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.
Membership of Committees/Working Groups
Pay Review Committee
Mr G McGivern
Mrs S Ivers
Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee
Mrs E Savory
Mr G McGivern
Mrs J Byron
Mrs A Smith
Mrs D Allen
Mrs A Potton
Teaching, Learning and Pastoral Committee
Mrs J Byron
Mrs A Smith
Mrs D Allen
Mrs S Ivers
Mr C Blackman
Mrs K Byer
Mrs L Davern
Mr C Blencowe
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. We are thrilled by our recent Ofsted inspection regaining our good status and we will 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 two 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:
Mrs J Byron Headteacher and Staff Governor
Mrs Byer Staff Governor
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 am also the acting Committee chair for Finance & Personnel Matters.
I have been living in Marlow for the past 12 years and my children both attended Foxes Piece and have now moved onto secondary school. 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 – Child Protection Governor and GDPR Officer
I have been a governor at Foxes Piece since 2008. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor.
I worked for the Local Authority for many years in Education and Social Care. I am a trained Social Worker and trained as a Mentor and Investigating Officer.
Chris Blencowe - SEN Governor
I am the newly co-opted SEN Governor. My wife and I are part of a fostering household and have lived in Marlow for the past 25 years. We have a total of 5 sons, 2 birth and 3 looked after, ranging from 9 years to 29 years and 2 of these have special educational needs. Our youngest son is currently in Year 4 at Foxes Piece, having made a very successful transition to the school in September 2018.
Although I am new to the role of Governor, I have always had an interest in supporting those with different needs. I am a retired Police Officer and have also worked with adults with both physical and learning difficulties in local day centres.
Samantha Ivers – Vice Chair and Diversity 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 13 years. Both my children attended Foxes Piece and are now at secondary school and college. I have a background in Child Protection and currently sit on the Pastoral Committee and Premises, Finance and Personnel. I am the named Governor for Diversity.
I was part of the steering group for the forming of the schools PTA. My family and I are very proud to be part of this wonderful school.
Emma Savory – Chair of Premises, Development and Well-Being Governor
I have been a parent governor at Foxes Piece School for just over 6 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 5 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 - Chair of Teaching, Learning and Pastoral and Data 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 and in evaluation of educational metrics, skills which are providing equally useful in the context of Primary education.
Mrs Lynn Davern - Curriculum Governor
Having been a primary school teacher for many years, in a range of schools, and across all age groups, my final position before retirement was with Foxes Piece, where I taught in Years 2 and 3.
As curriculum Governor in a happy school with a strong ethos and drive to do the best for each pupil. I am pleased to bring my experience to share with Mrs Byron, staff and the governing team.
Mrs Alison Potton - Pupil Premium Governor
My association with Foxes Piece goes back some 20 years. In 2000 when my youngest child started full time education I joined Foxes Piece in a part-time classroom role which I undertook for 7 years. After a break of 10 years I returned in a voluntary capacity supporting the children in Reception for one afternoon a week. My role as Governor developed from this, joining the Board in May 2018. Having 4 very different children of my own I understand all too well that every child is different and as such each and everyone must be treated as an individual. As a member of the Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee I have a specific interest in the development of Pupil Premium.
Mrs D Allen - PSHE/SMSC Governor Co-opted Governor
I have worked at Foxes Piece School for 12 years as a Learning Support Assistant. I am a proud to be a member of the Foxes Piece School team.
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