Our Governing Body

FRESHFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY

Our school community is greatly enhanced by a hard working and dedicated team of governors who give freely of their time and diverse talents to contribute to the continued improvement of our school.

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Alex Malir – Chair of Full Governing Body
Teaching and Learning Committee; Chair of Safeguarding Committee; Member of Finance and Personnel Committee; Member of Headteacher Performance Management Committee; Member of Pay Committee
I have one child at Freshford Primary School and first became a Parent Governor in 2013, when she was in Year 1. Since having my daughter I have largely been at home, although I have worked part-time as an educational consultant, as a home tutor and as a leader at Freshford Pre-School. I now do occasional work for Freshford Pre-School as a supply teacher. My professional background is in education, having been deputy head of a large infant school in London. Last year I trained as a therapeutic mentor for children suffering trauma, which is a step towards training to becoming a child counsellor. I am particularly interested in children’s mental health. I became a governor because I am passionate about education and wanted to contribute my skills and experience to the village school. I enjoy walking, swimming, travelling, gardening and the arts.

David Woods
Following a varied and for the most part greatly rewarding career as a marine engineer in the Navy, I sought to busy myself during retirement with community activities – Churchwarden at St John’s, Hinton Charterhouse, Parish Councillor and later Chairman, Treasurer and Chair of Hinton Fete, Play Area Committee, Civil Defence Corps trainee (yes – remember the Cold War?) and so on. My connections with local education and schools trace back to the time when our two sons attended the now defunct Hinton Primary School before they moved on to Ralph Allen where my wife and I were active on the PTA. Later my wife was appointed as a Foundation Governor at Freshford – as well as being stand-in school secretary for a while. When she died 20 years ago, I took her place as Foundation Governor, putting my experiences to work as member and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee and likewise for the Premises, Facilities and Communications Committee. I feel very privileged to have been part of the community of such excellent school for so many years.

Kathy Tucker
I have been a Foundation Governor at the school for for many years. I am Church Warden at St Mary’s Church, where I help run the 4 Service (now messy church) and the Toddler Group, so have got to know a lot of the pre-school children and their families, which I enjoy very much.

My sons went to Freshford School, as well as my six grandchildren, all of whom have very happy memories of their time there.

Gill Clark
I have lived in Middle Stoke for over 20 years and, having had a son who attended Freshford School, I decided to offer my skills to the governing body when I saw the advertisement for co-opted governors in the parish newsletter. I have had a life-long interest in education, as a teacher, head teacher and local authority adviser specialising in school improvement. In 2006 I was appointed as one of the first National Leaders in Education. Since becoming a governor in January 2017 I have become a member of two committees, Teaching & Learning and Finance & Personnel. I am looking forward to getting to know the school and aiding it to offer all the children an outstanding education. Away from school I enjoy the theatre, art history, swimming and walking our dog.

John O’Brien
I’m married and have 3 children. My eldest two children attend Combe Down Primary. Since having children I have been interested in volunteering within the education sector as a governor as I believe supporting all children to have the best education is an incredibly important task. Specifically having grown up with dyslexia, I believe that it is not always easy to get the best from every child and takes a great deal of time, effort and compassion to achieve the bests results for each individual child; something I believe Freshford Primary School exemplifies. If I can support that goal in any way then I feel it an extremely worthwhile endeavour. Professionally I have worked within information security for the past 13 years and this has many similarities with the core construct of being a school governor, and so I feel it provides me a good position to offer Freshford Primary a useful skill set. I chose to be a governor at Freshford because of its excellent ethos in respect to the education of children and I believe I can learn a great deal from the leadership of the school and governors association.

Nick Priest
Freshford CE Primary School faces unprecedented challenges. As a small primary school in a wealthy community with close to zero population growth, it is the type of school slated for the most severe cuts under the current funding model. My motivation for joining as Local Authority Governor in 2017 was both to give something back to the school for the wonderful education my two boys have received and to help the school embrace, plan for and,
hopefully, overcome current challenges. As a research scientist, I have had extensive professional training in education (ScB Brown, Biochemistry; MA Genetics, Georgia; PhD Biology, Virginia). My educational focus is on student-led learning. I am excited to be able to support Mr Wishart and the rest of the staff and work alongside our excellent Chair, Alex Malir,on the Teaching and Learning committee.

Luci Smolarek
I became a Parent Governor in 2014 and am currently on the Finance and Personnel Committee.My 3 children have all been through the school. My eldest child started at Freshford in 2000 and my youngest left last year. So,having been lucky enough to have benefited from so many years of wonderful, diverse education for my children, I felt I needed to give something back to the school and am very happy to be supporting Mr Wishart and his wonderful team in these challenging years.

I originally trained and practised as a Solicitor, but have owned and run the Hope and Anchor at Midford with my husband for the last 22 years. As a business owner, I understand the difficulties of working on a tight budget and am constantly impressed with way Freshford deals with being constantly squeezed financially whilst maintaining a unique educational experience for the children.

Trevor Quartermaine
After an engaging and enlightening presentation from a representative of the then Police Force whilst at school, I was drawn to the public service of policing and spent 32 years serving in the Metropolitan Police, with four years as a uniformed officer on the beat and the remainder of my time as an officer in the CID. Since moving to Bath in 1998 I have engaged myself with voluntary work for the Dorothy House hospice, tour guiding for the Old Theatre Royal and have become Curator of the Bath Masonic Museum.

I am a member of the PPC, with responsibility for health & safety within the Parish churches. In my role as governor, I assist with the health and safety inspections of Freshford Primary School and provide building and equipment maintenance recommendations. I believe my commitment to public service and my key practical and systems-oriented skills may be put to good use within the area of school governance.

Revd Mike Taylor
I have been a foundation governor since 2016 when I was inducted as the Rector of Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse. Before that I was Vicar in an urban area of St Helier in Jersey. This area of town had mostly social housing and the local primary school reflected the community in every way. I was actively involved in this school, though never as a governor. There were many occasions where I was asked to address issues arising within the school. Both my children went to this school in Jersey. I am very keen on making sure our children are as safe as they can be, yet also having the chance to grow up as they need. I believe that creating a safe environment for learning is fundamental in their growth to adulthood and I will support the school in this purpose as much as I am able. This is a community school and part of my role is to work with and minister the community as a whole, the school being a fundamental part of this. I am happy to work with the school with the help of my wife Lindy in any way I can.

Clare Ford
Helping others to reach their potential has been the consistent theme throughout my working life. I have just taken early retirement from Prior Park College, where I was Head of Careers, taught PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship) and was a personal tutor and Housemistress to 50 teenage girls. I am now delighted to be able to join the committed governor team of Freshford, with a particular interest in Wellbeing for both staff and pupils and look forward to my new role as link governor for those students who have particular educational/special needs. I passionately believe in the importance of Education and whilst my experience is primarily in the secondary and tertiary sectors, I recognise that the foundations for good learning, positive self image and a thirst for knowledge and personal drive have its roots in these early years.

As a trainer for multi-national companies, charities and with the Sure Start programme, I worked primarily in the field of Personal Development and Communication. I have managed an organisation of 150 staff and worked as a volunteer Adult Literacy tutor, a Relate Trainer and locally was on the Limpley Stoke Social and Traffic committees.

And finally, I am a parent to two “boys” (now 25 and 19!) who were both educated in local Bath schools. It is perhaps this that has provided me with the most useful insight for hopefully making a positive contribution in this most privileged of roles, as Associate Governor to your school.
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