Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories and responsibilities for each Governor.
Mr Trevor Dolby
Chair of Governors
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.
Mrs Kathleen Thompson
Vice Chair of Governors
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’.
Miss Alison Watts
Mrs Sophie Turner
Mrs Rebecca Reece
I am a parent of two children, both of whom have attended Widcombe Infant School. My youngest is in Year 2, whilst my eldest is now in Year 5 at Widcombe Junior school.
Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant specialising in tax. Following a degree in mathematics, I began my career in London with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before moving into industry, where I worked within a large multinational corporation as well as with many smaller businesses.
I have a wide range of financial experience and through my various roles have been able to develop my analytical and problem solving skills.
Outside of work, I love walking, cycling, sculpture, visual art and spending time with my family and friends.
I was delighted to be appointed as a Governor to Widcombe Infant School. It truly is a very special school which provides the best possible start to our children’s education. The focus on small group work ensures that each child is developed to his/her full potential. The range of experiences that is available to the children at this early age also helps to encourage them to become ‘lifelong learners’.
As a Governor, I intend to use my professional skills as part of the school’s Finance Committee and also to support the school during its journey as part of the Palladian Academy Trust.
Mrs Cara Sykes
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.
Mrs Susan Bradford
For a number of years I have 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 my advice. I decided not to return to practice following maternity leave with my second child in 2014.
Currently I am a Non-Executive Director with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; a Commissioner with the Commission on Human Medicines, a body which advises on the safety and efficacy of medicines; and a Lay Panel Member on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Accreditation and Recognition Panel, which evaluates pharmacy degrees. In addition, in a voluntary capacity I sit on the Central Bristol Research Ethics Committee, where I have a role in protecting the interests of those who participate in medical research.
I have two children who attend Widcombe Infant School and 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.
My eldest child is currently in reception and as a parent, I could not wish for a better educational baptism. The school does indeed prepare children to be life long learners.
Following a degree in Fine Art, I established my own architectural design practice, which focuses on period buildings and restoration. We are in the process of setting up a shop that will specialise in accurate period joinery.
As Governor responsible for The Arts and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds, I hope my knowledge in these fields can be put to good use.
I started my career as a Primary Teacher and Assistant Head, with responsibilities for ICT and NQTs. Having spent 5 years as a Local Authority adviser and trained as an OFSTED inspector I moved into the private sector. For the last 11 years I have worked for EdTech companies selling and implementing online teaching and learning solutions, and managing large technical roll outs to hundreds of schools. I have a significant interest in education and technology and utilising technology to save time and reduce workload.
Miss Sarah Thompson
Clerk to Governors
Please click on the PDF files below to view Governor's Details and Register of Governor's Interests: