What can parents expect from the Governing Body?

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Parents should have high expectations of the school’s governing body.  The Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  The governing body works to ensure it has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As an Academy School our governing body also has numerous other roles and responsibilities including but not limited to land ownership, acting as employers, an admission authority and a board of company directors.

This all amounts to a demanding role for governors who all seek to ensure the group is comprised of a wide range of skilled volunteers who are able to offer the necessary level of commitment to this role.  All governors at Winchcombe School are fully committed to challenging the school to continually bring about improvement, hold leaders to account and maintain a productive and supportive relationship with our head teacher Mr Hall.

How does the Winchcombe School Governing Body operate?

The governance of the school is structured in accordance with the Department of Educations Governors’ Handbook, which sets out how governance is structured in an academy school.  We are an academy trust that is a charitable company limited by guarantee.  An academy has two layers of governance:

    • The members of the trust (Member Trustees) who are akin to shareholders and have ultimate control of the direction of the academy trust
    • The governors, who are also directors and trustees of the charitable company.

There are 16 members of the school’s governing body plus a further additional Trustee and the Company Secretary who also fulfils the role of Clerk to the Governors. Winchcombe School has five Member Trustees, four of whom are governors.

The governors are divided into two Committees – Resources (Chair. – Mrs A Peck) and Curriculum (Chair. Mr R Willcock).  In addition, every governor takes responsibility for a “Link Governor” role which attaches them to an individual department or curriculum area to ensure high quality links between all school staff and the governing body.

Committees meet at least every half term to discuss, review and consider issues pertinent to their Terms of Reference (i.e. what they are responsible for within the school).  Their reports are provided to the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets as a whole also every half term.  Link Governors meet with their allocated department/curriculum area every term and again, full reports are provided to both the head teacher and the FGB.

Governors undertake regular training both in school, online and with external providers.  Governors are expected to maintain and expand their knowledge of the education system’s challenges, planned changes and their impact upon Winchcombe School.  The governors share training, knowledge and other resources via group communications within the school’s secure internet based network similar to the My Big Campus used by parents and pupils.

Finally, governors are also involved in a variety of other aspects of school life including open evenings, parents evenings, Review of the Year, sports events, assemblies, flexible days, visits to other schools and many more too numerous to mention here.  Below is a brief description of each governor and their role within the FGB.  Should you have any queries about the work of the FGB or wish to contact the governors directly, please feel free to do so via the Clerk to the Governors who can be contacted at clerk@winchcombeschool.co.uk

Who are the Governors

Sue Proctor

Sue Proctor

Chair of Trustee Board, Member Trustee, Resources Committee. Link Governor for English, SEND and Pupil Premium PP and Community & Marketing working groups. Term ends 1st Sept 2021

Sue is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren. For over 30 years she was a teacher in primary, secondary and further education with particular interest in SEND. During the latter part of her career Sue was head teacher of a rural primary school and an urban primary school and children’s centre. Her interests include volunteering as a Cotswold Warden, regularly leading guided walks and building dry stone walls. Sue also enjoys Morris and Clog dancing and taught Winchcombe School students a couple of Morris dances which they performed in Japan as part of their exchange visit.

Sue’s extensive knowledge of the education system is highly valuable to the FGB.

Rob Wilcock

Rob Wilcock

Member Trustee, Chair of Curriculum Committee. Link Governor for MFL, Performing Arts, More Able and Gifted & Talented. Term ends 1st Sept 2017

Rob has been a governor since 2000 initially at Winchcombe Abbey Primary School until 2006 when he joined the Winchcombe School FGB. Rob is married to Cathryn, a primary school teacher and they have three children who all went to Winchcombe School before moving to Cheltenham schools for their A levels. Rob has wide experience of working with public sector organisations and has led teams of up to 30 staff in management roles at GCHQ over the last 25 years. His extensive staff management experience is a strong addition to the governing body. Rob is a long-suffering Cheltenham Town Football Club supporter. He also enjoys writing music (some of which has been performed locally) and walking with friends and family in the wonderful countryside around Winchcombe.

Amanda Peck

Amanda Peck

Member Trustee, Vice chair of Trustee Board, Chair of Resources Committee. Link Governor for Maths. Term ends 23rd Jan 2021

Amanda is a Winchcombe resident whose three children attend local schools. Amanda is a qualified accountant and currently works in education in another local secondary school as a Business Manager. She has public and private sector experience together with an understanding of rural community policies and issues. Amanda also volunteers as a trustee for another local charity as well as actively contributing to other local community groups.

Iain Knight

Iain Knight

Member Trustee, Vice chair of Trustee Board, Resources Committee. Link Governor for Non-teaching staff and Governor Training. Term ends 23rd Jan 2021

Iain has lived in Winchcombe for most of his life and is married with two children, the youngest of whom is still at Winchcombe School and the eldest recently moved on to sixth form. Iain works in Cheltenham as a Project Manager and has a variety of skills and experience from his career which are appreciated and utilised by the governing body. Iain has a keen interest in Pupil Premium spend, regularly attending meetings with members of the school’s SLT to agree strategy and ensure Winchcombe School continues to serve its pupils in the best possible way.

