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.
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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.
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.
Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor - Prof. Val Marshall
I was appointed by WIS governing board in 2016 and will be taking on the role as Vice chair this academic year 2018-19.
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 Infants.
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).
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 four 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 Denise Bates
I was appointed as a Co-opted governor by the governing body in December 2018.
I retired in 2018 having worked for 23 years as the Business Manager in a Trowbridge Primary School. For most of that time I represented the support staff on the school's Governing Body.
My husband Graham and I live in Trowbridge and we have two grown up sons and two grandchildren. We love spending time with them. We both know Westbury well having started our married life living in Matravers Close. My husband grew up in the town and attended the local schools.
I have recently been elected as a Town Councillor in Trowbridge. I am proud to serve the residents in the community.
As a parent and grandparent, and having worked in education, I care passionately about families and children. All our children have the right to a first class education and to grow up in a safe and happy environment.
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.
Parent Governor - Mr Peter Bates
I was appointed as a Co-opted governor by the governing body in September 2019.
A family man and father of one. I have been married to my wife; Sonia for nearly 16 years. I have worked in Health and social care for 27 years and am currently registered manager for two adult complex needs services locally. I am also the training lead for my organisation specialising in delivering Positive Behaviour Management and Positive Behaviour support training.
My interests away from work are Music, reading football and rugby and family time. I have become a governor at the school as my daughter has started at the school in reception this September.
As someone with a passion for supporting people to achieve positive outcomes through working in a holistic way and with a keen eye for detail I bring enthusiasm to the role as well as a solid understanding of support needs for young people with learning disabilities and would hope to be able to assist wherever possible.
Staff Governor - Miss Annie Jones
I was appointed as staff governor by the governing body in September 2017.
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.
Attendance & Voting Rights
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They are supported by our clerk – Mrs Sarah Andrews.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.