Let us introduce ourselves…
Sarah Warren: I have 2 children, one at Downend school and the other still at The Tynings. I became Co-opted Governor in January 2013 and took on the role of Chair of Governors in October 2015. I am also Pupil Premium link Governor. Prior to being a Governor, I was involved in the PSFA for a number of years. It is very important to me that children have the best possible primary educational experience, both academically and socially, and I enjoy working with the school to this end. I work 4 days a week as a Project, Service and Delivery Manager in a Primary Care organisation.
Simon Jones: ‘It is a privilege and honour to be Vice – Chair of Governors and Safeguarding link on The Tynings governing body. I am passionate about every child being given the best opportunities in life and education and strive for this with my input into the school. I have 2 children in year 1 and 3, each of whom have made excellent progress in all of their subjects. We love the community feel, ethos and the fact that our children love coming to school every day!
Janet Poole: I have been a member of staff at the Tynings for 17 years. Both of my children attended the school. I became a co-opted, non-teaching Governor in July 2013 and able to share the views of the non-teaching staff. Sitting on the Curriculum Commitee is part of my role as Governor. My role within school is Family Support Worker, supporting children and families, providing ‘a friendly face and a listening ear’ with any issues or worries that may affect children’s learning.
Kitty Thomas: My background is in working with children with Special Educational Needs, in particular ASD and Speech and Language disorders. I am also a qualified translator with a passion for languages. My roles within the board of governors include Chair of the Curriculum Committee, SEND and MFL link governor.
Pauline Dixon: I have been a Governor at the Tynings since February 2013 and I am passionate about ensuring that the children get the very best start to their education. I have Governor experience in 8 schools, mostly primaries, which helps me to benchmark what we do here at the Tynings. I am the link governor for EYFS and PE, plus deputy link for safeguarding and child protection. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee.
Jim Lott: I have over 25 years’ experience as a school Governor and I am currently the Local Authority Governor and chair of the Pay Panel. I am passionate about education and being a Governor allows me to assist in the strategies to improve the outcomes for the children and the School. I am also Vice Chair of Governors at The Raysfield Federation in Chipping Sodbury.
John Ridler: I am a co-opted governor. My subject links are Maths, Science and Technology. I am a member of the Staffing, Pay and the Finance and Infrastructure committees. I have worked in Healthcare Finance for several years and I hold a professional accountancy qualification. As a governor, I enjoy being able to provide strategic value for the school in improving outcomes for children. I believe in the opportunities that come from a strong primary education in preparing our children for the journeys ahead of them, and I hope to support the school to deliver the best experiences possible for the children, staff and the community. I am a Dad of two children and I am a sports enthusiast and currently enjoy coaching a local children’s football team.
Helen Wild: I am a co-opted governor. My links are Music, Art and displays. I am on the Staffing, Finance and School Development plan committees. I have been a Govenor for 5 years holding various positions including vice chair. I am a mum and have two young children at the School. What else do I do. I am a self employed accountant. I love working with children so get involved when I can. I am a breakfast club assistant at the school and I am the Treasurer of the PSFA I help run fundraising events to raise money for additional equipment and resources for the school. I also help to run the after school Netball team.