The Governors of Wyedean School are proud of the opportunities offered to our young people to develop the values and skills essential for their future. We are determined to appoint highly dedicated teachers to the staff who have the interest of every student at heart. It is our wish that all students achieve their full potential with academic qualifications whilst developing the personal qualities of initiative and self-confidence. Parents and staff are represented on the Governing Body, working closely with the Principal and Leadership Team to set the aims and targets for the school and provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise that support at home is an essential part of learning for young people and we are always ready to receive the views of parents and hope some can consider standing for election as Parent Governors when the situation arises. You are assured of a warm and friendly welcome when visiting the school. You can contact any member of the Governing Body via the Governor Support Officer: Piera Cassettari
The pursuit of excellence in all of the school’s activities is demonstrated by an uncompromising and highly successful drive to strongly improve, or maintain, the highest levels of achievement and personal development for all students over a sustained period of time.
All leaders and managers, including those responsible for governance, are highly ambitious for the students and lead by example. They base their actions on a deep and accurate understanding of the school’s performance, and of the staff and students’ skills and attributes.
Chair of Governors
School governors make important collective decisions and the Governing Body is responsible to parents and the community. The Governing Body should:
- Ensure that the school achieves high educational standards and encourages every student to reach their potential.
- Contributes to the School Improvement Plan and sets priorities.
- Sets the school’s policies, aim and targets.
- Appoints senior staff, including the Head Teacher.
- Be involved in the recruitment of all other staff in consultation with the Head Teacher.
- Control the school budget.
- Ensure money is spent wisely.
- Ensure a broad and balanced curriculum which meets National Curriculum Standards.
Members of the Governing Body
The Governing Body membership is drawn from groups who have an interest in the school. Terms of office are normally four years (excluding the Headteacher). Provided they are eligible, a governor may serve again. Below are the members who have served on the Governing Body over the last 12 months:
Academy/Community Governors (appointed by Governing Body):
Andy Lord – Chair
Parent Governors (elected by parents):
Staff Governors (elected by staff):
Co-opted Governors (appointed by Governing Body):
Kate Burke, Co-opted Governor
I have 21 years’ experience of teaching including 8 years as a Primary Headteacher. Currently I lead Yorkley Primary School in the Forest of Dean. In 2019 – 2020 I was asked to also be the Executive Headteacher for a neighbouring school requiring sponsorship.
I am Co-chair of West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership (WGSP), a partnership consisting of 41 Primary / Special Schools. Within our partnership we aim to raise the aspirations, attainment and life chances of all pupils by working together to raise standards in education, sharing good practice, commissioning high quality CPD and supporting each other.
I have been a co-opted Governor at Wyedean since September 2018 and am currently on the TLA committee.
I have 2 children who both attend Wyedean School.
My hobbies involve spending time with my family, walking our rescue dog and running marathons and ultras.
Jodie Coggins, Teacher Staff Governor
I have worked at Wyedean School for two years and have been a staff governor on the Resources committee for over a year. I am 3rd in charge of Applied Learning and teach Food, D&T and Textiles. I jointly run Wye-Eco with Rachel Barbato to develop and create new initiatives with our students. We have a variety of goals, one including reducing the use of single use plastics around the school.
I was brought up in Monmouthshire and have had many friends and family attend Wyedean School, each enjoying and thriving in their time here.
I studied for my BSc at the University of South Wales from 2010 to 2013. I have worked in a variety of schools throughout my training and career. I feel passionate about giving pupils the best opportunities and enjoy contributing to their successes inside and outside the classroom.
Sophie Hills, Parent Governor
I am a University Senior Lecturer of Product Design at UWE, thus have 12 years experience of educational organisation and a first hand appreciation of the importance of wellbeing in the form of pastoral support for pupils and staff, in addition to progressive academic learning.
I have a particular passion for education providing the life skills and environment to allow each individual to flourish and thus embed the 'value' of learning. I am a joint director of a local design-led architectural and interiors business which advocates the importance of harnessing the creative potential of a space and thus creating beautiful environments. I am particularly interested in the ethos of Creative Schools; the curriculum, strategy and inspiring
Andy Lord, Community Governor, Chair of Governor
I am a retired Commercial and Compliance director, where I spent 20 years in financial services, 19 years as a business owner. I have a degree in Economics from the University of York (1984)
Since selling my business to AXA in 2007, I have undertaken the following youth/community voluntary work:
Governor Parkend Primary School 2008-2018, 3 years as Chair
Governor Wyedean School & Sixth Form Centre - ongoing, current Chair
Chairman Lydney Hockey Club 2010- ongoing
Coach Lydney Hockey Club Academy 2008-2019
Parish Councillor Woolaston 2012- ongoing
Volunteer Panel Member Gloucestershire Youth Support Trust 2008-2018
Committee member The Gaff Youth Club, Sedbury 2008-2017, 4 years As Chair
England Hockey National League Umpire 2014- ongoing
I have lived in the Chepstow area since 1988. I have 2 daughters, one graduated from Durham University in 2020 and the other left Wyedean Year 13 in 2020 to study at the University of Birmingham
Alex Lupo, Parent Governor
I am a professional working in the Music industry and live in Monmouthshire with my partner and 2 children, one of whom is a pupil at Wyedean. As a musician I perform and compose, and have toured all over the world. I also work actively in non-formal music education and community engagement and have extensive experience of working with cultural institutions large and small across the UK. I am also a state registered music therapist and work with young people with extremely complex needs and challenging behaviours.
