Governors are appointed by ASSET Trustees. Their role is to support school leaders in making the school the best it can be by providing support and challenge. Governors meet twice a term and also regularly visit the school to speak with staff and pupils.
St. Helen's is part of ASSET Education. Find out about the Trust, Governance and Trustees by looking at the ASSET website.
Our current governors are:
Ross Wilson - Chair of Governors
Ross joined us just over 2 years ago when his son was about to start Reception. He is a regular face at before and afterschool club and recently took part in our first ‘Governor Drop In’ session. Ross is a regular visitor to the school who the children enjoy engaging with. He has an interest in school finance, assessment procedures and supporting our work with particular groups of children, including EAL and Greater Depth learners.
Carol Pickering - Co-Vice Chair & Safeguarding Governor
Carol has been a governor at the school since 2008, having had both her children go through the school. Many of you will know her from her role at St. Helen’s playgroup. Carol has a special interest in supporting improvements in the Special Educational Needs department and Early Years and Foundation Stage, as well as supporting staff and pupil wellbeing. She is also our safeguarding governor.
Mary currently works for Suffolk New College as Associate Principal. She has responsibility for all of their corporate resources including Finance, HR, Funding & Performance, Marketing, IT and Facilities which makes her an expertly placed person for challenging the school and supporting it as it moves forward. Mary’s eldest daughter has now moved on to high school but her twins are still with us in year two, so she is well aware of how the school runs. Mary has an interest in finance and HR at the school and is our lead governor for maths.
Lynette has been with us since 2008 when she joined as a Community Governor and is our only governor who has not had a child go through our school. Lynette works in the pubic sector and has a number of roles and interests. Within the school, she supports Mr Southgate with the changes in Personal Social Health Education, especially Sex and Relationships Education. She is also our link governor for English and phonics.
Jo joined us around the same time as Ross and has two children, one who has been through our school and has now moved in to highschool and one in Year 3. Jo is a Learning and Development Consultant, with a background in acting, who has been known to come in to school in a variety of guises, most notably the Mad Hatter and Henry VI. His background has helped him in supporting Miss Wyard with her Oracy project. His other responsibilities this year are helping the school develop a creative curriculum.
Brad is our newest member of the governing body and is also a volunteer at the school. Both of his sons attended the school with his eldest now at Northgate and his youngest in year 3. Brad regularly hears our Key Stage 1 children read and has been a familiar face around the halls for a few years now. He recently took part in our Governor Drop in session and at present is helping to challenge the school in developing a creative curriculum and supporting our Pupil Premium Pupils.