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Wylye ValleyCofE VA Primary School

To aspire to being outstanding in everything we do by always aiming higher.

"Let your light shine in all you say and do" Matthew 5:16

Meet the Governors

 

What do we do?

At Wylye Valley School there are twelve governors who meet as a full board once a month and together make up the governing body. We come from different backgrounds and include parents, teachers, members of the local church community and a ‘specialist’ appointed by the Local Authority. We work in partnership with the Headteacher in the leadership of the school.

We set the vision and values for the school, and ensure that all the policies and procedures that guide the school are up to date and relevant. The daily management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

As a church school our Foundation Governors ensure that the school is meeting the expectations of SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

 

There are three sub-groups which meet at regular intervals to monitor progress, review policies and make recommendations. These are:

  • Resources
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Strategic Leadership Group

 

Our primary role is to help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils and we aim to do this as follows:

We think and work strategically to help raise standards
We are there to ensure the school is focused on raising standards of achievement and that it sets high expectations so that all our children reach their potential.

To do this we help to provide the framework for how the Headteacher and staff should run the school through:

  • Deciding what the school wants to achieve (the vision) and making plans to get there.
  • Ensuring there are systems in place to check progress is being made.
  • Helping to set the school’s policies and keeping these under review.
  • Ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based and that our Christian values underpin all that we do.
  • Ensuring effective use of resources to achieve the school’s priorities, including approving how the budget should be spent.

 

We monitor and evaluate progress towards the school’s priorities and targets

Periodically, we review the Wiltshire Tracker which is used to monitor standardised pupil results.  The headteacher’s report gives us further information and updates, relating to staff training and professional development.

We support the head and staff as well as challenge their expectations – called being a ‘critical friend’

One of our key roles is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’.

In this role we are there to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the school and understand any challenges staff and pupils may be facing.  We provide support and encouragement for agreed developments.

We try to strike an appropriate balance between support and challenge.

We are accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions we make.

As schools have a responsibility for the education and well-being of pupils and are spending public money, there needs to be accountability.

We are required to promote high standards of educational achievement. 

We must be prepared to account for the school’s overall performance and explain its decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest e.g. Ofsted, the Diocese, the Local Authority.

 

If you would like to know more about our role as governors in the running of the school, please let us know.

 

 

Name & Appointment

Attendance at FGB meetings

Sept 2018 to Sept 2019

Contact details:

Mrs Fran Langston

Clerk to the Governors

  flangston@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mr Robert Barnes

Head Teacher, Governor

90% head@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Tessa Bucknall - Chair of Governors

Pending Foundation Governor Application

To September 2023

100% tbucknall@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Sue Bray

Foundation Governor & SEND Link Governor, Teaching 

& Learning Committee

To September 2022

60% sbray@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mr Nick Foote

Local Authority Governor, Chair of Teaching & Learning

Committee 

To July 2021

90% nfoote@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Reverend Jayne Buckles

Ex Officio Foundation Governor

To July 2022

40% jbuckles@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Lynn Paul

Staff Governor

To September 2021

90% lpaul@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mr Howard Nichol

Associate Governor-Strategic Planning, Resources 

Committee

To April 2023

40% hnichol@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Mary Guiver

SL Foundation Governor & Pupil Premium Link Governor

Teaching & Learning Committee

To September 2022

90% mguiver@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Vincie Abbott

Codford Foundation Governor, Teaching & Learning Committee

To June 2021

100% vabbott@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Marjoleine Butler

Foundation Governor, Chair of Resources Committee

To March 2022

70% mbutler@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mr Steve Carr

Parent Governor, Resources Committee

To October 2023

Appointment starts

October 2019

scarr@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs Natalie Fairhead

Parent Governor, Resources Committee

To October 2023

Appointment starts

October 2019

nfairhead@wylyevalley.wilts.sch.uk
Foundation Governor Vacancy    

 

INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT

WVS Scheme of Delegation 2018-19

Wylye Valley C of E VA Primary School (WVS)

Register of Interests  

 

 

Name

Current Employment

Membership of Professional bodies/Charity trusteeships

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest

Governor at any other school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff

 

 

Rob Barnes

 

HT WVS

WEF 1/1/16

None None No Partner to Julie Shrapnell (Administrative Assisstant)  

Tessa Bucknall

​Consultant

None

None

No

None

 

Dave Spence

MD/Owner

Kaode Ltd

Kaode Ltd None No

None

 

Nicolas Foote

Porton Biopharma Ltd

None

None

No

None

 

Jayne Buckles

Retired 

None

None

No

None

 

Mary Guiver

Retired/private tutor

None

None

No

None

 

Marjoleine Butler 

 

 

None

No

None

 

Lynn Paul

Teacher WVS

None

None

No

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Thornton

Fencer

None

occasionally is asked to quote for outdoor projects

No

None

 

Sue Bray

Retired

None

None

No

None

 

Vincie Abbott

Retired

None

None

No

None

 

Bridget Barnard

 

Retail Assistant + clerk to Governors

None None No

None

 

 

An update of the register of interests is taken at every FGB meeting and amended as required.

 

Last updated after FGB meeting held on 02/10/2018

 

All Governors hold an Enhanced DBS certificate

 

 

Full records are held by the clerk to Governors, copies are available via the school office.

   

 

 

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