Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes from our meetings.
St Botolph’s has an active governing body. You don't have to be an 'expert' and no formal qualifications are required. Common sense, time, enthusiasm and a commitment to working as part of a team are the qualities you would need. As a guide, being a school governor would take up 6-8 hours a term of your time, which includes attending meetings, reading related papers and spending time in school.
School Governors work as a team with the Headteacher and staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is being a 'critical friend'. The Governing Body contributes towards the School Development Plan and helps set and reach objectives with a view to promoting high standards of education and achievement and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.
Governors are unpaid volunteers who are elected or appointed to a four year term of office. Being a school governor provides an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones. The Governor Development Team offers extensive training to help you understand your role.
For copies of Governing Body minutes please contact the Clerk to Governors, Kirsty Nightingale via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors or the School Office.
For access to the Academies Financial Handbook please click on this link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f4754ac8fa8f5362e74ba76/Academies_Financial_Handbook_2020.pdf
Betty Hasler - Chair of Governors
Why I became a Governor: After retirement from a career in education I wanted to remain connected to children and young people and to use my experience and expertise to make a contribution to schools in the community.
Role & Responsibilities: Chair of Governors
Interests: I am chair of governors at a school in Wisbech where I am also the safeguarding governor and I am clerk to the governors for a federation of small schools on Lincolnshire. .
Background: I began my career as an English and Drama teacher in secondary schools and also worked with young people in local theatres and youth groups. After several years as an education adviser for Norfolk County Council I became a secondary headteacher at the secondary school in Orton Longueville. After some years I moved to be head at a school in Spalding in Lincolnshire and then became an ‘interim headteacher,’ working in various parts of the country to ‘turn round’ failing schools. I retired in 2016. As well as my governor work I write fiction and poetry and enjoy gardening, reading, music and dollmaking. I am married with one son, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Helen Rouse - Headteacher
Chris Wakefield - Co-opted Governor
Why I became a Governor: I care passionately about the success of St Botolph’s Primary School. As a governor of the school, I want to help ensure that all children who attend are given the best possible opportunity to learn and develop, both educationally and as individuals.
Role & Responsibilities: I joined the governing body as a parent governor in November 2015. I sit on both the “Finance, Staff and Premises” workgroup, as well as the “Standards and Curriculum” group.
Interests: I’ve always had a love of playing and watching sport, especially rugby, football and golf. I’m a real believer that children can take invaluable life skills from sports and outdoor pursuits, including leadership, responsibility and communication.
Background: My background includes active leadership roles in various youth organisations and sports clubs. In my professional life, my experience includes strategy development along with budget, people and performance management.
James Martin - Co-opted Governor
I was proud to join the governing body in December 2017.
My work experience has included managing teams, budget and financial management and project work. I currently have a national role which, amongst other things, involves creating processes and driving compliance.
I wanted to become a governor because I felt that I had the skills necessary to be able to help improve the school and ultimately ensure the very best education for all of our children.
Nicky Noble - Staff Governor
Having been at the school for 14 years and in the position of Deputy Head Teacher, I have the children's interests, and the wider interests of the school's future very much at heart.
In my role I deal with standards of education, finance, strategic planning, leadership of staff and day to day management of St Botolph's amongst many other things. It is important to me that children, staff and parents all have a clear and valued voice so that we can all work towards a common goal of giving our young people the strongest start to their life of learning.
Danielle Drew - Staff Governor
Carol Anne Downie- Co-opted Governor
I have been on the governing body since November 2015, and I sit on the finance and personnel committee. I have a specific interest in science.
I currently work as a midday supervisor, but prior to this I spent over 11 years working in the NHS dealing with all aspects of the community. I have also been involved extensively in youth work for many years from toddlers to teens.
I wanted to become a governor because not only do I have three children at the school, but I am determined to support the school to ensure we give each pupil the best education and opportunities they deserve.
Shan Barcroft - Co-opted Governor
Why I became a Governor: I became a governor because I appreciate how the school has nurtured my two children and want to give something back by supporting the school in being the best it can be. As a foundation governor I am keen to support the Christian ethos of the school and enhance the school’s links with the church and wider community, by supporting parent and community engagement in the school. As a nurse I have a keen interest in pastoral care and the mental health of pupils.
Role & Responsibilities: Initially I have responsibility for the mental health of pupils.
Interests: As a community artist and drama teacher I am particularly interested in supporting ways in which the curriculum can be delivered creatively to enhance learning and have enjoyed accessing funding to support and deliver various arts and drama projects in the school. In my spare time I run a voluntary group that supports vulnerable groups in creative activity and through this I am engaged in a range of community based arts, drama and health projects.
Background: Initially training as a nurse I work part time in research and development at the local hospital. Having two sons I seem to spend a disproportionate amount of time out of school watching and admiring football and attempting to get mud out of most things.
Richard Jones - Parent Governor
Why I became a Governor: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the school community since my son began in September 2015. Being a Governor enables me to play an active role supporting the school, and helping its pupils and their parents wherever possible.
I believe that Primary School is definitive in shaping our children’s futures, and want to ensure that all of our children get the best possible start to their formal education.
Role & Responsibilities: I am a Parent Governor, and sit on the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee.
Interests: My wider interests include running and skiing, reading history, travelling, gardening and spending time with friends.
Background: My professional background is in Transport Planning. I lead a team responsible for developing, and securing funding for, major transport infrastructure improvements across the country.
Nokuthula Ndlovu - Parent Governor
Why I became a Governor: 2020 was a challenging year in so many aspects of our lives, we will recover from some of the impact but to me one of the greatest long term impacts I see is on the education of children. I see being a school governor as way of playing a part in making sure no pupil is left behind because of this interruption and any other challenges in their education and supporting the school in this challenge.
Role & Responsibilities: Curriculum and Standards.
Interests: I enjoy walking and reading whenever I can but at the moment most of my time is spent with my daughter mostly painting and building Lego structures. I have also been involved in organising IT community conferences and also as a speaker. I also used to volunteer at one of the local schools teaching primary school pupils some basic coding skills, which I hope can continue in the future when all goes back to normal.
Background: I studied for a degree in Science but have always had a keen interest in IT so for the last 10 years I found myself working as a Software engineer. As well as my experience in the IT industry I also have experience in making sure all stakeholders voices are heard in decision making which would be useful in the Governor role.
Barrie Swingler - Incumbent