Redwood Primary School

Redwood Drive, Waddington, Lincoln LN5 9BN T 01522 721156 F 01522723672 E enquiries@redwood.lincs.sch.uk

Our Governing Body

The governing body is a group of dedicated volunteers who help to shape the style and direction of the school. 

Governors work as a team.  They are responsible for making sure the school provides a high quality education, and for raising educational standards in school.  Governors set policies, including those to ensure the safety of pupils and those that promote effective teaching and learning; they do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. 

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates; its main role is to ask challenging questions to be sure that the school is doing its best; this role is often called being a ‘critical friend’.  They support and challenge the head by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the school.  Governors are responsible for how the school is performing and following up inspection reports is an important job.  They meet at least twice a term to discuss the running of the school.  This would include looking at the school’s budget, various policies the overall ethos and direction of the school, long-term planning, special education needs, targets for pupil performance and staffing structure.

If you wish to contact the Governing Body please email Sarah Lewis who is the Clerk to the Governors: Sarah.Lewis@redwood.lincs.sch.uk


Suzie Charman

Chair

Suzie CharmanCurrently I am a full time Mum to two daughters. I have worked as a Primary Teacher for ten years in a variety of schools in Lincolnshire and Norfolk with Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Classes. I appreciate that both parenting and teaching are really challenging roles. I believe that every child should have the best educational opportunities to achieve their potential.

As a School Governor I am jointly responsible for Safeguarding. I am always happy to chat at the end of day school run so feel free to approach me with any questions or queries.

Mrs F Kent

Headteacher

Mrs KentI am the head teacher and a member of the governing body at Waddington Redwood Primary School.  As a mature entrant to teaching after a 12 year career in the Royal Air Force, I have been a qualified teacher for 13 years.  In that time, I have worked in a variety of schools across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.  I became a head teacher because I am passionate about education and the difference that it can make to children’s life chances.  I believe in the importance of nurturing children and so the Redwood ethos of ‘Broadening Horizons’ is very close to my heart.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Dave, my children Bradley and Emily, and my dog, Gryffindor.  I also like to run, visit the theatre, ski and read.  

Toni Gamwell

Vice Chair

Toni GamwellI currently have two children at Redwood. I have been the chairperson of the Redwood Friends Association for six out of the last seven years, which has allowed me to be a part of the Redwood family and provide fun for the children and fundraising for the school. I graduated with a Fine Art degree before having my children and since then I have ran my own business. The last five years I have worked in the Secondary education sector and now work full time in a local secondary academy as a Design and Technology teacher. In my spare time I like to travel and have recently caught the “theatre bug”!

Mrs E Nicholls

Mrs NichollsHi I am Mrs Nicholls and I have been teaching at Waddington Redwood Primary for 6 years and I am currently teaching the Year 4 class, I am the phase team leader for Lower Key Stage Two, part of the Senior Leadership Team in school and I have just joined the schools governing body. I really enjoy being part of the Waddington Redwood family working alongside parents, staff and now the governors too! Outside of school I really enjoy reading especially the Harry Potter Series, watching movies, singing, playing with my two cats Katniss and Leia and when I can get on it I also enjoy playing games on the PlayStation! I also really love visiting London, normally during the holidays, to shop for shoes and to see musicals my favourites at the moment being Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked!

Cllr L Pennell

Cllr L PennellI was born and raised in Blackburn and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. I am now a retired RAF pilot and lived in the Brant Road area when I flew Vulcans from RAF Waddington. Subsequently, much of my 36 years in the RAF was spent in flying training posts, teaching and standardizing both students and their instructors. After my retirement from the Service, in May 2011 I became the North Kesteven District Councillor for the Waddington West Ward where the School is located and then joined the Governing Body in September 2012. I believe firmly that good education and training is key to our future.

A keen golfer, I also follow motor sport and enjoy skiing with my wife.

Amanda Bett

Amanda BettHello my name is Amanda Bett, I have four children; two currently at Redwood Primary School. I have just recently moved back to the area and chose Redwood for its friendly-family feel; it's a great school and I want to help it be the best it can be.

I have a positive can-do attitude and would like to give something back to the community I live in. I have a creative background with a degree in Fine Art. Now I'm a full time mother, previously I worked in a contemporary Art Gallery in Birmingham.

