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Governance Page

The school has a close working relationship with its Governors who are drawn from all areas of the community. They are parents, teachers, Council Representatives, members of the Church and businessmen and women from the local area who work alongside the Head in both supporting and challenging the school.
The Governors have an active role in the school attending school events and visiting the school in both an formal and informal manner, in so doing providing the local authority and parents alike with an assurance that we are providing the best education possible for our children.


Mr Laurie Boardman, Chair of Governors

Link Governor for: Health and Safety, GDPR, Behaviour


I have been associated with NJS since arriving in Newport in Dec 2007, initially, as a parent and a supporter of the PTA. Both my daughters attended the school, with my youngest now about to leave Burton Borough.
I became a governor in Oct 2012, became deputy Chair in Apr 2016 and Chair of Governors in Oct 2016. I am passionate about the role of the governing body and the role we play in ensuring that all children whilst at NJS achieve the best they can and that they do this in a safe, caring and nurturing educational environment.
My background is in engineering and program management, having served 35 yrs in the Royal Air Force as Engineering Officer. I am now very much a civilian and I currently work for Ultra Electronics in Rugeley, managing the companies Quality and In-Service Support departments.

Mrs Nicola Moody, Head teacher

I have worked at Newport CE Junior School since 2005. I was appointed Acting Head teacher in September 2016 and permanent from January 207. I am extremely proud of the children we have at NJS and am committed to ensuring we achieve the very best provision for them. High quality provision can be achieved through a close and effective working relationship between staff, parents and Governors. It is essential we work together to drive school improvement.
My skills are in effective Teaching and Learning. I lead on assessment and I am a Maths Specialist Teacher and lead on this curriculum area.
I am also a busy mum to two boys under 4 who keep me active and entertained!

Mr Max Jones, Staff Governor

I began teaching at Newport Juniors in September 2014; and have taught in both upper and lower school. In September 2015 I became a Year 6 teacher and have remained there to date; I thoroughly enjoy working in this year group and thrive on the challenges and complexity it provides.
I attended Newport Juniors as a child and have fond memories of my time here, so was delighted when I was appointed as a member of staff to continue my strong affiliation with the school. Following my time at The Burton Borough School, I attended Aberystwyth University where I gained a BSc Honours Degree in Business & Management, before then completing my PGCE teacher training course through The West Midlands Consortium.
I have a keen interest in the theory of education and how children learn. I enjoy reading about current and future pedagogical approaches and potential developments in the world of education; something which I strongly believe helps me to achieve success within my role at school. Aside from this, I am an avid fan of both football and rugby and enjoy playing sports as much as I can.
I was appointed as Staff Governor in November 2016 and have so far enjoyed learning about the school from a different perspective. I have strong aspirations for leadership myself and know that being a Staff Governor will allow me the opportunity to develop the necessary strategic leadership skills to help Newport Juniors achieve an outstanding future.

Mrs Lesley Green, Co-opted Governor

Link Governor for: Children in Care, Safeguarding

Picture1I have worked at Newport junior School for 33 years. I am married and I have 3 children who also, like myself, came to this school.
I am the School Business Manager and I am also a Guide Leader and a Rainbow Leader and I am a Lay reader at Church Aston church.
I am also the Child Protection/Safeguarding governor for Newport Junior School.
I believe the role of a school governor to be a very important one, working closely with children, staff and parents to achieve an outstanding school.

Mrs Anne Stevens, Foundation Governor

Link Governor for: Beliefs and Values, Worship

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I live in Newport with my husband, we have a grown up family and are both active members of St Nicholas Church.
As a Foundation Governor I am one of the links between the school and the Church.
I strongly support and encourage the distinctive Christian character within the school.

Mr Andrew Harris, Vice Chair/ Local Authority Governor

Link Governor for: SEND, Pupil Premium, MFL and Maths

I am the Plant Director at the Saint-Gobain iron foundry in Telford. Saint-Gobain is a Business in the Community partner with another Telford & Wrekin school and I am keen to build upon these links.
I was delighted to join the Governing Board at NJS as I am passionate about education and particularly special needs education, as I have dyslexia myself.
I bring to the Board: strategic thinking, performance management and data analysis. I am 43, a foster carer, live in Newport and became a Governor in February 2017.

Mr Ian Stevens, Coopted Community Governor

Link Governor for: ICT and Science

I live in Newport with my wife Anne who is a Foundation Governor, we have 6 grown up children & 5 grand children and are both active members of St Nicholas Church.

I initially served a 4 year Instrument/Electrical Apprenticeship and have worked in Engineering, Project & Sales Management Roles with various companies during my 40 years in Industry, from which I retired in mid 2018.

As a Community Governor I am one of the links between both the school, the community & the Church.

I  strongly support and encourage the distinctive Christian character within the school.


Mrs Rhiannon Gilbertson, Parent Governor

Link Governor for: Music and Art


I have been a parent at NJS since January 2017 when my daughters joined year three. After living in the south east for a number of years, I am pleased to be back in my hometown of Newport.
I have worked in publishing and marketing communications for 20 years. Most of my career has been spent in the public sector, working in partnership with government departments to create and manage communication solutions for internal audiences and the general public. I am currently self-employed as a freelance editor/project manager.
I bring many transferable skills to the role of parent governor, including communication and project management skills. I also sit on the governing body to represent the views of parents.
I am committed to collaborating with staff and fellow governors to help make NJS the best it can be.

Mr Mark Yates, Parent Governor

Link Governor for: Finance and PE

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I have lived in Newport for 15 years, my son is currently in Year 6 at NJS, and my daughter is in Year 2 at NIS. I have run my own accountancy practice in the town for the last 12 years, having previously worked in banking. Alongside my accountancy work, I have been involved with coaching Eton Fives (a hand ball sport) at two local independent senior schools for the last 10 years, and served as a board member of the Eton Fives Association. My role within the Eton Fives Association was as Chair of the Coaching Subcommittee. During my stewardship the Association has developed nationally accredited coaching qualifications. I continue to deliver the Level 1 and 2 qualifications as a Tutor and Assessor.


Reverend Merry Smith

Link Governor for: English and Safeguarding

As the new Rector of the Newport with Longford Parish it is both a joy and a pleasure that my role requires me to be heavily involved with NJS. Having been called to priesthood from the classroom (albeit in a Secondary school context) I have a real love of education and of the opportunity schools have to help children grow into caring, confident, inquisitive, healthy youngsters who are aware of their spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs. 

As a governor I will be particularly interested in how staff and pupils are both individually and corporately able to develop skills and gifts – in the round, to become fully who they are.

It is important for me that as a Christian School; compassion, patience, hope, joy and acceptance are at the heart of the curriculum and the pastoral care of children and staff.