Amesbury CE Primary School

AMESBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNOR PROFILES

FATHER DARREN A’COURT

Foundation Governor ex-officio 1 December 2020 -

 

Committees: Teaching & Learning, SIAMS

Link Responsibilities: Staff Well being, Inspections

SDP Monitoring Area: Personal Development

Subject: RE & Collective Worship

 

As the local parish priest, I have the joy and privilege of helping to uphold and develop the School’s Christian ethos as a Foundation Governor and to be a standing member ‘ex-officio’ of the Governing Board. Alongside this focus on Christian ethos, I serve as the Staff Wellbeing Governor and sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am committed to supporting all members of the School community in any way that I can, with a particular concern for the spiritual growth and general wellbeing of its members. Additionally, I am keen to strengthen and deepen the links between our School and the parish church for the mutual flourishing of them both.

 

 

ADRIAN ALBA

Co-opted Governor 17 March 2021 - 16 March 2025

 

Committees: Teaching & Learning, Pay Panel

Link Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Behaviour

SDP Monitoring Area: Behaviour & Attitudes

Subject: PE

 

I am delighted to introduce myself as a new Governor at Amesbury CE Primary School. I am a serving member of the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch and cherish the opportunity to offer my support and professional skills to our wonderful school. I particularly look forward to forming a strong relationship with the school staff, children and the wider community. As a father, I understand the importance of education and hope that my contribution can help deliver meaningful longterm benefits to our children. I was educated at an international school in Madrid and returned to the UK to attend university. After graduating I enlisted into the Army, during which I have enjoyed numerous postings abroad. I have two teenage boys who live with their dog Gerry-Bacon near York; they visit me regularly. My wife Amanda and I live in Bulford with our daughter, and we plan to permanently relocate to Amesbury in the near future. In my spare time, I am an enthusiastic scale modelist, keen powerlifter and enjoy long family walks.

 

 

ANGELA BAYLISS

Co-opted Governor 14 October 2019 - 13 October 2023

 

Committees: Teaching & Learning (Chair), Pay Panel

Link Responsibilities: SEND, EYFS

SDP Monitoring Area: Quality of Early Years Provision

Subject: History, Geography & French

 

I have been a governor at Amesbury Church of England Primary School since October 2019. My husband, Michael, and I settled in the area some years ago when he left the army, after serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). Our four children were educated at different schools locally. I taught in Salisbury for twenty-five years, teaching various age groups from Reception up to Year 11 GCSE classes. Currently I am the Link Governor for Early Years and Special Education Needs ( SEND). I am the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I enjoy attending school events (when possible), and I am pleased to be able to help the local community as a governor, supporting the school, meeting pupils and staff. My hobbies include gardening, walking our labrador, Scipio, reading and swimming. I have some rescued exbattery hens as well as Light Sussex hens, who enjoy freedom in their part of the garden. I am also sometimes kept busy helping to look after our five grandchildren. I attend church locally and belong to various groups.

 

 

MARK CARTER

Co-opted Governor 8 December 2019 - 7 December 2023

 

Committees: Resources

Link Responsibilities: Policies, Sharepoint &365

SDP Monitoring Area: Personal Development

Subject: Science

 

I have a currently have a daughter at the school in Y4 and my son finished at Amesbury Primary last year. I joined the Governing Body in 2015 as a Co-opted Governor to try and give something back to the school and community, and I am now serving my second term. I have previously been both Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors and I currently sit on the Resources Committee, and during my time as part of the Full Governing Body (FGB) I have been involved in a wide range of areas. We have been fortunate to recently recruit several new Governors to help strengthen the FGB and continue to take the school forward. Professionally, I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. I have an extensive background in product design and development, and I currently work at QinetiQ within Systems Engineering. My interests, when time allows, include cycling, photography, walking and camping, (plus some recent attempts at stand-up paddle boarding with the children).

