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Governors

Our Governing Body


The Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, local authority and co-opted representatives. School governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They support the Headteacher in leading the school and act as a ‘critical friend’. They also have a strategic role in setting aims and objectives, agreeing targets, budgets, policies and priorities and monitoring effectiveness. The Governing Body also evaluates the school’s performance through in house, local and national data alongside the School Development Plan.

 

Governors attend school events and are always willing to talk to parents/carers. In addition, the Governing Body formally seeks the views of parents/carers and this feedback is discussed with the Senior Leadership Team and, where applicable, incorporated into the School Development Plan. The Governing Body reviews its own performance on an annual basis and has its own plan for improvement as part of the School Development Plan. Governors monitor Safeguarding and the Single Central Record on a regular basis and also visit the school frequently, talking to pupils and staff to ensure the school environment is safe for all pupils and adults.

 

If you wish to speak to one of our governors, please contact the school office and one of our team will be happy to help 01905 773362.

 

 

Mission Statement


 

The Governing Body aims to support the vision, aims and responsibilities of Witton Middle School by ensuring that the school provides a safe, caring, and stimulating learning environment where every child can realise his or her full potential.

 

We will achieve this through both an active involvement in the daily life of the school, and by working closely with the school community.

  • to set challenging aims and objectives for the school;
  • to agree policies, priorities, and performance targets for accomplishing these objectives;
  • to look for evidence that these objectives are being achieved, asking searching questions of the leadership team.

 

Our actions will be rooted in the best interests of the school and its pupils, and we will always be prepared to explain our decisions openly and honestly to staff, parents/carers, pupils, government, and anyone else in the wider community with an interest in the conduct and standards of the school.

 

Witton Middle School Governing Body

Worcestershire County Council

 
 

Meet our Governors


Elizabeth Haste

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governing Body


Mrs Haste trained as a middle school teacher with a specialism in Rural Science. She has taught within Worcestershire for over 40 years, including 7 years at Witton. She has 8 years experience as a Teacher Governor at a previous school, an interest in providing pupils with a broad, balanced curriculum and making best use of the school grounds.

 

Membership: Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee (Vice Chair) and Finance, Buildings & Staffing Committee.

 
Keith Knight

Local Authority Governor


Mr Knight is a retired secondary mathematics teacher who has worked in the Independent and maintained sectors in the UK and overseas. He held two headships at independent schools covering the age range 3-16. His varied educational background and extensive experience, including his role as an Independent Schools’ Inspector, enabled him to provide professional leadership during his headships which secured success and ensured improved standards of learning and achievement. Mr Knight is an active member of Bromsgrove Hockey club, both playing and umpiring regularly.

 

Membership: Curriculum, Standards & General Purposes Committee and Finance, Buildings & Staffing Committee.

 
 
Rebecca Morgan

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Body


As a Parent Governor of Witton Middle School since 2017, Becky Morgan plays an active part in the life of the school, typically visiting the school twice a week to assist with various aspects of the work of the school.  Becky’s career background is in Project Management for Engineering Businesses, having graduated from the University of Wales in 1999.  A mother of three boys, Becky’s association with Witton Middle School began in 2015 when her eldest child joined the school.  In her role as a Parent Governor, Becky currently chairs the school’s Curriculum Committee which monitors the quality of the learning at the school.  In addition, Becky is also the Deputy Chair of the Governors.

 

Membership:  Vice Chair of Governing Body and Chair of Curriculum, Standards & General Purposes Committee.

 

Vacancy

Parent Governor


We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor. Nominations will be invited from parents in September.

 

 

Adam Rudkin

Parent Governor


Mr Rudkin joined the governing body in February 2019 as a parent governor. Through a 15 year career in the military he has a broad and varied experience of leaderships, personnel, project and change management, all of which can be readily transferred and utilised within a governor role. Recently new to the area, Mr Rudkin has two children at Witton and will have a third moving up in a couple of years. He is a keen runner and cyclist and plays an active role in the leadership of the Droitwich Spa Scouts.

 

Membership: Chair of Finance, Buildings & Staffing Committee

 

Scott Buckler

Parent Governor


Scott has an extensive career in education, as a primary and secondary teacher, also as a principal lecturer within the university sector. He has returned to the classroom and currently teaches at an all-through school in Worcestershire. Scott is an active member of the Chartered College of Teaching and is engaged in high-level educational research. He is widely published in a range of areas specifically education, psychology, and the martial arts. Scott is proud to have two children who attend Witton and who embrace all that the school offers.

 

Membership: Curriculum, Standards & General Purposes Committee

 

Celia Felgate

Parent Governor


Celia has been a governor here at Wittton since 2017 and has a daughter in the school. She has previously been chair of PTA for a local first school and this is her first role as a governor.