Sarah Maley, Parent Governor
I am a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, where I have been teaching medical students for 15 years. In particular, I have experience of leading teams to ensure courses are delivered to a high standard using innovative teaching methods. I have taken part in teaching quality assurance reviews and in exam review boards. I have experience in recruitment and line management and I regularly organise and chair meetings with multidisciplinary teams of people. I am passionate about offering high quality education and can offer insights into what skills are required for pupils to transition smoothly into higher education.
Sarah McDermott, Support Staff Governor
I am a staff governor at Wyedean School and my staff role is Senior Technician and the school's Health and Safety Adviser. I am educated to degree level and have a strong science background working in industry and the public sector. I am at present working towards gaining my NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
Sarah Mclellan, Parent Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
The majority of my working career has been in Charity and Voluntary Sector Management. I have been a project manager, Coordinator and Charity Manager in a range of settings involved in community advice and support work. I was the manager of the Forest of Dean Citizens Advice Bureau for 6 years, growing the charity from 3 paid staff and 15 volunteers to 15 paid staff and 40 volunteers, working over 3 core venues and 6 outreach centres in the Forest of Dean. I have overseen and secured annual funding and budgets of up to £500 000. I have a wealth of experience in Human Resources, Financial Management, Strategic Management and successful Service Delivery. Following the arrival of my 2nd and 3rd children I re-trained as a physical therapist and FE teacher of physical therapy and am an MTI Lead Tutor and the Finance Director of a small FE College in Bristol. Alongside this work I have volunteered as a local community organiser, undertaking initiatives such as establishing and then managing a play area and setting up and coordinating a Zero Waste Village Initiative. I have now been a Governor at Wyedean since 2015 and view this role as a serious responsibility needing time and commitment.
Dr Lesley Moore, Community Governor and Sixth Form Link Governor
I am a retired nurse and academic. As a nurse I worked in both NHS and military sectors as a sister and senior manager. Expertise focused on Cardiac Intensive Care and Medical nursing. In academia I held many posts as senior and principal lecturer, curriculum development and field management. My final Post was Associate Professor and Director in Work-based Learning. National Awards include Florence Nightingale Scholar, Churchill Fellow and National Teaching Fellow in Higher Education and a PhD by publication of work-based learning research. As a governor I serve on the following committees: Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Partnership and Wellbeing.
Rodney Poulter, Parent Governor
I am a current serving Army Officer with 32 years’ service. I am soon to be based at the 1 Rifles Regiment in Beachley Barracks and have taken on the post of Officer Commanding Headquarter Company. I am currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for 160th (Welsh) Brigade based in Brecon.
I have been awarded the Military Cross for my gallantry and leadership and throughout my service have upheld the Values and Standards of the British Army. I have given many presentations to teenagers on topics such as leadership, managing change and bullying.
I have been a Governor at Wyedean since 2007, initially as a parent governor but since my two daughters went on to university (De Montford - footwear design & London Institute in Paris – French Studies) I was asked to become a co-opted governor. I currently chair the Resources committee.
I am a qualified electronics design engineer who has specialised in electronic manufacturing with a particular focus on delivering new products to the marketplace on-time and within budget, or providing cost reduction of existing products to make them viable for longer.
Most of my current work is based in SE Asia where dealing with different cultures is prime to delivering projects to the benefit of all involved. I have delivered designs in numerous industry sectors such as security/military, finance, leisure, industrial, medical and communications to a global client base. This non-industry specific focus allows for innovative approaches to resolving issues and achieving project goals.
Dr Julie Smith, Teaching Staff Governor
I am a staff governor at Wyedean School, and also hold the positions of Vice-Principal Academic and teacher of English. I have 2 children who I am proud to say attend the school, my daughter is currently in Year 9 and my son attends Wyedean Sixth Form. Living locally, I have an in-depth understanding of the issues and concerns that impact on the school and on its community.
I hold a doctorate in education: my research area is the beliefs and practices of high expectation teachers. I have written extensively for a range of publications, including the Times Education Supplement, the British Educational Research Association, and the Chartered College of Teaching. My expertise here means I can support the governing body in terms of a teaching and learning focus. I also provide our teaching staff with a voice on the governing body so that they can contribute, in partnership with other governors, to the strategic development of the school.
Andrew Walsh, Community Governor
I have had 41 years’ experience in the public sector where I had responsibly at various times for finance management, health and safety, human resource management, Professional and Ethical standards and investigation of complaints of maladministration and breaches of Councillors’ code of conduct, before my retirement in 2011. I am educated to degree standard having a Batchelor of Arts degree from the Open University and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Hertfordshire. I am currently vice chair of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Usk and Prescoed and vice chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee of Torfean County Borough Council.
I was elected as a parent governor at Wyedean in 2019. My career background is in education. I am a trained primary school teacher and taught for 11 years before leaving to focus on caring for my children. My eldest is going in to year 9 in 2020 and the other two are still at primary school.
The majority of my teaching career was spent teaching in the same school, where I work with pupils throughout KS2. I was the subject leader for music and welsh teaching to all year groups and led the school’s orchestra and choir.
I now run my own Sing and Sign franchise, teaching parents and their pre-verbal babies / toddlers sign language through song and rhyme. This enables me to establish lovely relationships with families in Newport, Chepstow and the Forest of Dean, as well as indulging my passion for teaching through music. I am passionate about how early years experiences impact individuals’ abilities in later life.
Committees - May 2020
The Governing Body has a number of sub-committees. The committees meet at least termly. All governors are members of at least one committee. In addition, some staff attend on an advisory basis.
To view these committees please click HERE
Learning Area Link - May 2020
To view these committees please click HERE
To view Governors’ attendance at meetings, please click the link below:
Governor attendance 2018-19