Goodrich School has a full compliment of dedicated and hard working governors who contribute many different skills and experiences to the governing body.
More information on the statutory duties of a governing body can be found on the Department for Education website.
Please click here for the Governance Handbook 2017.
I have a BA in Theology, an MA in Applied Theology and a PGCE. Before entering the ministry in 1996 I was a secondary school RS teacher in Worcestershire. As a clergyman I have worked in parish ministry in rural Shropshire, southern Africa, south America, and as a school chaplain in Surrey, Kent and Co Durham. It’s a particular privilege to be able to be able to contribute the school both as a governor and as the local vicar. I take a strong interest in how church and culture meet and am interested to hear anyone’s views on this.
As for family, I have been married to my wife Lisa for 31 years. She is a secondary English teacher. We have twin 23 year old boys, Jonathan and David.
Initially I worked as a Personnel and Training Manager (H R) then as an assessor of organisations training and development.
With a business partner, we established three Training Organisations and a Nursery in the North of England and together we owned, developed and managed these businesses.
I have a lifelong interest in the training and development of individuals and organisations and I believe in Goodrich School, its ethics and culture. My aim is to assist in its development and growth, by utilising my previous skills and knowledge.
I was born and raised in Somerset, which is where I started my teaching career. I have taught in different schools, both state maintained and private and am driven by my dedicaton to ‘make a difference’ to the children and families I have the privilege to work with.
Away from Goodrich, I am blessed with a fantastically supportive family. I am not the best gardener in the world but I find it a retreat at the end of a busy week or a long walk with our crazy spaniels!
Before joining Goodrich School as a teaching assistant in the Reception class in 2012 I was play leader at Walford Pre-School for 10 years. This gave me valuable Early Years practical experience building upon my Diploma in Pre-School Practice and BA (hons) Business Studies degree.
I have now worked in all classes in the school and developed a useful understanding of teaching in both infants and juniors. I am at present teaching assistant in the Owls class supporting Mrs Jones and the teaching of KS2 maths – a role I thoroughly enjoy. I also carry out small group work and one to one support mostly in the juniors, but I’m always happy to help out where needed throughout the school.
Throughout my time at Goodrich School I have gained experience as both a parent and a member of staff and as such, as a Governor, I am able to appreciate all points of view.
I enjoy working with and looking after animals and currently have two World Horse Welfare rescue horses.
My job as a self-employed bookkeeper and administrator has given me useful, transferable skills for school governance since my appointment in 2010 and I am time flexible enough to accommodate the various duties expected of us.
I have been elected twice as a Parent Governor and currently have two children attending Goodrich School, with one having already left. I work at Monmouth Comprehensive School as a teacher of Physical Education and also hold responsibility as Assistant Headteacher for Professional Skills, CPD and Performance Management; Deputy Lead for Safeguarding. With twenty years’ experience in education everything I say and do is enacted with the best interests of the pupils at heart. I echo this in my work as a Governor for Goodrich and this is reflected in the tight-knit team of Governors who also reflect this sentiment.
I continually use my own experience to collaborate with the Governing Body as we strive to produce innovative strategies in order to develop and grow the school. I am open and interested in learning new things, moving outside of my comfort zone and challenging/questioning our own ways of working.
I strive to remain resilient and calm under pressure and promote that as a governing body, we behave in a manner that is in line with the school’s values, even in trying situations.