Howe Park School Staff
Head Teacher - Mrs Alison Drakeford
Deputy Head Teacher - Mrs Linzi Goodman ( SendCo)
Business Manager - Mrs Mellissa Greenough
Administration and Office Staff
Mrs Helen Richardson (Business support), Mrs Jane Stubbs (Main Reception and administration assistant) Miss Liz Finning ( Administration and Welfare assistant)
EYFS Progress Leader - Miss Helen Fox (Hedgehog Class)
Nursery Teacher - Mrs Selina Copeland (Rabbit Class)
Foundation Teacher - Mrs Lisa Simmons (Ladybird Class 4 days)
Foundation Teacher - Mr Rob Norfolk (Ladybird Class 1 day)
Nursery and Foundation Teaching Assistants
Mrs Kate Hoskin, Mrs Jeanette Hankins, Mrs Karen McMillan, Mrs Sarah Brice, Mrs Shairose Kassam, Mrs Archana Aschok
KS1 progress Leader - Mrs Emma Campbell ( Dormouse Class)
Year One Teacher - Miss Megan Sinton (Squirrel Class)
Year One Teaching Assistants
Mrs Sangeetha Jethra, Mrs Julie Thomas
Year Two Teacher - Mrs Alison Goodman (Owl Class)
Year Two Teacher - Mrs Sara Matthews ( Otter Class 3 days)
Year Two Teacher - Mrs Anna Sutton (Otter Class 2 days)
Year Two Teacher - Miss Kayleigh Massingham ( Fox Class)
Year Two Teaching Assistants
Mrs Christine Appleyard, Mrs Caroline Jay, Mrs Katrina Miller
Mr Rob Norfolk and Mrs Vicky Allen
SEN Teaching Assistants
Mrs Nikki Heathcote, Mrs Karen Kerr, Mrs Varsha Mistry, Mrs Joanna Zasada, Mrs Jo Gillow, Mrs Karen McMillan
Breakfast and Woodpecker Club Practitioners
Mrs Kate Hoskins, Mrs Jeanette Hankins, Mrs Sangeetha Jethra, Mrs Jane Stubbs, Ms Jodie Barrass, Mrs Taryn Wrottesley, Mrs Julie Thomas, Mrs Christine Appleyard, Mrs Caroline Jay, Mrs Karen McMillan, Mrs Varsha Mistry
Who can be a governor of the school?
At Howe Park, we are able to have fourteen members on the school’s governing body. They represent families, staff and the community. If a vacancy arises for a parent governor, the school notifies all parents and seeks nominations from the school community. Currently the school’s governing body is made up of the following members:
Ms Divya Kunnathumkara
Mr Peter Cannon
Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs Clare Rusher
Mrs Linzi Goodman
Mrs Mellissa Greenough
School Business Manager
Mr Darren Marshall
LA appointed Governor
Mr David Evans
Chair of Governors
Mrs Sangeeta Jethra
Look under statutory information for full governor attendance information covering the last 12 months
What is the role of the Governing Body?
The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team. However, the Governing Body has the responsibility to ensure that the school is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:
How does this work at Howe Park?
The full governing body meets twice each term- six times over each academic year. At each of these meetings, the governors discuss issues relating to the progress of the school. However, it must be emphasised that no specific child or his / her family is ever discussed. The governors discuss general themes e.g.
At Howe Park, we have two committees that meet each term. These are the Resources and Environment Committee and the School Improvement Committee.
The Resources and Environment Committee discuss all issues relates to the school’s budget, school resources and any changes to the school premises. They also make sure that the school has the appropriate policies to guide the actions that are taken within the school e.g. Safer Recruitment; Pay Policy and Performance Management Policy.
The School Improvement Committee discuss progress towards attainment targets (this would be as an over view of the class, not individuals), policies related to curriculum subjects, SEN policy and provision. The School Improvement committee will also monitor the school’s progress towards retaining quality marks e.g. The Inclusion Quality mark, Healthy Schools etc.
Not all governors will sit on both committees. Governors choose which committees they will sit on, but all members of the Governing Body attend the full meeting of the governors.
How do the governors find out what is happening in the school?
How do the governors encourage the children to be proud of their achievements?
What guidance do governors have about their role within the school?
The government has produced a “Governor’s Guide to the Law”, which lays out some importance guidance. Two examples are quoted below:
12 point 9. Individual governors do not have an automatic right to enter the school whenever they wish. However, they need to be able to visit from time to time in order to develop their understanding of the school. These visits enable them to fulfil their statutory responsibility for the conduct of the school.
Page 12 point 10-…..The governing body should plan visits to cover a wide range of school work and each visit should have a clear purpose. Visits by governors can be useful and informative. They do not replace professional inspection or the monitoring and evaluation carried out by the headteacher.
We are very fortunate that at Howe Park, the school’s governing body are very supportive of the school’s development. The governors are all volunteers and the school greatly appreciates the time they give to ensure that the school runs effectively.