Wilby CEVC Primary School Governing Body
Welcome to the Governing Body section of Wilby CEVC Primary School’s website. Here you will find a brief overview of what the Governing Body does, the various committees it has and what these do. You will also find a brief overview of the people who make up the Governing Body and their roles.
The Governing Body of this school strongly believes that each child has only one chance at each day and, therefore, it is vital that we make each day the very best it can be and provide the best education that we can for all the children. All of the work of the Governors focusses around this belief and the desire for our school to achieve this aim.
The Governing Body is keen to listen to any thoughts or feedback you may have to help us ensure that the children who attend Wilby CEVC Primary School continue to receive the very best education and experiences we can provide. Parent governors are often to be found on the playground at school run times and so can be contacted directly, or please contact the School Office who will be able to put you in touch with the Governor you wish to speak to. To help keep parents and carers informed of the work the Governors are doing a newsletter goes out in book bags approximately every half term. These newsletters are also available on the website (please follow the “Newsletter” link from the Governors tab) and the most recent can also be found on the notice board in the school foyer. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
We hope that you and your child have a very enjoyable time as part of Wilby School.
With best wishes,
Kim Palmer, MSc
Chair of Governors, Wilby CEVC Primary School.
What is the Governing Body for?
The Governing Body’s role is looking at the strategic management of the school and how, as a team, we can best continue to develop our school. This is different to the role of the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day and operational management of the school with support and input from the all school staff.
Who is on the Governing Body?
The Governing Body is, with the exception of the Head Teacher and Staff Governor, made up from volunteers who represent different parts of our community. The Governing Body for Wilby C of E School is made up of two representatives from the Church – referred to as Foundation Governors, two members of the local community – referred to as Co-opted Governors, one Governor who is appointed by Suffolk County Council – referred to as the Local Authority Governor, the Head Teacher, one member of teaching staff – referred to as the Staff Governor, and four parent governors. From time to time other people are invited to join the Governing Body as associate members who provide advice and support to the Governing Body as required.
The people who currently make up our Governing Body are:
Mrs. S. Alldis, (Local Authority Governor)
Mr. R. Barber, (Co-opted Governor)
Pastor. A. Blowes, (Associate Member for Ethos Committee only)
Mrs. V. Blowes, (Co-opted Governor)
Reverend D. Burrell, (Associate Member for Ethos Committee only)
Mr. I. Chapman, (Parent Governor)
Mrs. R. Wiseman, (Head Teacher)
Mrs. A. Davidson, (Parent Governor)
Mrs. K. Palmer, (Parent Governor)
Miss. S. Pipe, (Foundation Governor)
Mrs R. Pickess (Staff Governor)
Please read on to find out a little more about each of your Governors.
Mrs. S. Alldis: We moved to Wingfield from London in 2010 to start a new venture running a Bed and Breakfast.
Before leaving London my entire career has been in child care. I have worked in residential care, ran a day nursery for 3-5yr olds, been a TA working with special needs children, worked on a drugs education programme in Primary schools and finally as a paediatric physiotherapy assistant.
I joined Wilby as a school governor in 2013 and feel very honoured to be given the opportunity to work alongside such an inspirational teaching team and also very caring and supportive governing body.
Mr. R. Barber:
We moved to Wilby in 1999, and soon fell in love with this beautiful village and the people who have made it their home. We love it so much than when it came time to move we made the grand move of just 4 houses further up the road. I am an active member of St Marys Church and one of the Church Wardens which I have found to be a very worthwhile and fulfilling role. My children both attend the School and I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to give something back, by becoming an Associate Governor. I have spent the last 15 years, working at Sizewell Power Station, which as highly regulated and safety orientated organisation. I hope that I will be able to use my skills and experience to advise the WGB, help guide the Premises, Health and Safety Committee and help our School make continuous improvement.
Pastor. A. Blowes: I was asked to join Wilby's Ethos Committee as an associate governor in the latter part of 2015, due to my current role as pastor of Horham Baptist Church. I also have the privilege of coming in to Wilby and taking Friday morning assemblies on a fortnightly basis.
I am a keen movie-goer, Liverpool FC fan and enjoy playing anything that can be classed as a sport!
Mrs. V. Blowes: I moved to Suffolk 3 years ago, when my husband Adam was appointed as pastor at Horham Baptist Church. Before moving to Suffolk, I worked as a primary school teacher in Essex.
We have three young children who keep me busy! We love being outdoors and having days out!
It is a real privilege serving as a member of the Governing Body at Wilby and I hope that my experience within education will be of benefit to the school and the learning experiences of its pupils!
Reverend David Burrell: I am incumbent Vicar for a number of churches in the area including St Mary's Church in Wilby. I am an associate governor on the Ethos Committee at Wilby primary school.
Mr. I. Chapman: My name is Ian Chapman. I have been a governor at Wilby for 8 years. I am married to Ali, and have 4 children, all who have been to Wilby School. I am Vice Chair to the Governing Body, Chair of Finance / Personnel Committee at the school, and also now serve on the Premises and Health & Safety Committee. Wilby school through & through, why go elsewhere?
Mrs. A. Davidson: I have two children at Wilby School and I was appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2016. I moved from London in 2015, having worked in Human Resources for financial institutions in the City for ten years. I am enthusiastic about making a difference to our school and helping to ensure that every child achieves their potential. Outside of school commitments I am kept busy with our three children and I am actively involved in a local church. I also enjoy reading and baking when I find the time!
