a multicultural background, having worked with people across various geographical areas. Currently, he is doing a PhD in Artificial Intelligence /Deep Learning and is taking Labs/Lectures for Undergraduates at Coventry University, Coventry UK. He also works in the same (Deep Learning) area along with his Ph.D.
His experience with people enables him to understand and assimilate general views across a range of subjects with religion being one amongst them. Although he derives from an ethnic minority, he makes the willing candidate to represent England’s ethos across all sects. As a governor, he would be able to apply his skills to achieve MJS its full potential and vitalize the networking so centrally needed for a thriving community.
Dan spent 9 years as an Officer in the Royal Navy serving across the globe. Having recently left the services into a career in project management he has conducted a number of interesting projects roles including managing logistics operations at NHS Nightingale Hospital London in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dan lives locally with his wife and young son and feels passionate about actively involving himself the local community. He hopes to bring his skills gained from his professional life including expertise in environmental improvement and sustainability. He looks forward to being part of the governing board as it continues to support the school in progressing the education of the children attending MJS.
Sarah is a project and programme management consultant, with years of experience working with public sector organisations.
Sarah moved to Kettering two years ago with her partner Mark and has two children in their twenties, who both attended schools in the county and are now qualified chef’s working in London and New Zealand. She was previously a parent governor at her children’s primary school in Northamptonshire and applied to be a governor at Millbrook as a way of using her skills and experience to support the school and its children.
Sarah is passionate about ensuring that children are given the best possible opportunities when at school, and the wellbeing of both children and school staff is of particular importance to her.