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To contact the Chair of the Locality Committee please email 

chair@rendlesham.org

David Farrow

Chair of Locality Committee

Chair of Personnel

Chair of Head teacher performance
Local Authority Appointed

Appointed: 30 Oct 2018, Term of office: 4 years

Committees: Finance;  Personnel;  Teaching and Learning, Head teacher performance

Register of Interests: None

.I joined the governing body of Rendlesham Primary School in early 2013 as a parent governor and it's been a fantastic experience being involved with the school at such an exciting time. There's been a transitional period in which the school has seen a lot of changes but the team of teaching staff have ensured the high standards expected from parents and themselves have been maintained exceptionally well. Being part of the governing body providing the support and guidance for the school has been hugely rewarding and a privilege.    I've lived in Rendlesham for four years and have four young children, two of which are in the school and one in nursery and it's great to have the first-hand knowledge that the school is dedicated to making my children's education as important as it is to me whilst giving them a safe, fun environment in which they create the desire to learn.    Aside from a busy family life I run an estate agency business in the area and enjoy cooking, music and sports.

Debbie Thomas

Governor & Head Teacher Local Authority Appointed

Appointed: 01st  April 2013

Committees: Finance;  Personnel; Teaching and Learning; Premises

Register of Interests: Mother of K Fisher (Teaching Assistant)

As the Head Teacher of Rendlesham school I am very proud of the opportunities we offer our pupils and staff. I have been in post since April 2013 having completed my NPQH in September 2012. I have a joint degree in Early Childhood studies and Literary Studies. However, throughout my teaching career I have always held the post of Numeracy Coordinator, having trained as a maths specialist during my teacher training program. I have a passion for maths and enjoy changing attitudes towards the subject in all age groups. I am a proud mother and wife and treasure my close relationship with my family.

Karen Howard

Governor

Staff

Appointed: 1st January 2015, Term of office: 4 Years

 Committees:  Teaching and Learning

Register of Interests: None

 My name is Karen Howard and I am a teacher governor. I started teaching at Rendlesham Primary School in 2008 and I also live in Rendlesham too. I decided to become a governor here as I am very passionate about the school. I currently have not taken the leadership route but I wanted to involve myself in a different aspect of school life; being a Governor is the perfect solution! It is a very interesting way to be involved in the running of the school and be part of a fabulous team of people that come from very varied backgrounds and who all want the best for our school.

Benjamin Bappu

Governor

Chair of Finance

Co-opted

Appointed: 11 February 2015, Term of office: 4 years

Committees: Finance

Register of Interests: None

am originally from Singapore and came to England in 1998 to pursue my post graduate degree.  I've lived in Suffolk since 2000.  My day job is an IT solutions consultant.  I also served in the armed forces for two years after my graduation in Singapore.  I was naturalized as a British Citizen in 2007.  I have three children, two of them attend Rendlesham Primary School.  I am always open to suggestions and new ideas.

 

Chris Ray

Associate Governor

Co-opted

Appointed:17 Nov 2016, Term of office: 1 Year

Committees: None

Register of Interests: None

I was delighted to be asked by Jean and Debbie to take up the role of Associate Governor to lend assistance on special projects and use the experiences I have gained having recently completed 12 years as Chair of Estates at an Academy Trust secondary school in London. I was born and grew up in North London attending Minchenden Grammar school which has long gone but I remain active as a Trustee and Vice President of the old pupils association. Education is a lifelong experience and it starts at a very early age. I wish to help Rendlesham achieve all of its goals.

I am, by profession, a Chartered Surveyor specialising in resolving valuation disputes and, by accident, a farmer on a very small scale. I bought a farm from the prison service over ten years ago, and my wife, dog and I have recently completed our holiday self-catering accommodation on site and moved permanently to Shingle Street. Our children have graduated from Loughborough and Sussex Universities.

