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Meet the Governors

Nikki Jordan, Chair of Governors

Lead Governor for Assessment & Data, Governor Development, Early Years

Membership: Local Authority (LA) Governor, nominated by the LA, appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office: 05.12.2017 - 04.12.21

Member of TLC (Teaching Learning & Care) Committee and Finance & Resources Committee.

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 100% (17 of 17 meetings)

"I have been a governor at the school since 2013 and have been Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Care Committee (affectionately shortened to TLC!) for most of that time. I am now enjoying the challenge of being Chair of the Governing Body at Woolhampton CE Primary School.

My role as Chair involves leading the Governing Body in strategic discussions and decisions regarding school policies, aspects of safeguarding and curriculum subjects, as well as ensuring we have updates on the progress of year group cohorts in terms of their achievement and attainment. I hold a strong belief that there should be challenge at every level for every child.

I am responsible for Early Years as a link Governor. This is an ever-changing aspect of the Primary Curriculum and there always seems to be something new or different to report on. I am also keen to develop the Governor roles and responsibilities using their skill set to benefit the school and staff.

I believe my skills and experience in being a Primary Teacher and an Early Years Consultant for the Local Authority enables me to be an effective member and Chair of the Governing Body and I am very much looking forward to being part of the school's future".

Lottie Wadsworth, Vice Chair of Governing Body

Safeguarding Governor

Membership: Parent Governor elected by parents

Term of Office: 13.10.2018 - 12.10.2022

Member of TLC Committee.

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020).

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 92% (12 of 13 meetings) 

'Our family has been a part of Woolhampton CE Primary School since we moved to Beenham three years ago and our oldest son joined. Our two daughters are now also attending and hopefully our youngest son will join them in a couple of years time. We feel very lucky to benefit from the great education and supportive environment which we feel the school provides and I'm now delighted to be able to contribute as parent governor. My key role is as the Safeguarding Governor in which I seek to ensure that the school has effective procedures in place to keep all of our children free from harm.'

 

Kath Burns, Headteacher

Membership: Ex-Officio

Member of TLC Committee and Finance & Resources Committee.

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: N/A.

 

Reverend Jane Manley

Link Governor for SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools), PSHE (Personal Social Health Economic), RE (Religious Education)

Membership: Ex-Officio Foundation Governor (Priest)

Member of TLC Committee

Relevant and Pecuniary Interests: Ex-Officio Governor for Brimpton C of E Primary School and Aldermaston C of E Primary School (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 92% (12 of 13 meetings)

"I am the Rector of the Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton serving the local communities in six villages.    A foundation governor in a Church School has the additional task of ensuring that the whole curriculum and all that we do as a school, adds a Christian value and ethos.  I see my role as supporting the school to value and encourage all our children and staff, including those of other faiths and no faith, to become the people God created them to be – ‘education is about fullness of life’ to quote Archbishop William Temple.   I lead Collective Worship on a weekly basis."

 

Kate Moir

Link Governor for Curriculum, School Voice (School Council)

Membership: Foundation Governor appointed by Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Term of Office: 08.01.2018 - 07.01.2022

Chair of TLC Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 85% (11 of 13 meetings)

"I worked in publishing, and hotel sales and marketing before leaving to spend more time with my children. I volunteered at the Rugby Portobello Trust, specifically helping pregnant teenagers and assisting in the trust's school for children whom had been excluded from mainstream education. I ran Sunday school classes at our church in London and was chair of the trustees of the nursery school which my children attended.

I am married with three children and have lived in Upper Woolhampton since 2011. I am a member of St Peter's Woolhampton PCC, where I help with Messy Church and the monthly Family Service.".

 

Adrianna Partridge

Link Governor for Equalities and Diversity, Health & Safety, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Membership: Foundation Governor appointed by PCC

Term of Office: 12.03.2020 - 11.03.2042 

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 77% (10 of 13 meetings)

"I have worked within local government for 13 years, and am currently the Head of Corporate Services for two local authorities. I have strategic responsibility for HR (450+ workforce), IT, communications, customer services, data protection, programme management and assurance which includes health and safety, insurance and critical incident response. I also act as the councils’ lead scrutiny governance strategic adviser.

