The Governing Body of the school is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds. The school Governors comprise a group of individuals, who are elected, nominated or co-opted, and are representative of parents and teachers and the LA. School Governors work with the Headteacher and are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school.
Meetings are held at least once each term and committees meet in addition to main Governing Body meetings. These will take place virtually this year due to Covid 19.
Please feel free to come in and ask questions about the work of the Governing Body. If you would like to be a School Governor please contact the Headteacher to find out about any vacancies.
Mrs Lynsey Simpkin
Chair of Governorslsimpkin@longwhattonschool.org
Hi, My name is Lynsey Simpkin and I am currently Chair of Governors. I have been on the board for several years. Both of my children attended the school and they thrived from the wonderful opportunities. I have been a Modern Languages teacher for 18 years and have had many pastoral roles. I am currently Head of Learning Support at a local independent secondary school and it is therefore important to me that every child, irrespective of their background has the best possible experiences.
Mrs Sarah Williamson
Vice Chair of Governorsswilliamson@longwhattonschool.org
Hi, my name is Sarah Williamson. I became a parent governor in November 2017. My three children have all attended our wonderful village school. I am passionate about our school’s ethos of all round achievement for our children and the desire for them to develop to be strong mentally and physically by learning inside and outside of the classroom.
My previous career was in retail management, currently I am retraining as a counsellor.
Mr Edward Kennedy
I became a Governor, as the Church’s representative in 2015. I have been the Churchwarden of All Saints Church for the past three years and am currently undergoing training to become a Licensed Lay Reader. I am now retired but in my work life was a senior Local Government Officer for almost 20 years. I take an active part in the church life of the village, including supporting the after school club – The BASE – which takes place at the church on Tuesday afternoons. I strongly support the overall ethos of the school, particularly in its links to the church as well as its holistic approach to the children’s well-being and development.
Mrs Penny Plummer
I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Long Whatton School for the last 4 years and became a staff governor, Easter 2019. I feel that I can represent the staff on the governing body and help towards the strategic management of the school, as well as continuing regular involvement in the day to day routines. I think the work that the governing body carries out is very important in supporting the children and ensuring their love of learning grows in a safe and stimulating environment.
Mr Edward Rands
Hello, my name is Edward Rands. I have been a Parent Governor since February 2018. I chair the school’s Staffing & Finance Committee and am also the ICT Governor. I have two daughters at Long Whatton, who both love the school. I earn my living as a chartered accountant, having spent 30 years in the profession, 11 of those as a partner in a large independent firm, where I was responsible for risk management and professional standards. I now run my own consultancy business helping independent accountancy firms to achieve technical and regulatory excellence.
Mr Ian Gaskell
I became a Parent Governor in February 2019, following my oldest child starting in the reception class where I was impressed with the supporting and caring ethos that the school imbues.
I am a chartered engineer, working in an engineering governance role, and am keen to use my skills and enthusiasm to support and develop our school to the best of my abilities.
I am a strong advocate for STEM, having supported many activities within schools and youth organisations, and I have helped organise and run the Village Show for the past few years.
Mrs Charmaine Roche
Hello, my name is Charmaine Bendell. I work as an Education Consultant and Leadership development Coach under the name of Charmaine Roche. I joined the Governing Body in December 2019 after supporting the school through its External Review of Governance. I bring extensive experience as a teacher and school leader spanning 29 years in the sector and hope to add value to the work of the Governing Body.