The governing body at Westbury Infant School oversee the strategic direction of the school.
It is made up of a wide range of individuals with many different skills and experiences.
Members represent the parish, parents, the Local Education Authority and also staff. The full governing body meets regularly throughout the year; there are also sub committees that take responsibility for finance and resources, premises and curriculum. The governing body is responsible for a number of areas including: overall standards within the school; ensuring the school meets its statutory duties; safeguarding measures; the strategic direction of the school and the successful implementation of the school improvement plan and priorities.
The children, their development and welfare are always at the centre of all decisions made by governors.
The current Governing body comprises:
Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor - Mrs Minnie House
I retired as a Headteacher of an Infant and Nursery School (Academy) in Somerset, in 2015 and have a continuing connection within Somerset Local Authority, as a Key Stage 1 Moderator.
During the last four years of my time as Headteacher I was also a Leading Learner in Education ( LLE) supporting schools in Somerset. I have lived in Chapmanslade throughout my life and in my early days of teaching taught at Westbury Leigh Infant School. As well as being a Governor at Westbury Infant School I am also a Governor at another Wiltshire School.
I have a strong and passionate commitment to ensuring that every child is equally able to access excellent learning opportunities, within a culture of high expectations and that all children are supported in becoming confident lifelong learners.
Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor - Prof. Val Marshall
I was appointed to WIS governing board in 2016 and will be taking on the role as Vice chair this academic year.
My background is very much as an academic having spent all of my working life (>30 years) in research and teaching in the higher education sector, initially at Reading then at Huddersfield. I take particular interest in seeing and encouraging women to enter and continue careers in science and technology. At Huddersfield I was instrumental in the development of an access course (Women into Science) that enabled women to return to study at university and subsequently enrol on science degree programmes. It was targeted at women who had left school, had young children and wanted to return to work, the course attracted EU funding. Moreover, I know that all children are inquisitive and curious about how things work and learn by experimentation, so we are all in our own way scientists and I am enjoying watching this experimentation whenever I observe classes at Westbury.
Now retired and with a little more time I am working with colleagues at WIS to achieve the School’s aims and visions, to ensure that children are well served and have a purpose as they advance to their junior schools.
I live in Chapmanslade with my husband, a retired industrial chemist, we have a daughter and two lively grandsons who live in Cheddar. We relax by walking in the countryside and bird watching (but we are no experts).
Parent Governor - Ben Ellsley
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Parent Governor - Jennifer Austin
I am a parent governor serving for my 2nd year. I have two children one 9 and one 6 both educated at the Infants school. I run a small online business selling crystals, candles and other handcrafted treasures. I don't have a background in education just an interest into children's learning environment. I became a governor to help the school work to achieve its aims and visions and to get involved in a really important part of our community. Investing time into our children's education is one of the best thing we can do to give them a solid start to their school life.
Parent Governor - Chris Gillam
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Staff Governor - Miss Annie Jones
I am an experienced Infant teacher, with over 20 years working with infant children. My vision is that all children should be nurtured and given the opportunity to thrive. I understand that we are all different, but are all unique in our own way. Therefore, I aim to get to know the children and work with the families, teaching and encouraging them to shine.
I am a Christian and spend time away from school working with my local church. I am an active person, enjoy walking and finding lots of amazing views to photograph. To relax I like to paint pictures and swim every week.
They are supported by our clerk – Sarah Andrews.
If you need to get in touch with the governing body for any reason please email the clerk at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to become a school governor at Westbury Infant School please download the letter and nomination form below and return to the Clerk to Governors via email at email@example.com.