Governors

Governors come from all walks of life but share a common interest - Millfields Primary School.

The Governors are responsible for effective strategic management of the school, for the school budget and for Health & Safety. They help to set and monitor the school philosophy and policies, which is accomplished by meeting every half term. Governors do not make day-to-day decision about the running of the school – this is the role of the Headteacher, supported by the staff.

The Governing body is made up of representatives of the staff, parents, Local Authority and the community. All are volunteers who give up their time freely to ensure the school is managed effectively and to the benefit of the children.

Associate members do not have voting rights. All terms of office are 4 years from date of appointment. Appointments to posts of Chair and Vice-Chair are for a two year period.


Mr Dave Roscoe - Chair of governors

Initial Appointment – 31/01/2014
Re-appointment –
04/11/2021
Pecuniary Interest –
None

I have been Chair of Governors at Millfields Primary School since October 2016, having joined the governing body in 2014. I am also Chair at Alresford Primary School, where I have been a governor for 16 years. In business, I have been involved in Sales and Marketing for 35 years and in my spare time, I am a drummer with a number of function/tribute bands.

My original motivation to become a governor was to add back to the local community and this still holds true today. I am passionate about ensuring children have the best opportunities to instil a life-long love of learning and I am proud to be a member of the wonderful family we call ‘Millfields’.






mrs katie moore - vice chair of governors

Initial Appointment – 01/04/19
Pecuniary Interest – None

During 20 years within education and health services, I was able to gain insight into working practices across many settings. This gives me perspective on our school, and has allowed me to fully appreciate the excellent work of the staff and the opportunities afforded to the children at Millfileds. My three children have benefited greatly from their Millfields experiences, and so it is my privilege to be able to give back to the school, supporting them in ensuring that all Millfields children can access positive and effective education.

My own parenting philosophy is based on a belief that empathy, kindness and open-mindedness are key to emotional, social and educational growth. I feel grateful that our school community embodies these values as it supports and nurtures our children’s development.

I have lived in beautiful Wivenhoe since 2005. I am a lino cut printmaker, and can often be found walking by the river with my Lakeland terrier.





mrs Janet meacock - ex officio governor

Initial Appointment – 22/04/2008
Pecuniary Interest – Headteacher at Millfields Primary School

I was appointed as the Headteacher of Millfields in April 2008, having previously been the Deputy Head. Before training as a teacher, I was a corporate banker and a manager in retail, so I have a wide experience of life outside education.

My ethos is that children who enjoy learning remain curious, focused and aspire to achieve their very best. To enable this to happen there needs to be excellent teaching by staff who know their children well, coupled with an exciting curriculum and a caring, safe environment.

When not working, I enjoy travelling, watching live sport, listening to music, playing the piano and reading.





mrs kajal allen - parent governor

Initial Appointment – 21/11/2019
Pecuniary Interest – None

I have been a parent within the Millfields school community for 6 years, a resident of Wivenhoe for over 10 years and I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years. I adore this town and my children are very happy at Millfields. Our school, alongside the whole world, has weathered the storm of the pandemic and I am proud to be part of the school community, as it continues to inspire, create and achieve.

I aim to offer my skills in Governance, share my views as a parent and fulfil my duty and role within my community, as a Parent Governor, to help Millfields to be the best it can be - and then some!





Ms Julie barton - parent governor

Initial Appointment – 10/03/2022
Pecuniary Interest – None

I work as a teacher in an alternative provision school and have done so since 2013. The main focus of the school is to rehabilitate students with complex mental health needs back into the community, whilst providing them with an educational pathway. I am passionate about my work and recognise the importance of building the core values of self-esteem, resilience and hope into young people.

I have been familiar with Millfields since 2016, when my first daughter started in Reception. Over the years, I have been in full support of the Millfields philosophy and am grateful that my children have had an opportunity to experience the warm and inviting culture fostered within the school.

