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North School Dance Show 2018

22/02/18

The North School dance show will be taking place on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7pm.

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Parents' Forum Meeting

20/02/18

Monday 26th February at 6-7pm

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Year 8 Options Evening

12/02/18

Thank you to all those parents who attended our Year 8 Options Evening on Thursday 8th February in the Kent Hall. It was a really positive and successful evening and we had a fantastic 91% attendance with a few apologies given in advance.  As mentioned on the evening, we have uploaded the power point from the evening to the website along with some additional advice and guidance on the new 9-1 assessment framework.  If you were unable to attend we have sent your Options booklet and form to your home address

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Weekly Bulletin 09/02/2018

09/02/18

Weekly Bulletin: In addition to regular website updates, termly newsletter and frequent Twitter news, as from the beginning of this term we will produce a weekly School Bulletin to keep everyone updated on the events of the forthcoming week, reminders, school news and dates for the diary. The School Bulletin will be sent to parents via School Comms. The Bulletin will be published every Friday and, in addition to the School Comms message, it will also be uploaded on the school website.

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Year 11 Half Term Revision Sessions - February 2018

06/02/18

Year 11 Half Term Revision Sessions - February 2018

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The Governing Body

The Governing Body at The North School is committed to supporting and challenging the leadership of the School to ensure that school improvement is paramount and the potential of students is maximised.

The details of the governors can be found below.  Please note the non confidential minutes to the Governing Body meetings are available on request from [email protected] .

 

Governing Body Members

Liesl York – Chair

Co-opted Governor

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Although I am a relatively new Governor at the North School, I have been involved in governance at a local infant school for 6 years.  Having lived in Ashford all my life, I now work for the local authority in a training role after 25 years in the financial sector.  These careers and governor experience have provided me with skills and expertise to bring to our governing body.

Currently, my two eldest children attend the North School and I am keen to use my abilities to help positively shape the future of the young people that attend the school.  The school is part of my community and I am keen to challenge and seek improvements that will have a favourable impact on the education our pupils receive.   

 

Alan Barham

Co-opted Governor

I am retired but like to keep active in terms of work and keeping healthy, e.g. walking and cycling.  

Currently I am Direct of Swale Academies Trust, Chari of the Trust Secondary Schools Executive Group, Chair of Swale Iclusion Service, Chair of Maidstone & Malling Alternative Provision, Chair o Sallygate Independent School Management Committee and Governor of The North School.  I advise and chair Westminster Briefing Education Conference.

Our childrenand partners plus six grandchildren keep us occupied and young at heart.

 

George Clifton

Co-opted Governor

I am a retired Logistics Manager residing on a 1.5-hectare smallholding near Sittingbourne.  My hobbies include driving and maintaining my classic 1962 Rover, caring and tending to the garden and orchard at my home. 

I have been a governor of Westlands School, Sittingbourne since 1990 and I am currently Chair of that Local governing Body.  I also serve as a governor on two other Local Governing Bodies within Swale Academies Trust and am also a founding member of the Trust together with being Chair of that organisation. 

For many years, I was treasurer of the Kent Federation of Parent Teacher Associations and on their behalf represented parents on the Kent funding Forum which deals with financial issues affecting schools at county level.

 

Mrs Lyn Greenfield

Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair

In my role as co-opted governor at The North School I am particularly interested in theelfare and educational provision that The North School offers our children.

I have lived in Ashford all my life and have attended local schools and believe that The North School forms an important part of our community.  For the past twenty eight years I have worked for a large Ashford-based company and have a role in customer services which involves dealing with clients, staff and visitors from different backgrounds in a range of positions.  Within this role I challenge the business to improve processes and record outcomes accurately; I also monitor results and seek improvements and am solution focused.  These are all skills that I am able to bring to the Governing Body at the school. 

Following a successful election process in September 2017 I am now the Vice Chair of the Governing Body which will mean I can continue to enhance my skills in governance which will help me to hold the school to account.

 

Mrs Vicki Jessel

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Kent for seventeen years and have two teenage children at school in Canterbury.

As a family we farm in Brabourne with a mixture of arable, grassland, stock and five alpacas.  I am the farm secretary responsible for the day to day running of the business including accounts, commercial and holiday lets and our event centre Penstock Barn.

Before moving to Kent I was Marketing Director at Savills for ten years running a busy department and I hope to use my knowledge gained over this period to the benefit of The North School.

I am also a new non-executive Director of Swale Academies Trust.

 

Mrs Julie Pyatt

Co-opted Governor

I have enjoyed fifteen years as a teacher of business and finance and relished challenging the parameters of the classroom ensuring that studentshave skills to make them successful within their personal and professional lives.  I have fulfilled roles such as Head of IT, Business and Finance; Head of Careers Education and Enocomic & Emotional Well-being across the curriculum; Leader of work experience and employer links and Co-ordinator of work scrutiny to ensure high standards demonstrated in students books over time.

I am currently working for The London Institute of Banking and Finance engaging schools with high quality financial education.  

I feel passionately that every child deserves a positive, high quality education that equips them for employment and provides them with skills for life.

 

Mrs Jacqueline Spain

Co-opted Governor

I am an Ashfordian, I have five children and two grandchildren, all having been or still in the process of being educated in the local schools.  I was very active in local sport, playing hockey for Ashford and netball in the Ashford leagues.

My interest in becoming a governor stems from wanting all children to have the best education possible for them as an individual, to be involved in that process and to give something back to the community.  I look forward to playing an active part in some way that supports the School and its students.  I appreciate there is a lot to learn but that is a challenge and learning curve I think I would enjoy.

