Redland School Governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.
Twelve Governor positions form the Full Governing Body, the different categories of governor ensures a diversity of experience and outlook.
Meet our Governors
Mr Steve Besent (Co-opted) – Chair of Governors (Appointed Sept 2016)
I have been a Governor of Redland School for six years. During this time I have watched with pride my two grandchildren happily and successfully progress through the school. I am now retired. My career was 40 years in Technology and Programme Management with large Financial Services organisations, at Director level for the last twenty years. This background has enabled me to help with project work as Chair of the Buildings Committee.
Mr Gerard Hilderly – Vice Chair (Appointed Sept 2016)
As a parent of a child at Redland School, I am delighted to have been appointed as a new Parent Governor. Having taken on the role, my keen interest is to see the school continue with its upbeat and happy natured learning environment and good values. Where I can be supportive to maintain this. I will endeavour to do so. As a Photographer I am eager to champion the broad learning areas covered by Science and the Creative Arts, whilst gaining a greater understanding of the schools successful teaching methods within the core subjects.
Dr Meg Gomersall (Co-opted) Governor (Appointed Oct 2014)
I have been a Community Governor at Redland for over six years and Chair of Governors for three of these. The role of governors is to liaise with the Senior Management Team at the school in setting targets for school development, in monitoring the quality of the school’s educational performance and in ensuring that financial resources are well spent. It is not our job to run the school. The Head and senior staff are responsible for the school’s operational day-to-day running but we are expected to ask questions and contribute to discussions and decisions. We – governors and staff – act collectively at the Full Governing Board Meetings held every term and in various actions and committees according to our interests and expertise.
I am a qualified teacher and worked in primary schools and in teacher education for many years and so am a member of the Curriculum Committee where staff and governors discuss what the children are taught (does it meet National Curriculum requirements?) and, most importantly, how is each and every child progressing in their learning? To find answers to these questions governors spend time observing lessons and talking to teachers and, those of us in the Curriculum Committee also look at the evidence of children’s attainments gathered in November and April and the SATs results and to discuss the support different children and groups of children will be given in order to progress further and achieve expected standards – and beyond!
Each governor also liaises with Subject leaders – the teacher with responsibility for an area or several areas of the curriculum. In my case the subjects are history and geography as I am passionate about both subjects and, on the evidence I have seen, many of the children also love them.
I also meet with Ms Lambert on a regular basis and undertake a number of other tasks such as interviewing, checking financial accounts, writing letters and so forth. I could go on and bore you all rigid but want I really want to say that being a governor at Redland is both a privilege and a delight, mainly because it is such a pleasure to see children enjoying their learning, growing in confidence and working hard to meet the highest possible standards in learning and behaviour. The same also applies to meeting parents and carers and all the people – staff and governors – who work so hard to make Redland the happy and thriving school that it is.
Mrs Veronika Joy – Acting Headteacher (Appointed Sept 2015)
I have been teaching for 15 years, 10 of which have been at Redland School. I have taught across both Key Stages in my career, but mainly in Upper Key Stage 2. At Redland I am one of two Assistant Heads, and I am really enjoying the responsibilities, opportunities and challenges that this role brings.
Mr John Smith – Acting Headteacher (Appointed Sept 2015)
I am a Year 2 teacher and one of two assistant heads at the school. I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the English Subject leader since I joined Redland School in the year 2000. I had taught for eleven years prior to that in an Infant School in South London so all my teaching experience has been in KS1. I have played a key role in the school’s development over the years and in September 2015 I became an Assistant Head and also Staff Governor. I look forward to working with and supporting the governors in this new role.
Mr David Ball – Co-opted Governor (Appointed May 2015)
I am really excited at being given the opportunity of being a Parent Governor at Redland School.
Redland School is very local to where I live and alongside the fact that my son attends the school, I have a huge interest and desire to help it deliver its ambitions and objectives to ensure local children get the best out of their early schooling years.
