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Weekly Bulletin 08/12/2017

01/12/17

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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Severe Weather Guidance

01/12/17

The winter season is upon us and so we would like to remind you of the procedures

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Christmas Dinner Menu

29/11/17

CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017 £2.40 (All inclusive) Order & pay by Thursday 7th December

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Pages Schoolwear - Uniform Offer

24/11/17

10% discount offer until Christmas

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We are a “GOOD” school. OFSTED report.

16/10/17

Students, parents, staff and governors can all take pride in last week’s announcement that Ofsted has judged The North School to be ‘good’ in every category, following an inspection at the end of September.

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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.   

 

Lyn Greenfield – Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

Mr 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 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 Lyn Greenfield

Co-opted Governor

In my role as Parent Governor at the North School, I am particularly interested in the welfare 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-five years, I have worked for a large Ashford based company. My role is 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.

 

Ms Julieanne Bayford

Parent Governor

I am a parent/carer of five with children currently in year 8 and year 11 of The North School.  My journey started with the school in February 2016, when one of our children transferred into year 10.  Working with the pastoral team and teaching staff I quickly realised the vision and standards of the school matched my own.  Without hesitation we supported our son moving into year 8 at The North in July this year. 

I am passionate about education and truly beieve in maximising the potential in every child.  After twenty years in public services in a professional development role, I have recently pursued a career supporting children from all backgrounds.  I have experience with special educational needs, ECHP, safeguarding, welfare and teacher training.

I understand the unique challenges parents face ine very school year, whether it be transition into year 7, options in years 8 and 9, the GCSE process and student through to 16+ education.

As a parent governor I aim to be an advocate for all.  I will work hard to support the school to maintain and increase the standards which I see demonstrated every time I visit The North.

 

Mr Neil Wickens

Parent Governor

I’m married with two children – my son is in year 7 at The North School and my daughter is in year 5 at Willesborough Junior School. I moved to Ashford in 2001 and for the last fifteen years have worked in the public sector, specifically within 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 students/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 May 2017

The North School Governing Body uses the Circle Mode of Governance with Dedicated Governor Responsibilities

 

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

Ms Julianne Bayford

Parent

Parental Election

3 years

29 September 2016

Joint SEND

Joint Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Joint Health and Safety

 

None.

Declared 20 09 17

5/5

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

 

 

Governor

Resignations

From September 

2016

 

 

 

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

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