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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

On behalf of the Governors, I would like to welcome you to our website and to our school. Welland Primary School is a vibrant, exciting place to learn and I am proud to be Chair of its Governing Body.


Our Governing Body is comprised of a team of volunteers representing parents, staff, the local community and the Multi Academy Trust (MAT).


Welland Primary School became an Academy on the 1 January 2019, forming a Multi Academy Trust along with Hanley Castle High School and Hanley Swan, Kempsey Primary School, St Gabriel’s with St. Mary’s C of E Primary School in the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust (HUET).


As a Multi Academy Trust, the Articles of Association allows the Local Governing Body to consist of up to three Parent Governors, three Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), and up to 5 Appointed Governors.


The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board. The HUET scheme of delegation provides the governing body with the framework with which to make strategic decisions.  The governors meet at least five times a year with committee meetings, visits to school, conversations with parents, children and staff and attendance at training sessions further supporting their understanding of how the school is operating, and the progress that the children are making against high expectations.  The priorities of the school are detailed in the School Development Plan which details how the staff of Welland Primary School are aiming to provide the children with experiences and opportunities alongside the exciting, broad and balanced curriculum that has been established.


Kind regards,


Peter Sherwood

Chair of Governors

Contact details:


School address: Welland Primary School, Marlbank Road, Welland WR13 6NE

School phone number: 01684 310246


What is the role of the Governing body?


The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:


  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)


Who are our governors? 

Chair of Governors

Peter Sherwood


Vice Chair

Jane Osborne


Margaret Smith


Parent Governors

Karen McNamara

Peter Sherwood


Staff Governors
Rachel Adkins


Appointed Governors


Co-opted Governors
Clare Adams

Ruth Potter

Carol Ibbs


Associate Members



Clerk to the Governors

Sharon Jeynes


Day to day management of the School is delegated by HUET to the Headteacher and the Local Governing Body.


Meet our Governors


The governors of Welland Primary School are immensely proud of the pupils and are committed to supporting and challenging the headteacher and staff to ensure that the children are given the understanding and abilities to live life in the 21st Century as they grow up.


Peter Sherwood

I was elected to be a Parent Governor in May 2016, Vice Chair in September 2019 and Chair of Governors in March 2020. It has been so rewarding working with the school and the other members of the governing body. I have been involved in lots of different areas of the school ranging from support with the IT development to arranging some very successful working parties with parents focussed on various projects throughout the school. My three children are currently at Welland Primary School, two in KS1 and one in KS2 and they all love going to the school.

I joined the governing body as I wanted to make sure the children receive the best experience during their time at the school, as well as working closely with our valued teaching colleagues and parents.

I worked for a large Insurance Broker for 16 years at a senior level before setting up my own successful Insurance Brokerage in 2013 in Tewkesbury.

My passion is DIY and anything with an engine! I have a Westfield kit car, which my children really enjoy going out in (although it only has two seats which can be an issue!). I also love being out in the garden, and visiting various sites to indulge my passion for caving.


Jane Osborne

I originally trained as a teacher (B.Ed Hons) and ended my teaching career as Head of Department at a large College of Further Education. I spent the last twenty years of my working life in Educational publishing which gave me ongoing and current knowledge of both the primary and secondary curriculum. I joined the Governing body of Welland School in March 2013 and have been Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Chair of Governors and am now Vice Chair. I am committed to improving the education of every child who attends Welland Primary School.


Ruth Potter

My name is Ruth Potter and I was elected to be a governor in October 2019 and have now taken on the role as SEND governor for Welland School. I am incredibly keen to make sure Welland school is able to provide every child with an excellent education experience which is enjoyable and stimulating. As a SEND governor I aim to make sure every child is treated equally and the requirements of children with SEND are met.

I have two children at Welland school; one in KS1 and one in KS2. It is a great honour to have an influence over the education of my children and all the children at Welland school.

I have a Maths degree from Cardiff University and started my career as a scientist working in the fields of RADAR, Acoustics and Seismic. In 2007 I took a career change and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and now work in the Tax department of a local Defence & Technology FTSE 250 company.

Outside of work my main hobby is gardening and I try to fit in a few runs each week. Someone once said to me “Fit in body, Fit in Mind” which I think is very true and this gives me motivation to keep exercising.


Clare Adams 

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Accountability.

I was honoured and proud to become a co-opted governor at Welland Primary School in the autumn of 2015 on my retirement from Hanley Castle High School. It has been a challenging but hugely rewarding role, with more exciting times ahead of us. 

My professional background in teaching English at secondary level has really supported both my involvement with literacy at Welland Primary School and my understanding of the Teaching and Learning area as part of my responsibility for Accountability. It also underpins my belief in the importance of continued professional development of staff through ongoing training and opportunities to share good practice which is crucial when further developing the quality of education on offer to pupils. 


Karen McNamara

I was very proud to be elected as a Parent Governor in July 2016, with the intent to represent the views of the parents in school and the desire for all the children in school to become the best they can be, and enjoy their time at Welland Primary. I have two children at the school (one in KS1 and one in KS2). I have a first class honours degree in Environmental Chemistry, I am a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist working as a waste management specialist in the electricity supply industry. It was because of this I was asked to be the lead for science for the Governors, which I was delighted to do, and is a passion of mine. I am happy to support and challenge the school as necessary, and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty - there is not much of the school we didn't paint or improve as part of the working parties! Outside of work I love sport, especially Formula 1 and football, as well as sailing and all sorts of crafts.


Carol Ibbs

I was elected to the Welland Primary School Governing body in May 2018 and have thoroughly enjoyed the worthwhile experience and the challenges the role brings.

I currently run my own business, which I have built from the ground into a very successful enterprise. Before setting up my own business my career was centred around working with children and young people in vulnerable situations and I have genuinely missed being part of a team that was working towards better outcomes for children. 

I have worked in a variety of settings, from ‘Looked after Children’ to Barnardos in Birmingham city helping young people who were vulnerable to sexual exploitation. More recently I worked with young offenders in and around Worcestershire.

My previous experience has ensured that I have a good understanding of how to safeguard the children and young people in our school. I am the named Safeguarding Lead for the Governing body and I am passionate about providing a safe, inclusive and secure learning environment for all of our children.

I have two children who attend Welland Primary and I am proud to be a part of our passionate and committed Governing Body.


Rachel Adkins

I am seriously passionate about learning and believe that children should love to learn.  I love the fact that at any point during my working day, I could inspire a child to develop a new positive behaviour, a wider belief, a new interest, a new skill or even to plant a seed that gradually grows in to a lifetime goal, pastime or even career.   I enjoy teaching across the full curriculum and particularly thrive empowering children to relax about making mistakes and learning from them in maths, to learn to lose themselves in a great book and release their own creativity through descriptive writing. 

I joined the Governors, hoping to support the group through sharing the challenges and successes of everyday teaching and learning. I also aim to enhance my own pedagogy by hearing about issues of education from the different perspectives of the other vastly experienced and committed members of the governing body.