A Word from our Governors

The Governing body at Mount Gilbert, in partnership with the Headteacher, is responsible for strategically driving forward school improvement and ensuring that the school achieves the aims and ambitions it has for all pupils alongside making sure that budgets are effectively managed and that the wellbeing of staff is considered within the school.  The work that we do as Governors has the ability to transform the school and the lives of staff and young people in it.  It is vital that all Governors ensure they have a good understanding of the school – what it does well and where the areas of improvement are.

Responsibilities as a Governor 

As a Governing Body we will:

  • make sure we have Governors with a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience. 
  • make sure we have Governors who, through training, are aware of their roles and responsibilities.
  • ensure we communicate with one another and attend meetings.
  • ensure that responsibilities are shared across our membership.
  • aim to ensure there is a good working relationship with the Head teacher and staff at the school.


What do Governors do?

Governors aim to make the school a better experience for the people who attend, as well as the community around Mount Gilbert, by making decisions to improve the school.

Who are the Governors? 

Community/Co-opted Governors

Simon Downes – Lead Governor for Finance

Simon Downes


I am a serving Officer within West Mercia Police. Since joining the force in 1994 I have held a number of positions within responsive and investigative departments, predominantly working in front line Policing.

In October 2011 I volunteered to join the Dawley and Malinslee Safer Neighbourhood Team – a small unit of Police Officers and Police staff that specialise in resolving long term issues within the community.

I enjoy to travel and prior to joining the Police I was fortunate to have jobs that enabled me to journey extensively around Britain and Europe.

I became a governor to support the hard work of the staff and to use my skills and experiences to help achieve the best possible outcome for all pupils.


Kate Horle


Kate Horle







My name is Kate Horle and I am the Director of Curriculum Development and Delivery for TIN Smart Social limited.  We are a Social Innovation consultancy who believe that what we do now can make a difference.  We work with a wide range of people including young people, long term unemployed and high achievers to develop their wellbeing and purpose using innovative programmes and tools.


Before working at TIN I have worked in a variety of Legal and Public service companies developing and delivering software and IT based training.

I worked with Mount Gilbert to help develop year 10 students awareness of the use of Digital and Technology in the work place through a programme called Digital Bootcamp.   I am looking forward to working with the other governors to move the school forward and create an even better opportunity for learning, growth and development.



Head-teacher Governor

Mrs Lisa Lyon







I am extremely proud to say that I am Headteacher of Mount Gilbert School.  I have been Headteacher for over four years now and, in that time, have seen a number of changes in education.  We aim to provide a high quality education for all our pupils no matter what their starting points or prior experience of education.  We operate an open door policy for parents so if you would like to visit the school at any point please contact Juliet Lamsdale on 01952 387670 who will arrange an appointment.  I hope that you find all the information that you need on our website but if you have any suggestions to make do not hesitate to contact me either on the above number or by emailing Juliet.lamsdale@taw.org.uk.




Staff Governor

Mr Matthew Watton – H&S rep

Matt Watton

My name is Matthew Watton.  I have been working at Mount Gilbert School for six years.  I chose to work at Mount Gilbert as I feel I can make a positive difference to the lives of young people and become a big influence on them making the right decisions.

Two years ago I became part of the governing body as Staff Governor and our aim is to move the school in the right direction to enable our students to benefit from attending an outstanding learning environment.




Governor Vacancies

We have the following vacancies for governors:

Local Authority, Parent and Community Governors

If you are interested in joining our team of hardworking and committed governors please contact school to arrange a visit and meeting with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.


Business Interests


Since 1st September, governing bodies have been under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests.  The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  ‘None’ should be the recorded entry on the register by governors who have no interests to register.


Governor name Business interest Other establishments governed Relationships with staff/members of the governing body
Simon Downes None None None
Kate Horle None None None
Lisa Lyon None None None
Matthew Watton None None None


Category Appointed by Term of office Area of responsibility          
28/09/2015 30/11/2015 25/01/2016 09/05/2016 04/07/2016
Mr P Roberts LA Gov Body Completed Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs L Farlow Community Gov Body Completed Y Y Y N N
Mrs S Lane Parent Gov Body Completed Y Y Y N N
Mrs J Mellor Community Gov Body Completed Y Y N Y N
Mrs L Reeve Community Gov Body Completed Y Y N N N
Mrs S Thompson Associate Gov Body Completed Y N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mr S Downes Community Gov Body 4 years until 28/09/19 N/A N/A Y Y Y
Mrs L Lyon Headteacher N/A N/A Y Y Y Y Y
Mr M J Watton Staff Elected 4 years until 20/03/17 Health & Safety Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs K Horle Community Gov Body N/A N/A N/A N/A N



Governors Handbook