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Willesborough Infant School Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Liesl York                    

Vice Chair: Samantha Whittingham

Headteacher: Fran Rusbridge                       

Co-opted Governor: Rev John MacKenzie            

Parent Governor:  Richard  Harrington        

Co-opted Governor: Shipra Arora                         

Local Authority Governor:  Charlotte Coles                                     

Staff Governor: Julie Larcombe   

Associate Governor: Shelly King

Associate Governor: Kitty Healy 

Co-opted Governors: Nicola Roberts                 

Clerk to the Governing Body: Kerry Percival-Smith  


The role of the governing body is demanding but very rewarding.  We work as a team and are there to offer support and advice, helping the school set high standards and targets for school improvement.

Our governing body is responsible for working with the school to provide strategic direction, to act as a “critical friend” and is committed to ensuring that Willesborough Infant School provides the best possible education for all our children.  We work as a team and meet in full once a term. A great deal of work goes on between our meetings, supporting the work of the Headteacher and her staff who are responsible for leading and managing the school on a day-to-day basis.

Governors meet with the children's school council to find out their views on school improvement priorities

Governor Visits

Over the past year Governors have visited the School and carried out monitoring checks with a focus on many aspects of School life including: 

  • Teaching of Literacy
  • Peer observation Support Programmes
  • Attendance
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Training for Teaching Assistants
  • Parent and Child events

Here are some examples of recent Governor monitoring visits since September 2016 (the start of this school year);

  • Shipra has carried out SEND monitoring visits
  • Richard has carried out Health and Safety monitoring visits
  • Charlotte has carried out EYFS monitoring visits focusing on the positive impact of the reorganisation of our Reception classes to incorporate our 'bulge' year
  • All Governors have been attending 'Governor Mark' working party meetings and our application for Governor Mark Status will be submitted by April 2017
  • Sam has met with Emily, our Maths Leader to discuss the development of the Maths curriculum action plan
  • John and Liesl have met with Fran to monitor the school's staff appraisal and performance management systems

Governor Recruitment ........

We have initiated and led a collaborative Governor Recruitment project, working with a number of other schools across our Ashford collaborative.

Click on the link below to view our film. What's Governance really about? Would you like to get involved?

 What do you think about your child's school?

In addition to feedback and suggestions welcomed through our Open Door Policy we are eager to receive parents views on how the school is doing via the Ofsted's Parent View. Go to and click on 'Tell us what you think about your child's school' at the top of the homepage.