Charnwood College is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Jane SpencerTrust Senior Link
Jane was appointed a Trust Senior Link on 5 February 2019. She is employed at the Trust, based in the Head Office which is located on the Charnwood College campus. She lives in Loughborough and her son is in Year 3 at a local primary school. She is keen to ensure Charnwood College offers an outstanding all-round school experience for all pupils and their families in the town. Jane strongly believes that a broad education when pupils are of school-age is really important. This gives pupils opportunities to experience and explore a range of subjects, so they can discover their particular interests and strengths, and therefore build confidence as well as capability. She also recognises the value of extra-curricular enrichment opportunities in this. As well as being the Trust Senior Link Governor, Jane also has a focus on safeguarding. She is an accountant for her job which means she brings experience of risk management and interpreting data to spot potential areas where improvement effort should be focussed. Outside of work, Jane enjoys exercise when she gets the chance. She loves a walk in the outdoors and occasionally some jogging or a family bike ride. Her husband and son share an interest in history so they also visit a lot of castles and museums at weekends.
Matthew FrostParent Governor (Chair)
Matthew was appointed a Parent Governor on 9 March 2018. Matthew wanted to join the ASC, because whilst considering which school to send his son to, it was clear Charnwood College was a school with huge ambition and potential for its students. Matthew wanted to support the academy in reaching its potential for the benefit of the local community. Matthew was elected Chair by his fellow governors in May 2019. Under the enthusiastic and dedicated new school leadership team (working with DRET and the committed staff), the College has made significant progress, and Matthew has been privileged to help play a part in this ongoing journey. Matthew is a Chartered Civil Engineer. He is also a Director of Undergraduate Studies and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, where he is also a Warden for a Hall of Residence (responsible for the welfare of over 300 students). Matthew's main research interests are in the field of transport infrastructure. He has also worked in the construction industry on a wide range of civil engineering projects. Matthew's son and daughter both currently attend Charnwood College. He enjoys walking and boating. Matthew is also involved in a number of local community groups and an active member of the professional engineering institutions.
Steven CorbettDRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
Steven was appointed on to the ASC on 15 June 2016, and is currently serving his second term of office as a DRET Appointed Governor. He used to attend the College when he took his GCSE's and A Levels and wanted to help once his daughters started to attend the college. Steven is a marketing professional in a private company and see things slightly differently to other governors. He tries to bring on board marketing thoughts to help either solve issues or to help leaders think about matters from different perspectives. Steven's interests include Music, Leicester City and he's been known to brew a beer or two.
Dave FoordDRET Appointed Governor
Dave was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 7 June 2020. He joined the ASC because he wanted to put something back into the school where his children attended. Dave is the link Governor for Pupil Premium and SEN. He is also the Owner and Director of an educational training and consultancy company, that specialises in online learning, blended learning, and effective use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). Dave is formerly a teacher/lecturer and has experience of working at Senior Manger Level within a University. He has worked freelance since 2006 working with a wide variety of different education providers nationally and internationally. His interests and passions include Cricket, Mountaineering, Running and Cycling.
Claire JaggerDRET Appointed Governor
Claire was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 16 December 2020. She has always been passionate about education, development and careers having worked at Loughborough University for over 17 years in the Careers and Organisational Development teams. Claire wanted to be able to support local children to get the best start at life and bring her experience in Higher Education to the role of Link Governor for Careers and Development. She also attended Charnwood College when she was younger and her father taught there for over three decades so it is a school she feels proud of. Claire is a Learning and Development Projects Lead at Loughborough University and has experience of training, development, coaching and mentoring. She also worked within the careers department so has experience of Career Development and Recruitment. Claire also delivers training on a range of topics, including Leadership, Management, Managing Change, Difficult Conversations and coaching. She is an accredited mediator and am qualified to administer psychometric testing. She is passionate about language and is acting co-Chair of the inaugural Women's Network at Loughborough University. She is an avid reader, obsessive jigsaw completer (18,000 pieces is my largest) writer, feminist and baker!
Stuart ThompsonDRET Appointed Governor
Stuart was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 10 June 2021. He has enjoyed being a Governor previously but had to pause whilst his children were younger. Having settled in Loughborough Stuart was keen to help and support Charnwood College on their exciting journey moving forward, as well as further his own learning. Stuart is a Senior Deputy Head at a local Independent Secondary School and has worked in three different schools and has been a senior leader for over ten years. Stuart is also a school inspector within the sector. He continues to teach and enjoy music both as a performer and composer and divides any spare time either on the touchline supporting his eldest in his new football team or as a frustrated golfer.
Jessica TickellParent Governor
Jessica was elected by Parents to join the Academy Scrutiny Committee on 16 May 2019. Her daughter currently attends the academy. Jessica is passionate about living in Loughborough and wants it to be a great place for everyone to live, bring up their children and make a living, now and in the future. She feels that being a school governor is one way to make a real difference to the school lives of children in the town. Jessica is the link governor for Pupil Premium and SEND. She works in the cultural sector with particular experience in literacy and creative writing at secondary school level, which fits neatly with the work of the ASC.
Samantha JacksonStaff Govenor
Sally GardnerStaff Governor
Sally was appointed a Staff Governor on 24 January 2023, as she wanted to develop her knowledge and understanding of the role of the ASC and to lend her support. Sally has over 20 years of teaching experience. Prior to teaching she was employed as a Commercial Manager and Recruitment Consultant. Sally enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, visiting the cinema and theatre.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
SEND and Pupil Premium - Dave Foord and Jessica Tickell
Attendance and Safeguarding - Jane Spencer and Stuart Thompson
Quality of Education and Standards - Matthew Frost, Steven Corbett and Stuart Thompson
Ethos and Leadership - Alastair O'Connor
Careers and RSE - Claire Jagger
Sixth Form - Stuart Thompson
Marketing - Steven Corbett
New Governor Buddies - Claire Jagger, Dave Foord and Steven Corbett
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