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Meet our Governors

Welcome to Westbury Leigh CofE Primary School and the Governors page of our website.

As a governing body we have an important role in supporting the school to achieve its aims. We are also committed to ensuring that all children who attend our school have as much opportunity as possible to reach their full potential.  

What being a Westbury Leigh CE Governor involves

We:

  • Agree and set the strategic direction of the school
  • hold the school to account for the progress and attainment of all children
  • agree policies to support the school on a day to day basis
  • set targets with Headteacher to ensure that the pupils achieve their absolute best in all areas
  • monitor the school's actions relating to these targets

How do we mange these areas of responsibility?

  • By being available to meet with staff
  • By monitoring the progress of the school towards its targets
  • By meeting to set school priorities and to update our school Development and Improvement plan to ensure it continually meets the needs and priorities for the school
  • By meeting with parents and pupils to discuss their school
  • By engaging with the local Authority to be trained in new developments and initiatives.

 

Our Governing Body

Who are we? 

The governing body represents a cross-selection of the local community. In partnership with the Headteacher, the governing body is responsible for the curriculum and many other aspects of the school management. There are various categories of governor which are explained briefly below:

* Parent governors are the parent or guardian of a child currently attending the school and are nominated by and elected by other parents of children currently at the school.

* Staff governors are nominated and elected by the staff of the school.

* The Local Authority governor is nominated and approved by the Local Authority.

* Co-opted governors are nominated by the governing body to ensure that the whole community is represented as far as possible and that we have a broad skills mix that will benefit the school.

* As a church school, we have Foundation governors and an ‘ex-officio’ representative from the diocese, who all represent the church and have particular responsibility for ensuring that our Christian ethos is maintained within the school’s distinctive character.

* In addition, the Headteacher is a member of the governing body in an ‘ex officio’ capacity – that is the office of Headteacher rather than the individual is the governor.

 

There are 15 governor spaces, our current governing body is:

Sarah Andrews - Clerk to Governors

 

clerk@westburyleigh.wilts.sch.uk 

 

Paul Clark - Chair of Governors 

 

About me

Paul works as a Deputy Headteacher and Specialist Leader of Education at Matravers School where he has been teaching for the past 12 years having joined the school in 2006 as Head of Dance. In his professional role, Paul is an advocate for Quality First Teaching and championing the needs of the individual within the classroom as well as high quality and effective school leadership to facilitate change and improvement.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

Having worked as a teacher in Westbury for the past 12 years, I have developed a keen interest in and passion for the education of young people in the town. I hope to bring my understanding of education and the unique context of Westbury to my role as a governor at Westbury Leigh School in order to ensure that all students receive the very best teaching each and every day, enabling them to make excellent progress and develop the skills they will need for the next phase of their education.

 

Allison Murray -  Vice Chair of Governors

 

About me

I am a licensed chaperone for assisting with the local theatre group looking after the children who are performing. I own my IT Company mentoring and coaching other companies in how they can provide improved service to their customers.

I love to find different ways of working with communities to improve experiences for people and animals.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

I have been informally supporting Westbury Leigh Primary school with projects for a couple years and I wanted to give back to the community and work and encourage this school to provide a positive productive and effective  environment for their pupils to achieve their best.

    

Debbie Grimsey - Headteacher

 


 

About me

I have been teaching since 1990 and have worked in a variety of schools from large inner city to very small rural in a range of authorities.  In my last school I led on significant school expansion, introduced a nursery and secured year on year improvements in children’s learning.

 I have been Head at Westbury Leigh since 2011 and the school’s results have improved steadily year on year with a good Ofsted and outstanding SIAMs in 2015. Following this, I was seconded part time as Executive Headteacher to another school but now am fully focusing my time and energy ensuring we embed high quality teaching and learning securing good outcomes for every child.   I am proud to be part of a committed and hardworking team who are dedicated to ensuring children learn well and enjoy their time in school.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

As a Staff Governor and Leader at Westbury Leigh School, the achievements of all pupils are of paramount importance to me.  The children who come to Westbury Leigh are delightful and show great aptitude and capability in their learning.  I believe it is the role of governors to ensure that in every step of their learning journey they are cherished, supported and challenged to be the very best they can be.   In order to provide a first class education, we critically evaluate the impact of school improvement initiatives and continue to build on the strengths of the school.  Governors seek to ensure your child gets the very best education and wider opportunities during their time with us.

