Meet the Governors
Ellen Lee- Chair of Governors
I joined the Governing Body at South End Junior School in September 2016. I chair both the Infant and Junior Schools.
I have a daughter who is in year 8 and my son has recently headed off to university; spreading his wings, but I’m thankful that he has only flown as far as Leicester!
South End Junior school has an amazing staff team. They work tirelessly to ensure all children at our school have the best possible start. As Governors we get to see this in practice. From observing lessons; analysing data to overseeing finances.
It is a privilege to be part of our school and the extremely dedicated team of Governors.
Margaret Barnes- Vice Chair of Governors
My role is vice chair, I am the designated governor for safeguarding and I am the chair of the Leadership and Management group. In my role as designated governor for safeguarding I work with Miss Kaur and the other members of the team to review and monitor the school’s safeguarding procedures to ensure that excellent standards of safeguarding are upheld.
Part of this role includes health and safety and so for this part of the role I meet with the Director of Premises. I have been a governor at SEJS for over 20 years and have been proud to see the school develop over that time and particularly during the past six years. I have a daughter who attended the school in the early 1990’s and the school today is a vastly different establishment in both the physical sense and the educational opportunities compared to then.
I am an assistant head teacher at an independent school in Bedford; much of my role is concerned with pastoral responsibilities, however I still teach biology for a significant part of the week. I am proud to be a governor at SEJS and to be able to support the leadership team so that they may continue to strive for the best possible standards, opportunities and achievements of all the pupils.
Nicki Daniel- Parent Governor
Hi, my role in our school is Parent Governor. I also hold the designated Governor position of SEN & Inclusion. South End Junior is a wonderful school full of creative ideas to engage the children in their learning journey and I count it a privilege to be part of this together with my fellow Governors.
I have held the position of Governor at South End since 2011 and continue to enjoy serving the school community. I also held the position of the Chair of Parent Teachers Association within South End for 3 years whilst my daughter was part of the school and enjoyed raising much needed funds for our children and the school to enhance their experience of school life mixed with fun.
I love creativity and enjoy cake decorating, balloon artistry and event planning such as weddings, parties and much more. The more uniformed side of me as a qualified book-keeper and Planning Manager keeps me grounded.
Mr Ranjit Singh- Governor
My name is Ranjit Singh, I am married and have 2 wonderful children. I am the Technical Manager for the Clothing Brand ‘Wolsey’. I have enjoyed being a Parent Governor at SEJ for over 6 years. My eldest son enjoyed the educational journey, and experiences through SEJ, and is currently doing well at secondary school.
My youngest son is currently in year 4 and is also enjoying the educational journey through SEJ. As a school governor at SEJ, I enjoy contributing, together with teachers & stakeholders, to the educational journey for all the students in the school.
As a parent governor, I am able to provide a parents view upon decisions that are being, planned or are actioned, regarding the school. I enjoy seeing the wonderful creativity & general standards that are upheld in the school, by the pupils and the staff. The governing body strives, together with the teachers & the stakeholders within the school, to provide exceptional education experiences to all the children.
Carl Brotherston- Governor
Hello, as a governor my role is to offer both challenge and support to the schools leadership team with a key focus on student achievement. I believe that you can’t put a limit on a child’s potential and believe this to be especially true of the aspirations at South End. Every time I visit the school I never fail to leave impressed by the commitment and energy of its staff to the success and wellbeing of the students.
I have worked at the Rushden Academy since 2008 as a teacher of IT & computing. I have also worked in several other secondary schools in Northamptonshire in a variety of different roles. Away from work I have always been a keen swimmer, but these days try and spend as much time as I can body boarding in North Devon.
I have always lived locally and attended several local schools and colleges before studying at De Montfort University. My proudest moments were becoming a father to my two sons and one of my best experiences was driving coast to coast in the USA.
Aker Arungah- Governor
I am a new Parent Governor at South End Junior School and started in November 2015. I know the school well as my eldest son left for senior school last year, I have a son in year 4 and my daughter will hopefully join the school in 2017.
Currently, I am a stay at home Mum and have been privileged to be able to get involved with the school as a PTA member over the last 4 years. I feel I am well placed to communicate with other parents and will do my best to ensure I represent their views well. Professionally I have worked as a Project and Change Manager both in the UK and abroad and I have recently qualified to teach English as a second language to adults. It is our role, as Governors, to make sure the school continues to be run well by monitoring, challenging and supporting the Management Team. I am the governor attached to the Communication and Arts POD and work with a group of teachers headed by Mrs Lewis.
It is my role to monitor their progress against targets and challenge where necessary to ensure they are meeting the high standards that have been agreed in the Excellence Plan. Like others on the team I am passionate about a great education for all children, recognising and making the most of their individual strengths.I am delighted to be part of such a dedicated, competent and vibrant team at South End Junior School.
Julie Rogers- Hussey- Governor
I have been involved in education for 25 years as a teacher then as a governor, firstly in the Infant School and more recently at SEJ. I believe it is vital that children get a good start in life and as a governor I can play a role in overseeing what happens to them during their time at school. I really enjoy being a part of life at SEJ and feel that it’s a privilege to be a member of the governing body.
When I’m not teaching, marking, helping my children with their homework or attending governor meetings I like to walk my dog and participate in Fitstep dance classes and bake the occasional cake if there’s any time left in the day!
Mr Rob Marchment- Governor
Hi there – my name is Rob and I am a governor here at South End Junior School. And what a privilege it is to be a governor at this most amazing of schools. Every time I visit this school – either to pick up my grandson or touch base with a member of staff – I still ask myself: ‘Is this place for real…?’ And sure enough, it is!
I first saw inside South End a few years ago, whilst chatting with a member of staff after a Remembrance Service that had been held in the playground. I was invited inside to look around – and I couldn’t believe my eyes – what a unique, exciting and inspiring place to learn, I thought.
During the last few years of taking my grandson to and from school, that first impression has grown and been confirmed with every contact I have with anyone who works here. Everyone who works here is totally ‘on it’, giving of their best in whatever they do here. Even the briefest of contact with the staff on reception, for example, changes my day for the better.
So, when asked to think about becoming a governor, my response was simply: ‘Where do I sign and how can I support this amazing group of students and staff…?’ You only have to look at the faces of the children, as they emerge from their classes at home time, to know that they have had another great day.
And you can be certain that, thanks to the incredible team of the Headteacher, the teachers, the teaching assistants, the support and admin staff, the lunchtime supervisors and the site agents, your child will have their ‘life chances’ improved and the horizons of their hopes and dreams ever more broadened, each and every day.
This is South End Junior School. This is your school. And I am very happy to be a small part of it…
Sarah Marchant- Governor
Hi, I’m Sarah Marchant and I have recently joined the Governing body here at SEJ. I have 2 children in these fantastic schools, one in Reception, and one in year 3.
When I was approached to be a Governor, I had no hesitation in accepting. I have been amazed and impressed from both a parent and Governor viewpoint by the dedication to learning and to our students that both schools provide. My role as Governor is to understand, challenge and support the development of learning for the children attending the school and ensure that we have the children’s interests at heart in the decisions that we make.
I am Head of HR in Western Europe for a global company and feel that my knowledge and experience can bring a new perspective to the learning environment. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with the family – whether it’s crafting or baking with them, going on days out to National Trust gardens or going to car/motorcycle events (with a house full of boys, I can’t escape the cars!) – as well as reading or doing a bit of crochet in the evenings – at the moment I’m making a blanket for my friend’s baby.
Gurdip Kaur- Headteacher
We provide a strategic overview by the setting aims and objectives for the school and by adopting policies and setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives. The governors here take great responsibility for the financial and other management of the school very seriously, ensuring accountability and acting as a sounding board to myself.
We have a fabulous team of teaching and support staff which makes education at the school really enjoyable. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be the Headteacher of such an amazing school.
Mrs Lisa Gibbs- Assistant Headteacher
I joined the SEJ family in January 2015 as a Director of Learning and have been lucky enough to progress to Assistant Headteacher. I am privileged to lead and support dedicated and highly-skilled teaching and support staff with the shared aim of raising achievement for all. I strongly believe that providing children with the life skills to think, learn and problem solve independently are of paramount importance; therefore these are at the heart of all decisions I make.
