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We build positive relationships with all our schools 

 

Hilary Jones, Chair of Governors, St James CE Primary School, Manchester

“Second2None Clerking Service has transformed the work of the Governing Body as they are not only on the ball (and remember key things for the Chair and for all of us), never lets us down, and doesn’t get things out of proportion. Our Clerk is a highly valued and valuable member of the team.

The Clerk has built up good relationships with the Governing Body, keeps the Committee Chairs in good order and draws the right things to our attention at the right time. Being a Governor can take up a lot of time and effort, and having a good Clerk who keeps things going and makes sure that everyone communicates is essential. ”


Michelle Joyce, Headteacher at Button Lane and Educational Consultant.

“Laura has been the clerk to our Governing Body for three years. She is a confident, efficient and effective clerk and I would highly recommend her to any Governing Body. She is extremely well organised, and very focused.

Laura has a very good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of governors and she supports governors in all aspects of governance.  Keeping herself up to date with current educational initiatives, Laura ensures that she advises governors to enable them to carry out their duties.

A great strength of Laura’s is that she has the ability to communicate so well with all governors, you feel that you can ask Laura anything and she will help you to understand.  On a personal note, as a busy Headteacher, Laura keeps me ‘on my toes’ ensuring gentle reminders of things that I have to do, and timescales I need to keep to!!”


Mary Isherwood, Headteacher of Camberwell Park Special School, Moston.

“I would recommend Laura Nicholson as a clerk without hesitation. She has been clerk to our governing body for a few years now and is an asset to the team.  Laura is consistently reliable and professional in her approach.

She ensures she is up to date with information relating to governance and as such is able to advise and support the governing body as needed."


Gary Copitch, Chair of Governors, Camberwell Park Specialist Support School, Moston.

“As chair of Camberwell Park Governing Body it is crucial to have a good Clerk who not only ensures that we follow policy and procedure but also ensures they are updated and compliant. Laura does this work pro-actively and with great skill. She records and sends out information with great efficiency and organisation, and responds to any questions with diligence and in a timely way.  Knowing this is being professionally handled has been a great help in making me an effective chair.”


Leigh Mayne, Chair of Governors at The Birches Special School

“I would like to take this opportunity to advise how impressed I am with the quality and format of the minutes that are being produced.”


Matthew Lord, Chair of Governors Comberbach Primary School, Cheshire

“Laura has been our clerk to the governing board for three years. Her approach is friendly but understated. She has an excellent technical knowledge of the subject, and she is always able to give useful practical advice to the Board which helps all meetings run smoothly.

In addition, her circulation of updating guidance from the DfE, and training opportunities, takes the pressure off the Board to constantly scour literature and the internet for the latest advice.  Her contribution to improving Governance at Comberbach has been significant and she has played an important role in supporting the school in making rapid improvement over the time that she has worked with us.”


Julian Goodier-Page, Chair of the Learning for Life Partnership Trust, Cheshire

“A professional and knowledgeable clerking service is very important to our MAT. With Second2None we get uniformity across MAT member schools and the objectivity that comes from being an external supplier but also very much someone who adds to our meetings and ensures we cover the things that we need to from a statutory point of view.

The Executive Head and I both value Second2None’s input and advice and we know we’ve got all our clerking responsibilities well covered.”


David Waugh, Headteacher Poynton High School, Poynton.

“We cannot praise the staff they (Second2None School Support) have sent us highly enough.”


Gavin Shortall Headteacher at St James CE Primary School, Manchester

“I have been working with Laura for five years now and I have found her to be an excellent Clerk to our Governing Body. In that time she has provided great advice and built strong relationships with all of our Governors. Her knowledge of government policy and the rules and regulations that  Governing Bodies need to be aware of is first rate and we have come to see Laura as a vital support to our school.

In addition, this school is my first headship. As such, I am incredibly appreciative of the support that Laura has provided me. She has helped me to negotiate some challenging situations and always provides positive, intelligent answers to my barrage of questions! I thoroughly enjoy working with Laura and hope very much to continue to do so.”

 
“Second2None Clerking Service has transformed the work of the Governing Body”
 
“[Laura] is extremely well organised, and very focused.”
 
“Knowing this is being professionally handled has been a great help in making me an effective chair.”
 
“The Executive Head and I both value Second2None’s input and advice and we know we’ve got all our clerking responsibilities well covered.”
 
“We cannot praise the staff they (Second2None School Support) have sent us highly enough.”