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The Governors

 

All Governors have voting rights for the committees they serve on.

 

Co-opted Governors (7)
Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. Co-opted governors are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Staff members can become co-opted governors, however, staff can not outweigh the whole governing body by more than one third of the total.

Name: David Kent
Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: June 1999  Current term: 18/05/2015-17/05/2019
Committees/Responsibilities: Chair of GB, Resources, PPP, Staffing.

 

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David has been a member of the Governing Body since 1999, initially as a Parent Governor and, after his children left the school, as a Community Governor.   David is very experienced in all aspects of the Governing Body's responsibilities as he has been our Vice-Chairperson for over 13 years.  David brings experience to New Scotland Hill from over 25 years working in the Financial Services industry - he works full time as an IT consultant for IBM.  David feels strongly that our children deserve the best education and will ensure that the Governing Body plays its part in making this happen.

 

Name: Dean Armstrong
Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: March 2008 Current term: 18/05/2015-17/05/2019
Committees/Responsibilities: Vice-Chair of GB, Chair Resources, Staffing, Lead Sites and Buildings.

 

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Name: Len Clark
Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: July 2011  Current term: 18/05/2015-17/05/2019
Committees/Responsibilities: Resources, PPP, Maths Governor

 

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Len is a retired teacher who has one granddaughter in the school. He has been involved with the school allotment since 2009 and a member of the school PTA since 2009, of which he is the current chair.
Len helps with the teaching of mathematics in year 6 and has refereed a number of school soccer matches.   He is a keen supporter of the school sporting activities.
Interests include gardening and most sports, having been a professional rugby player, many years ago!!!

 

Name: Joan Collett
Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: February 2013  Current term: 18/05/2015-17/05/2019
Committees/Responsibilities: Resources, Staffing, Development Governor.

 

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Joan has lived in Little Sandhurst for forty two years. Two of her three sons attended New Scotland Hill School in the 1970s and 1980s and all three completed their secondary education, with great success, at Sandhurst School.
Joan joined the teaching  profession in 1966 and retired in 2011. She has taught in many schools, the local ones being The Brakenhale, Easthampstead Park School, Edgbarrow School, Sandhurst School and Luckley House.  Joan was a governor at Edgbarrow School and a  member of the Crowthorne Trust for ten years. In the 1980s and1990s she set up the local school based holiday play schemes and the After school Club at The Spot, Sandhurst Youth Centre.
Joan has a strong interest in the well being of children and young people.
 

Name: Alison Cornwell
Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: November 2013  Current term: 18/05/2015-17/05/2019
Committees/Responsibilities: Resources

 

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Alison joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in November 2013.  She has two daughters, one still at the school and has had links with the school for several years. 

Alison brings with her a wealth of financial experience as a chartered accountant working in Retail for the past 15 years and has previous experience as a Bursar at another Bracknell Forest School.

Alison values the time her children spend at New Scotland Hill and wants to be able to contribute to the future of the school and help to enrich each and every pupils time spent their.  She is very interested in the development of children and is keen to ensure at all pupils develop their skills and individual personalities and provide them with a strong base for the future.

 

Name: Irene Ridgers
Type of Governor: co-opted Governor
Governor Since: May 2006  Current term: 18/05/2015-17/05/2019
Committees/Responsibilities: Vice-Chair of GB, Resources, Chair of PPP, Staffing, Lead on Safeguarding

 

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Irene has been a governor for a number of years, first as parent governor and now community governor. Both of her sons, now adults, attended the school. Irene has served on all committees and is currently joint vice chair. She has been actively involved in the recruitment of staff, from admin to head teacher. Irene visits the school regularly and values the time spent with the children. Irene's background is in midwifery, currently in the role of the Clinical Specialist in Infant Feeding at Frimley Park Hospital. She is passionate that children should have the best education possible and develop a quest for life long learning.

 

Name: Chris Jackson
Type of Governor: Parent Governor
Governor Since: October 2012  Current term:
5/12/16 – 4/12/20

Committees/Responsibilities: TBA

 

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Chris has two sons at New Scotland Hill and one younger daughter at NSH.  Since his eldest started NSH nursery in 2009 Chris has witnessed the wonderful environment NSH school has provided for his children.  He became a parent governor after spending a lot of his time helping the school PTA as he felt that NSH would be a significant part of his family life  for many years to come as his children grow up.  Chris has been appointed for  a second term of office as a co-opted governor.  He is keen to support the school and wider community with the skills he has learnt from his working life.
Chris currently works for a FTSE 250 Financial Organisation as IT Director where he has been for the last 20 years.  He studied Engineering and IT and today is privileged to introduce young people to the working environment who have an interest in learning skills in Information Technology.  He enjoys educating and understanding how the future generations can bring change and improvement to the way we live our lives today.