Mrs. K. Palmer: I have two children at Wilby C. of E. Primary School and strongly believe that a good education is the most precious gift anyone can be given. I joined the Governing Body in 2012 to support that ideal. Prior to having my children I initially graduated as a physiotherapist, working within the NHS for 10 years, specialising in acute and chronic respiratory medicine and working on intensive care. After this I has a slight change of direction, undertook further training and became a university lecturer in physiotherapy with, alongside general lecturing tasks, responsibility for all the undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education of our students. This has given me significant experience both in education and management which I draw on in my current role as governor.
When not either at school or involved in after school runs I enjoy spending time with my family (which includes three dogs and two horses), gardening, fitness, needlecraft and dressmaking.
Mrs. R. Wiseman: As Headteacher and chair of the Ethos Committee: being a member of the governing body provides me with an excellent opportunity to ensure that our governors are kept up to date with current and planned actions to ensure that they are able to provide the school with the correct level of challenge and support.
I have been at Wilby School since 2000 now but remain as passionate about our wonderful school as I did when I first arrived. I have two children and enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible.
Every minute of our children’s education counts and I feel privileged to still be so actively involved in making sure that their experiences at Wilby are the best that they can be.
What does the Governing Body do?
The whole Governing Body meets every half term. All governors are also involved in smaller committees which meet in-between times to look at specific areas of school management, for example finance or teaching and learning. Governors also formally visit the school to look at particular areas that the school is focusing on at that time to see how well we are achieving our aims. I would like to reassure everyone that at no point do governors ever judge the quality of teaching within the school - we are not qualified to do so.
The five working committees are: Premises / Health and Safety, Personnel / Finance, Head Teacher Performance Review, Ethos and Teaching, Learning and Achievement.
The Finance / Personnel Committee is responsible for looking at all aspects of Finance within the School as well as issues regarding staff. Therefore they oversee how the money the School receives from Suffolk County Council is spent during the year which ranges from buying exercise books, paying staff, having the grass cut to buying new laptop computers and everything in between. They are also responsible for monitoring staff performance, terms, conditions and pay. The focus of the committee alters depending on the time of the financial year but the underlying aim is to always ensure that the School gets the best value for money to allow us to give the children the best opportunities.
The Ethos Committee is responsible for looking at how the School interprets its role as a Church School. This includes reviewing the School’s mission statement, how Christian values are integrated in school life and to ensure that children experience positive codes of behaviour and attitudes.
The Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee (TLA)
The TLA Committee overseas the work of the school in relation to attainment, achievement, targeting and monitoring, the use of pupil premium funding, Special educational Needs, including the gifted and talented, and all relevant policies. It aims to ensure that the whole School Curriculum, including Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is broad and balanced, relevant to the needs of all children and provides continuity and progression.
The Head Teacher Performance Review Committee works with an external advisor to decide the performance targets for the Head Teacher for the year, to monitor progress throughout the year and, at the end of the year, review how well these targets have been achieved. The minutes from these meetings are confidential and not open for public view.
The Premises / Health and Safety Committee are responsible for looking at all aspects of Health and Safety at the School and also the upkeep of our building and grounds.
Who does what on the Governing Body?
Each Governor has a range of responsibilities depending on which committee they are on and what additional responsibilities they may have. These may change from time to time, depending on the needs of the school and the individual. Our Chair of Governors attends all committees in order to ensure that she has a clear view of what is decided in each area. The current roles and responsibilities for other Governors are listed below:
Mrs. S. Alldis: Chair of Head Teacher Performance Review Committee, member of Learning and Achievement Committee, Lead Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Mr. R. Barber: Chair of Health & Safety / Premises Committee.
Mr. A. Blowes: Invited associate member to work within Governor Ethos Committee.
Mrs. V. Blowes: Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN), member of Health & Safety / Learning and Achievement/ Personnel Committees/ Headteacher Performance Review Committee.
Reverend D. Burrell: Associate member of the Ethos Committee.
Mr. I. Chapman: Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance / Personnel Committee, member of Health & Safety / Premises Committee.
Mrs R. Wiseman: Head teacher, membership of Finance / Personnel, Ethos, Learning and Achievement and Health & Safety / Premises Committees as required.
Mrs. A. Davidson: Member of Finance / Personnel / Chair of Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee.
Mrs. K. Palmer: Chair of Governors, Named Safeguarding and LAC Governor, membership of Finance / Personnel / Learning and Achievement / Ethos / Health & Safety / Premises Committees as required.
Miss. S. Pipe: Member of Head Teacher Performance Review and Ethos Committees.
Mrs. R Pickess: Member of the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee
Can I know what goes on in Governing Body meetings?
Yes - the minutes of Governing Body meetings are available for you to look at. The only exception to this is where confidential matters involving an individual are discussed; these notes are kept away from the main minutes and are not available to be viewed. Should you wish to see the main minutes please ask in the School Office.
The Governing Body is now legally required to publish in the School’s website a list of pecuniary interests declared by the Governors and also a list detailing the attendance of governors at whole Governing Body meetings and also Governor Committee meetings. This information can be found by returning to the “Governors” tab on the website home page and selecting the appropriate choice from the drop down list.