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The Governing Board ensures that the school is a safe environment, run effectively, maintaining its high standards and continuing to develop. We have several different appointments to the Governing Board:


  • Co-opted governors – appointed by the Governing Board
  • Local authority governors – nominated by the local authority
  • Parent governors – elected by other parents
  • Staff governors – elected by their colleagues
  • Associate members – appointed to serve on committees


As from September 2021 the previous Interim Executive Board was replaced with a Full Governing Board to oversee looking after our school.  


    What is a School's Governing Board and What do they do?

    The Governing Board is made up of a group of volunteers who, each with their own skills and strengths, have the common aim to ensure all children at Wiveliscombe Primary School receive the best education and personal development opportunities that they can whilst at the school.


    There are three main roles of a Governing Board -

    • Setting the strategic direction of the school;
    • Creating robust accountability through support and challenge of the school's leadership team;
    • Ensuring financial probity.


    Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school; strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing.  They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside staff to provide an excellent education to the children at the school.


    The Governing Board works together to provide independent oversight of the management and operation of a school with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards.  A school's Governing Board does not run the school on a day-to-day basis as this is the job of the Headteacher and staff.


    Meet Wiveliscombe's Governing Board -


    Rosie Austin – Community Governor / Chair of Governors

    I have lived in Wiveliscombe for 40 years; both of my children attended this school. I was Vice Principal at Richard Huish College for many years and later a consultant and coach to schools and colleges across the UK and the Far East. I am privileged to be Chair of the Governing Board, working with our outstanding Headteacher and staff.


    Emma Dickinson - Parent Governor

    I am pleased to be Parent Governor at Wiveliscombe Primary School, offering over 20 years' experience in teaching, leadership and management in Education. As a busy working Mum, I love my job as SENDCo at the school, especially enjoying creating co-produced plans with children and their families. I also enjoy being the lead teacher for Children Looked after, Previously Looked after Children, Children with English as an additional language and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. When I first trained as a primary teacher, Physical Education was my main specialism. I have been lucky to have a wealth of experience across the primary age range, including Nursery Education, and I have a real passion for high quality early years practice where the magic happens! Latterly, I have also enjoyed training teachers, teaching assistants and early years educators. I will enjoy my time as a Parent Governor, making a committed contribution to ensure that every child has the best possible experience at Wiveliscombe Primary School.


    Sue Lucas – Community Governor 

    I recently retired as the Early Years Advisor for Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust which has over 30 schools, some with nurseries, across three local authorities. Prior to that I was a primary teacher and nursery manager at an “Outstanding" setting in Taunton. My daughter and her family live in Wiveliscombe so I have a keen interest in supporting the school in early years as the children embark on their journey through school life.


    Gill Matthews – Community Governor with delegated responsibility for SEND

    I have lived locally for nearly 29 years and my daughters attended Milverton Primary School and later Kingsmead School. My granddaughters are now both pupils at Wiveliscombe Primary School. I have 40 years’ experience of teaching in the State Sector, and have taught in a wide range of settings and in both Mainstream and Special Educational Needs Schools. I have held positions within the Advisory Service and in a Secure Inpatient Special Unit. In the early years of my career I was a Head of History in a challenging Secondary School in the South-East but moved naturally across to SEND as my interests in the learning process and experience evolved. Until retirement, I was for many years the SENDCo in a local secondary school, where I was also a Head of Year and Safeguarding Lead. I am a passionate advocate of inclusive education and proud to be a governor of a forward thinking and dynamically led school.


    Nicola Topps – Staff Governor

    I am Nicola Topps, the staff governor at the school.  I am the Year 2 teacher and lead teacher for English and Modern Foreign Languages at Wiveliscombe Primary. I have been a teacher for 20 years, predominantly in Key Stage two. This is my seventh year at Wiveliscombe Primary. I am also a parent, with two children attending the school.


    Sarah Hayes - Parent Governor

    I have recently joined the governing body, and am fully committed to supporting the school. I have been working in secondary education for 18 years as a PE teacher and then also as a raising standards leader, which I hope are skills and experience that can transfer to benefit Wiveliscombe Primary School. I am a parent of two children who attend Wiveliscombe Primary so I'm excited to support the school in providing the best learning environment full of opportunities where all pupils will want to, and be able to, achieve their full potential. 


    Bernadette Page - Local Authority Governor

    I have worked in education all of my adult life, as an educational psychologist for 35+ years and feel that I could offer Wiveliscombe Primary School relevant support in this area. Having lived in Wiveliscombe since 2010, I wanted to become a governor at Wiveliscombe Primary School, because I wanted to give back and support the community in which I live. I am originally from South Yorkshire, but have moved around with my work and lived in Staffordshire and Twickenham. I am married, and have two daughters, both in their 20’s. My interests include walking, wildlife (member of Somerset Wildlife Trust) and gardening. I have two cats (mother & daughter) that I adopted in 2021.


    Lucy Crowe – Head Teacher

    I am proud to be the Headteacher of Wiveliscombe Primary School. It is an absolute honour to work with our wonderful school community. Prior to starting my current role in 2020, I was the Headteacher of Kingfisher Primary School in Yeovil. This was an exciting opportunity to open a brand new school and lead it to be an ‘Outstanding’ provision within three years. I have worked within Somerset education for over twenty years enjoying teaching and leadership positions along with school improvement roles. I am also a Local Leader of Education for this area. My family and I live close to Wiveliscombe and have always enjoyed the local amenities. I have many fond memories of my own children enjoying the pool after school on hot summer afternoons. My husband and I have three wonderful children. Our daughter is twenty one and we have twin boys who are now nineteen.


    Jane Burden – Clerking Professional

    I have worked in administration for 30+ years in roles in the public sector, private sector, charity sector and, since 2014, in the education sector as a Clerk to Governing Boards in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.  During this time I have worked with colleagues in LA maintained schools, Church schools and more recently schools that are members of Multi-Academy Trusts.  Having lived and worked in Somerset from childhood, I am delighted to be working with the team at Wiveliscombe Primary School and looking forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength.


    Governor Meeting Minutes 2023-2024

    Financial Information 2023-2024

    Please note that we do not have any employees with a gross annual salary of more than £100,000

    Please Click Here to view our school's financial data.

    We are delighted that Paddocks Nursery School is a part of Wiveliscombe Primary School