Meet The Governors
I have been a Foundation Governor since 2011 and Chair for the last year. Having retired from teaching, I was keen to maintain a link with the educational world and, as a parishioner of St Luke's, Our Lady's was the obvious choice! I feel very privileged to work alongside such a committed Head and her enthusiastic and dedicated staff as we strive to provide the best possible learning experiences for all our pupils.
Fr Louis Beasley-Suffolk
I have been a Foundation Governor for 12 years, and as the Parish Priest of St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton, I take a keen interest in the link between the school and our Parish. The ethos that we would wish to inculcate into the lives of the children is based on Christian values which are those of respect and dignity for all humanity. To do that we also need the support of parents who are, after all, the first teachers of their children. As a parent and grandfather myself, I am well aware of the difficulties in raising children, and also the need to bring them up to think for themselves and an awareness of the good they can bring to society as a whole.
I have been a parent governor for 4 years and 9 months. I became a parent Governor to help support the school my children attend. I am a home maker and felt that this was a valuable contribution to my community. It has been a pleasure to support the school both with procedures and in developing its faith which I feel is an important part of Our Lady’s.
Tim Horten Smith
I have been a Foundation Governor at Our Lady’s School since 2014. Having enjoyed a long career in primary education, being a governor here is an added bonus, and a privileged experience to watch our young people progress and grow in the capable hands of a well led, committed staff. I hope that, in supporting those who work to offer the best of teaching and care, we governors can also reflect and present the ideals of the parish and wider community.
Having recently joined as a Foundation Governor, it is a great privilege being on the board and to be able to support the head teacher in driving the school forward to promote a positive learning environment for all the children.
Children need a fun, safe and enjoyable start in their academic life and providing the best support by the Governing Board, Head Teacher and all the staff is paramount for this success.
Having a daughter who has just started Gillingham Comprehensive School, I know how lovely it is to see children grow in confidence as they progress through the school and become an important part of the community. Faith is also part of this growing process and will help them as they move on through the school and into adulthood.
I am a new Parent Governor to Our Lady’s and have lived locally all my life. My husband attended the school as a child. I have been vice chair in the past of the school PTFA and still have a role within it. I have 2 children currently in the school. I work part-time for the NHS as a receptionist/administrator and have recently become 1 of 3 voluntary directors for the Somerset Parent Carer Forum (having worked with the forum for 2 years). I also run a support group for parents of children with Special Needs, where my specialist interests lie. I want to contribute to the continuing caring Ethos of the school and ensure that all children have the best possible outcomes in their education.
I joined the Governing Body in 2014 as a parent governor and shortly after my role changed to Foundation Governor. My day job is Crew Manager within Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. I am also in charge of Community Fire Safety for the Wincanton area. My aim is to support the school and community, to make everyone safer through my actions and working with other organisations around Wincanton and whole Somerset.