A warm welcome to you from your school governors! The Local Governing Body plays an important part in the life of your school. The members of the governing body reflect a wide range of interests from local businesses and the community, staff members and, of course, parents.
The Governing Body is charged with many specific responsibilities and powers but has general responsibility for oversight of every aspect of the school and its activities. Formally, the Department for Education requires governors to:
As we are part of an Academy, the Watchfield Primary School Local Governing Body is accountable to the Faringdon Academy of Schools Board for ensuring that these statutory responsibilities are met. In carrying out its duties the governing body may lobby organisations or individuals on behalf of the school. It may also suggest or - in some circumstances - require that the affairs of the school are conducted in a certain way. We take a keen interest in school performance data but recognise that our school is unique and data is but one measure of a child's performance. One of our strengths is in the whole school experience at Watchfield where a child's mind, body and spirit benefits from the rich tapestry of cultures, nationalities and experiences that the children in our school bring. Consequently, the governing body has an important job to do in ensuring that the welfare of the school and its culture, values and ethos are maintained. In summary, the role of governors is one of both challenge and support in a constructive way. We are always open to feedback and ideas. If you would like to offer a suggestion, your governors can be contacted by email via:
Sarah Church (Community Governor)
Sarah has been a Watchfield Primary School parent for three years, and is joining the Board as a Community Governor in the autumn term 2015. After 13 years’ service in the Regular Army, Sarah is leaving to join the Reserve and is looking forward to having the time to commit to playing a part in the maintenance of the positive school ethos at Watchfield, as well as developing how the Board makes the most of the School's membership of the Faringdon Academy of Schools. Sarah’s military background covers a mix of technical and leadership roles, and she has also been a volunteer with the local Girl Guides for two years. Sarah has now settled in Shrivenham with her family and two of her three daughters continue to attend Watchfield School - the youngest will too as soon as she is old enough!
“Celebrating diversity alongside educational and personal achievements makes Watchfield my first recommendation to any new parent in the area. I hope as a Community Governor to support the Schools’ leadership to maintain this positive ethos and to continue to thrive during periods of change."
Julia Davies (Parent Governor)
Julia has travelled extensively throughout her life including spending her childhood overseas and early adulthood living and working in Germany then Egypt. She was therefore thrilled with the news that her oldest child got a place at Watchfield School with its rich variety of cultures and that her children could benefit from the diversity that she did. Her degree is in International Business and German and thereafter she worked for a number of multinational companies including Getty Images, London. After a year working in Egypt, she then returned to her old school town of Shrewsbury where she completed her Chartership in Marketing working in business development.
Julia hopes that her enthusiasm, desire to acknowledge strengths yet drive for continuous improvement and love of challenge will benefit the school.
Jennifer Roberts (Teaching Staff Governor)
Jen has been a governor since October 2013 and initially started her teaching career at Watchfield Primary School in 2010. Beginning at Watchfield as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), Jen has progressed her career and is now the Upper Key Stage Two Leader. Furthermore, Jen is on the Faringdon Academy PR and Community Governors board, working alongside volunteers to promote the work of the academy and its schools.
“I have a love for teaching and I aim to inspire and motivate those I teach. As a member of the governing body, my role is to continue to share this passion with all stakeholders and to support the school on its journey to outstanding.”
Gemma Rogan (Support Staff Governor)
Anda Fitzgerald-O'Connor (Community Governor)
Anda has been associated with Watchfield Primary School for a number of years; firstly in her capacity as a County Councillor for the Shrivenham Division for 16 years (1997/2013) and then as a Community Governor. Whilst on the County Council, Anda liaised with the school and Council in an endeavour to overcome the initial challenges faced by the school due to the intake and annual turnover of many non-English speaking pupils whose parents were at the Defence Academy (various challenges which still exist!). Anda is a trustee of a small charity based in Oxford to do with children’s play (Oxfordshire Play Association) and also helps to teach horse riding twice a week to pupils from a special school in Wantage. She has three adult sons and various grandchildren aged six months to six years.
Simone Wheatley (Community Governor)
Simone served for almost 10 years in the British Army and specialised in Security Management. She has continued to work as a security consultant and manager and now Works for Microsoft in Reading as the UK Security Controller. She is married to Matt and has two girls Connie and Harriet at Watchfield Primary School. They have recently settled in Watchfield after living in and around Oxfordshire since leaving the Forces.
‘I think that Watchfield Primary is a very special school where many children will gain something extra they might not find elsewhere. They will gain a first hand appreciation of many different races, religions and culture living and working together. There aren’t many schools that are as diverse and I look forward to helping the school and therefore our local children to work hard to secure their future’.
Matt Wheatley (Parent Governor)
Matt has been employed in the law enforcement field for the past 18 years, having served in the Royal Air Force Police, the Western Australia Police and currently the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. He and his family are fully settled in the local area and two of his three daughters attend Watchfield Primary School. In his spare time Matt is a keen runner and likes to partake in the occasional half marathon.
"Good quality primary education is fundamental to a child's successful development and, as a parent governor, I am proud to be able to have an opportunity to aid this process wherever possible."
Rev Stephen Hancock (Community Governor)
Georgina Wintle - (Associate Governor)
Georgina is the Deputy Headteacher at Watchfield and joined the Governing Body in September 2013 as an Associate Governor. From January 2014, she undertook the role of Acting Headteacher until September 2014, when she reverted back to Deputy and Associate Member. Georgina takes the lead role in the monitoring of Pupil Premium spending and impact not just for Watchfield, but for the Faringdon Academy of Schools as a whole. Georgina is a strong influencer and leader across the Academy and she also leads the Deputy and Senior Teacher Network. She is involved in developing the training for Academy Middle Leaders and delivered professional development opportunities for the Academy's Newly Qualified Teachers during the 2015-16 academic year. With over fifteen years primary teaching experience in several schools and significant leadership experience at varying levels, Georgina works closely with the Headteacher at Watchfield to ensure the best possible outcomes for children.
'I am proud to be a member of the Watchfield team and thoroughly enjoy being part of a unique and very special school. We are delighted with our achievements to date and are keen to build on these to ensure that Watchfield is recognised as the outstanding school which we believe it to be.'
Jamie Turnbull (Associate Governor).
Jamie is an associate governor as part of his role as Commanding Officer for Shrivenham Station.
Jack Simcox (Associate Governor)
Jack is an associate governor bringing his financial expertise to the LGB.
Anne-Marie Wright (Clerk to the Governing Body).
Anne-Marie joined us as Clerk in January 2017.