Vice Chair of Governors
Mr David Sargent
Mrs Diana Crisp
Mrs Sue Alsop responsible for Pupil Attendance
Mrs Anne Willis-Fisher
Mr David Sargent responsible for Pupil Premium Pupils and Sports Premium funding
Mrs Diana Crisp responsible for Assessment (Data) and Numeracy
Mr John Godber responsible for Safeguarding and LAC Pupils
Ms Ann Leyshon
Mrs Lauren Saunders
An Introduction from the Chair of Governors
Dear Parents & Carers,
I am writing to introduce myself as the new Chair of Governors at Upton Junior School. My name is Keith Parsons and I have been a member of the Governing Body since January 2017, becoming Vice-Chair and then Chair in April 2018.
I was elected following the resignation of Mr. Bill Pipe, due to his extra work commitments as a County Councillor. Bill had been Chairman at UJS for many years and the Headmaster and I would like to thank him for his loyalty and support to the school, and for the time and effort he has put into his duties as a Governor at our school.
I have worked in Secondary Education for 39 years, the last 26 years as Deputy Head at a large, local Comprehensive school. I have a son in Yr3, who was previously at Upton Infants School and so I have learnt a lot in the last four years about Early Years Education. I have also valued the opportunity to meet, and get to know, many of the parents who now have children at the Junior School.
I am totally committed to working with all parents, staff and my fellow Governors in supporting you and your children in our efforts to provide a highly stimulating and rewarding education for all of our pupils.
I am fortunate to work with a very proactive and talented Board of Governors, several of whom are new to the school, and who have brought a wide variety of expertise to help support and improve all areas of UJS for the benefit of our children.
We act as a critical friend to challenge the Headteacher and his staff and hold them to account in all our efforts to improve pupil’s achievement. We are keen to improve our Ofsted rating and have developed our own Governors Improvement Plan, following a Review of Governance as requested in our most recent Ofsted Report.
The Governors are developing their expertise in all aspects of the school Strategic Development Plan and, although there is still much work to do, we feel confident that, by our next Ofsted visit, we shall be in a much stronger position. Our aim is to achieve what we feel is the correct Ofsted rating, i.e. Good!
Please continue to help us in this endeavour and support us, not only in attending school events, but also in continuing to encourage your children to strive hard to achieve their best potential. We value them for all their splendid efforts in school and what they have achieved so far but we know that the stimulation given by parents to their children can be the most motivating factor of all.
Thank you for reading my comments. We, as a Governing Body, look forward to working closely with you in the future.
Best wishes, Keith Parsons
Summary of relevant business and pecuniary interest of Governors at Upton Junior School
|Name||Date of appointment to office||
and employments with businesses
that provide goods or services to the school (s)
|Trusteeships and Governorships||Any other potentially relevant interest|
|Andy Gould (Headteacher)||Headteacher||None||None||None|
|1st January 2017||None||None||None|
|20th March 2019||None||None||None|
|4th October 2018||Year 6 Teacher||None||None|
|7th December 2017||None||None||None|
|7th December 2017||None||Co-opted Governor with the Livingstone Road Federation||None|
|26th January 2018||Leaf Academy Trust||
Vice Chair Governor of Leaf Academy Trust
Trustee of Dorset County Scouts and the Listening Ear
|Mrs Anne Willis-Fisher||31st August 2016||None||None||None|
|Ms Ann Leyshon||27th January 2020||None||None||None|
|20th March 2019||None||None||None|
|7th December 2017||None||None||None|
|7th December 2017||None||None||None|
Keith Parsons – Chair of Governors - Literacy
My name is Keith Parsons and I am very honoured to have been recently elected Chair of Governors at Upton Junior School and I am totally committed to working with all Staff, Parents and my fellow Governors in supporting you all in our efforts to provide an excellent, stimulating and rewarding education for the children who attend our school.
I have been in Secondary School education throughout my working life, starting as a Modern Languages Teacher, followed by some years as a Pastoral Year Leader and then a stint of 26 years as Deputy Head at Poole High School. I thought it was the best job in the world and I was lucky to have worked with excellent colleagues and amazing students.
I have two grown up children and one younger one in Yr. 3 at Upton Juniors; my elder son is a Consultant in Intensive Care in a London hospital and my daughter is a University Lecturer in Birmingham- I am immensely proud of all three!