Outside of work, I enjoy writing, being outdoors and appreciating the wonderful scenery that Wivenhoe has to offer.





Mrs Rhiannon Macdonald - staff governor

Initial Appointment – 08/03/2018
Pecuniary Interest – Class Teacher at Millfields Primary School

As a teacher at Millfields Primary School I have a vested interest in its running. I was appointed staff governor in March 2018. As a staff governor I can offer a unique insight as my position allows me to see the link between practice and theory.

I believe that effective communication between the school, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community. With my teaching experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can provide this link and also be the voice of the school staff on the governing body.

Being a governor will give me a greater insight of the whole school and therefore improve my role as a middle leader and my teaching practice.





Mrs Gail bennett - co-opted governor

Initial Appointment – 20/01/2022
Pecuniary Interest –
None

I have lived in Wivenhoe since 1997 and have recently retired after 30 years as a full time teacher/ Senior Leader & SENDCo working in primary schools in the Tendring and Colchester area. I am passionate about the holistic development of children; as nurturers I believe it is our role to help children to reach their full potential in all areas of interest. I enjoy all things outdoors: I am an avid gardener, hill walker and nature lover. I also love sport- all sport, and singing (it is so good for the soul!)

I continue to work part time with children as a Forest School Leader and Thrive Practitioner. As a Governor I look forward to being able to use my skills and experience to support Millfields Primary and its community.





Mrs leigh-ann munt - co-opted governor

Initial Appointment – 14/11/2013
Re-Appointment – 01/09/2015
Pecuniary Interest – Learning Support Assistant at Millfields

I first became a parent governor in 2013 when my two daughters attended Millfields. I am now a co-opted governor and continue to enjoy being an active member of the governing body.

I currently work in school as an LSA in year 5 and I am lunch/play co-ordinator. Working in school gives me first hand experience of the day to day running and the challenges which the school encounters. I share this information with the governing body in order to continually improve and elevate our provision.

My previous business/accountancy background and my degree in Applied Economics have provided me with a solid understanding of school finance, Human Resources and budget management. I have found this knowledge to be very useful in my governor role.

I am a passionate member of the school community and enjoy getting involved in school events and raising much needed funds as a member of the PTA.

Outside school I enjoy reading, going to the theatre and playing badminton.

Mr ANDREW FOSTER - LOCAL AUTHORITY governor

Initial Appointment – 20/01/2022
Pecuniary Interest –
None

I have worked in education since 2003, in primary and secondary schools in the UK and overseas, my final post being Head of Academic Performance at Colfe’s School, London. I am now an education consultant. I’ve written for the Times Educational Supplement (https://www.tes.com/author/andrew-foster), as well as speaking on TV and radio about how we can best support children and young people in their learning and development.

A northerner in exile, I’m a keen fan of both codes of rugby. We moved to Wivenhoe in the summer of 2021 and our family of three became a family of four in February 2022. I am keen to work with Millfields and help our pupils, teachers and parents in any way I can.

Mr Darrin keeble - partnership governor

Initial Appointment – 26/06/2014
Pecuniary Interest –
None

I have lived in Wivenhoe for fifty-six years, so I attended both Broomegrove Infants & Junior schools (Millfields wasn’t even built when I was at school). I’ve been a school governor at Millfields for almost 7 years and became a governor at Alresford Primary school during the period Janet Meacock was splitting her time between the two schools. Both schools are very different and there is always something new to understand or help with. I’d been a Scouter with the Scout Association for over thirty-five years, so have always been interested in helping young people achieve their potential. Seven years ago, my employer was encouraging staff to become School Governors. Having spoken to a colleague who had been a governor, I thought why not? It was a chance to use my existing skills, provide a new challenge and develop new skills.

