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Pupils meeting the Governors!

Pupils meeting the Governors! 1 So many things to say! Cups of tea on the table...
Pupils meeting the Governors! 2 So much talking is hungry and thirsty work!


Governors work with the Headteacher to manage the school budget and premises, appoint staff, help the school to set strategic priorities, and to review admissions, attendance and exclusions. The Governing Body plays an important role in monitoring the school’s progress and helping to set targets to ensure the school provides an excellent learning environment for all the children. Governors also play an important role in ensuring the school has robust policies and practices in place for safeguarding children, and that the school is a safe place to work, learn and play. 


The Governing Body includes parents (nominated and elected by parents of the school), teachers and school staff representatives, governors appointed by the local education authority and community governors (co-opted because they have links, skills or expertise that will benefit the school).


The Governing Body of Pontprennau Primary School brings together individuals with a diverse range of skills and experiences to support the School in achieving its aims and objectives. The Governing Body shares a common goal to see the School achieve excellence; providing the children with the very best school life along with a first class facility for the community of Pontprennau.


Once a year, the Governing Body will send a formal written report to parents.


Our team consists of: (photos to follow! smiley)


Catrin Lewis ( Chair of Governors and Community governor)

I have lived in Cardiff for nearly 30 years. I trained as a teacher and then as an educational psychologist. Since taking early retirement I have enjoyed volunteering in a number of roles including being a parent governor at my son's secondary school as well as a member of the BBC's Audience Council in Wales. I am also currently a Parent Governor representative to the Children's and Young People's Scrutiny Committee in Cardiff. I am passionate about every child achieving their potential in a safe, caring and fun learning environment.


Lizzie Dykes (Headteacher)

I started my teaching career in London, before two Deputy Headships of schools in Bristol and Caldicot.  I was then happy to return to my home town of Cardiff when I was appointed as Headteacher of St. Monica’s Primary School.  After seven happy years there, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and shape Pontprennau Primary School.  I am committed to ensuring that the children receive the best possible start to their education, in a school which provides a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment at the heart of their local community.  I very much look forward to working with the Governing Body over the coming years to create a school which is very special to everyone who joins its “family”.


Zena Cooper (Community governor) (Vice Chair of the Governing Body)

I have more than 40 years experience in education:

  • Head of department in a secondary school;

  • Teaching adults basic literacy and numeracy skills;

  • Educational manager in a Local Authority;

  • Additional Estyn Inspector of adult education services across Wales;

  • Vice Chair of Governors at St. David’s Church in Wales primary school.

My particular interests lie in:

  • the development of literacy and numeracy skills;

  • the use of data for school improvement;

  • performance management.

My vision for the School is that it achieves excellence and serves as a focus for the community.


Georgina Phillips (LEA governor)

I was a County Councillor representing Pontprennau for twelve years, watching the area continuing to grow and change. During that time, along with many residents I fought for the provision of a primary school – hand in hand with better facilities for the entire community. It is therefore good to see it in place.

I am committed to ensuring that the School’s facilities are fully used by the community of Pontprennau. This community facility is a new venture for Cardiff and very exciting. I look forward to playing a full and active part in working with the School to ensure that it becomes the focal point of a strong community spirit in Pontprennau.


Councillor Dianne Rees B.A .PGCE.J.P. (LEA governor)

Formerly a secondary school teacher, I have been a magistrate in Cardiff for more than 27 years. In 2004 I was elected County Councillor for Pontprennau and have had the privilege of representing the area continuously for the past 11 years. As County Councillor, I worked hard to ensure Pontprennau would have its own school. In November 2011 a new Pontprennau school building was finally included in the 21st Century school funding program, and our new school opened in September 2015.

I am a LEA governor. I was appointed to the Governing Body in October 2015, having served on the temporary Governing Body for the previous year.  I am also a governor at another primary school in Cardiff and have been a member of this governing body for many years. My aspiration for Pontprennau Primary is that it should be an excellent community school. A school which will enable our children to achieve the best they can be. My role as a governor is to support but also challenge the head teacher, staff and governing body to achieve and maintain excellent standards of education.




Martin Cocks (Parent governor)

I have been a resident of Pontprennau for over 10 years and now have a son in reception class and a daughter in Supertots crèche, starting nursery after Easter. I therefore care passionately that the school and its community facilities are a success.

Professionally, I lead a large construction project and am wholly accountable for health and safety and the financial success of the project. I am pleased to be able to use this experience to serve on the Finance sub-committee and to chair the School’s Buildings, Health and Safety committee.


Joanne Nicholas (Parent governor)

I am a mum of two, and am a parent governor. I’ve lived in Pontprennau for eleven years and am delighted to be able to support the school. I have a love of sport and so enjoy spending family time outdoors and being active. I'm very fortunate that I am also able to combine my love of sport with work. In my day job I lead on governance for Sport Wales, working with the many governing bodies of sport to improve their own governance. I hope I am able to use these skills to support the work of the School's Governing Body.

This is an exciting, and vitally important, time for our children and for the community of Pontprennau.  As well as providing our children with the very best education and opportunities I'm confident that the School will become the common uniting factor that will give a real sense of community for the area.


Louise Thomas (Parent governor)

I am a mum of two young children and have lived in Pontprennau with my husband and two dogs for over 10 years. I have a PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and work in the brewing industry as part of a team ensuring our products are manufactured to the highest standards, through compliance with Quality Management Systems, Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety Standards.

Being a parent governor is a privilege and a fantastic opportunity; I am very happy to be supporting a great team of teachers and support staff that are providing a wonderful learning environment for our children. My hope for each child is that they become happy and confident young people through their experiences at Pontprennau Primary School.


Claire Samuels (Parent governor)


Pat Hoffer (Community governor)


Zoe England (Teacher governor)

Since graduating from university I have spent the last 10 years teaching within the Foundation Phase in a variety of settings in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

The vast majority of my teaching has been focused working with children across the Foundation Phase. I have had a variety of roles within these posts including coordinating maths, geography, Forest School, The Young Navigators Award, residential trips, Let’s Think and outdoor learning.

I am delighted to now be the Foundation Phase leader here at Pontprennau Primary School and it is a privilege to be on the Governing Body as a teacher governor.

I strongly believe in every child feeling a valued member of our school and for every child to be nurtured and supported to achieve their potential and experience success as they move throughout the school. I hope that as a governing body we can work together to achieve this and to support the school to strive for excellence in all aspects of school life.


Ann-Marie Powell (Staff governor)

I joined the school full time as a Teaching Assistant in September 2016 but as a resident of our Pontprennau community and mother of a children, now in Year 1 and Nursery, I have watched the incredible development of Pontprennau Primary with great interest and enthusiasm for many years: I am delighted to represent our community and our staff as a Staff Governor. 

I graduated from Swansea University in 2007 with a BA Hons in Geography and subsequently achieved a distinction as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant. My experience is mainly in the Foundation Phase and my first year working in Nursery was more rewarding than any experience in my career to date. I am keen to add to the educational experiences and opportunities for career development that I have had already in my time at Pontprennau. The commitment of the school to the ongoing professional development of its staff will surely pay great dividends for our future learners, as the school grows over the next few years.

My values reflect those of the school: a commitment that the well-being, development and support of every child is paramount. I am incredibly proud to serve the community by working here.