The Governing Body

Welcome to the Southwick Primary School Governors Page
The Governing Body of Southwick Primary School comprises representatives of different groups, including the Local Authority, the local community, parents and staff. Governors are volunteers who bring their skills and experience to help run the school. Governors are lay people - they are not experts and their role is to act as a "critical friend" to the headteacher and her staff. Their key purpose is to ensure the school provides the best possible education for all the children at the school.

The Governing Body works closely with the headteacher in the management of the school. It meets regularly during the term and there are additional committee meetings to discuss specific matters, such as school effectiveness, health and safety, the school environment and school finances. The minutes of the governors’ meetings are available to all parents. (please ask at reception)

The governors are all local people, caring for the welfare of the children and bringing their interests and experience to support the school. They are always happy to talk with you about any matters related to school and your children. If you do have any concerns about your child or the school in general, please contact the appropriate class teacher and/or the headteacher in the first instance. If you then still feel concerned after these meetings, then please contact one of our parent governors, who are appointed to help you and to represent your views.

To view the Annual Statement from Governors Sept 15 - July 16 please click here

Becoming A Governor
There are currently six different categories of governor:

  • Parent
  • Staff
  • Foundation
  • Partnership
  • Local Authority
  • Co-opted

The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.

Parent governors are elected by the parents of pupils for a fixed term of 4 years. Parents are advised in writing when a vacancy for a parent governor arises either if a governor completes their term of office or stands down. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process for nominations and any election are provided at the time.

Local Authority governors are nominated by local councillors.

Staff governors are members of the school staff who are elected by the staffing body (both teaching and non-teaching).

Foundation governors are only to be found on the governing bodies of voluntary schools and some foundation schools. They are appointed to preserve and develop the religious character of the school, if it has a religious character, and to secure compliance with the trust deed. Normally, foundation governors serve for a four year term of office.

A Co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Co-opted governors may have an area of specialist knowledge or experience or bring a wide range of skills and experience to their role as a governor.

Partnership governors are only to be found on the governing bodies of foundation schools which do not have a foundation or trustees. They must be members of the community served by the school who are committed to the good government and success of the school. The governing body is responsible for seeking nominations for and appointing partnership governors.

The Wiltshire Governor Support organisation provides a good range of training for all governors.

The Current Southwick School Governors Are:

Janice Hiscock
Chair of Governors & Co-opted Governor since 28th January 2015

Janice became a co-opted governor in January 2015. She works for Wiltshire Council and has experience of providing HR advice to schools across Wiltshire.  She is looking forward to supporting the staff, pupils and parents in her role as governor. Term of office 4 years.

Margaret Almond
Vice Chair of Standards & Curriculum Committee
Foundation Governor since 1st September 2014

Margaret is a foundation governor on the governing body and a member of the Pay Committee. She was born in Trowbridge where she was educated at Trowbridge Girls’ High School. Margaret spent 30 years as a primary school teacher in Trowbridge and Melksham before retiring in 2002. Term of office 4 years

Tish Hillum
Foundation Governor since 5th January 2013

Tish became a governor at Southwick School in September 2012. Brought up and educated in Gloucester and has lived in Trowbridge for 21 years since marriage. She has worked in finance and accountancy for forty years until recently. Term of office 4 years.

Carole Moon
Local Authority Governor since 16th September 2015

Carole was originally a Parent governor for four years, but with her children having now left the school she has now become a Local Authority governor. She was previously employed by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, where she worked as a civilian for 9 years.
Term of office 4 years

Rev Julian Parker
Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio) since 13th May 2013

Julian has been a governor at our school for 17 years and has seen a lot of positive change in that time. Above all he is amazed what a happy school it has become and how the children all seem to love being there. Term of office 4 years

Neil McManus - Vice Chair
Chair of Standards & Curriculum Committee
Co-opted Governor since 17th March 2013

Neil became a Parent governor in Nov 2009, later becoming a Co-opted governor after his daughter moved on to secondary school. He has lived in Southwick since 2001, and works in Corsham as an IT manager. Term of office 4 years

