Click on the headings below to find out a little more about our governors backgrounds and why they wanted to become governors for the school.
Category of Governor: Local Authority.
Background: I qualified as a teacher in 1971 and worked until I retired in 2007. The last 24 years in service was as a headteacher of three Essex Primary schools. In 2003 I completed an M.Ed at Cambridge which focussed on improving governance. I have worked as a part-time tutor for Essex Governor Services since 2006 writing and delivering courses for governors.
Why I wanted to be a Governor at Southview: As a headteacher I was keenly aware of the importance and support a governing body can give to a school. I have always believed that ALL children regardless of their ability should have the best opportunities to succeed in school.
Governor Responsibilities: Safeguarding (Child Protection), Whistleblowing, Monitoring the School Development Plan.
Date Appointed: 7th September 2016
Term of office ends: 6th September 2020
Category of Governor: Associate Member
Background: I have been teaching in special education for 25+ years, working with children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. I have been Deputy Head at Southview since January 2015.
Why I wanted to be a Governor at Southview: As part of the senior leadership team here at Southview, I am involved in strategic planning and development. I care passionately about the learners here and work diligently to create an outstanding learning environment.
Date Appointed: 1st September 2015
Term of office ends: 31st August 2019
Category of Governor: Staff Governor
Background: I have been involved in special needs teaching and leadership for a number or years. I believe passionately that all young people, regardless of their ability, should have the very best education possible and I am proud to lead a school with that very much at the heart of its ethos.
Date Appointed: January 2013
Category of Governor: Chair of Governors
Background: Qualified as a teacher in September 1963 – now retired. Has a BA (Hons) degree with Open University and a BTEC Advanced Certificate in School structure and development. Keen on lifelong learning.
Governor Responsibilities: Complaints, School Website, Educational Visits and Leadership & Governance, Monitoring the School Development Plan.
Governor Class Links: Mars and Southview College.
Date Appointed: 23rd February 2014 (reappointed)
Term of office ends: 22nd February 2022
Category of Governor: Parent Governor.
Background: I have a daughter who has attended Southview School for the last few years. I balance looking after her and all that entails, with working as an accountant for Ford at Warley.
Why I wanted to be a governor at Southview: I am hugely impressed with the school, and am always captivated by the happy and positive atmosphere that radiates from the learners and staff alike. I have the continued wellbeing and development of learners close to my heart.
Governor Responsibilities: Equality & Diversity, Monitoring the School Development Plan.
Date Appointed: 28th October 2015
Term of office ends: 27th October 2019
Revd. Adrian Diaper
Category of Governor: Community Governor
Background: I have worked in the church in children’s and youth work as a volunteer, while having a full time job. I then trained for the ministry and have been in pastoral ministry at Rickstones Church, part time from 2005-2007 and then full time from 2007.
Why I wanted to be a governor at Southview: I did my work experience in 1975 at the original Southview, and now as a Minister I have contacts through my congregation with Southview. I want to be part of the link between church, community and school, building relationships and strengthening the work of the school.
Governor Responsibilities: Partnership with Families, Monitoring the School Development Plan.
Date Appointed: 23rd October 2015
Term of office ends: 22nd October 2019
Category of Governor: Staff Governor
Background: I worked as a teaching assistant at Southview from 1999 to 2011 before qualifying as a teacher. I then worked at another special school for my NQT year, did some mainstream and special needs supply work before returning to Southview to take up a teaching position in 2013.
Why I wanted to be a Governor at Southview: I feel it is important to have a link between the staff and governors to liaise and pass on information. I am passionate that the school delivers the very best possible for the children and young people we are fortunate enough to work with here.
Date Appointed: 27th September 2016
Term of office ends: 26th September 2020
Category of Governor: Associate Member (No voting rights)
Background: I currently work at Southview as the school Business Manager. My previous employment history is varied, including working in a mainstream school, Job Centre Plus and in the British Army.
Why I wanted to be a Governor at Southview: I work as an Associate Member to support the Governors in their decision making with a focus on finance and human resources.
Governor Responsibilities: Training Link.
Date Appointed: 1st September 2016 (reappointed)
Term of office ends: 31st August 2020
Category of Governor: Vice Chair
Background: Long standing Southview governor. Following retirement from the ‘banking’ industry in 1995 I was invited to join the governors in order to add my ‘financial experience’ to the board. As a result I have been involved with the Finance and Premises (now Resources) committee since joining the school. Also a long standing member of Braintree Lions Club, a local service club which, over the years has given considerable support to Southview.
Why I wanted to be a governor at Southview: When invited to become a governor I felt that my ‘professional’ expertise could be of benefit to the school. Also, having recently retired I had sufficient time to devote to these responsibilities.
Governor Responsibilities: Health & Safety (including Premises), Educational Visits & Pupil Premium, Monitoring Looked after Children, Monitoring the School Development Plan.
Governor Class Links: Stars.
Date Appointed: 3rd October 2016 (reappointed)
Term of office ends: 2nd October 2020