 

Rob Battle

Governor

Parent

Appointed: 14 Sep 2016,

Term of office: 4 Years

Committees: Pupil Discipline, Teaching and Learning

Register of Interests: None

 

  I have lived in Rendlesham since 2009 with my wife and more recently two young children. My eldest has just started reception at Rendlesham Primary School creating a perfect opportunity for me to consider a governors post. 
I started teaching in Suffolk eight years ago and I am currently Subject Leader for Mathematics and Numeracy at Saxmundham Free School. As part of my role I am responsible for student progress and outcomes so have a range of experiences to bring to the governing body. When I am not at school I enjoy cycling, swimming and spending time with my family.                                                                          

 

Jean Martin

Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I am happily retired after working as a Librarian in Education in Suffolk for twenty-nine years.  I have been involved as a governor at Rendlesham for the past eight years and was privileged to be Chair of Governors for six of those years.  I enjoy filling the rest of my time with travel, spending time with three grandsons, and volunteering for the National Trust and Age UK.

 

 

 

I have lived in Rendlesham since 2004 with my wife and we currently have 2 children in the school.  I joined the Locality Committee in May 2019 to learn more about how the school operates and to be part of a team that can continue to keep the school moving forward to the benefit of the children's education, in a safe and fun environment,  Away from a busy family life, I am a self-employed IT Consultant with over 35 years experience of working in Finance and IT within the Insurance industry, and also an Ipswich Town season ticket holder.

 

 

Attendance Record for School Year 2015-2016

Full Governing Body Meetings

7- Oct-15

Present: Karen Howard, Anne Smith, Stephanie Hawes, Lucy Porteous, Benjamin Bappu, Jean Martin, David Farrow, Warwick Atkinson

 

Apologies: Dave Rushbrook, Debbie Thomas

   
   

24-Mar-16

Present: Warwick Atkinson; Benjamin Bappu; David Farrow; Stephanie Hawes; Karen Howard; Jean Martin (Chair); Lucy Porteus; Dave Rushbrook; Anne Smith; Debbie Thomas (HT)

 

Apologies: Chris Ray

 

Finance Committee Meetings

15-Oct-15

Present: Jean Martin, Debbie Thomas, Benjamin Bappu, Sally Boulter, Stephanie Hawes

 

Apologies: Anne Smith

   

27-Jan-16

Present:Jean Martin, Debbie Thomas, Benjamin Bappu, Sally Boulter, Stephanie Hawes, Anne Smith

   

23-Mar-16

Present: Debbie Thomas, Benjamin Bappu, Sally Boulter, Stephanie Hawes, Anne Smith

 

Apologies: Jean Martin

   

23-Jun-16

Present: Jean Martin, Debbie Thomas, Benjamin Bappu, Sally Boulter

 

Apologies: Anne Smith, Stephanie Hawes

 

Teaching and Learning Committee Meetings

24-Mar-16

Present: Debbie Thomas; Steph Hawes; Anne Smith ; Jean Martin ; Dave Rushbrook; Warwick Atkinson; Karen Howard; David Farrow; Lucy Porteus; Benjamin Bappu

 

Apologies: Chris Ray

   

13-Jan-16

Present: Anne Smith , Debbie Thomas , Jean Martin, Karen Howard, Warwick Atkinson, Dave Rushbrook

 

Apologies: David Farrow

   

11-Nov-15

Present:Anne Smith, Debbie Thomas, Jean Martin, David Farrow, Karen Howard, David Rushbrook, Benjamin Bappu

 

Apologies: Warwick Atkinson

 

Premises Committee Meetings

22-Sep-15

Present: Debbie Thomas, Steph Hawes, Sally Boulter, Dave Rushbrook, Warwick Atkinson

 

Apologies: Lucy Porteous

   

06-Oct-16

Present: Debbie Thomas, Steph Hawes, Sally Boulter, Lucy Porteous

 

Apologies: Jane Blake

 

 

Attendance - Academic Year 2014-2015

Full Name

Governing body

Finance

Teaching & Learning

Personnel & Pay

Building & Premises

Hearing & Appeals

Overall (Average)

 

       

N/A

N/A

 

Benjamin Bappu

100%

100%

100%

N/A

100%

N/A

100%

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

David Farrow

80%

N/A

67%

75%

N/A

N/A

74%

Debbie Thomas

60%

100%

100%

100%

100%

N/A

92%

Jean Martin

100%

80%

100%

100%

N/A

N/A

95%

Karen Howard

75%

N/A

0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

38%

Lucy Porteous

100%

N/A

N/A

100%

67%

N/A

89%

Steph Hawes

100%

25%

N/A

N/A

100%

N/A

75%

Chris Ray

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 
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