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The Structure of the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Ryvers School is made up of:

5 Parent Governors,

6 Community Governors, and

2 Staff Governors and Executive Headteacher.

 

Plus 1 Associate Governor and a Company Secretary who do not have voting rights.

The Governing Body has a Clerk who takes the minutes of all Full Governing Body and Committee meetings, and is a point of contact in the school for governors.

 

The core committees are:

The Curriculum Committee

The Welfare Committee

The Finance and Audit, Facilities and Personnel Committee

The Pay Committee,

and

The Full Governing Body

 

 Individual Governors also report to the Governing Body regarding Safeguarding, Development & Training, Health & Safety, Trips and Visits and Website Compliance. 

 

Umbrella Trust

Ryvers School is an Academy and part of the Kedermister Education Trust (KET).

 

KET is an Umbrella Trust made up of three local academies, Langley Grammar Secondary School, Ryvers Primary School and Castleview School. All three schools have made a joint commitment to work together to enhance the learning experiences for all their pupils.

The Governors of Ryvers School

 

Mark Instone, Community Governor and Chair of Governors

Mark is Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School. In addition to being the Chair of Governors he is a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Finance and Audit, Facilities and Personnel Committee, the Pay Committee and is a Headteacher Performance Management Reviewer. Mark is a Member of the Academy Trust.

Mark was appointed by the Local Authority in July 2009 and became a Community Governor on conversion to Academy status. His term of office is due to end on 17th July 2021.

 

Pete Rowe, Executive Headteacher

Pete was officially appointed as Executive Headteacher from September 2019 having worked with and to support the school from the previous December. Previously he has worked for many years as a Head and Executive Head in a number of schools having originally trained as an English and PE teacher. Pete has also been Chair of Buckinghamshire's School Forum and Chair of the Buckinghamshire Headteacher's Association. He still does some occasional educational consultancy work but is most likely to be spotted at the school gates with Alfie the school's much beloved Therapy Dog.

 

Shan Aliah, Parent Governor, Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee

Shan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in senior management for many high profile companies.  She is a mother of four, three of whom currently attend Ryvers and one is a former Ryvers pupil. Shan is a member of the Finance & Audit, Facilities and Personnel Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Welfare Committee. Shan is also our Development & Training Governor. 

Shan was appointed by the parents of Ryvers School on 6th March 2015 and was re-elected on the 5th April 2019, her term of office is due to end on 5th March 2023.

 

Preston Brooker, Community Governor, Health and Safety Governor.

Preston is Deputy Mayor of Slough, he is the Chair of Employment and Appeals Panel, Vice Chair of the joint Corporate Parenting panel, Vice chair of Britwell Parish Council,  a member of the Foster and Adoption Panel, Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, Audit panel as a parish councillor. Preston also sits on the Berkshire Safeguarding Partnership Board and is Safeguarding Governor for Churchmead School.  

Preston was appointed by the Full Governing Body in March 2017. 

 

Jenny Instone, Community Governor, Safeguarding and SEN Governor.

Jenny is a retired Teacher and former Chair of Governors. Jenny is  a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, the Curriculum & Standards Committee and is a Headteacher Performance Management Reviewer.

Jenny was appointed by the Local Authority in December 2009 and became a Community Governor on conversion to Academy status. Her term of office is due to end on 31st December 2021.

 

Mala Kaushal, Parent Governor and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee.

Mala is a Chartered Accountant and has twins in Year 5 at Ryvers. In addition to being Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee Mala is a member of the Personnel Committee and Pay Committee. Mala is a Member of the Academy Trust.

Mala was appointed by the parents of Ryvers School on 13th July 2012 and re-appointed on 13th July 2016. Her term of office is due to end on 12th July 2020.

 

Ahmad Khan, Parent Governor, Chair of Facilities and Welfare Committee.

Ahmad is Chair of the Facilities and Welfare Committee and is a member of the Personnel and Pay Committees.

Ahmad was appointed by the parents of Ryvers School on 23rd November 2015 and his term of office is due to end on 22nd November 2019.

 

Saima Khan, Parent Governor, Trips and Visits Governor.

Saima has two children at Ryvers and is currently studying to become a Level 3 Teaching Assistant. She has worked as a volunteer in the school and is regularly involved with school activities. Saima is a member of the Curriculum Committee and Facilities and Welfare Committee. Saima is our Trips and Visits Governor. 

