School Governors

Rachel O'Neill - Co-opted Chair of Governors

thumbnail_Bio photo.jpgOriginally born in Stroud and then after many years growing up in Wales, migrating to London for University and staying for over 20 years, myself, my husband and 2 children found our way back to the beautiful Randwick in 2020.  Having been a teacher and deputy head for the entirety of my time in London, our 'big' move afforded me the opportunity to rethink my career which led me to becoming an Education Advisor for an Education assessment company.  Wanting to keep my hand directly within Education and still wanting to help in any way that I can, led me to joining the Governors for Randwick Primary school.

 

Alison Inwood – Co-opted Governor

Having lived in Gloucestershire for over twenty years, now in Westrip, my interest in education and evaluation brought me to volunteer for Randwick School as a governor. I run a social research and audience insight company and have a background in Marketing. I love walking in and around Randwick and think the school has a very special ethos and setting. As co-opted Chair of Governors and member of the community, I will do all I can to offer my skills to help the school thrive and be a happy place.

 

 

Jackie McNeil – Co-opted Governor

I started my teaching career in Stroud, and it came full circle when I returned to Gloucestershire with my husband and four children in 2003, settling in Whiteshill. After spending over 20 years as a primary school teacher in a wide variety of schools in the UK and abroad, I entered Higher Education and I am now a lecturer, tutor and mentor for post-graduate and undergraduate primary teachers in training at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, specifically in Maths. I had previously visited students at Randwick school as part of my role, and am thrilled to join the school as a Community Governor, especially at such an exciting time, following an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED inspection and the appointment of a new Head Teacher.

 

Carla Atkins– Parent Governor

Environmental Consultant, BSC IEMA
Contacting, EMPs, Environmental law.
 

Emma Russell - Parent Governor

 

 

Christine Brown- Foundation Governor

A8C2D1DF-4278-44A8-98A8-1A5FA578220D.jpeg Although I am a relative newcomer to Randwick, I have lived and taught in Gloucestershire for twenty years, taking on both academic and pastoral roles. Randwick Primary School held a very special place in my parents’ hearts, in particular its links with the community and the church, and as a Foundation Governor, I hope to be able to offer my own experience and expertise to help this flourishing school.

 

 

James Holt - LA Governor

 

Andrew Niven – Parent Vice Chair

Originally from Glasgow, I was brought up and educated in Stroud and have lived in Ruscombe for 4 years. After leaving school at 18, I took an apprenticeship and worked as a chemical engineer for 16 years before changing careers to become a science teacher. I have worked at several schools in Gloucestershire.

 

David Poad – Head Teacher

I joined the school in September 2014 after working in Cairo for two years as the deputy at a large British school. Before this I worked as a teacher in primary schools in Cheltenham and Gloucester. We have a great governing body here and we all work hard to support the school in achieving its aims. Randwick is a special place with the school and church at the centre of the community.

 

 

 

Sarah White – Foundation Governor

I have lived in Randwick since 1988, and have had a close connection with the school, as both my children were pupils here, and I also worked here part time for a number of years. I taught languages in several primary and secondary schools in the county for many years, and feel that I will be able to make a positive contribution to the board of governors.

 

 

Steve Hodgkinson - Staff Representative

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Barry Parsons – Clerk to the Governors

I have lived in Randwick since 1977 and have been involved with the school since the oldest of my three children started at Randwick.

 

 

 

 

What do Governors do?

We support the school by giving our time, expertise and knowledge to help the Head teacher in his strategy for the future of the school and the day to day running.

How do we do this?

The Full Governing body meets every half term to review and discuss school life. This body is split into two committees who also meet every half term, the Resources Committee and the Performance and Standards Committee.

The Resources Committee covers finance, personnel and premises.

The Performance and Standards Committee covers curriculum.

Each governor serves on one of these committees and has a specific area of interest e.g.: safeguarding, school standards, the school environment etc.

We also have statutory panels that cover admissions, discipline and complaints as and when required.

Working together

We believe in partnership. This is about everyone – children, parents, staff, governors and the wider school community working together to ensure that every child succeeds. To achieve this and to carry out our role as governors effectively, we need to know what issues are important to you so that we remain responsive and ensure that you know what issues are being discussing so that we remain accountable.

Keeping in touch

School Newsletter – we have had great feedback from the Friday School Newsletter and Governors and PFORS now have a section on the Friday Newsletter so all the information is in one place.

  • School Website – this Governor section lays out our roles and soon there will be a summary of each Governing Body meeting so you know what we are working on.
  • School Playground – As some of our governors are parents and grandparents at the school, we can often be found around at the beginning and end of the school day
  • Meet the governors – As well as governors attending school events we also hold regular coffee mornings and afternoons to give you a chance to speak to us. You can also contact us via the school office.
  • Copies of meeting minutes are available through the school office.

Becoming a Governor

– is a voluntary, unpaid and important role. Particular skills, knowledge or experience are useful to the governing body, but the following is vital:

  • a commitment to school life
  • the ability to work with others
  • patience and enthusiasm
  • a willingness to learn
  • a commitment to working openly and democratically
  • a willingness to spend what time you can getting involved in school life.

Our governors contribute to school life in many ways – attending meetings, undertaking training, visiting school, participating events and more.

Our governors are a team. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to Randwick School and the responsibility we share for its long term success.

 

Governance Structure/Business Interests

 

Name of Governor

 

Term of office

Committees

Declared business and pecuniary interests*

Other governance roles

Alison Inwood

Co-opted Governor

Chair from 28.1.21

Appointed by the Governing Body

3 years from 28.1.21 to 27.1.24

 

Resources Committee

Performance & Standards Committee

None

None

Jacqueline McNeil

 

Co-opted Governor

Vice-Chair from 19.3.20 to 18.3.22

Appointed by the Governing Body

3 years from 22.3.21 to 21.3.24

Performance and Standards Committee

None

None

Elizabeth Reed

Parent Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

3 years from 9.5.19 to 8.5.22 - Resigned

Performance and Standards Committee

None

None

Thomas Norton

 

Parent Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

3 years from 8.10.20 to 7.10.23 - Resigned

Resources Committee

 

None

None

Andrew Niven

Parent Governor

Elected by parents of children attending the school

3 years from 12.3.21 to 11.3.24

Chairman

Performance and Standards Committee

None

None

Rachel O’Neill

Elected by parents of children attending the school

3 years from 16.9.20 to 15.9.23

Resources Committee

None

None

David Poad

 

Head Teacher

Ex-Officio Governor

Resources Committee.

Performance and Standards Committee.

None

None

Steven Hodgkinson

 

Staff Governor

Elected by the school staff

3 years from 10.10.19 to 9.10.22

 

Performance and Standards Committee

None

None

Christine Brown

Foundation Governor

Substitute for the Ex Officio Incumbent

3 years from 1.4.21 to 31.3.24

Resources Committee

None

None

Sarah White

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education

3 years from 1.11.20 to 31.10.23

Performance and Standards Committee

None

None

Philip Walker

Local Authority Governor

Nominated by GCC and appointed by the Governing Body

3 years from 22.11.18 to 21.11.21

Resources Committee

None

None

James Holt

Associate Member

Appointed by the Governing Body

3 years from 25.3.21 to 24.3.24

Resources Committee – with voting rights in the committee

None

None

*Interests: Governing bodies are under a duty to publish their register of interests.
Governors declare:-

  • relevant business interests – financial, or other, interests in an organisation which could feasibly be in a position to supply goods/services to the school
  • details of any other educational establishments they govern
  • any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

 

 

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