The Governing Body
Role of School Governor
Mill Lane School has a dedicated, supportive and enthusiastic body of governors. Its members are volunteers drawn from the community, parents, Oxfordshire County Council and school staff. School governors form a team called the Governing Body.
The responsibilities of the Governing Body include:
- Setting strategic direction
- Ensuring accountability
- Monitoring and evaluating the school
- Setting statutory targets
To improve its effectiveness the Governing Body is divided up into three sub-committees
- Leadership & Management
- Behaviour & Safety
Categories of Governor:
Each Governing Body includes several types of school governor.
- Parent Governors – elected by parents of the children at the school. However, if no-one stands for election they may be appointed by the Governing Body;
- Community Governors – appointed by the Governing Body. Members of the community can apply to be considered for this role by contacting the school who will then help them contact the Chair of Governors;
- LEA Governors – appointed by the local education authority (LEA). Members of the public can apply to be considered for this role by contacting the LEA directly;
- Staff Governors – elected by staff at the school and will include both teaching and non-teaching staff;
- Headteacher –The headteacher attends governor meetings at their own school by right.
No particular qualifications or experience are needed to be a Governor and they do not need to be an expert in education, but an interest in developing children socially, emotionally and academically is beneficial. Most Governors are elected or appointed for 4 years.
Mill Lane School Governors:
The Governors at Mill Lane School offer a wide array of skills, knowledge and experience and are committed to seeing they get the best for the school’s children.
If you would like to contact the School Governors, email Governors.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Neil Swanston
Co-opted Governor, Chair
I became a governor at Mill Lane in June 2014, and took on the role of Chair in September 2015. It is a challenging one, but is terrifically rewarding and fun. I am passionate about education, and I believe that every child has a fundamental right to the best possible education. Mill Lane is an excellent school, and I'm proud to be able to play a part in improving the lives of the children.
Mrs Chris Foote
Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair
I became a governor at Mill Lane in December 2015. I am retired but have spent most of my working life helping children. My main job has been as a social worker specialising in adoption and, in my last post, I ran a therapeutic service for children who had experienced early deprivation and trauma. I have also worked in schools as a classroom assistant when my daughter was young. As well as my daughter, I have three adult step children, whom I helped to raise, and 9 grandchildren.
Linked subject area: SEND
Mrs Margaret Noon
I am pleased to have the opportunity as a member of the Governing Body to support the Headteacher and staff in achieving their vision of educational excellence. My lifelong professional experience in international education as a Headteacher in the UK and abroad, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Education, Educational Consultant and Adviser enables me to make a positive contribution to the development of Mill Lane teachers and learners. Whenever I can I am committed to helping them to thrive and perform their best in a happy and safe environment. Having seven grandchildren helps to keep me grounded and in touch with younger points of view!
Linked subject area: Culture Club
Mr Graham Bull
Local Authority Governor
I became a Governor when my three children attended the School and I wanted to support it in providing the best learning environment possible. My children have left now but still appreciate the great start it gave them. My experience as an Engineering Manager with special responsibilities for Health & Safety have enabled me to contribute to the School's ambition to always provide a safe environment in which the children can develop and learn.
Linked subject area: Science, including Forest schools
Mrs Victoria Chamlet
I joined the board of Governors in 2016 having decided to take a career break after the birth of my second son the previous year.
My eldest son is progressing through the classes at Mill Lane School, having started in Windmill Nursery. I have been so impressed with all the teachers and support staff who ensure that there is a safe, nurturing and fun environment for the children to learn, grow and develop in, that I wanted to put something back into the school and hope to be a strong support and asset to the entire team. I hope that my vast experience within the Construction Industry, particularly purchasing within the Public sector will prove useful with planned developments that may occur in the future.
Linked subject area: Early Years
Ms Lara Chaplin
I feel very privileged in being given the opportunity to become a Governor at Mill Lane Community Primary School. I currently have 2 children at the school, one coming to the end of their journey and the other just beginning. Both of my children started in the warm, safe environment of the Windmill Nursery, (making the sometimes daunting transition to Reception seamless). Mill Lane Community Primary School is a bright, fun environment, providing excellent education to each and every one of the children; resulting in confident and well rounded children, ready for the next stage of their educational experience. I am passionate about the education, health and well-being of all children and along with a steady legal background I hope to provide strong support to the school in these areas.
Linked subject area: Arts
Mr Sam Thompson
Mrs Elaine Steel
Staff Governor, KS 1 Teacher
I was honoured to be given a position on The Board of Governors in 2017. As a KS 1 teacher at Mill Lane, my first professional interest always has been and always will be what is right for the children; providing a safe, nurturing environment in which they want to attend and can flourish. Recently completion of Forest School training has provided me with an insight into more holistic teaching methods. Through collaboration with my teaching colleagues and the Governing body, I feel that we are in a position to continue to evolve the school in a positive manner.
Mr Paul Noon
I joined the Board of Governors in March 2019. Whilst I have no previous management or executive responsibility in schools I take a great interest in the progression of my five grandchildren through their academic experiences.
I am a retired qualified accountant with previously held financial directorships. My lifelong responsibilities for budgets and budgetary control make me well equipped to contribute to the school’s financial obligations according to current monetary and educational policies. I am keen to use my experience to good effect within Mill Lane School.
Linked subject area: Numeracy
Mr Andy Craig
I recently had the pleasure of joining the governing board, I have two children currently attending Mill Lane and I am motivated in assisting to keep the high standards already set at the school, and to help them and everyone else progress to the best of their ability. My background is non-academic having spent 10 years in the Army straight from school, serving both in the UK and abroad. I then moved into sales upon leaving in 2011, managing a sales team for the last 3 years. So while I am new to the adult side of education I am more than happy to get stuck in.
Linked subject area: ICT