Lawn Manor Academy wants to be “Inspiring and Creating Futures for All”. As Governors of the School, it is our responsibility to make sure this vision comes true. We make sure everything done in the school is designed to help it happen.
- Ensure the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school is clear and is being achieved
- Work with the headteacher to continually improve the performance of the School, its staff and its pupils
- Oversee the financial management of the academy to make sure money is spent in the best way
There are a wide range of activities we take part in to help us with these responsibilities. In addition to participating in regular committee meetings, we visit classrooms, liaise with different faculties and meet with staff, pupils and parents/carers. We are also often present when the School is holding events for pupils or parents/carers.
We strongly believe that creating a diverse team of people from a wide variety of backgrounds will help us achieve our goals better. Whether governors are parents, from local community groups, from business, or even from other educational bodies, we want as wide a range of different skills and experience as we can find.
All Directors work on a voluntary basis. There are at least six formal meetings of the full board each year. There are a small number of other committees that look at particular subjects in more detail and then report back or recommend to the Board. These too, tend to meet six times a year. Typically, we commit to giving 20 hours (there are always opportunities to give more time) or more a year and to being able to attend meetings in the evening.
We would love to hear from you if you think you might be interested in finding our more about the role of a governor. For more information about the role of a school governor, contact the Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the National Governors Association web site – https://www.nga.org.uk
Meet our Governors
Jane Hext – Chair of Governors
I have always had a deep interest in education. I am delighted that my position as Chair of Lawn Manor LGB provides me with an opportunity to support this school. I am dedicated to playing my part to enable pupils to achieve their full potential. I am passionate about ensuring that we help to create an environment in which pupils are inspired to be the best that they can be. We are creating a culture of mutual respect, trust and excellent teamwork.
I have over 30 years’ experience working in senior roles including Chief Executive and Managing Director. I have also had responsibility for Customer Services and for Marketing. I have worked in the mobile telecoms industry, in retail and in risk management. This experience has given me a broad and deep background on which to draw, supporting the school leadership team and helping Lawn Manor be successful.
Nigel Cox – Vice Chair of Governors
Although I have spent most of my working life in Human Resources, I did qualify to be a teacher. Since then, my commitment to excellence in education has never left me. The link between education and employment has been an important issue for me professionally. The experiences my own children have had have been important personally. When I was introduced to this school I was immediately struck by the desire it had to ensure children from all backgrounds made the best progress they could.
I have been involved in the many changes the school leadership team have introduced over the last two years. I am proud to be playing a part in the creation of a great school at the heart of its local community. This is a journey that continues. I know we can do still more to make Lawn Manor even better. I believe we can and will inspire and create futures for all our pupils. Every pupil will have an excellent education and learning experience. I see this reflected in the commitment of the children, the teachers and everyone in the school.
Heather Mustafa – Governor
I am passionate about supporting the community in which I live and work. Therefore, it is a tremendous privilege to be a Community Governor at Lawn Manor Academy. Every child deserves a great education and the opportunities this can then provide. As a member of the Lawn Manor LGB I can help make sure this happens.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in financial services, predominantly focusing on employee engagement (encouraging better performance through good employment practices). It has been great to use this knowledge and experience, to support the Lawn Manor senior leadership team. I know they feel that good quality and motivated staff are those best able to give our pupils the education experience they deserve. It will enable them to learn and to be the best that they can be.
Outside of work, my passions include reading crime novels, expanding my cookery skills and spending time with friends and family. I am extremely grateful for the life I have and the people I get to share it with.
Andrew Wells – Governor
I was educated in Swindon. My first work experiences were here too. Since then, I have worked in a wide range of local organisations, including some of the biggest employers in the town. More recently, I have worked on projects connected to economic and social regeneration. I have looked at apprenticeships and at relationships between businesses and schools. I currently work with GWE Business West, again with an interest in local economic and commercial development. Education has a huge role to play in helping our town grow and develop. We want to make Swindon a great place to live and work.
Lawn Manor is my local secondary school. I have a young family, so helping the school succeed is very important to me. What excites me about Lawn Manor is that there is already a great leadership team in place. It has brought in new practices and is already helping the school improve. I’m keen to work with the staff to continue to improve the school. We can make it one of the best educational institutions in Swindon. We can also help support local schools and communities that feed into the School. I hope to use my knowledge and experience to support the Lawn Manor leadership team on this journey.
Julie Wells – Parent Governor
Lawn Manor is my local secondary school and I am a parent governor.
I became a governor because I was interested in the education of our children. I wanted, when it was required, to be able to hold the school to account. I wanted to ensure they were doing the best for every child, not just my own. I have had two children go through this school. My second child is still completing her education here. The school has helped her create and achieve a clear vision for her future and decide where her career path lies.
Like many of my generation in Swindon, I have a background of working in the railway industry. The eye for detail I learnt there has proven to be invaluable. I have been able to use that and a recognition of the importance of good controls on policy and procedure in my role as governor.
I am excited about the future and the benefits we will get from being part of RWBAT. I recently joined the staff of Lawn Manor, working part time as part of the support team.