Meet the Governors

Contacting the governing body

 

The governing body is always happy to discuss its work with members of the school community and members of the board are often in and around school when informal contact can be made. Governors also attend major functions and parent’s evenings during the year when conversations about their work or issues of general interest can be discussed. Failing this the Chair of governor’s can be contacted in writing via the school address.

 

Issues or queries relating to the overall provision of education are professional matters for the headteacher and all queries should be referred to her for discussion and resolution. The headteacher makes herself readily available to discuss concerns with parents and governors feel sure that issues can be speedily resolved through this route. In the rare event that this approach is not able to resolve the issue satisfactorily the governing body has adopted a complaints procedure which can be found under the policies section of this website. The Chair of governors will only become involved in individual issues of concern as part of the due procedure set out in this policy.

The role of the Governing Body is to support the school in delivering the best education possible for the pupils.  Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school (that's Mrs Ellison’s job) but to monitor and evaluate the school's progress and ensure accountability.


The Governors attend termly meetings to review the school development plan and discuss the quality of learning being provided for your children.  Standards, teaching and learning, finance, health and safety and links with the community are also discussed.


 The Governors serve for a period of four years and represent a variety of groups from the local community.

During the school year 2020/21 the governing body agree to work as a full body for all meetings in order to ensure that all new governors have a full understanding of all aspects of the life of the school.  

The Governing Body 2021/22

Date Appointed:

Category of Governor:

Committee Membership

December 2018

Parent Governor

Kevin Mullis - Chair of Governors
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I am a former pupil of 'Whitnash Combined', and have a son who started in reception in September 2018. For the past 15 years I have worked in refrigeration engineering and I am currently Technical Manager in this area of a national service provider. My interest in science, technology and engineering began at primary school age and I am very happy to see this is so well supported at Whitnash Primary.

 

I remember the values and sense of community from my time in the school (long ago as it seems!), and I'm delighted that the same feeling is present now.   I believe a child's time at primary school is key to them taking the first steps in finding themselves and their place in society, and I'm grateful to have been given an opportunity to play some small part in this journey.

Kate Hurst

September 2018

Parent Governor

Standards & Performance/Resources

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I am a mum of two young children, and my eldest started Whitnash Primary in 2017. For the last three years, since having my youngest child, I have been running my own business as a marketing consultant, working part-time to fit in with my family.

 

I believe that every child should have the opportunity to get a good education to support their future in a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment. The positive attitude and friendly nature of Whitnash was one of the things that appealed to us as a family and I am excited to be able to support the school going forward.

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Date Appointed:

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December 2018

Co-opted Governor

Margarita Kaloghirou
Avril James Dip.RSA

February 2019

Co-opted Governor

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Hello My name is Avril James. I have just recently joined the governing body of Whitnash Primary School. I have been a resident of Leamington Spa for 30 years, I lived in Whitnash for seven of those years. I live reasonably local to the school on the Sydenham. I am self employed and have been for six years my business is offering Virtual Personal Assistant/secretarial support to small micro business and have a good background in business administration and bookkeeping. I was Chair of the Unit Management Committee of Leamington and Warwick Sea Cadets for five years and served as a uniformed instructor for approximately 10 years working with adults and children from 10 years of age.

 

I look forward to building a good working relationship with all the staff, governors, parents and children at Whitnash Primary School. My main priority at this time, is to get to know the school and its challenges. To ensure that the educational needs of our young people are provided.

Jeanette Livings

September 2019

Co-opted Governor

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Gareth Bunn

September 2020

Co-opted Governor

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Gareth is a Learning Manager with seven years-experience in the third sector. Based in Coventry and Warwickshire, Gareth leads a team of educational specialists at Crisis UK. Gareth’s teams’ primary focus is to provide opportunity for homeless people to access education and skills which have previously seemed out of reach. This largely involves taking a person centred approach to individuals needs offering a holistic service which provides a foundation for personal change and development.

Before joining Crisis in 2013, Gareth completed his PGCE at Warwick University and worked at a school for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This experienced encouraged Gareth to join the third sector to use his experience of developing innovative pedagogy and accessible education to benefit adult learners who have had difficulties engaging with the education system.

 

Gareth has more recently used his background in Education and the Homelessness sector to work as a Trustee initially for YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire before taking a position on the board for the newly formed YMCA Heart of England.

Staff Governors
Donna Ellison - Headteacher

Date Appointed:

Category of Governor:

Committee Membership

January 2016

Headteacher

Standards & Performance/Resources

I joined Whitnash Primary School in January 2016. Previously I was the Deputy Head at a large two-form entry school in Coventry, where I led on inclusion and curriculum development across the school.  The school has made rapid gains since January and I am delighted to be working with a dedicated and  professional team of governors and staff.  In partnership with parents, we are committed to ensuring Whitnash Primary provides the best educational experience for our children.

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Laura Simmons

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September 2017

Staff Governor

Standards and Performance/Resources

Clerk to the Governors
Stephanie Bell

I joined Whitnash governors as a clerk in September 2018, after attending a meeting as a supply clerk and really enjoyed it.

 

I am also clerk to governors for four primary schools in Stratford-upon-Avon.  In the daytime I am a Teaching Assistant at a Primary School in Years 5 and 6. I am looking forward to working with such a dedicated and determined Governing Body.