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Meet the Governors

 

Welcome to our Governors’ section, it is an important job.  We make a difference by helping to raise standards.  This involves:

* Making decisions about staffing

* Supporting off-site visits

* Monetary contributions

Plus so much more.  Look further down the page at some of the questions we ask in meetings.

 

We are always happy to help and are keen to meet you all. 

 

This year, we have changed from having FGB, Achievement, Partnership and Pay Committee meetings to just having FGB and Pay Committee meetings.

 

 

Read below to find out more about us

 

Stuart Warren - Chair of Governors

My name is Stuart Warren and I’m Chair of Governors for Springwood Federation. I was born and raised in Portsmouth and have remained local, with many ties to the area.

 

I first joined the Federation as a Parent Governor in June-2016, transitioned to a Co-Opted Governor role in February-2017 and became chair of Governors in September 2017.  We moved our daughter from another local primary, where she was toiling, into Springwood Junior where she continues to thrive. The positive outlook of the school and the Senior Leadership Team not only motivated me to place my daughter’s education in their care, but to also volunteer my time as a governor.

 

Although I started my career as a Systems Engineer, I am currently employed as a senior Project Manager with BAE Systems Maritime Services in Portsmouth.  I spend my day organising and running various projects and campaigns for our Radar and Underwater products. My day-job requires numerous skills that are readily transferable to the Governor role, such as support and challenge of leadership, strategic thinking/planning, line management and performance reviews, leading teams, budget setting and management and oversight of projects.

 

Undertaking the Governor role requires me to volunteer my personal time, but doing so allows me to lend my professional skills to a worthy cause, most notably our children’s education. It’s not all number crunching and meetings. I attend the school regularly to monitor progress and also participate in offsite visits. As such, I have the privilege to be a small part of how the school makes a difference and improves the life chances for so many children. Being a Governor is a very rewarding experience. It also provides access to many resources and opportunities to learn that I can feed back into my professional life.  I would encourage anyone who is curious, and has the time to spare, to enquire into becoming a Governor. You don’t need to be a Project Manager like me.  A good Governing Body has at its heart a diverse and extensive skill set.

 

 

Angela Jones - Local Authority Governor

I have lived in the local community for over 30 years and recently retired from a career in the NHS. I qualified as a Therapy Radiography (treating cancer patients with radiation) and worked at St Mary’s Hospital in the Radiotherapy Department for more than a decade. Then I became a Course Director for the professional degree at Kingston University. I latterly worked for the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) in Guildford, as a Postgraduate Education Manager, for students (specialist doctors, nurses and radiographers) who came from all parts of the world. I have therefore been on the fringes of education for a very long time but never with children of primary school age.

 

However I have been involved as a school governor for many years. Initially it was with the Junior School on site, when it was known as Hulbert Junior School. I was part of the Governing Body when the decision was made to change the name of both schools to ‘Springwood’ and then when both the Infant and Junior Schools became a ‘Federation’ in 2012. This was to integrate both schools into a virtual ‘Primary’ with continuity of teaching methods, staffing structures and working processes.  I am also on the governing body of another federation of two primary schools in the local area and this is invaluable to appreciate how other schools manage specific aspects of educational governance.

 

I was Chair of Governors for thirteen years both at the Hulbert Junior School and since the Federation was created until the end of the academic year 2016-17. That role was to co-ordinate all the activities of many volunteers, who form the governing body, and to work closely with the senior leadership team of both schools. This was to ensure that the pupils at our federation received the very best education and experiences that prepare them for the next stages of their life, both at Secondary school and hopefully towards an enjoyable and fulfilling future.

 

I absolutely love being part of Springwood Federation, as the children are so enthusiastic and full of energy for learning. Both schools have a fantastic atmosphere, spirit, drive and direction and, thus I am honoured to be associated with such a hard working team of teachers and support staff.  

 

Chris Hosking - Co-opted Governor

My name is Chris Hosking and I have been a co-opted Governor at Springwood for just over 18 months but as I also have two daughters at the Junior School, I am keen as a parent to be able to help the school perform well.

 

Originally from the Wirral, I moved down to the area in January 2013 to take up a position as Quality Director at Vector Aerospace in Gosport; my wife and girls joined me about 10 months later as the weekly commute was getting to be a bit much. My career has been within Quality and Health & Safety in the aerospace industry for some 20 years now.

 

Still feeling fairly new to the area, we are very lucky to have settled into Springwood so quickly and easily, being made to feel very welcome.

