governors

The Governing Body comprises a range of people from all walks of life who are committed to overseeing the continual success of the school.

Our Governance Arrangements have been reviewed and ratified at the Full Governing Body meeting in December 2022.  A copy of the revised arrangements can be found here.

The Governing Body has a strategic response for ensuring that the school is run effectively, acting within the framework set by legislation and the policies of the school and governing body. It works with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to set priorities and targets for the school and monitors progress against these targets.

Duties of the Governing Body include the following:

  • Overseeing the management of the school including the budget and how, in strategic terms, it should be run;
  • Ensuring the School Improvement Plan is implemented in accordance with Ofsted criteria;
  • Setting appropriate targets for students achieving at KS3, KS4 and KS5;
  • Determining the staff complement and pay policy for the school;
  • Participating in the appointment of the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and other staff;
  • Regulating staff conduct and discipline;
  • Determining the school’s admission arrangements, acting in accordance with the School Admission Code.

Meet our Governors

Katie Norton (Chair of Governors) – Co-opted Governor

Katie lives in Dursley and has over 35 years working in health and social care, of which over 20 years have been as a Chief Executive in the NHS in England and Wales, with time also spent working in the private and voluntary sector. Katie now works for the Local Government Association and brings her experience of working across the public and private sector to the role of Governor, with a focus on improvement and development of the school.

David Martin (Vice Chair of Governors) – Local Authority Governor

David has recently retired from working in the field of computing and communications but remains involved as an editor of an international cybersecurity standard and is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Bath currently pursuing research in air pollution around schools. David and his wife are past students of Rednock and their children also attended Rednock.

David has many years’ experience as a governor both at Rednock and at Dursley Primary, including periods as chair of each. He is keen to develop Rednock’s role in the wider community and as a leading example of sustainability. His main skills are in IT, research, and managing companies.

Di Caesar (Vice Chair of Governors) – Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair and Community Governor since 2004. Di’s husband and both children attended Rednock. Recently retired from Gloucestershire County Council Di has over 40 years’ experience of both mainstream and special education sectors across all age phases and working collaboratively with a range of other organisations and stakeholders.

Passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in schools, she has successfully led and  contributed to work streams at a local, regional and national level to develop policy, training and provision, which contributes to better outcomes for CYP with SEND particularly for those with low incidence needs.

Mike Stratford (Head Teacher) – Ex Officio 

Prior to becoming the Head Teacher at Rednock in September 2023, Mike has been a senior leader for over a decade in the County.  His early career was as a PE teacher, a Department Leader and a Head of Year.  Mike leads Rednock with an educational belief that every child is unique and their welfare, happiness and success is a priority for the school.
Away from school, Mike is a proud Gloucester Rugby fan and enjoys being outdoors with his family and Labrador.  Having once played Rugby, Mike now volunteers at his local club where he coaches his son and the Under 10s.
Creating an ambitious school where a community ‘loves where it learns’ is Mike’s priority.

 

Simon Herbert – Parent Governor

Simon is a former Rednock school pupil who left and went on to do an engineering apprenticeship just down the road at Listers. Since then he has gone on to run his own business in the area which employs several other former Rednock School pupils, so it is fair to say he has Dursley embroidered in his roots. Simon lives in Dursley and has 2 children, 1 of which is already at Rednock and another who will be attending in a few year’s time, so wanted to be on the Board of Governors not only to give something back to the school and the local community but also to ensure his children would benefit as much as he has from an education at Rednock.

Robert Miles – Parent Governor

Robert is proud to say that he both grew up in Dursley and attended Rednock School himself. Having lived away for a number of years, he returned 10 years ago and started his own renewable energy companies based here in Dursley. Robert is passionate about the community and wants to help its children to find direction and vocation by providing them with opportunities in the area. He believes in community and thinks that Rednock School should sit at the very heart of that.

Chris Wardle – Parent Governor

Chris has a son at Rednock and another who will soon be joining us so he has a vested interest in helping the School be as successful as possible and is excited to contribute to the school community. Chris has his own Consultancy Business and has worked with numerous schools over the last 10 years so he has some understanding of the unique challenges we face. He speaks with Senior Leadership Teams frequently to suggest practical ways of helping their schools become more efficient in their procurement to better utilise resources. Continuous improvement is a key objective of his and he is keen to support the School in whichever way he can.

