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 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

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: 6 years as a Governor in a local primary school as Chair of the Finance Committee.  A Qualified Chartered Accountant with previous positions leading Sales Strategy for a Global IT organisation.

What I bring to the Governing Body: Previous governance experience, alongside financial acumen within SME and Global organisations.

Other interests: Supporting my two children in every way possible, in particular any sort of sports as a spectator, but also as an active runner. I also have a keen interest in the canals in the UK.

Richard Baden

Type of Governor:  Appointed.

Background: International Corporate Talent Acquisition

What I bring to the Governing Body:  Experience in International Recruitment Campaigns for multi-national corporations

Other interests:  History, Golf and Rugby

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:  Higher Education, Training and Degree Apprenticeships.

What I bring to the Governing Body:  20 years of experience in education and training.

Other interests:  Travel, personal development and reading

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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