Governors – Further Information
Mrs Margaret Clarke
In 1985, as Chair of KLB PTA, Margaret was encouraged to stand and was elected for the one of the new positions of parent governor, when the school was first allowed to have parent governors. Then in 1989 she became an LEA governor and in 1994 a Foundation Governor and a Trustee of the Foundation. Margaret was Chair of the governing body for 10 years and is currently Chair of the KLBS Foundation.
Dr John Cordwell
John joined the governing body in 1981 and has served both as chair and vice-chair. He is a Trustee of the Foundation. He has been county councillor for the Wotton-under-Edge electoral division since 1981 and a Wotton town councillor since 1979. Following a career in the nuclear power industry he became a school inspector for Ofsted, later copy-editing and carrying out quality assurance checks on school inspection reports. Since then he has undertaken other editing work, including school science textbooks.
Mr Carl Jenner
Carl joined the governing body in June 2014. He works as an accountant for Magnox Ltd based at Berkeley. He has extensive experience in financial planning, budgetary control and cost forecasting and has been heavily involved in the project teams for three major financial system implementations during his thirty year career. Until joining the governing body at KLB he had also served as a governor at a local primary school for over fourteen years. Carl is married and lives in Wotton-under-Edge and all three of his children attended KLB.
Ms Rachel Robinson
Rachel joined the governing body in September 2012. She works in the health and social care sector and has worked in local government, higher education and the voluntary sector, and brings experience of safeguarding children and young people to the governor role. Rachel has lived in Wotton under Edge since 2004 and has a daughter at the school.
Mrs Helen Holman
Helen was appointed to the governors in October 2017. She has lived in the Wotton area for 30 years. Her 2 sons both attended KLB. Her first career was as a research scientist but after her children were born she trained to be a science teacher. Her passion for science teaching grew into a passion for the broader aspects of education and finally for school leadership. She retired in July 2017 after 11 years as headteacher of Orchard School in Bristol. Her interest in and passion for education continue.
Mr Simon Weston
Simon joined the Governing Body in October 2018. He was a Governor at Bluecoat CEVA Primary School, Wotton-under-Edge, for 7 years and Chair of Governors for 3 years. Simon is a Chartered Architect and is a director of an Architecture and Building Surveying Practice in Bristol. Simon has lived in Wotton since 1999.
Mr Peter Adams
Pete joined the governing body in January 2019 with previous experience as a governor at a rural village primary school and an inner city secondary academy. He is director of a health, safety and environmental management consultancy with extensive prior experience of HS&E in higher education and defence. Pete is married to Sarah with two boys who are both pupils at KLB, and the family lives in the outlying catchment area for KLB in Little Sodbury End. Other interests include motorcycling, classic car restoration, playing guitar and football.
Ms Sarah Plant
Sarah was co-opted to the governing body in September 2017. She attended KLB herself as a pupil from 1997 completing the sixth form in 2004. Sarah works in a technical role in research and design at the locally based engineering company, Renishaw plc. Engineering is a problem solving discipline requiring great attention to detail and Sarah brings this experience to the governor role. Since 2011, she has lived in Chipping Sodbury.
Mrs Sarah Haynes
Sarah joined the governing body in May 2017. She has worked in professional services all her career and is currently part of the People Services team at KPMG. She has extensive experience in supporting businesses across the public and private sectors in all areas of Employment Tax compliance and governance and has also recently undertaken a wider people role giving valuable insight into wider people strategy and development. Sarah is married with two daughters, the eldest having started at KLB in Year 7 last September.
Mr Ben Rousseau
Ben joined the governing body in March 2018. Ben is a former pupil of KLB, growing up in Wotton-under-Edge and Kingswood until he finished sixth form in 1989. He has over 25 years experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare consultancy, with a focus on strategic communications. After living in Cambridge, London and Macclesfield, in 2016 Ben returned to Wotton under Edge with his family. His son and daughter both attend KLB.
