The Governing Body comprises a range of people from all walks of life who are committed to overseeing the continual success of the school.
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
Ian Welch (Chair of Governors) – Co-opted Governor
Ian has accumulated nearly forty years of experience across the further education and higher education sector, and at the Higher Education regulator, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Whilst he retired from QAA in 2021 to take up consultancy work (and pursue his interest in painting), he has returned to work part time on a number of international projects.
Ian joined QAA fourteen years ago as an Assistant Director. He led the development and delivery of a range of capacity building initiatives across the globe, in liaison with government agencies, national regulators and the British Council. Additionally he was responsible for a number of UK based initiatives including the Teaching Excellence Framework and a range of UK wide Higher Education review methods.
Before joining QAA, he worked in the sector as a Director, in a large Further education college where he built on his academic background in Art and Design and teaching.
Aside from his work as a Governor at Rednock School, Ian also chairs the Ukrainian Higher Education Advisory Board.
David Alexander (Head Teacher) – Ex Officio
David has taught for 42 years and enjoyed every single year that he has been a teacher. It is his passion and his focus. David was fortunate to get a good education which lifted him out of poverty. He believes that a good education is everyone’s right. David has been a member of three Senior Leadership teams in three different schools over the course of the past 31 years. During that time he has experienced many different challenges, which have developed him as a person and a professional. David knows the school inside out and brings that focus, that belief that ‘everyone matters’. This school sits at the heart of the community and aspires to be the school of the community for the community.
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.
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.
Helen Craig – Staff Governor
Helen was appointed as staff representative to the Governing Body in 2021. She joined Rednock in 2014 as a Science teacher, having previously taught for three years at a school in Bath. Helen is currently Head of Science and is also responsible for leading the development of the school’s ‘character and culture’ curriculum. Prior to teaching, she did scientific research, completing a PhD in Biochemistry in 2010.
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.
Katie Norton (Chair of Audit & Assurance Committee) – 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.
Adrian Peatman – Partnership Governor
Sarah Poskett – Parent Governor
Sarah (known as Sally) attended Rednock as a child and now has two children at the school. Having grown up in a fostering family her working life started in a 97-bed hostel responding to homelessness in Brighton before training as Probation Officer. Whilst in the Probation Service she worked in courts, prisons and community settings, honing skills in risk assessment and management. Having developed a keen interest in the issues underpinning offending behaviour, she took a sideways step into learning and development and has spent the last 15 years building up a training and consultancy company that supports schools and other public sector ogranisations to become trauma informed.
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).
Sally Winterbottom (Vice Chair of Audit & Assurance Committee) – Go-opted 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.
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:
In addition to the Full Governing Body which all governors sit on, there is one main committee:
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.
HOW TO JOIN THE GOVERNING BODY
If you are interested in joining Rednock School Governing Body, you need to establish the governing body role that is appropriate for you (see below).
In the case of Parent Governors, vacancies are advertised periodically, normally sent via email communication. This will invite parents or carers to nominate themselves or another parent or carer.
Local Authority Governors are nominated by the Local Authority and you will find their contact details within the Role of a Governor section.
If you are interested in applying to become a Co-Opted Governor or Partnership Governor, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body (details below) and tell us why you would like to join the school’s governing body.
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 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 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
- 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.
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.
GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2020 | 2021
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||1|
|£110,000 – £120,000||0|
|£120,000 – £130,000||0|
|£130,000 – £140,000||0|
|£140,000 – £150,000||0|
For information on school financial benchmarking, please visit the Government website.
To contact the Clerk to the Governing Body or the Chair of Governors, please use the following contact details:
Chair of Governors – Mr Ian Welch – [email protected]
Clerk to the Governing Body – Mrs Nikkie Morrissey – [email protected]