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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 Head teacher and staff.


    Meet Wiveliscombe's Governing Board -


    Mrs 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.


    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.



    Sue Lucas – Community Governor

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    Gill Matthews – Community Governor

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    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.


    Financial Information

    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