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Water Lane Primary Academy

"Enrichment for life"

Governance Information

 

As a Governing Body we aim to ensure that our children experience a secure, safe and stimulating environment providing the full breadth of the National Curriculum – with emphasis on the acquisition of english, mathematics, science and computing skills – where all stakeholders are excited about learning and all learning activities encourage positive models of enquiry, reflection, innovation and challenge.

 

We nurture and support children of all abilities, helping each to achieve her/his potential in all aspects of learning and physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development. From this foundation we encourage staff to share success and equip children to become independent, creative thinkers and learners for life and to develop the resilience to face the challenges of an ever-changing world.

 

We recognise and value the diversity of our school family and the uniqueness of each of its members. We ensure excellence in teaching and learning through teamwork, support, collaboration and effective leadership.

 

We promote inclusion, creativity and enthusiasm. We promote British values – including tolerance, cooperation, trust and respect – within the school and the wider community.

Water Lane Primary Academy has a long, rich history and we actively encourage community involvement wherever possible. We achieve the best we can for our children by using the strength of partnership working with parents and others.

 

Governors keep the vision of the school at the heart of all that we do, including  when setting and accepting school policies and the School Development Plan.

 

Our Local Governing Body at Water Lane consists of individual volunteers who collectively help to oversee the strategic direction and management of the school.

 

Governing a school means giving much time, energy and enthusiasm in supporting our school and helping to shape the stimulating environment it is today.

 

Membership

Date of appointment

Role

Name

Trust Appointed Governor

21.01.2021

Chair of Governors

 

Safeguarding

Governor

 

Sarah Rees

Trust Appointed Governor

21.01.2021

Vice Chair of Governors

 

Risk Management

Barbara Duff

Trust Appointed Governor

21.01.2021

Finance

Althea Blake

Trust Appointed Governor

21.01.2021

 

Vacancy

Parent Governor

21.01.2021

Inclusion

Nicola McAlpine

Parent Governor

21.01.2021

Health and Safety

Katie Baber

Staff

Governor

21.01.2021

Curriculum

Melinda Ochap

Staff

Governor

21.01.2021

 

Barry Watkins

Headteacher

 

21.01.2021

 

James Kenyon

Clerk

 

21.01.2021

 

Peter Goss

Who we are

Sarah Rees

I am so proud to be the Chair of Governors for Water Lane Primary Academy. I had the privilege of being the Executive Headteacher at the school back when it had recently joined the REAch2 trust, and it is a pleasure to now be back working with a school and community that I am so passionate about. 

I am also a Mum to three very young children myself and have worked with REAch2 and the team right from the very start of the trust being set up. I have worked in and led R2 schools in Walthamstow, Barking and Dagenham, Colchester and Harlow, and I am confident that my experience as a leader, a governor of schools both in R2 and the local area and as a mum myself will bring a wealth of experience to the governing body and school community.

 

I look forward to supporting the staff, children and families in the next steps of the journey to success. 

Barbara Duff

I am very excited to be joining the Local Governing Board for Water Lane School as Vice-Chair. I am a passionate believer in the importance of education and learning in all our lives. I started my career as a Primary School teacher and am now working with a charity that helps young people make the most of their educational and employment opportunities through sport and activity. In between I worked in different parts of the world teaching people who need English for study and work, before becoming a senior manager in a disability charity and then a housing association. I have learned a lot about how different organisations can achieve their objectives and I am looking forward to using my experience to work with the Chair, the Head Teacher and my fellow Governors as the School continues in its development as a great place for our children to learn.

Althea Blake

I am delighted and honoured to continue serving as Link Finance Governor at Water Lane. I possess a diverse track record comprising digital project leadership, business mentoring (youth and adults), board governance and financial education.

I am passionate about supporting schools, colleges and local authorities to create opportunities for young people through business start-up workshops, whilst reducing challenging behaviour and increasing confidence and communication skills.

With over 20 years’ experience managing complex projects for many global brands and non-profits, I am well positioned to enhance the cultures and communications of businesses and their brands through sound strategies and best practices. Through my expertise I hope to support my fellow board members in achieving the goals of the school.

Nicola McAlpine 

I am so pleased to be representing Water Lane as a parent governor. Having 3 children myself, I know the importance of having links between home and school and some of the challenges this can present.

I am currently also the chair of the PTA and enjoy the opportunity this gives me to get in school and help raise funds for much needed resources and activities for our children to enjoy.

I have a strong accounts background as well as qualifications in child psychology, protection and safeguarding.

I hold diplomas in assistant nursing, mental health as well as teaching English as an Additional Language.

I believe wholeheartedly in the inclusion policy and how this is implemented in school and look forward to working with the school more in this area.

During my free time, I enjoy reading and cooking.

Katie Baber

I live in Harlow and my son attends Water Lane Primary Academy. He is currently in Year 1. I too was a pupil at Water Lane - when it was known as Sumners, so I have very fond memories of the school and I want them to continue for my son and all the pupils that attend there. I work for a local engineering company but I spent many years as a hairstylist. I am looking forward to being a parent governor and joining in with the community of the school.

Melinda Ochap

I joined the Local Governing Body of Water Lane Primary Academy as a parent governor 2 years ago. 

I enjoy working with children to achieve their potential and I am experienced in supporting children's learning. I graduated as a primary school teacher in Hungary. 

I initially started to work as a volunteer at Water Lane. I really enjoyed working with children again: learning about the school and education in England. I was keen to help wherever I was needed. In September 2020, I started to work full time as a Learning Support Assistant and my role in the governing body has now changed to Staff Governor. 

I am a mother of two children. The older one left Water Lane Primary Academy two years ago and the younger one is currently a student in year one. I have a special interest in working with children who have English as an Additional Language and I am keen to support them with their learning. 

I am very much looking forward to continuing to be involved with Water Lane and supporting the school with achieving its goals.

 

Barry Watkins

I am Assistant Head teacher at Water Lane and have been a staff governor for a few years now. During that time, I have enjoyed the collaborative approach of our governing board. I have also been impressed by the professionalism and supportive nature of our governing body meetings. My other roles include Class Teacher, Curriculum Lead, Mathematics Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

James Kenyon

I have worked in schools for 24 years, with 9 years’ experience at Headship level.

I have been a school governor for 17 years in 5 different schools. I fully enjoy being part of a team that plays such an important strategic role in school leadership.

I have been the Headteacher of Water Lane Primary Academy since November 2020. I am proud to lead a professional, caring and supportive team.

I have worked for REAch2 since 2012 and I am proud to be part of a fantastic trust that strives for excellent opportunities for all children.

Governing Body Pecuniary Interests

The school recognises the requirement of all school governors to declare a pecuniary interest - direct or indirect.

 

All governors complete a pecuniary/business interest declaration at the start of the academic year and must declare a pecuniary interest if circumstances in this regard change during the course of the academic year.

 

At present we have no governors who have any pecuniary /business interests. 

 

REACH2 TRUST GOVERNANCE DETAILS

For further information on governance please refer to the governance section of the REAch2 website: http://reach2.org/governance-policy/governance/

 

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