The Governing Body
What does the Governing Body do?
All Governors are elected volunteers who act collectively, serving a term of four years, and have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. Please see attached information which will tell you how our Governing Body is made up, what the role of the governing body is and the committees that are formed from this.
Chair of Governors - Mr Steve Race (Co-opted Governor) - 05/11/2013
I have been a Governor since 1998 starting at a Middle School. I started as a Parent Governor and then became a Community Governor. Helping to support the school, the staff and pupils is paramount as is 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 the Vice chair of the Governing body and have served as a member of the governing body since 1992. Previous to that, I was a parent governor at the primary school where my children attended for four years. I am the named Governor for Safeguarding, which is a very important issue with the school. Running my own accountancy practice, I am able to work with the school in relation to the financial side of school life but I also have governor responsibly for Early Years. Apart from work and school, I play the tuba in a brass ensemble with Woodbridge Salvation Army and I am also a Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society. Family wise, I have been married for over forty five years and have two grown up children and two grandchildren of 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 was acting head. I was part of many decision making committees and was the 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 of 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 in February 2019. I hope to bring my various experiences of working around the world for over 10 years onboard cruise ships, coupled with being a qualified health and safety manager. My daughter Seren attends Ravenswood Primary School and I feel I have an obligation and the passion to do all I can to ensure that the children are given every opportunity to succeed and are provided all the support that is required to do so. Outside of my working and academic life, I am a huge football fan and still play for various teams in Ipswich. I also DJ both on radio and as part of my own entertainment agency.