Lawn Manor Academy’s vision is “Inspiring and Creating Futures for All”. As Governors of the School, it is our responsibility to make sure this vision comes true. We make sure everything done in the school is designed to help it happen.
- Ensure the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school is clear and is being achieved
- Work with the headteacher to continually improve the performance of the School, its staff and its pupils
- Oversee the financial management of the school to make sure money is spent in the best way
There are a wide range of activities we take part in to help us with these responsibilities. In addition to participating in regular committee meetings, we visit classrooms, liaise with different faculties and meet with staff, pupils and parents/carers. We are also often present when the school is holding events for pupils or parents/carers.
Lawn Manor is part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust. This means that our Local Governing Body feeds into the Trust Board, via meetings and updates. It is the Trustees on the Trust Board who have ultimate accountability for the governance of all of the schools within the Trust.
We strongly believe that creating a diverse team of people from a wide variety of backgrounds will help us achieve our goals better. Whether governors are parents, from local community groups, from business, or even from other educational bodies, we want as wide a range of different skills and experience on our Local Governing Body as we can find.
Governors work on a voluntary basis. There are six formal meetings of the Local Governing Body at Lawn Manor each year. These are one per school term, held in the evenings. Typically, we commit to giving 20 hours a year (there are always opportunities to give more time) to the role and to being able to attend meetings in the evening.
We would love to hear from you if you think you might be interested in finding out more about the role of a governor. For more information about the role of a school governor at Lawn Manor Academy, please contact the Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair of the Local Governing Body
Meet our Governors:
Jane Hext – Chair of Governors
I have always had a deep interest in education. I am delighted that my position as Chair of Lawn Manor LGB provides me with an opportunity to support this school. I am dedicated to playing my part to enable pupils to achieve their full potential. I am passionate about ensuring that we help to create an environment in which pupils are inspired to be the best that they can be. We are creating a culture of mutual respect, trust and excellent teamwork.
I have over 30 years’ experience working in senior roles including Chief Executive and Managing Director. I have also had responsibility for Customer Services and for Marketing. I have worked in the mobile telecoms industry, in retail and in risk management. This experience has given me a broad and deep background on which to draw, supporting the school leadership team and helping Lawn Manor be successful.
Andrew Wells – Vice Chair of Governor
I am a local Swindonian who is currently working for the local authority, having worked previously at some of the largest employers in Swindon such as Nationwide Building Society and UKRI. I have a Master’s Degree in Human Geography which has led me to the Economy and Growth Team at Swindon Borough Council where I’m currently delivering the inward investment strategy to help get new businesses to the region and raise the awareness of Swindon in the UK and abroad. I’m the founder of Young Enterprise Swindon and a Director at local charity the Platform Project.
Lawn Manor is my local secondary school. I have a young family, so helping the school succeed is very important to me. What excites me about Lawn Manor is that there is already a great leadership team in place. It has brought in new practices and is already helping the school improve. I’m keen to work with the staff to continue to improve the school. We can make it one of the best educational institutions in Swindon. We can also help support local schools and communities that feed into the School. I hope to use my knowledge and experience to support the Lawn Manor leadership team on this journey.
Nigel Cox – Governor
Although I have spent most of my working life in Human Resources, I did qualify to be a teacher. Since then, my commitment to excellence in education has never left me. The link between education and employment has been an important issue for me professionally. The experiences my own children have had have been important personally. When I was introduced to this school I was immediately struck by the desire it had to ensure children from all backgrounds made the best progress they could.
I have been involved in the many changes the school leadership team have introduced over the last two years. I am proud to be playing a part in the creation of a great school at the heart of its local community. This is a journey that continues. I know we can do still more to make Lawn Manor even better. I believe we can and will inspire and create futures for all our pupils. Every pupil will have an excellent education and learning experience. I see this reflected in the commitment of the children, the teachers and everyone in the school.
Simon Stevenette – Governor
My name is Simon Stevenette and I have been Vicar of Christ Church with St Mary’s in the Old Town Partnership of Churches for the last 20 years. I am also Chaplain to Swindon Town Football Club.
I am married to Nicola and we have 5 sons ages from 27 – 14. I am a Governor of 3 local schools in Swindon. I am also a member of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network and Swindon Rotary Club. I am interested in mental health in the workplace and encouraging people, especially the young, to reach their full potential.
I enjoy running and have participated in the Swindon Half Marathon in recent years. We enjoy, as a family, visiting the coast and walking our Tibetan Terrier dog locally.
Hannah Faulkner – Governor
Growing up and attending school and college in Swindon, I have a real desire to support the educational outcomes of the children within our community. Although I live in Bristol, I currently work for one of the largest employers in Swindon, Nationwide Building Society, and I hope to bring a strategic, financial, cultural, career and business perspective to the ambition of your Governing Board.
In terms of background, I hold an MSc in Finance with Distinction from Bristol Business School (UWE) and have held financial and more generalist roles in General Electric and Nationwide Building Society over the past nearly 10 years. More recently, I have been the Business Manager to the CEO of Nationwide Building Society which has been invaluable to understand and help facilitate what it takes to lead nearly 18,000 people to improve the financial aspiration of our society. I will soon be moving on to help lead strategic change within one of our more Operational and Technological areas in the organisation.
Otherwise, I am a keen Netball player and have played for numerous teams across Swindon, Regionally and Nationally over the years. I really believe child participation in sport can translate into success and motivation in School too, especially at a time where mental health of children is at front and foremost of conversation.
I very much hope I can be a great role model to the children of Lawn Manor Academy too, and very much look forward to supporting your future ambitions for the School.
Nazma Ramruttun – Governor
I was born and educated in Port-Louis, Mauritius. I came to the UK in 1972 to train as a Psychiatric Nurse. I got engaged to Darsun and after qualifying, I moved to Swindon in 1976 to get married. We have 3 children, all born in Swindon.
I am very passionate about caring for and looking after the needs of vulnerable people. I have extensive experience working with vulnerable children and adults in a number of environments including; hospitals, clinics and as a counsellor. For over 24 years, my husband and I ran two residential care homes for people with mental health and learning disabilities.
I am well known in the town for my work to promote cohesion and equality and for representing Asian and ethnic minorities within the community. Whilst running our care homes, I became the first elected Muslim woman to chair the Millen Advice Point, at that time a unique Asian advice centre in Swindon. I have been the Chair of the Swindon Asian Women’s Association (SAWA), Vice Chair of the Women’s Equality Coalition, Chair of the Race Equality Coalition, founder member and twice elected Chair of Broadgreen Organisation for Neighbourhood Development (BOND) and Chair of Voluntary Action Swindon. In these roles I have done extensive work ensuring the views and concerns of the various communities are represented and promoted.
I am a Mental Health Act Manager with Avon and Wiltshire Partnership, volunteer with Healthwatch, a Cancer Buddy volunteer at GWH and a volunteer with Swindon Circle.
I know first-hand how critically important it is for young people to have a good education to enable them to have a rewarding life. In my 11 years as a Governor at this school, I have seen many changes and I am pleased to be part of the many developments introduced in that time. There are many pressures on young people and I know the whole team at Lawn Manor is committed to enabling and supporting all pupils to have a stimulating and supportive learning experience. I have brought my family up in this community and now I have grandchildren I am even more passionate about doing all I can to help young people to achieve their best chance in life.
Samantha Tapfumaneyi – Governor
Originally born in Zimbabwe, my life in Swindon began in 2007 when I started High School at Churchfields, now Lawn Manor Academy. During my time at Churchfields I became Head Girl in my final year, and was highly engaged with the senior leadership at the school. Upon successfully completing my GCSEs I went to Royal Wootton Bassett Academy for my A Levels, where I served as Deputy Head Girl. Both schools have played a significant role in my social and academic life, greatly influencing my choices in higher education.
I hold a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Westminster, and an MA in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious School of Journalism at City University. I am currently a Journalist at CNN International, working at the heart of the newsroom covering stories such as the Royal Baby, Khashoggi and Brexit, to name a few. As a first generation immigrant to the UK, the importance of education has been instilled in me from a young age, making me passionate about social mobility and the role of education in the lives of young people. I believe that as a Governor, I will be able to bring a unique perspective to the school’s leadership that is centred around enhancing the pupils’ experience, and expanding their prospects for social mobility. In so doing, I hope to play a role in empowering pupils with better tools, for not only navigating their time at Lawn Manor Academy, but also in helping them gain transferable skills that will prepare them for life beyond school.
Caireen Young – Staff Governor
I currently work at Lawn Manor Academy as Lead Professional in Student Progress and I am Head of Art. Education has always been my passion; as an educator, my aim is to instil a love of learning for all and to create a passion for education. Reflective in nature, I consider myself to be a dedicated teacher and leader, with high expectations for myself and others’ performance. Presently, I work alongside our Senior Leadership team to co-ordinate, review and implement a range of Academic Interventions and extra-curricular programmes/clubs. This allows our pupils the opportunity to experience different styles of learning and social environments in which they can excel in order for them to reach their full potential by supporting and building their confidence.
When I am set a challenge I will not only meet it but exceed it greatly. I work hard and have high expectations for all and always strive for the best outcomes for all. I instil positive attributes into everything and am able to extract strengths and channels these skills into others work so they are able to achieve their best in small and manageable chunks. I believe in marginal gains. I believe in a work life balance. I enjoy reading for pleasure and my passions are in painting, drawing and photography. I have exhibited my work in London, Devises and Dumfries and Galloway. I also like baking, walking, hiking, Yoga and running. My biggest achievement recently is that I ran a half marathon and I aim to do another this year.