Saima was appointed by the parents of Ryvers School on 23rd November 2015 and her term of office is due to end on 22nd November 2019.

 

Amrik Singh Dosanjh, Community Governor.

Amrik is an ex councillor with Slough Borough Council and Chair and Secretary of Slough's Equality Council. He is also Secretary of the Langley, Foxborough, Kedermister and Colnbrook Labour Party. Amrik is a member of the Finance and Audit, Facilities and Personnel Committee, and is a Headteacher Performance Management Reviewer.

Amrik was appointed by the Local Authority in October 1998 and became a Community Governor on conversion to Academy status. His term of office is due to end on 13th October 2019.

 

Saima Taylor, Parent Governor

Saima is a Chartered Management Accountant and has 2 children at Ryvers School. Saima is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee and the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Saima was appointed by the parents of Ryvers School in April 2018 and her term of office is due to end in April 2022.

 

Vina Sondh, Staff Governor

Vina is the Lower LKS2 Phase Leader (Curriculum) at Ryvers School. 

Vina was appointed by staff on 21st January 2019 and her term of office is due to end in January 2023. 

 

Valerie Harffey, Company Secretary.

Valerie is the Head of Business & Finance and has worked at Ryvers since 2007.

 

Nikki Price, Associate Governor.

Nikki is Head of School at Ryvers. She is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, she has taught at Ryvers for 7 years and has previously been the SENCo at the school.

 

Jorge Boddy, Staff Governor

Jorge is a Sports Coach at Ryvers School. Jorge is a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and the Facilities & Welfare Committee.

Jorge was appointed by the staff of Ryvers School on 2nd October 2017 and his term of office is due to end on 1st October 2021

 

Luke Carter, Community Governor

Luke is currently a Lead Solutions Architect in the IT Industry, with 6 years’ experience across Solutions Architecture, Service Delivery and Account Management. Prior to working in the IT industry Luke worked for one of the Big 4 Accountancy Firms, working on the audits of FTSE 250 companies and holds a BSc in Business Management with Accountancy from Brunel University. Luke is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee & the Curriculum Committee.

Luke was appointed as a new Community Governor on the 11th July 2019 and his term of office is due to end on 10th July 2023. 

Governance Arrangements

This information includes information for all governors of Ryvers School from April 2016 to date.

 

Members of the Academy Trust

 

Name Mr Mark Instone Mr Harry Duffy   Mrs Asokamala Kaushal
Category of Governor Community Governor Community Governor  Parent Governor
Appointed by Full Governing Body Full Governing Body  Parents of the School
Appointment date 22.3.17 31.1.10 13.7.16
Term of office end date

17.2.21

31.8.19 12.7.16
Committee Membership Personnel and Pay Committee Personnel and Pay Committee  Finance & Audit, Personnel and Pay
Roles/Responsibilities Chair of Governors Vice Chair of Governors  Chair of Finance & Audit Committee
Date Pecuniary Interest form signed 11.07.19   11.07.19
Declaration of Interests None None None
Relationships between governors & school staff, including spouses, partners & relatives Son of Jenny Instone (Governor) None None
Trusteeships or governor positions with other educational institutions None None None

 

 

Governors

 

Community Governors appointed by the Full Governing Body

Name Mr Preston Brooker Mr Amrik Singh Dosanjh Mrs Jennifer Ann Instone Mr Luke Carter 
Appointment date 22.3.17 14.10.15 1.1.13 11.7.19
Term of office end date 21.3.21 13.10.19 30.12.17 10.7.23
Committee Membership 

Curriculum & Standards,

Facilities & Welfare

Finance & Audit, Personnel Finance & Audit, Curriculum, Welfare - Chair 

Curriculum, 

Finance & Audit & Facilities & Welfare

 

Roles/Responsibilities

Governor responsible for

Health & Safety

Welfare 

Welfare

Governor responsible for

SEND & Child Protection 

None
Date Pecuniary Interest form signed 24.09.18 6.12.17 11.07.19 11.07.19
Declaration of Interests None None None None
Relationships between governors & members of school staff, including spouses, partners & relatives None None Parent of Mark Instone (Governor) Son of School Office Employee 
Trusteeships or governor positions with other educational institutions

Deputy Mayor of Slough, and serves as a member of Employment and Appeals, Corporate Parenting, a member of the Foster and Adoption Panel and Slough Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board. 

