- 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
- 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
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.
Mrs Candida Spedding
( Vice Chair) Parent
The role education plays in enabling young people to reach their full potential is something I feel passionate about. I settled in Gloucestershire after graduating university. My professional background is in retail management. I have a strong ethos in the value of volunteering and giving your time and skills back to communities and governance is one way to do this. I have previously been a Chair of Governors at a Gloucestershire Primary school and understand how strong and effective governance partners driving school improvement. I’m looking forward to offering my time to Newent Community School. In my spare time I volunteer for BfN charity and help coordinate a drop in, here in Newent, for local mothers seeking support.
Mr Chris Germaine
Chris chairs the Governors Community Development Group and ids a member of the Strategic Group.
Mr Mark Lake
Mark became a governor at Newent Community School in May 2019, he has one daughter at the school and his youngest son is due to start in Sept 2019. Mark was a pupil of Newent Comprehensive many years ago and his eldest son also attended 6th form here 10 years ago. Mark has worked his entire adult career in the telecoms sector having started in the RAF before moving to the civilian side where he is currently an Implementation manager for an international Telecommunications company.
He spent nearly 18 years as a adult leader in the Scout movement leading activities, camps and expeditions for young people around the UK and Europe. He has held a number of outdoor activity qualifications and understands that sometimes a more vocational approach to education suits some young people better than a purely academic one particularly those from a disadvantaged background helping them to achieve more in life.
He has also been involved with other organisations supporting young people. Mark is also a governor at a primary school in Gloucestershire having held a position here for 5 years, his current role is vice chair. In his little spare time he enjoys being outdoors, cycling off road and exploring historical & industrial monuments.
Mrs Helen Kelly
Mrs Jennifer Niland
Mr Sanjeeva Karunaratne
Sanjeeva has been teaching Computing and ICT for over 16 years and has been at Newent since September 2017. He has previously been a staff governor at another school in Gloucester and has worked in a variety of different types of secondary schools throughout the country.
Sanjeeva is currently Head of Computing and ICT at Newent School with a keen interest in technology. He is keen to develop the literacy and maths skills of all pupils at Newent and developing pupils to ensure they all meet their potential.