My background and experience gives me a sound knowledge base to support the school with any operational and governance advice that may be needed.

I am honoured to be a governor and be able to pro-actively offer my skill set to help, support and steer the school, especially in the use of its resources, for the benefit of the whole school community. ".

 

Kim Wyrley-Birch

Link Governor for SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) and Inclusion 

Membership: Foundation Governor appointed by Diocese

Term of Office: 19.06.2018 - 18.06.2022

Member of TLC Committee.

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 62% (8 of 13 meetings)

"I have lived in Upper Woolhampton for 14 years, with my husband and three children and and honoured to be part of the Governing Body.

I am a qualified Specialist Teacher and Assessor and have taught children with specific learning difficulties for the past seven years.

I passionately believe that the appropriate intervention and support can have a life changing impact on all learners, but particularly those with a specific learning difficulty. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience of SEN to the Governing Body. As Lead Governor for SEND, Maths and English, I will be sitting on the Teaching and Learning Committee."

 

 

Martin Harding

Link Governor for Finance and Premiums

Membership: Parent Governor elected by parents

Term of Office: 13.10.2018 - 12.10.2022 

Member of Finance & Resources Committee.

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 77% (10 of 13 meetings)

‘I am thrilled to be newly appointed as a governor to the school. I live in Thatcham, am married and have four children (two of which are at Woolhampton School). They love the school and I have been very impressed with it too. Maintaining and developing the excellent environment of the school is something that I hope to be able to assist with. I work as an Independent Financial Adviser, specialising in pension and investment planning.’

 

Rebecca Cox

Staff Governor, Link Governor for English

Membership: Staff Governor elected by school staff

Term of Office: 04.02.2019 - 03.02.2023

Member of TLC Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests:  None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 92% (12 of 13 meetings) 

"I have been teaching at Woolhampton since 2016 and have taught across a range of year groups.  As well as being Year 6 Class Teacher, I am also Senior Teacher and SENCo.  I am passionate about our wonderful school and I feel privileged to be a staff governor.  Woolhampton CE Primary is a very special place and I am delighted to be involved as a Governor in helping to shape it’s future direction for our children, their families and the wider community." 

 

Terry Webster

Link Governor for Mathematics

Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese

Term of Office: 19.03.2019 - 18.03.2023

Member of Finance & Resources Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 69% (9 of 13 meetings)

"In my life I have been a Stockbroker, a Farmer, a Residential Property Developer and over the last 20 years a Commercial Property Consultant.  I was married but sadly my wife died in November 2017.  We missed our 50th Wedding Anniversary by 4 months.  My two grandsons were attending Elstree School and my son suggested that I move from my home in Northiam, East Sussex to West Berkshire.  He thought that Douai would suit me and I love it here and soon got into the swing of things socially.  I joined the congregation at St Peters Church and have really enjoyed the people and the worship which the church provides.  I was invited to join the PCC and various other bodies attached to work in the Benefice.  It was also suggested that I should apply to become a Governor at Woolhampton school when a vacancy arose, I was accepted and have so enjoyed my duties so far namely sitting on the finance and resources committee and being link governor for Mathematics.

This school, its staff and its children are truly inspirational.  I hope that I am able to serve in whatever capacity the Governing Body sees fit for years to come".

 

Catherine Lovell

Link Governor for Communications and Community

Membership: Foundation Governor appointed by PCC

Term of Office: 06.06.2019 - 05.06.2023

Member of TLC Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests:  None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 77% (10 of 13 meetings).