My foremost responsibility is leading the amazing Year 6 team of pupils and staff, but am I also the lead in collecting and analysing whole school pupil data. This entails guiding staff to ensure each and every child reaches their personal goals in core subjects. I also oversee all POD teams at SEJ to make certain the development of subject areas matches the needs of the pupils and the school.
Miss Laura Bateman- Associate Governor
I am delighted to be joining the South End Junior team as Assistant Headteacher. I am responsible for leading the fantastic teaching team in the Lower Hub. As Director of Learning in year 3, my role includes making sure that children settle in quickly so that their SEJ learning journey can begin.
My main goal is to support staff with developing every child’s love of learning so that they can be the best that they can be. Lots of my time is spent in classrooms, supporting teachers and ensuring that children’s learning is as exciting and memorable as possible. I will also ensure that all pupils are on track to reach their full potential by monitoring data closely and targeting key areas to accelerate progress. This involves managing the Pupil Premium funds to ensure that we are giving disadvantaged children every opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.
I love the creative and stimulating learning spaces that SEJ offers and I can’t wait to get stuck in!
Miss Beki Hill- Staff Governor
My name is Miss Hill and I am based in Galileo in Year 6. This is me third year at South End and I love working in a school that is exciting and engaging for all children – there is always something new! I am the leader for the Innovation and Enterprise POD where we work on the development of teaching in maths, computing and languages at South End Junior School. We work hard to make sure we provide the children with new and exciting experiences and equipment, to ensure they are ready for the world.
Outside of work I enjoy: reading; going to the gym; playing with my cat – Aurora; and visiting places like The Black Country Living Museum.
I believe every child’s education should open doors to their future; therefore I aim to provide engaging, purposeful and exciting learning opportunities to ensure they are ready for the world.
Teaching is my passion and I strive for all children to achieve their full potential. I have just began my role as a staff governor and feel I can be an important link between the staff and other members of the governing body.
Dave Huck- Site Manager
Hello, my name is Mr Huck and I have been working here since my family and I moved to the area in September 2009. I am the Director of Premises for both schools and I am also a school governor at SEJ.
I have a very busy and very varied role within the school; typically my working day starts at 7am and sometimes I will still be working at 10pm. As well as opening the school, maintaining the premises and grounds, liaising with many contractors and arranging rooms for our lettings in the evenings and weekend, I am also the lunchtime Lead and I organise the cleaning staff too.
One of my favourite things about working at SEJ and the thing I am most proud of is the brilliant environment that I and Mr Langton have been integral in making possible. When I get the opportunity I love to go running and I am a big fan of athletics, I am also an events adjudicator for UK Athletics.
Mrs Jo Simmons- Associate Governor
My name is Jo Simmons and I am the School Business Manager here at South End Junior School. My role involves Finance, Personnel, Health & Safety and Premises.
On a day to day basis you will find me setting and monitoring the school budget to ensure that we can afford all the wonderful things within our school, recruiting new staff and making sure they are paid properly! I work closely with the Site Manager to ensure that our site and building are not only safe but also well maintained.
I aim to ensure that the school makes the best use of all its resources and behind the scenes I make sure that the school complies with various statutory obligations.
Structure and remit of the Governing Body and Committees
South End Junior School Governors sit on a Governor Committee and/or are in one of the school PODs, which are:-
• My World and Beyond
• Body, Mind and Soul
• Communication and Arts
• Innovation and Enterprise.
PODs are a group of staff, alongside a Governor, and are led by member of the school’s Leadership Team. PODs are responsible for subject leadership and contribute to strategic school planning. By Governors being members of the PODs, a culture of support and challenge to school development is created and Governors are well placed to hold the school to account.
The Leadership & Management Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Governing Body’s statutory duties with regard to Finance, Personnel, Premises and Health & Safety are met. This committee is chaired by Margaret Barnes.
Named Governors are also linked to the following areas:-
• Special Educational Needs
• Headteacher’s Performance Management.