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Governors

Our Role

School Governors play an important part in helping our school run effectively. They use their varied experience and knowledge to support the success and continual improvement of the school in three main ways:

 

  1. Planning the school’s strategic direction.
  2. Making sure money is well spent by having oversight of the school’s financial performance.
  3. Holding the Headteacher and school leadership accountable.

 

The Governing Board does not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. Each Governor has specific responsibilities as part of a sub-committee looking at either:

 

  1. Standards and School Improvement
  2. Finance & Resources 

 

​​​​​​​Governors are either appointed to the role (Partnership, Co-opted, Local Authority), or elected from within the school community (Parent). You can find more information on the role of School Governors at https://governorsforschools.org.uk/

Parent Governors

Parent Governors play an essential role in the School Governing Body. They bring their skills and expertise to the group in the same way appointed Governors do, as well as their perspective as parents.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor, this document contains lots of useful information.

Louise Day

Chair of Governors

lday@wilstead.school

Hi my name is Louise, I have been a Governor at Wilstead since 2016 when my son joined the school. I am Wilstead born and bred, having lived in the village throughout my life, attended the school as a child and therefore have a real sense of our community. I work in Education as Assistant Principal at a local school and have a keen interest in developing children's love of learning, with a particular focus on Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.  When not working I enjoy quality time with my family, baking, time outdoors and day trips and holidays away.

 

Caron Brown

Headteacher

head@wilstead.school              

I am Caron, the very fortunate Headteacher of this lovely school! I became Head here in April 2020, after spending many years working in Hertfordshire. I started my education career working with children with emotional and behavioural needs and I am a strong advocate for therapeutic approaches to education. I deeply believe that every child matters enormously. I live just 20 minutes away in Biggleswade with my partner Les and our Labrador, Nelson, who is regularly in school with me! I read a lot (much more during holidays!), love visiting European cities, art galleries and coffee shops and have always got time for a chat (especially if there's a coffee on offer too!).             

Nicola Webb

Co-opted Governor and Deputy Headteacher

Standards & School Improvement Committee

nwebb@wilstead.school

I am Nicki, and I joined the school as Deputy Headteacher in 2017. I have taught in Reception, Year 4 and Year 3 during my time at Wilstead.  Igrew up in Malvern, Worcestershire, and lived in Cambridge and London before settling in Bedford.  I am passionate about the importance of Early Years education, and in the vital role of play in building strong foundations for our children’s learning.  I am Mummy to a little boy, and hugely enjoying the trials and tribulations of new parenthood!

Rebecca May

Parent Governor

Chair of Standards & School Improvement

rmay@wilstead.school

I am a Parent Governor with two children in the school. Before my children were born, I was a teacher in a local lower school with leadership responsibilities and I love to use my previous experience to support Wilstead Primary. Nowadays, I work as a freelance writer and trainer and voluntarily help to lead Wixams church, where I am responsible for Messy Church and Little Stars toddler group. My favourite pastime is crafting and I am learning to make clothes for my children.

Matt Jones

Parent Governor

mjones@wilstead.school

I have a son currently in Key Stage One,  and I became a Governor in late 2020. I work in the Aerospace industry (which is nowhere near as fun as it sounds) in Purchasing, so I am paid to shop. I am an avid Comic Book and movie fan, and pretend to have an interest in running, which is almost permanently on hold. I firmly believe in the value of Wilstead Primary and, alongside the rest of the Governing Board, I am committed to supporting the school, pupils, and all staff. 

Lucy Bonforte

Parent Governor

lbonforte@wilstead.school

I have recently joined the Governing Body at Wilstead Primary. My daughter joined the school in September 2022 and is having a blast in the Reception class! I am Wilstead born and bred, having lived in the village throughout my life, attended the school as a child and therefore having a real sense of community and wanting to make a difference. I work in education as a Special Needs Co-ordinator and have a passion for ensuring all learners with SEN reach their fullest educational potential. I am super excited to be part of the Governors team and look forward to help drive the school's improvement, develop opportunities and the chance to support young people’s futures. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also LOVE singing and acting!!  

