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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!

The vision of the governing body of Mere School is that the school is:
  • a place where pupils are safe and they feel safe and where they are respected – emotionally, intellectually and physically.
  • a place where learning is the main purpose of all activity.  Each pupil’s learning is supported and guided and pupils are encouraged to take a positive role in guiding their own learning.  Parents are, likewise encouraged to take an active role in their children’s learning.
  • a place where pupils’ achievements both small and large are acknowledged.  In the same way, pupils’ endeavour is celebrated. The highest standards of educational achievement are the goal for each and every pupil.
  • a place of opportunity for a wide variety of children where respect for one another is paramount.
  • a place where the opinions of pupils, parents, staff, governors and the local community are sought and contribute to the further development of the school.

 

Governors

Rachael Hansford

  • Community Governor elected in September 2013 serving until 10.09.21

  • Curriculum responsibility for Child Protection and Disability Access/SEN and a member of the Behaviour and Safety Committee

  • She has no business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a governor at any other school

  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governor’s meetings was 83%, at Behaviour and Safety committee meeting was 75% and at finance committee meetings was 100%.

 

David Rich

  • Co-opted Governor as of 21st June 2016., serving until June  2019

  • Teacher of Year 4 at Mere School.

  • Subject leader of English and Computing.

  • Member of the Finance Committee.

  • Attended Duchy Manor Middle School as a child.

  • Has strong links with the community.

  • Is also member of the Mere Town Youth Football Committee.

  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governor’s meetings was 86% and at Finance meetings was 75%

 

Apart from spending three years at university in Bath, I have lived in Mere since I was a child and have always loved living in the town.  I find the people to be warm, friendly and welcoming and I have strong links with the community in which I am proud to live and work.

I trained to be a teacher at Mere School between the years of 2007 and 2008, and then spent six years at Walwayne Court School in Trowbridge, where I taught in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, led English and PSHE and worked my way up to be a part of the Senior Leadership Team during my time there.

In 2014 I moved to Mere School and taught in Year 2 to cover Mrs Edgar's maternity leave. In January 2016 I was thrilled to be offered a full time teaching post in Year 4, along with curriculum responsibility in English and Computing. My children attend Mere School and I am wholly committed to continuing the excellent practice that I see every day at the school. I am passionate about English and Computing and am excited to be part of such a thriving school.

 

Clive Hazzard

  • Authority Governor elected in 2014  serving until 31.08.18

  • Curriculum responsibility for Geography and Maths.

  • He has no business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a governor at any other school

  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governor’s meetings was 43%.

 

Tony Rankin

 

  • Community Governor, elected in September 2015 and serving until 22.09.19.

  • Chair of the Curriculum committee and the Performance Management committee.

  • He has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school

  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governor’s meetings was 86% and at curriculum meetings was 100%

 

I bring 40 years experience of teaching and school management having been a teacher, and for twenty years a head teacher of a large Junior School in West Yorkshire from which I retired in 2000. I recently attended a Governor training course for Headteacher Performance Management.

I hope to draw upon my professional experience to contribute towards the continuing success of Mere School.

 

Carolanne Barry

  • Co-opted Governor elected in September 2016 serving until September 2020
  • Chair of Behaviour & Safety (Premises) committee.
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full Governors meetings was 86% and at  Buildings and Safety meetings was 100%.

 

I have lived in Mere for 12 years. I have 3 children, 2 currently attending Mere School, where I also work as the year 3 Teaching Assistant. I am the Co-opted Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.

 

Lee Tibbit

  • Parent Governor, elected in October 2016 and serving until October 2020
  •  Chair of the Finance Committee
  • He has no business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full Governors meetings was 72%, and having changed committees,  at  Curriculum meetings was 20%, and Finance committee meeting was 40%.

 

I currently live close to Mere and have 2 young children who attend Mere School and another who will start in the next couple of years.  We recently relocated to the area and I have been so impressed with Mere School that it was an easy decision when asked if I would become a School Governor.  In my professional life I work in a commercial role managing a sales team for a major food manufacturer and I hope that my experience will help to contribute to the continued success of Mere School for generations to come!

 

  Paula Loxton

  • Staff Governor (Deputy Head) serving until 26.01.20

  • Member of the Curriculum committee.

  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school

  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at curriculum committee meetings was 100%

 

Pat Manning

  • Parent Governor, elected in June 2016 serving until June 2021.
  • Member of the Finance Committee.
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governors meetings was 72% and finance committee meetings was 80%.

 

 

Jim Ashlin

  • Parent Governor  elected in  June 2017 and serving until June 2021
  • Vice - Chair of the Full Governing Body
  • Member of the Curriculum committee
  • He has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governors meetings was 86% and curriculum committee meetings was 100% 

 

I currently have 2 children at the school and bring skills in teaching, management and leadership to the Board .of Governors 

 

Ewen Ross

  • Parent Governor elected in October 2017 and serving until October 2021
  • Member of the Buildings and Safety (Premises) Committee
  • He has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governors meetings was 57% and Behaviour and safety committee meetings was 25% 

 

I have lived in Mere for 4 years and currently have 2 children in the school.  I work in the Fire Service and bring safety skills to the Board of Governors for the benefit of the school.

 

Carolyn Godfrey

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in January 2018 and serving until January 2022
  • Is Chairman of the Full Governing Board of Governors
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee  and Performance Management Committee
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2017/2018; at full governors meetings was 43% and curriculum committee meetings was 100% 

 

Julia Cole

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in September 2018, serving until September 2022
  • Member of the Finance Committee and Performance Management Committee
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.

 

Jenny Ritter

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in September 2018, serving until September 2022
  • Member of the Behaviour and Safety Committee
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.

 

 

Edwin Ralph 

  • Parent Governor appointed in September 2018, serving until September 2022
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee
  • He has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.

I have lived in Mere since I was 6 years old and attended Mere First School and Duchy Manor Middle School.  I have 4 children, 3 of which have attended the school  and my youngest will start in September 2019. I am a self-employed driving instructor  and bring over 20 years  teaching experience in geography, sports, religion and driving skills. Since 2015 I have run sports clubs at mere School and have accompanied children to tournaments. I have also accompanied staff and children on school trips.

 

Catriona Williamson – Headteacher.

As Headteacher Mrs Williamson has a permanent place on the Governing body

  • A member of Finance Committee and Behaviour and Safety Committee.

  • Appointed in June 2017.
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2017/2018 at full governor’s meetings,  curriculum and B&S committee meetings was 100%.

 


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Ann Dethick

 

I have lived in Mere since 2006 and was a voluntary leader in the Scout movement for over 30 years. I have a background in banking, accounts and secretarial work.  I worked for a short time at Stourbridge House School in Mere, until it closed.

 

 
 
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