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.
The Governing Body 2016/17
My name is Lorrie Cooper. I joined the governing body of Whitnash Primary School in May 2016 and in September was elected Chair of Governors. I have a background in primary education having been a headteacher at two schools in the South East of England before moving into the Warwickshire Local Authority School Improvement Service where I worked for 18 years. I have previously supported two schools as chair of their governance boards and so am very aware of the pleasures and challenges that school governance brings.
I have two children at Whitnash Primary School, one in Year 3 and one in Year 1. I love the ethos of Whitnash Primary School, particularly the focus on the whole child. At the moment I am studying counselling whilst working part-time at a secondary alternative provision education centre. I am passionate about supporting the school in its aim to help all children to reach their potential in my role as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Governor.
I am a co-opted governor at Whitnash Primary School. I have previously served as a Chair of Governors and an additional governor in the primary sector. In my day job I work in Projects & Public Affairs for The Patients Association, a national health and social care charity. I have served as a Political Adviser at Northamptonshire County Council for three years. I read English and Journalism at the University of Northampton.
I have worked in the education sector for the past 12 years, teaching post compulsory (16-19). I also work for Warwickshire Governor Services, training school governors across the county, undertaking governance reviews and supporting school leaders as required.
I am acutely aware of the impact that strategic decisions made by school leaders has directly in the classroom and am keen to ensure that every child has the best opportunity to flourish and achieve in our schools. I have 12 years previous governor experience (chair, vice chair, performance and standards).
I have been working in Warwick since September 2015 when I joined National Grid, prior to this I have worked for other multinational companies and my main experiences lie within Finance. In my day-to-day job I am involved with financial reporting on multi-million pound projects, ensuring that we meet our budget and forecast expectations, and help the business make key business and financial decisions.
I hope that my financial and commercial expertise will bring an impartial viewpoint to the Governing Body at Whitnash Primary School in making key decisions for the school’s future.
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.
I have been a teacher for over 10 years and am currently in my fourth year of teaching at Whitnash Primary School. In that time I have seen a great many changes, and all for the better! I consider myself to be part of a forward looking and dynamic staff who are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our care and beyond.
As both a teacher and a governor, I provide a link between the governing body and all of the staff at the school. Along with the head teacher, I am able to communicate on the day-to-day life of the school, from a teacher’s point of view, as well as advise on curriculum and school provision. I consider this to be a vital role in maintaining a positive atmosphere around helping the school to in moving forward.
I am the Site Manager of Whitnash Primary School and have held this position for four years, this is a role I have had for 30 plus years. My responsibility is general maintenance of the school site and the health and safety of Whitnash Primary School.
I am delighted to be leading our very committed team of governors and look forward to developing our working relationship with the staff, children, parents and the wider Whitnash community. My main priority is to ensure that the governing body provides the highest quality support and challenge to the school so that together we ensure that every child has access to an excellent primary education.
Ben Wesson - Chair of Resources
I have experience of working at other charities as a non-executive director. I have also set up international volunteering projects in Kenya and I am currently overseeing a school building programme in Malawi.
I am the Vice President of the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs. My other interests include learning languages (I am currently studying German with the Open University), travel and current affairs.
My main reasons for becoming a Governor was to play a more active role in the community that I work in. I also want to ensure that our future professionals receive the best experiences at Primary School to help them achieve their full potential every year so they go forward into future education with a good foundation of knowledge, self-confidence and respect for others.
I look forward to working with School and seeing Whitnash Primary School grow from strength to strength.
Donna Ellison - Headteacher
In November 2016 I was delighted to be invited to join the Board of Governors and the very special community that is Whitnash Primary School.
I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a former Personnel Director. My experience in local government and higher education has taught me that valuing and maximising the contribution of people is key to the success of all organisations. Everyone of us can and should learn new things and try and improve our knowledge, and if we work well together we will thrive together.
I strongly support the declared ambition of the School to learn, grow and succeed together, and will do whatever I can to contribute in our desire to create a fulfilling, safe and happy place for all our pupils, their families, supporters and carers, staff and governors.