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Governors

The Governors make many of the key decisions about the development of the school. The governing body is made up of a group of enthusiastic parents, community members, Local Education Authority appointees and school staff. These are both specialists and non-specialists who bring widely different views of the purpose of the school and how it should function. Through this melting pot, together with information gained from staff and parents, key decisions are made.

Our governors are connected with the school through visits and governor meetings. They are determined to do their bit to support the pupils. They take advice and make their decisions accordingly.

Governors also contribute to the ideas that underpin the development of the school. They tend to take a lead from the professional staff but sometimes as a part of the melting pot, they put forward alternative ideas based on their experience. Through this we grow.

Governors and particularly parent governors want to hear from parents about both the successes and the limitations of the school.

Click to View the MHS Governing Body Information

Click to View the Memorandum of Association

Click to View the Articles of Association

Click to View the Scheme of delegation

Governors Profiles:

pam-whitehead

Mrs P Whitehead
Chair of Governors

Background:

I retired in May 2015 after spending nearly 40 years working in a variety of posts within Local Government.

For 34 years I worked in some way to support the needs of young people, either as a senior administrator in children’s social care, working to a senior manager of five children’s social work teams, and for the last 14 years in Education within a local authority, 11 years in two secondary schools as a Business Manager and three as a LA finance officer, supporting Heads of up to 25 primary and secondary school.

On my retirement I wanted to be able to put my many years of experience to good use and was very pleased to be accepted as a Governor of Martin High School.

Relevant experience:

I worked in my last school of nine years, was a member of the senior leadership team and my responsibilities encompassed everything that wasn’t teaching. This included, budgeting, financial management, line management of all non-teaching staff and site management.

I lead on the transfer TUPE of both the cleaning and catering teams to the school. Taking catering ‘in-house’ proved to be very successful, increasing the take up of lunches and a breakfast service by all students. As a Trust School, I preformed the role of Company Secretary.

I hold the Certificate of School Business Management

All about me

Besides the work supporting Martin High, I am a member of a sport and bridge club, I perform role of the Secretary and currently I’m very involved in the transfer of the club to a Charitable Organisation. I play bridge about three times a week, keeping my mind active.

I am also a member of a local walking group, in the attempt to keep both mind and body active.

I enjoy eating out and socializing with friends and of course meeting up with my family, both locally, in Kent and visiting my sister and family in Australia as much as I can.

 

david-donoghue

Mr D Donoghue
Vice Chair of Governing Body & Chair of Finance and General Purpose Committee

My role as a part owner and General Manager of a local business has required me to develop a wide range of skills which enable me to objectively analyse and challenge situations from financial, operational and practical viewpoints, identify what needs to be done and come up with a common sense solution and then by supporting and working with other personnel with varying skillsets, carry it through to a satisfactory conclusion.

The above, I believe are vital skills for a school Governor to have.

 

laura-sanchez

Mrs L Sanchez
Head Teacher

Background: 
I have taught in a number of schools and academies in Plymouth and Coventry before joining MHS in 2015.

Relevant experience: 
As Head teacher of MHS I am fully immersed in life at the school.  I work closely with our governing body to ensure that all our learners have the education that they deserve.  As our governing body develops we are building positive and challenging working relationships to thoroughly hold the leaders of MHS to account for the progress our learners make.

All about me: 
I started my career in Education working for the Travellers Education Service in Leicestershire before training to teach English to 11 – 19 year olds.  I am still teaching English to our learners and I am passionate about the subject.

I am a keen reader and passionate about wildlife.  When time allows I enjoy walking and spending time with my family.

shaun-dickinson

Mr S Dickinson
Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Martin High School for 14 years. In that time I have held positions as second in the maths department and pastoral lead. I am currently an assistant head teacher with responsibilities that include timetabling and tracking pupil progress.

helen-exon

Mrs H Exon

I have worked in an education related field for many years. This has given me a good knowledge of the education system and its institutions particularly for the 11-18 age range.

I have extensive management experience with the ability to look at issues from a strategic and operational perspective. I am used to meeting deadlines and targets, finding solutions and supporting staff through change.

I have a degree plus professional and management qualifications.

 

nicola-baker

Mrs N Baker
Parent Governor

As a parent Governor I am committed in ensuring that all pupils at the Martin High School aspire and achieve their full potential.  I currently have two children who attend the school.  In contributing to the growth and development of the school since it became an Academy I am able to see tangible improvements in the attainment and aptitude of pupils.

