Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Governor Welcome

To all families both current and prospective.

I would like to warmly welcome you to Pineham Barns Primary School. We are incredibly proud of what the school has achieved since opening in 2017.

I am delighted to be the Chair of Governors and with my colleagues provide strategic leadership along with robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance of the school.

Alongside Mrs Stewart and all of the staff, we are committed to making Pineham Barns a very special place to learn, which is full of creative, innovative and engaging learning opportunities that encourage pupils to become inquisitive, confident, life-long learners.

I look forward to meeting many of you.

Michael Brinkley

Chair of Governors

What do School Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability, ensuring every child at Pineham Barns gets the very best education and learning experiences.

  • Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher
  • set the aims, objectives and policies for the school
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its ethos, aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
  • look out for governor vacancies!

Becoming a Governor/Trustee at Pineham Barns Primary School

If you would like to register an interest in working with us as a Governor and support our vision and ethos please fill in the form below and return to rosie.godfrey@pineham.org

PHAT Becoming a Trustee or Governor and Application Form

Our Local Governing Body Pen Portraits

Michael Brinkley – Chair of The Local Governing Body

I was co-opted onto the Local Governing Body in September 2017 with the opening of the school, bringing a passion for pupil achievement with a wide range of skills and experience from a career in both large private and public sector organisations.   I’m a Chartered Engineer and Programme Manager, currently working as the Head of Strategy for the supply chain division of a national rail infrastructure manager.

I have particular interest in Financial Performance and Health & Safety, and sit on the Finance, Health & Safety, and Resources Committee.  In my role I am committed to supporting the staff and governors in ensuring that Pineham Barns provides each and every child with an outstanding start.

I have a son at Pineham Barns and a daughter who I hope will join the school in a few years’ time.

In my limited spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf and scuba diving.

 

Dr Jane Murray – Co-opted Governor

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Northampton, specialising in social justice issues in education and early childhood education. My work combines teaching, research and consultancy. I have published extensively in the field of education and my research ranges from evaluations of practice in local schools to large scale national and international projects. As a consultant, I have advised various governments on education matters, for example in Bhutan, Ethiopia, Estonia, Georgia and the UK. I hold qualifications as a teacher and head teacher in England and I worked in schools and nurseries for twenty years. Since moving to work in higher education, I have led initial teacher education and Master’s degree programmes. Currently, most of my teaching is with doctoral students.

Alongside my governor role at Pineham Barns Primary School, I am a Board Member for Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust. I am also a trustee for Ask Education and for TACTYC, the association for professional development in early years. Prior to these governance roles, I was a secondary school trustee and a governor at another primary school in Northamptonshire for ten years.

I have three grown up children who were all educated in Northamptonshire state schools. Currently, one works in the construction industry, one is a teacher and one is an RAF pilot. I know from my own parenting and professional experiences that children’s early experiences influence the rest of their lives. Therefore, the highest quality education and care for young children is vitally important for their future happiness and success. I am honoured to be working together with children, parents, staff, governors and our Trust to secure exceptional educational opportunities for every child at Pineham Barns Primary School.

 

Kate Marchant – Co-opted Governor

I became a Governor of Pineham Barns in 2017, and it has been a truly rewarding experience. I’ve been able to see first-hand how the children are at the forefront of everything the school does and every decision made. It’s also been very exciting to see the school go from an empty shell to the incredible place it is now!

I have two children in the school and it’s given me a great insight into the fantastic way the children are taught. It’s wonderful to see them bringing so many of the values home and applying them in everyday life. As a parent, it’s great to see how excited they get on Monday mornings and that they can’t wait to get to school!

Outside of the Governors, my background is in HR. Working in Generalist roles, I’ve been involved in all areas including Recruitment, Health & Safety, Employment Law, Engagement, Compliance, Training & Development, Succession Planning, Pay & Benefits and Reward & Recognition.

I am very proud to be a Governor at Pineham Barns, and I’m excited to be a part of what lies ahead for the school.

 

Trish Lorimer – Co-opted Governor

I joined the Local Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in 2019 and am excited to support Pineham Barns as it continues its impressive development. My background is in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, with a commercial skill set gained from buying for and selling to major grocery chains in the UK and Australia.

I have a not-yet-school-age son and enjoy spending time with my family and  long trail runs whenever I get the chance.

 

Amanda Wilmot- Co-opted Governor

Co-opted to the Local Governing Body in September 2019, I am keen to get to know Pineham Barns Primary and support the school to continue its excellent work.

Having worked in the commercial, local government and education sectors (independent schools and maintained schools), I have two parts to my career – a broad Marketing, Product Development and Communications background, as well as hands-on experience of governance, operations and financial management with a local council.

I have two children: a son studying Mechanical Engineering at university, and a daughter who is currently in the Sixth Form. I enjoy the theatre and spending time with my family.

 

Ian Boon – Co-opted Governor

I was co-opted on to the Local Governing Body in January 2020. I currently work in a large all-through school as Deputy Headteacher and have previously worked in schools in and around Northamptonshire. I hope to be able to provide support to the excellent staff at Pineham Barns but also provide challenge using my educational background.

I have three young children, one of whom attends Pineham Barns and another hopefully starting in September 2020. Away from education I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, have a keen interest in sports and will look to travel again once the children are slightly older.

 

Gary Allen – Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in March 2020 and am delighted to have the opportunity to support the continued development of the school. I believe that the children must be at the heart of every decision and I am excited to be able to play a part in the journey ahead.

I have held a number of senior corporate leadership roles and currently run my own management consultancy business. I work with large organisations to help them develop a culture of engagement and empowerment that improves their customer’s experience and ultimately their bottom line performance. I am experienced in many aspects of leadership and have a particular interest in performance management.

I have one son at the school and another who we hope will join in a few years time.

I enjoy spending time with my family whether that be entertaining a demanding two year old or ferrying a sports mad eight year old from one event to the next. At the weekend I can usually be found watching a rugby game whether it be the pros in action or standing on the touch line supporting my eldest.

 

Leah Martindale – Parent Governor

I was elected by parents in February 2020 (thank you so much, other parents!) and am very excited to play a part in the development of this amazing school. I am a secondary school English teacher and qualified in 2006. As a member of the senior leadership team at my current school I have played – and continue to play – an important part in the strategic development of a school that has been graded ‘Good’ twice by ofsted, and is heavily oversubscribed.

My current school opened in 2013 and I was appointed from the beginning, so I have experience of being in a new school and understand many of the demands that this places upon the school stakeholders. I bring specific experience from a range of roles within my career, including Head of department roles, Head of year and other pastoral roles, Advanced skills teacher, SENDCo and Designated safeguarding lead. I am also a qualified specialist assessor for exam access arrangements.

I am committed to securing the best possible outcomes for young people, and am looking forward to contributing towards this in my capacity at Pineham Barns too. I have a son in Year 4 and he absolutely adores every day and experience at this school. I am hoping that my daughter will be joining the reception class in September 2020 as well, and she is certainly set upon that outcome!

Meeting Attendance 2019 – 2020

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