Stephen Carter – Staff Governor

Stephen is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Rednock and a teacher of French and German. He has taught at the school for over 10 years.  Prior to retraining as a teacher in 2012, Stephen worked in various communications roles in central Government, at the Home Office, Department for Transport and 10 Downing Street.

Sally Winterbottom – Partnership Governor

Sally is a qualified doctor with 35 years experience in senior clinical leadership roles both locally and nationally within the NHS. She has 3 sons who all benefited from the inclusive ethos of Rednock. Sally has been a governor for over 15 years, contributing to all aspects of governance including chairing the governing body for 4 years.

Jane Barker Doe – Co-opted Governor

Jane’s background is in teaching and she brings 23 years of experience in education to the Governing Body. Jane has worked in schools, as a teacher and currently a Head Teacher of a Gloucester Primary School. Her daughter attends Rednock and she is hopeful that her youngest will also attend in September 2022, so she has a vested interest in its future. In her role as Governor she will be able to contribute to the School and help it to continue providing the best possible education for each child, looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in the future.

Keir Hague – Co-opted Governor

Keir’s background is within the scientific industry and brings experience of managing companies and budgets from the private sector.  Keir has a child in Year 7 at Rednock School and another who will join soon.  He was a Parent Governor at Stonehouse Park Infant School from 2014 to 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed his time there, believing that schools can form the heart of local communities.

Sarah Telford – Co-opted Governor

Sarah has over 17 years experience of strategic leadership and managing teams through her work with national and regional charities and local government. Sarah has extensive expertise in community based service delivery in the fields of domestic abuse, criminal justice, substance misuse, mental health and learning disabilities. Sarah is passionate about children’s mental health and fully supports a trauma based approach within educational settings. Sarah’s son has recently started at Rednock. Sarah therefore has a vested interest in bringing her experience and expertise to drive forward further improvements across the school

James Broad – Co-Opted Governor

Christopher Wiggins – Co-opted Governor

Christopher has been in education since 1979 as secondary class teacher of music, firstly in Beds, then in Potsdam, Germany 1995-2005 (Head of Music, Exams Officer). Since 1976 he has also been a private peripatetic teacher of piano, violin, viola & theory of music.  Christopher also runs a self-publishing company – C.D. Wiggins Sheet Music.

Examiner: GCSE (1989-1995), A Level since 1995, IGCSE since 2008, Pre-U (composition) since 2018, IB (2004-2019). Inspector for Cambridge Assessment (Compliance Unit) since 2004 for Cambridge International Centres.  Qualifications:  B.A. Hons., (Music), B.Mus, F.T.C.L., M.Mus, M.Phil (all in composition), PGCE with distinction in Part III (Music in Education).


BECOME A GOVERNOR AT REDNOCK SCHOOL

We currently have vacancies on our Governing Body for two Partnership Governors. As a Governing Body, we must seek nominations for Partnership Governors from the parents / carers of registered students at the school and such others in the community served by the school as we consider appropriate (for example, staff, community organisations and other local bodies). Individuals may also nominate themselves.

Our vision at Rednock School is ‘Everyone Matters’ – a school where everyone matters and thrives in a safe, healthy and sustainable environment that sits at the heart of the community.

Governors have 3 core functions:
• Planning the strategic direction of the school;
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school; and
• Holding the Head Teacher to account.

Rednock Governors are seeking enthusiastic and committed individuals to join their effective cohesive team of people to hold the school to account, to set the strategic direction and to continue to improve the experience of our amazing students. We welcome expressions of interest from all parts of our community.

Further information and a nomination form can be found here. If you have any questions or require any further information please contact Nikkie Morrissey, Clerk to the Governing Body on [email protected].


GOVERNING BODY STRUCTURE

The structure of the Governing Body is established in a document called “The Instrument of Government”. This document sets out the following:

  • The name of the school
  • The name of the governing body
  • The makeup of the governing body, which in our case is as follows:
  • 3 Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 2 Staff Governors, including the Head Teacher
  • 7 Co-Opted Governors
  • 2 Partnership Governors
  • How long each governor will serve, which for Rednock School is 4 years

In addition to the Full Governing Body which all governors sit on, there are three sub committees:

Audit & Assurance Committee

The Audit & Assurance Committee is chaired by Katie Norton and its primary focus is to present to the Governing Body for approval an annual budget reflecting priorities identified through school self-evaluation and set out in the School Improvement Plan.

