The Governing Body is made of staff and volunteers
Headteacher – Elaine Glendinning
Chair of Governors – Jill Fryer
Vice-chair – Susan Lancaster
Staff governor – Amy Cousins
LA governor – Susan Lancaster
Parent governor – Wendy Howard, Daniel Candon & Carley Norman
Co-opted governors –Jill Fryer, Leigh Taylor, Christine Thomas, Kahkashan Khan & Gabriel Filip
Clerk to the governors – Zoë Chilvers
Jill Fryer – I became a Governor of Southtown in September 2015 after retiring from 10 years as headteacher of a rural Primary School in Suffolk. I was asked in September to become Chair of the Governing Body and I am enjoying working with staff, pupils, parents and stakeholders of the school as the school continues to grow through the addition of years 5 and 6. This is an exciting time for the school with the nearing of the completion of the building project providing fit for purpose classrooms and hall for the growing school.
Wendy Howard – I became a parent governor at Southtown Primary School as I had been a governor for 4 years at a previous school and really enjoyed the experience. As a parent it is a wonderful opportunity to help to shape and support the school for the future. My aim is to help pupils enjoy school and make learning an enjoyable experience whilst supporting the staff.
Susan Lancaster – I became a governor at Southtown Primary at the end of January 2014. I enjoy the involvement with the school and working with the headteacher, deputy head and other governors to try and ensure the school runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible, with the best possible results for all pupils. I have a particular involvement with children who have English as an additional language.
Leigh Taylor – I am in my second term as a governor at Southtown Primary School. My background is in business and to be honest only applied for the post as my first child was attending the school and I was being nosey. This is an amazing role you commit to as much as you can. Full training is provided and there are countless courses that add real value to the role but which can be utilised in your day to day life. The best part is visiting the school during the day, seeing classes in action and talking to the children to see their understanding. I have held many roles including chair of governors and it makes you appreciate the care, attention and effort from all involved that has gone into making this school Good (as rated by OFSTED).
Chris Thomas – I have been a governor at the school for approximately 10 years. I started as a parent governor and enjoyed learning how the school is run. I then became a staff governor, representing support staff throughout the school.
I enjoy both my role as a governor and staff member. I recently became involved in setting up the new library and working with the children on a daily basis to enhance their love of reading.I find it very interesting, rewarding and will continue my work as a governor for as long as I am needed.
Amy Cousins - I have been teaching at Southtown Primary School for the past five years and have seen the school undergo many changes. I have taught the children entering our school in the Reception Year as an Early Years Specialist, building the foundations of childrens learning and school experiences. I then moved into Year Two, developing childrens learning and understanding through the SATS papers and the transition into Year Three. This year, I am using my knowledge of the EYFS curriculum to support the children in my Year One class in their transition from Reception to Key Stage One and my teaching skills and knowledge of the expectations at the end of Key Stage One/Year Two to ensure that the children are progressing in their learning and will be prepared for later school experiences. In my role as staff governor, I hope to support the school continue it’s journey to become an ‘Outstanding’ Primary School, working with the community to educate our children and to provide inspirational experiences and aspiration to all that join us.
Carley Norman - I became a Parent Governor at Southtown Primary School at the end of 2015. A position became available and as I have two children at the school I thought why not apply for it and see how I can help with the running of the school my children attend.
I have been doing the role now for 1 year and thoroughly enjoy it. It is so interesting, and you also see all the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes. It is a good opportunity and a very rewarding role.
Daniel Candon - I took on the role of Parent Governor at the end of 2016 because I wanted to contribute more to the community, especially the local school that my children go to. Another reason was because it seemed a great opportunity to satisfy my curiosity in learning new things. I am currently on the Parish Council and this ties in well with the work we do for the local community. I have a University level diploma in mathematics and I am currently doing a BA Honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics. Having an interest in academic subjects made me ask to go on the curriculum committee. Above all this though, is the feeling that we as a governing body are looking after the children’s needs and concerns and hopefully directing them on the path to success.
Kahkashan Khan - My husband and I moved to Great Yarmouth in 2014. I joined as a Co-opted Governor at Southtown Primary in May 2016. I was excited to join Southtown after seeing the school rating as “Good” in the last OFSTED Inspection Report.
I am passionate about helping young people to achieve the best that they can and to discover their full potential through education and extra-curricular activities. I have a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in business administration. I have experience in teaching, curriculum design, training, research and human resource development, although youth engagement is what I enjoy the most. I feel the position of school governor requires energy, commitment and enthusiasm, and a readiness to learn new skills which is an opportunity that I relish.
Gabriel Filip – I am a father myself and I know that working with children is difficult, but to teach them is much harder. Being a governor is an opportunity to learn how the school is run and the challenges facing today’s teachers and pupils. My aim is to support the Governing Board to take the best decisions regarding the safety and wellbeing of staff and pupils within the school.