The governing body at Radwinter is made up of two parent governors, one staff governor and the head teacher, one local authority governor, two church parish governors (one for Radwinter, one for Hempstead) and four diocese governors and the rector (because we are a church school). We aim to recruit governors with a range of skills, including legal, IT and financial knowledge as well as educational experience.
The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and the educational performance of its pupils, while the role of the governing body is to:
- ensure a clear vision, ethos and strategy for the school
- support and hold to account the head teacher
- ensure the school is financially stable and its money is well spent
Through positive challenge, governors support the school in delivering high-quality teaching and promoting its core values to ensure that all pupils have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities and achieve their potential.
The work of governing is covered by three main committees, meeting at least termly: Learning & Development (whose work includes monitoring the effectiveness of the educational offer), Strategic (which reviews how the school is working today and how we can plan for the needs of the pupils in the future) and Financial, Premises & Safety (which scrutinises the school budget and spending). Governors also hold a full governing body meeting termly, to hear a report from the head teacher, to discuss progress against delivery of the School Development Plan and to ask questions.
Individual governors also have a variety of special monitoring responsibilities, including Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Wellbeing and reviewing the progress of particular groups of children, e.g. those with SEND. A governor is attached to each year group and pays particular attention to their progress and attainment data each term, and there is a governor attached to each class, who takes a particular interest in what the children are doing and checks in with the teacher regularly. There are also governors who liaise with the three school councils.
The main focus of the governors is currently to support the head teacher in ensuring the safety of pupils and staff and in mitigating the effects of the pandemic, embedding an exciting and engaging curriculum and promoting wellbeing, and thinking about the sustainability of the school in a changing world. We’re really looking forward to being able once more to visit the school regularly and talking to staff and pupils in person.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Helen O’Brien-Foundation DBE Co-Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor
I have thirty years’ experience of teaching in primary schools in Surrey and Essex, culminating in sixteen years as head of Rickling CofE Primary School. Before retiring in 2012, I led the federation of Rickling and Farnham schools, including amalgamating the two governing bodies. This is the second time I have been a school governor, and with my educational background and interest in primary schools I believe I have much to bring to the role. I am a member of the Learning & Development Committee, which oversees the implementation of the curriculum, the Headteacher Performance Management and the Pay committees. I am temporarily the governor linked to the Pupil Worship Council, which means I attend meetings with the children where they voice their views on collective worship and suggest changes.
Since retiring, I have volunteered in the community and abroad, including serving as a trustee for the Home Start charity, teaching English to refugees in the Calais ‘Jungle Camp’ and working with orphans and disabled children in Romania. I’ve been involved with Radwinter School for several years as a representative of the local church, at times leading collective worship, and delivering Open the Book, a project introducing children to Bible stories using drama. I very much enjoy walking my dogs around our beautiful area and I am a keen gardener.
John Reynolds - Foundation DBE Co-Chair of Governors
I have been a Foundation Governor at Radwinter since 2018 and have had an association with the school for the past 7 years - I have one son who still goes to Radwinter and my second son who has recently left and gone on to a local secondary school.
I have spent over 30 years working in General Management roles in the Agricultural supply industry and have lived and worked in both Switzerland and Australia and been back in the UK for the last 10 years. Radwinter School has always had a caring, family ethos secured on strong Christian values. I see my role as Chair of the Governing Body at Radwinter is to ensure that the school remains a place where all children can enjoy learning in a safe and caring environment.
Mrs Emily Bartram – Headteacher
My first association with Radwinter CofE Primary School was as a parent when my son started in September 2020. I was then delighted to be appointed as Headteacher taking up the post in September 2021. I have always lived and worked in the local area and have long been aware of the excellent reputation and educational experience offered by our wonderful school, so am incredibly proud to now be Headteacher! I grew up in Saffron Walden attending a local Church of England Primary School and have always known that this is the educational experience I wanted my own children to have. To be able to lead our setting in offering the same caring, happy and secure environment with outstanding learning opportunities really is a dream come true!
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time my husband and two children. We live in the village and play an active part in the local community as well as spending time exploring further afield. I am a passionate singer and have sung with several local choirs and bands, I enjoy creating elaborate cakes for family and friends and often spend much of my spare time furthering my understanding of educational practice. I completed my ‘National Professional Qualification for Headship’ in January 2022, my Church School Leadership qualification in March 2022 and am now working towards my ‘National Educational Leader in Mental Health’ qualification.
Caitlin Hayward – Parent Governor
I am delighted to be a Parent Governor here at Radwinter and really enjoy being more involved in the local community.
