Introducing the school governors
It may seem that the school governing body is a mysterious group who live in the shadows. The reality is that we are mixed group of people from different backgrounds who share one common interest, ensuring that the school is being managed in a manner that ensures the best learning environment for our students.
As you’ll see from our bios below we are a mix of parents and ex-parents of Calthorpe Park students and so all have a vested interest in ensuring that we deliver the best experience for our children.
In future blogs we’ll be telling you more about the governing body and what we do.
1] Jonathan Phillips – Chair of Governors
Jonathan has been a governor at Calthorpe Park for nearly ten years joining when his son, now 22 attended the school and thought it would be interesting to gain insight into the world of secondary education. He works for himself supporting businesses undertaking key business change/IT activities.
He is currently Chair of Governors, meeting with the Head Teachers regularly as well as providing leadership to the governor group. Jonathan is very passionate about the school and tries to attend as many events as possible whilst leading a busy business and family life too.
2] Jeff Kelsey
Jeff is currently our longest serving governor, now in his 15th year at the school, and has no intention of stopping yet. Prior to moving to Fleet, he spent 5 years as a governor at a primary school in Yorkshire. Jeff has his own consultancy business providing support to the chemical industry on product health and environmental safety and regulatory toxicology.
Jeff is currently vice chair of governors having previously served as chair for 6 years. His current areas of responsibility are Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Data Protection.
3] Rachel O’Hara
Rachel has been a governor since the autumn term of 2016. She has three children who have all flourished at Calthorpe Park with the youngest now in year 11. Rachel works part time as a GP in Aldershot and brings some of her experience in mental health, child development and safeguarding to the governing body.
She was previously a governor at All Saints junior school which prepared her to some extent for being a governor of a secondary school, despite many substantial differences. Her area of responsibility is Special Educational Needs and Disability and she visits the school regularly to review this area.
4] Adrian Jones - Co-opted Governor
Adrian is a long-term resident of Fleet with 5 children who either still attend or have been educated at Calthorpe Park School. He is an Army Officer with wide experience of Strategic and Operational planning.
5] Martin Elburn
Martin decided to become a governor to gain a better understanding of the education system and more specifically, his children’s school, and was originally elected a Parent Governor in 2010. His three children all attended Calthorpe Park with the youngest leaving in 2014.
He has the responsibility of the Development & Training Governor. In this capacity, he ensures that Governors have undertaken relevant training, and the Governing Body as a whole has sufficient knowledge in relevant areas. As a qualified accountant, Martin has always sat on the Resources/Finance committee.
6] Karin Cox-Putker (Co-opted Governor)
Karin is Dutch but has lived in England for over 35 years. She is a solicitor and has two children who both attended Calthorpe Park. She became a governor as she was not familiar with the English school system and was keen to find out more about the environment her children were in.
Initially a governor at Velmead Junior School, which her children attended, Karin then joined the Calthorpe board of governors. Karin is proud to be a governor at Calthorpe and to contribute to its development as a growing, dynamic school whose focus is squarely and unwavering on their ethos to ensure that each student counts.
7] Paul Cleal
Paul is originally from Australia and is married with 3 daughters. He has worked for most of his career in Oil and Gas projects. Paul and his family relocated to Fleet in July 2015 and is currently working on the Chevron Tengizchevroil project in Kazakhstan.
8] Justine Whitworth
Justine has been a Parent Governor since 2016 and has 3 daughters at Calthorpe Park School in Years 7, 9, and 10. There was no specific reason Justine became a governor, just a renewed interest in the education system her children were a part of.
Justine finds it incredibly rewarding to be part of the school community and contributing towards the school’s strategic direction. Her areas of responsibility are Pupil Premium and Pastoral. These areas support many different sections in school, mainly to do with the personal development and welfare of all the Students. Her favourite part of being a Governor is visiting the school and speaking to the staff and students.
9] Chris Phillips
Chris has been a governor since 2016 and currently has a daughter who has just left year 11, a step daughter soon to be in year 9 and his youngest daughter joining year 7 in September. He is a Marketing Director for a software company based in London who create tools for education.
He wanted to learn more about the running of the school and the issues that impacted his and other children. Becoming a governor seemed the best way to do this and also a chance to give something back to the community. He’s proud to be a member of the governing body and to contribute where he can.
10] Karen Kite
Karen has been a co-opted governor at Calthorpe Park School for 2 years. Before joining she was a governor at Heatherside Junior School for 11 years. Karen has lived in Fleet since 1986 and all 3 of her sons attended Calthorpe Park.
Karen has always been a stay at home mum which enables her to spend her time volunteering, either at schools, church or more recently national athletic sporting events which she also loves to spectate at. She enjoys carrying out her strategic role within our Governing Body, as well all the times she meets with pupils and staff to celebrate the many successes.
11] Robin Taylor
Robin has recently become a governor having served for about 4 years as a trustee with Citizens Advice Hart. He has lived in Fleet for 40 years and has a son and daughter, the former an ex-pupil of Calthorpe Park. He has a 7-year-old grandson which gives him a particular interest in the educational system.
He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the recognised professional body for HR professionals, and spent the majority of his career in the HR field working in a variety of organisations.
12] Sarah Knights
Sarah has been a parent governor since 2018. She has two boys, one in year 8 and one who left Calthorpe in 2017 and is currently at 6th form.
Sarah is an accountant and works as a Business Manager at a local infant school. She has previously been a governor at Heatherside Infant School and brings with her in depth knowledge of Finance, HR and Health and Safety within the school environment.