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Governor newsletter Autumn 2021

Flying High at Phoenix!

Welcome to our governing body

What do the Governing Body do?

At Phoenix we are very fortunate to be supported by our wonderful governors. The governors play a vital role in enabling the school to continually strive for excellence by providing support and challenge.  This is achieved by the governing body -


  • Attending regular committee meetings  either Pupils, Personnel and Strategic (PPS) or Finance

  • Supporting the school in matters relating to Health and Safety

  • Attending termly full governors meetings

  • Understanding and taking seriously all issues linked to the safeguarding of children

  • On going monitoring which includes meeting with staff and pupils, taking part in staff meetings, observing lessons, and work in books alongside appropriate leader, receiving a termly report from the headteacher, keeping up to date with the School Improvement Plan and regularly visiting school

  • Link governors with areas in school. Subject leader reports are shared with governors

  • Attending governor training events

  • Understanding and impacting on the School Improvement Plan

  • Being fully aware of the school budget and management of resources and how use of finances impacts on pupil progress and attainment, with a particular focus on money targeted at specific areas.   Phoenix Infant and Nursery School - Schools Financial Benchmarking - GOV.UK (

  • Understanding how well the school is doing in relation to pupil progress, attainment and attendance

  • Holding school leaders to account



    Committees 2020/21


Pupils, Personnel and Strategic

Sarah Anjorin (Chair)

James Saunders (Chair)

Anna Scrivens- Sabin (Vice-Chair)

Anna Scrivens-Sabin (Vice-Chair)

Nicola Broad

Nicola Broad

Andy Dunn

Nikki King

Lisa Harper 

Jack George

Sonya Hand

Helen Derby

Laura Green

Laura George

 Lisa Harper

Meeting dates 


Autumn term - 17th November 2022 - 6pm

Spring term –  23rd March 2023 - 6pm

Summer – 15th June 2023 - 6pm


Autumn term – 10th November 2022- 6pm: 

Spring term –    16th March 2023 - 6pm

Summer – 8th June 2023- 6pm

Full Governors

Autumn term – 24th November 2022- 6.30pm

Spring term –  30th March 2023 -  6.30pm

Summer – 22nd June 2023 -  6.30pm


Governors’ Monitoring Statement

Governors have an important part to play in the Leadership of the school. They need to be fully aware of their school’s strengths and development needs and be able to communicate these to each other and a range of stakeholders, including parents and school inspectors/advisors. As governors play an important role in the strategic development of the school, a range of monitoring opportunities are required to help them to support school leaders in decisions relating to finance and school development planning.

A school monitoring programme is in place which has a section relating to governor monitoring for the current year drawn up by governors and staff and linking to the School Development Plan.


Governors will be supported in their monitoring role through;

  • Formal and informal visits to school

  • Regular newsletters

  • Use of school website

  • Involvement in HT appraisal and evaluating teacher appraisal processes

  • Analysis of data including outcomes for specific groups of pupils

  • Pupil interviews

  • Staff interviews

  • Visiting on special event days

  • Access to school policies

  • Involvement in staff meetings eg work scrutiny

  • Learning walks

  • Involvement as pro-active committee member

  • Minutes of meetings.

  • Financial Reports including assessing value for money

  • Head Teacher termly report and governor questions

  • Governor meetings held in classrooms as appropriate

  • Being kept up to date with the School Improvement Plan and Self-Evaluation and impacting upon these


    To support governors with their monitoring role, training is provided either through the Local Authority termly course programme or in house designed training.


Member of Staff


Child Protection and Safeguarding

Mrs Harper

Anna Sabin-Scrivens/Sonya Hand

Health and Safety

Mrs Harper

David Colyer


    Date Appointed  End of termBusiness Interest
Governor  ParentMrJamesSaunders22 Jan 201924 Nov 2026None
Governor  StaffMrsLauraGeorge20 Nov 201819 Nov 2026None
Governor  Co-optedMrsNicolaBroad12 Jun 201811 Jun 2026None
Governor  Co-optedMrsAnna-MarieScrivens-Sabin22 Nov 202121 Nov 2025None

Chair of Governors  

Local Authority

MrsSonyaHand26 Jun 201719 Nov 2026None
Vice Chair of Governors Co-optedMissHelenDerby26 Jun 201725 Nov 2024None
Governor  Co-optedMrAndyDunn15 Jun 201614 Jun 2024None
Governor  HTMrsLisaHarper   
Governor ParentMrsLaura Green29 April 202128 April 2025




Governor  Co-opted

MrJackGeorge 2 Dec 2021 1 Dec 2025None
Governor Co-optedMrsNikkiKing 2 Dec 20211 Dec 2025None
Governor ParentMrs Sarah Anjorin3 Nov 20212 Nov 2025