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The governing body is made up of a group of volunteers from the local community and within the school. The role of the school governor is to bring the experience, life skills and ordinary common sense of non-experts, to the expert task of running a school. Collectively governors aim to make objective, fair and well thought out decisions, which will enable the school to improve.

 

Governors help the school to drive standards higher. They do this by:

  • Agreeing the aims and objectives for the school
  • Contributing to and agreeing school policies and development plans
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the school and challenging those weaknesses
  • Agreeing the school’s budget each year, and making decisions about best value for money
  • Monitoring pupil achievement
  • Evaluating feedback from pupils, parents and staff
  • Reviewing performance         
  • Ensuring accountability for the school to parents and the community
  • Participating in staff appointments.

 

Governors attend the Full Governing Body Meeting and the Finance Committee.

 

Our current governors are:

Picture 1 Miranda Harrison - Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Gloria Benson - Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 3 Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor
Picture 4 Rachel Danks - Parent Governor
Picture 5 Matt Parker - Parent Governor
Picture 6 Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor
Picture 7 Angela Phipps - Co-opted Governor
Picture 8 Sharon Gover - Clerk

Chair of Governors

Miranda Harrison -  Foundation Governor

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Gloria Benson - Awaiting Community Governor Comfirmation

I joined WGB in 2013. My day job is Director of an IT company as well as being a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, and I am hoping that my experience in the business arena and higher education will prove very useful for Walsh Junior School. My responsibilities include Head Teacher appraisal and recruitment. 

 

Other Governors

 

Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor

As Rector of Ash I am one of the Foundation Governors of this Church School. I have been a governor here since coming to Ash in 2003. I am very pleased to support the school and come in regularly to lead Collective Worship. I often welcome year groups to St Peter's and help them learn more about their church and what goes on in it. I also visit the school as part of the governing body and observe how the curriculum is being delivered. Occasionally I visit year groups and am questioned about all aspects of my work - this I enjoy immensely. In my last parish I was governor of two non-church schools, so, altogether, I have had 23 years experience of governing.

 

Rachel Danks - Parent Governor

I joined WGB in 2013. I have 2 children, one currently at this school. I have been a parent helper since my eldest started school and as such have a keen interest in my children's school life. My motivation is to help in any way that I can to make our school the best that it can be and to ensure that as many children as possible have a positive experience and fulfil their potential. My responsibilities include safeguarding and monitoring pupil progress. I am also a link governor for Year 6.  

 

Mr Matt Parker - Parent Governor

I am a newly joined Parent Governor and have two children, one in this school and one in Walsh Memorial Infant School. By day I am a Project Manager with 15 years experience in the IT industry and I specialise in software development.
I have joined WGB to offer my professional skills and experience and to help the school in any way I can. Additionally, as a father of both a current and future pupil, I have a vested long term interest in the performance of the school and the learning experience for its pupils.

 

Doctor Amy Pye - Co opted Governor

I was delighted to join WSG, as a co-opted governor, in September 2017, just as my oldest daughter started Reception at Walsh Infants. I also have a one year old and I felt that I wanted to be involved in my children’s journey through education in a way where I could affect change and help the school and students achieve their potential.

I work as a Research Scientist at a consultancy in Guildford. Although I don’t have a great deal of experience of the school system, I have, I hope, a number of professional transferable skills that can aid the school and therefore the children within it.

 

Mrs Annette Cave - Co-opted Governor

I joined WGB this year. I have 1 child who is in Year 3. I have been a parent helper since she started school and as such have a keen interest in school life leading to being chair of the PTA at Walsh Infants for 2 years.
My motivation is to help in any way that I can to make our school the best that it can be by looking at the school from a different perspective and to ensure that as many children as possible have a positive experience and are able fulfill their potential.

 

Mrs Angela Phipps - Co-opted Governor

I have two children, one currently at this school and the other at Walsh Infants School. I work in a secondary school managing communications, social media and external funding and felt there was an opportunity to share my experiences to support our school.

My motivation to help is to ensure parents have the appropriate level of communication and that the school has a positive reputation within the community. I also want to help encourage the students to try their best in everything they do, make the most of the opportunities available to them and to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve, so that the school is able to develop and grow for our future students.

 

Mrs Helen Wilde - Co-opted Governor

I was delighted to join WGB in 2018. I have two children; one is in reception at Walsh Memorial Infants whilst my youngest is at a local nursery. I trained as a secondary science teacher in 2009 and have worked in a very successful secondary school in London for the last 9 years. Before becoming a teacher I worked as a manager in the NHS and within academic administration for a university. I hope that I have a wide range of skills and experience, both education and non, that will be beneficial to the school.

I have a passion for education and ensuring that all children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential; this is why I decided to apply to become a governor at Walsh Juniors. I also have a long term vested interest in making the school as good as it possibly can be as both my children are likely to attend in years to come.

 

Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor

 

Mr Anthony Lucas-Smith - Associate Governor

I joined WGB in 2018.  I have 2 children, both grown up.  When they were at their Church of England Junior School I was treasurer to the Governors.  My working career included one year as a secondary school teacher, then 22 years in the computer industry, followed by 20 plus years as a lecturer and researcher in technology at the Open University.  Now, in semi-retirement I wish to contribute to various aspects of WGB, but particularly in the teaching of English, mathematics, science and music.

 

Governors can be contacted by letter via the school office or by email via the Clerk to Governors

sharon.gover@walsh-junior.surrey.sch.uk

 

Governor Type of Governor Joined Governing Body Term of Office Ends Pecuniary or Business Interests

Attendance

at Governing Body Meetings

2017-2018

Agnes Bailey Head Teacher January 2018 Ongoing   2/2

Miranda Harrison

Chair

Foundation 2006 November 2018

Works in a Surrey school

Member of governing body of one other Surrey School and one Hampshire school

St Peter's Church PCC

4/4

Gloria Benson

Vice-Chair

Awaiting Community Confirmation 2013 December 2019   4/4
Keith Bristow Foundation 2003 Ongoing Governor at Walsh Memorial Infant School 4/4
Marie Kirwin Staff 2017 August 2021   4/4
Annette Cave Co-opted 2018 February 2022   1/1
Helen Wilde Co-opted 2018 January 2022   1/1
Angela Phipps Co-opted  2018 January 2022   1/1
Dr Amy Pye Co-opted 2017 August 2021

 

3/4
Matt Parker Parent 2018 January 2022   1/1
Rachel Danks Parent 2013 September 2021 Works in a Surrey school 4/4
Anthony Smith-Lucas Associate 2018 January 2022   1/1
Pauline Baxter Community 2005

Term ended September 2017 

Related to a member of staff

Community Street Team

Welcome Club

 
Gemma Devonshire Staff 2015 Resigned September 2017 

 

 
Ceri Hurcombe Co opted 2009 Resigned July 2017

Works in a Surrey school

St Peter's Church PCC

Local Rainbow Guide leader

 
Jan Lomas Co opted 2012

Resigned September 2017

Company provided numeracy resources for the school  
Louise Roberts Parent 2013 Term ended September 2017    
Sue Roper Headteacher 2010 Resigned 31.12.2017    
Sheila Taylor Co opted 2009 Resigned December 2018    

 

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