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Weeke Primary School

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Who are the Governors?

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability and have an important part to play in raising school standards. To ensure the Governing Body has the relevant expertise to carry out its core duties effectively, governors have been appointed with different skill sets. In addition, it is important for governors to be familiar with the school and its community. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body, so individual governors do not act independently. Governors are appointed for a period of four years and may seek re-election if eligible. There are different categories of governor, but once appointed, governors are of equal standing.

 

Sheila Alderson

As well as being a parent of two children, I have four grandchildren, with whom I enjoy spending time. Prior to my retirement, I spent 40 years working in education and have experience of class teaching and management roles. I became a governor in 2008 and have found it exciting, and rewarding, to witness the developments that have enhanced teaching and learning at Weeke in recent years.

I am passionate about the educational opportunities we offer children. I want to see them reach their full potential and become confident, adaptable and eager to learn, whilst retaining happy memories of their time at school. I firmly believe that children are our future and it is the role of educators to ensure they are well prepared to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead of them. I became a governor to support this important task.

 

Claire Anthony

I have been a parent governor since 2013, my daughter Isobel is now in KS2, I am also an active member of the WPSA, having been treasurer for the last few years.  I work part-time as a senior audit manager for a large firm of accountants, specialising in education clients (Universities, Colleges and Schools).  I bring to the governing body my finance, HR and governance expertise, as well as my knowledge of the wider education sector.

 

I really enjoy my role as it enables me to use my skills and experience to support the school in the best way I can.  I also enjoy singing with Winchester Community Choir, raising money for local causes through our concerts, and have helped Winchester Hockey Club on the finance side of a project and Winchester Basics Bank with their accounts.  When I can, I enjoy cycling and in 2014 I had fun participating in the Winchester Duathlon and Pedal Paddle Pace, as well as the London to Brighton ride.

 

Katy Francis

I have enjoyed watching my eldest two children flourish and grow at Weeke Primary School. During their time at the school I have been a parent volunteer, listening to readers and supporting school trips.

 

As my eldest child approaches the end of his primary education and my youngest is about to begin her journey I felt the time was right to support and influence the school further in a parent governor role.

 

I am passionate about offering all children the most engaging education possible in a safe, secure yet nurturing environment.

 

Abby Goodchild

I have worked at Weeke since September 2003, where I started as a Newly Qualified Teacher. In 2008, after five years teaching, I was appointed to the role of Deputy Headteacher. Alongside the Headteacher, I am responsible for leading teaching and learning across the school, with a focus on maths. Before becoming a teacher I worked as a recruitment consultant and also as a researcher for Tourism South East.

I love the positive ethos and atmosphere at Weeke. Our fantastic children love to learn, our creative staff team care about the children, are passionate about each child achieving their potential and having fun whilst they learn. Our families are hugely supportive and involved in school life – we have a great community. I hope that every child leaves our school having had a great education, feeling confident, valued, ready for secondary school and with some fantastic memories of their time at Weeke.

 

Ian Hardcastle

I was appointed as a parent governor in December 2017. I have two daughters at Weeke Primary and I hope my son will join the school in the 2019/2020 academic year.

 

I am an Investment Director at a national investment firm, but based in Winchester. I sit on the Finance and Resource Committee as a governor, which my professional career gives me a good insight in to.

 

My wife is an active supporter of the WPSA and was a pupil at the school, albeit a few years ago. As a family we love living in Winchester and supporting a school that is so close to us as a family.

 

Clare (Poppy) Hughes

I am very excited to be able to share my skills in Leadership, Coaching and Planning with the School and shape its Strategic Direction. As an Officer in the Royal Navy, I hope that my core operational, planning and compliance experience will add value to the Board. I’m passionate about Education and thrilled that I am now in a position where I can give something back and contribute to a friendly and wholesome Primary School. Creating an environment where children are nurtured and feel safe, in order to reach their individual potential, as well as providing the best support to teachers to deliver the highest standards of teaching are very important to me. 

