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)


Mr Paul Rees      
Mrs Linda Gunn      
Foundation Governor (Ex-officio)      
Rev Simon Chambers ETHOS    
Authority Governor      
Mrs Tracy Roberts

PCA & Staffing

(PCA vice Chair)

Finance & Premises



Early Years

SDP Monitoring


Parent Governors


Mrs  Michelle Scarrett






Ms Victoria Dunne





Clerk to Governors


Mrs Melanie Thomas

Associate Governors      
Mrs Lynn Fortis
(Deputy Headteacher)



Election address to the Governing Board - Vanessa Beckett

5th September 2019

Here are a few reasons why I am committed to continuing as Chair for a further year.

As a Christian, attending and working in Church of England schools throughout my life, I hold the position of Foundation governor with honour, supporting the schools Christian ethos and values. It is important that in these changing and challenging times, that children recognise and demonstrate Christian and moral values based on an understanding of the Christian faith. As Chair I hope to bring together all governors in ensuring our school achieves the objectives outlined in the SIAMS framework.


Focusing on the 3 core purposes of governance, which we all accept, my expectations are that we will work positively and productively becoming a highly effective body and ensuring the school, under the heads leadership, continues to be a happy school where all children learn from a broad and balanced curriculum and each and every child achieves their potential and flourishes.


Leading the governing board and working in partnership with the headteacher, the chair plays a pivotal role in school improvement.

To be effective, the Chair must have a good understanding of the role and its responsibilities and an understanding of the school and the demands of teaching so that our school gains maximum benefit from the work that the Chair does.


The Chair must ensure that all governors understand their role and responsibilities of being a governor.


If you trust that I will carry out my responsibilities with honesty integrity and impartiality, then your vote counts. 


Vanessa Beckett 




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.


Vice- Chair & Parent Governor

Governor since February 2017



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.



Chair of PCA Committee

Governor since July 2018

Chair of PCA committee October 2018

I joined the Governing Body in July 2018 having been in the village for several years.

I have over 20 years’ experience in education: including Head of Year and Head of Department roles. I started as a secondary music teacher in London from 10 years before becoming an infant music teacher, and more recently a pre-school music teacher. I specialise in the Kodaly method of teaching and I have trained extensively in this more recently, teaching my own piano pupils at home and in school and teaching at a Saturday music school. My own instruments are the piano and clarinet and I am a member of the Farrant singers Chamber Choir. I am the link governor for RE, PSHE and I sit on the Ethos; Policy, Curriculum and Assessment and Staffing committees.

I passionately believe in creativity in education and understanding how we learn best and in particular the impact of music on the brain. I believe that as human beings, we are wired for love and that when we feel loved and accepted for who we are, we can reach our full potential. I have a very strong Christian faith and I belong to Vineyard Church Salisbury, having also been heavily involved at All Saints Winterslow over the last few years. I am married and I have 1 little boy, who is growing up fast. I love being in the wonderful village of Winterslow and being part of the community and serving as a governor is a real privilege.




Parent Governor

Governor since July 2019

I believe a key success factor for any school is to have a strong PTA & Governing Body that is able to communicate effectively with the school sharing thoughts and ideas from all parties. I was the Treasurer for FOWS for two years and during this time I was able to really understand all the great work that our parents/guardians undertake to support the school and children. As a parent governor I feel I'm in the fortunate position to be able to fully understand the workings of the school, be able to contribute both my thoughts and ideas along with those of other parents and work with the other governors and school leads to shape and maintain the excellent standards of our school.


I have experience of working both in the Finance and HR Fields. I'm currently a HR Manager specialising in 'Innovative Leadership and Learning in a Digital World'. I've lived in the village for four years and my hobbies include, running, walking and being outside with my family and pets.




Foundation Governor - Ex-Officio

Governor since April 2019



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
Jo Whittle-Smith 28/06/2016 19/03/2019



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