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Court Lane Junior Academy

Our Governors

Our Governing body:

  • Works in conjunction with the Head Teacher
  • Conducts their work mainly through committees and meetings lead by members of the governing body, with guidance  from the Head Teacher and the relevant paperwork
  • Makes decisions collectively as a team, specific committees or individuals
  • Works with a scheme of delegation from the Board of Trustees of The University of Chichester Academy Trust. For details of the board of trustees please click here.

School governors:

  • Ensure a high standard of educational attainment
  • Oversee the school budget, including staffing and pay levels
  • Maintain a balanced curriculum, particularly that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught
  • Review and question reports on test results and pupils continuing achievement in National Curriculum assessments
  • Partake in the appointment of senior staff (including the Head Teacher) and govern staff conduct and discipline
  • Accept widespread responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Formulate targets for pupil achievement
  • Draft action plans after an Ofsted inspection

You can read more about the role of a Governing Body in the Dfe Governors Handbook. The DfE have also compiled a 'Competency Framework for Governance' which you can read here.

All of the governors at Court Lane Academies are appointed by the University of Chichester Academy Trust. 

Unless explicitly detailed alongside the name of the Governor, the Governor has declared no business or financial interests that impacts Court Lane Academies.

The representatives of the Governing Body are:

Jude Ramshaw Headteacher of Court Lane Academies

Since 2003 I have been a governor of a school. As a Teaching Staff Governor I was very keen to represent staff views and give feedback on governors decisions. My role as Head Teacher, means I am a Governor sitting on all sub-committees. I aim to give the Governors appropriate & accurate information in order for the corporate body to meet its statutory responsibilities.  I enjoy the strategic planning support, challenge & interaction with the Governing Body and appreciate being able to draw on their perceptions, advice & expertise. I greatly value the contribution Governors make and admire the commitment the Governors give as significant volunteers to school.

Karen Geddes Head of Court Lane Infant School

Since we became a school within the University of Chichester academy Trust in 2016 I have been Head of School. I have been teaching at Court Lane Infant School since 1995 and became Deputy Head in 1998.  I became a Teacher Governor in 1997 and am currently a Governor in my role as Head of School. During this time I have supported the school in my role as a member of staff and as a Governor so that all pupils and staff have the opportunity to be inspired, motivated and achieve. I am proud to be part of the Court Lane School community and to be part of the learning journey for all staff and pupils.

Glynis Alexander (Chair of Governors) -  Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

  • Have children and grandchildren
  • In education for over 40 years as a teacher and senior manager
  • Training professional for trainee teachers
  • Taught in primary, middle and secondary schools
  • Lived and taught in a several countries
  • A governor of two schools
  • Chair of my local Save the Children branch
  • Have high expectations of education and educators

Brian Geenwood (Chair of Governors) -  Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

Born in Hertfordshire and working in early life in London as a systems analyst for a computer company and then IT manager for The Daily Telegraph, I moved to Portsmouth 40 years ago as IT Director for The Portsmouth News. Moving to Drayton in 1983, both my sons attended the Court Lane schools when the Junior school was a “middle” school and that was when I became a governor. Later I worked at The University of Portsmouth as IT Support Manager for two faculties until I retired.

I have been Chair of the Governors for 20 years and have a high regard for the school and the children. Moving from “middle” to “junior school” to “academy” now, with the aim of continuous improvement, has been rewarding and I’m sure sets the children on the right path for a happy and successful life.

Rev Simon Ford - Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

I have been employed as a Minister working with children and young people for over 20 years and all throughout that time I have had the privilege of being a Governor within Junior Schools. I began my Governor 'career' at Ashley Junior School in the New Forest and 'transferred' to Court Lane Juniors in 2000. I am married to Vanessa and our 3 children have all enjoyed their journey through the school. Within my job at Cosham Baptist my role is primarily with children and young people and I value being part of the Governing Body that ensures they get the best all round education. I am now a co-opted governor and I see my main role as one of support and challenge. I love the opportunities when we can get involved with new developments and new ways of engaging children and assisting their learning. I love taking on new challenges - anything from completing a non-stop walk from London Eye to Spinnaker Tower to putting on 'Experiences' for thousands of local children to enjoy.

Lynne Downer (Vice Chair of Governors) - Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

I joined the governing body at Court Lane Junior School when my children left to attend secondary school and it seemed like a good time to move my support for the school from the PTA to become a Co-opted Governor. Having worked in Education for over 20 years, I care deeply that all children are given the best possible learning opportunities in order to achieve their potential in life. I am Chair of the Resources committee, which meet regularly, about twice a term, to review current budgets, premises issues, Health and Safety, plan long term expenditure and discuss personnel policy. I am also the link governor for English, which gives me an opportunity to work with staff and pupils, gaining an understanding of the curriculum and monitoring outcomes for pupils learning.

Kate Cobb

I joined the governing board as a parent governor when my eldest child was at the Infants. Five years later, both of my children have completed their journey through the Infants and my youngest has joined his sister at Court Lane Junior Academy. It is my belief that all children, not just my own, should receive an education that is both enjoyable and inspiring, allowing them to achieve their potential.  I am fortunate enough to also be a member of the teaching team at Court Lane Infant Academy. I feel my unique position as a parent, a governor, and a member of staff stands me in good stead to support and challenge Court Lane Academies to provide the best education experiences possible for all our children.

Ben Newell

As a parent I have been involved with Court Lane since 2015. I joined as a governor in 2018 and have a child each in Infants and Juniors.

I have been a systems engineer and manager supporting the UK's air traffic control service for the last 20 years, and hope to bring some of the skills I have picked up in that industry, to help the Court Lane academies achieve the best they can for the pupils and staff. I believe it is vital that there is a direct connection between the pupils, parents and the academy's senior leadership team, which is of course where the parent governors come in. Please contact me if you have any queries or concerns via e mail or approach me when you see me at the school!

Rachel Oates

I have worked within the education sector for the past 5 years and currently work in an independent specialist school where I am School Business Manager. Alongside my education sector knowledge I have over 10 years of HR and people management experience to add to the existing governing body skillset. I have seen first hand the positive impact that good governance has across all areas of school life and have a passion for child centred education, social and emotional development and well being. 

I have lived in the area all of my life and I have 2 daughters, my eldest is currently a Junior school pupil and my younger daughter will hopefully join the Infants school in 2020/21. I look forward to working with the Governors and supporting the school in reaching its goals and celebrating in its success.

Charlotte Corbishley 

Originally from the Isle of Wight, I now live in Drayton with my husband and two children, one of which will be starting at Court Lane Juniors in September. I’m a Retail Manager for a large International company and relocated to Portsmouth 10 years ago. Previously I have worked in HR for a well known national brand. I have a variety of experience including Finance, Recruitment, People Management and H&S.

Phillip Ross