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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

 

Carolyn Godfrey - Chair

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in August 2018 and serving until August 2022.
  • Chair of the Full Governing Body.
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee, Pay Panel, Performance Management Committee, Staffing Panel, with responsibility for English, Maths.
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at Full Governors meetings was 100% and Curriculum Committee meetings was 100%.

 

My background is in education and children’s services and I have worked in these areas in Wiltshire, Dorset, Nottinghamshire and the North East.  I live locally and I am passionate about education and the importance of high quality teaching and learning and support for children’s safety and well-being.  I am therefore delighted to be the chair of governors at Mere School and to be working with

Mrs Williamson and such a committed team of staff and governors.

 

Catriona Williamson – Headteacher

 

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

 

  • Member of the Finance and the Behaviour and Safety Committees.

  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Trustee of registered charity The Friends of Mere School, Mere School's PTA.
  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at full governor’s meetings, Finance and B&S committee meetings was 100%.

 

I am proud to have been Head Teacher at Mere School for many years and thoroughly enjoy working with our governing body.  Mere School is lucky to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable and supportive governing body.

 

Julia Cole

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in October 2018 serving until October 2022
  • Member of the Finance Committee, Pay Panel, Staffing and  Performance Management Committee.  Julia's curriculum responsibilities are Early Years, PSHE and Child Protection
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2020/2021:  at full governors meetings was 100% and finance committee was 100%

 

I moved to Mere in 2002 with my four children, three of which attended Mere School.  I served on the Governing body for about 8 years until my youngest left for Secondary School.  Having been Mere’s Health Visitor for a number of years and my previous career in finance before training as a nurse, I felt I still had lots of experience to contribute as a Governor.  I was therefore very pleased to be given the chance to be able to serve on the Governing body of Mere School once again this time as a Co-opted Governor. 

 

Julie Gulliver

  • Non-teaching Staff Governor elected September 2021 serving until September 2025
  • Member of the Behaviour & Safety Committee, her curriculum responsibility is Art
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.

 

I have always lived in Mere and really love living in the village and being able to enjoy the countryside surroundings. I started working at Mere School in 2017 as the Catering Manager when my daughter started in reception class I now have two children attending the school.

I am also an active member of the Friends of Mere School and like being involved in supporting the school. I have a real interest in the school, its community and the way children learn.

 

Rachael Hansford

 
  • Community Governor elected in September 2013 serving until September 2025

  • Responsibility for MFL, SEND, Equalities and is a member of the Curriculum Committee

  • Member of Performance Management Committee and Pay Panel

  • No business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a Governor at any other school

  • Attendance in 2020/2021; at full governor’s meetings was 100%, at Curriculum committee meeting was 100%.

 

I live in Mere and my two children attended Mere School until 2018. I have been self-employed for 20 years publishing a medical journal, and have used my experience in marketing and PR to help spread the word about the great opportunities on offer at Mere School. I firmly believe that every child deserves the richest possible education that we can give them.

 

Clive Hazzard

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  • Local Authority Governor elected in 2014 serving until 31/08/22

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

  • Attendance in 2020/2021; at full governor’s meetings was 66%

 

I am the Managing Director of North Street Nursuries growing plants for the wholesale market. I am married with 2 grown up sons. I have been a governor at Mere School for many years. I am also a town councillor and until recently I was chairman. I am also chairman of Mere Museum and past chairman of Mere Carnival. My hobby is golf.

 

Douglas Jones

  • Parent Governor elected in September 2020 and serving until September 2024.
  • Member of the Finance committee, his curriculum responsibilities are History and Computing
  • He has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at full governors meetings was 100% and Curriculum committee meetings was 100%.

 

We moved to Mere in 2019 after I spent 15 years working in Europe, the Middle East, and Far East.  I'm self-employed working in the Finance Industry and hope to use my skills and experience to help the school provide every pupil with the best education possible.  We enjoy being part of this close-knit community and our eldest daughter attends the school.

 

Paula Loxton

 

  • Staff Governor (Deputy Head) serving until March 2024

  • Year 6 Class Teacher

  • Member of the Curriculum committee

  • Art and Teaching and Learning leader

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

  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at curriculum committee meetings was 100%

 

I have been a teacher for over 30 years, the last 20 being at Mere School. During my career, I have taught all year groups from reception to year 6 with the exception of year 3 and have been subject leaders for many subjects including my favourite subjects of maths and art. Since 2016, I have been deputy at Mere and feel privileged to be leading the’ teaching and learning’ and  driving the school forward through its curriculum. 

