Governing Body

The role of our Governors

School governors are members of the school’s Governing Body. They have responsibility for raising school standards but do not run the school day to day; their role is at the strategic or policy-making level. They ensure that the Head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school and ensure the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.  We value the experience and skills that all governors bring and our governors find that the role is very rewarding. Their contribution to the development of our school and seeing visible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

You can read more about our Governors here: 

Name: Colin Bowpitt

Governor Role: School Development and Improvement

Committees: Business, Pay, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Executive Head teacher

Term of Office: Ex-officio

Job Title: Executive Head teacher

Pecuniary Interest: Ex-officio Executive Head teacher also a member of the governing bodies of Greenfield Primary and Countesthorpe Nursery school.

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what they bring to the role:

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Colin has been a teacher since his qualified status in 1993 and has worked in a variety of schools within Leicester City, Leicestershire and the North of England. He has been Executive Head of Thistly Meadow Primary School since 2012 and both Greenfield Primary School and Countesthorpe Nursery School.  Under his leadership, all three schools have received Good Ofsted ratings.  He is a Leader of Education and provides additional consultancy, support and training for Primary, Special and Secondary school leaders.

 

Name: Mike Edwards

Governor Role: LA appointed Governor

Committees: Chair of Full Governing Body, Business, Pay, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Chair (Autumn term 2015-17), Safeguarding, Training, Health & Safety.

Term of Office: 7.9.2016 – 6.9.2020

Job Title: Retired

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have a keen interest in the school and commitment to contributing to the success of the school through the role of Governor. My professional expertise as a Design Draughtsman with computer skills lends itself best to Health and Safety and Safeguarding.

I have been a governor at the school since September 1976 when the school first opened and Chair since 3rd October 2011. As a governor for over 39 years I have seen this school grow through many changes. To the Governing body I bring a deep interest in teaching and learning in general and particularly in classroom and whole school ethos, including personal and organisational well-being. I have been able to devote more time to the role of Governor since I retired in May 2009.

I have good secretarial & organisational skills and I am secretary of a trade union branch for retired members in Leicestershire and secretary of Blaby & District Allotment & Garden Society.

 

Name: Kirsty Skelton

Governor Role: Staff Governor

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Curriculum

Term of Office: 15.7.2016 – 14.7.2020

Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and Moderator for Leicestershire County Council. I have been at Thistly Meadow since 2010, teaching in key stage and two. I am PE co-ordinator and lead the SATs preparation for year 6. I was appointed Assistant Head teacher last year and an very much enjoying the new challenges of this role.

 

Name: Neil Parry

Governor Role: Parent Governor

Committees: Vice Chair of Business, Pay, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Vice Chair (Autumn term 2015-17), SEND

Term of Office: 8.11.2013 – 7.11.2017

Job Title: Locality Manager, Adult Social care Services

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I am committed to school through the role of Parent Governor and have two children who attend the school. I am a Locality Manger in Adult Social Care Services. I have many transferable skill that I bring to role of Governor which include, links with the local community, knowledge around Safeguarding as well as analytical skills which all allow me to be a critical friend. I am particularly interested in and work with the school regarding Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) and Anti-bullying.

 

Name: David Gordon

Governor Role: Parent Governor

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Curriculum (ICT)

Term of Office: 17.7.2015 – 16.7.2019

Job Title: Associate Professor, De Montfort University

Pecuniary Interest: Spouse is Business Manager at the school

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have a keen interest in the school and commitment to contributing to its success through the role of Parent Governor. I bring over 20 years’ experience in IT, business enterprise and lecturing in higher education. I also have previous experience as a Governor in another primary school. I hold a deep interest in teaching and learning and particularly in IT and developing career aspirations from a young age.

 

Name: Jonathan Hunt

Governor Role: Parent Governor

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Curriculum (Sport and Healthy School)

Term of Office: 17.7.2015 – 16.7.2019

Job Title: Development Manager – Sport and Active Recreation, Coventry City Council

Pecuniary Interest: Mother-in-law works as a Teaching assistant at the school

I am a Director of Community Projects Plus, a not for profit organisation delivering community development work within Leicestershire. This does not include Thistly Meadow.

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

Committed, dedicated and keen in my approach, I look forward to making a positive contribution to the success of Thistly Meadow in my role as Parent Governor. My professional expertise as a Development Manager working for a Local Authority, allows me to think strategically about the development of the school with a particular focus on pupil learning, sport and healthy schools. I have worked in the community and sports sector for over 15years and can bring a range of experiences and universal skills to the governing body.

My position as Parent Governor is a relatively recent appointment, one I am very much looking forward to and hope will be of longevity.  As a new parent to the school in 2014 I was thrilled with the caring, supportive and inclusive environment my daughter received. It is obvious at Thistly Meadow teaching and learning is paramount yet children feel cared for, are stimulated in their environment and are offered an exciting curriculum.

 

Name: Mrs Hayley Aitken

Governor Role: Clerk to Governors

Committees: N/A

Type of Office: N/A

Term of Office: Salaried role

Job Title: Clerk to Governors

Pecuniary Interest: Senior Administrator at Greenfield Primary School and Clerk to Governors at Thistly Meadow (partner school)

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been employed at Greenfield Primary School since January 2017. Before that I worked at a number of schools around Leicestershire including academies and a special school. I have previously worked as a clerk to governors for other schools, so I have financial, administrative and clerking experience to bring to the Governing body. I have also been a school governor (safeguarding) at a secondary school.

 The Clerk to the governors is responsible for providing independent procedural advice to the governing body and is the administrator for meetings of the governing body.

Attendance

Please see the table below for details of our Governors’ attendance over the past 12 months:

Attendance TH 2016-17

Register of Business Interests

Click on the register below for more details:

RBI summary 2016-17 TH