Longtown Community Primary School

Longtown Community Primary School

 

 

Governors

Longtown Community Primary School is fortunate in having an experienced and enthusiastic governing body, who each bring their own specific skills and experience. Together, they are able to use these abilities collectively in order to provide the school with the support and equally, the challenge it needs to thrive.

The governing body has a structure of full governing body meetings and two committees dealing with the areas of Education and Business.

The Chair of Governors may be contacted via the following address:  Mrs Kym Wilcocks, C/O Longtown Community Primary School, Longtown, Herefordshire, HR2 0LE

The Clerk to the Governors is Anne Lloyd who can be contacted via the school office.

The Governing Body pay allowances or reimbursement of costs incurred by governors in accordance with the procedure laid out in the school's Finance Policy.

 Governor’s Round-up 2017 – 2018

This is a short account of the work of the Governors during the academic year 2017/18.

The SLA (service level agreement) which has been in place for 4 years now, is a written and financial agreement between Longtown Primary school and Fairfield High school which provides us with Executive Headship, SENCO, Administrative and Music support. This is regularly reviewed by the Governing body. Currently it has run for the financial year i.e from April to March. However, in 2018/19 it will extend to the end of the academic year. One of our key roles as a GB is to ensure that the Headteacher is accountable for the educational performance of our school. Therefore, as the data from internal tracking and KS1 and 2 SATs results are given early in July it makes sense to have the SLA for the academic year in order to agree targets for our school.

Training - all governors updated on Safeguarding. Chairs briefings by the LA attended by Kym Wilcocks each term. SEND attended by the Associate Governor, Klaus Wedell and Governor’s responsibility in School Improvement attended by the Chair, Kym Wilcocks.

Governor visits and voluntary work – Vice Chair, Revd Nicholas Lowton took part in the Friday morning assemblies throughout the year. Chair, Kym Wilcocks was in school most Wednesday mornings listening to readers from Year 1 and Klaus Wedell was in on Fridays working with a small number of children from Year 1. Vikki Stinchcombe worked with Megan Jeffries to develop the link with Bluecoat school and both school councils. Ron Brierly and Sharon Williams looked at the use of computers by staff and pupils throughout the school. Vikki Stinchcombe and Kym Wilcocks looked at behaviour at different times of the year in class, playground and lunchtime. Klaus Wedell monitored the provision for special needs in our school and also across the rest of the Golden valley schools. Reports on visits were shared with all the staff and governors.

Meetings – termly meetings of the 2 committees and full Governing body were well attended. The SDP (school development plan), safeguarding and Headteacher’s reports are always key agenda items. A number of policies were reviewed including Safeguarding, Attendance, Health and Safety, Admission arrangements and SEND. Jane Barnes and Megan Jefferies provided input on data analysis of the KS1 and KS2 SATS to the Education committee. The Finance committee continued to monitor the budget and also to approve the school budget for 2018/19.

Our parent governors have retired, and we thank both Jenny Hayes and Sharon Sherno for all their support and commitment to the work of the governing body. An election for new parent governors will take place at the beginning of the new academic year.

The Governors thank all the staff for their hard work, professionalism, and commitment and for ensuring that the children receive a broad, diverse and interesting curriculum. We also congratulate the staff and children on the SATs results plus all the wonderful events held over the year which have given the children the opportunity to perform in music, drama and art. We would also like to thank the PTA under the Chair, Sally Bigley for a very successful year and to all the volunteers for their time in supporting the staff and children.

Kym Wilcocks, Chair of Governors

The current governing body comprises:

Kym Wilcocks – Chair of Governors                                                                                                             Local Authority Governor - 4 year term - Education/Business Committees

Kym was born in Abergavenny and trained as both a singer and teacher in Cardiff. She began her teaching career in Portsmouth. Her first headship in 1994 was of an Infant and Nursery school followed, in 1999 she became head of a large inner-city primary school.  She has first hand experience of OFSTED; turning around a deficit budget; working with the Local authority and outside agencies; dealing with the media; working with a cluster of schools; supporting staff with their professional development and the many other issues that come with headship!

In her current role of Chair of Governors her professional experience enables her to contribute to all aspects of school life. In particular she enjoys assisting in the classroom being involved in children’s learning.  Kym works closely with the Executive and Assistant Headteachers in order to ensure that your children are provided with the best education possible in our school.

She is married to Philip, with two grown-up sons.

The Revd Nicholas Lowton MA, FRSA – Vice-Chair of Governors & Chair of Education Committee - Deisgnated Safeguarding Governor - Co-opted Governor - 4 year term

After studying Classics at Oxford, Nicholas taught for three years at Whitgift School before moving to Cheltenham College in 1979 as Head of Classics and later as Senior Housemaster, Director of Marketing, Assistant Chaplain, after ordination in 1989, and, finally, Senior Master. At both schools, he directed a wide range of plays and musicals. He has had a house in Craswall since 1984, becoming Vicar of the Black Mountains Group in 2010. He reads voraciously, attempts to keep a garden under control, listens to a wide range of music and walks his inexhaustible dogs.