"I have lived in Upper Woolhampton since 2001 with my husband and four sons.  I love our community and am involved in many aspects of village life including being on the PCC of St Peter's Church.  I am proud to have been invited to join the Governing Body again (I was on the committee who selected Andrew Bingham to be headteacher!)  I qualified as a specialist teacher and taught children with specific learning difficulties.  With this experience, I look forward to contributing to the Teaching Learning & Care Committee.  I believe passionately in supporting a school which is "Enabling All to Flourish"." 

 

James Mottram

Link Governor for Admissions

Membership: Associate Member (Finance & Resources Committee) - appointed by the Governing Body.

Term of Office:- 14.11.2020 - 13.11.2022

Member of Finance & Resources Committee.

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 92% (12 of 13 meetings)

"I'm a relative newcomer to the village, moving to Upper Woolhampton with my wife, Amy and daughter Maisie in 2015. Maisie started at Woolhampton School in 2016. I work in the Pensions industry and have a background in Counselling and Psychotherapy, having worked as a Practitioner, Trainer and Assessor for a local children's counselling organisation for some years. I have also worked voluntarily as part of the welfare team at various music festivals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and am a keen (although not necessarily successful) cook and hiker".

 

Andrew Saunders

Joint Link Governor for ICT (Information Technology) 

Membership: Associate Member (Finance & Resources Committee) - appointed by the Governing Body.

Term of Office: 18.09.2019 - 17.09.2021

Member of Finance & Resources Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Feb 2021)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 15% (2 of 13 meetings)

"I was born and lived in Nottingham until moving to Uxbridge where I studied for a Degree in Microelectronic Engineering at Brunel University. This was a very important part of my life, because as well as graduating I met Judith (now my wife!). We moved to Woolhampton in 2002 and have settled into village life, and in the past 10 years have had three wonderful daughters, two of which have already benefited from the great environment of the school, and one who currently attends."

 

Carly Madders

Joint Link Governor for ICT.  Link Governor for Website Monitoring, FoWS (Friends of Woolhampton School)

Membership: Associate Member (Finance & Resources Committee) - appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office: 06.05.2020 - 05.05.2022

Member of Finance & Resources Committee

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020)

Attendance 2019 - 20 Academic Year: 85% (11 of 13 meetings).

"I have been a part of Woolhampton C of E Primary School for just over 3 years and most recently have enjoyed supporting the school by taking on the role of Associate Member within the Governing Body.  Our school demonstrates on a daily basis the values in which we believe and to be able to be part of this is very rewarding. 

I have seven years experience in banking and am now in the IT industry as a Project Manager.  My main aim as an Associate Member is to see how we can look further afield to gain help from the community and afar in a financial and non-financial aspect.  If you are reading this and think that you may be able to support us in some way then please do get in touch."

 

Rachael House Gemmell

Clerk to the Governors

Relevant & Pecuniary Interests: None (Sept 2020).

"I have been a Clerk for over 7 years and Clerk for 3 West Berkshire primary schools.  I began as Clerk for Woolhampton in March 2017 and attend all Full Governing Body and committee meetings.  Part of my role is to provide advice on statutory and legal requirements and support effective governance for individual governors and the Governing Body as a whole.  

In 2018 I completed "The Professional Clerk" programme with West Berkshire Council Governor Services (in association with Hampshire County Council).  I have two primary school aged daughters.  

 

 

Previous Governors

We would like to thank Carla de Guise, Sarah Henderson, Jo Plank, Donna Sawtell and Lee Alesbrook for their time on the governing body. Carla served from October 2016 to January 2019, she has been a valued member of the team, Chairing the Governing Body for 2 years including the recruitment of our Headteacher. Jo served on the Communications Committee and was a keen supporter of outdoor learning. Jo was a governor from 20th October 2015 until she resigned on the 10th September 2017. Sarah served on the Teaching, Learning and Care Committee and was an advocate and keen volunteer in our Early Years class. Sarah served for many years until her term ended 23rd May 2018. Lee was a Governor from November 2017 - September 2018 and served on the Finance Committee. Donna was a Governor from 2014 to October 2018, she served on Finance, Communications, Strategy and TLC Committee during her time on the Governing Body.

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