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Wherwell Governing Body


A warm welcome from the Governors of Wherwell Primary School. 


Our school is set in a beautiful rural location on the edge of Wherwell; we have worked hard to create a spacious and interesting learning environment with exceptional school grounds, including our woodland area of Special Scientific Interest. These assets strengthen and enhance our teachers' ability to the deliver the core subjects of the New National Curriculum while still focusing on our holistic approach to education.   This can be seen by anyone who visits our school in the smiling faces and humour of our pupils, a clear indication they feel safe and enjoy their learning.


The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of our Headteacher and his staff – we are here to provide guidance and a strategic overview. The role of the Governing Body is to work with the school leadership team to ensure the School’s Improvement Plan, which covers all aspects of school life, is delivered. We pay particular attention to children’s achievement and welfare as well as the school’s finances, staffing and buildings.



To ensure balanced and effective leadership, our governing body consists of 14 governors drawn from different parts of the community, all with equal status within the Board. We meet as a full Governing Body six times a year, but in addition we have two sub-committees which meet regularly.  The Curriculum Committee is responsible for the development and monitoring of all aspects the school’s curriculum, while the Finance and Environment Committee overseas the school's expenditure and income and maintains the school's buildings and equipment.


Governors also get involved in school life, attend fundraising events, open days, sports days and classroom observations to understand more about how we deliver our curriculum. Our governors are not afraid of hard work either, we organize the bi-annual school fundraising ball, some of us pick up a chainsaw or strimmer to make the woodland safe, a paintbrush to freshen a tired room, even tiling or a bit of plumbing. In short, whatever it takes to enhance the environment for pupils and teachers.


From time to time we need new people to join the Governing Body.  If you are interested in becoming a governor and would like to find out more, please contact Sean Hutton for more information.seanhutton@hcdltd.co.uk

Governing Body and Committee Membership

Name Responsibility Committee Start Finish
Co-Opted Governors        
Sean Hutton

Chair of Governors

Pupil Monitoring




02.07.15 01.07.19
Angela Hughes Induction Governor Finance 02.07.15 01.07.19
Gail Toulon

Chair of Personnel & Pay,

Anti-Bullying Governor



02.07.15 01.07.19
Tony Ewer  Renewable Energy & Special Projects Finance 02.07.15 01.07.19
C. Salazar-Lewis Communication and Website, Safeguarding Governor Curriculum 02.07.15 01.07.19
Christine Hampson       01.11.16
Julia Simmonds       01.03.17
Local Authority Governors        
Jane Gossling

GB Vice-Chair,

Chair of the Finance & Environment Committee




02.07.15 03.11.17
Staff Governors        
A. King  - Head Teacher  




M Collins -

Deputy Headtecher

  Curriculum 13.10.16  
Parent Governors        
Matt Owen-Farmer

Chair of the Curriculum Committee , Health & Safety Governor

Outdoor Learning



23.09.14 22.09.18
Sam Horne Training

Training Liaison

SEN Governor

Curriculum 20.11.14 19.11.18
Georgina Burnell-Nugent Compliance Curriculum 17.06.15 16.06.19
John Cropper     04.02.16 03.02.20
Lee Benning     23.03.16 22.03.20
Associate Governors        
Nick Horne no voting rights Finance 08.11.15 07.11.19
Andrew Gibson no voting rights     01.12.19
Patsy Pritchard     25.11.14  


 Governors Attendance Record

Governor Full GB meetings Finance Curriculum
Sean Hutton 7 out of 7   100% 3 out of 3   100% 4 out of 4
Angela Hughes 1 out of 6   17% 1 out of 3   33% NA
Gail Toulon 7 out of 7 3 out of 3 NA
Tony Ewer 5 out of 7   71% 2 out of 3   66% NA
C. Salazar Lewis 7 out of 7   100% NA 4 out of 6   66%
Jane Gossling 5 out of 7   71% 3 out of 3   100% NA
A. King 7 out of 7   100% 2 out of 3 6 out of 6   100%
Matt Owen Farmer 7 out of 7   100% 3 out of 3   100% 6 out of 6   100%
Sam Horne 4 out of 6   66% NA 1 out of 6   16%
Georgina Burnell Nugent 6 out of 6    100% NA 3 out of 6   50%
John Cropper 3 out of 2   66% NA NA
Lee Benning 2 out of 3    66% 1 out of 1   100%  
M Collins 2 out of 5   40% NA 6 out of 6   100%
Nick Horne 3 out of 5    60%    
Andrew Gibson 5 out of 7   71% NA  
Julia Simmonds 5 out of 7   71% NA 6 out of 6 100%
Chris Hampson 3 out of 6   50% NA 2 out of 6    33%
Chris Bestwick 5 out of 5    100% NA NA


Governors Business and Precuniary Interests

Name Business Nature of Business Nature of Interest Start Date Finish Date Entry Date
Tony Ewer Sable Tiger Ltd; Trend Monitor Ltd Property and Data Director 1996;1992    
Angela Hughes Nil         Oct 15
Sean Hutton Chair, Wherwell Playing Fields Recreation Chair 1980   Oct 15
Gail Toulon Nil         Oct 15
Andy King Headteacher         Oct 15
Jane Gossling Nil         Oct 15
Georgina Burnell - Nugent Nil         Oct 15
Sam Horne Nil         Oct 15
Matt Owen- Farmer Nil         Oct 15
Nick Horne Nil         Oct 15
Mary Collins Deputy Headteacher         Oct 15
Andrew Gibson Nil         Oct 15
Claudia Salazar-Lewis Employed at school Education   Sept 2015   Oct 15
Christine Hampson Nil          
JuliaSimmonds Nil          
Christopher Bestwick Nil