 Vicki Stinchcombe – Co-opted Governor - 4 year term - Education Committee

Vicki began her career in a large primary school in Bristol, where as a class 5/6 teacher she had responsibility for literacy and PE. She became a Deputy Head, where her expertise was in behaviour management, emotional intelligence and literacy, and then moved on to take up a research position at the University of Bristol. As part of this she completed a Master’s in Education that focused on the transition between KS2 and 3. More recently she has been working as an educational consultant for Creative Partnerships, working with schools in the Midlands to develop creative approaches to learning and the curriculum. Passionate about improving children's educational experiences she was also a visiting lecturer for UWE, working alongside and mentoring student teachers. She moved to the area in 2013 and is currently supporting the development of the School’s Council. She has two granddaughters at Longtown School.

Klaus Wedell – Associate Member - Education Committee (SEND Governor)

In his professional life Klaus Wedell was concerned with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SENDs). When he retired to Longtown in 1995, he volunteered for some years as a Learning Support Assistant at Longtown  School. He is very interested in collaboration between small schools, and chaired the Governing Body for about 8 years. He was also Chair of Herefordshire’s Education Action Zone for 5 years. He recently re-joined the governing body as an associate governor for SENDs.

 Ron Brierly - Co-opted Governor - Chair of Business Committee

 Ron was brought up in Devon.  At the age of 18 he joined Cable & Wireless and worked for them for 30 years in the Caribbean, Middle East and Far East.  During his working career Ron rose up through the ranks from Engineer to Senior Management where he had responsibility for managing large teams of staff and multi-million pound budgets.  He has a Higher National Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering and a 1st Class Honours degree in Maths.  In 2013 Ron retired to Longtown and became a governor in 2016.  He enjoys the outdoors life that the area offers and is a keen walker.

Sharon Williams - Co-opted Governor - Business Committee

I was born and educated mainly in South East England though some education was also gained in Powys, Wales.  Initially I trained as a teacher, though my career has been spent in operational management and latterly within Human Resource Management. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). My professional interests include the behavioural sciences and psychology. I live in Longtown and am currently employed in Hereford.  I have two grown-up daughters who were educated within Herefordshire and have careers in accountancy and dentistry. My hobbies include having fun and immersing my four grandsons in wisdoms from a life-lived, socialising with family and friends, gardening, the creative arts, listening to classical music, painting both watercolours and the DIY kind!

Megan Jefferies - Staff Governor - Education Committee  

Megan Jefferies teaches Class Two at Longtown Primary School. Megan has always wanted to be a teacher completing a BA Hons degree in Educational studies and Humanities. She then went on to gain a PGCE in 2013, completing one of her work placements at Longtown.

In her spare time Megan likes to sing in a choir, cook and get outdoors!   She has built on these interests at Longtown, establishing a School choir with one of her colleagues and developing the school garden with members of the local community.

Sue Gaston - Headteacher Governor - Education/Business Committees

Name 

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Date of Resignation

Attendance in 2017-2018 Academic Year

 

 

 

 

 Full Governing Body 

Eligible  Committee

Kym Wilcocks

 31/8/16

 4 years

N/A

3of 3

6 of 6

Nicholas Lowton

 1/6/15

 4 years

 N/A

3 of 3

2 of 3

Jenny Hayes

 1/6/15

 4 years

 31/08/18

1of 3

3of 3

Sharon Sherno 

 1/6/15

 4 years

 31/08/18

2 of 3

3of 3

Vicki Stinchcombe

 1/6/15

 4 years

 N/A

 2 of 3

3 of 3

Klaus Wedell

 1/6/15

 4 years 

 N/A

 3 of 3

2of 3

Ron Brierly

 6/10/16

 4 years

N/A

3 of 3

3 of 3

Sue Gaston

 1/6/15

4 years

N/A

3 of 3

3of 6

Megan Jefferies

12/10/16

4 years

N/A

3of 3

1of 3

Sharon Williams

1/11/17

4 years

N/A

3 of 3

3 of 3

 

Register of Interests

The following information indicates any relevant business interest of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern.

Mrs Kym Wilcocks - Executive of the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) .

                                 Chair of the School committee for the DBE.

Mrs Sue Gaston - Head Teacher of Fairfield High School

Mr Ron Brierly - Partner to a teacher employed at the school

  

List of Governors who have resigned in the last 12 months

Sharon Sherno and Jenny Hayes resigned as Parent Governors in August 2018.  Two new parent governors have been elected and will join the Governing Body at the next meeting on 4th December 2018.