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
Ensuring accountability for the school to parents and the community
Participating in staff appointments.
Our current governors are:
Chair of Governors
Pauline Baxter - Community Governor
I have been on the Governing Body at Walsh C of E Junior School since 2005; starting as a Community Governor then becoming a Local Authority Governor. My grandchildren previously attended the school and I feel passionate about the school’s ethos and values. Professionally I am involved in accounting and human resources and use my skills in school within resourcing. My personal involvement within the local community has demonstrated the importance of local schools and the wider community working together, ensuring children understand the world around them.
For many years I have been working with children with complex needs as a volunteer through Social Services and use my experiences and understanding of individual needs as the SEND link governor. Being a link governor for Year 6 children, I regularly come into school, observe lessons and speak to staff and children to see the teaching and learning in the school. I provide support and feedback to teaching staff to ensure our school environment is engaging and purposeful.
Vice Chair of Governors
Miranda Harrison - Foundation Governor
Sue Roper - Headteacher
As Headteacher of the school I am a member of the governing body, and it is my role to keep governors informed about all aspects of school life. I am held to account by governors and we work together to provide the strategic direction for the school.
Jan Lomas - Co-opted Governor
I joined WGB in 2012 as a result of an appeal through the FSB for local business people to volunteer to support local schools. My background is in business, training and education and I currently run the MagiKats Maths and English Tuition Centre in Farnham. I am also the originator of the MagiKats programme that offers mathematics and English support to students in the UK, Australia and the Middle East. My involvement with the Walsh “family” is something that I enjoy enormously and may main involvement, as a governor, is as link governor for numeracy. I am also part of the Headteacher appraisal panel.
Gloria Benson - Co- opted Governor
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.
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.
Ceri Hurcombe - Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor at Walsh C. of E. Junior School since 2009. I work as a Teaching Assistant at a local infant school and I am a member of St Peter's Church, where I am a Pastoral Assistant and a Sunday Club Leader. I am the lead governor for Safeguarding and I am link governor for Year 3/4. I enjoy the varied role of school governor but especially like spending time in school speaking with the children.
Sheila Taylor - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body of Walsh Junior School as a Foundation Governor in 2009 and in 2014, following the Governing Body restructure, became a co-opted governor. Currently I am on the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s review panel. My daytime occupation is that of a book-keeper/accounts person; I am a member of the PCC of St Peter’s, Ash, serving as Treasurer, a Pastoral Assistant and a member of the Aldershot Deanery Synod. I firmly believe that we, as governors, have a duty to provide the best levels of education to the children and also a duty of care for the staff at the school and the buildings.
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.
Louise Roberts - Parent Governor
I joined WGB in 2013 and have been involved with the school since 2006. I have 3 children, one currently at Walsh. I work part time as a business analyst which includes portfolio management & corporate governance. My responsibilities include Health & Safety, Governor Training and the Pay Committee.
Gemma Devonshire - Staff Governor
Having worked at Walsh Junior School since 2012, I decided to join WGB in March 2015. As a full time teacher currently in Year 6 I have a sound understanding of the daily running of the school and knowledge of the national curriculum, planning and assessment frameworks. I aim to continue to support the development of the school and to celebrate all of its successes.
Governors can be contacted by letter via the school office or by email via the Clerk to Governors
|Governor||Type of Governor||Joined Governing Body||Term of Office Ends||Pecuniary or Business Interests||
at Governing Body Meetings
|Pauline Baxter||Community||2005||September 2017||
Related to a member of staff
Community Street Team
|Gloria Benson||Co opted||2013||December 2019||4/9|
|Keith Bristow||Foundation||2003||Ongoing||Governor at Walsh Memorial Infant School||7/9|
|Rachel Danks||Parent||2013||September 2017||Works in a Surrey school||7/9|
|Gemma Devonshire||Staff||2015||March 2019||8/9|
|Miranda Harrison||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
|Ceri Hurcombe||Co opted||2009||December 2019||
Works in a Surrey school
St Peter's Church PCC
Local Rainbow Guide leader
|Jan Lomas||Co opted||2012||December 2019||Company provides numeracy resources for the school||8/9|
|Louise Roberts||Parent||2013||September 2017||7/9|
|Sheila Taylor||Co opted||2009||December 2019||6/9|