Lesley Shellard
Staff Governor (Headteacher) since 4th September 2013

Lesley joined Southwick School in 2005 as a Year 6 teacher and deputy head before taking up the position of head teacher in 2013. Prior to joining Southwick school, Lesley taught in a number of schools in and around Trowbridge. Term of office 4 years

Paula Bartlett
Co-opted Governor (and teacher) since 20th June 2012

Paula has been a teacher at Southwick School for over thirty years and has taught children from years one to five. She is part of the Senior Leadership Team in the school as well as being the SENCO and music subject leader. Paula represented the staff on the governing body for a number of years and is the staff representative on the PTA.
Term of office 4 years

Emma Larkham
Co-opted Governor 5th October 2016

 

Lyn Taylor
Co-opted Governor 5th October 2016

 

Claire Grant
Co-opted Governor 5th October 2016

 

Carole Brautigam

 

Clerk to Governors
Danny Holland
Started 2nd September 2015

 

Title

First Name

Surname

Term of office end date

Governor Type

Business Interest

Pecuniary Interest

Mrs

Janice

Hiscock

28/1/2019

Co-Opted

Nil

Nil

Mr

Neil

McManus

17/3/2017

Co-Opted

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Lyn

Taylor

4/10/2020

Co-Opted

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Lesley

Shellard

1/9/2017

Staff – Head

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Paula

Bartlett

15/6/2020

Staff

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Emma

Larkham

4/10/2020

Parent

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Claire

Grant

4/10/2020

Parent

Nil

Nil

Rev

Julian

Parker

13/5/2017

Foundation – Ex Officio

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Tish

Hillman

5/1/2017

Foundation

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Margaret

Almond

1/9/2018

Foundation

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Carole

Moon

16/6/2019

Local Authority

 

 

 

Attendance Record 2016-2017

 

5/10/16

7/12/16

1/2/17

5/4/17

24/5/17

12/7/17

Comments

Lesley Shellard

P

 

 

 

 

Janice Hiscock

 

 

 

 

Neil McManus

 

 

 

 

Margaret Almond

 

 

 

 

Julian Parker

 

 

 

 

Carole Moon

Abs

 

 

 

 

Paula Bartlett

A

 

 

 

 

Tish Hillum

 

 

 

 

Emma Larkham

 

 

 

 

Claire Grant

A

 

 

 

 

Lyn Taylor

 

 

 

 

Carol Brautigam

 

New Gov

       

Danny Holland

 

 

 

 

Key:   √ = In attendance         P = Part attendance          A = Apologies Given        Abs = Absent

Attendance Record 2015-2016

 

16/9/15

18/11/15

20/1/16

23/3/16

25/5/16

13/7/16

Comments

Lesley Shellard

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Janice Hiscock

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Neil McManus

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

AP

 

Margaret Almond

AP

Y

Y

AP

Y

Y

 

Julian Parker

P

AP

P

L

Y

AP

 

Carole Moon

Y

Y

AP

Y

Y

AP

 

Stephen Carey

AP

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Resigned 31st Aug 16

Paula Bartlett

Y

Y

AP

L

Y

Y

 

Tish Hillum

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Heidi Williams

Y

Y

AP

Y

Y

Left

End of Term

Samantha Wiltshire

Y

P

P

AP

Y

AP

Resigned 31st Aug 16

Marcelle Chivers

Y

AP

AP

Left

 

 

Resigned Feb 16

 

Clerk

 

16/9/15

18/11/15

20/1/16

23/3/16

25/5/16

13/7/16

Comments

Sue O'Brien

Y

Left

 

 

 

 

Resigned Nov 15

Danny Holland

 

 

Y

Y

Y

AP

 

LA Clerk

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

Y = Attended for the full meeting   L = Arrived late P = attended for part of the meeting   
AP = Apologies received            N = did not attend (no apologies) 

 

For more details on the Southwick School governing body please see our current tri-fold information leaflet here