Chair of Governors
Gloria Benson - LA 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.
Vice-Chair of Governors
Mrs Annette Cave - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body at Walsh in 2017 as I wanted to be involved in the strategic direction of the school. As a Senior Manager in Hospitality and Catering for over 25 years, specialising in change management; I have the advantage of reviewing from a completely different perspective focusing 100% on ensuring that our children have a positive experience and are able to fulfil their potential. Since my daughter started school; I have been an active member of the school community. Previously as Chair of the PTA at Walsh Infant School before joining the Board of Governors here at WJS where my daughter is now in Yr 5. Within the Governing Body my responsibilities are Finance, Training (Governors), Health & Safety & Link to external agencies.
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 - 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.
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 Angela Phipps - Co-opted Governor
I have one child at this 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 - Parent 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
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!
Dr Anthony Lucas-Smith - Co-opted 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