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School Governors

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All governor terms are for a period of 4 years apart from the Headteacher and Vicar which are ex-officio posts.

The Governors do not hold positions in any other schools.

High Wych Code of Practice for Governors (562KB)

Name

Category/Body/

AppointedBy

Committees Term of Office

Mr Alan Ashworth

 

LA (Herts)

 

Finance, Premises

 

Appointed 16/10/14,

22/04/16, 21/04/20

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - None

I have served terms as both Parent and LA governor. I currently sit on the Curriculum, Finance and Premises committee and am responsible for monitoring the School's provision and implementation of Special Educational Needs (SEND) throughout the school. I spent 23 years in the legal profession before retiring on health grounds, and for the past six or so years my wife and I have been fostering full time for HCC. I am not related to any current school staff or pupils but my wife worked at the school for many years as a TA. Our two boys attended High Wych school, now aged 23 and working repairing and maintaining hydraulic lifts, and the other aged 20, currently reading Biology at Portsmouth University.

Mr Mark Brocklehurst

 

 

Parent Governor

 

Associate Governor, DPO

Curriculum (Clerk)

 

 

Appointed 06/17

Retired 06/21

Appointed 30/03/22

Mark Brocklehurst is an associate governor so can be contacted for a GDPR meeting.

Mrs Wendy Carter

 

Foundation - Ex Officio Vicar

Personnel (Clerk)

 

Appointed 01/01/18

Retired 01/02/2020

Mr Jim Jones

 

Associate

 

Premises

 

Appointed 05/19

Resigned 06/09/20

Mr Matthew Littlewood

 

Parent Governor

 

Finance (Chair), Premises (Chair), Safeguarding

Appointed 06/17

Reappointed 22/06/21

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - None

I am a Parent governor and have 3 children at the school, in different year groups. My background is in finance and consulting; I have 20 years experience of advising investors and companies as an investment banker; also as a business mentor for the government backed Start-Up Direct programme, and have served as both an executive and non-executive director of various companies in the consumer and services sectors. I grew up in a family of teachers in a rural community, and believe strongly in supporting the school in achieving the very best for all of our children, and in the right way.

Catherine McHugh

Parent Governor

Premises

Appointed 22/06/21

Relevant business and pecuniary interests
I am a Parent Governor with two children currently at the school, one of which is in Reception and one in Nursery. Prior to having children I worked as a secondary school teacher both in England and abroad, teaching children from aged 3-18, giving me a broad understanding of the education system, policies and several styles of teaching and learning. I am extremely passionate about the welfare and education of all children and prior to having my second child I had only ever worked with children in a variety of educational settings. I am looking forward to being able to use my qualifications and experience to help support the school as part of the governing body.

Mrs Michelle Moulsher

Staff Governor

Premises Appointed 04/18
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - None

I have been Deputy Head since April 2018 and have worked in several primary schools across Essex. I currently sit on the premises committee.

Mrs Cathryn Sharples

(Chair)

Foundation (Diocese)

Safeguarding, Deputy DPO

Curriculum, Finance (Clerk), Personnel, Premises (Clerk)

Appointed 27/09/17

Reappointed 27/09/21

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - None

I am currently the Chair of Governors and sit on the Finance, Personnel, Curriculum and Premises committees. I am a 'Foundation Governor' due to my association with St James Church. I work for Hertfordshire County Council and manage a supported housing and short breaks scheme which provides accommodation for adults with learning disabilities. My daughter is a former pupil of the school from Nursery age and because of this I became involved as a school governor.

Mr Neil Smith

(Vice Chair)

Foundation (PCC)

 

Curriculum (Chair), Personnel (Chair)

Appointed 28/09/14,

27/09/18, 16/10/18

Reappointed 27/09/21

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - None

I am a Foundation Governor, although I was previously a parent governor while my children attended High Wych School. My professional background is in the pharmaceutical industry; however I now work in the charitable sector. I sit on both Curriculum and Personnel committees and am currently the Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I am not related to any member of staff at High Wych School.

Mrs Mandy West

Headteacher

Curriculum, Finance, Personnel

Appointed 01/01/01

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - None

I have been Headteacher since September 2003 and was previously the Deputy Head here at High Wych from January 2001. I sit on three committees.


Subject

Staff

Governor

CLA/Inclusion/SEN

Miss J Ling

Mr A Ashworth

English

Mrs J Monk

Mr N Smith

FS EY

Mrs J Monk

Mrs C Sharples

Mathematics

Mrs A Saggers

Mr A Ashworth

PP Children/ Safeguarding

Mrs M West

Mrs C Sharples, Mr M Littlewood

Sports and PE premium Mrs M West Mrs C Sharples

DPO

Deputy DPO

 

Mrs C Sharples

Mr N Smith


School Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in providing the best possible education for our pupils. By law the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

Their three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The minutes of the Governors’ meetings are available in the school office for viewing.

Meeting Dates

Full Governing Body Meetings

 

Autumn1

Autumn2

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

 

14.09.21

21.10.21

02.12.21

03.02.22

24.03.22

14.05.22

14.07.22

Mr A Ashworth

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mr M Brocklehurst

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mr M Littlewood

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

Mrs M Moulsher

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs C McHugh

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs C Sharples

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mr N Smith

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs M West

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Curriculum Committee Meetings

 

Autumn1

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

 

14.10.21

27.01.22

CANCELLED

21.04.22

07.07.22

Mr A Ashworth

Yes

Yes

 

No

 

Mrs C Sharples

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

 

Mr N Smith

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

 

Mrs M West

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

Finance Committee Meetings

 

Autumn1

Autumn2

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

 

01.10.21

23.11.21

16.12.21

27.01.22

03.03.22

06.05.22

TBA

Mr A Ashworth

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mr M Littlewood

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

Mrs C Sharples

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs M West

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

Personnel Committee Meetings

 

Autumn1

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

 

14.10.21

27.01.22

01.03.22

07.03.22

17.03.22

21.04.22

07.07.22

Mr A Ashworth

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs C Sharples

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mr N Smith

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs M West

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Premises Committee Meetings

 

Autumn1

Autumn2

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

 

12.10.21

29.11.21

26.01.22

22.02.22

29.03.22

10.05.22

20.06.22

Mr A Ashworth

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mr M Littlewood

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs C McHugh

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs M Moulsher

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Mrs C Sharples

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes