This section gives you an overview of why the Governing Body exists, who we are and what we do. We welcome any interest in our work and if you would like to know more, have specific questions, or are interested in becoming a school governor then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Chair of Governors
Why Are We Here?
School governors have general responsibility for the conduct and performance of the school. We do this through three core responsibilities:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction (as outlined by the National Governors' Association);
- Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school – this is the responsibility of the Executive Headteacher and senior leadership team. The Governing Body works in partnership with them, acting as 'critical friends', to support and challenge the work of the school. In practice this means continually monitoring and evaluating the work of the school against agreed targets and actions, setting and agreeing policies.
Our school is an Academy within a multi-academy trust – the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT) whose Board are ultimately responsible for the school. Our local Governing Body is a DLAT committee and responsibility has been delegated to us by the DLAT directors to:
- Promote high standards of educational achievement, strategic planning and financial control;
- Ensure that the school has identified what the Christian ethos means for the school in its context and community;
- Ensure the school meets statutory requirements.
For more information, see the Diocese of Leicester Acadamies Trust website (external link).
Who Are We?
Our governors are representative of all the groups involved in our school: staff, parents, local community and Church. They are all volunteers who give their time, energy and skills free of charge to benefit the children of our school. The number and type of Governors is determined in our Memorandum of Understanding from the DLAT. The term of office is four years. We currently have twelve governors comprised of:
- Six Director-appointed governors, appointed by the Directors of the Diocese of Leicester Academy Trust (DLAT);
- Two staff governors, elected by the staff at our school;
- Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school;
- Two ex-officio members (there by nature of their job) – the Executive Headteacher and the Vicar.
We have a Clerk to Governors who is paid to carry out administrative tasks for governor business.
What Do We Do?
The whole local Governing Body meets once per term, but we manage a lot of work through our Committees and every Governor is a member of at least one Committee. The membership of each committee and their terms of reference are reviewed every year. Our committees are:
- Finance, Pay and Personnel - where we review staffing, including staff well being and recruitment when necessary, set and monitor the annual budget and approve expenditure.
- Estates and Health & Safety - where we check health and safety around the school site, and look at the learning environment for the children, maintenance and development of our buildings.
- Standards and Values - where we look at pupil progress and attainment, the curriculum, school improvement and consider the church school distinctiveness of our school. This Committee is currently run jointly and made up of both Waltham and Redmile governors.
- Extended Schools - which monitors the running of the Pre-school and After School Club.
- Joint Committee - which oversees the Executive Headteacher partnership with Redmile.
From time to time, we also form working groups to work on specific strategic projects as they arise, eg. Headteacher recruitment.
School Visits and Learning Walks
Governor visits allow us to see the school at work, gain relevant knowledge and understanding to be able to perform our governing role effectively and fulfil our monitoring functions. We set out a programme of governor visits for every year, each focused on a particular subject and undertaken by the relevant subject link governor. In practice, many of our governors also frequently attend other activities going on in the school to ensure that they know the school well. They also accompany the staff and children on school visits.
We have a governor responsible for training and attend regular training and development events to support us in our role as governors, organised by the Governor Development Service, the DLAT and within school.
We work in close partnership with the DLAT Directors who attend our meetings and offer guidance and support when required. We also work with other governing bodies around our local area which helps to inform our strategic work as well allowing us to broaden our knowledge by exchanging experiences with governors in settings similar to ours.
|Name of Governor||Type of Governor|
|Louise Imm||Chair of Governors, Parent|
|Nigel Smith||Vice-Chair of Governors, Director-appointed|
|Julie Hopkins||Executive Headteacher (ex officio)|
|(vacant)||Local Incumbent (ex officio)|
All of our Governors have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.
- Governors' Register of Interests (pdf)
- Governor Committees (pdf)
- Governor Attendance at Meetings - 2015/16 (pdf)
Mr Mike Alexander
I have lived in Waltham since 1996, and have been a foundation governor for over ten years. I am a qualified accountant, and have worked in the NHS for the past 30 years. I am licensed as a Church of England Reader, lay chair of Waltham Church Council and am a member of the local Ironstone Benefice lay leadership team. With my wife Chris, I run a monthly Messy Church which is a fresh expression of church offering something for everyone - young and old and in between...a creative, fun and friendly way of exploring faith and celebrating and praising God. I am a lay member and trustee of Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance and a trustee for a number of other Charities. I also help at the local Beaver Scout group. I am married with a 16 year old son who is a former pupil of the school.
Mrs Alison Chick
I've lived in Waltham for over 30 years and always had strong ties with the school. We moved into the village the week my daughter started school and my son joined her three years later. I'm proud to say that I was in the group of mums who started the original Playgroup in the village, and similarly was one of the founder members of FOWS. A primary school teacher by profession, I had the pleasure of teaching part time at the school from 1985 to 1993, and I'm delighted that, as a Foundation Governor, my involvement in the education of children at Waltham has been able to continue.