My name is Christina Bilbao and I became a school Governor in 2022. I moved to Bedfordshire from North London in 2017. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2017. 

As a SEN pupil, I have always valued and had an interest in education. I am dedicated to  supporting and developing the educational experience at Wilstead Primary.

 

Claire Taylor
Co-Opted Governor
ctaylor@wilstead.school

I was co-opted as a Governor in May 2023 and have two boys who are very happy pupils at the school. Prior to moving to Wilstead ten years ago, I lived and worked as a Solicitor in London, but have since focussed my time on looking after my family and home. I love a good book and a good coffee and, despite having never been particularly sporty, I get a lot of enjoyment from practising parkour. I went to a village Primary School very much like the one in Wilstead and I am very supportive of the school. I volunteer as a parent helper on a weekly basis, supporting children with their reading and comprehension skills, and I have also been responsible for reorganising the school’s library. As a Governor, I have a strong desire to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and all parents are given the opportunity to be involved in their child’s education.

 

David Picton

Parents Governor

dpicton@wilstead.school

I became a Parent Governor in late 2023 and currently have 2 children in the school. I have lived in Wilstead since 2015, having returned from living in Australia for 8 years, although I grew up just down the road in Shefford. I'm a chartered accountant, currently working for a listed technology company and outside of work enjoy reading crime novels and spending time with the family. I'm excited to be part of a strong Governing Board and look forward to supporting the schools ongoing development.

Full Governor information is contained in the below link along with the most recent attendance register.

Name

Committees

Category of governor

Appointment date and method

Term end

Louise Day

Chair

Standards & School

Improvement 

Partnership

22.11.2016

Governing Board

21.11.2024

Nicola Webb

 

Standards & School

Improvement 

Co-opted

03.10.2017

Governing Board

02.10.2025

Matthew JonesStandards & School ImprovementParent25.11.2020 Elected24.11.2024

Rebecca May

Standards & School Improvement

Local Authority

06.07.2022

05.07.2026

Caron Brown

Finance &  Resources

Standards & School

Improvement

Headteacher

20.04.2020

Appointed HT

N/A

Lucia BonforteInclusion (Pupil Premium, SEN, LAC)Co-Opted23/11/202222/11/2026
Christina BalboaPartnershipPartnership23/11/202222/11/2026
Claire Taylor Co-Opted 10/05/202309.05.2027
Juliana Di NiroClerk Clerk01/09/2022N/A

Charlotte Stratton

Finance & Resources (No voting rights)

Associate

Member

16.10.2018

Governing Board

15.10.2022

James Walker

 

Staff

14/11/2023

29/02/2028

David Picton

 TBC

Parent

22/11/2023

21/11/2027

Jenny Knight

 TBC

Parent

22/11/2023

21/11/2027

 

 

Governors who have stepped down.

Name

Committees

 

Category of governor

Appointed by

Date of appointment

Date stepped down

Leon Robichaud

Finance &  Resources

Standards &

Improvement

 HeadteacherGoverning Board01.09.2015 Appointed H/T19.04.2020
Richard CandlinStandards & School Improvement ParentElection20.09.201619.09.2020
Natalie Phillips Finance & resources Co-optedGoverning Board08.10.201915.10.2020
Gemma WestStandards & School Improvement ParentElection26.06.201822.11.2020
Eliska Burrows Finance and Resources (Vice Chair) Co-OptedGoverning Board 03.10.201715.04.2021
Rebecca CoeFinance and Resources Local AuthorityLocal Authority03.10.201702.10.2021
Lizzy Greaves

Finance and Resources

Standards & School Improvement

 

 Co-ChairPartnership28/06/201631/07/2022
Yvonne Hayes

Finance and Resources

Standards & School Improvement

 ParentElected25/11/202031/08/2022
Gari Harris  ParentElected26/06/202231/08/2022
Richard WalmsleyClerk ClerkN/A01/04/201631/08/2022
Amy Marchant  Co-opted 12/01/202203/05/2023
Sheila HaleFinance and Resources Staff Elected02/09/201901/09/2023
Michael HodgesFinance and Resources (Chair) ParentElected25/11/202001/09/2023
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