Governors

 

Committees

 

Student and Community

Helen Kerr – School Adviser

Jo Trigg (Chair)
Debbie Youngs (Vice Chair)
Sarb Gill
Pete Gear
Andy Williams
Pamela Raymond-Heath
Helen Thorne

Resources & Audit

Paul Skipp – Headteacher
Ellie Green – School Adviser
Matt Doughty – School Adviser
Nigel Reeves – School Adviser

 

Liz Summerson
David Whewell
Pete Gear
Andy Williams (Chair)
Toby Corden
Jo Trigg
Glyn Coy (Vice Chair)
Sally Andrews
Sarah Bergg

Curriculum, Learning & Educational Standards

Ben Rhodes – School Adviser
Louise Hamilton- School Adviser

Liz Summerson
Kevin Eames (Chair)
Sarah Bergg
Jordan Mockett
Andrew Hawkins (Vice Chair)
David Whewell
Chair of Governors – David Whewell
Vice Chairs of Governors – Sarah Bergg & Andrew Hawkins
Health and Safety Governor – Sarah Bergg
Equality Governor – Sarah Bergg
Student Leadership Link Governor – Jo Trigg
Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor – Debbie Youngs
SEN Governor – Helen Thorne
Clerk to the Governors – Eleanor Shergold

Pen Portraits of Governors

Sally Andrews

I am a proud mum of 2, my son is in year 9 and my daughter has recently completed her degree and is now in full time employment.  As any parent, I want them to be happy, confident and inspired and believe John of Gaunt provides an excellent foundation for our children to achieve their full potential.

I’ve enjoyed a varied and interesting career, specialising in data and information.  Since 2008 I’ve worked for JP Morgan within the Client Change Team.  As PMO Lead, I’m responsible for governance and oversight.

I remain impressed by the encouragement for all round development of every child John of Gaunt provides and am delighted that I can be a part of it’s continuous progression to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children.

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Sarah Bergg – Co Vice Chair of Governors

I work for Microsoft as a Technical Account Manager.  Although based in Reading, I spend most of my time in the Wiltshire and Bristol areas working with my customers. I have 2 children, both of whom were educated at John of Gaunt, and I have been a governor at the school for 6 years.

 Sarah Bergg

Toby Corden

I work for “RBS Future Williams and Glyn” as a Relationship Bank Manager we are getting ready for legal separation from RBS which will happen at some point next year. I have worked for RBS for the last 10 years and since July 2015 I have been part of the journey of bringing a new bank back to the high street named “Williams and Glyn” after 30 years away from it.  We live in Trowbridge and I have 2 young children aged 2 and 5, the oldest attends The Grove Primary School.

 Toby Corden

Glyn Coy

I work for DXC Technology as Competitive Business Solutions leader for Southern Europe, which covers France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy. I am able to do a lot of my work from home office and use technology to stay connected to the business. I have a background in law and accountancy, and am a qualified Barrister and  Chartered Accountant. I have 3 sons, one of whom  attended John of Gaunt and is now at University and I was previously a governor at the school between 2014 and 2016. In my spare time I have an avid interest in photography and travel around Wiltshire taking photos for my blog, and I have a long standing interest in learning the Italian language which is still very much work in progress.

 

Dr Kevin Eames

Both my children attended John of Gaunt, and I have, as a result, always had a great interest in and respect for this school. My professional life has been devoted to education and I have taught at all levels from primary to Masters, having worked in schools, university and the local authority’s advisory service. I have also worked at national level as a consultant on assessment in English, as well as writing and editing textbooks and carrying out classroom-based research in this country and abroad. I’m particularly interested in teachers’ professional development, and in helping to improve students’ learning.

 Kevin Eames

Peter Gear

I am married with a son who is currently at The John of Gaunt School where I began as a Governor in September 2017.  Prior to this I was a Governor at Newtown Community Primary School for 7 years.

Before retiring I worked with both young people and adults who had substance misuse problems, this varied work was both hard and extremely rewarding.

In my spare time I am involved in a local stationary engine club and spend a lot of time rebuilding, restoring and showing many of these engines at steam rallies all over the country.

 Gear Pete

Sarb Gill 

I am a science teacher at The John of Gaunt School and teacher governor.  I have spent all my career in education and have worked in a wide variety of roles over fifteen years – as a science technician, a teaching assistant, a science teacher, and a head of science in a special school and pupil referral unit. I strongly believe in inclusive education and I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education. My main out-of-school interest is working in raptor conservation.

 Gill, Sarb

Andrew Hawkins – Co Vice Chair of Governors

I work for Wiltshire College in the Estates and Facilities team. Previously, I taught English in China for nine years. I started my career as an apprentice maintenance engineer and later progressed through university to a research based MSc. in Engineering. My children have attended John of Gaunt since 2010. I also attended the school, starting in the schools’ second year as a comprehensive. I have been a governor for 7 years.