None None None

 

Parent Governors appointed by parents of the school

Name Ms Shan-E-Zehra Aliah

Mr Ahmad Jamal 

Khan

Mrs Saima Khan Mrs Saima Taylor
Appointment date 5.4.19 23.11.15 23.11.15 23.3.18
Term of office end date 5.3.23 22.11.19 22.11.19 22.3.22
Committee Membership

Finance & Audit, Curriculum &

Standards

Personnel, Facilities &

Welfare, Pay

Curriculum & Standards,

Facilities & Welfare

Finance & Audit, Curriculum &

Standards

Roles/Responsibilities

Chair of Curriculum,

Governor responsible for 

Development & Training, Pupil Premium

 

 

Chair of Facilities & Welfare,

Governor responsible for

monitoring website compliance and E-Safety

Governor responsible for

Trips and Visits Governor

None
Date Pecuniary Interest form signed 11.07.19 11.07.19 18.09.19 11.07.19
Declaration of Interests None None None None 
Relationships between governors & members of school staff, including spouses, partners & relatives None None None None 
Trusteeships or governor positions with other educational institutions None None None None

 

Staff Governors appointed by the staff of the school

Name Mr Jorge Stefan Boddy

 

Mrs Vina Sound           

Appointment date 2.10.17 21.01.19
Term of office end date 1.10.21 20.01.23
Committee Membership Curriculum & Welfare Curriculum
Roles/Responsibilities None None
Date Pecuniary Interest form signed 10.10.17 11.03.19
Declaration of Interests None None 
Relationship between governors & members of school staff, including spouses, partners & relatives None None
Trusteeships or governor positions with other educational institutions None None

 

Others

 

Name Mrs Valerie Dianne Harffey Mrs Nikki Marie Price
Category of Governor N/A Associate Governor/Head of School 
Appointed by Full Governing Body Full Governing Body
Voting rights None None
Appointment date 8.5.12 23.11.16
Committee Membership N/A N/A
Roles/Responsibilities Company Secretary and School Business Manager N/A
Date Pecuniary Interest for signed 15.12.17 11.7.19
Declaration of Interests None None
Relationships between governors & members of school staff, including spouses, partners & relatives None None
Trusteeships or governor positions with other educational institutions LA Governor at Farnham Common Village School None

 

Past Governors

Name Mrs Sarah Hall Mrs Sharon O'Reilly Miss Gail Morton Mrs Jenay Monds Mrs Zayra Zeeshan Raza Ms Alice Wetherell  Mr Francis McAleer 
Category of Governor Associate Governor/Deputy Headteacher Community Governor Staff Governor Parent Governor Parent Governor Associate Governor/Headteacher  Staff Governor 
Appointed by Full Governing Body Full Governing Body Ryvers Staff Ryvers Parents Ryvers Parents Full Governing Body  Full Governing Body 
Appointment date 15.7.15 23.3.16 19.9.13 21.11.14 17.11.17 Sept 18  16.1.15
Committee Membership N/A Personnel, Facilities & Welfare Curriculum & Standards, Facilities & Welfare Curriculum & Standards, Facilities & Welfare N/A N/A  
Roles/Responsibilities N/A Chair of Personnel N/A Chair of Curriculum & Standards N/A N/A  
Date Pecuniary Interest form signed 15.9.15 19.9.16 19.9.16 19.9.16 6.12.17    
Declaration of Interests None None None None None None  None
Relationships between governors & members of school staff, including spouses, partners & relatives None None None None None None None
Trusteeships or governor positions with other educational institutions None None None None None None None
Resignation date 21.7.16 7.2.17 18.9.17 20.11.18 19.1.18 Nov 18 15.1.19

 

Attendance at Meetings 2018/2019

See below a record of the number of meetings attended by Governors. The first figure is the number of meetings attended and the second figure is the total possible number of meetings. 

