Chair of Governors
Gloria Benson - LA Governor – January 2021
I joined Walsh Governing Body in 2013 and was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2019. I am a committed Christian and attend Holy Angels Catholic Church in Ash. I am a Confirmation Catechist and Youth Leader for our Parish. I feel immensely humbled to hold the position of Chair of Governors and will do my utmost to portray the role of the Governing Body in holding the Senior Leadership to account for the good of our children’s education and through this experience give them the tools to live in peace, experience true fellowship and build their own personal resilience. One of my Governor responsibilities is to be attached to Nightingale class and so far this has been a great privilege and I have experienced many joyous moments and lots of fun. As well as Nightingale the Chair’s role includes Head Teacher appraisal and helping out with recruitment. I am also part of the Wellbeing Team.
My day job was Director of Business Operations and HR for an IT company as well as being a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey and I am convinced my experience in business and higher education continue to prove very useful for Walsh Junior School.
BUT I need to thank Walsh for accepting and training me as a Governor in the first place. You never stop learning in this life and I have learnt so much in my time with the school and I expect that to continue. And then there is COVID-19. I have been utterly amazed at how the Head Teacher, the Deputy Head Teacher and all staff have held the school together in such an extraordinarily vulnerable time. All school staff, Governors, children and parents should be full of pride for their school who are doing such an incredible job behind the scenes to keep the children’s education going in the right direction. HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!
Ceri Hurcombe - Foundation Governor
In September 2019 I was nominated by the PCC at St Peters Church to be a Foundation Governor. I am very pleased to support the school and my initial focus has been on developing a designated Prayer Space in school. Having been a Governor previously and having experience of working in a school I bring valuable experience to the role. I have volunteered to listen to readers regularly as I feel you get to know a school best by being inside it.
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.
ith a background in managing communications
I was delighted to join WGB in 2018 as a co-opted governor and in 2020 I became a parent governor. I live locally and have two children; one at Walsh Juniors and one at Walsh Memorial Infant School. In 2009 I trained as a secondary science teacher and worked in a very successful secondary school in London for over 9 years. I now work as an educational consultant supporting children with their science learning and upskilling graduates who wish to pursue a career in teaching. 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 which enable me to effectively support and challenge the staff and Senior Leadership Team, ensuring that the best possible education is offered to the children at Walsh Juniors. I have a passion for education and ensuring that all children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential both academically and socially.
I have worked as a teacher in Surrey for 27 years, although I started my career as a mainstream Infant school teacher, I have had experience of leading a Specialist Provision for children with speech and language difficulties, leading Key Stage 2 and teaching in a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties. My passion has always been working with children with special needs, and I when the opportunity arose to set up one of eight specialist centres across the county I had to apply. I was appointed as Centre Manager in April 2002 and opened the Centre, now known as Nightingale Class, in September 2002 with only 2 pupils. I have worked at Walsh Juniors ever since. I have loved teaching the children both in Nightingale class and in mainstream and I have learned so much from them.
Over the years my role has changed and evolved, I have been the SENCO for many years and for the last five years I have been the Deputy Headteacher.
Walsh Junior school is a fantastic place to work, the children, staff and parents make it so!