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 Head teacher and staff.
Meet Wiveliscombe's Governing Board -
Mrs Rosie Austin – Community Governor / Acting 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 Acting Chair of the Governing Board, working with our outstanding Headteacher and staff.
Sophie Wickins – Parent Governor
I am really pleased to be one of the new Parent Governors at Wiveliscombe Primary as I think it is a really important role within the school community. I have been a parent of children at the school for 7 years, with Noah having just moved to Kingsmead and Riley now in Year 2. I have seen many changes in the school during that time and feel it is now in a really good place, under Mrs Crowe’s leadership.
My role as Parent Governor is to support the strategic direction of the school and my key areas of focus are Pupil Voice and Looked After Children (LAC) – both of which are of personal interest and importance to me.
I am looking forward to seeing the school from a different perspective and to meeting many of the parents and children – please do come and say hello if you see me on the school run!
Macyla Higgins - Parent Governor / Delegated Governor for Health and Safety
I joined the Governing Body in September 2021 because I wanted to support the school with my knowledge and skills wherever and however I can be of service. My education began at Wiveliscombe Primary School and now my child’s journey also begins at the school so I have a vested interest in shaping the school’s future. A lot of my working life has been in education with health and safety playing a large part in my roles, therefore I bring experience in risk management. I look forward to ensuring we have a safe environment for all pupils to achieve their full potential.
Eileen McHale – Community Governor / Delegated SEND Governor
I have lived in Wiveliscombe for 24 years where I helped raise 3 children who attended our local schools. I was a teacher for 38 years and retired in December 2018. I worked in mainstream secondary schools for a total of 10 years in the field of humanities, (7 years); 3 years in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities); 8 years in special schools, in one school with children classified as delicate,(3 years); 5 years in a specialist autism school; 20 years as an advisory teacher working for the Autism and Communication Service in Somerset. The main focus of my career was in the area of SEND working with children with physical, health, social and emotional and learning needs. Prior to my retirement my specific work focus and academic study was on how play and the outdoor environment enhances the social and emotional development of young children with a specific focus on children with autism but not an exclusive focus. As and when possible I look forward to meeting with both staff and pupils at Wiveliscombe Primary School and I hope the experience I gained during my working life will prove helpful in my role as the SEND school governor.
Adrienne Parry – Community Governor
I joined the school on its improvement journey in 2019 when I was appointed by the Local Authority to be a member of the Interim Executive Board (IEB). I have since transitioned to the new Governing Body as a volunteer to provide continuity between the IEB and the Governing Body. I have worked for Somerset County Council for 37 years in a wide range of Business Support roles. Currently I am a Strategic Manager, managing Business Support for Corporate and Children’s Services. Originally from Wellington, I now live in North Petherton where I am known by many girls as Snowy Owl because I run the local Brownie unit. I have been a Brownie Leader for 23 years and am passionate about volunteering and putting something back into the local community.
Nicola Topps – Staff Governor
I am Nicola Topps, the recently elected staff governor. I am the Year 5 teacher and lead teacher for English at Wiveliscombe Primary. I have been a teacher for 20 years, predominantly in Key Stage two. This is my fourth year at Wiveliscombe Primary teaching Year 5. I am also a parent, with two children attending the school.
Mrs Lucy Crowe – Head Teacher
I am proud to be the Head teacher 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 for the last 7 years 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.