 

I was a Parent Governor at our previous school for 3 years prior to moving down south, and so I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body here as well. I have gained some good experience through my past positions and in my current job, being able to provide some support to the Governing Body in areas such as finances, personnel management and school performance measures.

 

I fully believe that the Governor’s role as a ‘critical friend’ to the school is a hugely important, and fulfilling, aspect of what we do.

 

At Springwood, I am engaged now as Health & Safety Governor and try hard to take an active role in ensuring the safety of both pupils and staff, although the School already has an excellent record and provides a very safe environment and is working hard to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

I really enjoy taking a part in helping the school develop and achieve its aims and look forward to seeing it reach the high targets we are setting, and so helping my girls and all of their friends gain a good education and to enjoy their time at Springwood.

 

 

Robert Brooks - Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors

My name is Rob Brooks and I am a co-opted Governor at Springwood.

 
I am an actuarial consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London. Through my employment I have been involved in a number of children related community activities including: teaching numeracy to local primary school children and involved (as stage and production manager) in the PwC pantomime, a charitable production for children from local schools and related organisations.
 
My wife and I moved to the area to be closer her family and I was keen to be involved in supporting the local area, so became a Governor at one of the local schools.
 
As a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries I have strong analytical and statistical skills; and I am using these to principally support the school in the teaching of maths and monitoring of the schools performance.

 

Simon Wilson - Parent Governor

My name is Simon Wilson and I am a parent governor with two daughters, both of which are currently in the infant school side of the federation.
 
I was born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent and moved down south in 1996 to join one of the biggest employers in the Portsmouth area at the time called IBM. Although I no longer work directly for IBM my partner still does and we have traveled as a family with her job over the last few years but always considered the Havant area to be our base and home.
 
I now work as an IT Contractor and hope to bring some of those skills with me to help with anything tech related in my role as a school governor. This is the first time I have taken on governance and so far I am finding the role to be very enjoyable and would encourage anyone reading this profile to consider it for themselves.

 

Trudi Duncan - Co-opted Governor

I was born in Portsmouth but have lived in the local area since 2005. 

 

I joined the Springwood Federation as a Co-opted governor in April 2017 and have governor responsibilities for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) within the school.

 

I have 20 years’ experience working in early years with children aged from birth to 5 years, including managing pre-schools and a 90 place full day care setting. I am currently an Early Years Professional working across four nurseries in the Havant area.

 

I have two children at springwood, one in the infants and one in the juniors. I am always impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and family feel of the school. I am passionate about the importance of parental involvement in education and value the opportunity as a governor to be more involved with the federation. 

 

Beccy Burgos - Co-opted Governor

My name is Beccy Burgos,  I have been a co opted governor for Springwood Federation since April 2017.  I have 2 daughters across the federation,  so am really focused on supporting the schools to do well.

 

Originally from Salisbury, I moved to Portsmouth after qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2000. I have been working for a local NHS Trust for the past 17 years, supporting people of all ages to maintain their independence and live their lives to the fullest. I now manage several services and am the lead Occupational Therapist with a focus on developing practice.  Having recently moved to this area and moved schools with one of my daughters I was and continue to be impressed with the welcoming and inclusive ethos of the federation.

 

I wanted to become a governor within Springwood because I am enthusiastic about ensuring our children get the best possible education, but also to share the skills I have.

 

As the governor for SEN, I am able to bring my experience as an Occupational Therapist to support the school to ensure that every child is able to progress and that each progression is recognised.

Lisa Caruana - Co-opted Governor

My name is Lisa Caruana and I have been a co-opted Governor at Springwood since September 2018 and a teacher at the Federation since 2015, initially working in Early Years but also teaching in Year 1 and Year 3.

 

I have grown up living on Hayling Island and now live there with my husband, my 2 year old daughter and our Golden Retriever. In our spare time we enjoy going out for long walks as a family and visiting the beach as it is so close to our home.

 

I wanted to become a governor within Springwood because I am enthusiastic about ensuring our children get the best possible education, but also to share the skills I have.

 

My love for teaching grew when I was younger volunteering in nurseries and from there I went on to complete a degree in English Literature and Language in 2008, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Chichester in 2009. Before starting my first teaching post, I spent my summer in Madagascar teaching English to primary and secondary children.

 

I previously taught in a village school in Hindhead where I led English as a subject and Year 3. At Springwood, I have also taken on the role as phase lead for Year 3 and have led Geography and PSHE as subjects. I am very excited to be leading Computing across the Federation this year and I am looking forward to seeing lots of technology in action. I am also engaged now as part of the 'Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds' team at the Federation and will be trying hard to take an active role in ensuring the safety of both pupils and staff online.

