As governors, our over-arching aim is to ensure that the children in our school are able to achieve to the best of their ability.
Our school governors come from every walk of life, but we all have the same role and responsibilities within the governing body and are charged with acting in the best interests of the children in the school.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement.
Our governors meet as a full Governing Body once every half term. In addition, our Finance & Resources Committee and Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee meet regularly over the year.
MEET OUR GOVERNORS
Andy Dobson is our Chair of Governors. Andy has been a governor at Newlands for the past three years and is also Chair of our Finance & Resources Committee. He has a wealth of business experience and runs his own Programme Management consultancy.
Marloes is our Vice Chair and Safeguarding link governor. She is a co-opted governor, having been a parent governor previously. Marloes has a background in Human Resources and currently works at a local nursery school. She is keen to put her skills to use helping Newlands be the best place for primary education for all children.
Karen is the headteacher of our school and also a governor. She has been our headteacher since 2013. Prior to this, she was headteacher at Bitterne Manor Primary School and has been a governor in many of the schools she has worked in.
Jez is our staff governor and has been teaching at Newlands for 11 years. His main role as the PE & PSHE lead is to monitor and maintain good levels of physical and mental well being across the school for pupils and staff. Jez is striving to make Newlands an outstanding place of learning for all.
Jackie is a co-opted governor (September 2018). Jackie was a School Admin Officer for 26 years; she brings her wealth of school knowledge and expertise with her. She is a member of our School Improvement Committee and is link governor for attendance.
Richard is our elected Local Authority governor (January 2021). Richard is an Assistant Headteacher and one of the DSLs at Redbridge Community School. He brings a wide variety of leadership and curriculum knowledge and experience with him. Richard is the chair of our Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee. He is our link governor for SEND and Looked After Children.
Sam is a one of our parent governors (Sept 2021). Sam is a local with a strong sense of community. He is keen to help others and ensure our children get the best chances in life. He has a keen interest in personal development, safeguarding and curriculum. Sam is a member of our Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee.
Sukant is our newest governor who started with us this term. He is a foundation governor. He is a naval architect. Sukant joint our Governing Body to share his passion for contributing to the field of education; shaped by growing up in a family of educators. His varied volunteer experiences in UK schools have offered him insights into educational challenges and opportunities, motivating him to share these experiences in a governance role to impact positive change. Sukant is a member of our Finance & Resources Committee.
Following a change of roles on the Governing Body, we are now looking for a new Parent Governor.