Northwood Primary School Academy Trust
GOVERNORS AND MEMBERS
Ms Viv Garrett (Appointed, Governor and Member) Chair
(22nd April 2013 – 21st April 2021)
(Appointed as a Member, by Members, 24th October 2014)
I was born and educated on the Island before leaving to train as a teacher in Sheffield. I taught in schools in the city before joining Sheffield Hallam University and working on Leadership and Management programmes for teachers with the National College for School Leadership and providing leadership courses for headteachers. I welcome the opportunity to join the Governing Body of Northwood Primary School.
I am a member of both the FMA and the ACL committee. My area of responsibility is Year 6.
Dr Catherine Brignell (Appointed Parent Governor) ACL Chair
(1st June 2015 – 30th July 2019)
I am the Chair of the ACL committee. My area of responsibility is English.
Hannah Devereux (Appointed Parent Governor)
(14th December 2017 – 13th December 2021)
I am a member of the FMA committee. My areas of responsibility are History and Geography.
Perdita Dusgate (Appointed Parent Governor)
(14th December 2017 – 13th December 2021)
I was born on the island and completed my nursing training at Southampton university. I currently work on the CCU at St Mary’s hospital. I moved to Northwood 4 years ago and my son attends Northwood Primary. He has had the most fantastic support from the school over the last 3 years.
I am a member of the ACL committee. My area of responsibility is SMSC.
Mrs Jemma Harding (Appointed Governor)
As a parent, Vice-Principal of a local secondary school and advocate of providing children with a well-balanced and broad education, when the opportunity of being a school governor was offered, I was very keen to support. Whilst a background in school senior leadership and Ofsted plays a valuable role as a governor, nothing is more comforting than knowing that I can continue to have an active role in improving children’s educational attainment and opportunities outside of my own school too.
Northwood Primary has always impressed me as a school that is dedicated and committed to ensuring thatchildren have a varied and happy experience. As an active governor, I feel privileged to be part of this team and look forward to working with the children, staff and the local community.
I am a member of the ACL committee and Chair of the Pay Committee. My area of responsibility is the Foundation years.
Ms Sarah Hussey (Ex-officio, Headteacher)
(Continuous term of office)
I am a member of both the FMA and the ACL committees.
Mr Russell Osman (Appointed Parent Governor)
(21st March 2019 – 20th March 2022)
I feel privileged to be a member of the Northwood Primary School governing body. With a daughter currently attending the school, and as an ex-pupil myself, I wanted to become a school governor to make a positive contribution to the education of children and to help make a difference within the community.
As a Mechanical Design Engineer I have a real interest in STEM subjects, especially engineering, and would like to have an influence in inspiring the next generation of young Engineers by using my personal experiences.
I am a member of the FMA committee. My area of responsibility is Computing.
Mrs Rachel Pascoe (Appointed Parent Governor)
(21st March 219 – 20th March 2022)
I am a member of the ACL committee. My area of responsibility is Pupil Premium.
Mr Neil Reed (Appointed Parent Governor) FMA Chair
(1st June 2015 – 31st May 2023)
Born and raised on the Island, I moved to Northwood Village 10 years ago. My son attended Northwood Primary until last year so I have seen first hand how good and supportive the school is and can be. I would like to utilise the skills I have gained over the years running my own company (pet supplies business) and am looking forward to actively fulfilling my role as a school governor.
I am Chair of the FMA committee. My area of responsibility is science.
Mrs Avril Sice (Staff Governor)
My children came to Northwood and it was shortly after they started that I became a parent governor. I remained involved and am now a staff governor. I am committed to supporting the school and helping to shape its future.
I am a member of the FMA committee. I am Development governor and responsible for Health and Safety and Premises.
Mr Brian Taplin (Appointed Governor)
(21st March 2019 – 20th March 2021)
I am a member of the FMA committee. I am responsible for Mathematics.
Mr Dean Thistlewood (Appointed Parent Governor), Vice Chair
(15th December 2016 – 14th December 2020)
I was a pupil at Northwood Primary School from 1991 until 1995, and have fond memories of the school and the staff. In 2013 I linked up with Northwood again as the allocated Education Welfare Officer and I have met some of you at parent events over the years. In 2016 my son started in Apple Tree and I stepped away from this role, but the lure of Northwood was too strong and I was delighted to be asked to join the Governing Body. My working life has been spent working with children and young people and I hope the skills and knowledge from my day job, I can bring into my role as Governor.
I am a member of the ACL committee. My area of responsibility is Safeguarding, Behaviour and Inclusion.
Governors who have stood down in the last twelve months:
Mr Alex Moffat, Mr Adrian Smith and Mrs Anne Sheath
Mrs Jo Parkinson (Clerk to Governors)
I was delighted to be appointed as the Clerk to the Governing Body in 2015. I have many years of experience in governance in the charity and health sectors, as well as in adult education and I will utilise my knowledge and experience to support and guide the Governing Body, ensuring a bright future for the school.
To contact any of our governors, please call the School Office (01983 293392), or email [email protected]
Academy trusts do not have shareholders; they have members. The role and rights of members is analogous to that of shareholders. Members of an academy trust do not have rights of ownership in the company like shareholders because the profits of the company cannot be distributed to them. However, the members can control changes in the constitution (subject to DfE approval) and other fundamental decisions relating to the academy trust. Members also have the right to remove a governor by ordinary resolution (a vote passed by a simple majority of members).
Northwood Primary School Academy Trust has an additional three members –
Mrs Wendy Bluestone, appointed 1st April 2013 – Original Signatory Member.
Mr Mark Horton, appointed by Members, 24th October 2014
Mr Richard Quigley, appointed 1st April 2013 – Original Signatory Member.