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Luton Primary School Governing Body

Who are we?

The Governing Body is a group of volunteers who come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and who are selected to represent the parents, staff and local community. Our primary concerns are the education, well-being and happiness of the children and staff. 

There are no committees; the Governors meet as a Full Governing Body at least 6 times per year, however specific tasks may be carried out by smaller working parties. Most of us are also regular visitors to the school. From time to time we also invite associate members who bring specific knowledge or skill. 

What do we do?

We work closely with the Headteacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. We play an important role in improving standards and managing finance.

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that money is well spent
  • To contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses
  • To support and strengthen the school leadership, holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to account for improving the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

The day-to-day running and management of the school is the role of the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team. Through monitoring the different aspects of the school’s work, we aim to support and challenge the Senior Leadership Team on how effectively the school is working to improve the learning and outcomes for all children.

How can we be contacted?

Governors can be contacted by letter or email through the school office. If you have any queries, do ask.

Governors cannot deal with issues concerning individual children or matters that are a matter of routine or part of the day to day running of the schools. These should be raised through the normal channels e.g. the class teacher or Headteacher as set out in the Complaints Policy.

Luton Primary Governing Body                                        January 2021 

 

 

 

 

 First  appointed 

 Term start 

 Term end 

 Chair 

 Carolyn  Gilmore 

 Co-opted 

 13th Mar  2011 

 7th Oct 2020 

 6th Oct 2024 

 Vice Chair 

 Melvyn Phipps 

 Co-opted 

 7th Dec 2015 

 7th Dec 2020 

 6th Dec 2024 

 

 Karen Major 

 H/Teacher 

 1st Sept 2020 

 1st Sept 2020 

 -- 

 

 Joe Burnett 

 Staff 

 1st Oct 2018 

 1st Oct 2018 

 30th Sept 2022 

 

 Adrian Barrell 

 Co-opted 

 

 7th Oct 2020 

 6th Oct 2024 

 

 Toni Grist 

 Co-opted 

 6th Oct 2011 

 7th Oct 2020 

 6th Oct 2024 

 

 Sue Crittenden 

 Co-opted 

 16th Sept 2020 

 16th Sept 2020 

 15th Sept 2024 

 

 Simon Wardle 

 Parent 

 1st Feb 2019 

 1st Feb 2019 

 31st Jan 2021   * 

 

 Ola Aiyere  

 Parent 

 1st Feb 2019 

 1st Feb 2019 

 31st Jan 2021   * 

 

 Debbie Tutt 

 Co-opted 

 27th January   2021 

 27th January   2021 

 26th January   2025 

 

 Simon Curry 

 LA 

 27th January   2021 

 27th January   2021 

 26th January   2025 

* Due to the Covid 19 lockdown, the term of office of parent governors has been extended until 30th September 2021 when new elections can take place. 

Carolyn Gilmore

Now retired after over 30 years spent working as a teacher and education consultant, I have been involved with Luton Junior School for a long time. As the current Chair of Governors, I was heavily involved with the amalgamation, and I consider it a privilege to continue to support Luton Primary School in its aim to give every child the best possible educational experience which will allow them to thrive and enjoy learning. I was a Cub Scout Leader in Medway for many years, and in my spare time enjoy baking, crafts and the theatre.

Sue Crittenden

I have been married for 35 years and moved to Luton when I was 7 years old. I attended Luton Infant and Junior Schools and have been working at the school for many years doing various roles. I am now part of the admin team. I have 2 children who both attended Luton School. My daughter is 25 and lives in Spain and works as a citrus trader. My son is 22 and is training to be an actuary at PwC in London. I am very involved in the community by being part of the committee for the Luton PACT. I am a volunteer in the cafe at Rochester Cathedral and I am a member of Gillingham WI. In my spare time I am trying to learn Spanish. I am never going to be fluent but I can order food and drink! I am a keen baker and bake a lot for charity.

Toni Grist

My name is Toni Grist and I am a governor at Luton primary school, a position I have held for sometime.  I was born and still live in the Luton area and actually attended the infant and junior schools from 1969 to 1975. My job within the school is home school support and I am passionate about the well-being and welfare of the children who attend this school and their families. It is a privilege to be part of this new school which continues to be a fantastic hub of learning, nurturing and caring for all the children attending Luton Primary School.

Melvyn Phipps

I have been fully retired since December 2012. Prior to that I worked for over 40 years in the City for insurance broking companies.  This time was really enjoyable, and I still miss the City, although not the commuting.  I joined Beanstalk in February 2015 with a placement at Luton Junior School in April. Apart from keeping the garden under control, I enjoy making stained glass items and spending time with my four grandchildren.  My wife, also retired, was a Maths teacher, overseas and in the UK, in between bringing up our two daughters and being a parent governor at two local schools.  She now spends time as an NHS volunteer at The Medway Hospital.

Adrian Barrell

My Name is Adrian Barrell, I have been a governor at Luton for many years – must be about 20 years as my both my daughters went through the school and they are now 29 & 32.  Started as parent governor and continued from there. I am employed as a Driver Manager for a Train Operating Company into my 27th year in the rail industry.  I have seen many challenges & changes that Luton School has gone through over the years and am excited to be part of the Luton Primary School.  

Simon Wardle

My name is Simon Wardle I have been a parent governor at Luton primary school since the 1st February 2019. I have been a member of the NHS ambulance service for 12 years now.  My role within the governor’s is to put the parents views forward as well as to help the health and safety staff to make sure we keep our children as safe as possible. I am frequently found in the playground picking my child up. If you ever had a issue or just want to talk to me please just come say hello I am always here to help the parents of our school