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
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 am delighted to have become a Governor at Widcombe Infant School. The school really deserves its excellent reputation and it’s a real privilege to have the chance to work with the Board, Alison Watts and her leadership team in support of the school’s continued development. My day job is as Director of Grants at The Peter Cundill Foundation, a grant making foundation that supports charities improving the lives of children around the world. Before PCF, I was the Founding CEO of PEAS or Promoting Equality in African Schools, a network of non-state secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia. PEAS now educates over 1% of secondary school students in Uganda and the majority of PEAS students are the first in their families to attend secondary school. Before PEAS, I was a secondary school Maths teacher through the Teach First programme in South London. I now sit as a Non-Executive Director of ‘ImpactEd’ – an Edtech non-profit that helps schools collect and analyse data to quickly understand the impact of the programmes they run. My career has been built around a belief that education is the greatest tool we have to change the world for the better.
My eldest son has already successfully progressed through Widcombe Infant School and my daughter is currently a pupil within the school. During their time at the school I have, like many parents, become involved in school life supporting reading activities and various trips. As a result, I have a broad understanding of how the school works, its drivers and its challenges.
As a Solicitor of some 27 odd years, I have considerable experience in working with businesses, both large and small in preventing and resolving their legal issues. I will endeavour to utilise my skills and management experience in my role as Governor to support the school with its continued success and development.
Widcombe Infant School rightly has a very good reputation with fantastic children supported by great staff, parents and carers. It is rewarding to play a small part in helping the school to improve and develop further, in what are very challenging times for all.
Mrs Lindsey Purser
Clerk to Governors
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