 Andrew Hawkins

Jordan Mockett

I am a P.E teacher at The John of Gaunt School. As a teacher governor, I reflect the views of my colleagues and myself when discussing issues relating to the school. In my time here, I have had multiple experiences ranging from taking students to the Caribbean and Germany as part of a European project, to teaching PE, maths, computing, science and food technology. I have a real passion for the school and my main goal is to see the school flourish in as many ways as possible. As House systems leader my role is to enhance and improve the school culture through the house system.

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Pamela Raymond-Heath

I am a proud mum of one daughter who attends The John of Gaunt School, and I am very pleased to be part of the Board of Governors.

I work within finance for a local company.  I have completed my Business Administration Level 3 NVQ and I am also a qualified Internal Auditor.  In my spare time, I am a prolific baker and am always baking for Charity, friends and family.

 Raymond-Heath Pamela

Paul Skipp – Headteacher

The John of Gaunt School is both vibrant and highly successful, it has a strong reputation for both academic and pastoral excellence and I feel very honoured to be the Headteacher. I am an experienced leader who has a strong track record in rapidly improving schools. Over almost 20 years I have worked as a senior leader in inner city Bristol and as a Headteacher in South Gloucestershire, I am also a Facilitator on the NPQH course that trains prospective Headteachers. I am a leader with drive and integrity who mixes both traditional and pioneering strategies, all centered on supporting students meet their potential.

As Headteacher I am also an ex-officio governor.

 

Liz Summerson

Now semi-retired, I worked in education for 23 years, of which 20 were as a manager/senior manager in the Wiltshire Careers Service. Besides general management responsibilities, I ran information & publishing services, trained careers teachers and inspected careers work in schools. I am a published author of non-fiction & fiction and an enthusiastic life-long learner with degrees in history and French plus a Master’s in creative writing. I now teach French to adults and chair Trowbridge’s French Twinning Association. I have been a governor at JOG since 1996 and my 3 sons attended the school between 1990 and 2007.

 Liz Summerson

Helen Thorne

I am a tutor at Poplar College in Chippenham – the Post 16 provision attached to St Nicholas Special School. My role in the 6th Form means that I get to teach young adults life skills ready for when they leave college and move into adulthood – a job I love.

I was previously a governor at Bellefield Primary School where I was the chair of the Finance and Premises committee. I continue to listen to children read there once a week.

I enjoy running regularly with Avon Valley Runners and spend much of my time ferrying my children (Years 11, 12 and 13) to scouts, music lessons and training sessions.

 Helen Thorne

Jo Trigg

My career has mainly been based in the Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain disciplines within the education supplies market.  As a result I have visited hundreds of schools across the UK and am always humbled by the inspiring and supportive environments that great schools create.  It’s a real privilege therefore, as a governor at John of Gaunt to be part of just such an environment; particularly having previously been a student here.

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David Whewell – Chair of Governors

I am semi-retired, previously occupying the role of Head of Young People’s Services with Wiltshire Council. I was a Governor of the John of Gaunt School in the years that my son attended the school. I am a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Federation for Detached Youth Work, a national charity. I have substantial experience of finance, personnel and strategic management and was previously an Ofsted Inspector of Connexions and Youth Services. I am a strong believer in the need to develop and sustain social capital and ensure that communities are supported and engaged in the delivery of learning.

 David Whewell

Andy Williams

I am now into my 4th year as a Parent Governor and was recently very proud to be elected as Chair of the Resources Committee. I am not sure where that time has gone!

I am also very proud to be a Governor of such a great community school, recognised by Ofsted as a ‘Good’ school earlier this year, with a dedicated and hard-working Leadership team, teaching and support staff and a diverse group of students from all walks of life.

The Governor role is very interesting and rewarding one, which provides personal development, enhanced skills training and provides an in-depth insight into the running and management of a successful learning institution and an understanding of the Education System.

I am excited be a small part of the future of John of Gaunt School, whatever that may bring!

 Andy Williams

Debbie Youngs

I have been a governor at John of Gaunt since 2014, where I sit on the Student and Community committee.  I have a particular interest in young people’s well-being and I am the link governor for safeguarding, child protection and mental health, linking with the Student Development Team here at the school.  My children both attended John of Gaunt, although both have now left.  I work for a nearby council as a housing adviser.  Prior to that I was a parent support adviser in a number of primary schools, and a welfare rights officer.  I attend a local church where I enjoy leading the hospitality team.

 Debbie Youngs

 

 

 

Governors' Downloads

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