Patcham Junior School

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Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8TA

01273 087513

Office@patchamjun.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Governing Body

Ruth Nilsson

Co-opted governor 

Marion Rajan

Chair of Governors (Co-opted governor)

Danny Simpson

Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted governor)

Alister Sutherland

Headteacher

Mark Roderick

Co-opted governor

VACANCY

Staff Governor - Nominations currently being sought

Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Parent governor

ISABELLE BARET

Parent governor

Derrick Davis

Co-opted governor

Andrew Saunders

Co-opted governor and Vice Chair of Governors

PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY - ONE - Nominations will be sought September 2018

Co-opted governor vacancies: – Three

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR  - VACANCY

 

 Meet the Governors

Marion Rajan

 Chair of Governors
(Co-opted)

I am Vice Chair having previously been the Curriculum committee chair and Vice Chair of Governors. Both my sons attended PJS some years ago, and by taking on the school governor role my aim has been to “give something back” to the school by using my professional skills and experience.

I qualified as a Social Worker over 35 years ago, and since this time have gained extensive experience of direct work in Child Protection, Fostering, Adoption, Residential, and Psychiatric settings with children of all ages. I eventually moved into Social Work operational management, and in recent years to strategic management in Safeguarding for children. I have several management qualifications, including a Masters Degree in Public Service Management.’

Danny Simpson

Vice Chair  (Co-opted)

I have served on the governing body of Patcham Junior School since 2006.

I have two sons, both of whom attended Patcham Junior School and I attended Patcham Junior School himself, when it was known as Patcham Middle School.

I work for East Sussex County Council as a principal internal auditor and have extensive experience in working with schools and with the Children’s Services Department more generally.

Outside of work, I am keen on sports photography and take pictures for my local rugby and cricket clubs.

Vacancies for Co-opted Governor

ThREE Vacancies

We would be pleased to hear from you if you are keen to help.   Contact clerk@patchamjun.brighton-hove.sch.uk  if you have any queries and send in an application form and skills form should you wish to apply.  More information is available here.

Alister Sutherland

Headteacher

The governing body is pleased to welcome Alister following his appointment to the role of headteacher 1.9.2017

Mark Rodericks

 (Co-opted)

Mark is deputy headteacher of the school.

He has twenty years of teaching experience, working in three different local authorities, as well as taking the opportunity to teach in America. He has held a variety of different teaching and leadership positions within a Junior School.

He has also worked for Brighton and Hove authority as a leading practitioner in mathematics.

Mark says: ‘I am very interested in getting the best outcomes for all children, ensuring that that curriculum is fun yet purposeful. I also believe very strongly in promoting life long learning.’

Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Parent governor

Tamsin Joined the governing body in October 2016 as a parent governor. She has two children at the school as well as two older children. She has particular responsibility for Pupil Premium.

Tamsin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Sussex. She has particular professional interest and personal commitment around supporting the educational experiences and outcomes of disadvantaged students.’

 

 

STAFF GOVERNOR

VACANCY

 

Derrick Davis

Co-opted governor

Derrick was co-opted onto the board in 2014

He has lived in Patcham since 2000 and his two children have attended Patcham Junior School. He previously worked for over 25 years as a Business Manager, running a number of premises and dealing with the day-to-day operations.

Outside of work, Derrick enjoys most sports and in his younger days played football and rowed to a good level. He also enjoys music and hopes to qualify for the National Sudoku Championships for the 5th Successive year.

Derrick says: ‘My years of running a business have given me an understanding of the many components that need to gel to achieve success. My wife is a foster carer, and this has given me an insight into how important education is to all children, from all backgrounds.

The Ofsted judgement demonstrates the great work within the school in the past 2 years, and is a sign of the potential for a more compelling grade in the future. I’m looking forward to providing support to assist them in their quest.’

Andrew Saunders

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted governor

Andrew became an Associate member in 2014 and a full governor in 2015. He has been a governor at Patcham High for a number of years and joined the Patcham Junior governing body to lend his expertise on all data related matters. He is now joint Vice Chair of Governors.

He has three children, two at Patcham High and another starting at Patcham Juniors this year.

He works as an Actuary for an insurance company in the City of London in the Gherkin building and he has undertaken various voluntary roles in the education sector.

Andrew says: ‘I have a passionate belief that all children should be helped to reach their full potential regardless of their background or academic ability. There is an increasing focus on the effective use of data by school governors. I hope to be able to add value to the governing body in this important area. I firmly believe that the school has the potential to continue its upward trajectory and achieve an Outstanding Ofsted rating’.

In his spare time Andrew coaches two local football teams and two local cricket teams.

Ruth Nilsson

Co-opted governor

Ruth is a co-opted governor who joined the team in April 2016.

She has two children, one at Patcham Infant School and one at nursery.

She works as a Head of English at a school in West Sussex.

Ruth says ‘I am committed to supporting PJS to continue to be a vibrant learning environment which is at the heart of the community of Patcham. I have a particular interest in fostering a love of learning and in promoting the importance of literacy across the curriculum.’

 

ISABELLE BARET

Parent governor

The governing body is pleased to welcome Isabelle who was elected by parents 3.11.17.

 J JOHNSON

Clerk to the Governors

My main function is to support the governing body by being its administrator, information manager and governance advisor.  I do not have a vote. I also provide advice in and outside meetings to ensure the governing body works in accordance with the legal framework and uses its time well to benefit pupils in the school. I am proud to work with such a dedicated team of volunteers and school staff.’

Recent governors

Governors who stepped down in the last year were:

Ashley Seymour-Williams (Headteacher governor) appointed 1.9.2012 stepped down 31.8.2017

Shadric Toop (parent governor) appointed 7.3.2014 stepped down 11.9.2017

Iseult Hull-Flower (local authority governor) appointed 1.8.2016 (previously 1.12.12 as parent governor) stepped down 11.7.18

Rebecca Stevens (parent governor) 14.10.16 stepped down 11.7.18

Debbie Willsher (staff governor) 25.05.15 stepped down 11.7.18

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS AND DATES OF APPOINTMENT