I have worked for 32 years within the housing sector, eighteen of which at a senior and managerial level. This experience has provided me with a detailed knowledge of housing regulatory, statutory and governance frameworks and the development of policy and best practice. I hope with this knowledge and experience that I can transfer some of those skills to help Redland School.
Mr Neil Jones – Parent Governor (Appointed Dec 2014)
I have been a parent Governor at Redland now since 2014 and all three of my children started their education at Redland School. The elder two are now in secondary school and have fond memories of their time at Redland.
Redland School has a strong reputation for high standards of education and a passion for creating an environment for every child to thrive. As a Governor I hope that I can share some experience and expertise to help the school to achieve their goals for every pupil.
I have worked for over 20 years in sales within the IT industry which has enabled me to experience the fast pace of technology and the positive impact that this can have, not only on our work and social lives, but also on our education. Assisting Redland School with incorporating modern technology safely into the school is just one of the ways I have been able to bring value to the school. As a sales manager in a global IT company there are many other areas of expertise that I can bring to Redland School.
Dr Paul Hoy – Parent Governor (Appointed Sept 2012)
I’ve been a parent governor at Redlands since 2011; both of my children currently attend Redlands and both love the school. I enjoy seeing them both grow in confidence and thrive from the opportunities given to them here.
I think that we have an amazing staff here at Redlands that put in a lot work in, they have really high expectations of every child and value every single individual. I see my role as a governor to support and appropriately challenge the staff to help the school get even better.
Outside of being a governor and a father, I am a professional engineer. I have a PhD and have worked in academia and in various industrial jobs mostly involved in research and development focusing on electronics. What inspires me is problem solving with people from multiple disciplines. I bring the same problem solving and analysis to my role as a governor and hope to make a positive impact.
Mrs Rachel Glover – Co-opted (SEN) Governor (Appointed March 2015)
I have two happy children at Redland School – a daughter in FS2 and a son in Year 3. I live locally to the school and have a keen interest in the school and the parts that the school and the children play in the community.
Redland School offers many opportunities to Children, both educational and personal and I strongly support the values that the school promotes. I have been appointed as the Governor for SEN and Child Protection largely due to my legal background and general interest in this area.
Many people linked to the school will know that I already play an active role in the Friends of Redland School, helping to organise events and fundraise so I will be a familiar face to many parents and can regularly be found in the playground before and after school.
Mrs Katharine Oatley – Co-Opted Governor (Appointed April 2014)
I am mum of two children both of whom have attended Redland School. As someone who lives locally, I think it is important to support the development and running of the school for the future as a focal point of our local community. I have previously been part of FORs before I became a school governor.
As a teacher I have worked in primary schools in Wiltshire for over 20 years. I have also worked as a Mathematics Consultant for Wiltshire Council. In this role I have enjoyed supporting the development of maths teaching in schools across the county.
As school governors, I believe we achieve the right balance between support and challenge in the running of the school. We are very lucky to have a diverse range of people on the governing body, who each bring a different dimension and layer of expertise to support the school in being the best it can possibly be.
Mrs Linda Paynter – Co-Opted Governor (Appointed Dec 2014)
I have worked at Redland Primary School for 21 years, initially as the Administrative Officer and then as the School Business Manager for the last 9 years. My role primarily is to support Ms Lambert in the day to day running of the school. This includes finance, buildings, grounds and staffing. I play an active role on the Finance and Buildings and Grounds Committees. It is a varied and challenging role, no two days are the same which keeps me on my toes!
Local Education Authority
Local Education Authority Governor – to be appointed
All our Governors have declared that they have no Business or Pecuniary interests
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Sam Hook (Clerk to the Governors)
If you would like to see copies of school policies, or Governor meeting agendas and minutes, these may be obtained from the school office.
The Governors attendance at meetings can be seen by clicking below:
Governor Meetings Attendance Tracker 2015 – 2016
To read the Redland School Governing Body Annual Report please click below:
Class teachers or the Headteacher can best deal with most of your enquiries. However, if you wish to contact a Redland School Governor please feel free to do so through the school office.