Mrs Jill Mather - Chair of Governing Board
Co-opted Governor 26/02/2015 - 25/02/2019
I joined the Governing Body at Newtown, having known the school since the 1980’s when my children attended what was then Newtown First School. We chose Newtown then because it was a small community school and our children thrived in its friendly atmosphere, an atmosphere and ethos which continues to the present. I’ve been Chair of Governors since September 2016 and I have very much enjoyed working with the staff and governors to provide the best education for our children and to secure a stable future in these challenging times for schools.
I live locally and have had a life-long interest in education, having taught English in state secondary schools for nearly 40 years. I am also a member of St James’ Church and enjoy allotment gardening, long-distance walking and looking after our grandchildren.
Mr Mike Cox - Resources Committee
Co-opted Governor 19/05/2015 -18/05/2019
I became a governor at Newtown School in May 2015. I’ve been a parent governor at a primary school in Essex as well as a Middle School in Exeter.
Before I retired, I was Deputy Headteacher at St Peter’s C of E Aided School in Exeter. My rôle included responsibility for curriculum, assessment and reporting, data collection and analysis and the management of the school’s Management Information Systems.
I enjoy working with my fellow Governors at Newtown. It’s a vibrant school serving its local community. With a secondary education background I’ve had (and still have!) a lot to learn but I’ve found my previous experience helpful and the Governor Training very supportive.
I’m married, have three sons and four grandchildren. As well as spending time with my grandchildren, I enjoy walking, cycling, birdwatching, listening to classical music and photography. I’m a member of Newtown Community Choir and of Belmont Chapel and, along with my wife, run Marriage Courses.