Who are our Governors?
Jo Pierce - Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 04.07.2016 to 25.06.2019:
Chair of Governors
Committees: Resources, Income Generation Group
Other Roles: Lead Governor for EYFS
I joined the Governing Body in July 2012 and currently have two children on the school roll. Prior to joining Spellbrook I was the Chairperson of a local Pre-school and since joining Spellbrook have enjoyed taking an active role within school, helping with a variety of classroom activities. I'm also involved with the PTA as Treasurer. Currently my specific governor responsibilities include being Chair of Governors, Lead Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and a member of the Resources and Income Generation Committees. My background is in the Banking Sector where I worked for 19 years for various organisations. I hope my previous experience, skills and enthusiasm will help me to continue to support and develop Spellbrook into an outstanding school.
Fay Clark - Foundation Governor
Term of Office: 22.07.2013 to 21.07.2017
Vice-Chair of Governors
Other Roles: Lead Governor for Safeguarding/Child Protection, SEN and Pupil Premium
Ever since I became a Local Authority governor in July 2009, I have enjoyed being involved in and getting to know about Spellbrook. I am now in my second term here. Under the new arrangements for governing bodies, I will become a Foundation governor which is appropriate because I am on the Electoral Roll of Gt. St. Mary’s.
I am Vice-Chair and am a lead governor for SEN, Safeguarding/Child Protection, and Pupil Premium. Before I retired I was a secondary school teacher and spent some time working in the SEN department. This background led me to take on the role of SEN Governor. I have regular meetings with our SENCO to learn about what is happening at Spellbrook. The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and I was happy to learn about this scheme and monitor it on behalf of the governors.
It is most rewarding working with the governing body to help the school develop and reach ever higher standards.
Iain MacDonald - Community Governor
Term of Office: 01.01.2015 to 01.09.2019
I have been a Governor at Spellbrook since 2011 and I was Chair of Governors from 2013-2016. Two of my children have moved on from Spellbrook to Leventhorpe in that time and my youngest is now in Emerald class. I sit on our Resources sub-committee, the members of which are responsible for scrutinising school finances. I have also been involved in helping to keep us all up to date on government proposals for changes in the way schools are structured. Spellbrook is the second school where I have been a Governor – it is quite different to the last one, which was a much larger primary school in East London. I work in London as a barrister but I find the work I do as a Governor much more rewarding. It is great to be involved with a lovely School that we are all working to make even better.
Dennis Lapslie - Local Authority Governor
Term of Office: 01.09.2016 to 01.09.2020
Other Roles: Lead Governor for Health and Safety; Shadow Safeguarding Governor
Education of all young children has always been a pleasurable passion of mine.
As the new L. A. Governor I deem it a privilege to able to assist, support and work with the schools current enthusiastic and highly dedicated team of Staff and Governors.
I am a retired qualified teacher and have a background in Automobile Engineering; the Building/Construction Industry; Civil Engineering; Education Management; Estimating; Finance and Procurement; H. R. Management; Leadership skills; Mechanical Engineering; Project Management; Structures and Surveying.
My endeavour will be to utilize all of the aforementioned prior experiences to assist in ensuring that all pupils are fully encouraged and suitable challenged to excel in all aspect of school work including sports and after school activities, and thereby enjoy a happy and fruitful school life experience.
The Schools overarching vision and aim, which I fully endorse, is to drive this very welcoming school, forward from being a good school to an outstanding school.
Melody Hawkins - Parent Governor
Term of Office: 02.02.2014 to 01.02.2018
Chair of Resources
Committees: Resources, Income Generation Group
Other Roles: Training Link Governor
I became a Parent Governor at Spellbrook in 2014 and I have two children currently at Spellbrook. I love working with children and ran a small messy play group before returning to work and volunteered with various charities in the local area. I have a lot of experience in property management and have also worked as a Legal Secretary. Currently I work part-time as a Logistics Co-ordinator for a small company which supplies bespoke outdoor furniture to yachts and spas. I am the Chair of Resources and am responsible for arranging the governor training. I also help out during the school day with reading and other activities. I hope I can put my skills and experience to good use in my role and contribute towards making this great school even better.
Simon Hoy - Parent Governor
Term of Office: 01.4.2017 to 31.03.2021
I am married to Victoria and we have two children at the school. My oldest daughter started at Spellbrook in 2013, my introduction to the warm family atmosphere of the school and community. As a governor I hope to help maintain the great foundation both individually and academically the school provides.
My keen interest in the school and it's pupils coupled with my business background in finance and professional body experience should hold me in good stead to contribute and help Spellbrook go from strength to strength.
Nichola Lee - Parent Governor
Term of Office: 01.10.2017 to 30.09.2021
I am very passionate about education and have worked in many schools as part of the Healthy Schools Programme. I currently run health promotion sessions for children and their parents as part of my work as a freelance Nutritionist. I am an organised and conscientious person and enjoy a challenge. I have a great appreciation for the work of teachers and school leaders as well as the type of challenges schools face. I am very keen to get to know the school community and feel able to help guide the school through the changes that are on the way.
Reverend Frances Arnold - Foundation Governor
Term of Office: 31.02.2013 (Ex-Officio)
I have been a Governor at the school since I was appointed Vicar of Sawbridgeworth in 2013. I was previously Curate at Biggleswade in Bedfordshire and then worked at Church House in Westminster, whilst also serving on the ministry team at St Pancras Church in the Euston Road. I originally trained in history and education, working first as a secondary school teacher and then mainly with primary schools at an Anglo-Saxon monastic site, farm and museum in Jarrow.
I am delighted to be part of the school governing body and community. As Spellbrook is a Church of England School, the Vicar of Great St Mary’s is an ex officio Foundation Governor, and as such has a particular interest in the religious context of the school. I regularly take school assemblies; and the whole school visits Great St Mary’s for services three times a year. This is one of the best things about being Vicar.
Gill Vise - Headteacher
I have worked at Spellbrook since 2003. I joined the school as the Deputy Headteacher and taught in both Sapphire and Diamond classes before becoming Acting Headteacher in 2009. I completed my NPQH qualification in 2011 and then became the permanent Headteacher. I thoroughly enjoy working at Spellbrook – I like the fact that it is a relatively small school and that everybody works closely together. Before working at Spellbrook I taught at a large infant school in Enfield with over 300 pupils. I work closely with the governors to ensure that the school is run as efficiently as possible and that our children are being given the best education possible. We are very lucky to have a very hardworking and caring staff team who have helped us develop our vision for the school. I am very proud to be the Headteacher at Spellbrook and although at times the job can be very challenging, the support I get from staff, parents and governors makes it extremely rewarding and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Joan McKinlay - Staff Governor
Term of Office: 04.03.2014 – 03.03.2018
Chair of Income Generation Group
Committees: Resources Committee, Income Generation Group
My early working life was in branch banking and after a career break of five years to bring up my two boys I updated and transferred my skills into school administration. I worked in two primary schools in Essex prior to joining Spellbrook as an experienced school administrator in 2003. I completed a Diploma in School Business Management and qualified as a school business manager in 2012 and became a member of the school’s leadership team. As business manager, I have areas of responsibility in school budget planning, personnel, premises management and support the school’s Resources Committee. I enjoy being part of our talented and pro-active team of governors who work hard to maintain high standards across the school.