Our schools are minimising the number of visitors they receive, as well as the amount of time visitors spend on the school premises, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This will help to minimise group mixing and make it easier to maintain social distancing in school.
We expect all visitors to: 1. only visit the school premises if absolutely necessary. Please phone instead, request a call or request an online meeting if possible. 2. not enter the premises if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus. 3. clean your hands with alcohol gel (provided) when you enter and leave the building. 4. follow the same procedures as those in place for staff, ie social distancing (2m), avoid touching surfaces and do not enter areas of the school without the permission of staff.
Thank you for your support in keeping our pupils, staff and families safe.
In September 2015 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.
The Governing Body now consists of:The headteacher
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.
Contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Jonathan Thomas - Chair
I became a Parent Governor in 2017 as I wanted to support the school in providing the best possible educational experience not just for my own children, but for all children attending the school. My eldest son is now enjoying his time at secondary school building on his great experiences of primary education provided by the wonderful staff at Widey Court. My second son started at the school in September 2018 and continues to thrive and develop in all areas. My personal connection to the school extends beyond my children, in that my wife works at the school and shares the same passion I have for the continued success of Widey Court.
Professionally, I have worked for the Lloyds Banking Group since 1994 and am currently responsible for managing the Bank’s relationships with some of its largest corporate clients in the South West. Outside work, family is everything, but I also enjoy playing golf, cooking and travel. We live in a small village on the edge of Dartmoor, where we designed and had our house built in 2007.
Born in St Budeaux in 1960 and educated at Southway Junior/Comprehensive schools with further education at Plymouth College of Further Education. I Spent 14 years as a Quantity Surveyor until 1993 when I became employed at the Child Maintenance Service.
I have seen both of my daughters very successfully move through Widey Court School, the eldest has completed her Degree course (working in television) and my youngest is currently at university completing her Masters in Zoology.
I have been a Governor at Widey for about 19 years, starting as a Parent Governor then a Community Governor and now Co-opted. I have previously been Chair of Governors and Chair of the Buildings Sub-Committee.
The key issues for me at the moment are the political agenda that we have to work under, regardless of the political party in Government and the financial constraints placed upon us by them. Both of these issues have a direct bearing on the quality of education at Widey, and all schools, so it is part of my role to ensure that we achieve the best possible funding and we achieve value for money in its expenditure.
The role of the Governor can be time consuming, frustrating, challenging but more than anything, interesting and immensely rewarding to know that I can have a positive impact on the education and social inclusion of all the pupils at the school.
Mrs Veronica Clarke
Co-opted Safeguarding Governor 14/06/2017- 31/8/24
Responsible for :
Year group responsibility, Year 5
Governor attendance 2017/2018 (as of 12/7/18) 7/8 full Governing Body meetings
Governor attendance 2018/2019 6/7 Governing Body meeting
Governor attendance 2019/2020 (18/9/2019 16/01/2020 20/05/2020 16/6/2020 8/7/2020)
Governor attendance 2020/2021 (16/9/2020, 21/10/2020, 2/12/2020, 27/1/21, 10/3/21, 5/5/21, 7/7/21)
Governor attendance 2021/2022 (29/9/2021, 18/11/2021)
Register of interest: casual employment at Widey Court School.
I have worked in the voluntary role of Parent Governor at Widey Court since May 2013, having been inspired to apply for the post after seeing how my children, as new Service Pupils, were embraced by the school. I wanted to give something back and was impressed by Widey’s willingness to target the Service Pupil Premium to support children affected by the challenges of their parents’ service to society; an approach which has earned the school national recognition and continues to see members of staff called upon to advise other schools on how to do such a great job.
I help to run the Keeping in Touch (KIT) Club for Service pupils at Widey, enjoy the opportunity to assist in bringing various forms of Service support and funding to the school (which then benefits the entire school community) and have been Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Currently, I have the role of Safeguarding Governor, which is a critical and ever-changing area and provide opportunities to work with a range of Widey’s valued members of staff.
As a parent, being connected to education by my previous work as an English teacher and being an active member of Plymouth’s Service community provides me with good awareness as a Widey governor. I therefore value the opportunity to help ensure Widey Court Primary School offers each of its amazing pupils, and their families, the best possible experience of primary education.
Miss A Griffiths - Staff Governor
I first joined the school in 2012. In the last eight years I have had opportunity to perform various roles as class teacher, University Mentor for both Plymouth University and Marjon, Year Leader and RE Curriculum lead to name a few all with diverse responsibilities. This has given me a broad perspective of the needs of the school, both pastorally and educationally. I care deeply that the success of the school depends on the support of the leadership team, teachers and teaching assistants, parents and importantly governors working together to provide the best learning interventions for all stakeholders. I consider that at this point in my career I have the experience and perspective to add value to the Governing Board especially by representing my fellow professionals. I care passionately in the value that the governing body can bring, and I enjoy being able to participate in increasing the profile of the school within the Connect Academy but also in serving the wider community.
Outside of school, I travel (when we can), enjoy walking and charity challenges, and most importantly spend time with my family and friends.
BA Hons University of Exeter 2008
PGCE Early Years with Early Years Professional Status 2010
PGCE Primary Education with QTS 2011
It has been my pleasure to have been employed at Widey Court since 2001 in an IT capacity. I have worked with all year groups over the years and experienced many changes to the computing curriculum which is the area I have been involved with. The school's IT infrastructure has also undergone significant improvements, from the era of one very small room in which 14 desktops were shared between 28 children to a purpose built 'Davis' suite capable of hosting a class of 30.
Devices such as tablets and laptops introduced into daily school life present opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving curriculum and the budget constraints upon the school.
Previously as a governor of both the buildings and finance committee I have been able to see the impact and effects of the decisions made by the government, staff and governing body to the life of the school.
I became a governor in 2017 because I wanted to help Widey Court offer the best education and experience for my son in Year 1, and my baby son when he is old enough! Since becoming a governor I have realised that this duty extends to all of the children that Widey Court serves and our local community. As an Educational Psychologist I work with a number of schools throughout Plymouth and I am hoping that this experience will help me to support Widey Court in its vision of ensuring all children receive an outstanding education through the very best teaching and support.
I grew up down the road in Hartley Vale and attended another primary school that is part of the same Multi-Academy Trust as us. I have many happy and fond memories of playing in Widey Woods and even the occasional game of football for the Cubs on Widey Court’s playing field!
Mrs Hayley Gilbride, Deputy Headteacher
Associate Governor - Invited to attend meetings by the Governing Body - 28/09/2017
Mrs Julie McDonald - Clerk
Commenced July 2015
Governors who have served on Widey Court’s Governing Body in the last twelve months are:
Mr Andy Moore - 01/12/2006 - 19.07.2019 Attendance (as of 11/07/2019) attended 4/10 Full Governing Body Meetings.
Miss Georgia Carney- 01/09/2017 - November 2020.