School Governors

Alison Inwood – Co-opted Chair of Governors

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 Vice Chair

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.


Elizabeth Reed – Parent Governor
Governor Responsible For Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

I have lived in Randwick for almost 12 years, having moved to glorious Gloucestershire from Southampton, and I have long seen the school as a vital asset to the village. Even more so since becoming a parent: I treasure for my daughter the opportunity to live, learn and grow in this wonderful part of the country! I see the need to help and support small village schools in their invaluable work. As well as being a governor, I enjoy helping the school in a variety of ways as a parent volunteer, including an ongoing project to update the school library. In my spare time, I work as a Registered Nurse at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.


Tom Norton – Parent Governor

I have lived in Randwick for 6 years now, having moved back to the area from Bristol. I have one son at the school. We have been made to feel welcome and supported by staff and parents alike since we joined the school last year. I feel it’s important in supporting the school, to provide the best environment possible to develop young minds for the challenges they face in today’s world.



Andrew Niven – Parent Governor

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.


Philip Walker – Local Authority Appointed Governor
Governor Responsible For Health And Safety

I have lived in Randwick for 15 years, and in Gloucestershire for considerably longer. I believe that small village schools are very important and contribute to a sense of community. My working life has encompassed the food industry, construction and property management. I was delighted to become a Local Authority Appointed Governor and hope that my experience and enthusiasm can help the school grow and develop.



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.



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.

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.



*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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