Meet the Governors
Jasbir MannChair of Governors
I have a long association with Mellor Primary School and the community it serves and welcome the opportunity to continue this link as the current Chair of Governors. The creative and innovative approaches focussed on the needs of individual children always make it an exciting place to be involved in. I bring my Headship and National Leader of Governance experience to the Governing Body.
Mitesh MadhawLocal Authority Governor
I am delighted to be working with Mellor Community Primary School as a Local Authority Governor. I have an educational background and I am currently a Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at a local city school. As a school leader, I am passionate about developing others in school to provide the highest standards of teaching and learning. It is my pleasure to support and contribute to the success of Mellor Community Primary School.
Saarah BhaijiParent Governor
Committee: Performance and Standards, and Community
I'm a very proud parent governor of Mellor Primary & have two children currently at the school.
I opted to be a governor to help build a special bridge between parents & the school network, so I can voice my opinions, ideas & appreciation of the way the school works & runs. Being on two very important committees, I'm always excited to attend meetings to discuss the progress of mellor pupils and teaching styles from staff. I love how great the school, and parents and children work together as a community. I Look forward to the next few years ahead.
Bhavesh ChouhanCo-opted Governor
Committee: Resources & Community
I have been working as the site manager for the school for 4 years. Prior to this role I have been working in the private photographic industry seeing through business to business sales. I first became a parent governor back in 2008, I took this opportunity so that I could utilise my skill set in a way our children would benefit. I am now a staff governor whereby I feedback information relating to the school building, health and safety issues should they arise.
Saleha PatelTeaching Staff Governor
Committee: Curriculum, Performance and Standards
I have been working in both Key Stage1 and 2 at Mellor for the past 8 years. I currently teach in Year 3 and I am the Lower Key Stage 1, Associate Assistant Headteacher. As a member of the governing body, I feel that I can provide the governors information on the day to day life of the school and share the thoughts of children and staff.
Committee: Serving on all committees
I am committed to Mellor having worked here for 20 years before my appointment as Headteacher. I am an enthusiastic leader, who strives to provide stimulating, creative educational experiences and quality sports opportunities for all children. I believe in the importance of supporting and learning from our local community and 'being the best you can be' is central to my personal and educational philosophy.
Yasmin Lakhi-TaiParent Governor
Hello, I am looking forward to undertaking my role as parent governor here at Mellor. I have two of my children attending the school and feel it is a wonderful place for all students to thrive and develop as individuals. As an educator myself in the wider Rushey Mead community, I believe in providing an excellent educational experience for all children and will consider this closely in my role as parent governor.
Jo HollandCo-opted Governor
I joined Leicester Primary Partnership on 1st April 2019. I am Business Support Officer for both Leicester Primary Partnership and School Improvement Leicester (SIL) and have been supporting SIL from its inception. I previously worked for Local Authorities in finance, early years and education. I have in-depth knowledge of LA financial systems having monitored budgets for 20 years. Currently am the sole provider of all financial support for LPP. I have a particular interest in data. I have previously analysed data for the LA to enable focused support in the most appropriate areas of the city. I have a wealth knowledge about LPP, SIL, partner schools and stakeholders and an overarching knowledge of city schools and the current issues on which schools are seeking support. I can make school-to-school support links where needed. I absolutely love working in education and hope that I can use my skills and knowledge to support the governing body in achieving the best for the children at Mellor Community Primary School.
Governing Body Committee List
The quorum for each committee meeting is three governors. However, the Resources Management Committee requires a minimum of three non-staff governors to be on the membership, to ensure a quorum if discussing certain staffing issues.
The Clerking of Committee meetings is to be undertaken by the clerk to school governors or in her absence by governors, or members of the school office staff, as appropriate.
