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:
Governors attend the Full Governing Body Meeting and the Finance Committee.
Our current governors are:
Chair of Governors
Gloria Benson - LA Governor
I joined WGB in 2013 and was promoted to Chair of Governors earlier this year (2019) I feel very privileged to hold this position and my heart is dead set on doing the very best I can for the children and staff of WJS. My day job was Director of Business Operations for an IT company up until April of this year (2019). Now I no longer work in Business and Commerce I am able to concentrate of the things that are now important to me: my role as Chair of WJS and my parish work with the youth within Holy Angels in Ash. I still hold the role of Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. Within the Governing Body my key responsibilities are as SEND Governor attached to Nightingale class along with Headteacher appraisal and recruitment.
Vice-Chair of Governors
Mrs Annette Cave - Co-opted Governor
Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor
Rachel Danks - Parent Governor
Mr Matt Parker - Parent Governor
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 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 currently at Walsh Memorial Infants whilst my youngest is at a local nursery. I trained as a science teacher in 2009 and worked in a very successful secondary school in London for over 9 years. I am now an educational consultant and a GCSE and A-level examiner. Before becoming a teacher I worked as a manager in the NHS and within academic administration for a university. I have a passion for education and ensuring that all children reach their potential academically, socially and emotionally. Within the governing body I have a special focus on teaching learning in maths.
Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor
Mr Anthony Lucas-Smith - Associate Governor
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
|Gillian West||Head Teacher||September 2018||Ongoing||8/8|
|Keith Bristow||Foundation||2003||Ongoing||Governor at Walsh Memorial Infant School||7/8|
|Marie Kirwin||Staff||2017||August 2021||6/8|
|Annette Cave||Co-opted||2018||February 2022||8/8|
|Helen Wilde||Co-opted||2018||January 2022||7/8|
|Angela Phipps||Co-opted||2018||January 2022||Secretary to Ash Community Football Club||8/8|
|Dr Amy Pye||Co-opted||2017||October 2021||
|Matt Parker||Parent||2018||January 2022||6/8|
|Rachel Danks||Parent||2013||September 2021||Works in a Surrey school||7/8|
|Dr Anthony Lucas-Smith||Associate||2018||February 2022||6/8|