BEN COOK

Foundation Governor 7 December 2018 - 6 December 2022

Vice-Chair of Governors since September 2021

 

Committees: Resources, SIAMS, HT Performance Management

Link Responsibility: Health & Safety, Website, Communication

SDP Monitoring Area: Behaviour & Attitudes

Subject: Computing including E- Safety

 

I have been a Foundation Governor at Amesbury Church of England Primary School since October 2018. I currently have 2 girls at the School, Lucy (Year 4) & Charlotte (Year 2) with my eldest Georgina having spent a wonderful 5 years there & now flourishing at South Wilts. We live in Amesbury almost opposite St Mary & St Melor Church, and for the past 10 years have had a very close connection with both the school & the church. I work as an IT Solution Architect which normally means a fair amount of global travel but that’s been somewhat limited recently to a 20 second walk to my garden office! What little spare time I have is spent running, fly fishing, driving over Salisbury Plain in my trusty Landrover and playing guitar (badly). As a Foundation Governor and as a parent I feel passionate about the school’s future and its place within our community. While each governor has specific roles and duties within the governing body, it’s certainly a case of the sum being greater than the sum of the parts. 

 

CHRIS GREEN

Parent Governor 19 November 2020 - 18 November 2024

 

Committee: Resources, HT Performance Management

Link Responsibility: Data & School Performance, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium Link

SDP Monitoring Area: Leadership & Management

Subject: English

 

I currently sit as a Parent Governor on the School Governor Board. Both of my children are pupils at Amesbury Primary, Freya in Y4 and Oscar in YR, and whilst they keep me more than busy I joined the Board in November 2020 as I was keen to really contribute to the school’s development and progression. Therefore the last six months have seen me involved in a range of activities, including assessing how we can better monitor and evaluate the school’s overall performance. So far it has been a really enjoyable and insightful experience and one that I would to recommend to other parents when the next opportunity to be a member of the governing body comes up. Outside of the school, I work for the MoD at Army HQ (Andover) and I am currently focused on logistics programme management and ensuring that the Army has the correct level of stocks for operations. Overall I have spent 17 years in the Civil Service, both in Andover and Whitehall, as well as one year as a secondary school teacher. My aim is to try and bring the skills and experience from this career to good use at the school, ensuring that all of its pupils have a rich and rewarding education.

 

GRAHAM JENKINS

Co-opted Governor 22 July 2019 - 21 July 2023

 

Committees: Resources Committee Chair

Link Responsibility: Whistleblowing, GDPR & Data Protection

SDP Monitoring Area: Quality of Education

Subject: Art & DT

 

I am Chair of the Resources Committee at Amesbury CE Primary School, and have been Vice-Chair of Governors. I am also a serving Governor at St Nicholas CE Primary School at Idmiston. I have been a School Governor for over 30 years and have served in both Primary and Secondary Schools. My experience has shown me that the role of a Governor is an important one, whilst ensuring that the school delivers on education and care within its means, support to the leadership and staff is equally as important. It is also to look into the future and work towards school improvements to enhance student outcomes. I am retired now, but my career was in aircraft engineering with the Ministry of Defence. I went to school in Bulford and Durrington, completing my education at the Adcroft School of Building at Trowbridge. I was apprenticed at A&AEE Boscombe Down and moved on into various roles in MoD in engineering and project management. My particular responsibility within the Governing Body at the moment is to lead on Resources, which includes finance, site and facilities. I will continue to support the school wherever I can.

 

MARTIN MAYNARD

Co-opted Governor 19 May 2021 - 18 May 2025

 

Committees: Resources

Link Responsibilities: Data Analysis & Performance

SDP Monitoring Area: Leadership & Management

Subject: Maths

 

I am currently serving in the Royal Signals based in Bulford, and have so far served in the Army for 25 years. During my communications career,  I have been involved in many high level projects and have deployed around the world on operations and exercises. With my own children attending a local school, the pressures and challenges of a military life are well understood and I hope that my experience can add value. I have recently received my chartered manager status and I am currently developing my project and IT service management skills. My hobbies include skiing, trail running and escaping to the mountains. I also maintain an allotment with my children who love making mud pies.

