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Alderbury and West Grimstead Church of England Primary School

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The school's Governing Body has three core functions:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and for the performance management of staff; and
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and to make sure its money is well spent.


We regularly review the effectiveness of our work and check that governors have the right mix of skills and experience. We agree an annual action plan to ensure we maintain our focus on developing and improving the work of the school. 


The full Governing Body normally meets five times during the year and in addition the main Committees meet once a term. The Chair and Vice Chair have a weekly conference call with the Headteacher. . 


During this year, Governors are particularly focussing on the development of the school's exciting new curriculum and monitoring its successful implementation.


John Fuller

(Chair of Governors)


Who's Who


Kate Fergusson

As a parent of two children who attended AWGS and as a former teacher and SENCo at the school, I have a true passion that all pupils should be given the opportunity to be happy, secure and achieve their potential. I am a Foundation Governor and the named governor for SEND and PPG. I also chair the Personnel Committee. I work as a Head of Learning Support in a Salisbury school (EYFS - Y11) and hold specialist qualifications in assessments and diagnoses of Specific Learning Difficulties.


John Fuller

I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Governing Body. I chair the Resources Committee and also attend the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and the Personnel Committee. I meet weekly with Mr Thorpe to discuss the work of the School and I am also the link governor for maths. I have spent my career working in the world of education, including twenty years as a Headteacher. I have worked as a School Improvement Partner and most recently I have held senior roles within a large Multi Academy Trust. I am a member of Alderbury Parish Council and a church warden at St. Mary's Alderbury. I believe strongly in the importance of the School to the life of our villages and I am committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for all of the children of Alderbury and West Grimstead School.


Ruth Jennison

I am a Parent Governor and a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee. As a teacher with over 15 years of experience in local primary schools, I believe I have the expertise to support our school's journey to becoming even more successful. I am committed to the village community and have co-led Alderbury Toddler Group for several years. Through my teaching roles over the years, I have developed a good understanding of how to achieve a balance between raising academic standards and providing a broad, rich and varied curriculum that excites and inspires all of our children, whatever their needs and talents. I have always been interested in children, education and parenting, and feel I offer a valuable mix of skills from my professional and personal backgrounds.


Lance Macklin

I am a Local Authority Governor and serve on the Resources Committee. As a parent with four children at AWGS and the pre-school I want to offer my support in a structured way. I have 20 years' experience in the Electronics and Construction industries, initially in very hands on roles, but latterly in project and financial management. While I am not from a teaching background, I hope my experience can be used to support the facilities and educational environment for the children and staff.


Lindy Paramor

I am a Foundation Governor for West Grimstead where I have lived for most of my life. My sons attended the old West Grimstead School and I was a governor there in the years leading up to the opening of the new Alderbury and West Grimstead School in 1993. So, it is a real pleasure to be involved here again. My working life has been in education, firstly in pre-school education and then as an Open University lecturer in social science, both of which support my role as the link governor for Literacy and my membership of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee. I am committed to the school's emphasis on the values of kindness, respect and justice as providing the ethos in which every child can flourish.


Kate Parker

As a parent governor, I am excited and dedicated to help the school retain its ethos and excellent reputation for happy, friendly children.  I have lived in the village for over 10 years and my husband grew up here and attended Alderbury Primary school (many years ago!). With a son in Year 1 and a daughter due to join in September 2022, I have every reason to want the school to succeed for years to come. As a Head of Department in a local grammar school for over 10 years and through my role as an Assistant Head, I believe I am well positioned to help support the school and work collaboratively with teachers and the other governors to enhance the quality of the education provided for all children. I have taken on role of Vice-Chair since September 2022.


Rev Ruth Schofield

I am a Foundation Governor and Team Vicar in the Clarendon Team, responsible for Alderbury and West Grimstead churches among others.  I trained as a mechanical engineer and worked for 25 years in the railway industry before studying theology and being ordained.  As well as an interest in maths, science and theology I am also interested in the well-being of children and staff. I have served as a governor in five Church of England primary schools (some were part of Multi Academy Trusts) and am committed to upholding the values of the school to promote the best possible outcomes for all children.


Maria Smale

As a Foundation Governor I am committed to supporting our school ethos of nurturing lives through Christian values.  I am passionate about providing a varied, successful learning environment to help each individual child achieve their full potential.  I work as a Senior Pharmacist in our local hospital and am the named governor for science. I value the village community and the benefits it brings to Alderbury and West Grimstead School.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to utilise my skills, experience and time to support the increasing success of the school.


Diane Tapper

I’m very proud to be a Foundation Governor at Alderbury & West Grimstead School. I am also the named governor for Safeguarding and Whistleblowing.

My husband and I moved to the village in June 2019 and we really appreciate the wonderful community that we live in. Before I retired, I worked at a secondary school as Pastoral Support Manager with a specialism in mental health and I also studied counselling for three years. I’m fully committed to the school's values and firmly believe that every child deserves to have an education in a nurturing and positive environment.


Further Information

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