Weeke Primary School

Achievement For All

Information About the Governing Body

The full governing body meets once each half term and all governors attend. There are also two sub-committees, plus an additional committee, which reviews the Headteacher's performance. Working groups are set up from time to time to review specific areas, as and when required. The Chair of Governors and Headteacher are members of all committees by virtue of their position.

Governor Newsletters are issued termly to keep parents informed of the school's achievements, the work of the governing body and any other relevant issues. Copies are sent directly to parents electronically via ‘Schoolcomms’, but can also be found on this website by clicking here.

Contacting the Governing Body

We welcome letters and value your comments. Letters to the governing body should be addressed to the Chair and handed in at the school office. If you have concerns relating to the day to day running of the school these should, in the first instance, be referred to the Headteacher.

Full Governing Body

NameType of GovernorDate AppointedBusiness & Pecuniary Interests
Sheila Alderson (Chair)Co-opted20th May 2015Nil
Henry Watson (Vice Chair)Local Authority23rd April 2015Nil
Sys AitkenheadCo-opted20th May 2015Nil
Nathan CurtisCo-opted7th October 2015Nil
Steve FordCo-opted7th October 2015Nil
Abby GoodchildStaff31st August 2013Employed at school
Claire HollickParent9th July 2013WPSA trustee & treasurer
Michelle LoughreyHeadteacherEmployed at school
Chris ParsonsCo-opted7th October 2015Think Code Learn Ltd director & Winchester Vineyard Church pastor
Louise PagdenParent2nd November 2015Employed at Winchester University
Nick SadlerCo-opted7th October 2015Employed by HCC
*Anthony MundenAssociate6th May 2012Nil

*Not required to attend meetings – acts as adviser to governing body on buildings and maintenance issues

Curriculum and Standards CommitteeFinance and Resources CommitteeHeadteacher’s Performance Management Group
Sys Aitkenhead (Chair) Claire Hollick (Chair) Nick Sadler (Chair)
Sheila AldersonSheila AldersonClaire Hollick
Steve FordMichelle LoughreyHenry Watson
Abby Goodchild Chris Parsons
Michelle LoughreyNick Sadler
Louise PagdenNathan Curtis
Henry Watson

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability and have an important part to play in raising school standards. To ensure the Governing Body has the relevant expertise to carry out its core duties effectively, governors have been appointed with different skill sets. In addition, it is important for governors to be familiar with the school and its community. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body, so individual governors do not act independently. Governors are appointed for a period of four years and may seek re-election if eligible. There are different categories of governor, but once appointed, governors are of equal standing.

Sys Aitkenhead

I have two children currently at the school, as well as working in a business role for a telecommunications company. Aside from being a governor, I also enjoy going into school and helping with reading, as well as supporting school trips.

I was elected as a parent governor in 2012 and I'm now a Co-opted Governor. I became a governor out of a desire to understand how schools work, and how I could best support and influence. It is a passion for me that we provide local schools which nurture and develop our children in a safe and caring way, so that we may have happy, well-rounded and confident children that are keen to continue their learning journey after their primary education.

Sheila Alderson

As well as being a parent of two children, I have four grandchildren, with whom I enjoy spending time. Prior to my retirement, I spent 40 years working in education and have experience of class teaching and management roles. I became a governor in 2008 and have found it exciting, and rewarding, to witness the developments that have enhanced teaching and learning at Weeke in recent years.

I am passionate about the educational opportunities we offer children. I want to see them reach their full potential and become confident, adaptable and eager to learn, whilst retaining happy memories of their time at school. I firmly believe that children are our future and it is the role of educators to ensure they are well prepared to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead of them. I became a governor to support this important task.

Nathan Curtis

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor at Weeke at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. My elder daughter Zia started in Reception at Weeke in 2014 and my younger daughter Sienna is due to start there in September 2016.

I am a Partner in one of the UK’s leading independent law firms and have developed a broad range of business and legal skills that are directly applicable to my role as a Governor. As well as sitting on the full Board of Governors I also sit on the Finance and Resources Committee which oversees the school’s financial health. Weeke is a fantastic school that is central to the community in Weeke and I enjoy being a part of its governance as it develops the next generation of children.

Like many of my fellow Governors, I love living in Winchester and taking advantage of the opportunities for outdoor pursuits that the fabulous countryside around it offers.

Steve Ford

I recently became a co-opted governor after a one year gap. I was previously a parent governor for 8 years (4 years at Weeke) and chaired the Standards and Safeguarding Committee for 3 years. During my time at the school I have worked closely with the Headteacher and the School to ensure that it is well managed and able to achieve its strategic goals. I am passionate about ensuring that pupils from all backgrounds have great educational opportunities.

I have three children who all attended Weeke Primary School and are now, either at Westgate, or Peter Symonds. I work as an enterprise architect for a large financial services company.

Abby Goodchild

I have worked at Weeke since September 2003, where I started as a Newly Qualified Teacher. In 2008, after five years teaching, I was appointed to the role of Deputy Headteacher. Alongside Ms Loughrey, I am responsible for leading teaching and learning across the school, with a focus on maths. Before becoming a teacher I worked as a recruitment consultant and also as a researcher for Tourism South East.