I have over 25 years’ experience working within the NHS and hold two professional clinical qualifications.  Currently I work within project management and have a detailed knowledge of clinical effectiveness and outcomes, skills which I am able to utilise as school governor.

I am able to deliver on a range of projects, specifically in respect of the on-going development implementation and monitoring of standards.  These skills I feel are easily transferrable in supporting the school in the setting of objectives, meeting OFSTED requirements and benchmarking processes.

I find the role of school Governor very fulfilling and since my appointment I have developed in being able to provide a strategic overview of the school. I frequently arrange visits to the school and classrooms during which I will focus on key priorities such as the marking of exercise books using WWW and EBI.

Finally I share the vision and ethos of the school in ensuring that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.  If however you have any concerns at that you would like to discuss with me please don’t hesitate to speak to the school office for my contact details.  I look forward to meeting with you when visiting the school.

 

mike-fawcett

Mr M Fawcett
Parent Governor

Background:
Mike has been a Parent Governor / Academy Director at the Martin High School since 2008. He has three daughters who have all attended the school.

Relevant experience:
Mike brings experience of strategy development and change management; he is an effective stakeholder manager used to engaging with business and the local community.

All about me:
Mike is a director of a local business and has spent more than 30 years working in the private sector. He has worked in the UK and overseas, including mainland Europe, the Middle East and North America. He has undertaken major leadership roles in business development, sales, contract negotiation and project management for complex and large value engineering projects in highly regulated industries. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.

Mike enjoys travel, skiing and spending time with his family.

 

gareth-davies

Mr G Davies
Community Governor

Background:
Originally from London, with a Geography and Geology degree from Derby, I have lived in Leicester and Glenfield for the last 25 years.

Relevant experience:
I spent the first 18 years of my career in a variety of senior HR roles including HR Director for a number of global business services organisations. For the last 8 years I have worked in sales support, solutions and pre sales roles, and am currently Sales Operations Director for a FTSE 250 business.

My skills and experience are centred around business strategy, sales, operations and people management. Additionally, over the years I have focused on training, including apprenticeships and programmes preparing pupils for work and further education.

All about me:
My personal time is spent focused on my family, and with two boys, a major emphasis on sports. Both are now at MHS and progressing very well.

I have a personal belief that learning is best achieved through practical experience, and that the role of school is ultimately about giving pupils the best preparation for later life.

 

george-davidson

Mr G Davidson
Staff Governor

Background:
I have worked at The Martin High School since 2005 as Head of the Design and Technology Department. Previously to that I worked in a Coventry 11-18 secondary school.

Before entering the teaching profession, I was an engineer for a main contractor for a number of years, having studied Construction technology and Management at University

During my time at MHS, especially in recent years, I have been a part of the major changes that have taken place. Firstly to become an academy, then the conversion process to an 11-16 school and now with a new Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team in place.

Relevant experience:
Some of my skills and strengths include;

  • Leading a team through change as part of the 11-16 conversion process
  • In depth knowledge of Design and Technology as a subject area including the current changes to the curriculum at KS3 and the new GCSEs.
  • I am a member of The Design and Technology Association. I regularly attend network meetings locally.
  • Budget holding responsibilities
  • Extensive experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of young people including young people with SEN, young offenders and children in care.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and experience in holding responsibilities for H&S both within and outside of a school setting.
  • I’m generally an all-round nice guy too.

All about me:
Having worked at the Martin High School for a number of years, I have seen it through some changing times and am incredibly excited at this moment in its history. It has never been in a stronger position to be recognized as a truly amazing place to come to as student or a member of staff. We have never before achieved the superb results that we are currently seeing and we have never before seen the amazing progress that students of all abilities are achieving.

So much of our history has been leading up to this point. The staff at MHS (my colleagues) are the most amazing and hard working group of people you are ever likely to meet, the standards in and out of the classroom are of the highest level and the students have never been more motivated to achieve great things.

I am passionate about the success of the students here, and have seen numerous families pass through the school over more than a decade, and that has made me feel a part of the community.

I am hugely enthusiastic about technology and science education. I try to promote further education and careers in the sector through the extra enrichment that we offer such as STEM ambassador visits and the robotics club.

On a personal level; I have lived locally for a number of years with my family and enjoy the challenges that demanding job and busy family life brings. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hill walking, I do a lot of DIY and I like nothing more than watching a good war film and having a beer on a Friday night.