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The Governing Body

Governors that have stood down in the last 12 months

Welcome to our Governors' section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

Who are Governors?

 

…Governors are people like you!

 

School governors are people with a common belief that children should receive the best possible standard of education. School governors do not need to be parents, know about education or be particular types of people. It is in fact critical that volunteers represent all age groups and the diversity of the communities in which the schools are situated.

 

If you want to help children achieve the best possible education, please consider becoming a school governor. If you have any of the following skills these will also add value:

  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Working
  • Marketing
  • Health and Safety
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Project Management
  • Communications
  • HR
  • Legal Knowledge
  • Art and Design
  • Science and technology
  • Engineering

 

Woolaston School Governors

 

Richard Heys - Chairs of  Governors

Date of appointment - April 2018

Term of office ends - April 2022

Governor type - Co-opted

Business or financial interests - none

I am Julia Hey's father and have experience as a school governor, as a parent governor and chair of governor at my daughters' previous school in Surbiton, Surrey, where we successfully achieved a "Good" rating at the schools' first inspection, where the governing body received a positive assessment from Ofsted.

 

I am a professional economist with seventeen years experience in undertaking analytical work from varying government departments, and in the private sector, including the Department for Education and Skills where I  had responsibility for evaluating varied school and children's services policies - such as Excellence in Cities and Sure Start, alongside allocating budgets for Sure Start and childcare to local authorities.

 

In my role as Deputy Chief Economist at the Office for National Statistics, I have responsibility for productivity statistics and economic statistics research. I am a member of the Government Economic Service Board, the Government Statistical Service,  the Government Statistical Service Methods Advisory Committee, and the UK's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Balancing Panel, with responsibility for setting monthly and quarterly estimates of the UK's GDP. I am a member of the Royal Economic Society.

 

I have recently taken on a role as a Parish Councillor In Alvington

 

 Ashley Rees - Clerk to the Governors

 

 

Sophie Jones - Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment - May 2017

Term of office ends - May 2021

Governor Type - Co-opted

Business or financial interests - None

I am Co Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Education Committee.  I also serve as the governor representative at meetings to assess the school's progress, alongside the Executive Headteacher and a Local Authority advisor.  I have been a co-opted Governor at Woolaston since 2017 and was previously a parent governor at a large primary school in Bristol.  Both my children attended Woolaston in Key Stage 2 and are now at Wyedean in Years 7 & 9.  In my professional life, I work as a freelance editor for a variety of organisations, including an educational charity that supports creative writing in schools.  I am particularly interested in the teaching of reading as a gateway to both academic success and life-long enjoyment.  I am also keen to see the development of a broad, outward-looking curriculum at Woolaston that gives pupils the skills, knowledge, empathy and opportunity to thrive in the wider world.

 

 

Christine Hugill - Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment - July 2019

Term of office ends - July 2023

Governor type - Co-opted

Business or financial interests - none

 

My family moved to Woolaston 32 years ago, our younger daughter attended Woolaston from Year 5 until she joined her older sister at Wyedean school.

I worked as an office administrator in a local primary school for 22 years   I am a freelance clerk for a number of schools across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire for their admissions appeals, I also sit on appeals panels for a number of primary and secondary schools countywide and for the Local Authority.

Since retiring from employment, I continue my freelance work but I now have a little more time to give something back to our community in Woolaston.   I hope my knowledge of education and its systems can be put to use supporting the village school.

 

Glyn Jones

Date of appointment - July 2019

Term of office ends - July 2023

Governor type - Co-opted

Business or financial interests - none

 

I moved to High Woolaston in 2009 and currently work part time on my agricultural small holding. My working life started in the construction industry and in 1982 I had the opportunity to gain employment as a construction lecturer at the Pontypool College of Further Education. My career developed during my time in Further Education and I held the post of Head of Section, Faculty Manager for Art and Design, Construction and Engineering and eventually, Assistant General Manager for Campus Operations. This final role involved Health & Safety Management, staff recruitment and the general everyday management of campus facilities.

 

I was a former Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and performed the role of external verifier for their educational programmes and also sat as a panel member on professional interviews where potential candidates were seeking to gain chartered membership status.

 

My main aim is to use my knowledge and experience to give staff and pupils the physical facilities and resources that create a safe and creative learning environment.

 

 

Lisa Wilkinson

Date of appointment - April 2020

Term of office ends - April 2024

Governor Type - Co-opted

Business or financial interests - None

 

I grew up in Chepstow and, after moving away for university and work, have lived in Woolaston for 7 years.  I live with my husband and our two children and my son attends Woolaston Primary School.  This was the primary reason I wanted to become a governor at the school.

 

I have only very recently joined the board of governors and this is my first governance role.  However, I have been a lawyer (solicitor) for 17 years and hope that some of my professional experience may give a different and useful perspective to the board.

 

 

Hazel Beeton

Date of appointment - July 2020

Term of office ends - June 2024

Governor Type - Elected Parent

Business or financial interests - None

 

I have joined the governors at Woolaston Primary School because I have two small children starting their education here.  My two boys are three and six years old and we moved here from Chepstow five years ago when we bought a cottage on a farm.  We have chickens, rabbits and a dog and love being outdoors.

 

I have a degree in environmental science from the University of Birmingham and my background is in Finance.  I am an ACA qualified accountant and worked for a multinational energy company in their renewable energy division.  Since having the boys I have been self employed, for three years as an OFSTED registered childminder and more recently am enjoying a new role as a bookkeeper for local businesses.

 

I have never been a governor before, I have taken part in a lot of volunteering for conservation adn been lucky enough to travel around the world with this.  I love all things wild life and outdoors.  I hope my enthusiasm and finance experience will be useful in my role as a governor.

 

 

Date of Appointment – Dec 2020

Term of Office Ends – Dec 2021

Governor Type – LA Appointed

Business or Financial Interests – None

 

I am a professional engineer with nearly 30 years' experience, including 24 years as an Officer in the Royal Navy. Presently, I spend my time as ‘Director of Household Operations’, running my two boys between sports clubs and activities, catering for the family and ensuring our dog, Dotty, is sufficiently exhausted to leave my wife alone whilst she is working from home. To keep myself busy I occasionally teach bushcraft and wilderness living skills to interested folk, help maintain a local woodland and keep fit at a local gym. I was previously a governor at Tutshill C of E Primary School between 2011 and 2015. This included a year as vice-chair and a year as chair. I also chaired the finance committee, lead the development of a strategic framework for governance and was the link governor for monitoring academic data. I hope to use my professional and school governance experience to help the Woolaston Primary School community learn, achieve and celebrate together

 

Fran Cinderey

Date of Appointment – Dec 2020

Term of Office Ends – Dec 2021

Governor Type – LA Appointed

Business or Financial Interests – None

Committee Structure and Governor Terms of Reference

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