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The governors act as a "critical friend" to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.

Governor minutes are in the public domain. You can request to see them in the school office. Alternatively email the Clerk, Mrs J Marchione by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 Governor Statutory Information / Register of Interests

Mrs S. Smith (Chair) - Diocesan Board of Education, appointed by the Diocesan Board. 3/10/13 - 2/10/17 - re-applying

I have been a Foundation Governor for just over thirty years. It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful school. I have four grown up children all of whom had an excellent primary education at West Pennard. My passion for each and every child to have the best possible start to their journey into the world of education is still with me today and I very much enjoy being part of a team who share this passion.

I sit on the Finance and Buildings and Curriculum committees and I am responsible for RE, Colleective Worship and Leadership and Management.

Register of Interests - Brother DJ at school discos

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 100%

 

Mrs M. Colman (Vice Chair) - Local Authority, appointed by LA. 1/9/13 - 31/8/17 application in process

I have been a Governor for 12 years, but my involvement with the school goes back 25 years when we moved to West Pennard and my daughter began school. I am Vice Chair and Chair the Personnel Committee. Our responsibilities in the Personnel Committee relate to monitoring the welfare of pupils and staff. We are also responsible for approving a wide range of policies.

I chair the Personnel committee. I am a training mentor and I am also responsible for Leadership and Management.

Register of Interests - Garden maintenance at school.

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 100%

 

Miss J. Hale (Headteacher) - Headteacher Governor. 1/9/17 -

I feel extremely privileged to have been appointed by the Governing Body as Headteacher of West Pennard Church of England Primary School for the start of the academic year 2017 – 2018. I was initially attracted to apply for the position due to the school’s excellent reputation in the local community, its rural setting and the welcoming and friendly nature of the staff and the children. Previously, I have taught in 3 very different primary schools and bring a wealth of ideas and experience. I also bring 7 years leadership experience, having been SENCo and then Deputy Headteacher in two different rural primary schools. My passion and core belief as an educational professional is to ensure that every child, whatever their starting point, develops a love of learning and achieves their academic and personal potential.

I sit on the Personnel, Finance and Buildings and Curriculum committees.

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2015-16 N/A

 

Mrs H. Austin - Diocesan Board of Education, Diocesan Board of Education. 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2017 - awaiting re-appointment

I have had connections with West Pennard School for 42 years, as a parent, a teacher and now a grandparent and governor. My teaching career was mainly with the younger children and I am delighted to be the Foundation Stage Governor and also the Special Needs Governor. Through all the changes in education over the years West Pennard has always been an outstanding school not only in striving to provide its pupils with an excellent education but more importantly in imparting a sense of self-worth  and consideration for others.

I chair the Curriculum and sit on the Personnel committee. I am responsible for Additional Educational Needs and the EYFS.

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 100%

 

Mrs L. Auckland-Kelbie - Co-Opted Governor  26/01/2014 - 25/01/2019

I live in Havyatt and have a daughter who has just left Year 6 and a son studying for A Levels. In the past I have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. I also founded a bereavement charity, working alongside Royal Navy personnel and I'm trained in counselling. I am on the Personnel Committee, which oversees the welfare of both pupils and staff. I feel my role is to be a voice for the parents of the school.

I sit on the Personnel committee and I am responsible for Mathematics.

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 60%

 

Mrs G. Holley - Co-Opted Governor  01/10/2014 - 30/09/2018

I was born and brought up in West Pennard and I now live in Sticklynch. My son, Thomas, and I are both ex-pupils of the school. My interests revolve around our beautiful countryside surroundings, children and good food. I'm currently keen to encourage enjoyment of school meals and the maintaining of our in-house school meals service.

I sit on the Curriculum committee. I am responsible for Equalities, Health and Wellbeing and Physical Development.

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 80%

 

Mrs P. Grottick - Ex-Officio Governor 5/12/2011 - 4/12/2019

I joined the Governing Body in the Autumn of 2006 having moved to West Pennard from Margate, Kent –where I was a Teacher of the Deaf for over 30 years. I started my teaching career at Tavistock Primary School so it was a great pleasure to come back to a Primary School in my role as ex-officio governor. I am Chaplain among the Deaf in the Diocese and a licensed Reader in the Benefice. Although I now live in Baltonsborough, I am involved in the monthly Family Service at St. Nicholas Church where children from the village play an important part. I am the link governor for RE and Collective Worship, am on the Key Stage 2 assembly rota, and am the Child Protection Governor.

I sit on the Personnel committee and I am responsible for Child Protection, RE and Collective Worship

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 80%

 

Mr T. Wheat - Elected by staff 7/9/2012 - 6/9/2020

I have a long association with West Pennard School, having attended the school as a child and my mum having taught here from the late 1970s to early 1990s. I have been teaching for 15 years and have been at West Pennard for the last 9. I am Deputy Head, teach Year 4 and coordinate Key Stage 2, Maths, Computing, History and Geography. I have been a governor for the last 9 years as teacher governor and sit on the Finance and Buildings and Curriculum Sub Committees.

I sit on the Curriculum and Finance and Buildings committees.

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2015-16 60%

 

Mrs F Roberts - Elected Parent 25/03/2014 - 24/03/2018

I sit on the Personnel committee and have a responsibility for English.

Register of Interests - Homeopath and nut factory employee 

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 60%

 

Mrs S Middleton - Elected Parent 15/12/2014 - 14/12/2018

I live in Shepton Mallet and have a son in Yr 4 and a daughter in Yr 2. I speak fluent French and come from a language teaching background, as well as having taught exercise classes locally for many years. I am link governor for Modern Languages and Humanities and sit on the Personnel and Curriculum committees. I was elected as a governor in December 2014 and feel very privileged to be able contribute to this wonderful school. I believe the children here are nurtured and cared for by outstanding staff and encouraged to reach their full potential, not only academically but as happy, creative and confident members of the community. 

I sit on the Personnel and Curriculum committees.I have a responsibility for the Humanities and French.

Register of Interests - nil

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 100%

 

Mrs J. Marchione - Clerk - 1/10/2010 -

I have worked at West Pennard School for 8 years.  I have been clerk to Governors for 5 years and clerk to the committees for 7 years. I work in the office as finance officer.

Register of Interests - Married to auditor

Attendance at FGB 2016-17 100%