Mr Andrew Covell
Andrew was elected to the Governing body in March 2019 and brings previous experience as a governor of a medium sized primary school where he was vice-chair and chair of the Finance, Premises and Staff committee. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor, he has significant experience of the design, procurement, construction and maintenance of schools having been a Lead Technical Advisor on the Building Schools for the Future Programme. Andrew is currently on secondment working on a large infrastructure project in the South West. He lives in Thornbury and is married to Sarah, and has two children one of whom attends KLB.
Mr Joe Blake
Joe graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2010 and worked in the catering and care professions before completing his teacher training in Gloucester. He joined KLB school as a newly qualified teacher of Drama in 2014 and has since served as Key Stage 3 role pastoral assistant for maternity cover. He became a governor in 2018, joining the Wellbeing and Community group, and he is also one of the teachers leading the Staff Association. He and his wife live in Gloucester, where they both volunteer at Kingfisher church.
Mr Richard Shaw
Richard re-joined KLB as Head of Science in 2009 having initially joined the school as an NQT in the year 2000. His passion for the development of science teaching has led to roles as Head of Biology, then second in Science at Wotton Bassett School and now Head of Science. Richard’s specialises in A-Level Biology following his Ecology degree from UEA Norwich and therefore thoroughly enjoys leading the Biology Field trip to Swansea every summer term. He has also coached school hockey teams and was an international hockey umpire. Richard lives in Bristol with his wife and two young boys. Richard was appointed to the governing body in 2018.
Other Governor Information:
- Governor Attendance – Learning and Teaching 2018-19
- Governor Attendance – Health and Safety 2018-19
- Governor Attendance – Finance and Staffing 2018-19
- Governor Attendance – Community and Well Being 2018-19
- Governor Attendance 2018-19
- Register of Business Interests for School Governors 2019-20
- (As at 25 August 2018, none of the Governors of the school have related party transactions.)
- Current Governor Tenure – September 2019
- Governor Attendance 2017-18
Governor Roles 2018 – 2019
- Helen Holman
- Rachel Robinson
Finance and Staffing
- Helen Holman (as Chair of FGB)
- Rachel Robinson (as Vice-Chair of FGB)
- Tim Rand (Headteacher)
- Margaret Clarke (as Chair of Trustees of KLB Foundation)
- Carl Jenner (Responsible Officer)
Teaching and Learning
- Sarah Plant (Chair)
- Helen Holman
- Sarah Haynes
- Tim Rand
- Colin Mann (Deputy Headteacher)
Wellbeing and Community Committee
- Rachel Robinson (Chair)
- Tim Rand
- Helen Holman
- Ben Rousseau
- Joe Blake
- Hannah Khan (Deputy Headteacher)
Health & Safety Committee
- Tim Rand (Chair)
- John Cordwell
- Sarah Plant
- Sarah Cowan
- Tim Andrews (Teaching staff representative)
- Alastair Farwell (Facilities Manager)
- Lyn Price (Medical Secretary)
Exclusion Hearings, Complaints Appeals and Disciplinary Panels
- Helen Holman
- Rachel Robinson
- Margaret Clarke
- John Cordwell
- Carl Jenner
- 6th Form – Margaret Clarke
- Art – Ben Rousseau
- Business Studies – Carl Jenner
- Careers –
- Computing – Sarah Plant
- Design & Technology – Sarah Plant
- Drama – Helen Holman
- English – Helen Holman
- Finance (Responsible Officer) – Carl Jenner
- Geography – Simon Weston
- History – Simon Weston
- Languages – Sarah Haynes
- Mathematics – Sarah Plant
- Music – Helen Holman
- PE – Sarah Cowman
- Psychology – Helen Holman
- Pupil Premium – Helen Holman
- PSHE and Citizenship – Sarah Haynes
- Safeguarding & LAC – Rachel Robinson
- Science – Sarah Plant
- SEND/Gifted and Talented – Rachel Robinson
- Sociology – Helen Holman