This is Ian's second year as a Parent Governor at Colwall Primary School. Living a short walk from the school on Colwall Green, he currently has two children on roll, with a third to attend in due course. Working at the University of Worcester, Ian has responsibility for a number of areas including student accommodation and catering. He holds Project and Programme Management qualifications, and has previously worked as a Facilities Manager, Project Officer, Primary School Teacher and Environmental Education Teacher. Ian therefore has experience of teaching primary school age ranges, an understanding of pupil data and its use in school improvement, and a clear interest in the education sector. His wife, Wendy, is secretary of the Friends Committee and they are both keen to have further involvement with the school. He feel extremely fortunate to live in such a beautiful village, with a warm, welcoming community and an excellent school on our doorstep. With the new school building just around the corner there are exciting times ahead!
Sharon was a Parent Governor for four years before being co-opted back onto the Governing Body and Chairs the Premises Committee. This has been an exciting and somewhat challenging adventure as we have moved forward with the new school build. Professionally, Sharon is a property lawyer dealing primarily with commercial property but also with all aspects of property and land law. She has one child at the school in Year 3 and currently runs the after school netball club.
A Governor at four schools over the past 15 years, this is Alison's second Joint Chairmanship of a school Governing Body. She, with Phillipa, have lead the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team through the excitement and at times, peril, of our new school build whilst giving the governing body a clear lead and direction, ensuring that the governors work as an effective team and understand their accountability and the part they play in the strategic leadership of the school and in driving school improvement.
She lives in Colwall with her husband and have four, now mostly grown up, children.
Rev. Melanie Horton
A Parent Governor and Chair of the Finance Sub-committee for the past two years. A Chartered Engineer managing a small manufacturing business, Chris knows only too well the challenges of delivering a first class quality product whilst keeping shareholders happy with returns. We face a very similar challenge at Colwall Primary School, however we have an excellent leadership team in place, well equipped and advised to ensure our Children receive a 1st class education. Chris has two children, the youngest of whom remains at Colwall in Year 6. The New School premises provide exciting new times and will continue to improve the education we provide for our local village children.
Katherine has been a Parent Governor since October 2016. Her background is in Law and HR, trained as a barrister in a general civil set and in between having children worked in a HR department of a medium sized church and charity. Katherine is very proud of our school and is keen to contribute to its continuing growth and improvement so that it is a place where each child and staff member thrives and is encouraged to be the best person they can be. Katherine lives in Colwall with my family, we have two children at Colwall Primary School and a third who would love to be but has a few years to wait!
Phillipa has lived in the village for 26 years and seen both of her children go through and benefit from a happy and firm foundation for life at Colwall Primary School. As a result first her husband, and then Phillipa, have felt compelled to sit on the Governing Body to help ensure along with our dedicated Head and Staff, that the village children continue to receive the best education possible. She is delighted to share the position of Chair with Ali Darling, as they are both passionate about supporting and developing the Governing Body and facilitating the exciting transition to our new school. Phillipa currently works as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for Wye Valley NHS Trust.
Having had a strong and close relationship with Colwall Primary School for nearly 20 years, firstly as a parent of three children and now as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Forest School Practitioner, Jane is pleased to have been elected as a Staff Governor. Her training as a secondary school teacher of English and Drama coupled with a M.Ed. in Special Education offers her an insight into how the Governing Body can ensure our children experience a positive and exciting learning experience while fulfilling their potential at Colwall. Jane is very excited to be a member of the governing body and proud to be a member of a fantastic team of colleagues, as we make the move to our newly built school.
Claire was elected as a parent governor in 2016. Claire has always worked in education so is particularly interested in ensuring that all pupils have high quality learning experiences. She is passionate about reading and writing for pleasure. Claire also enjoys trying to work out what motivates different children and what will give them the best chance of achieving their potential. She feels very fortunate to be involved in the next exciting chapter as our school moves into purpose-built accommodation. Claire lives in Colwall and has had children at the school for ten years.