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   

Our current governing body and their areas of responsibility:

Chair of Governors: Wendy Crockett OBE - Chair of Governors & Local Authority Governor.  Child Protection/Safeguarding, Parental Complaints, Pupil Progress, Pupil Premium, Staff Protection & Headteacher Wellbeing and Careers & Equality/Diversity, Children Looked After 

I’ve been Chair of Governors at Lexden Springs for 2 years.  It’s been a privilege to be part of such a hard working team and to share in rapid and positive improvement.  I am retired but during my professional career, I worked as the Special Needs Co-ordinator at Alderman Blaxhill School for 25 years and during that time, won a National Teaching Award and also had the honour of being awarded an OBE.  After that, I moved to work at Beacon Hill, a Special School in Ipswich, initially as a Deputy Headteacher and then as Acting Head.  All of the skills I gained during this time have equipped me well for my role as Chair.


David Burrows – Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair.  Maths, Health & Safety, Website

I have been a governor at Lexden Springs for 2½ years now. I chair the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and the Pay Committee; I’m also Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body.

I’m married with two grown-up children, both now working in London; I live in Lexden and have done for the past fifteen 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 how to use data to assess pupil progress and the teaching and learning of Science.

Staff Governors: Simon Wall - Head Teacher

  Marie Saunders - Staff Governor - SEND - Middle Management

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 - Early Years Foundation Stage & Attendance

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 fundraise for Rett UK.  I also enjoy chilling out at home and watching a good crime drama on the TV.

Shirley Croft - Learning Walks

I am in my first year as a Governor at Lexden Springs.  I am married with two children of my own and two step children.  The youngest of my children is 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 first year as a Parent Governor and take a particular interest in my monitoring, coming into school and getting to know the staff and children.

Co-opted:  Ivy Robinson - Pupil Voice

I am now retired but the last fifteen years of my working life were at Tesco where I was the Health and Safety Representative across a number of departments. This gave me many skills which I am now able to use at School.  Previously, I have been a Governor at a big comprehensive School in Witham, where I live for twenty four years. I’ve been a Governor at Lexden Springs for seven and a half years and my main responsibility is to monitor the development pupil and their voice and opinions across the School, which I enjoy. I recently attended the Governor’s annual conference and went to a workshop about the changes to the National Curriculum at Key Stage one and two. In my spare time, I like to be active. I play bowls, enjoy holidays, especially cruises and sing in a Church choir. Finally, I really love my work as a Governor.

Ray Sharpe - Post 16

Is 62 year old father of one daughter with two grandsons. Having previously served as a governor at Shorefields school and Stockwell Park School he brings a wealth of experience. After a career in training and training management, he now works in the care sector for Clacton Family Trust.

Peter Wilde - Post 19  Research Free School

I have lived in Colchester for the last 2/3 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.

  Maggie Whiteman -English & Assessment without Levels

I am the secretary for Colchester Rugby Football Club and have been involved with them for many years.  Although retired now I still work part time as a Teacher in a large Secondary School.  I have been a governor with Lexden Springs for almost 1 year now.

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