Introducing the school governors
It may seem that the school governing body is a mysterious group who live in the shadows. The reality is that we are mixed group of people from different backgrounds who share one common interest, ensuring that the school is being managed in a manner that ensures the best learning environment for our students.
As you’ll see from our bios below we are a mix of parents and ex-parents of Calthorpe Park students and so all have a vested interest in ensuring that we deliver the best experience for our children.
In future blogs we’ll be telling you more about the governing body and what we do.
1] Jonathan Phillips – Chair of Governors
Jonathan has been a governor at Calthorpe Park for nearly ten years joining when his son, now 22 attended the school and thought it would be interesting to gain insight into the world of secondary education. He works for himself supporting businesses undertaking key business change/IT activities.
He is currently Chair of Governors, meeting with the Head Teachers regularly as well as providing leadership to the governor group. Jonathan is very passionate about the school and tries to attend as many events as possible whilst leading a busy business and family life too.
2] Jeff Kelsey
Jeff is currently our longest serving governor, now in his 15th year at the school, and has no intention of stopping yet. Prior to moving to Fleet, he spent 5 years as a governor at a primary school in Yorkshire. Jeff has his own consultancy business providing support to the chemical industry on product health and environmental safety and regulatory toxicology.
Jeff is currently vice chair of governors having previously served as chair for 6 years. His current areas of responsibility are Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Data Protection.
3] Adrian Jones - Co-opted Governor
Adrian is a long-term resident of Fleet with 5 children who either still attend or have been educated at Calthorpe Park School. He is an Army Officer with wide experience of Strategic and Operational planning.
4] Martin Elburn
Martin decided to become a governor to gain a better understanding of the education system and more specifically, his children’s school, and was originally elected a Parent Governor in 2010. His three children all attended Calthorpe Park with the youngest leaving in 2014.
He has the responsibility of the Development & Training Governor. In this capacity, he ensures that Governors have undertaken relevant training, and the Governing Body as a whole has sufficient knowledge in relevant areas. As a qualified accountant, Martin has always sat on the Resources/Finance committee.
5] Justine Whitworth
Justine has been a Parent Governor since 2016 and has 3 daughters at Calthorpe Park School in Years 7, 9, and 10. There was no specific reason Justine became a governor, just a renewed interest in the education system her children were a part of.
Justine finds it incredibly rewarding to be part of the school community and contributing towards the school’s strategic direction. Her areas of responsibility are Pupil Premium and Pastoral. These areas support many different sections in school, mainly to do with the personal development and welfare of all the Students. Her favourite part of being a Governor is visiting the school and speaking to the staff and students.
6] Karen Kite
Karen has been a co-opted governor at Calthorpe Park School for 2 years. Before joining she was a governor at Heatherside Junior School for 11 years. Karen has lived in Fleet since 1986 and all 3 of her sons attended Calthorpe Park.
Karen has always been a stay at home mum which enables her to spend her time volunteering, either at schools, church or more recently national athletic sporting events which she also loves to spectate at. She enjoys carrying out her strategic role within our Governing Body, as well all the times she meets with pupils and staff to celebrate the many successes.
7] Angus Chapman
Angus is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has lived in Fleet since 1997 having relocated his family south to continue his career in the oil, gas and petrochemical sector. He has recently retired and is looking forward to being an active member of the school Governing Board - definitely a new departure for him.
8] Ruth Selway
I am a new Parent Governor, and new to governing! In my day job I am a part-time Engineering teacher at a local Further Education College. My oldest 2 children currently attend Calthorpe Park School, and my youngest is due to join in the not too distant future.
I joined the Governing Body because I wanted to become more involved with the school, and make a contribution to its continuing growth and success. In the short time since being elected I have seen that I have lots to learn about how the GB operates and works within the school, and am enjoying throwing myself into the challenge.