Stephen Twelves – Chair of Governors
I have been a governor at Springwell for just over three years and chair of governors for over a year. This is a huge challenge in such a short time but I’m very lucky to be supported by an excellent and dedicated board of governors.
My daughter is currently in year eleven at Springwell and my son finished last year. I am, in fact, a former student myself and graduated from Springwell back when it was the old buildings next door to the current college. Since then I’ve been focused on my engineering career and, now I have a little spare time, decided I wanted to get involved in governance in my local area.
I’m really pleased to see how far the college has progressed since my day, and I’m proud to work alongside such dedicated staff to help improve opportunities for our students.
I have worked as the Librarian at Springwell since December 2002. Shortly after taking up the position I became a Governor for the first time and have carried on with the role for the past 18 years and always endeavour to bring a staff perspective to Governor meetings. I am very proud to be a Governor here and just like every member of staff at Springwell, I want the very best for the students. It is crucial that every Springwell student is happy, safe, confident and able to thrive to become the very best that they can be.
My term in service as a Governor has coincided with some major decisions and events for Springwell including; serving with four Headteachers, the move to the newbuild, dealing with the unfortunate consequences of cuts to funding and the resulting staff restructures, the move to academisation, numerous Ofsted inspections, various College Improvement Plans, holding the Headteacher and College to account, student exclusions and staff recruitment.
I believe that it is crucial that we support the College in its journey to become a ‘good’ school, but it is equally important that the Governing Board put the College under tough challenge when necessary. We must not be afraid to ask difficult questions, to challenge, and to speak out – and up, for what is important.
I have two daughters who are both at Springwell Community College.
My working life has been spent in Education formerly as a teacher of design and technology at Ashfield School followed by Head of Faculty jobs at both Shirebrook Academy and Tupton Hall School. I am currently a Senior Teaching Technician at the University of Sheffield specialising in Electronics and Control.
I am keen to contribute to the continued success of Springwell College and support the dedicated staff team in delivering the very best educational experience to all pupils.
Martin is a lifelong resident of the Clowne area and a Newcastle United fan. Martin has recently retired from an almost forty-year career in primary education, having spent a wonderful 23 years as Headteacher at Clowne Junior School.
During that time, Martin saw a huge amount of change in education and steered the school through a range of initiatives and challenges. The successes Martin achieved were all based on having very strong links with parents and the local community.
When Martin retired, he wanted, indeed needed to continue to contribute actively to the children and community that gave him such a wonderful career. Martin is fully committed to doing his very best to support the development the of school and further improve the outcomes for all our young people.