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Meet The Governors

The Governing Body

The Governing Body of Waddesdon Village Primary School is formed of people from all walks of life - from parents of children in the School, to members of the local community who want to give something to the School.

All give their time, free of charge, endeavouring to ensure that your child’s education is the best it can be.

The Governing Body carries out its responsibilities by setting targets, challenging the way things are done and by adopting and checking that relevant policies are being implemented.

Regular meetings take place together with the Headteacher.

The full Governing Body meets three times a year, but because the running of a school is a complex issue, the Governing Body is split up into two sub-committees. These are Finance and Personnel and Curriculum.

Structure of the Full Governing Body

Full Governing Body comprised of 14 governors: 2 Staff including Headteacher; 1 LA; 3 parents; 4 Co-opted; 4 Associate

Committees: Finance and Personnel; Curriculum.

 

SARAH JAMES has been a parent governor for the last 3 years and, in November 2018, was elected as the Chair of Governors. Her children have been attending Waddesdon Village Primary School since 2012, and her youngest child will leave in 4 years’ time.

She is extremely happy with the way her children’s education has progressed through the school and being a governor has helped her to understand the education system in more detail and fully appreciate the challenges that all schools face in the current climate.

Her objective is that, as a governing body, supporting and challenging the school to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for all students both academically, socially and emotionally, is key.

Sarah works fulltime in a commercial banking role providing support to clients to maintain and grow their business’, and has previously led large retail banking teams across Herts, Beds & Bucks.

 

Category

Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Register

Of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

 

LA

Child Protection, Health and Safety, Chair of Governors, Chair of F & P, Physical Education Committees – Curriculum and F&P

08.03.16

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07.02.20

None

 

None

 

 

 

LYNNE MACHRAY is a civil servant working for HM Revenue & Customs. Lynne has been on the governing body since 2013 and is today a co-opted governor with special interest in Music, Equality/Diversity/Community Cohesion, PSHEE, RE, Anti-bullying. Her son went to WVPS and is currently attending secondary school in Waddesdon. When not working Lynne enjoys spending time with her family, going to cinema, eating out, visiting theme parks and holidaying in the USA. Oh, Lynne does like reading, she is especially into the Jack Reacher books (author Lee Child) and doing puzzles!

 

Category

Responsibility

Committee Membership

Term of Office

Register

Of Interests

Relationship 

With School 

Staff

Co-opted

Vice chair, Numeracy, Chair of Curriculum

 

Committees – Curriculum and F&P

 

03.02.16 

-

02.02.20

None

None

 

 

CLAIRE DUGGAN  Claire’s  son started at Waddesdon Primary School in 2015 and she lives in Waddesdon Village. She runs her own business as a New Business Consultant to Marketing and Brand Communication Agencies. Claire has worked with a number of big international brands as well as start-up businesses and loves the challenge of working with her clients to pitch and win new business. She manages to juggle her work around her two children Finlay who is 7 and Phoebe who is 4. We don’t have any family in the area and so rely on a close network of friends and the support of people in the village. Claire is originally from Tunbridge Wells in Kent and her husband Jason is from Birmingham but they have lived in and around the Waddesdon area for 12 years.

 

Category

Responsibility

Committee Membership

Term of Office

Register

Of Interests

Relationship 

With School 

Staff

PA

Development

Curriculum

08.02.16

-

07.03.20

None

None

 

 

JOHN SPURGIN has a son currently attending WVPS and a daughter to attend in the future.

He has a background in computer programming / web development, working across a variety of industries, from communications, publishing and finance. He currently works as a freelance web developer, whilst also being a stay at home father. He has been an active member of the Parent Forum since 2017.

John grew up in Norfolk, studied at the university of Bradford and has lived in several locations around the UK. He and his wife Lyndsey moved out of London in 2006, to settle Waddesdon in 2010.

John enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, attempting to play the piano and occasional DIY.

 

 

ADAM ATKINSON moved into the village with his family in 2012.He and his wife have 2 boys, one at Waddesdon Primary School and one who has just started at Little Oaks Pre-School. Originally from Australia, Adam has taught in 6 countries using 3 different curriculums, the majority of which was spent in British International Schools. Adam is currently Assistant Head Teacher at a local independent school and he is also Head of Digital Development for a group of schools. Adam is particularly interested in the use of technology to enhance learning across the curriculum. Adam's other key area of responsibility is Pastoral Care, he is also a mindfulness instructor. He firmly believes that the benefit to the children should be the first consideration when a decision is made in a school setting. 

 

 

BONITA BRIDGES has worked at Waddesdon Church of England school for 13 years. She works in the role of Careers Adviser helping students with their future plans and coordinates the Citizenship and PSHEE Department. She is passionate about the environment and helped to set up the school’s Eco School and recycling project. Within her Citizenship and PSHEE role, Bonita is an advocate for student voice and pastoral issues and works closely with the Student Council to ensure that young people are at the forefront of change.

 

 

VAL HOMEWOOD has worked at Waddesdon Church of England School for 30 years, the last twenty as a member of the Leadership and Management Team. She is now retired and offers her support as a Governor. She is experienced in School Finance and Administration, including all aspects of managing a school budget, statutory policies, Safer Recruitment and Safeguarding as well as property Management and Health and Safety.

 

 

LUCY THOMPSON has been working in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 20 years in Research and Development. Lucy joins the Governing body as an Associate Governor and has a particular interest in Science and STEM subjects.

She has two children at Waddesdon Village Primary School and is pleased with their progress and has an interest in how a school works and using her skills accordingly to support the school. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling and walking with her family.  

 

 

CHRIS LOVELL

 

 

SANDRA MAYER-SMITH is currently employed by Hyundai Motor UK Limited, the Head Office in the UK for the Korean Motor Manufacturer and has been with them for over 17 years. Sandra used to divide her time between the UK, Germany and Korea until the adoption of their two children who currently attend Waddesdon Village Primary. Sandra took a year’s adoption maternity leave to be with the children and then returned to full time employment with adjusted hours to enable her to take them to pre-school. Sandra is married to Michael who is a full time Police Officer; they met when Sandra was volunteering as Special Constable in Aylesbury. In addition to her full time work, Sandra progressed through the Constabulary ranks and when she left for her maternity leave, was a Special Inspector managing the team operating from Amersham. Sandra has a particular interest in child emotional development and wellbeing, having previously worked through many adoption programs.  Between work, children and police shifts, there is rarely time for hobbies, but Sandra does get up extra early every day to walk their two rescue dogs!

Picture 1 Miss Forchione - Headteacher
Picture 2 Mrs Leslie - Staff Governor Development
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