  

Derek Avenell

 

 

About me

I run a local financial advisory business, am the father of one (an ex WLPS pupil, now worryingly nearly 19 years old), married, local resident and cat owner.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

I am an ex FOWLS treasurer and have been heavily involved in the school since 2004, as either a volunteer, governor or both. I assist Year 5 and 6 with booster groups in Maths each Thursday, come along to day trips and attend the Y6 Osmington Bay trip  each year for at least a decade.

Charmian Horseman

About Me

My background is in teaching and I believe passionately in giving all children the best possible start in Education.

As Link English Governor I have a special interest in raising standards in Reading and Writing but I also think that a broad curriculum is very important and you will often find me in school supporting Music, Art and Drama events and productions. 

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

As Foundation Governor I aim to represent the church in the school and hope to help ensure clear Christian leadership in all areas.  

Rev. Rhona Floate

 

 

About me

Priest in Charge of the White Horse Team Ministry serving Westbury and Westbury Leigh, Dilton Marsh and Brokerswood since July 2016.

Previously Vicar of a parish in Dorset with both church and community schools in which I took an active role, as a governor, leading collective worship and providing links between school and the wider community.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

I am ex-officio governor, through my post as the lead CofE clergy in the local team of ministers. I represent the parish of Westbury and the Diocese of Salisbury. Along with other foundation governors I provide a link between church and school.

I have a specific responsibility for monitoring RE and collective worship and support the school in preparing for SIAMS inspections which evaluate how the school embeds its Christian ethos in school life.

I hope to encourage the living out of Christian values in every aspect of school life and be an ambassador for the school in the wider community.

  

Craig Turze

 

 

About me

I have two pupils at Westbury Leigh as well as a child at Cygnets, and know many families with pupils at the school. I live within the school’s catchment area. I’m a Maths teacher at a local secondary school. I’m also involved with Westbury Youth Football Club.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

I became a governor to support the school in being the best it can be in supporting the children of Westbury. As a secondary school teacher I’m passionate about education and how it can maximize the life chances for all children. As a senior leader at a local secondary school I believe I have the skills to both support and challenge the school in doing the best it can for all pupils.

  

Emma Osmond

 

 

 

About Me

I have worked in early years for 15 years, and it’s a role I love and am passionate about. I have three children of my own and enjoy seeing my children grow and learn.

My role now is manager of Cygnet’s Pre-School, a role that’s challenging however I enjoy it immensely.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

I became a governor to support the school, and to extend partnership working between a child’s first step in learning to their school life. I am passionate about making a difference and thrive on working within team.

 

Sam Gooding

 

Jane Nesbitt

About me

I have extensive experience in HR management and counselling.   I have worked with staff in diverse organisations and professions in various locations across the UK. More recently, I worked with a range of senior managers within Wiltshire Council’s Children and Education Services, advising on appropriate people management strategies.  I also have experience of contributing, on a voluntary basis, to organisations such as the Westbury based charity Crosspoint, Cruse Bereavement Care and West End Baptist Church.

Why I became a governor, and what I bring to the role

I live in the Leigh Park catchment area and became a governor at my local primary school in the hope that my experience would bring an added dimension to the critical evaluation of initiatives designed to ensure that the neighbourhood’s children are offered a solid and quality educational foundation.

Governor Vacancy - awaiting enrolment. 

Meetings

The governors meet regularly as a whole group as well as through sub committees. This enables them to fully support and challenge the work of the school in securing good outcomes for children.

Minutes of Governors Meetings are available on request via the school office.

Documents

A letter from the Chair of Governors July 2018

A list of all Governors and their details including those that have left this academic year