Mr KATHRYN RUSSELL - ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Initial Appointment – 09/05/2022
Pecuniary Interest –
Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo at Millfields Primary School

I have been a teacher for thirty years and have worked at Millfields Primary School since 2004. I was appointed the school SENDCO in 2005. Prior to my appointment, I regularly attended governor meetings to report on what we were doing to support the inclusion needs of children in school. I find the meetings interesting and extremely important as they ensure the school is functioning well in all areas. As Deputy Head, SENDCO, Deputy Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Designated Mental Health Lead, I am passionate about supporting the mental health and well-being of all children and promote this at all times throughout the school.

I love to promote curiosity and excitement about the world around us, such as finding out about the natural world or finding out about how other people live or lived in different places and time. In my spare time I like to write stories, or read stories and poetry. I also love going for walks with my dog and sitting in my garden.





sue leek - clerk to the governing body

I am the Board’s governance professional. It’s my job it is to support governors to fulfil their role of ‘critical friends’ to the school. I assist with setting the agenda and I take the minutes during the meetings and type them up. I need to advise on the Department of Education (DfE) regulations on school governance and the requirements of Ofsted and other auditors. I attend a termly update. I have been a clerk for 25 years – for the first 12 I also worked in school offices. I currently work for 5 schools. I also support newer clerks as a member of the executive of the Essex Clerks Association.

PREVIOUSLY APPOINTED GOVERNORS

Emily Gordon 2018 - 2022 (Parent Governor)

Other staff in attendance at Governor meetings:
Mrs
Anita Sparrow - School Business Manager

Attendance Record 2022 - 2023

Standards meeting: Thursday 22nd September 2022

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock, Kajal Allen, Julie Barton, Rhiannon Macdonald, Gail Bennett, Leigh-Ann Munt & Darrin Keeble
Also in attendance:
Kathryn Russell (Associate member) & Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Andrew Foster


Finance meeting: Thursday 17th November 2022

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Standards meeting: Thursday 26th January 2023

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Finance meeting: Thursday 9th March 2023

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Standards meeting: Thursday 4th May 2023

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Finance meeting: Thursday 29th June 2023

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Attendance Record 2021 - 2022

Standards meeting: Thursday 11th November 2021

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock, Kajal Allen, Rhiannon Macdonald, Leigh-Ann Munt & Darrin Keeble
Also in attendance: Kathryn Russell (Associate member), Georgia Challands (Year 6 Teacher) & Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Emily Gordon


Finance meeting: Thursday 25th November 2021

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Kajal Allen, Emily Gordon, Rhiannon Macdonald & Darrin Keeble
Also in attendance: Kathryn Russell (Associate member), Anita Sparrow (School Business Manager), Gail Bennett (prospective new governor), Andrew Foster (prospective new governor) & Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock and Leigh-Ann Munt


Standards meeting: Thursday 20th January 2022

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock, Kajal Allen, Rhiannon Macdonald, Leigh-Ann Munt & Darrin Keeble
Also in attendance: Kathryn Russell (Associate member), Gail Bennett (prospective new governor), Andrew Foster (prospective new governor) & Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Emily Gordon


Finance meeting: Thursday 10th March 2022

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock, Kajal Allen, Julie Barton, Rhiannon Macdonald, Gail Bennett & Leigh-Ann Munt
Also in attendance:
Kathryn Russell (Associate member), Anita Sparrow (School Business Manager) & Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Andrew Foster & Darrin Keeble


Standards meeting: Thursday 5th May 2022

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock, Julie Barton, Rhiannon Macdonald, Gail Bennett & Leigh-Ann Munt
Also in attendance: Kathryn Russell (Associate member) & Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Kajal Allen, Andrew Foster & Darrin Keeble


Finance meeting: Thursday 30th June 2022

In attendance: Dave Roscoe (Chair), Katie Moore (Vice Chair), Janet Meacock, Kajal Allen, Rhiannon Macdonald, Gail Bennett, Andrew Foster & Darrin Keeble
Also in attendance:
Sue Leek (Clerk)
Apologies: Julie Barton, Leigh-Ann Munt & Kathyrn Russell (Associate member)