Welcome from Chair of the Local Governing Body, Nigel Johnson

Nigel Johnson Nigel Johnson
Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Local Governing Body at The Forest High School, welcome to our website.

As part of a Multi-Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body is a Committee of the SGS Academy Trust Board of Trustees.

The Forest High School has high expectations for all, we are a committed governing body who both support and challenge the Head Teacher and Senior Management Team through the monitoring of activities and progress in the school.

Students are our number one priority and all staff, governors and trustees work together with a common aim of providing a safe and vibrant learning environment in which all learners can reach their potential and have a positive time at school. Parents and carers are very much part of the whole school community and we welcome your input through links with Parent Governors, Parents Forum and involvement with the School.

If you require any further information then please contact our Clerk to Governors Kath Lee on Katherine.Lee@Foresthigh.org.uk

Nigel Johnson
Chair of Governors

About SGS Multi Academy Trust

SGS Academy Trust

South Gloucestershire and Stroud Academy Trust (SGSAT) is a company limited by guarantee and is constituted as a non-profit charitable trust. SGSAT is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. As SGSAT has been established as a multi-academy trust it is capable of having more than one academy within the trust.

Academy Schools are state funded schools in England which are directly funded by central government (specifically the Department for Education) and independent of direct control by the local authority. The majority of academies are secondary schools, but some primary schools also have academy status.

Academies are self-governing, however, they must meet the same National Curriculum core subject requirements as other state schools and are subject to inspection by Ofsted.

To find out more about SGS Academy Trust please visit their website academytrust.sgscol.ac.uk.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young people?

The Governors are volunteers, playing an important part in raising the standards of achievement for all pupils. This involves providing a strategic view for the school and acting as a critical friend .

The Governing Body encourages the recruitment of members from all sections of the community and applications are always welcomed from people of all cultural backgrounds with a range of skills and experience. Details about the Roles and Responsibilities of the Governors, together with current Governors details, including Staff and Parent Governors, can be found below.

Our Governors

Nigel Johnson

Mr Nigel JohnsonGovernor

Nigel Johnson, a retired executive director, has experience of developing and managing strategic change in national organisations in the public, commercial and charity sectors. In addition to his broad ranging experience of executive level responsibility he was also a practising corporate lawyer. He has lived to the north of the Forest since the early 1980's and brings extensive experience and skills to the Governing Body.


Gavin Murray

Gavin MurrayGovernor

Gavin has 15 years teaching experience in further and higher education as a lecturer in Law and Business. In 2008 Gavin joined South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and is currently the Head of Quality, Learning Resources & Performance with responsibility for monitoring academic performance and overseeing the College's quality assurance function, libraries and learning resource provision. Gavin also has experience working with the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, the Quality Assurance Agency, for Higher Education, and two major International Awarding Bodies both on curriculum design and development and in the conduct of public examinations and has recently been accredited as an Ofsted Inspector.

Mike Barnsley

Mike BarnsleyGovernor

Mike has been the Vicar of Cinderford with Littledean since 2011. Prior to going into ministry, he worked in IT in the banking and retail sector.

He has been a parent governor, a community governor and, as well as being a governor at Forest High School, he his currently serving as a foundation governor at Littledean Church of England Primary School where he is Chair of Governors.


Alan Cratchley

Alan CratchleyGovernor

Alan Cratchley is currently a Store Manager for The Midcounties Co-Operative in Cinderford. He has 20 years experience in Food Retail, with expertise in Performance Management, recruitment and Financial Key Performance Indicators. Alan has for the past 8 Years managed stores all around the Forest Of Dean, and has strong community links in the local area.


Mr Timothy Williams

Mr Timothy WilliamsParent Governor

Timothy Williams became a Parent Governor in 2015. Since achieving his BA in Product Design in 2006 he has been involved in setting up and running a family business. He has eight years experience of working with children and young people within the Social Care sector.


Mrs jane Batts

Mrs Jane BattsParent Governor

Jane became a parent Governor in June 2016 and has previous Business Management experience and an understanding of Governance responsibilities through a previous role of Clerk to Governors in a local primary school. Jane currently works in computing at Gloucestershire College and runs her own property business.


Mrs Serena Rivers

Mrs Serena RiversTeaching Staff Governor

Serena Rivers was elected to the Local Governing Body in October 2015 and fills the Teacher Staff Governor position on the Governing Body. Serena is also a Union Representative for the NASUWT.


David Potter

David PotterGovernor

David joined the Board of Trustees in January 2017. He has spent seventeen years in schools, eventually leading a large secondary school, and worked for 15 years in local authorities, ultimately as deputy director (head of school improvement). He has worked as a DfE adviser, led many OFSTED inspections and worked as school improvement partner/adviser to a great range of schools and academies. For several years he has been an education consultant, both in the UK and abroad, focusing on improving teaching quality, self-evaluation and improvement planning, and has published widely in those fields.

Liane Pitcher-Leigh    Govenor

Liane was elected to the Local Governing Body in January 2019 as a Staff Governor position on the Governing Body


The following documents provide information relating to the work of SGS Academy Trust and the Local Governing Body.


For further information on Trust Governance, please see the Trust Governance website

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