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 Annual Round-up 2019/20

As a new academic year begins here is a brief overview of the work of the Governing body for 2019/20

Policies - updated as and when required

SFVS- schools financial value statement approved and submitted to LA

SLA - the service level agreement between Longtown Primary and Fairfield High school, which runs for the financial year, was reviewed throughout the year. The new one was agreed for April 2020-March 2021. This enables us to have an Executive HT and SENCO support plus any budgetary support we require.

Pre-school - discussions took place between staff and governors about the feasibility of a nursery with daily provision. Huge progress made towards achieving this goal which hopefully will begin early in 2021.

Safeguarding - training provided for all governors bringing them up to date with relevant changes. Vice Chair continued as the governor responsible for safeguarding.

Health and Safety- Chair continued to have responsibility for this and reported to governor meetings on any issues.

SEND - Chair took on the responsibility for this and held regular meetings throughout the year with Head of School. Reported back to the education committee.

COVID 19- Chair and governors regularly updated on this matter which is still ongoing. Detailed plans to meet the ever changing requirements were produced by the Head of School and discussed with key governors. Chair and Vice chair visited the school to assure the staff and children of our support for the procedures put in place and their well being. All full governor body and committee meetings took place via zoom and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Finally we thank you all for your continued support of Longtown Community Primary School.

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.

Ron Brierly - Co-opted Governor - 4 year term - 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!

Amy Williams - Parent Governor - 4 year term - Business Committee 

I was born and raised locally.  I am married with 3 children.  My 2 oldest children attend Fairfield High School and my youngest is currently at Longtown.  I am a partner in our farming business and am responsible for accounts and paperwork, but help out on the farm in busier times!

My professional background is Nursing.  After completing a BSc Nursing Degree in 2004, I started work in A&E.  After my first child was born, I reduced to part time hours and continued work on Gynaecology inpatients unit where I remained for many years.  From 2013, I have carried out 'bank work' for the school nursing service which fits around school hours.  I now have a specialist role in Women's and Children's services based in Hereford hospital and am currently undertaking MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Pearl Pritchard - Parent Governor - 4 year term - Education Committee

My working background is in business and accountancy and I am a working Mum and farmer's wife. I was born in the area, attended Longtown Primary School as a child and have lived locally all my life. As my children now attend the school, I still have a strong connection to it. My aim is to provide balanced and objective input to the governing body. I am pleased to have this opportunity to help and support the governing body to provide the highest standards of education and opportunities for the children to enjoy and benefit from their time at school.

Sue Gaston - Headteacher Governor - Education/Business Committees

Jackie Reynolds - Staff Governor - 4 year term

Jackie was brought up in Greater Manchester before moving to the Midlands to study Politics at the University of Warwick. She started her career in commercial consumer research working for Bulmers, Golden Wonder and finally Kraft Foods on marketing and brand development for well-known drinks and snacking brands both in the UK and internationally. In 2012, she embarked on a career change to fulfil a long-held desire to become and teacher and undertook a PGCS at the University of Worcester. She worked locally at several primary schools across the whole of Key Stage 2 before joining Longtown teaching staff in 2014. In her current role, Jackie is the class teacher for Year 5/6 and also the Literacy Coordinator across the school which enabled her to follow her passion for reading and encourage and support a reading for pleasure culture. Jackie lives in Hereford with her husband and secondary-aged son. She enjoys playing netball in the local league , mountain biking and is an inspiring (although often struggling!) runner, taking part in the Park Run 5km most weekends.

Name 

Date of Appointment(s)

Term of Office

Date of Resignation

Attendance in 2019-2020 Academic Year

 

 

 

 

Full Governing Body 

Eligible  Committee

Kym Wilcocks

31/08/16

25/06/19

4 years

N/A

4 of 4

2 of 4

Nicholas Lowton

01/06/15

25/06/19

4 years

 N/A

4 of 4

1 of 2

Vicki Stinchcombe

01/06/15

25/06/19

4 years

 N/A

4 of 4

2 of 2

Ron Brierly

06/10/16

25/06/19

4 years

N/A

3 of 4

2 of 2

Sue Gaston

01/06/15

25/06/19

4 years

N/A

4 of 4

2 of 4

Megan Jefferies

12/10/16

4 years

12/10/20

4 of 4

2 of 2

Sharon Williams

01/11/17

4 years

N/A

3 of 4

2 of 2

Amy

Williams

04/12/18

4 years

N/A

2 of 4

2 of 2

Pearl

Pritchard

04/12/18

4 years

N/A

4 of 4

2 of 2

Jackie Reynolds

03/12/20

4 years

N/A

 

 

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

List of Governors who have resigned in the last 12 months

Klaus Wedell - Associate Member - Education Committee (SEND Governor) retired in April 2019. 

Megan Jefferies - Staff Governor - Education Comittee - Term of Office ended October 2020