Governors of The Nottingham Emmanuel School are committed to the development of the whole school community and give freely of their time and expertise to help the school live out its vision. The three core functions of the governing body are fulfilled through regular governing body meetings, as well as individual monitoring visits which have a clearly defined purpose related to school improvement priorities.
The core functions are to:
- Set the strategic direction of the school (clarity of vision and ethos; engaging stakeholders; meeting statutory duties)
- Create robust accountability (using data to provide challenge and to hold leaders to account for teaching; achievement; behaviour and safety; strengthening school leadership; performance management of the Principal; contributing to school self- evaluation and evaluating the impact of the Governing Body)
- Ensure best use of financial resources (solvency and effective financial management; use of pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning)
The membership of the Governing Body is currently drawn from a number of nominating bodies, as published in the Articles of the Academy. This will change as the school becomes part of a multi-academy trust – see information about the consultation. However, governors will continue to be nominated on the basis of the skills and experiences which equip them to fulfill the role. They undertake an annual review of their effectiveness and undertake training to continually improve their skills and knowledge.
They work closely with senior leaders to ensure that all stakeholders are fully engaged in living out our Christian mission: ‘To enable every student to achieve their full academic and personal potential so that they can make a positive impact on the world in furtherance of the Kingdom of God’.
Clearly this strategic role means that members of the Governing Body do not become routinely involved in the operational running of the school or individual student issues, these are the responsibility of the Principal and school staff.
Mrs Heidi Shewell-Cooper – Co-Chair of Governors – Appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education
Heidi has been Chair of Governors since 2010. Since taking over the leadership of the governing body she has undertaken the Chair of Governors Development Programme and also completed the Church School leadership Course (2014). She is passionate about the interface between education and faith and the Church School sector. In 2015 she was recognized as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) and undertakes negotiated deployments to support other Chairs of Governors. Heidi is pleased to be leading a team of dedicated volunteers, committed to supporting and challenging the school on its journey towards further improvement. Since 2006 she has managed a partnership of primary schools the Primary 6 Partnership, (P6P) working on school improvement projects together in Nottingham City. She has recently become an Associate Tutor with Liverpool Hope University, helping to develop an on-line course for governors of Church schools.
Mark Blakeway – Co-Chair of Governors – Nominated by Trustees
Mark has worked in the Civil Engineering & Construction industry for 38 years; starting his early career as an Engineer, graduating to business management and a Director of North Midland Construction.
He has a broad range of experience across most disciplines required to run a Mid Size Business; including operations, finance, procurement, human resources, health & safety, environmental and quality procedures.
Over his career he has been actively involved in developing others and is passionate about delivering high quality education for all children, providing them with the skills to contribute to society.
Peter Brown – Appointed by St Wilfrid’s PCC
Peter has considerable professional experience of the finance sector with many years as an investigator in fraud and compliance. He has oversight of church finances at St Wilfrid’s Church and sits on the Parochial Church Council there. He is keen to monitor the financial structure of the school and the data underpinning the measurement of progress, particularly in view of its soon to be status as a member of a multi academy trust. He is also passionate about the strong distinctive Christian ethos at Emmanuel and to help develop the growing partnership between the local church and the school.
Elizabeth Dunford – Appointed by the Area Dean of West Bingham
Elizabeth has worked in schools for the whole of her life and believes passionately that everyone should have access to a good education. She qualified as a Maths teacher and then progressed into middle management, taking on the role as Head of Year supporting the pastoral care of students and helping them to be ambitious about their academic progress.
Elizabeth attends St Giles Church, West Bridgford. She represents the local deanery as a governor at Emmanuel and is the strategic lead for admissions matters. She enjoys helping staff with student, parent and staff interviews.
A few years ago she felt a strong calling that she should retire early and go to work in Africa. She spent two years in Lesotho setting up a school in a remote village where children had no access to secondary education. The work was inspiring and the school is still flourishing. One of her favourite quotations is Nelson Mandela’s “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Roslyn Harris – Parent Governor
Roslyn has a varied background in administration and child-minding which includes working as a French teacher for primary children. She is a passionate advocate for the needs of children and young people. She has recent experience of leading the governing body of a city primary school which developed from special measures to outstanding and therefore brings a wealth of experience and skills to the wider governing body.
Phil Marsh – Ex-Officio Governor, Chaplain, and Trustee
Phil was deployed by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in 2009 into a dual role. As well as being Chaplain to Emmanuel, Phil is the Vicar of St Wilfrid’s, Wilford, and so enjoys a close working relationship with South Wilford Primary school where he is also a governor. In his life as Governor, Chaplain and Trustee at Emmanuel, Phil is also a parent of children who attend Emmanuel.
Phil is part of the Chaplaincy team which has oversight of all aspects of the Christian nature of the school, ethos and spirituality. Working alongside other staff members, the chaplaincy team values the opportunity to invest in the development of staff and young people, including the leadership of programmes to support CPD (continued professional development), acts of worship and spiritual celebration, numerous extra-curricular activities, and the promotion of teaching through a Christian world view. As Chaplain, Phil is in school most days, either with students or staff, and enjoys the way this informs his role as governor.
Dizzy Prentice – Appointed by Nottingham Emmanuel School Trustees
Dizzy Prentice is a member of St Giles’ Church, West Bridgford and she has a lifelong interest in education. After a number of years as a Business Studies and IT lecturer in Further Education, she worked in educational management, first in an FE College and then, in a large engineering school at the University of Nottingham. The post involved the management of a large number of professional staff. It was here that she implemented significant changes in finance and business processes and was also responsible for identifying and mitigating areas of risk to the organisation. These skills transfer to her interests in governance.
Elizabeth Taylor – Appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education
Liz is a member of the Heart Church, Nottingham. Liz has been appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education as a representative from one of the wider non-Anglican city churches in Nottingham. This recognises the diversity of churches supporting our faith school foundation and also reflective of the fact many students attend a variety of Churches across the city. Liz is a qualified teacher of mathematics – trained through the Teach First programme and she taught in East London. She now works for Teach First overseeing preparation for Ofsted and estyn inspections, ensuring the programme retains its high standard.
She retains a strategic interest in the outcomes of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding .
Brian is St George’s in the Meadows PCC nominated Governor. He has worked in the distribution industry for over 35 years with Director level roles in the Midlands and then in Business and Corporate Headquarters in London. His experience covers Operations, Strategic Planning, HR, Marketing and Performance standards setting. He later worked with UK and International Drug Prevention Charities and most recently was CEO of a charity supporting vulnerable young people.
He has undertaken a number of initiatives designed to unlock people’s potential. He looks forward to applying his business skills to Emmanuel’s governance as well becoming involved in the Faith and ethos strand of Emmanuel’s mission.
Nic Burton – Company Secretary
Anthony Barnaby – Staff Governor
Anthony Barnaby is a member of the science department. He studied Biology at Nottingham University and did his PGCE at Cambridge. He is in his third year of teaching at Emmanuel. He believes all students should make progress and that teachers and governors should be aware of the impact of their work on learning at Emmanuel. He is interested in seeing the positive influence of strong governance in a school.
Sue Law – Clerk to the Governing Body
Sue Law works part-time as the Clerk to The Nottingham Emmanuel School and for other schools in Nottinghamshire/Nottingham City. She has been a Governing Body Clerk for 12 years and has a wide experience of governance in academies and maintained schools.
Further information about governance is available below:
- DfE Governors Handbook
- National Governance Association (NGA) Website
- Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham