On behalf of all the governors of The Pochin School, we would like to welcome you to the governor page.

Our governors are volunteers and are parents, professionals and members of the community from all walks of life, who bring their varied skills, experience and enthusiasm to support the leadership of the school.

The aim of our Governor team is to work with the staff in helping the children to achieve their full potential in a happy and caring environment.

Our key roles are:

  • To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves.
  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used.
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and school continue to improve.
  • Making sure the school buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Celebrating the school’s successes.

Our work includes helping to prepare policies, planning the budget, visiting the school, appointing staff, monitoring the performance and progress of our children, performance managing the headteacher and making sure the curriculum provides for and stretches all pupils.

We meet as a full governing body at least three times a year and in addition all governors are members of smaller committees that deal with education, finance, health and safety or human resources. We also have dedicated governors who are responsible for pupil safeguarding, special educational needs and the training and development of governors.

All of our governors have access to high quality training, which enables us to improve our skills and keep us up to date.

Governors also play an active part in school life by attending events such as sports day and school trips, performances and fundraisers.

If you would like to contact a governor at any time, or ask about becoming a governor in the future, please contact our Clerk to Governors, Mrs Woolerton.

We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you.

Mrs R Sharpe
Chair of Governors

School Governing Body

Name Title/Role
Mrs R Sharpe Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Miss V Garratt Co-opted Governor
Mrs J Barker Parent Governor
Mrs N Cozens-Patel Parent Governor
Mrs K Sheppard Parent Governor
Mrs H Sharpe Staff Governor (Headteacher)
Mrs K Parekh Staff Governor
Mrs D Woolerton Clerk to the Governors

All Governors are appointed by the Governing Body themselves.

Also see:

All the above are pdf files.

Governor Profiles

Mrs J Barker

I am a newly appointed parent governor and have two children that attend the school, Neve and Finley. I have lived in Syston for 7 years and work in a local manufacturing business just a short drive from the school. I am a qualified Management Accountant and work as the Financial Controller within the business. I have become a member of the PTA committee and I am due to take on the role as treasurer. As a new parent governor I am looking forward to learning more about the education system and trying to make a contribution to the education of every child of The Pochin School.

Mrs N Cozens-Patel

I have been a governor at The Pochin School for about a year now, and I am really enjoying my role. I have a daughter in class 4 called Kenya and she loves coming to this school. We have lived in Syston for around 9 years, and we really love living here, we have made some fantastic friendships since being here. I work for the local authority, with young offenders and my lead area is education. I really enjoy my job and love making positive changes for young people. My job can be very challenging, but it is also very rewarding when I am able to support someone back into education, or to divert a young person away from the criminal justice system. Most of my working life has been spent working with children, young people and their families and I have a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. The most important thing to me is my family and I love spending time with them. We are big Harry Potter fans and we enjoy reading the books and watching the movies together.

Miss V Garratt

Born in Leicester I was brought up and educated in Thurmaston and Syston and have been involved in Scouting and Guiding in Thurmaston since the age of six. I have worked in a variety of industries since leaving school, including manufacturing, drug and alcohol action services team and education services. Having spent several years working as a Health and Safety Advisor and Trainer within the Education Authority at Leicestershire County Council, myself, and my Business Partner, took the plunge in 2011 and went into business as 'Leicester Health + Safety Training Limited', providing Health and Safety Consultancy Services and training to both Schools and Businesses in and around Leicestershire, including certificated First Aid Training to both adults and children. Through my work within the local authority and my own Business I have a long history of working with the staff and pupils of The Pochin School in a wide variety of areas and was happy to be asked to join the Governing Body. During my tenure at The Pochin School I aim to be able to contribute to the Management of the School and help to maintain its outstanding rating.

Mrs R Sharpe

I have been a parent governor since January 2015. I have two daughters who attend the school, Niamh who is 4 and Olivia who is 8 years old. I have been involved with the Barkby community my whole life as my grandma lived in the village for over 40 years and I have kept my two horses at a farm in the village for 25 years. I work as a Clinical Vascular Scientist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. I have been in this role for 12 years. I feel passionately about education, part of my work role is teaching and training. I believe every child deserves the best surroundings in which to learn in and experience an enjoyable journey through school. This was one of the reasons for becoming a parent governor. As parents we know that children learn more when they are comfortable and happy. I am also an active member of the PTA committee, where I really enjoy helping raise funds to provide additional resources for the children that hopefully makes learning more interesting and exciting.

Mrs K Sheppard

I was appointed parent governor in June 2016 and my reason for taking on this voluntary role is to support and continue to help in making the Pochin school the outstanding school that it is. I have two children who attend the school, Fenn and Tula. I moved to Leicester from Surrey in 2003 and started to work for Leicestershire partnership NHS trust as a community nursing assistant in the learning disability service. I did this role for 13 years and I'm currently in a seconded position as the referral management coordinator for the learning disability service. I am also an active member of the PTA and have been the secretary for the past four years.