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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

Chair to the Full Governing Body

Health and Safety Oversight and Curriculum journey

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My son attended Glenwood school from 2007 to 2022 and I have been a governor since 2009.

The school has had many changes over the years and I am looking forward to embracing the challenges facing the school and assisting in it’s future development so that it can continue to provide the excellent education and services for future generations.

Emma Dawson

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding and Curriculum link Governor

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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.

Oliver Gale

Local Authority

Chair of Finance Strategy Group

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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.

Mick Gillman

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Residential Strategy Group and Curriculum link

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My youngest son has attended Glenwood since 2012 and I was immediately taken with the passion and care the staff showed, shortly afterwards I applied to become a governor as I felt the urge to get involved to help shape the future for not just my child but all the current and future learners at our amazing school. I have watched the school grow from the old facility to this fantastic new building we have along with The Glen and am excited so see what the future holds for Glenwood School. I am an engineer at Ford Motor Company with over 30yrs service and spent many years doing foreign service with them. I am also a RFU Level 2 Rugby Coach and took my eldest sons team from U6 to U18 and now enjoy Saturday afternoons on the side of the pitch as a spectator when I get a chance.

Michelle Westenhofer

Co-opted Governor

Michelle was appointed in April 2024.

Richard Orridge

Co-opted Governor

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I have over 40 years experience within Banking, Account Management and Accountancy and am now working part time for a family business based in Basildon.

I applied to become a governor having been involved in fundraising for SHARE and became aware of Glenwood School.

I feel becoming a school governor will provide me with the ability to make a difference in education and young people's life's and am looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with everyone involved at Glenwood School.

Madeleine Redfern

Parent Governor

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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.  

Nicola Woodruff

Staff Governor

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I first joined Glenwood as a teacher in January 2003.  Over 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.

Theresa Cope

Clerk to Full Governing Body

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

Liz Cornish



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

Sally Waddingham

Associate Member
Deputy Headteacher

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

Stuart Reeve

School Business Manager

Stuart is the School Business Manager at Glenwood.

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