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.
Mrs Gillian Hayward
Gillian joined the governing body in 2006 and was Chair of Governors from 2008 to 2017. She is also Chair of Gloucestershire Schools’ Forum which advises on the allocation of funds. Previously she was Chair of Amberley Ridge Special School and Hillesley Primary School where she lives . Two of her three children have been students at KLBS and the third is currently in Year 11. Prior to becoming a fulltime volunteer, Gillian was a Management Consultant working with large businesses on corporate improvement programmes.
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 Harris
Andrew started his teaching career in a large 11-16 comprehensive school in Basingstoke. He moved to an 11-18 comprehensive in the London Borough of Sutton where he was Head of Mathematics and also a teacher governor. He then moved to Clevedon School as a Deputy Headteacher before joining the Governing Body at KLB when he was appointed as Headteacher in 1998. Andrew has two children, a daughter in Year 9 and a son in Year 12, who attend comprehensive schools in North Somerset.
Ms Nimali de Silva
Nimali started her career on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme where she spent two years teaching English in Japanese school. She then worked as a programme officer at the Japan Foundation London Language Centre, supporting teachers of Japanese in the UK. She also volunteered as a Learning Mentor with the Wandsworth schools mentoring programme, which was such an inspiring experience she decided to make the transition into teaching. Nimali is in her tenth year of teaching at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s, and in that time has been Head of Japanese, run many overseas visits and exchanges and is now Acting Head of Year 7.
Other Governor Information:
- Register of Business Interests for School Governors – updated September 2017
- (As at 1 September 2017, none of the Governors of the school have related party transactions.)
- Governor Tenure March 2018
- Governors’ meeting attendance 2016-17
Governor Roles 2017 – 2018
- Helen Holman
- Rachel Robinson
Staffing and Finance
- Helen Holman (as Chair of FGB)
- Rachel Robinson (as Vice-Chair of FGB)
- Andrew Harris (Headteacher)
- Margaret Clarke (as Chair of Trustees)
- Carl Jenner (Responsible Officer)
Teaching and Learning
- Gillian Hayward (Chair)
- Helen Holman
- Andrew Harris
- Colin Mann (Deputy Headteacher)
- Nimali de Silva
- Sarah Haynes
- Sarah Plant
Wellbeing and Community Committee
- Rachel Robinson (Chair)
- Andrew Harris
- Hannah Khan (Deputy Headteacher)
- Alastair Farwell
Health & Safety Committee
- Andrew Harris (Chair)
- John Cordwell
- Tim Andrews (Teaching staff representative)
- Alastair Farwell (Facilities Manager)
- Lyn Price (Medical Secretary)
Exclusion Hearings & Appeals & Disciplinary Panels
- Helen Holman
- Margaret Clarke
- Gillian Hayward
- John Cordwell
- Carl Jenner
- 6th Form – Margaret Clarke
- Art –
- Business Studies – Carl Jenner
- Careers – Gillian Hayward
- Design & Technology – Sarah Plant
- Drama – Helen Holman
- English – Helen Holman
- Finance (Responsible Officer) – Carl Jenner
- Geography – Margaret Clarke
- History – Margaret Clarke
- ICT –
- Languages – Sarah Haynes
- Mathematics – Sarah Plant
- Music – Helen Holman
- PE – Sarah Cowman
- Psychology –
- Pupil Premium – Helen Holman
- PSHE and Citizenship – Sarah Haynes
- Safeguarding & LAC – Rachel Robinson
- Science – Sarah Plant
- SEND/Gifted and Talented – Rachel Robinson
- Sociology –