Chair of Governors
Mr Steve Race (Local Authority Governor)
I have been a governor since 1998 starting at a Middle School. I started as a Parent Governor, and then became a Community Governor and now I am a Local Authority Governor where I have served in this role at two schools and have experience of all the committees and groups that serve a Governing body. Helping to support the school and the staff and pupils is paramount and being passionate about the education of the young people of today.
I became Chair of Governors at Ravenswood and hope to be part of the success of the School, the Leadership Team and of course the pupils.
I am married with a daughter at university and I bring a wide range of experience from the world of work to the Governing Body at Ravenswood.
I have recently become the Vice chair of the Governing Body having served as a member of the since 1992. Prior to that I was a parent governor at the primary school my children attended for four years.
Running my own small accountancy practice I am able to work with the school on the financial side of the day to day running of the school but also have governor responsibly for Early Years and Safeguarding.
Apart from work and school I play the tuba in a brass ensemble at Woodbridge Salvation Army and I am also a Trustee of the Suffolk Family History Society.
Family wise I have been married for over forty years and have two grown up children and two grandchildren of primary school age.
I was a schoolmaster for 40 years before retiring in August 2014. For 13 years of that time I was deputy head and for one term acting head. I was part of many decision making committees and was chairman of several of them. For 10 years I held the position of safeguarding officer for the school and also created a 5 year development plan.
Recently I was elected as chairman of Nacton Parish Council and therefore am aware of many local issues within the area.
Outside education my greatest passion lies with cricket, including being part of ESCA.
I am keen to be actively involved in Ravenswood Community School as a governor and to help to continue to raise the academic standards within the school and to further enhance its reputation.
I was appointed as a parent governor at Ravenswood Primary School in July 2015.
It is essential to provide children with a stable environment and consistency through the provision of good quality teaching and access to the right resources. I have worked for a national sporting charity for over 17 years and have the responsibility for providing sporting opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with a disability to have a sporting chance. I understand the importance of providing all children irrespective of their own personal circumstances the opportunity to participate, motivate and get them engaged to improve their confidence, self-esteem and develop team building and leadership skills.
I am married and have two daughters who attend Ravenswood Primary School.
Miss Rimmer (Parent Governor)
I was appointed as a parent governor at Ravenswood Primary School in November 2016. I believe children should have a chance to thrive in their learning environment, with high quality teaching and peer learning. As an early year’s teacher with pre-school management, I have a passion to drive learning forwards and with 14 years’ experience working with young children and their families, I feel I can offer good support to the school. I am also a trained Girl Guide leader and have led a Rainbow group alongside 2 others for 6 years. I have also been chairperson for the local children's centres for 2 years and ran groups to support the needs of the area. I have had some forest school training and believe the outdoors has amazing opportunities to enhance children's learning and development.
Apart from teaching and school I work part time at the hospital as a maternity and health care assistant, as well as being a mum of 2 young children. (1 of whom attends Ravenswood Primary School)
Mrs S Finbow
Ms K Chisholm