Welcome to the School Improvement Board
To Parents, Carers and Friends
A warm welcome to you and your children from the Local School Improvement Board of Northwick Manor Primary School.
As Chair of the School Improvement Board it is a privilege to be working as a member of a dedicated team and we are a committed and active body. The purpose of the School Improvement Board is to work with the school to provide the best possible education for all its pupils, ensuring that the school is held accountable to those it serves. We are responsible for monitoring the performance and effectiveness of our school, for ensuring we are accountable to the Trust financially, and that the ethos and values that Northwick Manor hold dear are driving factors in the continuing success of our school.
As well as fulfilling our duties by both supporting and challenging Miss Williams and her senior leadership team - monitoring progress and activities in school - we also enjoy being involved in day to day events. We are comprised of parents, representatives of the local community and people with relevant skills and professional expertise. We use this experience and knowledge to provide practical support, set the strategic direction of the school and hold the Headteacher to account. You will find further information about who we are further down this page.
Staff and School Improvement Board work together with the common aim of providing a safe and vibrant learning environment in which all children can reach their potential and have an enjoyable experience in this wonderful school. We are justifiably proud of the children at Northwick Manor and whilst acknowledging our duty as School Improvement members to ensure that children receive a quality education, we also recognise that learning does not start and end at the school gate. In a good school such as ours, we are extremely lucky to have parents and carers who take a great deal of interest in their childrens' learning and development and you are very much an integral part of the whole school community. I hope that you find this section of the website informative and we look forward to meeting you at future school events.
Jo Oxholm, Chair of School Improvement Board
I have been involved with school as a parent since 2008, joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2015 and took on the role of Chair of the School Improvement Board (SIB) Team in 2017. We have two school-age daughters, both of whom attended Northwick Manor and who are now in senior school. I therefore have experience of each school year from EYFS to Year 6. My professional background is within HR - predominantly within Higher Education - and my experience covers a range of disciplines including recruitment and selection, team management, policy development, appraisal and performance management, data analysis and report writing. As well as being the current Chair, I am also the lead board member for Safeguarding & GDPR; Health & Safety and Leadership & Performance Management. I also represent the SIB at the termly Northwick Parent Partnership (NPP) meetings.I have been involved with school as a parent since 2008, joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2015 and took on the role of Chair of the School Improvement Board (SIB) Team in 2017. We have two school-age daughters, both of whom attended Northwick Manor and who are now in senior school. I therefore have experience of each school year from EYFS to Year 6. My professional background is within HR - predominantly within Higher Education - and my experience covers a range of disciplines including recruitment and selection, team management, policy development, appraisal and performance management, data analysis and report writing. As well as being the current Chair, I am also the lead board member for Safeguarding & GDPR; Health & Safety and Leadership & Performance Management. I also represent the SIB at the termly Northwick Parent Partnership (NPP) meetings.
Rev Andy Todd
I have been a School Improvement Board Member at Northwick Manor since 2016, following in the footsteps of my predecessor at St Stephen’s church, Revd Stuart Currie (a hard act to follow, as any of you who have heard his Christmas Carol Service jokes will know!). Being a member of the School Improvement Board has been important to me because the church is there for everyone with an interest in the parish, not just those who think of themselves as churchgoers, and the school is an absolutely key part of the community’s life. Before being ordained as a priest, I was a chartered accountant for some 25 years, and so I have taken on a role among the board as a finance lead (amongst other things), although I also have plenty of experience of working with and challenging leadership in various professional and voluntary contexts. I have two children, both of whom are now at secondary schools in Worcester.
Dr Emily Breeze
I currently have three children at Northwick Manor (Years 6, 4 and 2) and have had the privilege of being a member of the School Improvement Board at the school since 2016. I am a research scientist and academic tutor at a local University and so have a particular interest in the provision of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) within school. Through my work I am proficient in the analysis and interpretation of data, skills which I am able to apply to my board member lead role for the monitoring of outcomes for pupils. In addition, I have experience in project management, decision-making and the ability to question and provide challenge, when appropriate. As a parent board member I am committed to ensuring the continuing success of my children’s school and maintaining its strong links with parents and the local community.
I joined the School Improvement Board in July 2019. I am a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Worcester, specialising in primary English, PE and outdoor learning. I also work as a school experience tutor, link tutor and personal academic tutor as part of Primary Initial Teacher Education. Before joining University, I worked in primary schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire teaching across the primary age-range. I also set up an educational training business, supporting schools with teaching of reading and writing in both key stage 1 and key stage 2 alongside providing training in local nurseries. I previously established a successful private tutoring business and worked as a sport coach in schools. I have many interests outside of education, including music,sport and literature, and can often be found watching London Irish in Reading as I am a long-time season ticket holder. I also play cricket for Herefordians Cricket Club and table tennis for the Woolhope Foragers.
