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Winthorpe Primary School

Learning together, growing together

Our Governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.  Their role is voluntary.  They contribute to the strategic direction of the school and hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance.  


The governing body has specific responsibilities including:

  • Ensuring that the school meets its statutory responsibilities and that the children attending the school are safe;
  • The conduct of the school;
  • Setting and agreeing targets in standards and achievement;
  • Overseeing the implementation of the School Improvement Plan;
  • Ensuring the school has a curriculum policy, in particular the teaching of national curriculum subjects and religious education and deciding on the provision of sex education;
  • Statutory responsibility regarding special educational needs (SEN);
  • Ensuring policies relating to the school’s operation are prepared, agreed and reviewed regularly;
  • Ensuring compliance with equality legislation;
  • Providing information for parents;
  • Financial management;
  • Personnel matters including staff appointments as appropriate;
  • Management and maintenance of buildings;
  • Health and safety;
  • Pupil discipline and behaviour;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the activities of the school.

Governing Body Members

Fiona Jones (Chair) Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Whole School Assessment and Tracking, Performance Management, Innovation (Computing and DT),  Maths, Creativity (Music and Art)
Mark Smith (Vice Chair​) Pupil Premium, Health and Safety, Governor Training, Science
Margaret Allman EYFS Assessment and Provision
Rebecca Blackwood  
Michele Cammack SEN, Performance Management, Behaviour/Attendance, Extended Schools
Rob Cook Staff Headteacher
Sally Edmonds Staff Governor, KS1 and KS2 Assessment
Nicola McNaught Health (PE, Healthy Living, SRE and Drugs), Understanding - RE, SMSC, British Values, Sports Premium, School Council
Jeff Vaughan English - Writing, SPaG, Phonics, Reading, , Discovery (History, Geography and MFL)


If you would like to get in touch with the governors  please do so through the school office or Headteacher.  Governing body minutes are available to view by appointment by contacting the school office.

Attendance at governor meetings (academic year 2019-2020)

Fiona Jones (Chair) 1 of 1
Mark Smith (Vice-Chair)

1 of 1

Margaret Allman 1 of 1
Rebecca Blackwood 0 of 1
Michele Cammack 1 of 1
Rob Cook 1 of 1
Sally Edmonds 1 of 1
Nicola McNaught 1 of 1
Jeff Vaughan 1 of 1
Jamie Watt (resigned 22SEP19) -

A register of interest is taken at each governing body meeting.


Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category: Co-opted


Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined Governing Body:  December 2015

Current term of office:  31/01/19 - 30/01/23

Register of interests & other positions held:  sits on Local Authority Schools Forum (matters relating to total Schools' Budget), associate member of Lovers' Lane Primary School governing body


I joined the governing body in December 2015.  I have 2 daughters at Winthorpe, Abigail in Year 4 and Samantha in Year 6.  My motivations for being a governor are to contribute my skills, experience and time to support the school and the school's leaders in doing the very best job they can for the children and the local community. 


I work for an international bank in corporate governance.  My background is in financial risk management and regulatory compliance.  In my spare time I do a lot of running, cycling and gardening.



Vice-Chair of Governing Body


Governor Category: Parent


Appointed by: Parents

Date joined governing body: January 2011

Current term of office: 22/03/2017 - 21/03/2021

Register of interests & other positions held: Spouse works in school as Breakfast club supervisor.


I originally stood for election as a parent governor as my two daughters attended Winthorpe, and I wanted to assist in any way I could at the school. As part of  the governing body, I have been involved in solving the budgetary challenges that today’s schools face.  My day job is transport and logistics, so I am used to thinking on my feet, dealing with people and working to financial constraints.




Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by:  The governing body

Date joined: 2007

Current term of office:  31/12/2018 – 30/12/2022

Register of Interests & other positions held: Office Manager in school, daughter is a teaching assistant.


