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
Meet our Governors
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.
Vice Chair of Governing Body
As a 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 Vice Chair of the Governors.
Membership: Vice Chair of Governing Body and Chair of Curriculum, Standards & General Purposes Committee.
Vicki Ballinger joined as a parent governor in November 2020 and has two young boys, one of whom attends Witton. Vicki has forged a career in finance and has experience of delivering significant projects, leading innovation, preparing annual operating plans and improving customer satisfaction. Having dedicated her career to the financial industry and as a people leader, Vicki understands the importance of building the right foundations, promoting financial education, creating healthy environments to learn and setting our children up to succeed.
Mrs Marshall trained as a Probation Officer 18 years ago, and held a middle management position assessing quality assurance of risk assessments and safeguarding practice until summer 2020. She is currently focussed on family life with 3 of her 4 children recently joining Witton as the family relocate to Droitwich, and is looking forward to supporting the leadership and contributing to the life of the school over the next few years.
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 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
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
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 and Curriculum, Standards and General Purposes Committee.
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
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
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.