Governing Body

School governors are members of the school’s Governing Body. They have responsibility for raising school standards but do not run the school day to day; their role is at the strategic or policy-making level. They ensure that the Head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school and ensure the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.  We value the experience and skills that all governors bring and our governors find that the role is very rewarding. Their contribution to the development of our school and seeing visible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

You can read more about our Governors here: 

Name: Colin Bowpitt

Governor Role: School Development and Improvement

Committees: Business, Pay, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Executive Head teacher

Term of Office: Ex-officio

Job Title: Executive Head teacher

Pecuniary Interest: Ex-officio Executive Head teacher also a member of the governing body of Greenfield Primary school.

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what they bring to the role:

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Colin has been a teacher since his qualified status in 1993 and has worked in a variety of schools within Leicester City, Leicestershire and the North of England. He has been Executive Head of Thistly Meadow Primary School since 2012 and both Greenfield Primary School and Pre-School.  Under his leadership, all schools have received Good Ofsted ratings.  He is a Leader of Education and provides additional consultancy, support and training for Primary, Special and Secondary school leaders.

Name: Neil Parry (Acting Chair)

Governor Role: Parent Governor

Committees: Vice Chair of Business, Pay, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Vice Chair, SEND, Anti-bullying 

Term of Office: 6.11.2017 – 7.11.2021

Job Title: Locality Manager, Adult Social care Services

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I am committed to school through the role of Parent Governor and have two children who attend the school. I am a Locality Manger in Adult Social Care Services. I have many transferable skill that I bring to role of Governor which include, links with the local community, knowledge around Safeguarding as well as analytical skills which all allow me to be a critical friend. I am particularly interested in and work with the school regarding Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) and Anti-bullying.

Name: Kirsty Smith

Governor Role: Staff Governor

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Curriculum

Term of Office: 15.7.2020 – 14.7.2024

Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and Moderator for Leicestershire County Council. I have been at Thistly Meadow since 2010, teaching in both key stage one and two. I am PE co-ordinator and Maths lead. I was appointed Assistant Head teacher in 2016 and am very much enjoying the challenges of this role.

Name: Jonathan Hunt

Governor Role: Parent Governor

Committees: Business, Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Curriculum (Sport and Healthy School)

Term of Office: 17.7.2019 – 16.7.2023

Job Title: Development Manager – Sport and Active Recreation, Coventry City Council

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

Committed, dedicated and keen in my approach, I look forward to making a positive contribution to the success of Thistly Meadow in my role as Parent Governor. My professional expertise as a Development Manager working for a Local Authority, allows me to think strategically about the development of the school with a particular focus on pupil learning, sport and healthy schools. I have worked in the community and sports sector for over 15years and can bring a range of experiences and universal skills to the governing body.

My position as Parent Governor is one I very much enjoy and hope will be of longevity.  As a new parent to the school in 2014 I was thrilled with the caring, supportive and inclusive environment my daughter received. It is obvious at Thistly Meadow teaching and learning is paramount yet children feel cared for, are stimulated in their environment and are offered an exciting curriculum.

Name: Matt Steady

Governor Role: Parent Governor

Committees: Wellbeing, Learning

Type of Office: Curriculum

Term of Office: 1.11.2019 – 31.10.2023

Job Title:  Musician

Pecuniary Interest: None.

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

My education background is science based and in my previous employment I have worked in project management in IT, with responsibility for strategic direction, managing budgets and resources, implementing new technologies and processes and importantly, looking after the individual needs of a large team of staff. I have also worked in the community teaching both adults and children martial arts; I have a UKCC coaching qualification, and have completed first aid and safeguarding training.

I have undertaken training on attachment issues, developmental trauma and I have a good understanding of the SEN. The needs of looked after children are very dear to my heart.

The Thistly Meadow vision ‘to inspire with the joy of lifelong learning’ resonates strongly with me. The school is doing a fantastic job promoting excellent learning in a warm and friendly atmosphere and I look forward to bringing my skills to the governing body and support the continued development of the school.

Name: Sarah Jarowicki

Governor Role: Data and assessment

Committees: Learning and Wellbeing

Type of Office: Ex-officio

Term of Office:  N/A

Job Title: Deputy Head teacher

Pecuniary Interest: None

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been a member of staff at Thistly Meadow for 3 years now, working as Deputy Head and also at Greenfield Primary School for 15 years.

I have always taught in year 5 and 6 whilst at Greenfield but do have experience of teaching in key stage 1. I have always loved teaching year 6 and been committed to raising standards whilst also engaging pupils in an exciting and interesting curriculum that sets pupils up for life at high school and beyond.

As part of my work at Greenfield Primary School, I am now a writing moderator for Leicestershire authority. This is a post that I have successfully held for a number of years and one which I enjoy very much. I enjoy supporting year 6 teachers with agreeing accurate assessments and curriculum development. I have also had the pleasure of becoming a mentor to new moderators.

Name: Mrs Hayley Aitken

Governor Role: Clerk to Governors

Committees: N/A

Type of Office: N/A

Term of Office: Salaried role

Job Title: Clerk to Governors

Pecuniary Interest: Senior Administrator and Clerk to Governors at Greenfield Primary School.

Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role:

I have been employed at Greenfield Primary School since January 2017. Before that I worked at a number of schools around Leicestershire including academies and a special school. I have previously worked as a clerk to governors for other schools, so I have financial, administrative and clerking experience to bring to the Governing body. I have also been a school governor (safeguarding) at a secondary school.

The Clerk to the governors is responsible for providing independent procedural advice to the governing body and is the administrator for meetings of the governing body.

Attendance

Please see the table below for details of our Governors’ attendance over the past 12 months:

Attendance TH 2019-20

Register of Business Interests 

Click on the register below for more details:

RBI summary 2019-20 TH