The Governing Body has a Chair and Vice Chair. The full Governing Body meets at least twice a term with additional meetings to discuss individual matters. The Governors work through two committees: School Effectiveness and Resources, each have their own Chair. The Governors work closely with the Headteacher to support the school and drive improvement.
We have 12 Governors at Orchard Park. These are made up of:
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Parent Governors (1 vacancy)
8 Co opted Governors (of which 2 can be members of staff)
1 Staff Governor
1 Clerk to Governors
The members of our Governing Body are:
Miss Stacey Harper - Headteacher - Staff Governor
Miss Lucy Fogden - Deputy Headteacher - Co-opted Governor
Mrs Nicky MacColl - Senior Teaching Staff - Staff Governor
James Wilson - Governor - Chair of Full Governing Body
I am privileged to be the current Chair of the Orchard Park Governing Body. I've been on the governor team since the early days of our wonderful school, having joined in 2007 and having seen the school, the development and the community grow together since them. I lead our meetings of the Full Governing Body and have overall responsibility for making sure the Governors are providing support and challenge to the school leadership team as we work towards our vision for an outstanding school.
Jess Bond - Local Authority Governor - Chair of Effectiveness Committee
I have been the Local Authority Governor at Orchard Park since 2012 and joined the Governing Body as I wanted to give something back to the community. I am also passionate about ensuring that all young people have access to the educational opportunities that they deserve. I work for a local university in the widening participation and outreach team, so have a wide and varied interest in education and have also previous experience of governance as a volunteer charity trustee.
Janice Fuller - Co-opted Governor - Chair of Resources Committee
I have been a Community (or co-opted) Governor since June 2015. I am looking forward to playing a part in the further evolution of the school after the excellent start it has made within the local community. I have been very impressed by the friendly and colourful atmosphere of the school which provides a positive environment for learning, where our enthusiastic staff can guide pupils to fulfil their potential.
Revd Chris Lowe - Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor for the past 3 years. I'm the vicar of St John's Church which meets here at the school on Sundays. I live in Orchard Park (50 metres from the school gate!), love this commnunity and want to see it flourish. I am on the School Effectiveness Committee and amongst the governors I take the lead on achievement and progress data. It's a privilege to be involved in such a vibrant school, so clearly committed to seeing children and young people thrive.
Katherine Thornley - Co-opted Governor
I have always had an interest in education and studied educational theory at university. When I moved to Cambridge to start my career I was keen to get involved in the community and being a governor seemed a great way to do that. As an accountant I have been able to bring my financial experience to the school as the Finance Governor, allowing me to contribute to the school whilst the role has given me insight into many other areas.
Michelle Davies - Co-opted Governor
Hello, I'm Michelle Davies and I've been a Parent Governor at Orchard Park since 2011. My two boys are in Beetles and Butterfly classes and I got involved so that I could help provide the best possible school experience for them and other children in the community. I have 15 years experience working with vulnerable children and young people so I take the lead for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance on behalf of the Governing Body - I'm passionate about ensuring children have the right support to ber able to focus on their learning.
Beata Ryckowska - Co-opted Governor
I became a Parent Governor in November 2012 and have found the role incredibly interesting since then. I have a daughter in Year 4 and she thoroughly enjoys coming to Orchard Park Primary School. It is clear that this school not only provides an impressive academic platform for its children but it is also a very welcoming place for all pupils and parents. I am a member of the School Effectiveness Committee and my role is Curriculum Champion. I am also co-chair of the PTFA. It is a privelege to be part of Orchard Park Governing Body.
Alison Tweddell - Parent Governor
I have lived in Orchard Park since 2009 and have two children at Orchard Park Primary School. I joined the Governors in 2013 and sit on the Effectiveness Committee with responsibility for reporting back to the Committee on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities as well as Pupil Premium Funding. I find being a Governor interesting, reassuring (as a parent), challenging and rewarding (to the extent that I swapped from the industry I worked in before having children and now work for a school myself!
Jennifer Hefti - Clerk to Governors
I have held the role as Clerk to Governors with Orchard Park since September 2013. I currently work for three other local primary schools and one early years setting. The Clerk is the consitutional conscience of the Governing Body. I have a keen interest in primary and early years education and so enjoy supporting the Governors in their work to drive school improvement and uphold the ethos of the school.
Grace Norman - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Board of Governors in early 2017 as I have a passion for public health and I am keen to ensure that every child get the best start in life. Public health is very broad - it's about promoting health and wellbeing through every aspect of school and community life. I hope to become part of what seems to be a lovely community. I work for the NHS as a Public Health Registrar.