Our School Governors
Dear Parents, Friends and Staff I would like to extend a warm welcome on behalf of the Watermore Governing Body.
The governing body is made up of a group of motivated volunteers who have been elected to provide strategic direction in line with our vision and values, and to act as a guide to support the ‘Outstanding’ teaching and leadership we have through our Head teacher, Lisa Rawcliffe.
Our role is to ensure that we continue to provide our children with the opportunities to continue to be ‘exemplary’ in all that they do within a happy and secure environment. We ensure that local and national government legislation is met, that we oversee the spend on the school budget, and to challenge all that we do.
Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings and training, but also school functions, and undertaking visits to classrooms.
Should you wish to contact me or are interested in being a Governor, please do so through our clerk email@example.com
Judi Burman, Chair of GovernorsChair Curriculum and Standards
Judi Burman, Chair of Governors
I have a long-standing connection to Brockeridge & Highcroft schools as my daughters all attended there and now my 2 grandsons attend Watermore.
I have always had an interest in education as I consider it to be vitally important. I have worked in schools in different capacities both in teaching and in Admin for 20 years and during that time been a staff governor.
I retired in 2016 and after a couple of years I felt I would like to become involved with something in the community. I became a governor at Watermore Primary School in 2018.
Lisa Rawcliffe Head TeacherAll Committees
Lisa Rawcliffe Head Teacher
Andy Dyer Parent GovernorChair Finance and Premises
Andy Dyer Parent Governor
Dan Tapscott, Co-opted GovernorFinance and Premises
Dan Tapscott, Co-opted Governor
My name is Dan Tapscott. I am a co-opted Governor. I became a Governor at Watermore in 2010 after moving to the village. I have a son and daughter who I am proud to say, love Watermore!
I have had numerous roles, have sat on various committees and attended various events at Watermore over the years, besides those now with children in tow, so should be a familiar face to many. My most notable role in recent years has been the Governor overseeing the design and construction of our new school building and transition from our former buildings over the two sites. It has been a huge but greatly satisfying challenge and it is a delight seeing the building being used now.
I continue to be involved in residual matters from that and in relation to neighbouring development. As you may have guessed, I work in the construction industry. I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and so my skill set naturally fits with the Finance & Premises committee I sit on, advising on property matters. At the moment I am also the Health & Safety Governor and sit on the Headteacher Review Panel.
Being a Governor has been a really rewarding experience for me. We have a wonderful school in the community and a great Governing Body of people who care very much for Watermore.
Fionnuala Costello Parent GovernorFinance and Premises
Fionnuala Costello Parent Governor
My two children are very happy at Watermore primary. I was elected to be a governor by parents in May 2018 and I enjoy being involved in the school. It feels like a very worthwhile use of my time, supporting the school staff in giving our children an inspiring education. I visit the school three times a year to see how maths teaching is changing and improving. I also sit on the finance committee making sure we can afford teachers, books, IT kit and extra experiences for the children. Do stop to chat when you see me volunteering at PTFA events or at the school drop off and pick up.
Nicholas Harris Co-opted GovernorFinance and Premises, Curriculum and Standards
Nicholas Harris Co-opted Governor
Janet Ilieva Co-opted GovernorPersonnel and Communications, Curriculum and Standards
Janet Ilieva Co-opted Governor
Sara Oughton Staff GovernorPersonnel and Communication
Sara Oughton Staff Governor
Paul Armitage Parent GovernorPersonnel and Communications
Paul Armitage Parent Governor
I was appointed parent governor in November 2019 and I currently have two children at the school. I live in Frampton Cotterell and work in Bristol. You will often see me volunteering at school events and at pick up and drop off. Please come and say hello. I am always happy to talk to other parents and I am very much interested in hearing your views about being a parent of pupils at Watermore.
Ivan Gregory Co-opted GovenorCurriculum and Standards
Ivan Gregory Co-opted Govenor
Sue Reynolds Co-opted Governor
Sue Reynolds Co-opted Governor
I am Sue Reynolds . I have two grandchildren at Watermore Primary School and I have just moved from the North West to be near family.
I am an ex Special School Headteacher and have always enjoyed working with governing bodies. I am looking forward to being a Co-opted Governor at Watermore. I am sure that I will meet some of you at various school functions and activities.
Rachel ColmanParent Governor
Governor Meeting Attendance 2020/21
|Governor Name/Committee||FGB||C&S||F&P||P&C (Inc. Pay)||FGB HT Recruitment|
|Mr Christopher Hotchin||5/5||4/4|
|Mrs Judi Burman||5/5||4/4||3/3|
|Mr Nicholas Harris||5/5||2/4||4/4||3/3|
|Mrs Janet Ilieva||5/5||4/4||5/5||3/3|
|Mrs Linda Porter||5/5||4/4||5/5||3/3|
|Mrs Christine Marshall||2/2||1/2||2/2|
|Mr Ivan Gregory||5/5||4/4||3/3|
|Mr Daniel Tapscott||5/5||4/4||3/3|
|Mrs Janet Hoyle||2/2||2/2||2/2|
|Mr Colin Thompson||5/5||5/5||3/3|
|Mr Andrew Dyer||5/5||4/4||3/3|
|Mrs Fionnuala Costello||5/5||4/4||3/3|
|Mr Paul Armitage||5/5||5/5||3/3|
|Miss Abigail Hodge||3/3||2/2||3/3|
|Mrs Sara Oughton||3/5||3/4||1/3|
Committees & Chairs
Personnel & Communications Committee
The primary role of this committee is to support the Headteacher and the staff at Watermore to ensure that they are a happy and committed team as this makes a better learning environment for the children. However we are concerned with everything related to staffing within the school and communication to parents.
As part of our roll, we have responsibility for, staff planning – including recruitment/selection and contracts, ensuring staff receive regular and adequate training, plus we make recommendations to the finance committee regarding the annual budget for pay scales. We are also responsible for establishing and regularly reviewing personnel policies and procedures which include: - performance management, disciplinary procedures (for misconduct or leave of absence), disciplinary rules, personal information, equal opportunities, grievance procedure, redundancy, harassment and Health and Safety.
The other major roll of this committee is to ensure that there is good communication between the school, parents and the wider community.
Please feel free at any time to contact this committee should you have questions, concerns or comments regarding the school - good or bad.
The Finance and Premises Committee
• The Finance and Premises Committee consists of five governors and the Head teacher and meets six terms a year to review all aspects associated with the schools management of finance and premises, which in our case includes both the buildings and grounds on the Woodend Road and Lower Stone Road sites.
Curriculum and Standards Committee
The Curriculum and Standards Committee comprising of seven Governors meets four times a year to discuss, develop, review and make policy determinations regarding all aspects of the School’s curricular provision.
Through a process of support and challenge, as well as the monitoring of the progress of curricular actions within the School Development Plan, the committee monitors both curricular and extra-curricular opportunities across the school. This is achieved through:
- Visits to the school to talk to the pupils about different aspects of their learning
- Discussions with subject leaders and the development of their curricular areas
- Subject leaders’ presentations, updates and new initiatives to the committee
Analysis of data and pupil progress across the whole school is one of the many functions of this committee, which also includes the monitoring of provision for vulnerable groups including SEND and challenging the school where pupil outcomes do not meet targets.
The committee meets prior to a Full Governing Body meeting to ensure minutes are presented for approval.
At all times the Governors of this committee remain focused on ensuring the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes for all pupils across the school and this remains the key function of this sub-committee.