Governors at Nettlebed School
The Governors of Nettlebed provide a critical role in the development of the school. The body is formed of four parent governors, one teacher governor, four co-opted governors and the Headteacher.
The governing body has 3 key responsibilities:
To provide strategic direction for the school
To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher
To hold the leadership of the school to account (is the school improving its educational performance? Is the budget being spent wisely?)
There are four full governor meetings each year. There are also two sub committees, Resources and Curriculum, which meet termly.
Parent and Staff representatives are elected to the governing body. Oxfordshire Local Authority appoints our LA governors. Co-opted governors can be anyone and are recruited by the governing body (often members of the local community with skills sets or experience that the school could benefit from).
Governors carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
Determining how the school's budget is spent
Hearing appeals and grievances
Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
Making sure the school environment is welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the school's policies
Appointing the Headteacher
If you wish to get in touch with the Chair of Governors, please contact Mr Matthew Tebbutt:
Minutes of Curriculum and Resource meetings can viewed in a file, in the school Reception area.
Mr Matt Tebbutt
Chair of Governors
Mr Tebbutt joined the governing body in October 2016 as a parent governor and was made Vice-Chair in February 2017 followed by Chair in July 2018. He previously served as a parent governor at a primary school in South London for six years. During his time there he experienced a wide range of challenging issues from an Ofsted inspection, a bulge year and well as the school expansion onto a second site to become a six form entry school. In his professional life, he works in financial services technology and has done for over 20 years. Parent of one current pupils.
Mrs Bethany Greenwood
Mrs Greenwood joined the school in September 2017 having previously worked in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Ms Lara Bett
Local Authority Governor
Ms Bett became a school governor in February 2017 and chairs the Resources Committee. She works locally in Henley and has had an interest in supporting education for a number of years, having previously volunteered as a ‘Reading Buddy’ at another primary school. Ms Bett is a qualified chartered accountant and has responsibility for a finance team at her employer, so brings a focus on financial control and oversight to the governing body.
Julia joined the governing body in September 2020. She lives in the village with her husband and 2 teenage children and is looking forward to starting her role as co-opted governor. She has previous experience as a trustee of the parents association at her childrens’ primary school and as a volunteer for The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust and the Henley and South Oxfordshire Macmillan Fundraising Committee. She brings with her knowledge and experience reviewing and complying with legal requirements, working locally as a commercial property solicitor
Mrs Tamara Laughton
Tamara Laughton joined the governing body in April 2019. She has worked in Secondary Education for 15 years, with a strong understanding of the current challenges facing local schools. She has a wide knowledge base of curriculum changes and a passionate interest in the development of children, not only academically but as well rounded happy individuals with the resilience to tackle modern life.
As a parent governor, she has one child at Nettlebed School.
Mrs Jenny McBean
Jenny has lived in Nettlebed with her family for twenty years and her two, now adult, children were pupils at Nettlebed School before moving to Gillotts for their secondary education. During this time Jenny sat on the FONS committee, volunteered in the classroom and, for a short time, was employed as a Teaching Assistant. Professionally, Jenny has worked in recruitment, taught in adult education and mentored small business owners. She now volunteers with the Princes Trust, mentoring young people and working on fundraising campaigns.
Mrs Amanda Foister OBE
Mrs Foister joined the governing body in September 2017. She founded the Adventure Learning Foundation (ALF) which is a partnership between Longridge Activity Centre and Buckinghamshire County Council to provide leadership, direction and core services to not for profit education, training and sporting facilities in 2004. In addition, she is the CEO of Royal Albert Docks Trust where she provides company secretarial, marketing and financial support.
Sarah joined the school governing body as a Parent Governor in January 2019, shortly after her eldest child joined the school. With a background in strategic planning and business development, she brings experience in effective resource allocation and optimization.
Having previously mentored at secondary level, Sarah is excited to be involved in the education sector once again.
Mr Chip Cunliffe
Mr Cunliffe joined as a parent governor in June 2018 and is Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He works in the insurance industry developing solutions to ocean derived risks, but is also a trained geography teacher. In 2012 he launched Oceans Education - a curriculum-led syllabus for students aged between 7-16, designed to increase ocean literacy around the world. He is also a trustee of the UK Associates of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
With 30 years teaching experience in a variety of schools, Sarah has spent the last 14 years at Nettlebed and is currently a KS1 class teacher. She is also PE and MFL lead. As a firm believer in the state system of education, her own three children all attended the school, before moving on to Gillotts and then Henley College.