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Meet Your Governors!  

Mrs S Soul:

Chair of Governors 2017 - 2018,     Community Governor

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises  

Curriculum & Standards

Personnel

Sue has been a Governor at Bishop Gore for 18 years.  

Sue believes that as the educational landscape is continually evolving, it is important to adapt quickly to ensure improvement.  She believes to be a good school Governor shouldn't be a 'walk in the park' but it is consistently interesting and fulfilling. 

During Governors' meetings, Sue feels passionate about discussing equality of opportunity, raising children's self confidence, their belief in their ability to do things, their sense of worth and sense of responsibility for their actions.  Sue also believes that all children at Bishop Gore are to enable children at Bishop Gore to achieve their best, to discover their own individual talents and thrive.  Sue feels it is important to find ways to remove barriers to learning and make the most of diminishing budgets as creatively as possible.

Finally, Sue is also very keen to discuss how to improve the physical environment within the school.  

In Sue's spare time she enjoys gardening, watching films, listening to music, writing and playing Scrabble.

Sue works as an Administrator for 'Action on Hearing Loss' - formally RNID. All three of Sue's children attended Bishop Gore.  They would say when asked "What did you learn at school?" ... and their general reply would be "nothing" - and yet they learnt everything.

Mrs Sue Soul Chair of Governors


Mrs M. V. George:

Local Authority Governor

Sub-committees:

Personnel 

Curriculum & Standards

Peggy has been a Governor at Bishop Gore School for 21 years. Peggy enjoys keeping track of the changes in the educational policy, both national and Local Authority, as they affect what actually happens at school level.  Before becoming a Governor, Peggy was a secondary school teacher, a Deputy Headteacher and a University Lecturer in Education.  Peggy is passionate about curriculum issues and the legal implications of Personnel issues which frequently arise in matters such as redundancy, appointments and disciplinary matters affecting staff and pupils.  In Peggy’s spare time, she enjoys listening to classical music and reading.

 

 

 

Cllr C. Philpott:

Local Authority Governor

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises

Personnel

Cheryl has been a Governor at Bishop Gore School for 2 years, although she is also a Governor at a local primary school.  One of the things that Cheryl enjoys about being a school governor is seeing how school life has changed and continues to evolve and how she can be involved with the process. Cheryl is passionate about discussions involving the achievements of children receiving free school meals. Cheryl is also keen to be involved with discussions around challenging behaviour and strategies to work with these pupils.  Cheryl is a Councillor for Sketty, Swansea and in her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading and walking.

 

 

 Cllr C Philpott, LA Governor

Mrs P. Erasmus:

Local Authority Governor

Sub-committees:

Pupil Support

Pamela has been a Governor here for 3 years and finds listening to articulate and engaging young people as one of the most interesting things about being a governor.  As well as a Community Councillor, Pamela is a teacher and has spent time abroad.  Pamela feels that all children should be given the best opportunities for learning and it is important for them to enjoy a well-rounded life, in and out of school. She would like to explore ways that pupils can help and assist her role as a Community Councillor.  In Pamela’s spare time, she enjoys swimming, dancing and travelling.

 

 

 

Cllr. M Child: Vice Chair 2017 - 2018

LA Governor

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises

Mark has been a Governor at Bishop Gore School for 10 years and is a local Councillor. Mark really enjoys helping to run the school, listening to the Headteacher and other staff as well as questioning them and challenging them to help constant improvement. Mark is also our Looked after Children (LAC) and Safeguarding governor. Mark strongly believes the importance of pupils evolving into proficient citizens with ambition and care about the world and that each and every child has the right to an outstanding education. Mark believes that Bishop Gore School is a brilliant, enhancing, fully comprehensive school which works hard for all its pupils to get the best out of their education. (He says the school productions are good too!). In Mark’s spare time he enjoys going sailing, supporting the Ospreys, walking along the Wales Coastal Path, cycling and swimming. He is also a keen member of CAMRA.

 

 

 Cllr M Child LA Governor

Mrs L. Mitchell:

Community Governor

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises,

Curriculum and Standards

Pupil Support and Personnel

Lavinia has been a Governor at Bishop Gore since March 2010 as is the Link Governor for art and design. Lavinia enjoys spending time with the pupils and takes pleasure in seeing the children expressing themselves through art.  Lavinia has previously worked in her family business and an engraver. In her spare time, Lavinia enjoys listening to music, attending school productions and takes art lessons.

 

 

 Mrs L Mitchell Community Governor

Mr P. Stapleton:

Community Governor

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises

Curriculum & Standards

Philip has been a Governor at Bishop Gore for five years and has sat on a number of sub-committees. Philip enjoys working as part of the team and being able to pass on work experience and help with young people's development.  Philip has worked in many areas including; ex-services, working in the maritime industry, telecommunications, hotelier and a licencee.  Philip is passionate about Politics, Industry, Self-Employment and Local Government issues. In Philip's spare time he enjoys canoeing, climbing, walking and gardening. 

