Wilby Primary

Wilby CE Primary School
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Wilby CEVC Primary School Governing Body

Welcome to our Governing Body from our Chair of Governors.

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.

As a school, we strongly believe 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 of the children. All of the work of the Governors focusses around this belief and the desire for our school to achieve this aim. The school motto of 'Dream Big, Work hard' and the school's values of encouragement, support, care, compassion, on-going learning and having high expectations are as applicable to the governing body as to all other parts of the school. We use these values to guide our work and to inspire us to be the best we can be. This is encapsulated in the Bible reading taken from Colossians 3, verse 3: 'Whatever you do. work at it with all your heart. In all the work you are doing, work the best that you can.'

The Governing Body is keen to listen to any thoughts or feedback that you may have to help us ensure that children who attend  Wilby School continue to receive the very best education and experiences we can provide. Parent Governors are often found on the playground at school run times and so can be contacted directly, or via the school Office who will 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 link from the Governors tab) and the most recent letter can also be found on the school 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 at 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 CEVC 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:

Name: Appointed by: From: To: Stood down on:
Kim Palmer  Appointed by GB/board 30/05/2012 31/05/2020  
Anna Davidson Elected by parents 18/01/2016 17/01/2020  
Ian Chapman Elected by parents 18/01/2016 17/01/2020  
Lisa Handley Elected by parents 28/09/2017 27/09/2021  
Sally Brightwell Co-Opted Governor 09/05/2019 08/05/2023


Rob Barber Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/06/2017 31/05/2021


Roisin Wiseman Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher 01/11/2016 Not recorded  
Sandra Apps Appointed by foundation/Trust  25/01/2018 24/01/2022  
Sharon Alldis Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by the foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 01/10/2013 30/09/2021
Shiela Pipe Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/10/2015 30/09/2019  
Nick Haynes  Elected by staff 26/09/2018 26/09/2022
Jennifer Webster Appointed by GB/board  27/09/2018 26/09/2022  
Sinead Tinios  Appointed by GB/board 10/05/2018 09/05/2022 05/09/2018
Vicky Blowes Elected by staff 25/01/2018 24/01/2022 31/08/2018
Adam Blowes Associate Member for Ethos Committee only  
Rev. David Burrell Associate Member for Ethos Committee only


Please read on to find out a little more about each of your Governors.


Mrs Sandra Apps: I have been associated with Wilby primary School since 1995, when we first moved to Suffolk and my daughter Chloe started in Year 2. My son Ryan followed and shortly afterwards I began working at the school as a TA. I then did an OU degree, followed by teacher training through the Graduate Teacher programme. After qualifying I did some supply teaching and one to one tuition before taking up a post in Beccles. Sadly I had to leave teaching due to ill health and I am now a receptionist at Clarke and Simpson in Framlingham. I feel very strongly that a child's experience in education can colour the whole of their life and that we should do all we can to make their experience positive and successful. I am a lay elder at St Lawrence Church, Brundish and I feel hugely honoured to also be invited to be a Community Governor at Wilby School. 


Pastor. Adam 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 Sally Brightwell: Having been fortunate enough to grow up in the lovely village of Wilby and attend Wilby Primary School, it was a great honour to be appointed as Associate Governor in March 2019. I have two young children, one of which attends Wilby Pre School. I qualified as an accountant in 2005, and have remained working local to the area, where I am also actively involved on our family farm. I feel very passionate that every child should be given the best opportunites to maxmise their full potential. I look forward to bringing my own personal skills and experience to assist and support the school as much as possible as it moves forward and continues to provide the highest quality of learning experiences.


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 Ian Chapman: My name is Ian Chapman. I have been a Governor at Wilby since 2008. 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 Anna 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 Lisa Handley: I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2017. I am married to John and we have five sons, the youngest of which currently attends Wilby school. Having seen our four other children through primary school, I am passionate that a child's education gives them the best of opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential. I am kept rather busy with our large family and running our holiday-let business but when time allows I enjoy baking and cycling. 

Mrs Kim Palmer: I have one child at Wilby CEVC Primary School, my eldest having left Wilby in July 2017. I strongly believe that a good education is the most precious gift anyone can be given, and 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 had 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.

In addition to my role as a governor with Wilby School, I also work for Suffolk County Council as a Governor Advisor to support other schools and governing bodies within the County. When not either at school or involved in after school runs I enjoy spending time with my family -which includes three dogs, two cats and two horses, gardening, fitness, needlecraft and dressmaking.


Miss Sheila Pipe: It is an honour to be a governor at Wilby. The school is in my blood, I attended it myself as did my mother and grandfather. I am a Lay Elder at Wilby Church and I hope that my role as foundation governor at school can help to strengthen the ties between church and school. I run my own business in Framlingham as a florist.

It is amazing to think that I am now a governor at the school my grandfather started to attend over 100 years ago.


Mrs Jennifer Webster: I have lived in Suffolk all my life and have a strong love of walking our beautiful countryside and admiring all our natural world. I was a parent governor when my 3 children were at primary school and was even Chair of Governors. I wanted to get back into school governance again as I have seen the love of learning that my children developed enrich their lives and now their children's lives. So I joined Wilby schools governing body in May 2018.


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. Further details of the committees can be found on the Committees and Membership Page. 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.


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 Sandra Apps: SEN Governor/ Member of TLA Committee/ Pupil Premium Governor/ EYFS Lead Governor

Pastor Adam Blowes: Invited associate member to work within Governor Ethos Committee.

Reverend D. Burrell: Associate member of the Ethos Committee.

Mrs Sally Brightwell: Member of the Finance Committee/Member of TLA Committee

Mr Ian Chapman: Chair of Finance / Personnel Committee, member of Health & Safety / Premises Committee.

Mrs Anna Davidson: Vice Chair of Governors/Member of Finance / Personnel / Chair of Teaching, Learning and Assessment  Committee/ Safeguarding Governor/ LAC Governor / Policy and Resource Governor/GDPR Governor

Mrs Lisa Handley: Member of the Finance Committee/ Member of Health, Safety & Premises Committee /E-Safety Governor

Mr N. Haynes: Staff Governor/Member of TLA Committee

Mrs Kim Palmer: Chair of Governors/ Member of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee/ Chair of Health & Safety and Premises Committee

Miss Sheila Pipe: Chair of Head Teacher Performance Management and Ethos Committees/ Member of Finance/Personnel Committee / Governor Visit Co-ordinator

Mrs Jennifer Webster: Member of Health, Safety/ Premises Committee / Member of Head Teacher Performance Management/Training link Governor 

Mrs R. Wiseman: Head teacher, membership of Finance / Personnel, Ethos, Learning and Achievement and Health, Safety / Premises Committees as required.


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.


Legal Information

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.