 

 

CHRIS MCIVAR

Staff Governor 6 February 2020 - 5 February 2024

 

Committees: Teaching & Learning

Link Responsibility: PTA

 

 

BEV SMALL

LA Governor 23 September 2021 - 22 September 2025

Chair of Governors since 23 September 2021

 

Committees: Resources, Teaching & Learning, Pay Panel

Link Responsibilities: Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Equality, Diversity & PSHE, Curriculum

SDP Monitoring Area: Quality of Education

Subject: SRE & PSHE

 

I live near Tisbury with my family. Our son and daughter have now graduated from university, and are embarking on their own careers in Finance and Costume Design. Following a degree in Politics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I worked at Sotheby’s before having my children, and ran my own catering company alongside family life. I have a passion for primary school education, and a strong commitment to continuous school improvement. I am delighted to have been recently appointed the Chair of Governors at Amesbury CE Primary School - the governors work together as a committed team, supporting our dedicated staff to help all our pupils realise their full potential and have the best possible primary education experience. I think it’s important to continue to learn new skills so I took up golf just after Lockdown 1. I also enjoy walking our 2 dogs, gardening, tennis, skiing, yoga, and bridge. I am currently the LA Governor at The Minster CE Primary School in Warminster, and I have been Chair of Governors at another Wiltshire Primary School. I am also the Vice Chair of Chilmark Parish Council.

 

JENNIE WHITE

ex-officio Staff Governor Interim Head Teacher 1 September -

Committees: Resources, Teaching & Learning

Link Responsibility: Designated Lead for Safeguarding, Looked after Children & Previously Looked After Children and Disadvantaged Children

 

I was appointed Interim Head teacher of Amesbury CE Primary School in September 2021, and I am delighted to be part of such a supportive and welcoming school community. I started my teaching career in prisons and young offender institutions – a role which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have always been interested in the role between education and later life chances. I am fully committed to ensuring that every child at Amesbury is able to achieve well academically, be challenged in and outside of the classroom and to be taught moral values such as tolerance, respect and honesty, so that they are able to take their place in (and be prepared for) life in a modern, democratic society.

As an ex-officio governor, I attend all governing body meetings and provide detailed and relevant information about pupils' progress, attainment and overall school development on a broad range of curricular activities. A key responsibility is all matters pertaining to safeguarding. I have been married to John for 23 years and we have 4 children ranging in age from 25 to 13. We are a busy and noisy household and you will often find me in the kitchen surrounded by either our 4 dogs – Teddy, Henry, Dave & Chizzy – or our 3 cats – Truffles, Amy and Enid. When I am not at work, I enjoy walking the dogs in the beautiful Somerset countryside where we live, watching The Great British Bake Off, singing (enthusiastically) and the theatre.

 

SOPHIE SHORT

Associate Governor Deputy Head Teacher 13 May 2019 - 12 May 2023

 

LINDSAY SUTTON

Associate Governor Interim Deputy Head Teacher 1 September 2021 -

Committee: Teaching & Learning

 

RACHEL JACKSON

Advisor School Business Manager 2 August 2021 - 1 August 2025

Committees: Resources

 

 

MAGGIE DALTON

Clerk to Governors 1 September 2021 -

Following a post graduate diploma in careers guidance I spent the first part of my career in careers education, information, advice and guidance working in many Wiltshire secondary schools. Latterly I worked for local authorities in special educational needs. I have previously been a Clerk to Governors and have served several terms as a school foundation governor. After retiring at the end of 2019 I have taken on a couple of part time roles, one as a Registrar and the other working for the local authority as a Clerk to several governing bodies, including Amesbury CE VC Primary School.

 

HEATHER LARGE

Clerk to Resources and Teaching & Learning Committees

Educated to degree level, I have over 13 years experience in clerking Governing Boards. My experience ranges from primary to secondary schools, maintained, voluntary aided schools, independent schools, grammar schools, specialist SEND provisions, colleges and academy trusts. I provide advice to the governing board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as well as provide effective administrative support to the governing board and its committees.

 

 

Amesbury CE Primary School Full Governing Body currently has 2 Co-opted Governor vacancies and 1 Parent Governor vacancy