Hi - I’m 55 years old and married to Tim who often refers to me as the hobbit in view of my height deficiency! I have 3 sons - Jordan (29), Zach (17) and Sam (15). The only other female in my house is Lola our 11 year old Parson Jack Russell Terrier. Originally from Shirley, Solihull, I moved to Yarhampton just outside Great Witley, 21 years ago.
In terms of my working career, I worked for NatWest/RBS for 35+ years ( a Manager for the last 20 years). During this time, I have undertaken many varied managerial roles leading teams in Customer Service, Telephony, Processing, Risk and Projects. I took voluntary redundancy at the end of 2016.
Whilst working compressed hours following the birth of my 3rd son Sam, I also volunteered at the Primary Schools my boys attended, i.e. Astley and a Great Witley. Having enjoyed it and looking for a new challenge, I decided to apply for a T.A. Role. I started at Northwick Manor nearly 3 1/2 years ago and as they say - I haven’t looked back! I know and appreciate from doing lots of home study with my sons how important a good, sound Primary education is, providing children with a strong foundation to build from.
In my spare time I help out with the administration of the Worcester City F.C. U18s and Reserves football team as well as watch my middle lad play. I like to socialise with friends, I am a ‘black belt’ at knitting - it keeps my eyes open when watching the TV! I also love to holiday as much as possible and I am currently pulling together a ‘to visit’ list if/when we finally get around to purchasing a motorhome.
I look forward to working with you all.
I became a Parent School Improvement Board Member in early 2020 after my son started in EYFS in September 2019. I am keen to help the school maintain its excellent standards and constitute to embed itself within the local community.
I have worked within the Criminal Justice System for over 15 years, both as a practitioner and, more recently, as a manager. I have a good knowledge of the difficulties that people can face, and of the impact of offending on families and communities. Outside of work, I enjoy sport and fitness and I am also a long-suffering supporter of Kidderminster Harriers Football Club.
I joined the School improvement board in 2020 after working at Northwick for 2 years. I have a BA Hons in ‘Children, Young People & families with Education Studies’ from York St John and completed my PGCE at the University of Worcester choosing PE as my specialist subject. I am currently completing my MA in Education at University of Worcester part time alongside work which has been really interesting, I am 1 dissertation away from completion!
In my spare time you can find me on the Netball court playing GD or GA or on the Tennis court. I also enjoy travelling in the summer holidays and have volunteered in Thailand, South Africa, Nepal and Uganda.
I joined the SIB in November 2020 while the school was still working under Covid restrictions. At the time I had children in EYFS, Year 4 and Year 6 – our daughter in year 6 has now moved on to high school. I believe that governance is essential to any school and that parents should be in a position to hold schools to account for the progress they make for all children. Having worked in strategic positions I believe I am able to hold the school to account, and also bring knowledge to help develop its already comprehensive work supporting children to learn and progress. My link role within the SIB covers monitoring governance compliance and includes reviewing how all stakeholders' views are taken into account.
I have worked with children for my entire career as a social worker, in therapeutic residential schools at all levels, at a senior strategic level in a national child protection charity, and with children with disabilities in a school where I was a member of the senior leadership team. I believe I bring an understanding of children, their development needs - as well as their emotional needs – and safeguarding; all of which impact on children’s learning. I currently work for Ofsted as a social care inspector.
Multi-academy trusts across the country are recognising that their governance structures need to change. Please take some time to look at our proposed new governance structure on our website.
Governance at Rivers CofE Academy Trust: Moving Forward
During the last eighteen months, Rivers conducted its first external review of governance since the trust was established in 2014. The review was commissioned because trustees and school improvement boards recognised that the governance needs of the trust have changed as a result of its rapid growth over the last five years. Nationally, multi-academy trusts are recognising that trust governance needs to evolve as trusts develop and grow and many are now looking to implement new governance structures. Rivers is committed to being a leader and champion of innovative and sector-leading governance practice.
Historically, the trust’s local governance has been provided through local governing bodies and, more recently, school improvement boards. The new structure will create advocate roles at local level to replace the existing school improvement boards. The aim of the proposed new governance structure is to define clearly the roles and responsibilities of the different governance tiers to avoid duplication, to strengthen communication between governance tiers and to maximise the use of the skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone within the governance team in order to ensure impactful governance across the trust. The new structure will ensure that pupils remain at the core of all decision-making. Trustees recognise the importance of the local voice and are committed to ensuring that the local tier contributes to the development of organisational thinking. Importantly, the election of two parent representatives per school will ensure that the voice of parents/carers will contribute to decisions made at trust board level.
Please do not hesitate to contact Kate Brunt, CEO of Rivers CofE Academy Trust, if you have any further questions or comments about our proposed new governance structure: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information About the Governors
Chair of School Improvement Board
HR Officer and Clerk to School Improvement Board
Contact Number:- 01299 851178
Please contact Mrs T Barnes, Clerk to the School Improvement Board to view minutes for governance meetings. Please note, items marked confidential are not for public view.