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Governors

Our Governors see the school through the eyes of our learners. Each Governor has a ‘linked learner’ who they think about and consider during every meeting they attend and every visit they make. In this way, all conversations and decisions have our learners' best interests at the centre. During our planning days, they have the learner's photograph and profile in front of them as a reminder of how all school business should make a positive difference to this young person.

Key Roles

To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, including:

Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

Determining how the school's budget is spent

Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship

Setting standards for learners

Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

Get to know our Governors below:

Paul Westenhofer

Acting Chair to the Full Governing Body

I was born, and have lived in, the Southend area all of my life.  I served for 10 years in the 10th and 4th Battalions The Parachute Regiment.  I am the director of a small electrical contracting business and chairman of a charity providing clubs and activities for disabled children.

My son, the youngest of 4 children, has a diagnosis of autism and severe learning delay.  He joined Glenwood School in 2007 and left in the summer of 2022.  The school has always been a warm and welcoming place.  Soon after my son started school, I found that I wanted to get involved and applied for the role of parent governor.  Being a governor has lived up to its expectations and has given me a better understanding of what is involved in running the school.

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Mick Gillman

Co-opted Governor

Mick has been a governor for over 4 years and wanted to help shape the future for not just his child but all the current and future learners at our amazing school.  Mick is an engineer at Ford Motor Company, RFU Level 2 Rugby Coach and parent to a learner at Glenwood.

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Lindsey Payne

Co-opted Governor

Lindsey was appointed to the Full Governing Body in October 2020. 

I am an adult and children’s nurse with 28 years of experience, with a passion for SEN.  It was a privilege to become a governor for Glenwood School and to support the amazing work that the school does in delivering exceptional education and healthcare to the young people who attend.         

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Madeleine Redfern

Parent Governor

I am a mum of two young children. My son aged six attends Glenwood School. Having a child with special needs has made me realise how little help there is for sen children, and how vital Glenwood school is in supporting children with additional needs to thrive. I believe every sen child should be given the same opportunities. 

I am a full time police officer and have previously worked seven years in the safeguarding remit. I am looking forward to watching Glenwood School grow and being a part of this.  

I am a mum of two young children. My son aged six attends Glenwood School. Having a child with special needs has made me realise how little help there is for sen children, and how vital Glenwood school is in supporting children with additional needs to thrive. I believe every sen child should be given the same opportunities. 

I am a full time police officer and have previously worked seven years in the safeguarding remit. I am looking forward to watching Glenwood School grow and being a part of this.  

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Emma Dawson

Co-opted Governor

Emma is the Headteacher at Thundersley Primary School and the Chief Executive Officer of ROBUS Multi-Academy Trust.  Emma was appointed to the Full Governing Body in October 2020.

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Liz Cornish

Headteacher

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Liz is the Headteacher at Glenwood, appointed in September 2019.

Sally Waddingham

Associate Member
Deputy Headteacher)

Sally is the Deputy Headteacher at Glenwood and is an Associate Member.

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Oliver Gale

Local Authority

Oliver is Head of Business Development for London & South-East at KPMG, where he manages a number of their priority accounts. He has always worked in client-facing roles and prides himself on his EQ and people skills. Oliver sought the opportunity to become a school governor as he wanted to give something back to local education. He jumped at the chance to join the board at Glenwood School as it’s such a wonderful place with excellent staff and such fantastic young people.

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Theresa Cope

Clerk to Full Governing Body

Theresa is the Clerk to the Full Governing Body, appointed in November 2020.

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Gemma Perry

Parent Governor

I'm a mum of three. I worked in banking supervision until I became a mum. I volunteer for various charities, and I became a parent governor because I see all that the school achieve with my son, and I want to be a part of making that the experience for all students at Glenwood and the wider community of families involved in Glenwood. 

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Nicola Woodruff

Staff Governor

"I first joined Glenwood as a teacher in January 2003.  Over almost twenty years I have taught across the full age and needs range of Glenwood learners.  I joined the governing body as Staff Governor as I wanted to be part of making a bigger contribution to school improvements including more fully understanding the holistic running of the school and challenging ourselves to create the best Glenwood we can together." 

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