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Westonzoyland Primary School ‘Raising Aspirations’

Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section. 

The Governing Body brings to the school and its children a variety of skills and interests. Governors usually serve a four year term and have responsibility for many aspects of the running of the school, for which training is given. As well as attending full Governing Body meetings once a term, each Governor also sits on set committees and liaises with linked staff.


The role of the Governing Body is to ensure that our school provides an effective education for our children and meets all the statutory requirements. This is a huge task and our governors are committed and hard working.

Karl Smallridge - Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

Karl Smallridge - Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor 1

Why I became a School Governor

I felt strongly about getting to get to know the school my children were attending and wanted to be instrumental in moving the school forward in a positive direction. I wanted to give something back to the community, and what better way than supporting an institution that lies at the heart of it?  It's a great feeling knowing you're helping shape future generations.

 

What is my particular focus this year?

This year my main focus will be the continuing sustainable growth of our school, to improve on last year's results with quality first wave teaching and tighter standards, this should help to narrow the gap between some of our more vulnerable learners and our high achievers, whilst also having a positive impact on the school as a whole.

 

Come and talk to me about…

Anything and everything, I love getting feedback from parents and children alike.  I believe it is only by understanding other people's view points we can grow as a school.

 

 

Tessa Hancock - Vice Chair, Parent Governor 

Tessa Hancock - Vice Chair, Parent Governor  1

Why I became a School Governor

I love Westonzoyland Primary School. After both my children had started at the school, I then had some free time to give something back; I was keen to be involved in the school and its on-going development. I have worked at NatWest Bank for over 13 years, where I am a Senior Personal Banker. My role is to help my customers with their financial needs, this has given me great skills in being able to ask relevant questions to fully understand issues, which I feel is vital in the role of Governor as you are needed to be able to challenge appropriately and support the Head and Chair of Governors. It has also taught me how to be professional at all times and how to deal with difficult situations compassionately.

 

What is my particular focus this year?

This year my main priority is to look at how the school is going to ensure the overall attainment is improved, so that standards in all core subjects are at least in line with national expectations, at age related expectations (ARE) and Greater Depth.

 

Come and talk to me and talk to me about…

What your child has enjoyed learning about and what they like about our school.

 

 

Johnathan Cridge - Co-opted Governor

Johnathan Cridge - Co-opted Governor  1

Why I became a School Governor

Working full time I felt I didn't have as much involvement with my children's school life as I would like. Being a governor has helped me contribute to their development both indirectly and directly, by helping make the whole school better and understanding more about what my children are doing.

It's a good feeling to know that you are helping your own children as well as contributing to the village community.

 

What is my particular focus this year?

This year my focus is getting-back-to-basics, ensuring what we should be doing we are doing well and that the school is being run efficiently. In particular I am spending time looking at how we support children with special educational needs (SEN), working with Sarah Brown our SENCO (SEN Co-ordinator) to ensure that we are continually improving in this area.

 

Come and talk to me and talk to me about…

Anything! I'm interested to know what you like, so that we can keep on doing it, and what you think we could do differently. I'm more likely to be able to help in relation to SEN or the general running of the school but don't let that stop you. I am also happy to talk to anyone who is interested in helping by becoming a governor and support them in the process.  I'm often not around in school hours so feel free to contact me via the school office or using jonathancridge@yahoo.co.uk.

 

 

Nicky Doughty - Safeguarding Governor, LA Governor

Nicky Doughty - Safeguarding Governor, LA Governor      1

Nicholas White - Staff Governor

Nicholas White - Staff Governor 1

Why I became a School Governor?

After joining the school as Deputy Headteacher in September 2017, I am keen to find out as much as I can about how things are run behind the scenes. Although I have taught at three different schools, this is the first time I have been a staff governor and am looking forward to bridging the gap between the teaching staff and the board of governors so we can work more closely together.

 

What is my particular focus this year?

As a staff governor, my role will be to share information and ideas about what is happening day-to-day with the governors. 

 

Come and talk to me about…

Whatever is on your mind: If I can help or shed some light on any subject, I will try my best. 

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