Meet the Governors


Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


The Governing Body
The role of the governors is to focus on the strategic development of the school, quality of education, communications and presentation of the school




Curriculum Areas

Other Roles

Chair of Governors


Mrs Vanessa Beckett

PCA & Staffing






Vice Chair      
Mrs Michelle Scarrett

Finance (Chair)

Premises (Vice Chair)

PCA & Staffing



Staff Governors


Mrs Rebecca Bone (Headteacher)




Mrs Sarah Dennis


ICT & Early Years  

Foundation Governors

Mrs Angela Williams

PCA & Staffing


(Staffing Vice Chair)



Safeguarding and

Pupil Premium Monitoring

Whistleblowing Gov.

Mrs Rachel Alderman

PCA & Staffing



(PCA Chair)


Authority Governor      
Ms Tracy Hammond

PCA & Staffing

(PCA vice Chair)

Finance & Premises



Early Years

SDP Monitoring


Parent Governors


Mrs Jo Whittle-Smith

Finance & Premises

PCA & Staffing


(Premises Chair)


Creative Curriculum



Health & Safety






Clerk to Governors


Mrs Melanie Thomas

Associate Governors      
Mrs Lynn Fortis
(Deputy Headteacher)


Use the links below to access the Spring/Summer newsletter:



1. The name of the school is Winterslow Church of England Aided Primary School

2. The school is a voluntary aided school.

3. The name of the governing body is "The governing body of Winterslow Church of England Aided Primary School”

4. The governing body shall consist of:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 2 staff governors (including the headteacher)
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 8 foundation governors

5. Total number of governors is 13.

6. The Foundation that is entitled to appoint foundation governors is Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of the parishes or ecclesiastical districts served by the school.


  • The holder of the following office shall be a foundation governor ex-officio:
  • The Principal Officiating Minister of the parish in which the school is situated.
  • The foundation body or person named in paragraph 8 shall be entitled to appoint a foundation governor to act in the place of the ex-officio foundation governor whose governorship derives from the office named in (a) above, in the event that that ex-officio foundation governor is unable or unwilling to act as a foundation governor.

8. The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the school is situated is entitled to request the removal of any ex-officio foundation governor and to appoint any substitute governor.

9. The school was established according to the Trust Deed of 1858.

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.


The ethos of the school

At Winterslow School the Christian principles of trust, thankfulness, responsibility and passion are the fundamental factors, which underpin the ethos and curriculum of the school.

We are a Church school and are proud of our Christian identity and ethos. We aim to provide and encourage:

  • trusting relationships, where everyone in the school community can feel valued and respected.

‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ Mark 12.31

  • thankfulness for our school and all the things and opportunities we have, seeking to share with others wherever possible.

‘For all things come from you, O God’ 1 Chronicles 29.14

  • responsibility for ourselves, for our behaviour, for the choices we make and in caring for our environment.

‘For we are each responsible for our own conduct’ Galatians 6.5

  • passion for learning, creativity, sport and the life of our school.

‘Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God’ 1 Corinthians 10.31

11. The term of office of all governors is four years except for those governors who hold their posts ex-officio, who will be eligible to serve for as long as they hold the post.

12. This instrument of government comes into effect on 22 January 2015.

13. This instrument was made by order of Wiltshire Local Education Authority on 20 January 2015.

14.  A copy of the instrument will be supplied to every member of the governor body, and to the Diocesan Board of Education.
15. This instrument is to be revised annually. Upon revision, reference must be made to the current legislation relating to the constitution of governing bodies, in particular the proportional numbers of places to be held by each type of governor.


Adopted by Governing Body: Sept 2018

Review date: Sept 2019



Chair of Governors

Governor since December 2016

Chair of Governors: October 2017

I joined the Governing Body in December 2016, having recently moved to Winterslow from West Sussex to live closer to family.

I have forty years’ experience in education: as a teacher in primary, secondary and post 16 phases and latterly as an Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion) in a large secondary academy. I now work as an independent education consultant.

