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Meet our Governors – Linda Forbes

I am Linda Forbes and I have had the privilege of being a Local Authority Governor at Bowmansgreen since Spring 2016.  I became a Governor after being approached directly by the previous Chair of Governors who had read my profile on an education site. I was invited to Bowmansgreen and was immediately impressed by the welcoming, caring atmosphere in the school and the very obvious determination from the Governors to support continuous school improvement and better outcomes for all children.
I have a background in education, qualified and taught in Scotland before moving south and among other roles have served in the position of Head Teacher in two schools in Brent and Hertfordshire for over 20 years. I now work part time for UCL Institute of Education in London on the PGCE programme which trains graduates to become Primary teachers.
I am passionate about school improvement and ensuring that each child reaches their unique potential regardless of personal circumstances, race, gender or ability.  I have been nothing less than incredibly impressed by Bowmansgreen’s school leadership team and their dogged determination to raise standards. I hope that my background in education is helpful in supporting the direction of the school.
I absolutely love visiting Bowmansgreen to meet the children as daily contact with the ‘wonderful and fascinating world of children’ is something I dearly miss!
My fun job is a part time ‘ski instructor’ at a local indoor slope and I hope to lead an assembly for the children soon and possibly run a competition for some ski lessons when we hit the less busy Summer season.

Meet our Governors – Marianne Pope

My name is Marianne Pope and I am a co-opted governor at Bowmansgreen. I became a governor in 2014 because I work for a company that specialises in education and wanted to put my knowledge of the school system to practical use by supporting a school.
I enjoy being a governor because I get to see the positive impact of our decisions on the outcomes of Bowmansgreen pupils, and see the school go from strength to strength.
A real highlight was our ‘good’ Ofsted rating in 2016.

Meet our Governors – Phil Clark

I have been a Governor at Bowmansgreen since May 2016.  I am one of our two parent governors – our role is to be representative of the parent perspective in general, but not to be a spokesperson for the particular views of parents.  We are elected for a four year term, at the end of which other parents will have the opportunity to stand as a parent governor.
I have one child at the school in year 5, and my daughter attended Bowmansgreen from 2008 to 2015 and is now at Samuel Ryder.  I decided to become a governor to help the school meet the challenges that all schools face at the moment – maintaining a high quality of education for our children whilst faced with budget pressures.  I work in finance and this year have taken on the role as Chair of the governing body’s Resources Committee.  This committee is responsible for overseeing and challenging the school on how it manages its finances, the school premises and learning resources.  We usually meet each half term, with Miss Lippa and the School Business Manager.
It’s been a steep learning curve during the last two years, and an eye-opener into all of the hard work that goes into running the school for the benefit of our children, but it has been enjoyable.  All of the Governors are committed to supporting the school in its mission to improve the education that your children receive.
Most of my spare time involves sport – I play football on a Tuesday night at Cotlandswick with a group of dads from school, and also play tennis and badminton.  I also do Parkrun in Verulam Park on a Saturday morning with my son, and manage his rugby team at Old Verulamians.

Meet our Governors – Emily Warr

Hello!
My name is Emily Warr and I recently became a governor here at Bowmansgreen.
I am currently Head of Philosophy & Ethics at The Marlborough Science Academy in St Albans after training and teaching in Stevenage. I love my job and the opportunity it gives me to discuss important topics with young people.
I have no doubt that my time as governor will allow me to gain a better understanding of primary education and I look forward to becoming more involved within the Bowmansgreen community!

Meet our Governors – Karen Penn

Hi my name is Karen Penn and I am Chair of Governors at Bowmansgreen. I have 2 children who attend school and have been a governor at school for 6 years.
The governing body meets roughly once per half term and is made up of parents, members of the local community, the senior members of staff at school and other members of support staff. Whilst the headteacher of a school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school, the role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff. We attend training on a wide variety of things including budgeting, specific school policies and understanding school data amongst other things.
It is interesting to understand the budget and how school balances making the most of the money we have whilst ensuring our children are enjoying learning and that they are achieving their potential and progressing at a rate that is best suited to their individual needs. We also discuss how we can ensure all of the staff at school are trained and how we support different areas of the curriculum.
We are always interested in whether other members of the local community could join our governing body as we have a wide variety of skills required to help support school. If you or any members of your family are interested in exploring becoming a governor, please contact school who can put us in touch for a chat over coffee.
I am passionate about Bowmansgreen and love seeing the work the children produce at our Curriculum evenings and the opportunity to chat to all of the teachers.