The Governors are seeking to appoint 1 person to the governing body as soon as is practicable. We are looking for parents or grandparents who wish to make a contribution to the education of the children at our school.
The commitment involves attendance at around 10 meetings a year of the Governing Body and one of its sub- committees. Visiting the school to meet the staff and children is also part of the role.
If you are interested, please feel free to contact the Headteacher on 01371 850220 to arrange a suitable time for a discussion, regarding the details of this very important role.
The governing body has several functions within our school. They are there to ensure accountability, be a critical friend and to help provide strategic direction for our school.
The sub committees meet at least once each term, they monitor and review the management of the school. They then report to the full governing body termly.
Chairman - Mr Nicholas Wood - Local Authority Governor - Term ends 23/01/2022
- Health and Safety, Freedom of Information, Able, Gifted and Talented. Year 4
Vice Chairman - Mrs Eleanor MacKenzie-Lambert - Co-opted Governor - Term ends 18/11/2018
Safeguarding, Year 2
Members of the governing body - Mrs Caroline Shingleton – Headteacher - Administrative policies
Mrs Sue Twaites – Deputy Headteacher - Staff Governor - Term ends 31/12/2021 Curriculum policies, Healthy schools
Meet the governors
Newly appointed Chairman from August 2015. Governor since November 1999. Variously, Chairman of Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee, Responsible Officer and Vice Chairman of Governors. Retired Company Finance Director. Lives in Thaxted.
Julia Overall Parent Governor
I have 2 children currently attending Wethersfield primary school. I have been on the board for nearly 2 years. I work part time at a private health club. I have over 20 years managerial experience, some of the attributes that I bring to the board include, payroll, budgets, recruitment and health and safety matters.
Eleanor Mackenzie-Lambert BSc, MSc, MEd (Cantab)
Deputy Head of Friends’ School, Saffron Walden, a co-educational 3-18 boarding and day school where I work closely with the Head and the Governors on the strategic management of the school. I am also designated safeguarding lead and take responsibility for a large tranche of regulatory compliance . Prior to moving to Friends’ School I was Senior Manager, with particular responsibility for compliance and Housemistress at Bishop’s Stortford College. I have also worked a Director of Student Studies at Helena Romanes School and therefore I have extensive experience in both the maintained and independent sectors. Before coming into teaching I worked as a forensic accountant in London.
Mrs. Sarah Pilgrim
I have been a governor at Wethersfield CofE Primary School since September 2000, soon after my daughter started at the school. I served as a Parent governor until my daughter moved on to secondary school and then took on the position of Community Governor. I now serve as one of the two Foundation Governors, having been elected by the Parochial Church Council. I lived in the village of Wethersfield for 11 years and now live just across the parish boundary, in Finchingfield. I am a Lay Reader at the parish church, with a ministry particularly focused on work with children and families. I am also a qualified teacher and work at Wethersfield school as a supply teacher and run the Wethersfield Rainbow and Brownie groups that meet there.
Reverend Colin Wilson - Ordained into the Church of England in 1994, I took up my present appointment as the Priest in Charge of Wethersfield, Shalford, Finchingfield and Cornish Hall End in 2005 and immediately joined the governing body of Wethersfield C of E Primary School as a Foundation Governor. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with the children in school, whether in assemblies or on other occasions. We hold services for the children and their parents in St. Mary’s Parish Church for Harvest, Christmas, Easter and at the end of the summer term. It is always a joy to hear their enthusiastic singing, their confident reading and their thoughtful prayers. In my role I have sought to be a supportive presence to the whole school community, available to all. I am married with two children and outside of work my main interest is music, playing the piano, organ and accordion. I also enjoy cycling, and being taken for long walks by my two dogs.
Mrs Sally-Ann Martin
I have lived in Wethersfield for 17 years and I have worked at Wethersfield Primary School since September 2010, mainly in special educational needs.
It is my belief that all children should be given the chance to succeed in their chosen field and Wethersfield Primary School is very good at identifying this and encouraging children to fulfil their dreams.
My hobbies include sewing and horse riding and I can often be seen riding around the country lanes.
I have lived in Wethersfield all my life for 77 years. I attended Wethersfield Primary School and then Hedingham School. I passed the entrance exam to RAF Halton, the number one school of technical training. I then worked at Luckin and Sheldrake Chartered Accountants in Braintree, followed by Crossmans the builders at Great Bardfield in charge of finance. I am a qualified member of the Association of International Accountants and started my own accountancy practice in 1968. This year, the practice celebrates 50 years!
I am happily married and chairman of the village cricket team. I am a supporter and member of Farleigh Hospice and the World Vision charity. I am also a member of the Grace Spitfire Association and recently piloted a Spitfire!
Mrs Trudie Mann
My son is currently in year six at the school.
After spending the last 23 years working full time in finance, circumstances have allowed me to take some time off.
This has given me the opportunity to become a parent governor (and PTA member) and give something back to the school and pupils.
I look forward to working with you all in the future.
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