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Our Governors

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.

Click on any of the boxes below to find out more about what governors do:

The Governing Body currently has a vacancies for governors.  The role of the school governor is more important than ever. The governing body plays a critical role in the school’s success and the success of its children. Governors ensure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and oversee the financial management of the school and making sure its money is well spent.  

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. Training is available for all governors. Being a governor will enable you to develop new skills, create strong links with the school community and influence the school’s vision and strategy for the future.  By joining the governing body you can contribute to making decisions that have a huge impact on the lives of young people in your community as every governor has a role to play in helping make sure every young person gets the best possible education.

If this sounds of interest to you and you would like to find out more then please contact the Sarah Andrews, Clerk to Governors on clerk@westbury-inf.wilts.sch.uk or call into the school office.

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.  I was appointed by the WIS governing body and Authority in September 2016.

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 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.

Headteacher - Mrs Stacey Budge

I was appointed by WIS governing board in 2014.  

I was a classroom teacher for 20 years, before becoming Head at Westbury Infants School 5 years ago. I have worked in 6 different schools, primarily in EYFS including Nursery. I am a licensed THRIVE practitioner and lead this aspect of emotional development in our school. I believe there is a connection between the school environment and positive outcomes for children and have developed this within our school. I am passionate about giving all our children a wide and exciting range of experiences at school beyond the purely academic and really enjoy taking the children on trips. As a Head Teacher, one of the things I am most proud of in our school is the caring family atmosphere, where every child matters and is special to us all.

At home  I have 3 sons who are all now at secondary school or at work. I am an animal lover and have 2 dogs, 3 cats and a guinea pig. I would never turn away a stray and they have a habit of finding me! In my limited spare time I enjoy knitting, sewing and cooking. 

Deputy Headteacher - Mrs Nicky Newbury

I was appointed by the governing body in January 2018.  In my  previous school, as Assistant Head I was also very active in governance.  I very much look forward to repeating the experience now I am Deputy Head at WIS.

As a teacher I have taught across the primary school range and have led in Computing and now English.

I thoroughly enjoy my job at Westbury Infant School and am keen to work with the Governing Body to help continually improve the school and its outcomes.  I believe we are making great strides towards this goal.  I feel privileged to work with such fantastic children, staff, parents, Governors and community. Every child is unique and deserves the very best we can give them.  We strive for our children to leave our school, happy, nurtured and full of cherished memories that will stay with them forever.

Outside of school I enjoy pottery, crafts and anything arty.  I particularly enjoy spending time with my family including my six grandchildren and my dog especially if we go to the Dorset coast, which we try to do as often as we can.

Co-opted Governor - Mrs Sally Evans

I was appointed as a Co-opted governor by the governing body in December 2018.

 The majority of my career has been spent working for various organisations within the Ministry of Defence (MOD). My roles have mainly related to Human Resources tasks such as recruitment, discipline, capability issues and absences. In addition, I was responsible for setting up MOD’s first workplace nursery in Whitehall and produced the Department’s Childcare handbook: its policy on how to provide childcare support for working parents. I also provided advice to other MOD organisations setting up nurseries in places such as Foxhill, Bath & Abbeywood.

Now that I no longer work, I am Chair of a Wiltshire pre-school as well as safeguarding governor at the adjacent primary school. This has enabled me to be involved in the development of children from when they join the pre-school until they leave for senior school. I believe it is very important for children to have a secure, happy, interesting and stimulating environment in which to learn and becoming a governor has enabled me to support Mrs Budge, the Headteacher, and her staff in helping to achieve the school’s visions, aims and values.

Staff Governor - Mrs Sally Russam

I was appointed to the Governing body in November 2021. Having been a governor in a previous school it is interesting to see how much governance has changed.

As a teacher I have taught across the primary school range and in a variety of different roles and have lead various subjects with my main passion being in Mathematics.

I have been at Westbury Infant School since April 2019 and am keen to work with the Governing Body to continue to maintain the high standards of the school and its reputation. The school offers the children the most wonderful and magical experiences which, in turn, forms happy memories of their childhood.

Outside of school I have two young children who are passionate about cricket and rugby so most of my time is spent taxiing them to various sport grounds around the county.

Attendance & Voting Rights

See below to view the Governor's attendance, declaration of interests and voting rights for 2022-23.

They are supported by our clerk – Mrs Sarah Andrews.

If you need to get in touch with the governing body for any reason please email the clerk at: clerk@westbury-inf.wilts.sch.uk.

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 clerk@westbury-inf.wilts.sch.uk.

WIS Governing Body Terms of Reference 2022-23

Annual Governance Statement 2022/2023