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Welcome to our governors' section.

A message from the Chair of Governors

 

The Federation of Newent Schools, incorporating Glebe Infant and Picklenash Junior School, has continued to go from strength to strength in recent years. The process of federation was a unique opportunity for us to develop a vision for primary education in Newent which involved parents, pupils and staff. By working collaboratively, we have managed to share the expertise and resources that we have across both schools and increase the efficiency with which we deliver high quality education for our children.

 

I am proud to be the elected Chair of Governors as our governing body is made up of diverse and highly committed individuals who all want to see the very best for our children.  My own background is in business and although there may be little direct connection to education, some of the most important aspects for the working of a governing body are the same: strategic planning, financial acumen and the comprehension of data, policies and protocol. As somebody not trained in education, it is exciting to see therefore just how passionate the staff and governors of our federation are about delivering the highest standards of education to prepare our children for a life of learning.

 

Our team of governors has a wide range of expertise from the world of education, business, health, welfare & safeguarding and finance. We are fortunate that amongst our ranks we can boast two governors with a lifetime of teaching behind them; one a current secondary school deputy head and the other a retired secondary school deputy head, both provide valuable insight in to the world of education.  We formally meet each term and do a lot of work in smaller committees. Our role is to challenge and support the leadership of the school by acting as a critical friend to ensure that every decision and any changes made are for the benefit of our young people. It is a fantastic way to help the schools to move forwards and we are always looking for others to join us. If you feel you would like to share any expertise you may have including your ideas and opinions, then we would love to hear from you. I can be contacted at chair@picklenash.gloucs.sch.uk .

 

 

Mr Gary Bottomley
Chair of Governors

 

Current Governors for the Federation of Newent Schools

 

The governing body for the Federation of Newent Schools was re-constituted in May 2015 and now comprises a maximum of nine full-time governors, plus any number of associate governors. Associate governors are invited to join meetings for specific reasons, but do not have any voting rights. In addition to the termly meetings of the full governing body, there are four committees with specific remits: Finance & Premises, School Improvement, Personal Development & Wellbeing (PD&W) and Personnel. 

 

Full Governing Body

 

Gary Bottomley

Category of governor: Parent
Appointed by: Parent body (Picklenash)
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement, PD&W, Personnel

Details of position of responsibility: Chair of Governors, SEND, Pupil Premium & More Able
Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 100%, F&P – 100%, SI – 100%

 

Aidan Dowle

Category of governor: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement, Personnel

Details of position of responsibility: Vice chair, Chair of Personnel Committee 

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 100%, F&P – 100%, SI – 50%

 

Hester Feld

Category of governor: Parent
Appointed by: Parent body (Glebe)
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement

Details of position of responsibility: Health & Safety, EYFS

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 80%, SI – 33%, PD&W -100%

 

Tom Forrester

Category of governor: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 25/01/2016 - 25/01/2020
Committee member of: School Improvement (Chair), PD&W

Details of position of responsibility: Children-in-Care, Chair of School Improvement Committee

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 75%, SI – 100%, PD&W – 50%

 

Lin Griffiths

Category of governor: Executive Head Teacher
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: ongoing
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement, PD&W, Personnel

Details of position of responsibility: Executive Head Teacher
Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 100%, F&P – 100%, SI – 66%, PD&W – 100%

 

Sam King

Category of governor: Partnership
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement, Personnel

Details of position of responsibility: RAP, Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 100%,F&P – 50%, SI – 66%

 

Jess Nuttall

Category of governor: Staff
Appointed by: Staff body
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: School Improvement, PD&W,

Details of position of responsibility: Staff Representative
Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 60%, SI – 100%

 

Mel Warner

Category of governor: Local Authority
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 01/11/2016 – 01/11/2020
Committee member of: School Improvement, PD&W, Personnel

Details of position of responsibility: Safeguarding, Governor Training & Induction, Chair of PD&W Committee

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 100%, SI – 66%, PD&W – 100%

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Partnership Governor. If you think you might be interested in this role, then please either contact the Chair through chair@picklenash.gloucs.sch.uk or the school office.

 

Associate Members

Martin Draper

Category of governor: Associate
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 60%, F&P – 100%

 

Julia Gooch

Category of governor: Associate
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 30/04/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement, PD&W

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 40%, F&P – 50%, SI – 33%, PD&W – 100%

 

Andy Taylor

Category of governor: Associate
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 18/05/2015 – 17/05/2019
Committee member of: Finance & Premises, School Improvement

Details of position of responsibility: Deputy Head Teacher Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 100%, F&P – 50%, SI – 100%

 

Clerk to Governors - Louise Harris

 

In the previous 12months, the following governors have left their position:

 

Darren Mills

Category of governor: Partnership
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office: 01/05/2015 – 19/09/2016
Committee member of: School Improvement, Finance & Premises

Details of position of responsibility:

Attendance 2015/16: FGB – 20%, F&P – 0%,SI – 0%

 

Governance Structure and Membership

Governor Register of Interests

Annual Governor Statement