Meet our School Governors
Karl Wainwright - Chair of Governors
Andrew Underwood - Vice Chair of Governors
Lorna Lawrence (CamClerk) - Clerk to the Governing Body
Kate Arrowsmith - Parent Governor Michael Freeman - Co-opted Governor
Mandy King - Assistant Headteacher, Teacher Governor
Sharie Neale – Foundation Governor
Sue Ward - Foundation Governor
Eileen Raggatt – Co-opted Governor
Alana Brown - Headteacher/Governor
Caroline Truman - Deputy Headteacher, Associate Governor (non-voting)
We have the following Governor vacancies:
Non-Teaching Staff Governor
Parent Governor x 3
LA Governor x 1
Chair of Governors - Mr Karl Wainwright, Co-opted Governor
I am very proud to have been a Governor at Eynesbury Church of England Primary School for the past eighteen years.
Since becoming a governor I have held various roles including Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.
In my professional capacity I have the following skills and experience: I am an experienced sales and marketing professional with a history of developing business opportunities. This is underpinned by strong management and relationship building skills developed through twenty-five years of experience in the home entertainment industry. I have held and managed my own budgets in industry up to £15m annual turnover.
I am passionate about education and the community of St Neots, also holding the positions on St Neots Town and Huntingdon District Councils; this allows me to play an active role for the benefit of the community in which I live. My lengthy service as governor across both the primary and secondary sector further allows me to ensure that the town and community within it is built on a solid base and offers the very best opportunities and potential for all those within it.
Vice Chair of Governors Mr Andrew Underwood, Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2011. My children went through their Nursery, foundation and Primary education at Eynesbury CoE school and have now moved onto Senior School. I support the Governing body by Chairing the FPP sub-committee and acting as Deputy Chair of Governors.
In my day job I am a Chief Engineer at a large multi-national engineering company, where I have worked for 30+ years. I have an Engineering degree and have good numeracy, literacy and managerial skills.
I enjoy cooking, reading and technology and love to play with computers in my spare time.
I believe that good primary education is a key foundation for the future and puts children on the right path to achieve their potential.
Mr Gwyneth Mitchell, LA Governor
Mrs Mandy King, Assistant Headteacher/ Teacher Governor
I have worked at Eynesbury for 10 years, teaching in classes from Year 2 to Year 6; currently I am working with Year 5 and 6. My role includes supporting the school as Assistant Head teacher, Key Stage 2 Leader and Literacy Leader. I am proud to be the teacher representative on the governing body.
Mrs Sharie Neale, Foundation Governor
I have retired after 38 years as a teacher. I am passionate about improving children's educational attainment and their learning environment. I feel that by being a Governor I can continue to support and play a small part in improving children's education in my local community. I can also support the staff using the skills and the knowledge I've gained over the years. As a foundation governor, I hope to be able to help support the promotion of Christian values and look at ways of bringing them into the local community.
Mrs Eileen Raggatt, Co-opted Governor
My family and I moved to Eynesbury in 1978 and our 4 children went to Eynesbury School, on to Ernulf, and then to University. I have been a governor since 1999. I teach the flute in school and privately. I go into school as a volunteer to help with orchestra, handchimes and recorders. I think it is very important that children have a happy and rounded experience at school, with opportunities for learning well beyond the curriculum.
Mrs Alana Brown Headteacher/ Governor
I have been a Headteacher for the past 8 years and joined Eynesbury in September 2019 as the interim Headteacher. I took on the fulltime position as of January 2020. I am also a school governor and support the governors in strategic leadership of the school. I am passionate about supporting every child to achieve their aspirations and supporting them along their learning journey.
Mrs Caroline Truman, Deputy Headteacher/ Associate Governor (non-voting)
I first joined the governing body in 2005 as a Teacher Governor. Since 2014, I have remained on the governing body as an Associate Governor. I enjoy being able to support our governing body to ensure we make Eynesbury the best school that it can be.
Mrs Kate Arrowsmith, Parent Governor
I have two daughters at Eynesbury school, both in KS2. I am passionate about making other children as happy at the school as my children are. I have worked in Financial Services for over 20 years and I am a Chartered Financial Planner. I also have a Diploma in Marketing and I am Treasurer of Eynesbury School PTA.
The role of the Governing Body
The role of the Governing body is to help shape the strategic direction of the school and to safeguard the public interest in the school. As our role is strategic, we do not get involved in the day to day running of the school, this is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team. We ensure that they are accountable for decisions and actions taken. We oversee the maintaining of and improvement of standards of achievement within our school. We are also responsible for ensuring that the school's policies and administration meet statutory requirements and that our children are able to maximise the educational opportunities provided within the financial constraints in which the school operates. We support the school in its continuous drive to improve the already high standard of education provided to our children.
The Governors are appointed to provide:-
- An independent view;
- A wide experience of the outside world;
- A visible form of accountability for the Headteacher and staff of the school;
- A focus on long term, strategic development and improvement;
- Accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school;
- Support for the Headteacher and staff.
The Governing Body are the strategic planners of the school, we:
- Employ others to carry out the work;
- Appoint the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school;
- Agree policies and practice which allows the Headteacher to carry out their responsibilities;
- Agree principles and targets for improvement;
- Support and challenge the Headteacher;
- Review our own working practices.
Individual Governors will also be involved in some of the following:
- School improvement planning;
- Headteacher performance management;
- Safeguarding and Child Protection;
- Staff appointments;
- The financial management of the school;
- The curriculum;
- The training of governors,
Our Full Governing Body meets once every half term.
We have 2 sub-committees which also meet regularly and report back to the full Governing Body meetings.
Governing Body Pecuniary Interests
Governing Body Membership 2019 - 2020
Governing Body Structure 2019 - 2020
Governing Body Meeting attendance 2019 to 2020
Governor Meeting Minutes