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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 Governing Body meets nine times a year where the Headteacher Report, Finance and Personnel and Curriculum are reported on. 

Structure of the Full Governing Body

Full Governing Body comprised of 13 governors: 3 Staff including Headteacher; 1 LA; 2 parents; 3 Co-opted; 4 Associate

 

 

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 Term of Office

Register

Of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

LA

Child Protection, Chair of Governors

28.01.19

-

27.01.23

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

Term of Office

Register

Of Interests

Relationship 

With School 

Staff

Co-opted

 

Vice chair, Health and Safety, Geography and History

 

11.11.19 

-

11.11.23

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.

Category Responsibility Term of Office

Register

Of Interests

Relationship 

With School 

Staff

Parent Gov. Maths

27.03.19

-

26.03.23

None None

 

 

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. 

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff 

 

Parent Gov.

 

SEN, Computing

27.03.19

-

26.03.23

None None

 

 

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.

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff 
Co-opted Pupil Premium, More Able, SEN

27.11.18

-

26.11.22

None None

 

SHARON MATHEOU has 4 children attending Waddesdon Village Primary School and she would like to help make a difference to the children of our school and the local community.

Having 15 years experience as a successful business owner, Sharon feels that her experience gained over the years will be of value.  

Open to ideas and training Sharon looks forward to learning more about the education system at Waddesdon Primary.

Sharon shows an interest in the school , being a member of local committees,  helping where she can and being an active member of the PTA.  Sharon hopes these demonstrate her commitment to supporting the school and local community.

Sharon has been a parent/Vice Chair of governors at her children’s previous school since 2015 where she served on many committee’s and enjoyed taking on the challenge of oversight for Pupil premium, Child protection, Equalities, Performance management and SEND.

Sharon believes that sharing best practice, knowledge and values are pivotal to enhancing the opportunities of every student.

Sharon will continue to offer the school the support it needs and proposes to be a ‘critical friend’ to the head teacher and senior leadership team by asking questions and constructively challenging their work to ensure that the school is not only achieving for every child, but also constantly striving to exceed for every child.

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff 
Parent Gov. Early Years

02.03.20

-

29.02.24

None None

 

 

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.  

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff 
Associate Science and RE

26.03.19

-

26.03.23

None None

 

 

CHRIS LOVELL

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff
Associate Computing, Art and DT

26.03.19

-

26.03.23

None None

 

 

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!

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff
Associate English, GDPR

26.03.19

-

26.03.23

None None

 

ROWAN MOODIE is a Public Relations professional with over 20 years' experience working at many high-profile organisations including WWF-UK, the Guardian Media Group and UCL. She is currently the Media Relations Manager for the UCL Institute of Education and has a strong interest in education research. As well as promoting research to the press, she leads on media training and has written a book about football.

After many years living and working all over the world, including in India, Nigeria, Brazil and Thailand, Rowan moved to the village with her family in 2018. Their daughter started Class R last year and their son is currently at pre-school.  

 

Category

 

Responsibility Term of Office Register Of Interests Relationship With School Staff 
Associate PE

02.03.20

-

29.02.24

None None
Picture 1 Miss Forchione - Headteacher
Picture 2 Mrs Leslie - Staff Governor Development
Picture 3 Mrs Patel - Staff Governor
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