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Wolsey House Staff


Headteacher - Mrs H King
Deputy Head - Mr S Powell
       Assistant Headteacher   Mrs J Cooper - Marsh


Other members of the Senior Leadership Team:

                                              School Business Manager - Mrs G Southwell

                                  Lead for Key Stage 2 Teaching and Learning - Mr Y Ismail


Staff list 2020-2021



At Wolsey House Primary, we believe that school is a place of learning for everyone and that people learn best when they feel safe, and when we work as a team.  Good relationships and friendship are important to us, and we strive to build effective learning partnerships with our parents and carers to help us reach the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. We recognise that we are all on a journey of learning. We want our pupils to enjoy coming to school and we want them to be challenged and inspired to learn. The work of our Governing Body helps realise these aims and ensure our school sets itself even higher goals on its journey of improvement. 


The Governing Body

What is the role of the Governing Body?

Governing Bodies exist so that schools are publicly accountable to local people for what they do, for the results they achieve, and for the way in which the resources are allocated.

Each year the Governing Body produces an Annual Report which is sent to all parents, and there is an opportunity for parents to discuss the report and raise other issues with the governors at the annual general meeting.

What are the duties of a school governor?

Governors are expected to:

1. Establish and agree the aims and values of the school

2. Establish and agree policies relating to the aims, purposes and practices of the school (e.g. National Curriculum, SEND, Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attendance, Sex Education, e.t.c.)

3. Influence and approve the school improvement plan, and monitor and review the school's progress

4. Ensure delivery of the National Curriculum and R.E.

5. Advise and monitor the school budget


6.Ensure individual pupils’ needs are met, including those with additional learning needs e.g. those with special needs

7. Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff

8. Give parents information about the school

9. Produce action plans for improvement following school inspections

10. Establish and maintain positive links with the local business community

11. Support the day to day operational decisions taken by the headteacher

12. Promote the effectiveness of the governing body


13. Provide and external perspective, advice and skills


14. Appoint and support staff


15. Deal with complaints and exclusion appeals


School Governing Body Information


All state maintained schools, whether they are primary, secondary or special schools, are accountable to their Governing Bodies. They in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority may appoint governors to the governing body and faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools. Whatever the background or reason for appointment for individual Governors, the Governing Body as a whole fulfils a critical role in the effective leadership and management of a school.


The governors' role is vitally important. It is not about rubber stamping decisions or about fundraising. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability. Governors appoint the head teacher and are responsible for the performance management of the head teacher.  It is governors who are responsible for the finances in schools and in ensuring that these are used to the maximum benefit of all pupils.


Governors have three key roles in raising and maintaining standards in school:


1. Setting strategic direction.

Responsibility for the day to day management of the school lies with the Headteacher or Principal. The Governing Body is responsible for working with the leaders in school to ensure there is a longer term view, or strategy, for school improvement.


2. Ensuring accountability.

The Governing Body holds the school to account via:

  1. Undertaking the Performance Management of the Head teacher. This is normally allocated to three Governors who carry out a review in the autumn term (beginning of the academic year) often with external professional support. An over-view is reported to the full Governing Body.
  2. Referring to the Headteacher’s Report to Governors. This is normally a termly agenda item and will follow a set format. It is an opportunity for Governors to then seek clarification, offer challenge and refer information in the report to the School Improvement/Development Plan. The report should contain information on school developments; any staffing changes; assessment procedures, test and exam results; records of bullying and any safeguarding issues.


3. Monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Our Governing Body has assigned  Governors to  specific curriculum areas. These are split into two groups.


There are a number of ways that monitoring can take place:

  • Observing lessons during a Learning Walk

  • Meeting with subject leaders and teachers

  • Looking through examples of pupils’ work (work scrutiny).

  • Analysing relevan test results (attainment).

  • Analysing and discussing the progress pupils make from their starting points (achievement).


The Governing Body also holds the school to account via:

Using the School Improvement Plan to monitor developments and ensure actions are carried out on schedule. This should be referred to regularly in Governing Body meetings

Monitoring and checking the budget and allocation of funds. Often a sub-committee will have an over-view of finances and will report to the full Governing Body.

Visiting the school to monitor the work that goes on, normally with a focus on specific issues linked to school improvement.

Using data produced by the school and from RAISE online to compare attainment and achievement against national standards.

The Governing Body plan to further develop our methods of communication with parents/carers by sharing information about our work and respond to their concerns or ideas:

  • Regular newsletter

  • Governing Body page on the school website, perhaps with minutes of meetings

  • Governor presence at events such as parental consultation evenings, school productions, sporting events and assemblies

  • Twitter or Facebook account

  • Posters around school about any major developments

    Governors’ duties towards children with SEND

Legal duty

The Education Act 1996 s. 317 requires Governing bodies of schools to use their best endeavours to: 

• Ensure that for any pupil who has SEND the special educational provision which his/her learning difficulty calls for is made.

• Ensure that where a pupil has special educational needs, those needs are made known to all who are likely to teach them

Ensure that the teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for, those registered pupils who have special educational needs

• Designate a member of the staff at the school (to be known as the “special education needs co-ordinator”) as having responsibility for co-ordinating the provision for pupils with special educational needs and make sure they are suitably qualified

• Consult the local education authority and the governing bodies of other schools to ensure co-ordination of Special Educational Provision

• Inform the child’s parent that special educational provision is being made for him/her there because it is considered that he has special educational needs.

• Shall secure, so far as is reasonably practicable and is compatible with – 

a. the child receiving the special educational provision which his/her learning difficulty calls for,

b. the provision of efficient education for the children with whom he/she will be educated, and

c. the efficient use of resources ensure that the child engages in the activities of the school together with children who do not have special educational needs.



Date Elected

Mrs Helen King

Headteacher Governor

August 2014

Mr Steve Powell

Elected Staff Governor

June 2016

Mr Matthew Peatfield

Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

June 2017

Mrs Salma Manzoor

Vice Chair of Governors 

Parent Governor

February 2017

Cllr. Vijay Singh Riyait 

LA Governor

September 2019

Mr Paul Ticher

Clerk to Governors



Register of Business Interests 2019-20


Attendance  at Governing Body Meetings  19/20  Attendance at Finance committee Meetings  18/19
Mrs Helen King  5/5 2/3
Mr Steve Powell 5/5 3/3
Mr Paul Mowbray 5/5 3/3
Vijay Singh Riyait 4/4 N/A
Mrs Salma Manzoor 4/5 1/3
Mr Kalpesh Patel 5/5 N/A
Mr Matthew Peatfield 5/5 3/3


Helen King - Headteacher Governor


Helen King - Headteacher Governor 



My name is Mrs Helen King. I have been headteacher of Wolsey House Primary School since August 2014 and sit on the Governing Body as a Headteacher Governor. Prior to working at Wolsey House I was a Headteacher in South Wales for 5 years.  Part of my role as headteacher is to work closely with the governors. I report important updates about attainment and progress of the children. I make sure that I let them know of the wonderful things we do in school, as well as let them know about things we need to do to improve further. The governors read the information I give them and they ask me many questions about the information. This is all recorded and the minutes are given to the Local Authority. I talk to the children about the governors and their role regularly. I plan for the governors to come into school to visit the children and see what their learning experiences are like. I am proud to work with the governing body to make our school as special as it is.


My vision is to ensure that the school is a warm, welcoming place where every child can reach their full potential and every member of staff can develop and thrive professionally. I want our children to be excited, challenged and for learning to be fun and purposeful for them.  






Steve Powell - staff governor, Deputy Headteacher


My name is Steve Powell. I have worked at Wolsey House as a teacher since 2001 and been the deputy Headteacher since 2010. For the past 3 years, I have been the staff elected governor at Wolsey House. Its staff and pupils hold a very special place in my heart.  Consequently, I feel passionately about the development of the school and take a great deal of pride in my role as staff governor, supporting the Headteacher and governing body to make decisions to enhance the lives of our school community.  In my free time, I enjoy cycling, football, squash and spending time with my family.  I am originally from Nottingham but have lived in Leicestershire for over 25 years. 



Salma Manzoor - Vice Chair of Governors - Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor since 2016, as I was passionate about supporting the children and the staff where my son attended school.  I am a solicitor with over 15 years’ experience and I wanted to use my skills and experience to a community setting.  I believe giving your time, knowledge and experience is a great way of giving back to the community.


I had no previous experience as a governor but I am enjoying the challenge of development and learning from the training courses that have been provided by the Council and school. These courses have enabled me to understand what is expected of a governor and how a school should adhere to policies and run effectively.  I feel that as a governor I can cast an independent eye over the workings of the school for example, through the learning walks and I can bring additional challenge to decisions made in the governors meetings.


I am very proud to be a governor here and just like every parent at any school, I want the very best for my child - I like to bring a parent’s perspective but also an independent voice to every meeting.



Councillor Vijay Singh Riyait


I am currently one of three Labour Councillors for the Abbey Ward having first been elected to Leicester City Council in May 2013 to represent the Abbey Ward.


I was born and brought up in Leicester and I am married with 2 grown up children currently at university.


I graduated from the University of Wales Bangor with a BEng (Hons) and MEng in Electronic Engineering. I am a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I currently serve on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept of the University of Nottingham.


I work full time as a technical lead in the IT industry for a large financial services company in Nottingham.


I have previously served as a governor for Glebelands Primary School, Woodstock Primary School and my former college Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I.


I am committed to ensuring that each child gets the very best education and that our aspirations for what children can achieve remain high.


Vijay Singh Riyait

Abbey Ward Councillor

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