I am a qualified teacher and am a Subject Leader of Drama in a secondary school in Bishop's Stortford. I also examine the Drama GCSE, which is an interesting and challenging role. I am keen on promoting the Arts and encouraging creativity in all children to help build confidence and teamwork skills. Outside of work, and being a mother of three energetic boys, I enjoy running (I did the London Marathon in 2019; not quite sure how!) and gardening.
David Mann- Parent Governor
As a new parent governor, I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist the school as a member of the Governing Body. I run a groups and estate maintenance company overseeing 16 employees and a further 5-10 contractors at any given time, offering a wide range of varied services. On a daily basis, I have to schedule work and source contractors/materials whilst also organising the logistics to ensure everyone and everything is where it needs to bee, when it needs to be.
Charlotte Davies – Foundation PCC
I live in the centre of Radwinter and have been a governor at Radwinter Primary since 2017. My son also attends the school. I sit on the Governors' Learning & Development and Pay Committees. I am one of two governors who are responsible for monitoring progress with core skills within the school (covering EYFS, Phonics, Reading, Writing and Maths). I am also the school's training link governor which means that I act as a link between the school and the local authority/third party training providers to advise the governing body on available training opportunities and on developments within governance. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in English Literature & Language, I qualified as a solicitor. I am now a highly experienced employment lawyer and have worked at large City law firms, as well as in-house, advising on all areas of employment law, including litigation in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. I currently work at a law firm based in Cambridge where, as well as advising on employment law, my work allows me to specialise in knowledge management and I frequently design and deliver technical training to lawyers and clients. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the countryside and the Norfolk coast with my family and our dog, visiting friends, and renovating our period home.
Gaetanne Fuller - Staff Governor
I am very proud to be Class Teacher for Hedgehog class at Radwinter. I am also the Art, EYFS and English Lead. I have a particular interest in SEND and support our SENDCO. I am passionate about Early Years having taught Reception for many years. I also enjoy leading the Uttlesford EYFs partnership group, bringing together local Reception teachers. I became staff governor in 2021 and I sit on the Learning & Development and Finance, Premises & Safety committees. When I'm not having fun with Hedgehog class, I like to knit, travel, walk Cash-my wire haired Dachshund and spend time with Michael, my husband and our two boys.
Paul Allington - DBE
I am a foundation governor (DBE) and I sit on the Resources, Pay and HPMR committees, the health and safety governor and take a keen interest in Computing and Science. I've been a governor at Radwinter since 2019, joining to be involved in and help the school, as well as my children's education, who are also at the school (year 3 and year 5).
After graduating with a degree in Computing for Artificial Intelligence in 2005 I worked as a
professional software developer with clients such as NASA and Boeing. In 2011 I started a web development and marketing agency, employing 13 developers, designers and marketing professionals. In 2015 I exited Intelligent Penguin to focus as a software architect as "The Code Guy" and pursue one of my passions in supporting the self employed, start-ups and SME's through technical innovation, growing 5 businesses from start-up and serving a term on the board of the Independent Professional and Self Employed Association, and the Consultative Council.
My greatest passion is computing education, coding, tech and engaging children in tech in a way that fosters creativity and a long lasting interest. I founded The Code Zone in 2019, starting as a local club growing to 4 areas locally and developing a series of online coding clubs which has since reached over 12,000 children nationally.
Outside of work I enjoy getting outdoors and a strong advocate for Forest School, volunteering locally. I also play the Tuba and I'm a keen archer.
Jane Richardson-Foundation PCC
Calum Rooney- DBE
I am a foundation governor (DBE) & sit on the resources committee (with a keen focus on finance). Radwinter is a wonderful community led school with a passionate Christian ethos - and I’m proud to be a governor here.
After graduating from Birmingham with a degree in Political Economy, I moved to the local area to study as an accountant qualifying in 2019 working with Cambridge Colleges, local charities & local start-ups.
I qualified as a chartered accountant and now work in-house at a global technology company based in Cambridge.
Outside of work - I am a keen sports fan (Football, Rugby & after convincing from my wife, Lois, Netball), big fan of travelling & when I get time am an avid reader.
Lois Rooney - Associate
I feel incredibly proud and blessed to teach at such an amazing, friendly and hard-working school. I joined in 2021 and quickly felt like I belonged and recognised the community is the school family. I am an associate governor, sitting on the Learning and Development Committee, and am very passionate about continually enhancing our provision and the educational experiences of our pupils. I currently teach Year 5 (Kestrel Class) and am subject leader for Maths, PSHRE and PE. Outside of school, I am an avid netballer (playing for Saffron Walden Netball Club), a keen baker and an enthusiastic member of Saffron Walden Community Church. I also like to swim, garden, play mini-golf, and spend time exploring the world with my husband, Calum.