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|
|Ben Maddison (Vice Chair)||Co-opted|
|Jo Cottrell||Executive Leader|
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 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
Ruth Easton has lived in West Wellow since 1993 and her daughter attended Wellow Primary School in the 1990s. She retired from full time teaching several 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.
Sam Woods - Co-opted Governor
Sam lives in West Wellow and became a co-opted governor in February 2021. His eldest son currently attends Wellow School. Sam is a Chemical Engineer working in the Oil Industry and has always had an interest in becoming a governor and supporting children’s education. He is keen to provide support to the schools of Wellow and Awbridge in their continuous development and improvement utilising his skills from his career to support this. Sam has specific responsibility for communication and marketing as well as governor training
Helen Wheelwright - Co-opted Governor
Jools Langton - Parent Governor
Jools joined in November 2021 as Parent Governor. He believes the welfare and inclusion of all children within the school is at the heart of what we do. Jools is passionate about supporting the school and staff to offer pupils opportunities to learn valuable life skills to support their development and benefit the local community. A Trading Manager for a Global Retailer, he has experience of working collaboratively with different cultures and businesses across Europe and the Far East. Jools lives locally in Timsbury and has 3 young children, with the eldest currently at Awbridge Primary.
Rianna Arshad - Parent Governor
Rianna was elected as a parent governor in November 2021 and has 3 children currently attending Wellow Primary School. The family have lived in the village for nearly 4 years.
When not being a Mum, Rianna works as a Doctor in the Children’s A and E at Southampton General Hospital. This gives her a unique insight into how health and education impact each other. She has also been part of improvement projects within the NHS and hopes to use these skills as a governor.
Rianna will act as the governor link for the Creative Collaborative with the Art’s Council over the next 3 years.