Meet our Governors
The School’s Governors
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:
§ Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
§ Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
§ Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:
§ Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
§ Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
§ Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
§ Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
§ Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
§ Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school
Governors meet each term and visit school for link visits on a regular basis. The school’s Governors support and challenge the Head Teacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school.
Our Governors' are shown below:
Mr Herrington (Vice-chair)
Born in Sheffield in the 60’s, I am the result of comprehensive school education. I discovered the benefit of a good education later in life when I gained a HNC in Business & Finance from Nottingham Trent University in the 1980’s and a MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from Cranfield School of Management in the 1990’s . I’m a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. I started my career in Purchasing at Nottinghamshire County Council in the supplies dept in 1984 before moving to Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
I retired in 2015 from one of the top 3 Educational supplies organisations in the UK after 25 years of service, of which the last 10 years as a senior manager for a £70m per year turnover company, as 1 of 8 senior managers reporting into the board of directors responsibilities included Supply Chain development & integration of new businesses and being the General Manger of West Mercia Supplies through the integration process with the Consortium.
I am proud to be a Governor at Newlands Junior School. I firmly believe that a good education is the key for success. Education is one of the few things that cannot be taken away from you. If you can provide the opportunity, support, and guidance a child needs they can then apply this to achieve future goals and ambitions. If I can help support and facilitate this in anyway, I will have achieved one of my goals.
I like to travel, having had the opportunity to visit 5 of the 7 continents though work or leisure. I’m still optimistic of visiting Australasia but not keen on seeing the Antarctic - I don’t like the cold. I’m a keen sports fan, preferring to watch as I’ve gotten older, but I can be often seen walking my dog around the parks and woodland around my home.
I have worked at Newlands since 2004 and originally joined the governing body as a parent governor. I have been part of many committees and held a variety of roles as a governor throughout my time here at Newlands,. Before being a governor at Newlands, I was also a parent governor at John T Rice.
I have the perspective of working at the school as well as having children previously attending and my grandchildren currently attend the school.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and being creative.
Throughout my time as a governor I have seen the school go from strength to strength and how positively the school impacts its pupils both past and present.
I have been a governor since March 2018 and am currently Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I attended Nottingham Trent University to complete my degree in Marketing and PGCE in Primary Education.
Currently, I am working as a Supply Teacher in the Nottinghamshire area.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, travelling and shopping.
I enjoy being a governor at Newlands and help work alongside its staff to ensure the children are receiving a high quality education, an enjoyable experience and ensuring they leave Newlands prepared for the next stage in their lives.
I work in education at West Nottinghamshire College and have taught or managed the curriculum for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, I have worked as part of the senior management team, building the estates and looking after the resources and infrastructure that keep the college running. I’m part of the scout leader team at 1st Clipstone and was a Scout and Explorer leader for over 20 years. I’m now the treasurer and an occasional helper.
I enjoy walking in the countryside and computer gaming.
I’m passionate about education and giving young people the best possible opportunities!
Mrs Castledine (Head Teacher)