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 a little 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 makes the best use of its budget.
In the last school year (from September 2020 to August 2021) we faced the continuous challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and some of these challenges remain as we move forward this year. The governors at Millbrook Junior School will continue to work closely with the Headteacher and all staff to ensure we support the relevant government regulations while trying to make school life as normal as possible for our pupils.
Last year the governors continued to meet (using ‘Zoom’) to monitor the school’s response to Covid-19 as well as ensuring that the school continued to make progress despite the challenges of the pandemic. We will continue to monitor the school’s response to Covid-19 through the Covid Governor Monitoring Group. However, we intend to return to more “normal times” in 2021/22.
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 has been developed principally through consultation with our children, as well as with parents and staff. The ‘School Council’ consulted with their class members to identify what sort of school they want Millbrook Junior School 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 year the governors will focus upon ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced. We will do this through Governor Impact Visits (or GIVs). Each GIV will look at specific subjects to consider their contribution to the overall curriculum of the school. We will do this by talking to senior staff and subject leaders as well as meeting with groups of children across each year to find out about their views and experiences of the relevant subjects. Governors during the visit will also look at books and teacher planning. Following each visit, the governors will produce a report for the board and senior leaders to consider findings from the feedback and any actions to be taken.
In addition to monitoring the curriculum, we will continue to monitor and review other aspects of the school. This is undertaken by ‘lead governors’ responsible for such areas as finance, safeguarding, health and safety and the provision for vulnerable groups of children.
In 2021/22, the governors will continue to meet formally through two committees - the Governing Board and the Pay and Performance committees. The Covid -19 Governor Monitoring Group will report to the Governing Board. The Governing Board meets at least 7 times a year and the Pay and Performance normally 4 times a year.
Finally, working in partnership with our parents and carers is very important. We will continue to consult with our parents and carers as well as other stakeholders (children and staff) in 2021/22 to help us make Millbrook Junior School the best school it can be for all our children.
(Chair of Governors, Millbrook Junior School)
The Governing Body
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: Adrian North, Leigh Cooper and Jud Purdy
LA Governor: Vacancy
Staff Governor: Lorraine Sinclair
Parent Governors: Vacancy
Associate Members: Karen Harrison (appointed September 2015) & Rachel Gibbs (appointed September 2021)
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.
While 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.
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.
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.