Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. From December 2020 when we became part of The University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWinAT), our governing body became a Local Academy Committee, working alongside our Trustees who have overall responsibility for our five schools. This means that our governors focus only on Wellow and Awbridge, but the schools benefits from excellent support and advice of trustees.
|Roger Savage (Chair of Governors)||Co-opted|
|Ruth Easton (Vice Chair)||Co-opted|
|Jo Cottrell||Executive Headteacher|
Wellow School has a dedicated team of Governors who are either elected as Parent Governors, Community Governors or Local Authority Governors. They remain on the Local Academy Committee for a period of four years and may be re-elected if no other candidates come forward. Vacancies for Governors are communicated through the school to parents. Each governor has a clear role in supporting and holding the school to account, this ensures that Governors ‘know their school’ and are able to challenge the school to achieve the very best outcomes for children.
Chair of Governors
Roger Savage started as a parent governor over 20 years ago and is now a co opted governor and is the vice chair of the governing body. Roger created and runs a business near Romsey and is able to bring some of the experiences learned to that of school governance. A believer in giving every child the best opportunities that the schools can give and in particular looking beyond academic disciplines towards life experiences and skills that are so important for our children growing up in the complex and ever demanding world today.
Designated Safeguarding Governor and Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Ruth Easton has lived in West Wellow for 25 years and her daughter attended Wellow Primary School in the 1990s. She retired from full time teaching a couple of years ago after serving Hampshire County Council as a junior school teacher for 35 years. The majority of her career was spent in upper key stage 2, so she has a strong understanding of the expectations for this age group. She is keen to see all children achieve their potential by engaging in an exciting and broad curriculum. Previously, Ruth has served as a staff governor for 8 years in a junior school near Totton.
Ben Maddison, co-opted governor
Ben has been a governor since September 2017. He sits on the Curriculum and Standards committee, with specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs. He is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the greatest opportunity to thrive at school.
Ben is a government scientist and has 20 years experience conducting research and providing advice to senior decision makers on procurement and policy decisions.
He has twin boys at Awbridge Primary School and has lived in the village for 10 years.
Ricardo Meakin - Parent Governor
Ric has two children in Wellow school and became a governor at the end of 2018. His main reason for becoming a governor was to contribute in supporting the school leaders and staff to continue to provide excellent education and social development for children at such formative times in their lives. Ric has worked in the NHS since 2008 and is used to working in teams that consistently look to improve, achieving better outcomes for patients, Applying this kind of working to trying to get the best not only for the children and staff in our schools now, but also beyond, is key.
Tracey Parrott, Staff Governor
Tracey is employed across both schools as the Federation Admin Manager and has been a member of the governing body for the past 4 years. She is the elected staff governor. Her governor responsibilities include Health and Safety & Governor Training.