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Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories and responsibilities for each Governor.

 

Widcombe Infant School

Governors’ Details

 

Name

Category

Appointed by

Term of Office

(no.of years & end date)

Committee

Membership

Responsibilities

Attendance Record

2015/2016

FGB = Full Governing Body

Trevor Dolby

Co-opted

GB

4

12.09 2018

Finance

Premises

Disciplinary Panel

Pay Review Panel

Chair of Governors

5/6 FGB

5/6 Finance

1/1 Premises

Kathleen Thompson

Co-opted

GB

4

12.09 2018

Finance

Standards and Curriculum

Personnel

Pay Review Panel

Appeals Panel

Vice-chair of Governors

6/6 FGB

6/6 Finance

1/1 Standards and Curriculum

 

Alison Watts

Head

 

 

n/a

Finance

Standards and Curriculum

Personnel

 

6/6 FGB

6/6 Finance

1/1 Premises

1/1 Standards and Curriculum

 

Lindsay Williams

Staff

Staff

4

01.09.2019

Finance

Standards and Curriculum

 

6/6 FGB

6/6 Finance

1/1 Standards and Curriculum

Rebecca Reece

Parent

Parents

4

24.03.2018

Finance

 

6/6 FGB

6/6 Finance

Stefan Masters

Parent

Parents

4

18.05.2018

Premises

Disciplinary panel

 

5/6 FGB

0/1 Premises

Matt Crisp

Co-opted

GB

4

05.05.2018

Personnel

Disciplinary panel

 

4/6 FGB

Jonathan Adams

Co-opted

GB

4

28.02.2018

Premises

Appeals Panel

 

4/6 FGB

1/1 Premises

Cara Sykes

Parent

Parents

4

24.01.2021

Premises

 

 

Susan Bradford

Parent

Parents

4

31.01.2021

Standards and Curriculum

 

 

Sarah Thompson

Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr Trevor Dolby

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I am a Chartered Engineer with an interest in management and finance. My professional career was in the electricity supply industry and I also worked for a while as property manager for an organisation in Bristol. These roles have always involved identifying problems, finding practical solutions, and implementing those solutions in a cost-effective, diplomatic and timely manner to establish a strong basis for further development.

 

For many years I have been a trustee and treasurer of a church in Widcombe and I was a founding trustee of a charity that seeks to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Bath area. I am a trustee and administrator for another charity and I provide administration and legal advice for another organisation in Bath.

 

I was pleased to be appointed as a governor at Widcombe Infant School where children are encouraged to become enthusiastic life-long learners through a wide range of experiences. These experiences include, but are not limited to, the elements of the curriculum that are measured by Ofsted. I am committed to supporting the continuous development of the School and ensuring that the children receive outstanding education to prepare them for life beyond School.

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Mrs Kathleen Thompson

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

On leaving school I trained as a Nursery Nurse before qualifying as a Primary Teacher at College. I have taught in a wide range of Nursery, Infant and Primary Schools in different parts of the country before further developing my interests, experience and expertise in the area of Special Educational Needs. At this point I studied for, and was awarded, a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Bristol. Whilst completing this course I was appointed to a Wiltshire Local Authority team which specialised in supporting children who had been identified as having SEN, their parents and teachers in the Primary Phase. Prior to retiring I had been appointed as Team Leader and was responsible for a team of teachers who gave support in over 100 Primary Schools. The role also included responsibility for controlling the budgets both for the Team and the additional support for schools. Since retiring I have been involved with training ‘Returning Teachers’ at Bath Spa University, working as a Tutor for the University of Bath MA programme, delivering courses to Volunteer Helpers in schools for the WEA and engaging in Consultancy work with teachers.

 

My connection with Widcombe Infant School began when our grandchildren attended the school and I started volunteering for one morning a week. A couple of years later I was invited to join the Governing Body as a Community Governor and am the Governor responsible for SEN, Looked After Children, Safeguarding and Early Years, in addition to acting as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. I am delighted to be involved with a school with such a positive ethos and committed staff where all children learn through an appropriate, broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum. This enables them to experience achievement and success as an individual, as part of a group and of a school which motivates them to develop into ‘lifelong learners’.

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Miss Alison Watts

Head Teacher

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Mrs Rebecca Reece

Parent Governor

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Mr Jonathan Adams

Co-opted Governor

 

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Mr Stefan Masters

Parent Governor

I’m a parent of three children, all of whom attended Widcombe Infant School. The eldest two are now at secondary schools in Bath and the youngest is at Widcombe Junior school. I've lived in Widcombe for 25 years.

 

Professionally, I am a management consultant specialising in large IT projects for central government. Following a degree in physics, I began my career as a systems engineer with IBM before moving into consultancy at PricewaterhouseCoopers. I have a broad knowledge of business operations, finance and decision-making. Outside work, I’m a keen cyclist and am interested in the countryside.

 

I want to ensure that local children continue to benefit from the wonderful education that my children experienced at Widcombe Infant School.

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Mrs Cara Sykes

Parent Governor

I am a practising solicitor with over 15 years experience focussing largely on business financing and financial stability issues. This background has taught me to identify risks and consider appropriate risk mitigation and risk sharing within the framework set out by the law. I am also a founding trustee of a charity working to relieve poverty in Flores, Indonesia, which focuses particularly on offering children opportunities to learn and grow.

 

At the time of writing, two of my children have benefited from a fantastic start to their educational journey at Widcombe Infant School, with my third child hopefully following in their footsteps. As a parent I am keen to support the continued positive direction of the school in supporting all children to achieve their potential and develop a love for learning in an environment which values each individual and provides a safe environment to grow and explore. I feel my skills and background will make me a useful part of the Governor team, helping to support and strengthen the school for all pupils.

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Mrs Susan Bradford

Parent Governor

Professionally I am a solicitor. For a number of years I worked on behalf of the NHS Litigation Authority defending high value, complex, negligence claims against NHS Trusts. Prior to that, I was involved in healthcare regulatory work, representing doctors and dentists whose conduct was being investigated by their professional regulatory bodies. I worked with professionals at difficult times in their careers and provided support, whilst remaining objective in the advice I gave.

 

This work required me to assimilate and evaluate evidence, and advise my client as to the relative merits of a course of action. I was also involved in risk management and advising on strategies to reduce risk of repetition of incidents which resulted in avoidable harm. I decided not to return to practice following maternity leave with my second child in 2014.

 

Currently I am an Associate Director with the South Western Ambulance Service, I am a Lay Panel Member on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Accreditation and Recognition Panel, which evaluates pharmacy degrees, and I sit on the Conduct and Appeals Panel of the Association for Nutrition. In addition I volunteer as a Lay Member on the Central Bristol Research Ethics Committee, where I have a role in protecting the interests of those who participate in medical research and ensuring that research is conducted in an ethical manner.

 

I have two children who attend Widcombe Infant School and I am delighted to have been appointed as a Governor. The school strives to give children the best possible start to their education and achieves this to a very high standard through a strong focus on literacy and mathematics, whilst at the same time engaging children’s interest in a broad range of subjects through a variety of methods of learning. Independent thinking is encouraged, as are the arts, and children’s learning is enhanced by school trips, and visits from people with particular interests or skills who provide extra-curricular sessions. I am committed to supporting the school and working with the excellent team of staff to maintain the outstanding levels of achievement in all areas.

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Miss Sarah Thompson

Clerk to Governors

Please click on the PDF files below to view Governor's Details and Register of Governor's Interests:

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