I enjoy anything creative from interior design, craft, sewing and gardening to collecting antiques. I love the simplest things; like cooking Sunday dinner for friends and family.

I'm happy to help anyone, so please don't hesitate to have a chat at the school gate.  

Josie Jamieson

Josie JamiesonI decided to put myself forward as a parent governor as I wanted to make a difference to the lives of children attending Redwood School.

I am married and am both a parent and step-parent myself, with a child at the school. In my job I’m currently responsible for the marketing and communications for the floral relay network Interflora. Previously, I have been the Editor of the county magazine Lincolnshire Life and have had a long career in journalism, marketing and PR, although my academic background is in Psychology!

My husband and I are in the process of redecorating the entire house so there isn’t a great deal of spare time, but when there is, I can mostly be seen cosied on the sofa catching up on Coronation Street!

Jeanette Wilson

I have lived in the Brant Road area for over 25 years and my daughter, nieces and nephews were all Redwood pupils. My grandson is a pupil at the school from September 2018 and I am keen to support the school's aim to 'broaden horizons' for every pupil. I am keen to help all pupils achieve their potential both academically and creatively.

I have a professional and academic background in accounts, finance, business management and teacher. I have a management degree and qualifications in teaching and information technology.

I have recently retired from Lincoln college as a Business and Finance lecturer and was chairperson for the Skills for Life group, who supported adult learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. I was also an Equal Opportunities representative and taught literacy to adult learners.

I am looking forward to meeting and working with governors, staff, pupils and parents.

Trevor Smith

Trevor SmithI was born in Grimsby and at sixteen I went to a naval college in London and later spent 7 years as a sea-going marine engineer. During my career I gained a degree in mathematics from the Open University and a master’s degree in engineering from the Glasgow Caledonian University. By profession and training, I am a maintenance engineer / manager with twenty years’ experience in the semiconductor industry working for American and Japanese Corporations. However, the last fifteen years I was employed as a project manager working in the oil and gas industry for both onshore and offshore installations.
I chose to become a governor as I realise the importance of education and how decisions made at school can have a lifelong impact on young peoples’ lives. I felt that as I have benefited from a good education, it is only right to give something back to help young people, especially as I have grandchildren at primary school. I believe being a Governor will give me that opportunity.

Now retired, I spend quality time with my wife, four daughters, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, not forgetting the dog Bella. I spend a lot of time in the garden, the fruits from which I try to turn into home made wine. I also recently joined Dunholme bowls club, where I am trying to improve my game.  

Linda Dickinson


Governor Information

View the Governors' Register of interests

Governing Board Attendance Information – September 2018 – July 2019

Name of Governor

Date of appointment

Appointed By

Position

Term of office ends/ended

Attendance record 2017-18

Details of any other governance role currently held/business interests

Fiona Kent

N/A

N/A

Ex Officio

N/A

11 of 12

Employed by Waddington Redwood Primary Academy

Suzie Charman

1.9.18

Trust

Chair of Governors

1.9.22

9 of 9

None

Toni Gamwell

1.9.18

Trust

Vice Chair

1.9.22

10 of 10

Employed by Priory Federation of Academies

Lance Pennell

1.9.18

GB Board

Local Employer Representative

1.9.22

7 of 9

None

Josie Jamieson

1.9.18

Parents

Parent Governor

1.9.20

8 of 9

None

Amanda Bett

1.9.18

Parents

Parent Governor

1.9.20

6 of 9

None

Linda Dickinson

1.9.18

GB Board

Community Representative

1.9.22

1 of 1

None

Emma Nicholls

1.9.18

Staff

Staff Governor

1.9.20

8 of 9

Employed by Waddington Redwood Primary Academy

Trevor Smith

1.9.18

GB Board

Community Representative

1.9.22

1 of 1

None

Jeanette Wilson

1.9.18

GB Board

Community Representative

1.9.22

1 of 1

None

Susan Edge

10.7.15

GB Board

Co-opted Governor

RESIGNED 31.08.18

12 of 12

Chair of Governors at Manor Leas Junior Academy

Louise Crowther

01.02.17

GB/Board

Co-opted Governor

RESIGNED 31.01.18

1 of 4

Employed by Read, Write, Ink Phonics Ltd


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