I am the link governor for Numeracy and sit on the Ethos; Policy, Curriculum and Assessment and Staffing committees.

I passionately believe in Inclusion and that every child matters. I know, from experience, that positive relationships between pupils, staff, parents and the wider community facilitate the best outcomes for all pupils. I draw on my extensive experience in education and my faith as a Christian to guide me in supporting the Headteacher and staff in achieving a shared Christian vision and academic excellence for Winterslow school.


LA Governor

Governor Since June 2015 (Parent)

LA Governor since: June 2016
Chair of Governors: December 2016 - October 2017
Sub Committees: Chair of Staffing, Vice Chair of Policy, Curriculum & Assessment (PCA)

I became a Governor as I would like to assist in the smooth running of the school and play a part in ensuring its continued success. I would like to promote the interests of the school and co-operate with the parents, teachers and governors to raise and improve standards for the children. I am very enthusiastic and committed in everything I do and, am looking forward to this new challenge.


Foundation Governor

Governor since 2014

I settled in Winterslow in 1997 on my husband’s retirement from the Army and now serve as a Foundation Governor on the Ethos, Premises and Finance Committees. I am a teacher with broad experience gained in a number of different schools, including those in villages, towns and inner city areas as well as service schools. I now work as a supply teacher which enables me to keep up to date with my profession and to experience a number and variety of teaching methods and disciplines. Having always had a passion for education I am therefore keen to use my knowledge and skills to provide further support as a governor. Thus it is very rewarding to belong to the governing body, responding to the responsibilities and challenges involved and working in partnership with so many people to ensure that the pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and achieve their potential within society.

My hobbies include gardening, wildlife, walking and travel. I am married and have two adult daughters.


Governor Profile – JO WHITTLE-SMITH
Parent Governor

Governor since July 2016

I am the link governor for Creative Curriculum and I am Chair of the Premises committee and Vice Chair of the Finance committee. I am also the Health and Safety governor.

I have grown up in Winterslow and having lived here for almost 30 years I believe the school is at the heart of the community and I want to be part of its continual development.

I have worked within the Social Housing sector for 20 years, employed for a number of years as Head of Housing and in a part time role since I have had my daughter. I have experience of budgets and strategic planning and have been involved in multi agency working relating to vulnerable adults and children so believe I can use my skills positively to benefit our school.


Winterslow Primary School – Governor meeting attendance record 2017/18


Type of Governor



Full governing body meetings

Committee meetings

Staff (Headteacher)

Rebecca Bone





Angela Williams





Francis Parr





Susannah Parr




Authority governor

Tracy Hammond




Associate Governor

Lynn Fortis





Sarah Dennis




Foundation (ex-officio)

Nils Bersweden (resigned)




Joanne Whittle Smith






Vanessa Beckett




Michelle Scarrett





Rachel Alderman






Governors who have left in the last 12 months


Term of office start date

Term of Office end date

Nichola Snudden



Rev Nils Bersweden



Vicki Mates



 Francis Parr  28/4/2015   14/09/2018
Susannah Parr 01/05/2015 03/12/2018


Winterslow Primary School – Governor meeting dates 2017/18


Thursday, 1-3pm

Monday, 9.15-11.15am

Tuesday, 7.15pm


Premises and Finance

Staffing and PCA

Full Governors

Standing Items

27th September

8th October (please note: no staffing meeting only PCA, as agreed at May FGB meeting, see minute reference)

9th October

Standing Orders, Scheme of Delegation, Appendices, Child Protection policy, Code of Conduct, School Improvement Plan

15th November

19th November

27th November


10th January

14th January

22nd January (Strategic Plan)


7th March

11th March

19th March (School Improvement Plan)


9th May

20th May

21st May (SEF)

Budget sign off

13th June

1st July

2nd July (Strategic Plan)

Strategy focus for following academic year, election of Chair and Vice Chair