Sam Dunne

Sam Dunne

Member Trustee, Curriculum Committee. Link Governor for R&P and Careers. Term ends 23rd Jan 2021

Sam joined the Governors when her son went to Winchcombe School. He has since left and Sam has remained as a Governor and Member Trustee and member of the curriculum committee. Sam is working for Gloucestershire Country Council as a Transitional Learning Mentor, supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children into education, training and employment. She has many years of experience of the educational system spanning all key stages and post 16. Sam is passionate about raising the aspirations and hopes of young people and believes strongly that if we invest in their progress they can stride forwards and accomplish their goals.

Victoria Leather

Victoria Leather

Trustee, Curriculum and Resources Committee. Link Governor for Safeguarding and E-Safety. Term ends 9th July 2017

Victoria was a family law solicitor for over 12 years and worked with a variety of families including many whose children were either in local authority foster care or were at risk of being taken into care. Her legal knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable pupils and engaging with their families is a worthy addition to the wide variety of skills found within the entire governing body. Victoria has now retrained and works with the 0-5 age group as an Early Years Foundation Stage practitioner. She has lived in the Winchcombe area for over six years having moved to the area from the South East of England via a few years living in Singapore. Victoria is married with three children, the eldest of whom moved on from Winchcombe in July 2014 to join a Cheltenham sixth form; her middle child started at Winchcombe in September 2014 and her youngest child will arrive at the school as the middle child leaves in 2019! Victoria is in her sixth year as a Winchcombe governor and was previously a governor of a large urban infant school in North Kent. Victoria is passionate about supporting all pupils at Winchcombe School and visits the school on regular basis to maintain and develop her links, especially with the more vulnerable pupils, the SEND team and pastoral support staff members.

Tim Winder

Tim Winder

Trustee, Curriculum Committee. Link Governor for Science Term ends 1st Sept 2018

Tim is long term resident of the Winchcombe area and is also a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education who work hard to maintain and develop the Church of England’s contributions to education in the UK. Tim is married with one daughter who attended Winchcombe School and he has worked in the education sector throughout his career. Tim has specific interests in spiritual development, literacy (especially the developing of pupil’s writing) also outdoor education including the Duke of Edinburgh scheme which he supports and participates in at Winchcombe School. Tim has wide experience of differing educational environments and extensive experience in pastoral needs, including residential work.

Neil Hall

Neil Hall

Director/Headteacher, Member of all Committees

Mr Hall has been head teacher at Winchcombe School since September 2010 and has worked at the school throughout his teaching career. He began as a P.E. teacher and has strived throughout the years to ensure Winchcombe School is at the heart of our local community offering a fully comprehensive education to pupils from Winchcombe and its surrounding villages. Mr Hall’s absolute commitment to the school and the community is recognised by all who know him and the school. Mr Hall is married with two teenage children.

Geoff Cove

Geoff Cove

Trustee, Curriculum Committee, Link Trustee for Geography, History & PE. Term ends 30th June 2020

Born in Cheltenham, Geoff worked at GCHQ before moving to Manchester where he spent most of his adult and professional life in further and higher education. Married to Brenda, a retired teacher of Sociology and Psychology and has a daughter (a teacher of Art) and a deceased son (an artist) and three grand children.

After a spell teaching in FE in Wiltshire Geoff moved back to Manchester, the venue for his earlier degree and postgraduate studies, to teach Government and Politics in Salford. Geoff ended his career as the Director of Education Development at the University of Salford where he built and managed a unit of 40 staff, running staff development, widening participation, equal opportunities and academic student support. Geoff has always had a special interest in how students learn and the relationship to how academic staff organize such learning and is particularly focused on student assessment and academic standards. Since retirement, Geoff has moved back to Winchcombe where he has a variety of interests, including rugby refereeing.

Emma Desjardins

Trustee, Resources Committee. Link Governor for Health & Safety Community & Marketing working group. Term ends 11th Nov 2020

Emma has been a trustee since November 2016, after moving from London to Winchcombe. Emma has always worked in the education sector but in a variety of roles in the voluntary sector and local authority, including Youth Justice. More recently, Emma has been involved in supporting small charities with development and she currently works for Home-Start helping to expand their early intervention service across Gloucestershire. Emma has a passion for inclusive education that allows all pupils to achieve their potential.

William Brooks

Trustee, Resources Committee. Link Governor for Art, CDT and Catering. Term ends 3rd October 2021

Governor Bio currently under review.

Valerie Udale

Trustee, Resources Committee. Link Governor for ICT. Term ends 3rd Oct 2021

Governor Bio currently under review.

Lesley Lodge

Clerk to the Governors

Contact Information & Enquiries

For general enquires regarding the governance of Winchcombe School, please contact clerk@winchcombeschool.co.uk.

To contact our chair of governors directly, please email chair@winchcombeschool.co.uk