Chair of Governors
School address: Welland Primary School, Marlbank Road, Welland WR13 6NE
School phone number: 01684 310246
The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
Day to day management of the School is delegated by HUET to the Headteacher and the Local Governing Body.
Meet our Governors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.