Celia runs a local marketing agency and has experience in management within corporate organisations. Her background led her to having a keen interest in promoting the school within the community. Celia has a keen eye for detail and has been involved in the development and review of a number of school policies.

 

Membership: Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

 

Suzanne Pitt

Parent Governor


Mrs Pitt has been a parent governor at Witton since 2017, with 3 children between first school and middle school. She has actively been involved with a lot of school activities and volunteers at the school with reading, activities and school trips as well as a year representative on the school council. She has a good understanding from a parents point of view as to what improvements could benefit the children and school alike and has a keen passion to help improve on the children’s school experience. Her background is Hotel Management and she has a degree in Business and Hotel Management.

 

Membership: Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee

 

 

Bill Baker

Co-opted Governor


Dr. Baker has been associated with the school since 1978 and on the governing body since 1980, being committed to comprehensive education, the quality of that education and the way in which it is delivered. He brings expertise and understanding of the political system, how to run a business and understands Local Authority finances and the way it affects schools.

 

Membership: Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee, and Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee

 

Kathryn Clarke

Co-opted Governor


Mrs Clarke is a co-opted governor, and former parent governor at the school. She has 8 years’ experience of being a governor at two local first schools including the role of chair and vice-chair. Kathryn has a good working knowledge of how a school is run and has been a member on a variety of committees involved with being a governor.

 

Membership: Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee

 

Ailie Mullin

Co-opted Governor


Ms Mullin has lived in Droitwich for over 22 years and both her children attended Witton. Ailie has been a Governor at Witton both as a parent and as a member of staff for a number of years. Her interests lie in SEN, safeguarding and finance.

 

Membership: Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

 

Kate Lambert

Co-opted Governor


Having worked for large multi-national corporations for almost 30 years, Kate joined us in December 2019, after beginning a sabbatical to allow more time for personal projects and voluntary work.  Having traveled away from home for much of her career she is keen to focus on the local community, and with a particular passion for lifelong learning, she is keen to be part of setting the right foundations for Witton Middle School to support every pupil to realise his or her full potential. 

Through a career covering manufacturing, engineering through to IT, she brings broad business and management skills, such as budget management, data analysis, strategy setting, project management, people management and development.

 

Membership: Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

 

Sarah Harris

Co-opted Governor


Mrs Harris joined the governing body in February 2019 as a co-opted governor. She has two children across first and middle school along with a grown up step child. She works for a large multi-national company with focuses on change management, process improvement and business analysis. She will be using her skills from this to bring to the governing body and the Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee.

 

Membership: Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee

 
Anna Brenwald

Staff Governor


Miss Brenwald trained in Primary Education in Manchester with a specialism in Modern Foreign Languages and Computing. Since then she has been teaching in Worcester and has experience in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Her varied education experiences have extended outside the classroom where she has also been involved in a children’s summer school where she has devised and organised the programme of events. She has a particular interest at developing her classroom practice by engaging in CPD opportunities to feed into her teaching.

 

Membership: Curriculum, Standards & General Purposes Committee

 

Suzie Bourne

Headteacher


Mrs Bourne trained as a middle school teacher with a specialism in Physical Education. She has taught within Worcestershire for 20 years in a variety of roles, securing successive promotions through to Headship.

She has a son at primary school and is passionate about creating a school climate which fosters growth, curiosity, collaboration and belonging in all members of the school community.

 

Membership: Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee, and Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee.

Details of Committees

 

Please see details of the structure and responsibilities of our Governing Body and its committees below. Other committees are convened as necessary.

 

Full Governing Body

Chair:  Mrs Elizabeth Haste


The Full Governing Body meets at least four times during the year. It is at these meetings that governors decide on the strategic direction of the school. The Headteacher presents the termly school report which includes progress on Action Plan targets. Decisions are made on those matters which cannot be delegated and are reserved for the Full Governing Body. Policies are scrutinised prior to approval by all governors and Safeguarding procedures are reviewed and approved.

 

Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee

Chair: Mrs Rebecca Morgan


This committee reviews the Witton Action Plan (School Development Plan) at each meeting and analyses the performance data to make strategic decisions to move the school forward. Curriculum development and the evaluation of teaching and learning form the basis of much discussion and challenge. The aim is to offer the appropriate levels of challenge and support to secure the best for every child.

 

Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

Chair: Mr Adam Rudkin


This committee in consultation with the Headteacher is responsible for ensuring that the school remains financially secure and ensures that priorities identified in the Witton Action Plan are appropriately financed. They also oversee staffing arrangements and staff continuing professional development. Buildings and grounds form part of the remit of this committee; agreeing development plans and ensuring that Health and Safety regulations are adhered to.

 

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