 

Name  FGB

Emergency

FGB 

19th Nov 2018 

Extra-

ordinary FGB 

1st May 2019 

Finance

& Audit 

Curriculum

& Standards 

Facilities

& Welfare 

Personnel  Pay Inclusion Group 
Total number of meetings  3 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3
Ahmad Khan 2/3 Y Y     2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3
Amrik Singh Dosanjh 1/3   Y 3/3     2/3    
Brenda Burdall    Y     19th Nov 18 24th Sept 18      
Harry Duffy  1/3   Y            
Jenny Instone  2/3 Y Y 3/3 3/3 2/3     2/3
Jorge Boddy    Y     3/3 2/3      
Mala Kaushal  2/3 Y   3/3     3/3 2/3  

Mark Instone

(Chair)

3/3 Y Y 1/3 3/3 3/3 2/3 2/3  

Nikki Hiron (Associate)

3/3 Y   1/3 3/3 3/3 2/3 2/3 2/3

Louise Vymetal (Associate)

                1/3
Pete Rowe       1/3          
Preston Booker  2/3 Y Y   3/3 3/3     2/3
Saima Khan 1/3 Y     1/3        
Saima Taylor 2/3 Y Y   3/3        
Shan Aliah  3/3 Y Y 3/3 3/3       2/3
Valerie Harffey  3/3 Y Y 3/3   3/3   2/3  
Vina Sondh  1/3   Y   2/3        

Luke Carter

(appointed on the

11th July 2019)

1       1/3        
Alice Wetherell        7th Nov 18   24th Sept 18 17th Oct 18    
Francis McAleer  12/12/19      7th Nov 18          

 

Attendance at Meetings 2017/2018

See below a record of the number of meetings attended by governors. The first figure is the number of meetings attended and the second figure is the total possible number of meetings.

 

 

 

NAME

FGB

Finance & Audit

Curriculum & Standards

Facilities & Welfare

Personnel

Pay

Total Number of Meetings

5

3

3

3

4

3

Shan Aliah

4/5

3/3

3/3

N/A

N/A

2/3

Jorge Boddy 4/5 N/A 2/3 2/2 N/A N/A
Preston Brooker 5/5 N/A 3/3 3/3 N/A N/A

Brenda Burdall

3/5

N/A

0/3

0/3

4/4

N/A

Harry Duffy

3/5

N/A

N/A

0/3

3/4

2/3

Amanda Fell

3/3

2/3

3/3

3/3

2/3

3/3

Valerie Harffey

5/5

3/3

N/A

3/3

1/1

N/A

Nikki Hiron (Associate) 2/3 1/1 2/2 3/3 3/3 1/1

Jenny Instone

5/5

2/3

3/3

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mark Instone

5/5

2/3

3/3

1/3

3/4

3/3

Mala Kaushal

4/5

3/3

N/A

N/A

4/4

2/3

Ahmad Khan

5/5

N/A

N/A

2/3

4/4

3/3

Saima Khan

4/5

N/A

1/3

2/3

N/A

N/A

Francis McAleer

3/5

2/3

N/A

3/3

N/A

N/A

Zayra Raza

1/1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Amrik Singh Dosanjh

4/5

3/3

N/A

N/A

2/4

N/A

Saima Taylor

2/2

1/1

N/A

1/1

1/1

N/A

Alice Wetherell(Associate)

3/3

2/2

3/3

2/2

3/3

1/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The Governors

Meet The Governors 1 Mark Instone, Community Gov, Chair of Governors
Meet The Governors 2 Preston Brooker, Community Governor
Meet The Governors 3 Pete Rowe, Executive Headteacher
Meet The Governors 4 Nikki Price, Associate Governor
Meet The Governors 5 Valerie Harffey, Company Secretary
Meet The Governors 6 Amrik Singh Dosanjh, Community Governor
Meet The Governors 7 Jenny Instone, Safeguarding Governor
Meet The Governors 8 Ahmad Khan, Parent Governor
Meet The Governors 9 Shan Aliah, Parent Governor
Meet The Governors 10 Saima Khan, Parent Governor
Meet The Governors 11 Saima Taylor, Parent Governor
Meet The Governors 12 Mala Kaushal, Parent Governor
Meet The Governors 13 Jorge Boddy, Staff Governor
Meet The Governors 14 Vina Sondh, Staff Governor
Meet The Governors 15 Luke Carter, Community Governor

What do Governors do?

  • Ryvers Primary School,
  • Trelawney Avenue,
  • Slough,
  • Berkshire,
  • SL3 7TS
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