 

 Pat Manning

  • Parent Governor, elected in June 2016 serving until June 2025.
  • Member of the Behaviour and Safety Committee.  Curriculum responsibility is Music
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at full governors meetings was 83% and Curriculum committee meetings was 80%.

 

I have been a parent at Mere school since 2011.  I was first elected as a parent governor n 2017 and enjoy being involved in the running of the school from the quality of the education given to our children through to their safety and welfare.

 

Christine Marsh

 

  • Co-opted governor appointed in September 2021 serving until September 2025
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee and has responsibility for Geography and RE
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school

 

My background is mainly secondary school education both in State Schools and Independent Schools in the UK and abroad.

In my early career in the Independent sector, I was also involved in working with years 5 & 6.

I was, for many years, involved in years 11-13 Careers Choices and was School Counsellor.

I have taught adult groups on Pastoral topics relating to life issues.

I also, served on the 11 plus and school allocation Appeal Panels organised by Buckinghamshire LEA.  I acted as an independent member.

On return from abroad I worked for the Children's Society, then based in Guisely, Yorkshire where I worked alongside social workers among disadvantaged families in Leeds and Harrogate.

Towards the end of my full-time teaching career, I qualified as a Licensed Lay Minister for the Church of England in the Oxford Diocese.

In 2010 I moved to Mere and am now mainly linked to St Michael the Archangel Church in Mere and St Mary the Virgin, West Knoyle.

I have been involved for several years in organising with Mere School the Open the Book Scheme, Christmas and Easter Workshops.

I hope that my varied experience will be of use to Mere School.

 

Edwin Ralph - Vice Chair

  • Parent Governor appointed in September 2018 serving until September 2022
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee and has responsibility for data and assessment
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at full governors meetings was 100% and curriculum committee meetings was 100% 

 

I have lived in Mere since I was 6 years of age and feel privileged to have attended Mere First School and Duchy Manor Middle School in days before Mere Primary School existed. I have 5 children, four of which are or have attended Mere School. I am very impressed with the quality of teaching at Mere School and have been privileged to witness this first hand while accompanying staff and children on regular school trips as well as when I have assisted in sporting activities and through conducting governor monitoring sessions.

 

Almost all of my working life, and a considerable amount of voluntary work that I participate in, has been in education. I work as a self employed driving instructor in the local area and I bring to the committee almost 25 years of experience in teaching Geography, Sports, Religion and driving skills. Since 2015 I have run sports clubs at Mere School and have also accompanied the children to associated tournaments. I truly love seeing the enjoyment this brings the children and enjoy helping them develop life skills through sport which far transcend the individual sport itself.

 

I have sat on the Curriculum Committee since becoming a parent governor which has given me a greater insight of the quality of teaching at the school and since September 2019 I have chaired that committee. I have also acted in the office of Vice Chair of Governors since September 2020.

 

Jenny Ritter

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in September 2018 serving until September 2022
  • Member of the Behaviour and Safety Committee, responsibility for PE
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2020/2021 at full governors meetings was 50% and behaviour and safety committee was 100%.

 

I live in Mere and currently have two young children who I am hoping will join Mere school when they reach school age. I have a background in teaching and taught in a local Wiltshire school and now work for a charity based in Bath. Through my current role I have gained experience in safeguarding and operations. I hope to use this experience to assist in helping the school to be a safe and happy place for children and staff to learn and work.

 

Lee Tibbit

  • Parent Governor, elected in October 2016 and serving until September 2024
  • Chair of the Finance Committee.  Curriculum responsibilities are Science, DT and Whistle Blowing
  • No business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2020/2021; at full Governors meetings was 100%, and Finance committee meeting was 100%.

 

I moved to Mere in 2017 and have 3 young children who attend Mere School .  In my professional life I am a Commercial Director for a global food manufacturer, and I hope that my experience will help to contribute to the continued success of Mere School for generations to come. 

 

Clerk to the Governors - Alison Hyde

I joined Mere School in January 2020 as Finance Officer and took on the role of Clerk to Governors in May'2021.  I feel very privileged to be a member of such a wonderful school.

 

 
 

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