This information gives an overview of an academy governor’s responsibilities.

Governors have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors are appointed to provide:

  • strong links between the academy and the community we serve
  • a wide experience of the outside world
  • an independent view
  • a focus on long term development and improvement
  • accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning within the academy
  • support for the Principal and staff

Governors are expected to:

  • attend meetings of the governing body
  • work as a member of the governing body (not as an individual) in the best interests of the academy
  • show an interest in academy activities
  • become well-informed about education in general and about our academy in particular
  • become familiar with the rules of academy governance
  • keep up to date with changes in education legislation
  • attend training courses, where appropriate

Governors are involved in the following activities:

  • senior staff appointments
  • the financial management of the academy
  • pupil discipline
  • the curriculum
  • community links


Mrs Karen Elen

(Chair) Parent

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Karen currently has two roles in life; one is being a mother, and the other is administering her family business. She has three children; the youngest two still attends Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre. Before having children and moving to Gloucestershire, Karen worked in the Financial Services sector in London as a Human Resources Manager.

Karen has always, where possible, tried to get involved in the playgroups and schools that her own children have attended. She organised a mother and toddler group, chaired a playgroup committee, helped in the classroom and on school trips, and has four and a half years’ previous experience as a governor at the infant school that her children attended. Karen still helps out in the classrooms of her younger child on a weekly basis.

Mr Lee Hampton-Whithead

( Vice Chair) Parent

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Lee became a Governor in September 2008 when his son joined Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre.  His daughter also started at the school in 2013.  Lee is an IT consultant for an International Telecommunications Company.  He enjoys volunteering to share his knowledge for the benefit of students and the future workforce. As a STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lee is involved with various schools in the County and also the Cheltenham Science Festival where he endeavours to promote STEM subjects to teachers and students. Lee is committed to supporting Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, its staff and students to become and ‘outstanding’ school.

Mr Chris Germaine


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Chris has lived Newent for 18 years and has a close association with the Town.  He spent the early part of his career at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre and, therefore, feels passionately about education and the quality of education that Newent provides for local students.  Chris is a keen cricketer and plays for Newent Cricket Club.  He coaches the junior members, many of which attend Newent School.   Chris is also involved with cricket development at County level, and runs district sides for the Gloucester & Forest of Dean district as well as helping out with County squads.

Chris looks forward to reacquainting himself with the school and doing his best as a Governor, wherever he can.

Mr David Hogg


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Dave currently works as a teacher and as an Additional Inspector. He has been teaching for over 25 years including 7 years as a Head of Year and 5 years as a Head of Science in schools in Cheltenham and in Gloucester.  Presently he teaches Science in a Pupil Referral Unit in Cheltenham on a part time basis.  He has inspected over 100 schools in primary and secondary settings and PRUs and Pre-schools. He has successfully worked as a trainer with the University of Gloucestershire PGCE Science and Modern Foreign Languages courses providing courses on behaviour management and on SEN support in science.  He has acted as a behaviour consultant and as an advisor on teaching and learning.

Mrs Julia Gooch


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For the past 28 years Julia has run the sports shop in Newent with her husband Bernard, who was a new year 7 pupil when the school opened on its current site in 1965.

She has a son and a daughter who attended Newent School and has three very sporty Grandsons.  Julia is an Associate Member of The Federation of Newent Schools (Glebe and Picklenash) and also a District Councillor.  She has been chair of the Newent and District Business Club and was instrumental in its re-formation.   Julia’s hobbies include, gardening and family history research

Mrs Helen Kelly


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Helen has lived in Newent for 7 years after relocating from Hull. Helen is a solicitor and will have two children in the school from September 2015. She joined the Governing Body in April 2015 in order to involve herself with the school on a formal basis and to hopefully help develop the school as a central part of the Newent community. In the little spare time Helen has she enjoys running, cycling and swimming.

Mr Kevin Timney

Lead Science Technician

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Kevin was born in Newent and has lived most of his life in the town. He was a pupil at Newent Community School and his four children all studied at the school.  A chemist by training, Kevin has been working as the Lead Science Technician at the school for the past 5 years. Previously he ran his own successful horticultural business for 20 years. Kevin also helps run the junior section of Newent Angling Club and the Young Anglers Project.

Mr Keith Urch


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Keith, a resident of Newent, is recognised as a collaborative and enthusiastic business leader with the ability to operate across strategic and technical levels to the benefit of local, County, UK and International organisations.

He has been involved with Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, its students, education and the overall well-being of young people for many years and remains passionate about developing stakeholder relationships for the benefit of the School and its future generations.

Mrs Alix Coole


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Alix Coole, a retired journalist, moved to Newent a couple of year’s ago from London where she had been a Governor at Hampstead Comprehensive for 22 years and Chair for six. She says being  a Governor  is compensation for achieving a teaching qualification after her degree then going into newspapers instead of teaching.

Her own children had an excellent education in the London Borough of Camden’s primary and comprehensive schools and are happy in their careers, one in film and television drama, the other a musician.  Alix feels the success of their school experience demonstrated that there is a great deal more to education than the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and wishes that all secretaries of State for education would agree.

Mrs Ann Price

Business Manager / Company Secretary

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Telephone: 01531 820550

Mrs Jodie Gourlay

Clerk to the Governors

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For all Governor enquiries please contact the Clerk:


Telephone: 01531 828923

Governance Structure

2016 / 2017

2017 / 2018

2017 / 2018

Declaration of Interests