Until Aubrey started at the Infants School my knowledge of Early Years teaching was very scant and I have been hugely impressed by what I have seen, both here and at Upton Infants and I have found my new educational journey a real pleasure to embark upon.
My hobbies include reading, music, cricket and going to airshows. I also try, with varying degrees of success, to grow vegetables on my allotment!
Diana Crisp – Numeracy Governor
I am a retired teacher who worked in a local junior school for 23 years. I now work part time for Winchester University as a link tutor. This enables me to go to many schools and help aspiring young students on their journey to be a teacher.
I am also a Governor of a federated school locally which has an infant school and junior school. I was part of the governing body when it became federated and more recently became an academy.
Both my children went to Upton Juniors and now my grandchildren. Upton has been my home for 38 years and I enjoy living here very much.
I hope to help to further develop the junior school and look forward to working with the team of staff and Governors.
David Sargent – Pupil Premium Governor
I’m a family man who grew up in Upton having attended Upton Juniors as a child myself. I currently have one son at the school and hope to have my youngest son join in September.
I qualified as a lawyer back in 2008 with a local firm of solicitors working in litigation and leasehold property for the 10 years I was with them. I do not currently practice law as I wished for a change in career and now work for a large Building Society as a mortgage product manager where the team I work in has end-to-end responsibility for the whole Specialist Lending (buy to let) mortgage proposition from designing the products to how they are serviced. Working for a Building Society which has a strong social agenda is very rewarding.
Outside of work, I’m a keen runner and a member of the local running club Lytchett Manor Striders where I have enjoyed racing both on and off-road in all distances from 5k to full marathons. I have previously competed in triathlons and enjoy cycling but running is my main interest.
I am interested in “tech” and computer science and find developments in this quite exciting. I have recently started experimenting with a Raspberry PI micro-computer to learn about “code”
John Godbur – Safeguarding and Looked After Children
After a long career in IT and financial services. I retired in 2011 and have since found an unexpected passion for working with young people. I am involved in Scouting and working with the Young Enterprise to give youngsters their first glimpse into the world of work.
I have served for several years on the board of a group of local schools both secondary and primary.
Sue Alsop – Attendance Governor
I live in Upton with my husband. My daughter who attended both Upton Infant and Junior schools is now in University. I became a governor as I wanted to help make the school the best it could be. I enjoy the role and like to help out in school whenever I can. I also run the local Girlguiding Rainbow unit and Uniform shop in Upton
Anne Willis-Fisher – Deputy Head & SENCO
As Deputy Head and SENCO I support the learning of children across the school to enable them to make good progress.
I have worked in education for a number of years and have taught and been a leader in Secondary schools, Further education and Primary schools.
In my free time I love to garden, walk my two dogs and learn how to make silver jewellery.
Andy Gould – Head Teacher
Hello! I am Andy Gould Head at Upton Junior School. I initially became the Deputy Head in 2006 and had the privilege to be promoted to Headteacher of our amazing school in September 2011. As a father of two children, who make me very proud and drive me insane in equal measure, I like to think I have a good understanding of children and family life! Any spare time that I do manage to get (which is not very often!) I like to spend supporting rugby or diving.
Lauren Saunders - Staff Governor
I am a class teacher at Upton Juniors currently teaching in year 3. I am also the subject lead in humanities and have been working at Upton for 6 years. I started out my teaching career as an English teacher in Vietnam and fell in love with the profession. I then came back to the UK and trained to be a primary school teacher. I have been lucky to work across a breadth of year groups ranging from year 2 to year 6 so have a good understanding of our children's learning journey within Primary education. In my free time you can catch me with a good book and enjoying our beautiful Dorset countryside.
Ann Leyshon - Co-opted Governor
I am very pleased to have been appointed to the Governing Body of Upton Junior School. I have lived in Dorset for over 30 years and I have been a resident of Lytchett Minster for the last 4 years.
I taught for over 30 years and during this time I worked in junior, middle and secondary schools, with mathematics being my main subject. I have two adult children, both of whom were educated in Dorset before going to London to do their degrees. I love living in Dorset, especially walking in the countryside or along the coast. During the summer months I volunteer for the National Trust at Studland. I strongly believe that education is about a broad and engaging curriculum in and out of the classroom. I fully support the school's ethos of helping children to become responsible, caring individuals
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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