Welcome from our Chair of Governors
Welcome to Walberton & Binsted CE Primary School, our beautiful, well-equipped village school set in wonderful grounds. I have been Chair of Governors since October 2014, having previously been Co-Chair with Diana Levantine.
I am so pleased that at Walberton our Christian ethos encourages kind, thoughtful, responsible behaviour and provides a supportive community where everyone’s contribution is valued. The wonderful warmth that permeates the entire school from happy and polite children never ceases to lift my heart, no matter how many times I visit the school! I know that the entire team at our school understand the importance of every day in each child’s life, and we believe that all our children have the right to the best possible learning experiences during their time with us.
The day-to-day running of our school and the co-ordination of the planning and development is the responsibility of our Headteacher, Mrs Brockhurst, supported by the leadership team. The delivery of the curriculum is the responsibility of our teachers, supported by teaching assistants.
To monitor the effectiveness of our school we, as a governing body, ask questions, review the impact of policies and practice, and assess the progress being made against plans and targets. It is of a great help in these tasks that we are fortunate enough to have a well-informed and dedicated governing body with governors who take a genuine and active interest in all aspects of school life. Our governors come from all walks of life and therefore bring a diverse mixture of skills and experience which really helps us to not only support our Headteacher and her staff but also to challenge them.
Chair of Governors
What do our governors do?
Our governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a high quality education for every one of our pupils. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, we set the school’s aims and policies.
Key roles of governors:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
Meet our Governors
I have been a Governor at Walberton for 10 years and Chair of Governors for 5 years. My own daughter spent 7 very happy years here, and if she were 4 years old again I would, without hesitation, choose Walberton again for her.
I am particularly interested in providing a varied and vibrant curriculum and have a strong interest in the Arts, as I believe the Arts play a vital (but often underestimated) role in our children’s education. I especially love dance and am involved in running the school’s Dance Club, and actively promote as many theatre experiences for our pupils as possible.
For most of my working life I have run my own businesses and so am used to having to turn my hand to anything and everything, the phrase ‘Chief Cook and Bottle Washer’ comes to mind! So I feel exceptionally fortunate to have a team of very dedicated Governors who bring a wealth of experience, from a wide range of backgrounds, to the Governing Body. Although being a Governor can be challenging, working together with such a strong team also makes it immensely rewarding.
This is my second appointment as a school governor at Walberton and Binsted CE School; the first serving as a community governor under Pat Fuller and Mo Shilliday’s leadership; I am now a foundation governor put forward by St Mary’s Church PCC and approved by the diocese and I am also the chair of the curriculum committee.
I have always been interested in science and have had a varied science-based career working in a hospital haematology and blood transfusion department, as a researcher in a plant virology and in a plant molecular biology research laboratory before training as a secondary level science teacher. I now work as a home tutor teaching science and maths which is both varied and rewarding.
For many years I have helped to lead St Mary’s Church youth group (YPTIF) and I attend St Mary’s Walberton and more recently St Mary’s Binsted regularly. I am a member, chaperone and wardrobe mistress for Walberton Players and, when time allows, my hobbies are cooking, sewing, and gardening.
Both my 3 foster children and my own daughter have attended Walberton and Binsted CE School and I feel very blessed to have been able to support the school, as a school governor.
I am a vicar of Walberton at St Mary’s Church. I was a parent at the school for nine years. Before being a vicar I taught History at secondary level and now I like to teach about the local History of the Battle of Britain to year 6. I have been a governor of 5 schools and involved in schools’ ministry continuously for 27 years including assemblies and after school clubs. Until recently I was vice chair of an Academy Trust. I am also a sixth form chaplain at Bishop Luffa school.
My wife and I have lived in Walberton for nearly 30 years and I retired from a career in aviation 10 years ago. I am a regular churchgoer and play the guitar in the church music group. Our vicar, Tim Ward, asked me if I would like to become a foundation governor at the school in 2011 and it has been a real privilege to be a part of the school governance team ever since. Our own children all enjoyed their primary education at Walberton and we have always been impressed by the caring environment at the school which nurtures and encourages the children. As a foundation governor I particularly care about the Christian ethos of the school, whilst still being concerned with good educational results. I also have responsibility for all the data which is available from the school and from external websites and attend progress meetings with staff at school so that I can present an accurate picture of the school’s academic standards to the governing body.
I have two children at the school. Both children have thoroughly enjoyed their journey through the school so far and I have no doubt will continue to do so. I am very lucky to be able have flexible working hours which has allowed me to help out in the children’s classes, go on school trips and assist at PTA events.
My husband and I run an organic sheep, beef and arable farm in Slindon which keeps us fairly busy. I am also a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and after a few years in practice, I worked as a veterinary advisor for 12 years. Currently, I carry out a bit of consultancy work but most of time is now spent on the farm.
I became a Governor so that I could understand more about my children’s education and the school in general as well as enabling me to positively contribute towards the running of the school. It has been, and continues to be, a real privilege to work with such a great team of governors and teaching staff who make this school the happy, safe educational hub it is!
I became the teacher governor voted for by the staff of Walberton, in September 2018. I have been a teacher governor before in Hampshire.
The governors of this school do an amazing job and I feel privileged to part of this amazing team.
My class believe me to be:fun, silly, firm and brilliant at ICT!
This school is a place where I love working; it has a family feel to it where we all care for each other. I feel that once you are a part of Walberton you are always a part of Walberton (Mrs Shilliday, a previous head, always said this about the school too).
I joined as Clerk for the Governing Body in March 2019. This is my first role as a Clerk so I am learning as I go, but really enjoying working as part of the team. I have 3 children (2 currently attend Primary School in Felpham, and the other attends Secondary School in Barnham). In my spare time I enjoy walking our dogs along the beach, and playing netball.
Please click here for more detailed information about Governors, their term of office, attendance at Governor meetings during 2018 -2019.