The Governing Body
At Orchard Park we have a committed Governing Body who work closely with the Headteacher in the management of the school and who is responsible for the overall strategic planning of the school. We hope that you will find the following information about the role of Governors, who they are and how they work, helpful.
The Governing Body has a Chair and Vice Chair. The full Governing Body meets at least twice a term with additional meetings to discuss individual matters. The Governors work through two committees: School Effectiveness and Resources, each have their own Chair. The Governors work closely with the Headteacher to support the school and drive improvement.
We have 13 Governors appointed at Orchard Park and 3 vacancies. These are made up of:
1 Local Authority Governor
2 Elected Parent Governors
7 Co-opted Governors (of which 2 can be members of staff)
1 Elected Staff Governor
1 Clerk to Governors
The members of our Governing Body are:
Miss Stacey Harper - Headteacher - Staff Governor
Mrs Lucy Steggles - Deputy Headteacher - Co-opted Governor
Miss Jessica Taylor - Teaching Staff - Elected Staff Governor
Janice Fuller - Governor - Chair of Full Governing Body
I have been a Community (or co-opted) Governor since June 2015. I am looking forward to playing a part in the further evolution of the school after the excellent start it has made within the local community. I have been very impressed by the friendly and colourful atmosphere of the school which provides a positive environment for learning, where our enthusiastic staff can guide pupils to fulfil their potential.
Revd Chris Lowe - Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor for the past 7 years. I'm the vicar of St John's Church which meets here at the school on Sundays. I live in Orchard Park (50 metres from the school gate!), love this community and want to see it flourish. I am on the School Effectiveness Committee and amongst the governors I take the lead on achievement and progress data. It's a privilege to be involved in such a vibrant school, so clearly committed to seeing children and young people thrive.
Lewis Meek - Parent Governor
I work in the Human Resources department at the University of Cambridge and I have a degree in HR, which ought to be helpful as a parent governor. I'm already on the board of a small charity as the treasurer therefore I am familiar with the kind of duties involved in being a school governor. Our family has really enjoyed becoming part of the school community over the last couple of years, and we value how diverse and welcoming it is.
Scott Parsley - Parent Governor
I believe in encouraging children to choose and pursue their own goals. I am a Software Manager for Siemens, giving me an insight into the skills and knowledge needed in the software industry. Technology has become an integral part of our lives and the workplace and I would like to help promote this in our school curriculum. I will bring to the governor role the knowledge I have gained in project management, reporting, team leadership and recruitment.
Andrew Chan - Co-opted Governor
Details to follow shortly.
Elaine O'Brien - Co-opted Governor
I’ve lived in Cambridge over 20 years and work in the Life Sciences sector. I've held various senior leadership roles globally and have post-graduate qualifications in business administration and entrepreneurship.
Sinead Corcoran - Co-opted Governor
I was delighted to be co-opted to the Board of Governors in November 2021. I am a qualified Solicitor living in Cambridge with 5+ years' experience advising charities, education institutions and other not for profits on a range of legal matters, including contractual and commercial arrangements, collaborations, governance, regulatory requirements, land arrangements, structuring, and general charity law. I also have previous experience working with children through school mentoring programmes.
I am the Link Governor for Safeguarding and enjoy working with the dedicated school team and board to support a safe and positive environment for children to develop and flourish.
Jennifer Hefti - Clerk to Governors
I have held the role as Clerk to Governors with Orchard Park since September 2013. I currently work for three other local primary schools and one early years setting. The Clerk is the constitutional conscience of the Governing Body. I have a keen interest in primary and early years education and so enjoy supporting the Governors in their work to drive school improvement and uphold the ethos of the school.
Governors' Details and Register of Interests 2021 - 2022
|Full Name||Category of Governor||Appointing Body (in accordance with the Instrument of Government)||Date of Initial Appointment||Current Term of Office||Positions of Responsibility (eg chair or vice-chair of the GB or Committee of the GB)||Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests||Governance roles in any other educational establishments||Relationship between Governors and members of the school staff (including spouses, partners or relatives)|
|Miss Stacey Harper||Ex-officio||Governing Body||1.5.2015||Duration of Employment||none||none||none||none|
|Vacancy||LA Governor||Governing Body|
|Rev. Christopher Lowe||Co-opted||Governing Body||14.9.2012||17.9.19 - 16.9.23||Attendance, Data and assessment lead, Headteacher and staff performance management||Church of England minister - Use of school space||none||none|
|Elaine O’Brien||Co-opted||Governing Body||16.11.2021||15.11.2025||Finance, HTPR||none||none||none|
|Mrs Janice Fuller||Co-opted||Governing Body||28.4.2015||17.9.19 - 16.9.23||Chair of GB, Discipline and Grievance Committee, Health and Safety link||none||none||none|
|Miss Jessica Taylor||Staff||Election||1.10.2019||30.9.2023||n/a||none||none||none|
|Sinead Corcoran||Co-opted||Governing Body||16.11.2021||15.11.2025||Safeguarding||none||none||none|
|Mrs Lucy Steggles||Co-opted||Governing Body||3.5.2022||2.5.26||n/a||none||none||none|
|Mr Andrew Chan||Co-opted||Governing Body||12.2.2019||11.2.2023||Catch up link Discipline and Grievance Committee||none||none||none|
|Mr Lewis Meek||Parent Governor||Election||1.12.2019||30.11.2023||Pupil Premium named governor, SEND, LAC||none||none||none|
|Mr Scott Parsley||Parent Governor||Election||4.12.2018||3.12.2022||SDP Subject leadership link||none||none||none|
|Mrs Lynsey Rolfe (no voting rights)||Associate Member||GB||16.11.2021||15.11.2022||n/a||none||none||none|
Previous Governors Served over the past 12 months.
|Full Name||Category of Governor||Appointing Body (in accordance with the Instrument of Government)||Date of Appointment||Date Stepped down||Committees Governor Served on||Positions of Responsibility (eg chair or vice-chair of the GB or Committee of the GB)||Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests||Governance roles in any other educational establishments||Relationship between Governors and members of the school staff (including spouses, partners or relatives)|
|Miss Jessica Bond||Co-opted||Governing Body||29.9.2020||6.7.2021||n/a||Finance, Headteacher performance management||none||none||none|
|Mrs. Michelle Davies||Co-opted||Governing Body||1.12.2011 17.9.2019 - 16.9.2023||6.7.2021||n/a||Safeguarding and Behaviour lnk||none||none||none|
|Pooja Anand||Co-opted||Governing Body||21.1.2020||16.11.2021||n/a||none||none||none||none|
Full Governing Body Meeting Dates 2021 - 2022
Tuesday 5th October 2021
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Tuesday 1st February 2022
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Tuesday 3rd May 2022
Tuesday 14th June 2022
Tuesday 5th July 2022
If you would like to contact the Governors you can either write to:
The Chair of Governors, c/o Orchard Park CP School or if your letter is of a non-confidential nature, you can email via the school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The minutes of the Governors' meetings are available to all parents. Please enquire at the School Office if you wish to read them.