The membership of the governing body of Redwood Park Academy is determined by the Terms of Reference.
There are three types of governors:
- Co-opted Governors
- Parent Governors
- Staff Governors
Co-opted and Parent Governors are all volunteers who are not paid. The staff governors are all paid members of staff but do not receive any additional payments in connection with being a governor.
There is also a Clerk to the Governors who arranges and attends meetings and helps with legal and constitutional matters, but cannot vote on any matter at any meeting. This is a paid post.
Statutory information about the current governors and resignations can be found in the Governance Documents section below.
Minutes from meetings of the Academy Committee are available on request.
To contact our Chair of Governors please email: email@example.com
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Dave TurnerHead of School
I am excited to take on the Head of School role this year at Redwood. It is a privilege to lead such a talented, hardworking, and pupil-centred team. I am keen to build upon my previous 7 years’ experience at Redwood, having enjoyed a wide range of roles, most recently, Vice Principal.
I am a proud and often busy father to my two young daughters, and we really enjoy being active and going on holiday adventures.
I am a keen sports person and mostly recently I have played basketball for GB Master over 35 at the European Championships. I am a golf fanatic and often enjoy sporting challenges, most recently a marathon!
I am wholly committed to Redwood and its community. It embraces everything I value within education; pupil-centred, highly personalised, and dynamic learning opportunities. I really value collaborating opportunities, within Solent Academies Trust, Challenge Partners, and local professional partnerships.
Roisin GwyerChair of Academy Committee
Roisin GwyerI've worked for many years in libraries including public and health libraries and, most recently, at the University of Portsmouth. I finishedfull time work in December 2018 and now do occasional work around the country.I'm Pompey born and bred and have lived here for most of my life. I like living in Portsmouth, it's near the sea and a friendly city.I like exercise, especially Zumba, and try to do something active most days. When I sit down I read a lot of crime novels and knit the odd jumper(like Miss Marple!). I enjoy walking, going to the theatre, eating out and spending time with my grandchildren.From what I have seen of Redwood Park I think it is a great school providing excellent opportunities for its pupils. I enjoy attending school events and meetingparents and pupils. I hope the governing body can help Redwood continue to improve and build on what has been achieved so far.
Courtney FrenchStaff Governor
I am a class teacher at Redwood Park Academy and there is no job I would rather be doing. My practice is ever-changing, for it is shaped by each and every young person I am luckily enough to meet and teach.
Giving young people a voice is a passion of mine. Previously, I have worked on youth programs which enabled young people to engage in social action. This involved helping young people to uncover social issues they felt strongly about but give them the confidence to be heard and to do something about it. I have also been a part of a Looked After Children's team, to ensure authorities hear the lived experiences of those who have been in the care system. This has then formed decisions and policies, to develop practices to give Looked After Children positive experiences.
I strongly believe that our young people are great individual's and deserve the best education from us. I have learned a lot since working for Solent Academy Trust and at Redwood Park, but I look forward to bring fresh, new ideas to the school. I seek to ensure we continue to offer outstanding educational experiences to our young people so they are happy healthy individuals who are fully prepared for a successful adulthood.
Stephen HartridgeStaff Governor
I have been a TA in Redwood Park Academy since 2019. I have
previously worked in other SEND schools and Portsmouth City Council social services. I have a child with SEND.
I am interested in the development opportunities for TAs in Redwood Park. There is a wealth of talent and skill among the staff group that makes the TA team a valuable resource. I am also interested in the development of an engaging and relevant curriculum that prepared children for life beyond Redwood Park.
Liz BartleCo-opted Governor
I live in Emsworth and am currently Deputy Director of Finance at the University of Portsmouth where I've worked for over 20 years. I volunteer weekly at a local girl guiding unit and I am also a Magistrate with the Portsmouth Bench.
In my spare time, I socialise with friends, read and go walking if the weather's kind; I'm fortunate enough to live close to lots of excellent footpaths.
Jo OliverParent Governor
I previously worked as a Secondary school teacher at mainstream schools in Portsmouth and Gosport and as a teacher at a Pupil Referral Unit
I enjoy playing football for United Services, reading and spending time with my family.
Julia WilcockCo-Opted Governor
After a varied and interesting career, Julia is now Retired. For the last 25 years Julia was working in the Defence Sector as a Senior Supply Chain Executive covering Logistics, Procurement, Governance and Compliance.
Julia enjoys waking, travelling, and spending as much time as possible with her Grandchildren.
As a School Governor Julia is looking forward to learning about the role and use her experience and knowledge to assist the school.
I currently work as a tutor for students who are not able to attend school for several different reasons. I have previously worked as a teaching assistant at a SEN provision and as a primary mental health worker working across Southampton.
At university I studied Psychology as I was interested in child development and attachment theory, this passion has continued into my career and my personal life. In my personal life I have just started on my journey to become a foster carer and in my career, I enjoy working with young people who face additional challenges in their lives, helping them overcome or adapt to these challenges is something I find very rewarding.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my two dogs, spending time with my friends and family and watching football. I am a very creative person so love anything arty and messy!