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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

 

Carolyn Godfrey - Chair

 

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in January 2018 and serving until January 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 2019/2020 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 2019/2020 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.

 

Rachael Hansford

 
  • Community Governor elected in September 2013 serving until 10.09.21

  • 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 2019/2020; at full governor’s meetings was 100%, at Behaviour and Safety 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.

 

Carolanne Barry

 

  • Non-teaching Staff Governor elected in September 2016 serving until September 2024
  • Chair of Behaviour & Safety (Premises) committee.  Curriculum responsibilities are Art and RE and she our Child Protection Governor
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2019/2020 at full Governors meetings was 68% and at Behaviour and Safety meetings was 50%.

 

I live in Mere. I have 3 children, 1 currently attending Mere School, where I also work as the year 3 Teaching Assistant. I am the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.

 

Paula Loxton

 

  • Staff Governor (Deputy Head) serving until January 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 2019/2020 at full governor’s meetings was 100% and at curriculum committee meetings was 100%

 

David Rich

  • Co-opted Governor as of 21st June 2016, serving until June 2023

  • Teacher of Year 2 at Mere School

  • Subject leader of English

  • Member of the Curriculum Committee

  • Strong links with the community

  • Member of the Mere Town Youth Football Committee

  • Attendance in 2019/2020 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. I currently teach in Year 2.  I have a child who currently attends the school and my two older children attended Mere School. I am wholly committed to continuing the excellent practice that I see every day. I am passionate about English and am excited to be part of such a thriving school.

 

Clive Hazzard

 

  • Local Authority Governor elected in 2014 serving until 31.08.22

  • Curriculum responsibility for Geography

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

  • Attendance in 2019/2020; at full governor’s meetings was 34%

 

Lee Tibbit

 

  • Parent Governor, elected in October 2016 and serving until September 2024
  • Chair of the Finance Committee.  Curriculum responsibilities are Science and DT
  • No business or pecuniary interests or material interests with Mere School, nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2019/2020; at full Governors meetings was 85%, and Finance committee meeting was 80%.

 

I currently live close to Mere School and have 3 young children who attend Mere School . 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!


  Pat Manning

  • Parent Governor, elected in June 2016 serving until June 2021.
  • Member of the Curriculum 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 2019/2020 at full governors meetings was 68% and Curriculum committee meetings was 20%.

 

Douglas Jones

 

  • Parent Governor elected in September 2020 and serving until June 2021
  • Member of the Finance committee, his curriculum responsibility is History
  • He has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.

 

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.

 

Ewen Ross

 

  • Parent Governor elected in October 2017 and serving until October 2021
  • Member of the Behaviourand Safety (Premises) Committee, curriculum responsibility is Computing
  • No business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school
  • Attendance in 2019/2020; at full governors meetings was 85% and Behaviour and safety committee meetings was 75%. 

 

I have lived in Mere for 4 years and currently have 1 child in the school.  I work in the Fire Service and bring safety skills to the Board of Governors for the benefit of the school.

 

Julia Cole

 

  • Co-opted Governor appointed in September 2018 serving until September 2022
  • Member of the Finance Committee, Pay Panel, Staffing and  Performance Management Committee.  Julia's curriculum responsibilities are Early Years and PSHE
  • She has no business or pecuniary or material interests with Mere School nor is a governor at any other school.
  • Attendance in 2019/2020:  at full governors meetings was 85% and finance committee was 80%

 

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. 

 

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 2019/2020 nat full governors meetings was 85% and behaviour and safety committee was 50%.

 

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 2019/2020 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.


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.  I feel very privileged to be a member of such a wonderful school.

 

 
 

Governors Scheme of Delegation

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