Running a local business has broadened my experience in terms of finance, staff management and working as a team.  I believe my life skills as a busy working mother and my genuine interest and love for people would add something to the board of governors.  Time management is a particular strength!

 

Mr Neil Wickens

Parent Governor

I’m married with two children – my son attends The North School and my daughter is at Willesborough Junior School. I moved to Ashford in 2001 and to date my career has been within the public sector, specifically policing and criminal justice.

I have significant experience in performance management, audit/compliance and the development of organisational strategy. My current role includes managing governance and scrutiny arrangements, building relationships with partners and delivering specific projects to support organisational objectives. In particular I am the lead officer for work to improve services to those in mental health crisis and I also manage engagement with young people across the county.

I am keen to use my experience and knowledge to positively shape and influence the education local children receive. I am committed to both supporting and challenging the head teacher to ensure pupils receive not only the best education possible, but also the necessary life skills to make a really positive contribution to society.

I welcome this opportunity to contribute to the development of the school for the benefit of current and future pupils/staff.

 

Mrs Helen Wyllie

Staff Governor

I completed my PGCE in Modern Languages in 1998 at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have worked as a Modern Languages teacher and had Senior Leadership responsibilities both pastoral and curriculum. I have been Head of all Key Stages and Subject Leader. I have mentored new staff and supported Middle Leaders. I regularly deliver training to staff.

I joined The North School in September 2016. I thoroughly enjoy my role of teaching French, Spanish and RE along with my Teaching and Learning responsibility.

I am passionate about ensuring all children achieve their potential and beyond. I believe in creating an aspirational environment to allow this to happen.

I am very proud to be part of The North School community.

 

The North School Governing Body January 2018

The North School Governing Body uses the Circle Mode of Governance with a Dedicated Resource Team  - click on link below for details

 

GOVERNOR

NAME

GOVERNOR

CATEGORY

NOMINATING

GROUP

TERM OF OFFICE

START OF TERM

GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITY

BUSINESS INTEREST DECLARED

DATE DECLARED

ATTENDANCE

RECORD 2016/17

Mrs Liesl York

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 Years

30 September 2015

Chair of Governors

Joint SEND

Resource Team

Chair of Governors at Willesborough Infant School.

Declared 20 09 17

6/6

Mr Paul Cooke

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Leadership & Management

Resource Team

 

Operations Manager, EDF Trading

Declared 05/09/17

4/6

Mr Alan Barham

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Outcomes of Pupils

Effectiveness of 16 – 19 Study Programme

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

HT Appraisal

Resource Team

 

Trading as Alan Barham Business Support Services Ltd working as an Education Consultant for Westminster Briefing and KCC – Swale Inclusion Service.

Chair of Governors Swale Inclusion Service

Director of Swale Academies Trust

Dover Grammar School for Boys

Chair of Maidstone & Malling Inclusion Service.

Chair of Governors Sallygate School

Declared 20 09 17

 

6/6

Mr George Clifton

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

Resource Team

HT Appraisal

 

Member of the Swale Academy Trust.

Chair of Governors at Westlands Primary School

Governors at Regis Manor Primary School

Vice Chair at Westlands Secondary School (all are schools in the Trust.)

Declared 20 09 17

6/6

Mrs Lyn Greenfield

 

 

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

1 September 2016

Vice Chair of Governors

Joint Personal Development, Joint Behaviour and Welfare

Safeguarding

Governor at Willesborough Infant School

Declared 20 09 17

6/6

Mrs Victoria Jessel

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

16 March 2016

Joint Leadership & Management and

HT Appraisal

 

Director of Swale Academy Trust

Partner Jessel Farms

Declared 04/09/17

6/6

Ms Helen Wyllie

Staff

Staff Election

3 years

19 April 2017

Website

 

None.

Declared 20 09 17

2/2

Mr Jon Whitcombe

HT

n/a

01 September 2017

 

CEO, Swale Academies Trust.

 

New Governor

Mr Neil Wickens

Parent

Parental Election

3 years

29 September 2016

Link Training

Resource Team

Governor at Willesborough Junior School.

Declared 20 09 17

4/5

Mrs Julie Pyatt

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

24 November 2016

Outcomes of Pupils

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

None.

Declared 20 09 17

2/4

Mrs Jacqueline Spain

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

22 November 2017

TBA

None.

Declared 27 12 17

New Governor

 

 

Governor

Resignations

From January 

2017

 

 

 

Ms Julianne Bayford

Parent

Parental Election

3 years

29 September 2016

Resigned 24 January 2018

Joint SEND

Joint Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Joint Health and Safety

 

None.

Declared 20 09 17

5/5

Mrs Nicola Hodges

Headteacher

 

[Previously

Co-opted]

 

-

 

[Co-opted by

Governing Body]

No term specified

15 July 2015

[4 years

24 September 2014

Change of governor status 15 July 2015]

Employment at The North ceased 31 August 2017

None

Declared 28/09/16

6/6

Mr John Fassenfelt

 

 

 

 

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 April 2014

 

Resigned 11 July 2017

Joint Leadership & Management

HT Appraisal

 

Chairman of the Directors of the Swale Academy Trust, Director and Member of the Swale Academy Trust.

Chairman of Governors for Sittingbourne Community College (which is one of the Secondary schools in the Trust.)

Declared 28/09/16

3/5

Mrs Claire Barrett-Smith

 

Staff

Staff Election

3 years

15 July 2016

Resigned 16 April 2017

 

None

Declared 28/09/2016

4/4