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.
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.
I joined the governing body in November 2015 and sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee. I act as Responsible Officer (Finance), linking with the school’s business manager regarding the financial management of the school.
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.
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.
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.
Helen Rouse - Head teacher
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.
Deborah Bridges - Parent Governor
Why I became a Governor: I believe that children come to school needing and wanting to develop in all areas of life; socially, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually as well as academically. I want to see St Botolphs school continue to be a place where all children become the best version of who they are and where all staff and parents find a community to belong to.
Role & Responsibilities: Parent Governor and Strategic Focus Group member
Interests: I’m a director of Prodigal Collective, a Peterborough based company that seeks to offer support to the local community, designing unique ceremonies, for special occasions, offering tailor made coaching to groups and individuals, creating community where people can belong!
I love being a mum, privileged to parent seven awesome children and when I get a little free time I enjoy running, reading and writing!
Background: Before having children, I coordinated a mentoring project primarily for children at risk of exclusion, working at middle schools in Northampton, having trained as a youth and community worker. My focus in recent years has been on my family, however, as they’ve grown up a little I’ve retrained as a life coach and I am also the resident blogger and writer for Prodigal.
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.
Richard Jones - Parent Governor
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.
Srikanth Andali - Co-opted Governor