The role of the Governing Body is to act as a critical friend to the school and to ensure that it carries out its statutory responsibilities. The Governing Body is responsible for setting the school budget, for approving policies and, along with the Head Teacher, for setting the strategic direction of the school.
Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and by the Church (Foundation Governors) and can also be members of the local community. A number of staff and parents are elected onto the Governing Body for a period of four years service, after which time they can stand for re-election.
Governing Body Members
- Mr Jerry Taylor (Chair)
- Mr Mark Eldred
- Mr Terry Capstick
- Mr Andy Amos
- Mr Steven Geary
- Mrs Helen Skillen
- Mrs Sarah Kingham
- Rev Andrew Lightbrown
- Mrs Caroline Colmer (Headteacher – ex officio)
- Mrs Helen Burch (Teacher)
- Mr David Shaw
Minutes of any Governing Body meetings are available from the school office, upon request. If you wish to contact a Governor, please contact the school office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be passed onto the appropriate member of the Governing Body.
Alternatively, you may write to the Governing Body via the school office, marking it for the attention of the Chair of Governors and labelled ‘confidential’.
The Governors – who are we?
Jerry Taylor (Chair)
I have had an interest in the education sector for the past 20 years and have worked for schools, FE Colleges and HE institutions. I worked for one of the country’s largest advertising agencies and was responsible for running advertising campaigns to attract the very best staff for the education sector. I then jumped ship 6 years ago and started a stint at the Times Education Supplement. I am a serving Magistrate in the Thames Valley.
I have always had a strong sense of community and have always tried to give back in terms of my time, effort and expertise. Having a child with special needs and having to work closely with their school at the time gave me an insight into just how hard teachers and leaders in schools have to work. If I can make their jobs just a little easier by giving up some of my time then so be it! My ultimate focus as a governor will be to make our teachers and leaders as effective as they can for the good of all the children attending Winslow CE Combined School.
I have been Head Teacher of Winslow CE Combined School since September 2016 having moved from Waddesdon Village Primary School where I was Deputy Head Teacher. Prior to this, I taught in schools in Milton Keynes and Melton Mowbray for fifteen years. In a former life, I was involved in Christian Publishing as Publicity Manager for Hodder and Stoughton and SPCK. I am delighted to be part of the Winslow team and sense a clear match between my strengths and skills, and the opportunities for service within the school. Winslow is a caring and inspiring learning community with high aspirations for all its children. We have a fantastic staff team; supportive parents; and a committed governing body, who do a great job of supporting the school and making sure that we do the best that we can for all of our children. I feel immensely proud and privileged to be able to lead and manage such a lovely school.
I have lived in Winslow since 1996 and have been a governor at the school since 2001 when my eldest daughter was about to start there. My motivation was to get involved in the community and understand more about the education that my children would receive. Both my children have now left the school for secondary and tertiary education but I remain interested in the school and in the quality of teaching that Winslow provides. For the first 12 years of my time I was a Foundation Governor and I am now a co-opted Governor. I have spent time as chair of the finance and personnel committee and also as chair of the curriculum committee, which is my current role. I am also vice-chair of Governors.
I work as a management consultant with financial services companies, mostly in London. I am also a member of the Lions Club of Winslow.
Rev’d Andrew Lightbown
I was inducted as Rector of the Winslow Benefice in March 2016, having first served the benefice as curate in charge. I was ordained in 2013. Before beginning full time ministry, I worked in the investment management industry, and latterly as a university lecturer in Business and Business Ethics. I maintain a keen interest in the relationship between faith and economics and writes widely on this issue. I retain an interest in adult education and am an Oxford diocese tutor. I am married to Sallaynne, a podiatrist, and have two daughters. Away from ministry, I enjoy walking, cycling and skiing and am a keen rugby follower. I am keen that Winslow C of E school preserves and builds on its distinctive Christian ethos and regularly help lead collective worship in the school.
I currently have one child in Year 3 and have two other children of pre school age. I hope to be involved with the school for the next eleven years. I wish to be a Governor so that I can help to evolve Winslow into an outstanding school, in both OFSTED terms and so each child has an enjoyable and enriching experience. I have a background in science, specifically Chemistry, and thirteen years experience within the Chemical Industry.
I am a Parent Governor with three children at the school. I am also a Technical Director working in the facilities management sector, which I hope will add value when dealing with school finance and premises matters. My primary reason for becoming a School Governor is to offer support that will help the school in providing a fun, safe and positive learning environment for all its children.
I am a staff governor and have been teaching at Winslow school for the past 4 years; I am currently a year 1 teacher. I am part of the maths science and computing faculty and lead on Design and Technology. I am married, live in Winslow and have two older children who both attended Winslow school. My role within Governing Body is Development Governor, ensuring that they are up to date with current training. Outside of school I am a keen crafter and enjoy painting and gardening.
I have lived in Winslow for over 30 years and both my children attended the school. I was appointed as a governor in 2017.
I have been involved in education throughout my life. I started my career teaching mainly physics for 8 years in Bucks and Northants at both grammar and comprehensive schools during which time I held both pastoral and head of department responsibilities.
The rest of my working life was spent working in local government education and children’s services departments. At Bucks County Council I held a wide range of senior education posts which included managing a range of school facing services e.g. governor support, finance and HR support, management information and school place planning.
I am now happy to provide whatever support I can to the school in its role at the centre of our community.
I am a co-opted governor of the school and have lived in Winslow since 1993. I have been a teacher most of my working life having taught most age groups within the primary and secondary sectors as well as some adult education. I have held a wide range of senior responsibilities within schools including, on several occasions, the role of interim headship, and have had previous experience of school governance. I retired from full-time education in 2008 but continued with some part-time work in schools. I hold a full ski instructor licence and now work several days a week at Snozone Milton Keynes where I teach people of all ages to ski.
I have lived in Winslow for 38 years. I taught mathematics at the Grange School and Aylesbury High School for a total of 42 years until I retired, holding senior positions in both schools, where a good sense of humour was paramount! Education has always played a large part in my life, from my own experiences, my four children and now my seven grandchildren. Eagerness to learn, enjoyment of school and fulfilling a child’s potential are to me very important.
I am still involved in education as a consultant for Brookes University. I play an active part in the life of St Laurence Church and within the Winslow Community and feel it a honour to serve as School Governor.
I have a child in Year 6 and another who left the school for Secondary education in 2017. Having lived in Winslow for over 13 years I am very proud to be part of the town and school communities. I have joined the Governing Body as a Foundation governor and also sit on the Resources committee having worked previously in school finance.
! currently work as a Learning Support Assistant in a local special school after deciding to make the move away from school finance and into the classroom, a move that has given me an opportunity to fully appreciate the demands of school life, its ups and downs. I don’t regret it at all and feel very lucky to have such a varied and rewarding job. It has made me appreciate the role of governors more too which I hope will ensure I make a valuable contribution to this position. I have a keen interest in SEN and the arts as well as the development of all our children. I joined the governing body as I felt it important to support the work of the school and that it was time to offer something back to a community that my family have been part of for the last 9 years.