The Governing Body currently consists of twelve members (following re-constitution in 2015)
Governors of the school are drawn from four categories laid down by Central Government, as shown below (with number of governors in each category):
- Staff Governors (including Head Teacher) x 2
- Co-opted Governors x 4
- Local Authority Appointees x 1
- Parents of pupils at the school x 5
The full list of Governors is:
Mr Leon Chamberlain – Head Teacher
Mrs Helen Barnes – Chair of Governors & Literacy
I’ve been associated with Widney since 1993 when my oldest child joined the School- firstly as a parent, then also with the Parents Association. I began working at Widney in 2002 and soon became a non teaching staff governor. When I finished work in 2012 I was persuaded to remain on the Governing Body as a co-opted governor and last November became Chair of Governors. You can judge from my history my commitment to Widney and the Children’s education. I am at present link governor for English and chair the scrutiny and standards sub committee as with my education background I can act as a critical friend to the SLT. I hold regular monthly meetings with the head so that I can keep the rest of the governing body up to date with all aspects of school life.
Mr Richard Morgan – Vice Chair & SEND
My name is Richard Morgan and I’ve been a governor for around twelve years, originally as a parent governor but more recently as the Local Authority appointed governor.
I’m interested in all aspects of school life, with a specific interest in special needs and pupil premium.
For me, education isn’t just about results. It’s about creating an environment that helps children bring out the best in one another.
Mrs Maggie Fox – Behaviour & Safeguarding
My name is Maggie Fox and I have been a parent governor since January 2015. I have an HR background and I am the link governor for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Safety. I find being a governor really rewarding and enjoy giving back to a school that has given my daughter so much. Widney is a fabulous, caring school that allows your child to be an individual and to grow in a caring and supportive environment. I am very proud to be a governor at Widney.
Mr Phil White – Computing and Chair of Maintenance committee
My name is Phil White and am a co-opted governor. Originally I served as a parent governor and realised that I could still carry on this role and hopefully add benefit to Widney school and future pupils attainment and well-being through the early years of their academic life. I am also a link governor for computing too.
Mr Damien Cassidy (Finance and Mathematics)
My name is Damien Cassidy and I am Chair of the Finance Committee. I am also link Governor for Maths which was my favourite subject at school. I was originally an LA appointed Governor and I decided to stay on as a co-opted Governor to continue to support the learning and development of pupils at Widney.
Mr Jay Hussain – Science
Mrs Emma Cartland – SMSC
My name is Emma Cartland and I am a parent governor. I presently have two children attending Widney. I am the link Governor for SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development). I have joined Widney Governors so I can be a voice for the parents and also so I can be involved in the decisions that help benefit the whole school.
Parent Governor (Vacancy)
Governors serve on committees responsible for the following areas of governance:
- Premises, Maintenance, Finance & staffing
- Community & Safeguarding
These committees meet regularly and report to the full governing body at termly meetings. You can see full details of the Governing Body structure here
You can see the Terms of reference for the Premises, Maintainence, Finance & Staffing Committee here
Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Lynda Handley, in the school office.
The governing body have an annual plan for their activities you can see it by clicking here
You can see full formal details of Governors appointments, terms of office etc. here
You can see details of the governors pecuniary interests here
You can see details of governors attendance here