 

 

Parent Governors (2)
Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.
 

Name: Darren Abbott

Type of Governor: Parent Governor
Governor Since: October 2016  Current term:
25/10/16 -24/10/20 Committees/Responsibilities:  Resources and PPP

 

Darren joined the Governing Body in the autumn of 2016. He has a son in the school.  Darren has previous experience as governor at NSH when his older children attended the school. He feels the school gave his children a great education and start in life and wishes to give his experience and support to the school to deliver a first class education for all.

Darren’s career background is in Building Control Systems and Energy Management with a specialism in Commercial and General Management .  He brings many management skills to the GB, notably procurement, general building services, health and safety HR, management accounts and finance.

 

Name: David Brown
Type of Governor: Parent Governor
Governor Since: November 2013  Current term: 03/11/2013-02/11/2017
Committees/Responsibilities: Resources, SEN Governor

 

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David has been a Parent Governor since November 2013, and is looking forward to working closely with the Governing Body. David has two children in New Scotland Hill school, so has a vested interest in their well being and the general Education system in the school.  David's background is from Engineering to Motorcycle Engineering and from Hewlett Packard Healthcare Logistics to Cisco Networking in the City and is currently an Informatics Customer Services Manager at Frimley Park Hospital.
David's sporting past has made him realise the value of teamwork, dedication and hard work do make a difference and one of the most important lessons learnt was always to take part and  have fun in the spirit of competition.
Not only does David have a wealth of experience in IT and Customer Services but he also has an interest in Personal Development and Achievement and is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the School and doing whatever it takes to make a difference.

 

 

Staff Governors (including the Head teacher) (2)
The head teacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors as long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.
 

Name: Catherine Forrester
Type of Governor: Staff Governor
Governor Since: September 2012
Committees/Responsibilities: All Committees

 

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Catherine has been the Headteacher at New Scotland Hill Primary School and Nursery since September 2012.  She joined the school having taught in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Maidenhead.  As part of the school's Governing Body, Catherine provides information to the governors regarding the performance of the school and its progress against all aspects of the School Development Plan.

 

Name: Anneke Robinson
Type of Governor: Staff Governor
Governor Since: September 2016  Current term: 19/09/2016- 18/09/2020
Committees/Responsibilities: PPP

 

 

 

Anneke joined New Scotland Hill as a class teacher in 2016.  Before this, she spent two years working at a primary school in Brixton, London.  Prior to teaching, Anneke worked as an online journalist, focusing on film. However, feeling that her work wasn't community focused enough, she retrained as a teacher in 2013.  Anneke grew up in the area, and attended Cranbourne Primary school and Charters secondary school herself.  She is looking forward to taking on the task of being a governor, and hopes it will allow her to immerse herself in the school community while delivering vital information about the day-to-day organisation of the school.

 

Name: Sarah Field - resigned July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA Governors (1)
LAs are encouraged to appoint high-calibre governors to schools that need the most support and to appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preference. Authorities may appoint minor authority representatives, e.g. district and parish councillors, as authority governors.
 

Name: Tish Holland - resigned May 2015

 

 

We have a vacancy for a LA Governor and a Co-opted Governor, if you require any further information please contact the school office.

 

 

Clerk (1)
Appointed by the governing body or school.  The clerk has an important part to play in making sure the governing body's work is well organised. The clerk is able to offer information and advice to the governing body, particularly on matters involving the law and procedures to be followed at meetings
 

Name: Jenny Tucker
Role: Clerk
Since: 1998
Clerk Responsibilities: Full Governing Body, Staffing

 

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How are governors chosen?

Parent governors are elected by parents and staff governors are elected by New Scotland Hill staff. Bracknell Forest appoints the LA governors, while co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. All governors initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed.

 

Whenever there is a vacancy for a parent governor parents and carers, with children at the school, are notified of the election process.