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Governing Body - Who's who?

Sally Furniss - Chairman & LA Governor

I have served as a Governor here for over twenty years. My own boys were educated here right through from Reception to sixth form at the Community School.

Areas of responsibility

I am currently serving as Chair of the Governing Body, and am part of the Management Committee. As Chair I need to have a good overview of all aspects of school life, though.

Other Information

Recently retired from my career as a dietitian working in the NHS, I now have more time to devote to this lovely school, and to grandchildren, gardening, running and looking after our many animals. I also work part time for Thatchers, leading tours around the cider mill!

Why am I a Governor ? Because I want all of our children to have the best possible education that we can provide here at Churchill Primary.

 

 

 

Lorraine Woollven – Headteacher

As Headteacher it is important to play a full role on the governing body. As a Headteacher governor I believe I am able to offer an insight into the activities of the school, an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. Working in partnership with other governors we are able to determine the strategic development of the school.

 

Jackie Bush - Community Governor

I have been on the governing body since 2001. As well as having 5 children of my own, I have been a foster carer for 28 years and am involved with the training of new carers and am the current chair of the North Somerset Foster Carers association.

Areas of Responsibility

I am a member of the Curriculum committee and have a special responsibility for special educational needs (SEN) and am the named governor for safeguarding and child protection.

Other information

Having grown up in the village and attended the local schools I have a keen interest in village life. I joined the Parish council in 1997 and am currently the Chair. I also sit on the North Somerset Independent Advisory Group (IAG) for Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Although my various roles demand energy and commitment they also allow me to play an active and rewarding role in the community.

Martin Fletcher - Foundation Governor

My children all started their education at Churchill Primary. I was closely involved in establishing the original Kids Club to provide before and after school care. I play an active role in the community and with the local churches.

Areas of responsibility

I am a member of the Facilities committee and have served as Chair of this committee previously. I have supported and advised the school with many construction and development projects during my time as a Governor.

Claire Hosgood - Staff Governor

I am Claire Hosgood. I am the  staff representative on the Governing body.

Areas of Responsibility

I have been in post for 9 years and during this time I have on the Facilities Committees, ensuring the smooth and safe running of the school environment. My current role is to oversee the Health and Safety issues within school. I work as an LSA within school and I also carry out speech and language work with children who have been assessed by the Speech and Language therapy dept.

I have 2 children both of whom went through Churchill Primary.

Tracey Jones - LEA Governor

I have been a governor since my eldest daughter started school. I have four daughters who have all attended Churchill Primary School.

Areas of responsibility           

I am Chair of the Personnel committee, which allows me to draw on my experience in human resources.

Other Information

I am a primary school teacher working in local schools.

Wendy Humm - Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair 

I was appointed as a governor in 2014 and have been involved with the school for over 20 years as a parent, teacher, grandparent and now governor.

I am a retired primary school teacher and remain active with various local groups and organisations, including the church, Riding for the disabled and previously with the National Autistic Society.

Areas of Responsibility

I am currently one of two Vice-Chairs. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and as a Foundation Governor I am also a member of the Ethos Team.

 

 

 

Sian Fox - Parent Elected Governor

We moved to Churchill in July 2015, returning to North Somerset after 10 years away.  I have a daughter in Year one and a son at Churchill Pre-School.  I am a teacher currently working in another North Somerset School.  I specialised in Early Years and have taught Reception classes for most of my teaching career, which I thoroughly enjoy and am very passionate about. 

In my spare time I am enjoying learning about our garden and I have just signed up for my first sprint triathlon and I am enjoying training for that. 

With our children at the very beginning of their school journey and my passion for the Early Years I feel it is a great time to become actively involved in school life.  I became a parent governor in January 2016 and I am on the Personnel Committee. 

Andrew Henner – Co-Opted Governor

I joined the governing body at the beginning of 2016 and have lived with my wife and daughter in Langford since 2014. I am a solicitor and work in Bristol for a national legal practice dealing with a wide range of civil litigation. I offered my services as a co-opted governor after attending a public meeting at the school, and hope to bring my legal skills to the role. It’s also a great opportunity to get involved in the local community and do something positive to support the children and staff. 

 

My spare time is spent with my family, usually walking the Mendips or visiting one of our favourite National Trust properties. I also have a keen interest in aviation, having obtained my pilot’s licence back in 2010.

 

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Nikki Tams – Parent Elected Governor

I joined the governing body in December 2016, due to a desire to be more involved in the school community. I recall my Mum being a governor whilst I was growing up, and how I loved that she knew so many of my friends and teachers, so I wanted to do the same for my children. It is a really interesting role, and I am pleased to be able to give something back to a school that is really supportive and inclusive. I am on the personnel committee.

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Margaret Morris, Foundation Governor.

I joined the governing body in November 2016. I am married with three children and six grandchildren, two of whom have been pupils at Churchill Primary school. I am now retired but I was a primary school teacher for twenty- three years.

Area of Responsibility.

I am a member of the curriculum committee and the ethos committee, which is the link between the school and the local churches of St Mary’s and St John’s.

Other Information.

I have lived in the village for twenty-two years and have been a member of St Mary’s church in Langford for all that time. I am part of the team which presents the “Open the Book” service in school every Monday.

Amongst my other interests are walking, the U3A and Wrington Drama club.

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Wendy Farrier, Co-Opted Governor.

I have worked in Education as a School Business Manager since 1991 and have seen many changes in the education system during that time. I was a governor for 4 years in Kent before I relocated with my family to North Somerset when I took up a role at a local secondary school and settled in Churchill.

In 2016 I decided to offer myself as a governor having seen a request in the parish magazine. I was co-opted onto the board and am now vice-chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.

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Tanya Shirt, Parent Governor

 

I’ve lived in Langford since 2006 and have 2 children at Churchill. I wanted to become a Governor as I wanted to actively participate in school life. With my background in local government I believe I am well placed in supporting the school and the journey it is on. I only became a Governor in November 2017 and I am really excited at the opportunity that this role brings.

 

Areas of Responsibility

I’m a member of the Personnel committee.

 

Other Information

When I’m not working, I love spending time in the great outdoors either gardening or taking the children on big walks on the Mendips.

Sarah Brown, Parent Governor

I have lived in Churchill since 2006 and have two sons who are now in year 8 at Churchill Academy and year 5 at Churchill Primary.  I have been actively involved in the community since we moved here, initially on the committee of Churchill pre school and then with the primary school PTA and various working parties, prior to becoming a parent governor in November 2017 - serving on the Curriculum committee.

I bring a variety of skills from my previous career as a management consultant.  However, my passion now, especially with two sporty boys, is the importance of physical activity being part of every day life starting from a young age.  I have recently retrained as a soft tissue therapist and my work ties in well with the various activities that we do as a family.  We have been volunteers with Winscombe RFC since my eldest son started playing rugby in 2010 and we are all keen cyclists.