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Governors

The Riverside School Governing Body consists of up to 12 individuals who are committed to support the oversight of the school with the Head teacher. They meet regularly across the year to ensure that all areas of school life are understood, questioned and improved. Senior staff members regularly contribute to Governor Committee meetings

 

Resources Committee: Health and Safety, Finance, Child Protection, Attendance

 

Staffing and Pay: recruitment, pay, performance

 

Teaching and Learning: curriculum, EHCPs, quality of teaching

 

 

Chair persons

Larisa - Why I joined the Governing Body at Riverside

I passionately believe that all children have the right to receive the very best education so that they may reach their full potential which is why I have worked with young people in education for the last twenty years. I have been fortunate to work across both mainstream and Special school settings which helps me bring first-hand experience of the education system to my governors role. Being a governor allows me to support the school in achieving the highest standards for our pupils, ensuring that strategic decisions are always made in the best interest of our pupils as well as the future direction of the school.

For me, it has always been important that school is more than just a place of learning. It is a community, a place where all our families can feel a sense of ‘belonging’, wellbeing and safety. As a parent with two autistic children I understand first-hand what families with children with additional needs face and in my role as governor I am not only driven to support the school but also to advocate on families behalves

Judit - Why I joined the Governing Body at Riverside

I have over 15 years of experience in the financial servicing in technology risk and governance. I wanted to share my knowledge and experience and give back to the community, which is why I became a parent governor in January 2021. I am also a co-chair of the governors. Although being a school governor requires commitment, playing a part in helping to shape the school both now and for the future is very rewarding. There are challenges but Riverside's clear philosophy that every student is important and must be enabled and encouraged to meet their own potential informs all of our decisions. I really enjoy working with such a committed and nice group of people all of whom strive to ensure that Riverside offers outstanding education and care both now and in the future.

Janet - Why I joined the Governing Body at Riverside School.

 

I live near Chichester with my husband and two border collies. I enjoy walking, live music, travelling in Britain and spending time with my three grown up children and their families.

I retired last year after 17 years as headteacher of a small primary school in West Sussex. Prior to that I ran a Nurture and Assessment Unit for pupils with learning difficulties based in Portsmouth. I have also worked in infant, junior and secondary schools in Hampshire and Portsmouth. In fact I am able to say that I have taught every age group from Reception to sixth form.

I have a particular interest in supporting children who find life challenging and understand the vital role of working in partnership with families. I also value the importance of supporting and maintaining the wellbeing of all staff in a school through ensuring that work life balance is considered when decisions are made. As someone who has only recently left education, I hope I am able to bring a mix of experience, creativity and practicality to the governing body.

Molly Poulson – Staff Governor 

I have been a member of staff at Riverside since September 2016, teaching a range of classes across Key Stage 2. Before working at Riverside, I was a KS1 teacher in a mainstream school in Gloucestershire. I have just started my second term as Staff Governor. I sit on the Resources Committee (where I focus on health and safety) and the Teaching and Learning committee. 

My aim is to help provide our pupils with not only an excellent education but with a sense of self-worth and emotional well-being.  As a member of staff, I feel I have a good all-round understanding of our school and have a good relationship with staff, parents and pupils. I enjoy my role and my experience and skills ensure that I am best placed to support the school and the Governing Body to continue the school forward.

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