Pennington infant schoolA small school with a big HEART


Welcome toPennington infant schoolA small school with a big HEART



A Message from the Chair of Governors


As Chair of Governors I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to the Governors’ part of the school website. I hope you find it easy to use and that it gives some useful information about our Governors and their role.


Our Governing Body is made up of local people who freely volunteer their time to support this school in the excellent job it is doing for our children. We believe every child matters and are happy to be part of this school and this community, to promote the Pennington Infant School passion to improve the life chances of all our learners.


We would love to recruit a few more Governors. If you fancy joining us, have a look at what we do and get in touch through the school office or send an email to the school You can also use this way to let me know if you have any suggestions or queries.


Of course, visiting a website is not quite like the real thing and I hope that by visiting this site you may be encouraged to make a personal visit to our school, where I know you will be made to feel most welcome.


Thank you


Carole Burwell


Head Teacher

Miss Bev Seed

Authority Governor

Mrs Lorraine Brown (SEN Governor)


Co-opted Governors

Mrs Carole Burwell ( Chair of Governors, Forum Rep)

Mrs Helen Talbot ( Vice Chair, Development & Training Governor, Health & Safety Governor, Safeguarding Governor)

Miss Sophie Jermine

Ms Pamela Oakshatt




Parent Governors

Rev Christopher Henderson



Staff Governor

Mr Mark Jocelyn





Parent Governor Vacancy

What does Pennington Infants School Governing Body do?

Quotes from our Governor visits....

Attendance at Inset Day by a governor on 30th May 2021 - The outcome of the morning was that both staff and governors can now be fully

cognizant of the observable features of Pennington vision and values as they come alive in classrooms and around the school…. The development of vision and values that underpins what we do at Pennington has been a vital first step for the new head teacher, leadership team and staff. It is right that all stakeholders at the school have been involved in its inception.


SEND visit by a governor on 9th June 2021 A good foundation is in place to move to the next stage of provision of excellent sustainable SEND services within the school. In addition, the joint provision of the SENDCo working across the two schools is proving highly successful for both schools, pupils and parents providing cohesion and continuity.


Pupil Premium visit by a governor on 24th June 2021 - Investing in Thrive staff training to help understand and support children’s attachment to adults and role models. This has been undertaken by the Junior School with success and it is important we encourage children to form positive attachments at the Infant School while also supporting their transition of those attachments when it comes to moving to the Junior School.


Phonics Learning Walk by a governor 2nd July 2021 – Teaching phonics at the beginning of the day is impacting subsequent subject lessons benefiting school improvement and progress. The Phonics Tracker is now being used to monitor progress and assessment. A further visit will be carried out in Autumn 1 or 2 improvements.


Health & Safety Visit by a governor on 29th October 2021 - The new library is conducive to learning and is a well organised, safe, and aesthetic space for children and adults. Irrelevant reading materials have been removed. This will have an impact on priorities including reading, phonics, speech, and language.


Mathematics Learning Walk by a governor on 24th November 2021 - Further evidence of growing

consistency was observed in how the Maths learning walls have been created using a corporate approach to colour and position. Use of transparent wall covering from which writing can be erased is encouraging use of the walls by teachers and pupils during and after lessons.


Phonics Learning Walk by a governor on 13th December 2021 Since my last visit, the Phonics Tracker has been replaced by Little Wandle a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) that is enabling staff to monitor phonetic progression and achievement, raise expectations and impact children’s learning.