The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies   

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Lexden Springs and supporting the development of our school and learners 
please call the school office on 01206 563321 and we can get our Chair of Governors to meet with you or complete the application form below.

Our current governing body: 

Chair of Governors:

David Burrows – Co-opted Governor 

I have been a governor at Lexden Springs for 4½ years now. I chair the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and the Pay Committee; I’m also the Chair of the Governing Board.

I’m married with two grown-up children, both now working in London; I live in Lexden and have done for the past seventeen years. Originally I’m from Leicester, but work brought me down to Essex twenty five years ago. I’m a maths graduate of Cambridge University, worked in engineering for many years and ultimately ran an engineering business before I decided to make a complete change seven years ago. I then studied for a law degree with the Open University (OU) and starting teaching maths courses for the OU as well. At about the same time my wife and I decided to start renovating and renting out properties and I enjoy investing in the Stock Market.

For many years I have been interested in comedy-drama on the stage and have been writing and producing pantomimes, latterly with a group at St. Leonard’s Church.

Within the governing body I take a particular interest in the schools Health and Safety, Mental Wealth and Assessment Without Levels .

 Vice Chair    

Shirley Croft - Parent Governor

Along with being Vice Chair I am also a parent Governor at Lexden Springs.  This is my 4th year as a Governor.  I am married with two children of my own and two step children.  The youngest of my children was at Holly Lodge.

I work as a Solicitor specialising in family matters, in particular, divorce, financial issues and children.  I have been in practice for many years and have my own small business.   I have always lived in Essex, was born in Colchester, and attended school in Chelmsford but Law School in London. 

In my spare time I like to swim, play tennis and read. I belong to a book club, a local tennis club and I am a member of my local gym.  I attend French classes.  

I am enjoying my time as a Parent Governor and take a particular interest in my monitoring, coming into school and getting to know the staff and children.

Staff Governors: Simon Wall - Head Teacher

  Marie Saunders - Staff Governor 

I feel that I have a wealth of professional experience from inside and outside of education to bring to the governing body having worked in various settings with students with and without disabilities since completing a music degree specialising in music therapy. Settings included United Cerebral Palsy New York State in USA and a residential F.E. college for the disabled in Exeter where students were prepared for employment and supported living. Whilst living in North London I taught GCSE & A level music at a secondary county high school for 12 years and worked as a peripatetic music teacher for various County Music Services in London and the home counties to students from aged 5 to adults. I also acquired some valuable business knowledge, managing a professional recording studio in central London dealing with record companies and artists, delivering an education outreach programme in Bath for a Music Festival and running a small company buying and renovating property to let.

Shortly after moving to Colchester I gained first-hand experience of looking after a disabled child and the impact this has on family life when my youngest daughter was in hospital long-term with a life threatening condition for nearly three years whereupon I had to stop teaching myself. On reflection, this has given me a very personal insight into disability that I also draw upon as a governor in a special school. Subsequently, I resumed teaching in local primary schools before settling here at Lexden Springs where my last five years have been in the Post 16 - 19 Department and Holly Lodge.

As has been reflected in my own life, I am very much of the opinion that the journey is as important as the final destination. Thinking about life beyond education can be a very daunting prospect for most students and their parents/carers. I have very high but realistic aspirations and am passionate about providing our students with a quality education, experiences and opportunities during their school life to gain knowledge and independence skills, learning about and experiencing life and the workplace in order to reach their full potential. Drawing on my own knowledge and experience, I will support the governing body to ensure that our school provides the best route for every student as they go on their own personal journey towards adulthood and eventually making their own contribution to the community.

Parent Governors: Sharon Slade - 

I have been a parent governor since January 2013.  My daughter Lauren has been a pupil at the school since 2008.  I work locally for a global venue finding and event management company and also have a busy family life with Lauren, her younger brother Joseph and four older step children.  

I enjoy running and take part in races such as the London Marathon, British 10K and other local half marathons, my aim to use a race each year to fund raise for Rett UK.  I also enjoy chilling out at home and watching a good crime drama on the TV.

Local Authority Governor:

Lewis Barber -

I was elected as a councillor in May 2016 and I became the youngest member in the council chamber. I currently hold the Shadow Portfolio Holder position for Resources. The area I represent includes Lexden, Braiswick, Eight Ash Green, West Bergholt, Aldham and Fordham Heath. I have attempted to get involved in as much as I can to support each community and this has included schools and community groups for young people, such as West Bergholt Youth Group.

I have previously worked for an investment bank and in a couple of weeks time I will be studying a Masters at UCL in the History and Economics departments.

In particular, I was keen to become a Governor of Lexden Springs not only because of the above reason but also because it is an exciting time to be getting involved with the school because of the planned moved. There are also more sentimental reasons. I have had family who have attended the school and I hold it in high regard because of this and the wider contribution it makes to the community. Walking around the school for the first time a few months ago was a humbling experience and I am privileged to be involved as a Governor.

I hope that my contacts in the local authorities can help support the school, including regarding the move and that my community spirit and financial skills will be an addition.

Co-opted: Peter Wilde - Post 19  Research Free School

I have lived in Colchester for the last 3/4 years and have been a Governor for almost the same amount of time! I am a freelance business consultant, which I feel gives the business know how to implement within my role of researching Post 19 education provision.  I share my time between our home in Colchester and work in London.

Lynn Lennard-Jones - 
I became a governor earlier this year and am enjoying learning about the school through various classroom and activity visits as well as formal meetings.  My husband and I came to Colchester 19 years ago with 3 small children who all then attended local schools. Previously I worked as a secondary school teacher in Nottingham. My main subjects were P.E. and R.E., whilst I also held a pastoral role. Latterly I taught in Uganda before returning to this country to have our children. An Essex girl by birth, we came back to the county primarily to be nearer our parents.  
I am now a tennis coach working with both adults and children in clubs and a school locally. In my spare time I organise and run tennis leagues, tournaments and competitions whilst also enjoying playing the game myself. My other hobbies include cycling, cooking and baking.I hope that my interest in education and working with children can be of benefit to Lexden Springs. Living locally, I am pleased to be involved in the community in this way.

 Rachel Burrage - 
I am a retired Primary school teacher with over 40 years experience, including 20 years as part of the Senior Leadership Team.  I spent 8 years of my career teaching SEN pupils in a mainstream setting.  Previous to becoming a Governor at Lexden Springs I was a staff governor for a Primary school in Stanway.  I continue to volunteer in a local Primary school and I am a Junior Church Leader.  

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