Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We keep a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues in school. A copy of Code of Conduct that all Governors sign annually is attached, together with Governors' details and the Register of Interests.
A letter of welcome from The Governors of Foxes Piece
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,
I’d like to welcome you on behalf of the Governing Body of Foxes Piece School and thank you for taking the time to look at our website.
Foxes Piece provides a safe and friendly environment for children to learn and develop their skills for life and as governors it is our duty to support and question in order to ensure that the high standard of education provided by the teachers and staff is maintained and that the quest for improvement never stands still. Our recent Ofsted inspection judged us as a school requiring improvement and naturally that came as a huge disappointment to us all but we have taken on board the points that the inspection raised and have already addressed them with a view to being re-inspected as soon as possible. We intend to regain our good status and if possible push for outstanding and ensure that we live up to that grading and strive to continue to improve upon it. It’s an exciting prospect that requires a lot of hard work from everyone and as governors we do all we can to support the school in reaching out to achieve that goal. The children deserve it.
Our school ethos is based on treating every child as an individual and giving them the tools they need to develop their minds and never losing sight of our safeguarding duty to them. We believe that if a child feels safe and cared for they will embrace learning and if you care to look around Foxes Piece and see how happy and well behaved our children are, you’ll see that our ethos works very well. Good governance means that we as governors embrace this ethos too and help the staff in any way we can to uphold it.
Our school motto is: ‘Everyone is someone’ and we never forget that.
At Foxes Piece we operate three core committees:
Each committee is attended by a mix of staff and governors and through these forums the governors are able to monitor, challenge and keep abreast of all school business. There have been a lot of changes taking place at Foxes Piece over the last year or so including much renovation and improvement of the school site as well as the purchase of a great deal of new equipment and resources for the children. This is all as a result of governors and staff working together and the involvement and input from parents and the community. We are extremely proud of all that has been achieved but we won’t sit back on our laurels, we will strive to increase our ties with parents and carers, we believe that this relationship is crucial in ensuring our children get the very best in education and a solid foundation to their journey through life.
The current Board of Governors are:
Greg McGivern - Chair of Governors
I am the Chair of Governors at Foxes Piece and very proud to be a part of the governing body. I originally became a Parent Governor at the school and as well as Chair of Governors I am also currently a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee. I have been living in Marlow for the past 5 years and my children have been attending Foxes Piece since moving to the area. My business experience in budgetary control and contract management supports the governing body to ensure the school’s financial resources are well spent.
I also have experience and professional training in both strategic and project management which help contribute to the overall effectiveness of the governing body.
Andrea Smith – LA Governor, Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Teaching, Learning & Pastoral Committee
I have been a governor at Foxes Piece since 2008. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor and Chair of the Pastoral Committee.
I worked for the Local Authority for many years in Education and Social Care. I am a registered Social Worker and trained as a Mentor and Investigating Officer. As part of my professional role I deliver Safeguarding Training for Governors and Safer Recruitment Training on behalf of the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust.
Maurice Oram LA Gov and Chair of Finance and Personnel Comittee
I have been a Governor at Foxes Piece Schools for over 25 years. A lifelong resident of Marlow, I was a Bucks County Councillor for 16 years and so have a good knowledge of education in this County. I am currently Chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committee and a member of the Grounds, Buildings, Health and Safety Committee.
Elaine Stacey – SEN Governor
My husband and I have lived in Marlow for many years. I am a qualified Primary teacher and have taught in Kent, Birmingham and Bristol. I taught in Danesfield School for 15 years before moving to Essex. While there I received further training in Special Needs and became a SENCo in a Primary school. On returning to Marlow, I joined the Special Needs Advisory Service based in High Wycombe. Foxes Piece became one of the schools I supported.
I have been committed to the staff and children for more than 10 years and served as Literacy Governor. I am in school on a regular basis, helping children read, attending school play and special assemblies as well as participating in meetings and training sessions. I have just been appointed as Special Needs Governor as a vacancy arose. I am also involved in several local voluntary organisations and a member of All Saints Church.
Foxes Piece has wonderful hard working staff and children. I am proud to be involved in this happy caring school which is striving to raise standards and give all our children the very best education and experiences.
Samantha Ivers – Parent Governor, Diversity Governor and Pupil Premium Governor
I have been a member of the Governing Body at Foxes Piece since 2007, which I have found thoroughly rewarding.
My family and I have lived in Marlow for nine years. My eldest son attended Foxes Piece and is now at secondary school, my youngest son is currently in Year Two at Foxes Piece.
I have a background in Child Protection and currently sit on the Pastoral Committee and Grounds, Buildings Health and Safety Committee. I am the named Governor for Pupil Premium and Diversity.
I was part of the steering group for the forming of the schools parent/teacher association ‘Friends of Foxy’.
My family and I are very proud to be part of this wonderful school.
Emma Savory – Parent Governor and Development Governor
I have been a parent governor at Foxes Piece School for just over 4 years. I worked in a school office for 7 years whilst living in North Lincolnshire, I am now a teaching assistant and work in a smaller than average booster class supporting children in Years 5 and 6. Over the last 4 years I have supported KS1 with the reading recovery scheme. I was the Chair of the school’s PTA for 2 years and the secretary for 2 years previous to that. I also work part-time as a Centre Manager of a Community Centre, where I have gained a lot of knowledge in the field of Health and Safety – risk assessments, licences etc. During school holidays, I run a play scheme for children age 5 – 12 years old.
Dr Chris Blackman - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor in the school, with a particular interest in teaching and learning. Having attended a Primary school very similar to Foxes Piece, and experienced the benefits of a diverse school environment, I fully support the inclusive education offered here. I work in higher education and whilst at the other end of the education spectrum to Foxes Piece I have a background of innovation in teaching methods https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1107/11072903) and in evaluation of educational metrics, skills which are providing equally useful in the context of Primary education.
Mrs J Byron Headteacher and Staff Governor
Mrs Byer Staff Governor
Mrs Morris Staff Governor
Mrs D Allen Co-opted Governor
Mr Chris Blackman Parent Governor
Meeting attendance details
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
FOXES PIECE COMBINED SCHOOL
Mrs J Byron
Telephone: 01628 483455
4th July 2017
Dear Parents and Carers
As we aim to complete our final term for this year we almost have the Summer Break in sight. The year has really gone fast and the developments of the school has kept pace.
Over the past several weeks the Governing Body has met with associates of the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust (BLT) to review the Governors’ Action Plan implemented back in 2015 after the school’s OFSTED review. We have received a positive report in which the feedback was “the Governing Board has made good progress in completing the actions identified in the external review of governance”. Governors are taking effective steps to develop their own knowledge and understanding, to better monitor and evaluate the impact of actions on outcomes for pupils, and thereby to hold the School account for its performance”.
We have also just received feedback from Bucks County Council for our Health & Safety Audit in which our school has been marked as EXCELLENT. Huge thanks to Darren McDonald, Emma Savory, and Mrs Byron for their hard work and focus in earning this terrific status for the school!
As we progress through the Summer Term our Governors will continue to build knowledge of the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) developments. We have had several workshops with the other primary and secondary schools in Marlow and surrounding areas. These workshops help the Governors and School leaders prepare options for our MAT journey.
Thanks to all families who are utilising ParentPay, we hope you find it a more convenient, paper-free method to pay for school meals and class trips. We do acknowledge that certain school trip contribution have increased this past year due to the considerable cuts to school budgets. Thank you for your support!
Chair of Governors