- Vacancy - Committee Chair
- Nik Foster - Headteacher
- Bhavesh Chouhan
- Jasbir Mann
- Mitesh Madhaw
- Jo Holland - Co-opted Governor
Community, Performance & Standards
- Saarah Bhaiji - Committee Chair
- Nik Foster - Headteacher
- Saleha Patel
- Yasmin Lakhi-Tai
Headteachers Performance Management - Reviewing Governors (2 from list)
- Saarah Bhaiji
Complaints / Pupil Exclusions (Statutory Committee)
to be administered by the Clerk to Governors
- A panel of 3 governors to be selected from all eligible members of the governing body on a rotating basis - to include Chair and both Vice Chairs
Staff Dismissal Appeals (Statutory Committee)
to be administered by the Clerk to Governors
- All eligible governors to serve - to include both Vice Chairs (3 governors to serve - must not have prior knowledge of the case)
Register of Governors' Interests
|Name||Position/ Type of Governor||Term of Office||Date Appointed||Expiry Date||Main Committee (will serve on alternate committee if required)||Relevant Business Interest||Serving as a Governor at another school?||Relationship with Mellor Staff|
|Jasbir Mann||Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor||4 Years||21/01/2023||20/01/2027||Resources||None Declared||Headteacher||No|
|Jo Holland||Co-opted Governor||4 Years||08/03/2023||07/03/2027||Resources||None Declared||No||No|
|Saarah Bhaiji||Parent Governor||4 Years||21/01/2020||20/01/2024||Community, Performance & Standards||None Declared||No||No|
|Mitesh Madhaw||Local Authority Governor||4 Years||22/11/2021||21/11/2025||Resources||None Declared||No||No|
|Yasmin Lakhi-Tai||Parent Governor||4 Years||22/11/2021||21/11/25||Community, Performance & Standards||None Declared||No||No|
|Nik Foster||Headteacher||N/A||N/A||N/A||All||None Declared||No||No|
|Saleha Patel||School Governor||4 Years||17/10/2018||16/10/2026||Community, Performance & Standards||None Declared||No||No|
|Bhavesh Chouhan||Co-opted Governor||4 Years||21/01/2023||20/01/2027||Resources||None Declared||No||Spouse|
- Governors Attendance 21-22
- Governor Attendance 20-21
- Governor Attendance 19-20
- Governor Attendance 18-19
Schedule of Responsibilities
|Full Governing Body||Resources Management||Performance and Standards|
|Finance, Pay, Staffing, Appeals, Staff Appraisal, Human Resources, Premises, Cross Corners, Grievances, GDPR Health and Safety||School Improvement Plan SIP, Teaching and Learning, Under- performing groups, Admissions, Attendance, Family and Community outreach, Fundraising for the school, Parental involvement|
|1st - Nik, Jasbir, Mitesh, Sunil, Bhavesh
2nd – Saarah, Yasmin
|1st Nik, Saleha, Saarah, Yasmin
2nd - Jasbir, Mitesh, Sunil, Bhavesh
Book external advisor to lead Headteachers Appraisal in Autumn term
Monitoring & Evaluation: The role of Governors at Mellor Community Primary School
The Governing Body has a specific statutory responsibility to:
- Provide strategic direction for the work of the school
- Support, challenge, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school
- Hold the school to account for the educational standards and provision at the school
To do this work, governors will need to know well three key documents:
- The school's self-evaluation form (SEF)
- The school improvement plan (SIP)
- The budget
Additionally, the termly Headteacher's Report informs the governing body about the school's successes, enrichment opportunities and any challenges being addressed at the school.
Monitoring is about collecting or receiving evidence of what is happening at Mellor asking questions about progress and challenging where necessary.
Evaluation is about making judgements from the evidence or information on the effectiveness or impact of a process, task or outcome.
Effective monitoring and evaluation by the governors will enable us to:
- Check that plans are being implemented
- Collect evidence of success that can be celebrated and built upon
- Identify quickly where the school is not performing as expected
- Identify priorities for future action
- Fulfil our function of accountability
The core work of monitoring is undertaken in governing body committees. The minutes of these meetings are available to all governors and will be discussed at full governing body meetings. This monitoring work focuses on governors' strategic role and not on day-to-day management issues. The type of monitoring can be seen in the attached governing body schedule of responsibilities table.
Monitoring is also undertaken in governor visits and working groups that may be established from time to time for specific purposes. Visits can help governors learn first-hand about:
- The school as a whole - premises, organisation, resources etc.
- The people within it - pupils, staff, parents etc.
- The processes involved - how the school functions, how policies are implemented, how and what staff teach, how pupils learn etc.
- Attitudes, behaviour and ethos
Written reports need to be completed following the visit. These should state the purpose of your visit, the actions you have undertaken to gather information, and a clear evaluation of what you have seen, together with any recommendations you may wish to make to the Governing Body as a result of your evaluation. You will be asked to speak to your report and take questions on it at the next full Governing Body meeting after your visit has taken place.
The purpose of monitoring and evaluating is not just for its own sake, but to enable all governors to be confident about the value of our school to its community and to answer questions from OFSTED inspectors such as:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the school and how do governors know what they are?
- What are the strengths and areas for development of the governing body?
- What are the main barriers to learning and what action has been taken to overcome them? How successful have these actions been?
- What contribution does the governing body think it has made to improving provision, especially teaching, and learning outcomes for pupils?
- To what extent is the governing body involved in the school's processes for self-evaluation and improvement planning?
- How do governors monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school development plan?
- Can governors give examples of how they have supported and challenged the school?
- What are the procedures for safeguarding pupils and how have training needs been met?
- How are governors involved in the life of the school?
- Do governors have specific areas of responsibility and/or links with school classes/form/tutor groups/subjects/departments? What is the impact of these links?
- How do governors consult parents/the local community?
- How do governors ensure equality of opportunity? For example, what actions are taken to ensure that all groups of parents are engaged and that any barriers are removed?
- Can governors give examples of when parental/community views have been sought and acted on?
- How are the training needs of governors identified and addressed?
- What training have governors undertaken recently and what has been the impact of this training?