 

 

 

Mr A. D. Perry:

Community Governor  

Sub-committees:

Curriculum & Standards

Personnel

Dave was previously a Teacher Governor at Bishop Gore for 7 years, before his retirement in  July 2016 where he was co-opted as a Community Governor. Dave has always found that he  has enjoyed being involved in the heart of the processes that are put in place to ensure each member of the school community benefits from his / her involvement with Bishop Gore School. Dave views it as a great privilege to have worked at Bishop Gore School. He intends to apply  the same effort and determination to see the school continues to improve. It is vital that we  criticise to ensure all our learners are able to enter the world of work equipped to achieve  and contribute to society. In Dave’s spare time he enjoys watching rugby, doing some DIY at home and keeping fit. He  is obsessed with ‘House of Cards’ and also has a keen interest in politics.

 

 

 Mr D Perry Community Governor

Mrs J Philippart:

Parent Governor

Sub-committees:

Personnel

Curriculum & Standards

Joanna has been one of our Parent Governors since September 2015. She has thoroughly  enjoyed being part of the discussions behind new initiatives which will benefit the whole  school and seeing the progress made by the pupils. Joanna has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant, which has given her first class  experience of working within an education setting. Her main passions lie within the music and  drama curriculum whilst also the inclusion of pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN). In Joanna’s spare time, she likes to crochet and read, as well as being a member of the  sound team in her Church.

 

 

 

Miss A Glass:

Associate Governor  

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises

Pupil Support

Personnel

Amy is a member of the support staff at Bishop Gore and has been the Associate Staff  Governor since October 2015. She said one of the most interesting things about being a Governor is seeing ‘behind the scenes’ of how the school operates and discussions, and also  meeting all of the other Governors who make up the Governing Body. Amy is most passionate about the education and welfare of the pupils at Bishop Gore. In Amy’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, friends and family. Running and  ‘upcycling’ furniture. Amy has recently started a foundation degree in Inclusive Education.

 

 

 

Mr S Goodman:

Parent Governor

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises

Pupil Support

Steven has been a Parent Governor for 11 months and has an interest in supporting and  challenging school improvement to achieve the best for the children in the school. Steven enjoys discussing strategies to improve standards of learning, pupil discipline and behaviour, health and safety, ICT provision and foreign languages. Steven is a retired Solicitor and former Magistrates Court Principal Legal Adviser. Steve was  also a former legal adviser to the Youth Court Panel for 15 years. He enjoys history, travel, family history, football as well as all other sports, watching drama and plays and going to the cinema. He also enjoys reading non-fiction  and biographies.

 

 

 Mr S Goodman Parent Governor

Mr W Watson:

Parent Governor  

Sub-committees:

Finance & Premises

Curriculum & Standards

Will was a Civil Engineer with the Local Authority for 40 years and is now working in the  private sector in mining. Will has been a Parent Governor for 5 years. He enjoy being a Governor because he is  interested in learning about the complexities of modern education provision and feeling able to have an input into how the school strives to produce rounded individuals. Will is passionate about securing fair share of funding from the Local Authority and using it to  best effect in the school. He is also passionate about growing the sixth form and widening the subjects available for pupils. In his spare time, Will enjoys dog walking, tennis, playing (or trying to play!) the saxophone. Will believes that the more involved parents become with all aspects of the school, the better  will be the outcomes for all of the pupils.

 

 

 Mr W Watson Parent Governor

Mr E Rees:

Teacher Governor  

Sub-committees:

Finance and Premises

Personnel

Ed was elected as a Teacher Governor in September 2016 and is the Curriculum Coordinator  for Geography and Horticulture. Ed is really looking forward to becoming involved with the Governing Body’s decision making  processes while also being part of the wider school community. Ed believes strongly in giving pupils the best learning opportunities for all learners and the importance of broadening curriculum options to help develop skills. In Ed’s spare time he enjoys kite surfing, running and gardening.

 

 

 Mr E Rees Teacher Governor
 

Mrs L Macdonald:

Parent Governor  

Sub-committees:

Personnel


Lynette was elected as Parent Governor in December 2016 and is a member of the Personnel sub-committee.  Lynette is looking forward to discussing new and exciting initiatives in the school. Lynette works as a PA/Secretary/Administrator  and was a volunteer for Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Missionaries of Charity) and was also involved in other charitable work.

In her spare time, Lynette enjoys reading, cooking, travelling, listening to music, watching selective TV programmes and movies and spending time with her family.

 

Lynette has a degree in Education and English and said  "Every  child is unique and we should stimulate their imagination, nurture their confidence and encourage a love of learning". 

 

Mrs R Beynon:

Teacher Governor  

Sub-committees:

Pupil Support 

Curriculum & Standards

 

 

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