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.

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.

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

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

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.

Lyn Taylor
Co-opted Governor 5th October 2016

I have lived in Southwick since 1999. I am a retired headteacher of a Wiltshire primary school and keen to use this knowledge and experience to support Southwick Primary School and it’s community.

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 know only Daniel dose as Mathew moved up to JOG.  I like to spend my time in school helping where I can, due to my sons special needs I like to think I help other children in that area. 

Carole Brautigam
Foundation Governor from 7th December 2016
My background is in education and I was a headteacher for 10 year in a Church of England School. I have taught in the Middle East, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. I have now retired and I am keen to support pupils and staff in my role as foundation governor.

 

Laura Fenson
Co-Opted governor from 8th November 2017
Information to follow

 

Clerk to Governors
Danny Holland
Started 2nd September 2015

 

Title

First Name

Surname

Term of office end date

Governor Type

Governor Type

Committee Member

Governor at another Educational  Establishment

Business Interest

Pecuniary Interest

Mrs

Janice

Hiscock

28/1/2019

Co-opted
Chair of Gov

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mr

Neil

McManus

17/3/2017

Co-opted
Vice Chair

Data

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Lyn

Taylor

4/10/2020

Co-opted

SEN & PSHE

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Lesley

Shellard

31/08/2025

Staff – Head

 

Both

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Paula

Bartlett

15/6/2020

Staff

 

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Emma

Larkham

4/10/2020

Parent

Pupil Premium & Data

Curriculum

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Claire

Grant

4/10/2020

Parent

Health & Safety

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Carole

Moon

16/6/2019

Local Authority

SEN

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Carole

Brautigam

06/12/2020

Foundation

Christian
Distinctiveness

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Laura

Fenson

07/11/2021

Co-opted

EYFS

Resources

Nil

Nil

Nil

.

Attendance Record 2017-2018 - Full Governing Body Meetings

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Comments

Lesley Shellard

 

 

 

 

Janice Hiscock

 

 

 

 

Neil McManus

 

 

 

 

Carole Moon

 

 

 

 

Paula Bartlett

A

 

 

 

 

Emma Larkham

A

A

 

 

 

 

Claire Grant

A

A

 

 

 

 

Lyn Taylor

A

 

 

 

 

Carol Brautigam

A

 

 

 

 

Laura Fenson

-

 

 

 

 

Danny Holland

 

 

 

 

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

20/09/2017

08/11/2017

17/01/2018

07/03/2018

02/05/2018

13/06/2018

 

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

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