Mrs Denise Garnett
I have been a teacher at Waltham since August 2015, and very soon after joining the school became involved as the staff governor. I am very passionate about being part of the team that continues to deliver sustainable success at Waltham. Along with the guidance and support of the school governors, the staff work extremely hard to create a safe and inspiring environment and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the views and ideas of the teaching team.
I came to Waltham to live in May 2014, to be closer to my son, his wife and two children, who live in the village. My eldest grandson is a former pupil of Waltham school and my other grandson still attends there. Originally I come from Gloucestershire, where I lived for most of my life and during that time I worked for Birds Eye Walls Ltd. where I had a long career in Finance and Sales. I have only recently joined the Governing team and am an elected representative of St. Mary Magdalene Church. I am also a member or the St Mary Magdalene P.C.C. Waltham School promotes a high standard of excellence in learning, behaviour and Christian values. It is also a very happy, welcoming school. I feel privileged to be a Governor of Waltham school, be part of such an excellent team and to help provide a strong link between our church and school.
Mrs Julie Hopkins
I am the Executive Headteacher of our school and Redmile CE Primary School. I work very closely with all governors to ensure that our children have the best education possible, enabling them all to make progress and enjoy their learning in the process. I contribute to all committees and maintain regular contact through meetings, emails and telephone conversations. I live in the Vale and my daughter attended a local village primary school, as well as Belvoir High and MV16, so I consider myself to be in a unique position to offer full support to governors through my extensive knowledge of what it means to be part of a village community. I am very honoured to work with such a dedicated team of governors.
Miss Louise Imm
I have lived in Waltham for 15 years and two of my three children attend the school. I became a Governor in 2010 and was appointed Chair in 2016. I run a medical marketing consultancy business, supporting the pharmaceutical industry in communicating with healthcare professionals about their products. Prior to this I was on the senior management team of a London advertising agency. Both roles have given me many skills useful in supporting and challenging the work of the school. Being part of the Governing Body has allowed me to appreciate the hard work and commitment from many people that it takes 'behind the scenes' to run a small primary school like ours. I Chair the Finance Committee, Extended Schools Committee, and the Joint Committee which oversees our partnership with Redmile.
Mrs Debra Meakin
Hi I am Debra Meakin and I joined the team at Waltham in November 2015. I'm Mum to Ruby and wife of Bob. We have lived in Freeby since 2008. Whilst living at the farm I have run my own childminding business. I hold a BA Hon's in Early Years Education and am a Childminder Mentor for the Local Authority, as well as an active committee member of Freeby Village Hall. My day to day job provides me with a wealth of experience to support my role as early years governor. I am delighted to work with a group of super people at Waltham to ensure the best for every pupil.
Mrs Miranda Pilkington
I have been a Governor at Waltham Primary School for over six years and during that time my three children have benefited from the school's personal touch and high standard of education. As a senior manager in the NHS of over 20 years, I try to bring my learning and experience from a varied career in leading change and managing teams in highly political, public settings. That aside, I am keen to bring a degree of empathy as a parent to the role of Governor, whilst at the same time act as a critical friend to the school in its ambition to provide the best possible education for all of its pupils. As a long standing resident of Waltham-on-the-Wolds, I am passionate about supporting the children and the school community with the very best they deserve.
Mr Andrew Quine
I live in Waltham on the Wolds with my wife Rachel who works as an admin officer in the school office and have three children, two of whom are currently in school. As an elected representative of the parents, I take an active role on the governing body as a parent governor. I work for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and manage the Fire Investigation and Fire Safety teams. With a background in Health & Safety and training I support the governing body in these roles and also sit on the Estates/H&S sub-committee. I am proud to be a part of our local school and keen to work in close partnership with its pupils, parents, staff and governors to support the school and help it grow.
Mr Nigel Smith
My wife and I moved to Waltham in 2006 from the south of London. In 2010 we launched our own sustainability consultancy and work in a converted barn office next to our house. We have two children, Oscar and Isla, who both attend the school and love every moment of it. As a parent and governor I am passionate about supporting and ensuring the viability of rural schools like Waltham. I am vice chair of the Finance, Pay and Personnel sub-committee and also sit on the Estates/H&S sub-committee. I also run the after school football training on Monday evenings and the school BBQ at the annual maypole event. I believe we are lucky to have such a very special school, exceptionally unique and providing a first class educational and caring environment for our children.
Mr David Wills
I have been at Waltham Primary School since February 2015 and I am the After School Leader and Summer Club leader. I also work in the Pre School. I very much enjoy working at the school and working alongside all of the staff and the children. I became a governor shortly after the summer holidays of 2015 and I’m the elected governor who represents support staff. I’m looking forward to continuing to work alongside Mrs Hopkins and the Governors to not only make a difference, but to learn along the way.