 

Ben McIntyre

Following my move to Winchester I am delighted to have become part of the school’s governing body. I studied Chemistry at University and then side-stepped into retailing where I developed my business management and finance skills before moving into HR. I have worked across a range of sectors and roles and count organisation design, development, business change and people analytics as my specialist areas.I love learning and look back on my school days with happy memories. I am looking forward to collaborating with governors and staff to enable every child to have the best education which unlocks their potential and builds their confidence to achieve the very best. In my free time I enjoy cycling, swimming, running, DIY, hiking and exploring nature.

 

Steen Ingerslev

I’m an experienced senior manager in publishing at a National Sporting Body with a passion for technology and an enthusiasm to evolve the business. I carry out a great deal of analysis to improve working practices, processes and systems as well as using that data to make more informed strategic decisions.

 

I believe in creating a safe, happy and engaging learning environment as a way for each child to fulfil their potential. I have been very impressed at how our eldest daughter has thrived at Weeke and love the values and friendly atmosphere of the school. I am very happy to commit my time and any relevant expertise to support the school in my role as a co-opted governor and contribute to the fantastic work already being done.

 

Andrew Morgan

I am excited to be a governor of Weeke as it is the most impactful way I can give something back to the school where my two children are very happily learning and developing. Providing and enabling educational and development opportunities for all children is crucial for them as individuals, but also for our community and wider society, and I am very happy to be supporting this.

 

I am a scientist and engineer by education and a chartered accountant by profession, most recently working for a Hampshire based part of a global financial company - heading up cross functional projects and leading financial reporting. In the evenings and at weekends I enjoy running, nature, anything else outdoors and playing with my children.

 

Nick Sadler

I have worked at a Local Authority for eight years, extensively with school admissions. I now work full time in school governance and I was appointed as a Co-opted governor in October 2015. Being a governor at Weeke Primary School gives me a chance to support the provision of education and schooling in Winchester where I have worked happily for eight years and I am excited by the prospect of making a difference to the education of children at the school.

 

I hope to bring to the governing body my knowledge and awareness of education conditions in both the local area and Hampshire. I also hope that my knowledge of governance will allow the governing body to ensure that children leaving Weeke Primary School are well prepared for the opportunities ahead of them.

I am a keen sportsman, enjoy running and I am involved with local football in my spare time.

 

Alison Sansome

I have had a senior executive career, with experience of service delivery, finance, personnel and leadership, mostly in the public sector and most recently at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. I was keen to become involved with local services and am delighted to have joined the governing body for such a positive and friendly school as Weeke. I very much support the aims of the school and passionately believe in providing children with the best opportunities to reach their potential, in an environment they will enjoy and which will give them fond and lasting memories of their formative schooldays.

I have one grown up son, now back at home following university, who has benefitted from good schooling in Hampshire. I am interested in gardening, cinema and the countryside.

 

Matthew Whitehead

I am a software engineer at a local IT company and have lived in Winchester for around 15 years. I wanted to be more involved in school life when my son started at Weeke Primary, and contribute to it being a safe and enjoyable place for our children to learn.

 

Being one of the school governors gives me the opportunity to help the school develop and grow, and for me to be part of the school community. I hope that I will be able to bring my skills from professional life into the school environment and help the school meet its long-term goals.

 

Nicola Whitehouse

I have lived in Winchester for the past 12 years and have two grown-up children. I started as a co-opted governor at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

I worked as a strategic leader in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service before recently taking some time out of full time work. This has given me the opportunity to give something back to my community and education in particular. My skills include governance, planning, risk and performance management.

 

I am passionate about public service and education in particular. I believe that a school working with parents and carers, should bring out a child’s potential and make them feel safe and confident to achieve their best. 

 

I am privileged to have been appointed as a governor at Weeke Primary School which has inspiring values and culture that can be seen in action every day.

 

Nathan Curtis

Nathan has served as a governor in the past, but due to personal commitments was unable to continue in the full role. However, he continues to support the governing body as an associate member. He is a partner in one of the UK’s leading independent law firms and has developed a broad range of business and legal skills that are directly applicable to his role as an associate member.

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