I have been a member of the governing body for some time now and enjoy my role supporting budgetary decisions and informing the governors about the schools financial resources.  My motivation for becoming and staying a governor has always been to support the school in moving forward and providing the best education for the children.  My post within Winthorpe is Office Manager, which I have held for 25 years.  As well as my many clerical duties I handle the budget, accompany the children and staff on the annual residential visits and support cookery club.  I currently have one grandchild at Winthorpe. 


My hobbies include watching cricket, motor sport, travel, spending time with my family and cooking. I have a keen interest in anything history related and are a member of Grantham Archaelogy group. I love going to Italy and have a GCSE in Italian!




Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined: June 2017

Current term of office: 29/06/2017 -28/06/2021

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


I live in Collingham with my teenage daughter and husband. I am a former school governor of Lincoln Minster School where I was involved in activities relating to the development of the school and the progression of its pupils.


Professionally, I work in the arts and cultural sector where I have been involved in strategy and goal setting for organisations that offer educational programmes for children (including National Poetry Day, Book Trust and numerous national & regional museums). I hope to bring excellent aspects of this world to the school working alongside the team developing the education on offer to pupils.


Governor category: Local Authority 

Appointed by:  Local Authority

Date Joined Governing Body - 2003

Current term of office - 31/12/2018 - 30/12/2020

Register of interests & other positions held: None


I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2003 and was the chair of governors for 10 years.  I feel a strong sense of connection with this community living in Winthorpe and both my children attended the school.  As a governor I have attended many training courses to ensure that as a school we keep up to date current practices.  I appreciate how essential it is for children to be engaged in the learning process from an early age and for us to provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment and the best teaching for the job. 


I enjoy skiing, gardening and travel.  


Governor Category: Ex-officio

Appointed by: By virtue of office

Date joined: September 2016

Current term of office:  01/09/2016 -

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


Prior to joining Winthorpe I was Deputy Head at Caythorpe Primary School for 5 years and previously taught at Cherry Willingham Primary School, Lincoln.


Out of school I enjoy all team sports, particularly rugby and football, and also enjoy going to watch live music gigs. I’ve recently started trying to get a bit fitter, and like setting myself challenging targets. This year I’ve ran my first ever 10k race and half-marathon, and my next goal is a 100 mile cycle ride! My two lovely children keep me very busy, but if I can find the time I find a DIY project or pottering at the allotment rewarding pastimes.



Governor Category: Staff


Appointed by:  Staff

Date joined: September 2018

Current term of office:  26/09/2018 - 25/09/2022

Register of Interests & other positions held: Teacher and SENCo, Parent Governor at Carnarvon Primary School


I have worked at Winthorpe for the last 17 years.  During this time I have taught all of the age groups and been SENCo.  I would like to work closely with the Governing body to ensure the best provision for our children.


Out of school I enjoy trying to keep fit, cooking and travelling.  I am kept busy by my two children and their many sporting activities!  I am also a governor and volunteer at their school.



Governor Category: Parent


Appointed by:  Parents

Date joined: March 2019

Current term of office:  20/03/2019 - 19/03/2023

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


I currently have 1 daughter at Winthorpe (Lily, Year 4) and have joined the governing body because I am really passionate about the school, its future and the pupils. 


Professionally I work in the telecoms industry as an Implementation Project Manager and I am hoping to be able to bring these skills to my role as a parent governor. 


Outside of work I love working out, raising money for charity, socialising and spending time with my friends and family. 



Governor Category: Co-opted


Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined: May 2019

Current term of office: 21/05/2019 -20/05/2023

Register of Interests & other positions held: Exam Invigilator at Newark Academy 


I live in Balderton and my connection with the school is through my granddaughter, who is in year 4, and my grandson who is in Reception.  I asked to join the governing body because I see the school as a happy, caring environment where the children are encouraged to achieve their full potential and I wanted to be part of the team that enabled this ethos to continue.


After a very successful 38 year career in the Royal Air Force, where I was stationed at many units in the UK and overseas, I now enjoy my time being a ‘house husband’, ‘granddad day care’, tending to my allotment and playing golf.