The Committee also helps develop medium and longer term financial plans for the school, reflecting school priorities including roll projection, staffing plans and plans relating to the repair, maintenance and development of the premises and to recommend actions on these plans to the Governing Body.

A number of further committees are established as and when required to deal with matters such as disciplinary, complaints, grievances and appeals.

Outcomes, Performance & Experience Committee

The Outcomes, Performance & Experience Committee plays a key role in offering assurance to the Governing Body with regard to the outcomes, performance and experience of students through their time at Rednock.

Specific responsibilities of the committee will include oversight of the school curriculum, ensuring the requirements of students with special needs are met, monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching, student progress and standards of achievement, supporting and maintaining oversight of the work to promote behaviours for learning across the school and maintaining an overview of student attendance.

Rednock Strategic Schools Partnership Committee

The Committee is responsible for progressing work to maximise the opportunities for strategic partnership with local schools and ensuring Rednock is well positioned to consider options relating to joining a Multi Academy Trust.

GOVERNING BODY MEMBERSHIP 2023 | 2024


STAFF GOVERNOR

Staff governors normally fall into two categories – teaching staff and support staff. Staff governors are elected by staff who are paid to work at the school.

This category will also include a reserved place for the Head Teacher, who is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office.

PARENT GOVERNOR

Parent governors are drawn from parents / carers of children at the school.  

Parent governors are elected by the parents or carers of children at the school.

From time to time, the school will send out communication notifying parents / carers that there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor and seeking nominations. If there are more nominations than there are vacancies, a ballot will be held at which point parents / carers get to vote for the candidate of their choice.

As a Parent Governor, elected by parents, the role is to bring a parental perspective to the governing body’s decision making rather than the parental constituency.

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Co-opted governors are people drawn from the local community and elected by the governing body. 

If you would like to apply to become a Co-opted Governor at Rednock School, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body (details below). When making contact please provide some brief background information, including:

  • Your reasons for wishing to become a school governor
  • Whether you have any particular skills and / or knowledge which you could bring to the governing body, for example:
  • Financial skills
  • Building works
  • Health and safety
  • Management
  • Legal
  • Human resources

The Governing Body will need to establish that you are either a local resident or have an involvement in the community served by the school.

PARTNERSHIP GOVERNOR

The governing body appoints Partnership Governors after a nomination process.

It would be normal for the governing body to request parents of registered students at the school, staff, community organisations and other local bodies, as the governing body thinks is appropriate, to put forward names of suitable persons as Partnership Governors.

After a vetting process, the successful candidate(s) are elected at a meeting of the full governing body.

Those not eligible to be Partnership Governors are parents / carers of registered students at the school, persons paid to work at the school, elected members of the Local Authority and those employed by the Local Authority in connection with education functions.

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR

Within the County of Gloucestershire, Local Authority Governors are nominated by Gloucestershire County Council – the Local Authority.

If you would like to find out more about being a Local Authority Governor, please contact Governor Services on 01452 427803 or email [email protected].


REGISTER OF GOVERNORS’ INTERESTS & ATTENDANCE

Schools must publish a register of governors’ interests such as relevant business interests or other schools they govern.

The latest register of Register of Interests can be found below along with the attendance record at governors’ meetings for the last academic year.

REGISTER OF GOVERNORS AND THEIR CURRENT INTERESTS – 2023/2024 

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS – 2022/2023


FINANCIAL INFORMATION

As part of the current government guidance, the school must publish the number of staff whose salary exceeds £100,000.00 per annum in increments of £10,000.00. The information for Rednock School is as follows:

Annual Salary Range No. of Employees
£100,000 – £110,000 0
£110,000 – £120,000 0
£120,000 – £130,000 0
£130,000 – £140,000 0
£140,000 – £150,000 0

FINANCIAL BENCHMARKING

For information on school financial benchmarking, please visit the Government website.


CONTACT INFORMATION

To contact the Clerk to the Governing Body or the Chair of Governors, please use the following contact details:

By Email:

Chair of Governors – Ms Katie Norton [email protected]

Clerk to the Governing Body – Mrs Nikkie Morrissey – [email protected]


MEETING DATES 2022 | 2023

STANDING ORDERS OF THE GOVERNING BODY 

CODE OF CONDUCT


MEETING MINUTES

2023 / 2024:

2022 / 2023:

Full Governing Body Meeting – 24/05/23 Part 1 & Part 2