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 17-18 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.

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

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
(Vice Chair of Governors)
Foundation Governor since Sept 2019

I was a teacher at Southwick School for over thirty years and have taught children from years one to five. I was part of the Senior Leadership Team in the school as well as being the SENCO and music subject leader. I also represented the staff on the governing body for a number of years. I have recently retired which has meant that I have more time for interests which include reading, gardening, a variety of crafts and walking as well as helping at a mother and toddlers' group. 
Term of office 4 years

Emma Larkham
(Chair of Governors)
Parent Governor 5th October 2016

I became a parent governor in October 2016 when my son joined Reception at Southwick. I have worked in primary schools for the last 19 years, with the last 12 years as Deputy Head, Head of School and Headteacher roles in London.  I currently work as Deputy Headteacher within a local academy trust.

Claire Grant
Co-opted Governor 5th October 2016
I moved to Trowbridge from Kent in 2014 after working in the Cash Management field for many years. I have 2 boys of which both went to Southwick but are now at JOG.  I also work in the school as Teaching Assistant having also worked in the kitchen

Rachel Forrest
Staff Governor from September 2019

I have been a teacher at Southwick School for the last 6 years, mostly working in lower key stage 2. I am currently teaching in year 4 and am the curriculum lead for maths. Previously, I supplied in many different schools throughout B&NES and Wiltshire.  

Helen Holland
Co-opted Governor from November 2019

I am a Co-Opted Governor with over 10 years experience as a Governor and Chair of Governors at a local Academy School in Melksham.  I am a HR professional for the Civil Service and enjoy supporting schools to help improve the teaching and learning available to children.

 

Sandra Singer
Co-opted Governor from January 2020

  I have worked in the Governor Services’ Team at Wiltshire Council for 23 years (now working 3 days a week as I took flexible retirement with the Council in June 2017).  I have also served as a governor in Trowbridge schools over the last 23 years.  I did one 4 year term at a secondary school and two 4 year terms at two different primary schools.  The most recent being from 2010 to 2018. I have also worked as a clerk to governors and also manage the LA clerking service.

Elizabeth Whittington
Parent Governor from November 2020

I am currently a stay-at-home mum to four beautiful children, two of whom are currently at Southwick School and two twin girls who will be attending in the next year and a half. 
I am very engaged with the school in terms of my children’s learning and school life in general. 
I have a solid background in working in the business sector, as before having children I worked as an IT Project Manager (PRINCE2 qualified) and a Senior Planning Analyst. I have experience in holding meetings, managing people, producing in-depth plans and writing policies and procedures etc.  Although this was a very long ago and I will admit my mind is not as sharp as it used to be after having four children,  I am hoping I can be a support to the school and want to be part of making positive differences in any way I can! 

 

Andrew Mulligan
Parent Governor from November 2020

I became a Parent Governor in Dec 2020 following my daughter joining the school in Sept 2020, I am
also a School Governor at another local primary school and am looking to bring my knowledge and experience to my role at Southwick School. I currently work in IT & Telecoms and live with my
partner and children in Trowbridge. 

 

Clerk to Governors
Danny Holland
Started 2nd September 2015


Scheme of Delegation document 2020 - 2021

Title

First Name

Surname

Term of office end date

Governor Type

Governor Links

Committee Member

Mrs

Lesley

Shellard

31/08/2025

Staff – Head

 

Both

Mrs

Paula

Bartlett

31/08/2023

Vice Chair FGB
Foundation

Early Years

Curriculum

Mrs

Emma

Larkham

4/10/2024

Chair FGB
Foundation

Pupil Premium & Data

Curriculum
Chair

Mrs

Claire

Grant

4/10/2024

Co-Opted

Health & Safety, Science

Resources

Mrs

Carole

Moon

16/06/2024

Local Authority

Sports Premium

Resources

Mrs

Helen

Holland

12/11/2023

Co-Opted

SEND

Resources
Chair

Mrs

Sandra

Singer

12/11/2023

Co-opted

 

Curriculum

Mrs

Rachel

Forrest

15/10/2023

Staff

 

Curriculum

Fr

Oliver

Learmont

15/10/2023

Foundation

 

Resources

Mrs

Elizabeth

Whittington

30/09/2024

Parent

 

Resources

Mr

Andrew

Mulligan

30/09/2024

Parent

Safeguarding

Resources


































First Name

Surname

Committee Member

Governor at another Educational  Establishment

Business Interest

Pecuniary Interest

Other Interest

Lesley

Shellard

Both

Yes

Nil

Nil

Nil

Paula

Bartlett

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Emma

Larkham

Curriculum
Chair

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Claire

Grant

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Carole

Moon

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Helen

Holland

Resources
Chair

Nil

Nil

Nil

D Holland - Clerk Spouse

Sandra

Singer

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Rachel

Forrest

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Oliver

Learmont

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Elizabeth

Whittington

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Andrew

Mulligan

Resources

Yes

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Attendance Record 2020-2021 - Full Governing Body Meetings

 

30/09/20

25/11/20

27/01/21

21/04/21

23/06/20

 

 

 

Lesley Shellard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carole Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Bartlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Larkham

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyn Taylor

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Singer

Abs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Learmont

Abs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Forrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Whittington

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Mulligan

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Full Governing Body Meeting Dates

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

30/09/2020

25/11/2020

27/01/2021

No meeting

21/04/2021

23/06/2021

 

Information of Governors who have stepped down during year 18 - 19 please click here
Information of Governors who have stepped down during year 17-18 please click here
Information of Governors who have stepped down during year 16-17 please click here
Governors Attendance for FGB meetings 19 - 20 please click here
Governors Attendance for FGB meetings 18 - 19 please click here
Governors Attendance for FGB meetings 17 - 18 please click here
Governors Attendance for FGB meetings 16 - 17 please click here