Meet the Governors
Mr Ron Binnie
Chair of Governorsgovernors2325@welearn365.com
I became a Governor of Newburgh Primary School when my grandson was a pupil here (he’s now a teenager) shortly before Mr Smith was appointed as Head Teacher. As a former secondary teacher and with a background in educational publishing, I have always had a keen interest in education and learning, and being a governor has given me the opportunity to develop my interest as well as to have an influence on how the school is run. I love being involved in school life, and to see how the children develop from their first days in school through to year six. Although not part of my governance role, I am also deeply involved in the musical life of the school which gives me an opportunity to get to know many of the children.
Mrs Anna Meredith
Vice-chair and Parent Governor
I have been a governor for three years now and have two children in the school, a daughter in Year 6 and a son in Year 4. I really enjoy having extra input into Newburgh and feel very privileged to be part of the decision-making and strategic reviewing that goes on ‘backstage’, behind the day-to-day running of the school. I’m a secondary school English teacher with particular responsibility for Key Stage 3 so I have a good understanding of the education system and where our children are heading after Year 6. For this reason I am always keen to be linked to any literacy focus on our improvement plan (this year I am overseeing progress in Writing) and I have the responsibility for overseeing data and the progress our pupils make each year. I am also one of the link governors for the Special Educational Needs Department.
Mr Rob Hughes
I have been a parent governor at Newburgh since January 2014 and I am the proud father of two children who attend Newburgh Primary School. I became a governor as I wanted to have an understanding of how my children’s school operates and to try to do something to make a difference and assist with the running of the school. My areas of governance are SEND (Special Needs Department) and also attendance. Being a governor has really opened my eyes to the demands placed on staff and pupils within our school and I thoroughly enjoy being involved with the governing body.
Mrs Sam Raftery
I became a Parent Governor in June 2014, and am extremely proud to be a member of such a hard working and dedicated governing body.
Where possible, I spend a day a month in school working with the children. This is so rewarding and enables me to experience, appreciate and understand first hand all aspects of school life that I am so passionate about helping to continually improve. I am linked to the mathematics focus which is a constant on the Newburgh Learning Improvement Plan (LIP).
Our children are our future; and I can't think of a better way of helping to constructively influence a greater future for them and our society.
Mrs Sally Nowak
I have been a parent governor at Newburgh since October 2016 and have 2 boys currently at the school in years 4 and 2 and a couple of youngers boys who will be starting in 2018. I became a parent governor because I wanted to become involved in the school and have the opportunity to make a difference, not only for my children, but for children in years to come.
I work as a GP in South Warwickshire and also as GP inspector for the Care Quality Commission so I have been involved in regulations, policies and targets in healthcare. I have taken on the role as Safeguarding
governor and also the literacy learning improvement plan for KS1.
Mrs Raman Gurnani
I joined Newburgh Primary school as a governor in May 2016 and feel honoured to be part of it.
After serving the health and social care sector as a nurse for 19 years, I moved to the education sector and worked at Warwickshire College for 6 years and now work for an exam board. I also have my own business offering first aid qualifications and health and social care training. This varied experience has cemented my belief that good education is an important part of individual development and it is not only our role to realise and enhance their potential but also to create such opportunities that allow them to enhance their experience.
I have lived in the local area for 20 years and raised my two boys who attended local primary and secondary schools, where I also volunteered between 1996 till 2010 in varied roles including PTA committee member and organising school events. This was a great learning experience for me which helped me to understand the education system and the challenges schools face in the forever changing landscape.
I cannot think of a better way to give something back to the community and look forward to supporting my local school to achieve its best and do the best by its students.
Mr Steve Nemeth
I have been a governor at Newburgh now for around 2 years. My son Alfie is currently in year 2 and later in the year will be looking forward his last year in lower school. It’s had been a real honour to be part of such a dedicated team of people working so hard to make sure that Newburgh is such a great place to be. I feel very privileged to be part of the vital decision-making that goes on behind the scenes. As a co-opted governor I am also pleased to offer my financial expertise to assist where I am able. I believe a child’s primary school years are really important. I have welcomed the opportunity to use my skills to provide both support and challenge for the benefit of our children’s education.
Mrs Rebecca Poole
I have been a governor for the past three years. I find the role interesting and challenging and am aware of the responsibility that the position holds. Being a member of staff (TA) I experience first-hand the impact of decisions made and how they affect children and staff. My daughter was a pupil at Newburgh so I appreciate the hopes, expectations, concerns and aspirations a parent has for their child in our care. I am responsible for Governor Training and oversee the Governors’ Corner in our newsletter which I hope you enjoy reading.
Mr Andrew Smith
I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Newburgh Primary School. Having worked in education for twenty two years, I was appointed at Newburgh having led a small village school and taught in a variety of settings in Warwickshire. Prior to my first headship my experiences enabled me to experience teaching from the youngest to oldest children in the primary age range. Alongside being a full time teacher, I am a dad to two small children, so term time living is very busy! Living locally enables me to enjoy a variety of activities out of school, either family related or playing sports, and participating in a variety of community events. Having lived in Warwickshire all my life, this is most certainly home.
Mrs Janice Simpkins
Associate Governor/ Deputy Headteacher
I was appointed as an associate governor when I became Deputy Headteacher of Newburgh Primary School in 2011. I had previously taught part time at the school for many years, while my own children were young, and was delighted to take the opportunity to continue my full time career within the school. I am passionate about giving all children, whatever their background or needs, the opportunity to thrive and succeed within a caring, supportive but challenging environment. I enjoy finding new ways to enhance our school and curriculum to enable us to work with parents in giving each of our children the best possible foundations and opportunities in life.
Mrs Karen Turner
I became a staff governor three years ago, as I was keen to be involved in the wider aspects of decision-making for our school. I enjoy using my knowledge of our pupils’ daily lives to mould the school’s Learning Improvement Plan to suit each child. Being a class teacher at Newburgh for nearly 10 years has given me a unique insight into the development of the school. As a governor I am more able to help shape the lives of the many children who embrace learning in school. My two children (now at secondary school) continue to influence my perspective on life and education. Seeing them grow has given me the knowledge and experience I need so that I may instil crucial life skills in the children that pass through our doors.
Miss Katie Smith
Clerk to the Governors
I am the Clerk to the Governing Body at Newburgh. This position entails attending all meetings; taking minutes; organising documents and records; and ensuring that the governors are adhering to all relevant legal requirements.
I took on this role as I have a longstanding passion for education and I was looking for a part time position whilst I undertook my MA course at University of Warwick. I am now a final year PhD student and Perdita Scholar in English Literature, which means that I have been the clerk at Newburgh for four years! I currently live on campus at the university but I grew up in Kenilworth.
I really enjoy being Newburgh's clerk. I feel very privileged to have a unique insight into the successful running of a primary school. It is hard to explain how much hard work from staff and governors goes into making Newburgh the best school it can be. I really did not appreciate the complexities involved until I became a clerk. I am continually impressed by the selfless dedication of the governors who give their own time and efforts to push the school forwards and give the children here the best learning environment, experiences and opportunities possible.
As clerk, I sometimes have a rather impartial or detached role. Yet, it is difficult not to become involved in the school when you see the dedication of staff and governors; hear the reports of fantastic things happening in school; and reflect on the achievements of the pupils here. I have developed a connection to the school and feel very privileged to be a part of it. I have the children, teachers, and governors to thank for making my job so enjoyable and fulfilling.