The school Governors are a group of volunteers who are parents, members of staff or members of the local community. The role of the Governor has evolved over the recent years and they continue to support the Co-Headteachers, Senior Leadership Team and staff in their respective roles to offer the best quality of education to our young learners.
The enthusiasm for the schools core purpose of improving teaching and learning is matched by the ambitions that the school and the Governing Board share. Throughout the academic year Governors visit for subject link Governance work, sit on interview panels and provide support via the work within school committees. Governors speak to pupils when they visit school and make themselves available to hear the views of parents. We have 2 committees – Standards and Learning and Managing and Organising.
Key roles of Governors
· To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
· To hold the Co-Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
· To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
· Determining how the school's budget is spent
· The appointing and dismissing of staff
· Hearing appeals and grievances
· Setting the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies.
· Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
· Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
· Asking challenging questions of school leaders
· Acting as a link governor on a specific issue or for a specific subject area
Our Governing Board
Each of the Governors and their category are listed below. All time is given freely and there are no expenses for these roles. Time is spent both attending formal Governing board meetings but also regular visits to school to support teaching, learning and the wider activities of the school. If you have any questions regarding Governance at the school then please feel free to contact the Chair of governors - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the governors
Mr Tim Hopkins
Tim is a Co-opted governor appointed in April 2012. He is currently the Chair of the governing board and is responsible for the Early Years and Head Teachers performance management. Tim is a Qualified Teacher with over ten years teaching and leadership experience. He is the Teaching and Learning Development Manager for Humpty Dumpty Day Nurseries Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director of John Taylor Multi Academy Trust.
Mrs Farmer - Co Headteacher
Mrs Farmer has been the headteacher at Thomas Russell Infants since January 2005 and the Co-Head for the last 8 years. She sits on both the Governing Board committees and alongside Mrs Burton leads on all areas of school improvement and safeguarding. Mrs Farmer is the school Special Education Needs Coordinator.
Mrs Burton - Co Headteacher
Mrs Burton joined Thomas Russell Infants in January 2009 as Co-Headteacher. She sits on both Governing Board committees and alongside Mrs Farmer leads on all areas of school improvement and safeguarding. Mrs Burton leads on assessment in school, overseeing the use of data to monitor the progress of all pupils. Both Headteachers are passionate about the children in their care and providing a memorable first experience of education.
Mr Nik Antona
Nik Antona has been a Community Governor since March 2009, he is chair of the Managing and Organising committee and vice chair of the governing body. Nik has a daughter who attends John Taylor High School. He is a Business Improvement Consultant with a wide variety of experience in business management having worked for BT for 28 years. Outside of work Nik is a keen supporter of the Campaign for Real Ale both locally in Burton, and nationally.
Mrs Moore has been a staff governor since 2005. She is Deputy Headteacher and also responsible for co-ordinating English and Science. Mrs Moore is a Specialist Leader of Education for the NFTS.
Mrs Shorten has worked in the office at Thomas Russell Infants since 2010, when her son was in Year 2. She is the Office Services Manager, and has been a governor since 2015, first as a staff governor and now co-opted. Her responsibilities as a governor include Health and Safety, which links with her previous experience working for the Child Accident Prevention Trust and her current responsibilities in school.
Mrs Alison Cottrell
Alison Cotterill joined the Governing Board as a Parent Governor in October 2015. She is link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and British Values. Alison is a primary school teacher and leads literacy, as well as being responsible for Early Years in her own school. Alison has 2 children, 1 of whom has recently left Thomas Russell Infants, and one who will join in the future.
Mrs Rebecca Sumners
Rebecca Sumners has been a Parent Governor since September 2016 and is the link governor for Science. She lives in Yoxall with 2 children who are and will be attending the school. She is a self employed H.R Consultant and C.I.P.D qualified with over 20 years experience in H.R. holding positions at an executive level in numerous private sector businesses.
Mrs Louise Needham
Louise Needham is a parent Governor, appointed in September 2016 she is the link governor for Child Protection and English. Louise has 2 children with 1 child currently attending the school in Year 1. Louise is currently on a career break from the Police where she has been a Police Officer for 13 years specialising in Criminal Investigation and Child Protection. Attendance at meetings since election – 6/6
Mr David Harmon
David joined the Governing Board in 2017 as a Parent Governor. He lives in Barton with a daughter now at the Junior School and a son attending the Infants. David works in retail management for Tesco currently running the store in Lichfield.
Mrs Julia Lloyd-Jones
Julia Lloyd-Jones has been a parent governor since 2017. Having worked in mainstream, independent and vocational schools she now works in a special school where she has responsibility for teaching and learning. Julia has 2 children, one at Thomas Russell Junior School and one currently in Reception at Thomas Russell Infants.
Mrs Leah Axten-Clerk to the Governing Board
Mrs Leah Axten joined the school as Clerk to Governors in November 2016. Mrs Axten attends all Local Governing Board meetings and is responsible for providing accurate minutes in order that the wider community can be aware of the work that the Governor's do to hold the school to account. Mrs Axten also works for the National Forest Teaching School, based at John Taylor High School where she is responsible for the effective administration of the Initial Teacher Training programmes.