I love the positive ethos and atmosphere at Weeke. Our fantastic children love to learn, our creative staff team care about the children, are passionate about each child achieving their potential and having fun whilst they learn. Our families are hugely supportive and involved in school life – we have a great community. I hope that every child leaves our school having had a great education, feeling confident, valued, ready for secondary school and with some fantastic memories of their time at Weeke.

Claire Hollick

I have been a parent governor since 2013, my daughter Isobel is now in KS2, I am also an active member of the WPSA, having been treasurer for the last few years.  I work part-time as a senior audit manager for a large firm of accountants, specialising in education clients (Universities, Colleges and Schools).  I bring to the governing body my finance, HR and governance expertise, as well as my knowledge of the wider education sector.

I really enjoy my role as it enables me to use my skills and experience to support the school in the best way I can.  I also enjoy singing with Winchester Community Choir, raising money for local causes through our concerts, and have helped Winchester Hockey Club on the finance side of a project and Winchester Basics Bank with their accounts.  When I can, I enjoy cycling and in 2014 I had fun participating in the Winchester Duathlon and Pedal Paddle Pace, as well as the London to Brighton ride.

Michelle Loughrey

After spending 13 years working in large inner-city schools in the London Boroughs of Newham and Lewisham, I moved to Hampshire to become the Headteacher at Weeke. I have been the Headteacher here since September 2013.

The Headteacher, by nature of the job, is always a member of the school’s Governing Body. With a background in music, I am passionate about the arts and the positive impact of creativity on children’s learning. My vision for Weeke is that it is respected and admired as a school of excellence because learning is irresistible; children develop a genuine life-long love of learning and every child flourishes.

Louise Pagden

I have worked in the education sector for the past 15 years. Originally I was a primary school teacher, before working for the Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service as an education consultant. For the last five years I have been a University lecturer, teaching on a number of primary teacher training courses and researching a range of educational issues. My specialism lies in language teaching, both English and foreign languages. I am currently completing my doctorate which examines the rise of Free schools in the UK.

I am a parent to two young children (one of whom attends Weeke) and I was appointed a parent governor in 2015. The school has provided my son with so many opportunities and I wanted the possibility to put something back. In my spare time I enjoy running and geocaching; I have recently completed the Great South Run on behalf of the WPSA.

Chris Parsons

I have 15 years experience in the technical sector as a computer programmer, consultant and trainer and have owned several software development and training businesses. Since 2012 I have also worked part time training and developing teams and leaders at Winchester Vineyard Church.

I have been involved in the school's life since our eldest son started at Weeke in 2008, and currently have two daughters at the school. I care about all children reaching their potential, no matter what their background or ability, especially in the fields of technology and social/leadership skills. I became a governor to help support this fantastic school as it works hard to achieve this for every child.

Nick Sadler

I have worked at a Local Authority for eight years, extensively with school admissions. I now work full time in school governance and I was appointed as a Co-opted governor in October 2015. Being a governor at Weeke Primary School gives me a chance to support the provision of education and schooling in Winchester where I have worked happily for eight years and I am excited by the prospect of making a difference to the education of children at the school.

I hope to bring to the governing body my knowledge and awareness of education conditions in both the local area and Hampshire. I also hope that my knowledge of governance will allow the governing body to ensure that children leaving Weeke Primary School are well prepared for the opportunities ahead of them.

I am a keen sportsman, enjoy running and I am involved with local football in my spare time.

Henry Watson

During a 15-year career in the Civil Service, I have undertaken roles in policy, strategy, finance and HR in a number of government departments. Since 2009, I have been with the Department of Education and am currently Head of Strategy.

I have been a governor at Weeke since 2006 and was appointed vice-chair in 2010. I am married with two children.

Anthony Munden

Anthony has served as a governor in the past, but due to personal commitments was unable to continue in the full role. However, he continues to support the governing body as an associate governor. He practises as an architect, so his experience and advice are invaluable, particularly as there have been various building extensions and refurbishments at the school over the last few years.

Attendance at Meetings for Academic Year 2014-2015.

NameFull Governing Body
(6 meetings)
Finance and Resources Committee
(5 meetings)
Standards and Safeguarding Committee
(4 meetings)
Date AppointedDate Resigned
Sys Aitkenhead53
Sheila Alderson (COG)643
Nathan Curtis41
Abby Goodchild53
Steve Ford317th October 2015
Claire Hollick54
Gerard Hutchings424th October 2016
Janet Kirby 010th May 2016
Louise Pagden433rd November 2015
Chris Parsons32 7th October 2015
Michelle Loughrey443
Nicholas Sadler447th October 2015
Paul Thomas244th October 2016
Henry Watson31
Anthony Munden *

*Not required to attend meetings – acts as adviser to governing body

Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for working with the school to ensure it delivers a good quality education for its pupils. It has a wide range of strategic responsibilities covering all aspects of school life.  The operational management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and governors do not become involved with this.

The Governing Body has three core functions, as described by the Department for Education:

  1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and Performance Management of the staff
  3. Oversee financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.

Governors also undertake a number of other important duties to ensure their statutory responsibilities are met. An overview and further information can be found by clicking here.

Governor Roles