Management Committee

Election of parent member to the Management Committee

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to let you know that we have a vacancy for a parent member of the school management committee and will be holding elections. Parent representatives are uniquely important to the school as they have a unique viewpoint through their children of the way the school works and the delivery of the curriculum.

The role includes support for other parents in any concerns they raise with the school, presenting a balanced view on the work of the school and advising on any new developments. The role includes a commitment to make yourself known to the parent body of the school, guide parents in appropriate lines of action and procedures, attend six management committee meetings a year and take part in other work of the management committee where appropriate (such as training and school visits to look at particular parts of the school’s work).

Newhaven considers the work of parent management committee as crucial in supporting us to make sure we stay in touch with our parent body and welcome applications from parents that represent all groups in our school community. If you would like to stand then the process is as follows:

  1. Please submit a statement to include a photograph of yourself, a brief biopic and an outline of why you think you are the person for the job. This should be up to a typed side of A4 at point 12. The statement will be emailed to parents and presented on our website and in each school reception from the 30th November 2020 to the 4th December 2020. Please make sure it is with the school by sending it to this email address by 29th November 2020.
  2. Votes will take place by visiting reception at each of our sites or by submitting by email from Monday 7th to the 10th December with results announced on Friday 11th December.

If you wish to stand and need support to write your statement then please contact the school.

Yours faithfully
Jon Kelly (headteacher)

Newhaven School Management Committee

Our Management Committee is an exceptionally committed team, some of whom have had links with the school and its community for over a decade.

The Committee is made up of elected Staff of the school, parents of former and current students, community members and representatives from Children’s Services. The combined knowledge and experience of those members has enabled them to build up clear understanding of the working of the school as well as the needs of the students and their families.

New members are brought onto the committee because of the additional skills and knowledge that they can bring to support the school and their ability to challenge if the need arises. New and experienced committee members receive regular training and information that enables them to deliver that challenge.

The Committee Members are welcomed in to the school and have a strong presence. As result of that, they are able to forge meaningful working relationships with the staff and where relevant, students, parents and carers.

They can be contacted via the school office or by the email address below.

Yvonne Geddis – Chair of Committee

Appointed by: GB/board
From: 08/07/2018
To: 08/07/2022
Attendance 2019: 2/2

I was educated in NE Essex and graduated as a teacher in London. Since then I have always worked in education. I have taught in both primary and secondary schools and been head of primary and secondary pupil referral units.

I have also been an advisory teacher for behaviour and special educational needs (SEN) and finally became the Head of SEN for Royal Greenwich Children’s Services. I have two grown up daughters and enjoy spending time walking and appreciating the Arts and Media.

Dick Quibell

Appointed by: Elected by school staff
From: 30/04/2017
To: 30/04/2021
Attendance 2019: 2/2

I am a former Councillor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and, although retired, work as a part time Maths lecturer at Greenwich University. I have been a school governor almost continuously for 20 years including a long stint as Chair of Governors of a mainstream secondary school.

While serving as a Councillor, I was chair of the Young People’s Scrutiny Panel and led the Council’s work for looked after children. “Through education every young person can get the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding life. At Newhaven this is a bigger challenge than in most schools, and I am proud to be part of meeting it.”

Eileen Glover

Appointed by: Elected by school staff
From: 04/07/2017
To: 04/07/2021
Attendance 2019: 1/2

I have lived in the Eltham area for many years worked in retail management, law, teaching and the voluntary sector. I have been on the Management Committee of Newhaven School for the last ten years and found engaging with the young pupils very rewarding.

Karen Upton – Parent Committee Member

Appointed by: Elected by school staff
From: 20/07/2016
To: 28/07/2020
Attendance 2019: 2/2

I am a Greenwich resident and retired GP. I first became a school governor when my children were in education and over the years have developed a strong commitment to education for those who are disadvantaged because they do not fit into the mainstream system. Joining the management committee at Newhaven School allows me to make a contribution to education of a group of young people who I feel need the support which this school makes possible.

Nicola Wilkes

Appointed by: Appointed by GB/board
From: 20/07/2016
To: 31/12/2018
Attendance 2019: 2/2

I was born and raised in Eltham and have been a Community Governor at Newhaven for 5 months. I have a background in Financial Services Regulation and Human Resources and have worked in the Industry for over 20 years.I am also a Parent Governor at a Greenwich Primary School and very much looking forward to the challenge of a secondary school.

Philip Moody

Appointed by: Elected by school staff
From: 21/02/2018
To: 27/02/2020
Attendance 2019: 2/2

I was born and raised in Woolwich and have lived in Blackheath for over 30 years. I have worked for Newhaven (originally known as GUSS) since 1998. When the service was moved to its current site in 2004 I became the ICT Network Manager. Since 2016 I am also responsible for the school’s additional site, King’s Park Campus. I have been a committee member since 2010.

Sian Davies

Appointed by: Elected by school staff
From: 08/07/2018
To: 08/07/2022
Attendance 2019: 2/2

I have worked at Newhaven School since 2009. I grew up in Woolwich and continue to live within the borough. I take my role as an Art teacher and mentor very seriously. As we largely work with students who have been excluded the work is challenging but very rewarding. I am committed to delivering positive outcomes for all of the young people at Newhaven School and helping to equip them for the next stage of their lives. I have been a committee member since 2014.