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 Julia Overall - Parent Governor - term ends 28/01/2022
Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel. Numeracy, Science, Yr 1
Members of the governing body - Mrs Caroline Shingleton – Headteacher - Administrative policies
Meet the governors
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 who attended 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.
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.
Revd Alex Shannon
I became Wethersfield’s parish priest in July 2020 (along with the three other parishes in the same benefice), having moved from St Ives in Cambridgeshire. Before I was ordained I was a mathematician but I am also a very keen musician, and my involvement in the church began when I started learning the organ at school. I live at the Vicarage in Finchingfield, and am also a member of the Teaching and Learning Council of the church school there. As parish priest, I am here to serve everyone in our parishes, so please do be in touch if there is any way I or the church may be able to offer help or support.
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 recently attended 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.
I moved to Wethersfield to start farming at Boydells Farm in 1963, and from 1987, began to develop the farm as an educational resource. Currently there are around 150 schools/pre-schools, and almost 5000 pupils a year visiting.
My association with Wethersfield school also goes back many years, with two children and two grandchildren having passed through the school, and two more still here. I have also spent time here in the past, teaching both French and Esperanto. For the past year or so I have been in school each week listening to reading.
As a Foundation Governor I represent the Church. I am currently Treasurer and Lay Vice-Chairman of the Parish Church Council and have served two sessions as Churchwarden. I have been editor of the Parish Magazine for almost a decade and am also Benefice Treasurer.
I spend much of my spare time bellringing, especially the teaching side of the art. I am currently District Ringing Education Respondent and was one of a team of four who won a national competition for the advancement of ringing among youth. I am an accredited member of the Association of Ringing Teachers.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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