Governing Body

The Governing Body welcomes you to The Forest School.

As a Governing Body, we are committed to ensuring that The Forest School offers the best all round education for the students entrusted into its care. As Governors, we all take our role very seriously and work hard to progress the school academically, financially and strategically.

Our Governing Body is made up of members with a range of expertise in many different areas; we have parents, staff, business and local community governors on our board.

The recent Ofsted Report praised our pastoral care and the behaviour of our pupils, which we are rightly proud of and given our student body comes from over 50 feeder schools across Berkshire this is an excellent achievement.

Our purpose built 6th Form Centre means we have been able to extend our 6th Form provision to welcome new students from a wide variety of other schools across the area. It was extremely gratifying that the Ofsted Report recognised our sixth form as “good”, praising both the teaching and student support.

Of course, no website can articulate all the educational, sporting and extra-curricular activities that The Forest School provides and we would invite all prospective parents and students to visit the school on the relevant open days, to see for yourself everything that we have to offer.

On behalf of The Forest School Governing Body.

Anna McMenamin
Chair of Governors

FULL GOVERNING BODY

NAME

GOVERNOR

David Auger

Appointed

Shirley Austin  Staff (Appointed)

Stuart Baddeley
(Vice Chair)

Appointed

Richard Baden 
(Development Governor)

Appointed

Prue Bray
(H&S Governor and Chair of Disciplinary Committee)

Appointed

James Eaglesham Staff (Elected)

Bill Hicks
(Chair of Governors)

Appointed

Alison Lovland 
(Access and Inclusion SEND Governor)

Parent (Elected)

Anna McMenamin
(Looked After Children and Safeguarding Governor) 

Appointed

Ben Roberts Staff (Elected)

Richard Sedgwick

Appointed

Jaquie Blaney

Clerk/Company Secretary

Governor Biographies

This page is currently under re construction. And will be updated shortly. 
David Auger

I am something of a rare animal!  I was born in Wokingham Hospital and I have lived my life in Winnersh - there is nowhere better.  I attended The Forest in the early 1970's and then secured a job opportunity in Wokingham.  Forty years later I own the business and I am the Senior Partner of a second business.  I am a Chartered Surveyor and gained my A Levels and professional examinations through private study before or after a long day's work.  I am married with three grown-up daughters.

Keith Quine (Headteacher) invited me to become a Governor shortly before his retirement and immediately after the time The Forest became an Academy.  My daughters will confirm my enthusiasm for education - not just academia but also sport, I particularly enjoy cricket and football, and the arts; the importance that everyone should develop as a person and make a useful contribution to society.

I am a member of The Rotary Club in Wokingham and a Trustee of Wokingham United Charities.  I hope to bring some diversity to school life with my experience of the private sector and links with local charitable organisations.  

Prue Bray

I have been a Governor, assigned by the Local Authority, at The Forest since 1998. I live in Winnersh, and have been one of the councillors representing the area on Wokingham Borough Council since 2000. I am also member of Winnersh Parish Council and the Winnersh Neighbourhood Action Group. My son attends the school.

Bill Hicks

Type of Governor: Appointed
Background: International corporate marketing
What I bring to the Governing Body: Marketing and business experience in major multinationals
Other interests: History (committee member Friends of Reading Abbey), rugby (now watching, not playing!), reading


Alison Lovland

Type of Governor: Parent Governor
Background: Previously I was a parent and co-opted governor for Lambs Lane Primary School. 
What I bring to the Governing Body: I became a governor to provide support to the school and to ensure there was a voice for the parents.  

Anna McMenamin

I have worked in training and education for over 20 years, starting as a Training Manager for a large retail company for many years before moving over to corporate training, education and events for an international software company. For the last 8 -9 years I have worked in Higher Education, in areas covering professional qualifications, teacher training for the Institute of Education, and I am currently employed by Henley Business School working on postgraduate management qualifications.

I have always been involved in the PTAs of my sons’ schools and after a stint as PTA Chair for 6-7 years at a primary school the natural progression was a governing position.

In 2007 I was elected as a parent governor at Forest School and over the years I have served on a variety of committees and functions. Education today is full of challenges that a 21st century school must be equipped to meet. As well as financial and political pressures, we have changes to the curriculum, examinations and the educational landscape is constantly moving. Together with a team of dedicated governors and staff we are working hard to move the school forward so that Forest School is in the best possible position, financially, strategically and educationally to ensure that our children’s progress and potential is reached. 

Richard Sedgwick

My family moved to Reading in 1970 and I went to Highdown School in Caversham.  Apart from 3 years at Sheffield University, I have lived in the area for most of the time since.

I have built a career as a Chartered Accountant and currently work as the Finance Director of a small Multinational software group.  Over the years I have felt a growing need to do voluntary work in the area and, when my son joined The Forest School in 2013, I offered to help and was pleased when some months later Keith, the former Headteacher, asked if I would fill a vacancy for a Governor with a finance background on the Operations Committee.

There has been a lot to take in and I'm still learning, I hope that some of my experience will be useful to The Forest Academy Trust which like all schools must balance tight finances, between hard pressed government grants and ever rising costs.  So far it has been a joy to work with the Governors, Staff and Pupils of The Forest School.

Governor FGB Attendance

Name

Type of Governor

20/09/18

22/11/18

12/12/18

07/02/19

14/03/19

16/05/19

11/07/19

David Auger

Appointed

Yes

Yes

         

Shirley Austin 

Staff (Appointed)

Yes

Yes

         

Stuart Baddeley

Appointed

No

Yes

         

Richard Baden

Appointed

Yes 

No

         

Prue Bray

Appointed

Yes

Yes

         

James Eaglesham

Staff
(Elected)

No

No

         

Bill Hicks

Appointed

Yes

Yes

         

Alison Lovland

Parent
(Elected)

Yes

Yes

         

Anna McMenamin

Appointed

Yes

No

         

Ben Roberts

Staff 
(Elected)

No

No

         

Richard Sedgwick

Appointed

No

No

         

Jaquie Blaney

Clerk

Yes

Yes

         

 

Governors Biographies 2018

Name  
David Auger 

Type of Governor: Appointed.

Background: Chartered Surveyor and Trustee of local (people) charity.

What I bring to the Governing Body: Business experience including advising on legal documents and building surveying. I'm also a former student!

Other interests: My wife and family (I have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren), sport, reading and keeping fit.

Shirley Austin 

Type of Governor: Staff (appointed).

Background: Education. 

What I bring to the Governing Body: Wealth of experience, drive and my belief to make every child matter and to ASPIRE.

Other interests: Swimming, skiing, my three children, health and well being.

Stuart Baddeley

Type of Governor: Appointed.

Background:

What I bring to the Governing Body:

Other interests:

Richard Baden

Type of Governor:  Appointed.

Background:

What I bring to the Governing Body:

Other interests:

Prue Bray 

Type of Governor:  Appointed.

Background:

What I bring to the Governing Body:

Other interests:

James Eaglesham

Type of Governor:  Staff (elected).

Background:  Teaching - I teach PE

What I bring to the Governing Body: 15 years working in education, most of which have been at The Forest School

Other interests:  Sport (I love cricket!), travel and cooking 

Bill Hicks

Type of Governor:  Appointed.

Background:  International corporate marketing.

What I bring to the Governing Body:  Marketing and business experience in major multinationals.

Other interests:  History (committee member Friends of Reading Abbey), rugby (now watching, not playing!), reading.

Alison Lovland

Type of Governor:  Parent.

Background:  Previously I was a parent and co-opted governor for Lambs Lane Primary School.

What I bring to the Governing Body: I became a governor to provide support to the school and to ensure there was a voice for parents.

Other interests:

Anna McMenamin

Type of Governor:  Appointed.

Background:

What I bring to the Governing Body:

Other interests:

Ben Roberts

Type of Governor:  Staff (elected).

Background:  Education and Financial Services.

What I bring to the Governing Body:  Educational experience at all levels and a background in project management.

Other interests:  Travel, all things geography, and an enthusiasm for the wider world.

Richard Sedgwick

Type of Governor:  Appointed.

Background:  Chartered Accountant; Head of Finance for medium sized companies and charities.

What I bring to the Governing Body:  Finance and financial systems experience.

Other interests:  Motor cycling; scuba diving; socialising, especially over a curry!

 

 

 






 

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