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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 – 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

 

John Jordan

 

  • Elected as Parent Governor 16/09/14 for four years, until 16/9/18

  • Chair of the full governing Body

  • Chair of the Curriculum Committee which looks at teaching and learning and assessment in all subjects.

  • Links with English, Computing and Modern Foreign Languages.

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at curriculum committee meetings was 100%.

 

I am a parent governor; my daughter is in year 5.  I bring over 30 years’ experience in teaching and school management to the governing body and I have been on recent training in Headteacher Performance Management and the new Ofsted Framework. I am also a Mere Town Councillor which helps the community and school to work together.

From the first time I visited Mere School, I have been convinced that it is a very, very good school for my daughter.  I am committed to helping the school continue to develop and to serve well the children of Mere.

 

Nick Beale

  • Parent Governor serving until 13.12.17

  • Curriculum responsibility for PE and a member of the Behaviour and Safety (Premises Committee)

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 83% and at Behaviour and Safety committee meetings was 100%.

 

Rachael Hansford

  • Community Governor serving until 10.09.17.

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

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at finance committee meetings was 100%.

 

David Rich

  • Parent Governor as of 21st June 2016.

  • Teacher of Year 4 at Mere School.

  • Subject leader of English and Computing.

  • Member of the Curriculum 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 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at curriculum meetings was 100%

 

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.

 

Alan Gristwood 

  • Community Governor serving until 31.08.18.

  • Curriculum responsibility for Music and RE, Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Performance Management committee.

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at finance committee meetings was 100%.

 

I have lived in Mere for fourteen years and the first time I visited Mere School I was really impressed with the happy faces and positive attitude of the children and staff.When I was invited to become a community governor ten years ago it didn’t take me long to say ‘yes’.

I have spent a lifetime in accounting and business management, the latter years being employed in education finance.I am also closely involved with St Michael’s church where I spent six years as treasurer.I have recently retired and am pleased to be able to give more of my time to Mere School.

 

Clive Hazzard

  • Authority Governor serving until 31.08.18

  • Curriculum responsibility for Geography.

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 33%.

 

Tony Rankin

 

  • Community Governor serving until 22.09.19.

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

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 66% and at curriculum meetings was 66%

 

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 serving until September 2018

 

Lee Tibbit

 

  • Parent Governor serving until October 2020
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee
  • He has no business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a governor at any other school

 

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

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at curriculum committee meetings was 100%


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.

  • Attendance in 2015/2016; at full governor’s meetings,  curriculum and B&S committee meetings was 100%.


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Ann Dethick

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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