School Governors / Board of Trustees
Christine Peden – Headteacher
As well as becoming the Headteacher in September 2014, I gained a place on the Governing Body of the school. The Governors have the potential to implement real and exciting changes within the school.
Having always strived to be the best teacher I can be, I feel privileged to now be in a position, as part of a team that will determine the best direction for the school, ensuring that we are always seeking the very best for the children in our care and helping prepare them for their future.
Appointed by the full governing body: 16/09/2020
Office Expiry: 16/09/2024
My Name is Linda Blackburn. I am a Community Governor for the school and am now in my second term. Due to my skills in Health and Safety through my training during my career, I am appointed as the responsible Governor for Health and Safety. I also oversee the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium expenditure.
Now retired, but having had a long history in the food industry as a business manager, my work saw me connected to schools regularly. Many years ago, I started out in catering in schools, so have a good idea of the hard work staff put in to school life, to make it is an exciting and safe place for children to thrive in.
As my children are now grown up and have children of their own (I have 6 Grandchildren in total), I thought now would be a good time to devote some of my time into giving a little back in to the community. I have a keen interest in education matters. Two of my daughters work in education and my eldest Granddaughter is a teacher. My personal interests also include keeping fit and reading, which I am sure will come in handy with the many school policies to read!
I am looking forward to seeing what the year ahead has in store for the Governing body and look forward to working with the other Governors.
Appointed by the full governing body:18/09/2019
Office Expiry: 18/09/2023
My name is Doreen Smith and I was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2019 as a Community Governor.
My interest in education started when my own children first attended school. I joined various schools associations and was asked to become a Parent Governor. I was eventually elected to be Chair of Governors.
I now have two wonderful grandchildren, one of whom attends Pear Tree Mead and feel it is time to rekindle my interest in education again.
I believe that a good education is the foundation for everything we do in life. I feel that Pear Tree Mead embraces this philosophy whole heartedly and hope that by working with staff, pupils and parents I can maintain and if possible enhance the good work done by the school.
Outside of this my interests are travel (predominantly to the USA), cooking, crosswords and keeping fit.
Appointed by the full governing body: 1/9/2021
Office Expiry: 1/9/2025
My name is Rebecca Harvey and I’ve joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor.
I have a son who loves attending Pear Tree Mead and am very keen to work with and support the rest of the Governing Body and Staff at Pear Tree Mead.
I’m very passionate about education and am a qualified Secondary school Teacher of Music. I have worked in Essex Schools since 2005 and at points in my career have had the pleasure of working closely with the Governors at my schools. I’m now eager to use this experience and my knowledge of education in my role as a Parent Governor.
In my free time I enjoy reading, going for long walks and playing music.
Revd Sophie Weller
Appointed by the full governing body: 15/9/2021
Office Expiry: 15/9/2025
Hello, my name is Rev. Sophie Weller and I am the Curate at St Stephen’s Church, Tye Green and also feel very honoured to have become a Community Governor for Pear Tree School this year. I’ve been married to my husband Damien (Who works in Countryside Care) for 16 years this year and we have an 11 year old son called William who is on the Autistic Spectrum and Non Verbal Having completed my training at St Mellitus Chelmsford in July, I am very much looking forward to getting to know the local community and have already enjoyed one assembly with you in which we celebrated Harvest together. My background is in Church based Children’s Work at All Saints Church in Woodford, where I was running multiple Toddler Groups, Children’s Groups, taking school assemblies, after school clubs and Sunday groups including a regular group for Children who have Additional Needs which is a subject very close to my heart. It is a joy to be working alongside you and I look forward to getting to know you all during my time here, and hope I can be a support to pupils, parents and staff alike.
Appointed by the full governing body: 15/7/2022
Office Expiry: 15/7/2026
Chief Financial Officer
These Governors are past members of our governing body in the last 12 months:-
Jeemit Patel – resigned 15.7.22
Wendy Beckett – resigned 21.7.22
Sarah Martin – resigned 21.7.22
Julie Gallagher – resigned 15.6.22
Marika Opara – resigned 4.12.21
If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor or what the Governing Body do, please make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors. The Governing Body meets together once a term as a full team of Governors. They also meet on two other occasions during the term in two separate committees. These are the PCC (Personnel, Community and Curriculum) and FPA (Finance, Premises and Audit)
Our Current Committees are:
FPA – Finance, Premises and Audit
PCC- Personnel, Curriculum and Community
The meetings for 2022/2023 are set as:
FGB BUSINESS MEET F2F – 14/09/22 6pm- RH, LB, DS, CP, SW,CB,SA
PAY PANEL F2F – 10/10/22 8am – LB, DS, CB, CP
PCC ZOOM – 19/10/22- 6pm – LB, RA, DS, SW, CB, CP
FPA ZOOM – 16/11/22-6pm – CP, LB, DS, RH, SW, CB, SA
FGB F2F – 7/12/22- 6.30pm – RH, DS, CP, LB, CB, SW, SA
PCC ZOOM – 25/01/23 – 6pm CP, LB, DS, RH, SW, CB, SA
FPA ZOOM – 22/02/23 – 6pm CP, LB, DS, RH, SW, CB, SA
FGB F2F – 15/03/23 – 6pm RH, DS,LB,SA,CP,YT,SW,
PCC ZOOM – 10/05/23 – 6pm
FPA ZOOM – 21/06/23 – 6pm
FGB F2F- 12/07/23- 6pm
The number of individuals (if any) in your school earning over £100k, in £10k bandings-
There are no members of staff at Pear tree Mead earning over £100k
You can our dedicated school page on the School’s Financial Benchmarking website by clicking here.
List of Registered Business Interest:
|Amwell Fruit Company||Provides fruit at playtime||Husband|
|Linda Blackburn||Pear Tree Mead Academy||Staff member and Clerk to Governing Body||Daughter & Granddaughter|
|Scott Alderson||CFO & PCLC|
|Stephanie Wise||Essex County Council||School link||None|
|Marika Opara||Sing and Sign||Director||None|
PTM Governing Body Delegation Planner
Please click on the file below to download:
PTM Governing Body Report’s
Governors statement 2019- 2020
Trustees Report and Financial Statements
A report is now available to view in a PDF format regarding the schools financial statements and trustee report. Click on the link below to download.
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31st August 2022
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31st August 2021
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31st August 2020
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2019
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2018
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2017
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2016
PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2015
Funding Agreement – Single Mainstream Academies
Please also have a look at our Academy credentials below:
Academy Order for Pear Tree Mead
Memorandum of Association of PTM
Governing Body Terms of Reference
Pay Committee Terms of Reference
Personnel Community and Curriculum Committee-Terms of Reference