 

Robin Parker - Parent Governor

My name is Robin Parker and I joined as a parent governor at Springwood in October 2018. I have a son and twin daughters at the infant school so our journey is just beginning.

Originally from Oxford, our family moved to the area 5 years ago, coinciding with having our wonderful children. When the time came to choose schools, Springwood easily stood out as a something different and we're very excited to see them progress. As a governor, I get to contribute something positive towards helping all the children get the best start in their education. That's a good feeling!

I spent many years working in training and consultancy, plus ran my own web application and data management business. I gave up working for 4 years when the kids were born and really enjoyed the time I spent with them, even including running a twins playgroup session. On returning to work, I took the opportunity to indulge two hobbies; I'm now a handyman and dog trainer! I have 4 dogs of my own, but can often be seen walking down our road with many different breeds.
 

Lauren Langmore – Staff Governor

My name is Lauren-Marie Langmore and I have been a Staff Governor at Springwood since September 2018 and a teacher at the Federation since 2015. Over the past 3 years I have been based in the Infant school, teaching years 1 and 2.

 

I have grown up living in Bedhampton and now live there with my boyfriend and two cats.

After spending lots of time in schools as part of my college course, it became apparent that teaching and learning was something I was passionate about and wanted to do as a career. In 2015, I completed my 3 year degree in Primary Education and have been at Springwood ever since.

 

I wanted to become a governor because I am dedicated to making a difference and ensuring our children at Springwood are well equipped for a happy and successful future.

Andy Brown - Co-opted Governor
 
I joined the Governing body team at the start of the 2018-19 term.  After assisting in school activities prior to joining I felt I could offer more support to the federation by becoming a school governor. It is also a role that I am happy to put my own time into as it is very rewarding.
 
I currently have a son at the school and hope my daughter will join the reception class in 2019/2020.   My son thoroughly enjoys his days in school and has benefited from the style of teaching and such activities as PEEP.  There is also a great community spirit around the school and although I live in another area we feel apart of this.
 
My self and my wife moved into the Portsmouth area in 2007 as my job (running Restaurants at the time) moved us down here. We decided to make this our home after years of moving around the UK and enjoy very much the benefits of living on the South Coast.
 
Currently I work as a project supervisor at the Shard in London a role which allows me to enhance skills I hope will benefit my position as a School Governor.

The governors regularly visit the school to observe and monitor different aspects of school life.

 

They ask a range of questions during their visits which include:

 

  • Which groups of pupils are the highest and lowest performing, and why? Do school leaders have plans for addressing underperformance or less than expected progress? How will we know that things are improving?
  • How is the school going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, those receiving free school meals, boys and girls, those of a particular ethnicity, and any who are currently underachieving?
  •  Is the school adequately engaged with the world of work and preparing their pupils for adult life, including knowing where pupils go when they leave?
  • How is the school ensuring that it keeps pupils safe from, and building their resilience to, the risks of extremism and radicalisation? What arrangements are in place to ensure that staff understand and are implementing the Prevent duty?
  • How are leaders tackling underperformance of staff?  Is there a comprehensive CPD programme in place?
  • Does the school have the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements? What is the school’s approach to implementation of pay reform and performance related pay?
  • Are teachers and support staff being used as effectively and efficiently as possible and in line with evidence and guidance?
  • To what extent is this a happy school with a positive learning culture? What is the school’s record on attendance, behaviour and bullying? Are safeguarding procedures securely in place? What is being done to address any current issues, and how will it know if it is working?
  • How good is the school’s wider offer to pupils? Is the school offering a good range of sports, arts and voluntary activities? Is school food healthy and popular?
  •  Is the school encouraging the development of healthy, active lifestyles by using the PE and sport premium for primary schools to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport?
  • How effectively does the school listen to the views of pupils and parents?

The core features of effective governance also apply at any scale and in any context, and are common to good governance practice in the charity and corporate sectors. They include the importance of the board having:

The right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an effective chair and an explicit code of conduct, and with active succession planning;

Clear governance structures with tightly defined remits, particularly in relation to functions delegated to committees or other bodies;

• Clear separation between the strategic and operational in terms of the role of the board and its school leaders;

• A positive relationship between the board and its school leaders enabling robust constructive challenge on the basis of a good understanding of objective data particularly on pupil progress, staff performance and finances;

• The support and advice of an independent and professional clerk and, in the case of academies, company secretary;

• Robust processes for financial and business planning and oversight and effective controls for compliance, propriety and value for money; and

• Processes for regular self-evaluation, review and improvement including; skills audits, training and development plans, and independent external reviews as necessary.

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