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 appointed at Orchard Park and 2 vacancies. These are made up of:
1 Local Authority Governor
2 Parent Governors
7 Co-opted Governors (of which 2 can be members of staff)
1 Elected Staff Governor
1 Clerk to Governors
The members of our Governing Body are:
Miss Stacey Harper - Headteacher - Staff Governor
Mrs Diane Mitchell - Deputy Headteacher - Co-opted Governor
Miss Lucy Steggles - Deputy Headteacher - Co-opted Governor
Mr Joshua Chivers - Teaching Staff - Elected Staff Governor
Janice Fuller - Governor - Chair of Full Governing Body
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.
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 were taught at Orchard Park (one currently and the other who has recently moved to secondary school) 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 over 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.
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.
Governing Body Documentation
Please click here for a copy of the Code of Practice for the Governing Body 2018-19
Please click here for a copy of the Standing Orders for the Governing Body 2018-19
Lewis Meek - Parent Governor
I work in the Human Resources department at the University of Cambridge and I have a degree in HR, which ought to be helpful as a parent govener. I'm already on the board of a small charity as the treasurer therefore I am familiar with the kind of duties involved in being a school govener. Our family has really enjoyed becoming part of the school community over the last couple of years, and we value how diverse and welcoming it is.
Scott Parsley - Parent Governor
I believe in encouraging children to choose and pursue their own goals. I am a Software Manager for Siemens, giving me an insight into the skills and knowledge needed in the software industry. Technology has become an integral part of our lives and the workplace and I would like to help promote this in our school curriculum. I will bring to the governor role the knowledge I have gained in project management, reporting, team leadership and recruitment.
Andrew Chan - Co-opted Governor
Newly elected Local Authority Governor. Details to follow shortly.