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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. During the CoViD-19 restrictions we are holding meetings online and the Chair and Vice Chair have a weekly conference call with the Headteacher. Governors have continued to monitor the work of the school and the arrangements that have been put in place to meet the requirements of the latest CoViD-19 guidance. 


During the last school year much has been done to refurbish the school buildings and improve the teaching and learning resources. We believe that the school is now well placed to build on this and to continue raising the outcomes for all our children. 


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.


Adam Jolliffe

I have been a resident in Alderbury for the last three years, having lived in Salisbury prior to that. I am a Parent Governor and serve on the Resources committee with link governor status for P.E. I am a hands-on governor and have an active role in extra-curricular activities, running the Gardening Club and taking responsibility for various outdoor areas. Outside of school life I work in the water industry, which gives me a different perspective and often allows me to see things in a practical way.  For example, this year I involved twenty children in the Annual Village Gardening Show, which created an opportunity to engage with the wider village community and forge links with the elderly and young alike.


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.


Nicola Sloan

I am a Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and chair the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am also the named governor for Safeguarding and Whistleblowing. Over the last thirty years I have worked with children of all ages in a church setting and as a teacher of English at secondary school level. I began training as a Counsellor at work to support my role in pastoral care and have, therefore, a particular interest in children's emotional wellbeing. With this in mind, I am a strong supporter of the extracurricular activities offered by Alderbury and West Grimstead School as well as maintaining a keen, experienced based focus, on classroom learning. I am fully committed to the school and its ethos and look forward to supporting Mr Thorpe and his staff as they continue to equip and enable each child to reach their highest potential.


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


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