Meet Our Governors

"On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to welcome you to this section of the Parsons Down Partnership website where you can find out who we are and what we do. As well as a brief pen profile of the Governors and what we bring to the role, you will find more information detailing some of our activities. As Governors, we are all volunteers but we all share one common goal: to make our schools’ Partnership a place where children are happy, safe and reaching their potential.

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing boards, we have three core functions:

Firstly, to ensure the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. This means never losing sight of the overall aims of the school. We work very closely with the Headteacher to support and oversee their plans for the school, with a focus on development and improvement.

Secondly, holding the headteacher to account for educational performance.

Lastly, to oversee the financial performance of the school. In addition to meetings of the Finance Committee, we meet regularly with the School Finance Manager and Headteacher to ensure the school budget is spent in a way that will be of most benefit to the school and its pupils.

 

Every child can achieve within our schools and we encourage everybody to be the best they can be. Every individual has unique qualities and our job is to encourage and recognise this. We are ambitious for our schools and for all those who attend."

 

Marilyn Cornwell

Chair Of Governors

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Marilyn Cornwell

Chair of Governors

"Having spent all my working life in teaching, I have a passion for education and believe that we should all strive to offer the best we can to the children in our schools. My husband’s job took us to different parts of the country and I was very fortunate to work in a wide range of schools before we settled in West Berkshire with our 2 children.

From 1989, I worked in Thatcham as a teacher and then Headteacher of 2 local schools. I am, therefore, very familiar with the area, its schools and the families they serve. I hope to make a positive contribution to the Governing Board, supporting the development of the whole school community to secure the best possible outcomes for all those involved."

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Ian Nichol

Vice Chair

"I have lived in the Newbury area for the last 14 years and for the majority of my working life I have been a chief officer and director in local government, most recently working for borough councils in London, focusing on strategies and programmes in the areas of economic development, regeneration, adults' and children's services. I am now semi-retired with my own consultancy company. I am a governor of another primary school in Newbury and a trustee of the West Berkshire Volunteer Centre."

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Catherine Bull

Headteacher

"I have been a teacher at Parsons Down Junior School since November 2000. I have had many roles over the course of my time at the school. I am passionate about helping Parsons Down Partnership to become the best it can be and to give the children in our care the best possible education."

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Sam Bartholomew

Co-opted Governor

"As a Mum of two boys at Parsons Down Partnership, I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside governors, the teaching staff and parents to ensure the school provides the best possible learning journey for all pupils. I have been privileged to work at both schools, and have witnessed first-hand what an incredible teaching staff we have. I believe that the senior leadership team has a clear vision for the continued development and improvement of teaching across the partnership and I am keen to support this through the role of Co-opted Governor.

 

Having launched and run a successful photography business for the past 12 years, I aim to use the knowledge I have developed to enhance the collective skill set of the governing board.""

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Brodie Wood

Co-opted Governor

"Having been though the school system in Newbury and Hampshire myself, I have a passion for the area and the schools. As a Business consultant I have experience in a number of industries and household names, in addition to having worked with West Berkshire Council and a local College in the past. Having been through my own journey to success, I am excited by this next step to give back to the community, and in my role as a school governor I hope that I can help shape the leaders of our future. I am particularly interested in championing the French subject at the school.

 

Outside of work, I love dogs and have two rescues named Snowla and Lily, and when I get some downtime, I also love to read thriller mystery books."

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Rhys Morgan

Parent Governor

"I grew up in the Thatcham area until moving away to study. After graduating, I moved to Bonn, Germany for three years where I trained adults in business communication for companies such as Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post. 

 

Returning to the UK, I followed my real passion, which was was working with young people and as such, completed my Teacher Training at the University of London and I currently work in a West Berkshire secondary school as an English Teacher. My professional interests include all aspects of literacy and teacher training/further development. 

 

I’m delighted at being appointed a Parent Governor and look forward to working with the staff and other governors to represent parental views with appropriate humility."

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Vicky Rock

Parent Governor

"I have lived in Thatcham with my husband for 15 years and am lucky enough to have 4 wonderful girls at the partnership. My eldest daughter is coming to the end of her journey in year 6 and has had a superb time at Parsons Down. I have loved getting to know the team at Parsons Down and learning how the school operates. I feel honoured to now be part of that team as a parent governor and look forward to helping the school develop in the future. 

 

I have worked as a paramedic for 17 years and now work in clinical triage. The work is hard but rewarding and in the past 2 years I have been working towards a degree in paramedic practice, taking a keen interest in mental health and health promotion. 

 

My free time is spent with my husband, girls and dogs, taking our campervan on as many adventures as possible!"

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Rosemary Lilley

Local Authority Governor

"I took up my Local Authority Governor’s appointment shortly after retiring in 2006 hoping that I could use some of my time to continue to support children in West Berkshire following a career as both a practitioner and manager in children’s social care.

 

My contribution to the Parsons Down Schools arises from my working career and ongoing involvement in children’s issues. In 1988 I came to West Berkshire and until retirement managed the local Family Centre for a national children’s charity. This involved me in work with children and parents, recruitment and management of staff and volunteers, managing a substantial budget, working with a range of other professionals and involvement in some of the strategic groups which co-ordinate services across the Local Authority.

 

Since retiring I have continued to work part time managing Newbury Family Counselling Service, a local charity. I am also involved with the local voluntary and community sector and represent the sector on the Local Safeguarding Children Board."

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Karen Neumann

Staff Governor

"I spent my formative years and was educated in Pembrokeshire, Wales before moving to Thatcham in 1991. I initially worked with Barclays Bank in Newbury, leaving as a Personal Banker to have children, both of whom have been through Parsons Down Infant and Junior School. I began working at Parsons Down initially as a parent volunteer helper, before taking up the role of a teaching assistant in 2001. I then qualified as a Higher Learning Teaching Assistant in 2008. I take a special interest in English, Maths and Art and have taught in every year group across the partnership. My hobbies are keeping fit and art. In May, I started art classes where I have rediscovered my love of art.

I hope to be able as a staff governor to give a first-hand insight into the Parsons Down Partnership to assist the other governors to develop the school to achieve its best potential."

Governing Board Information

 

Governors In Office

Governor Meeting Attendance 2020-21

Governors Annual Statement

Instrument of Government

 

Governors Code of Conduct

 

Governors Allowances Policy

Governor Attendance Report

 

Register of business interests, financial interests and governance roles in other schools

Terms of Reference

 

Minutes of Governors’ Meetings

 

Copies of governing board minutes are stored within our school and are available on request from the clerk. To request a copy of the minutes, please contact office.pdi@pdp.w-berks.sch.uk.