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.
Newlands Juniors Governing Body is led by the Chair of Governors who is elected by the governing body on an annual basis. Our current Chair of Governors is Michael Davis, who has held this position in three other schools and works within the maintained education sector.
Our Governors' are shown below:
Chair of Governors: Mr Michael Davis (Co-opted Governor)
I am one of many governors at Newlands who give many hours to support an outstanding provision and its children. I have high expectations and will always work ethically to get the best for the children to ensure their needs are met by our school. Where we are good, I want us to be even better. I’m keen to hear the children’s and Parents view about our school and will always ensure that those views are shared amongst, and considered by my Governor colleagues, when we make decisions that impact on the whole school’.
My aim is to continue to bring together a professional, diverse and stable governing board that strides to ensure every child leaves Newlands fully prepared for the next phase of their learning journey and being confident and respectful individuals - Newlands will go from strength to strength, and I’m privileged to be part of it.
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!
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 than can apply itself can achieve its 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 got older, but I can be often seen walking my dog around the parks and woodland around my home.
My name is Deborah Betts. I grew up in Kirkby-in-Ashfield with three siblings. I am married and now currently reside in Mansfield Woodhouse. I also have a daughter that studies English at the University of Lincoln.
When I left school, I started working in food production, which I continued, now advancing to hospitality management.
My passion is life-long learning. In September I will be studying high level management which is University level equivalent. I have a keen eye in financial management and for development.
I have first-hand experience of the care system so I understand and can relate to any students with this environmental factor. I have a real passion to ensure every child gets the best start in life.
Furthermore, I have previously worked as a volunteer for a youth at risk charity in which I worked with parents and their children to guide the children to learn to trust others and to get their needs met, which I believe every child should have the chance to.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with my family. In addition to this, I support my cousin with her children as I am her fostering support, so she relies on me for help often.
Mrs Castledine (Head Teacher)
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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