Governor Newsletter

September 2015

What do we do and what are our responsibilities?

We have 3 main roles:

Strategic Direction

We help set aims for the school, agree policies and targets and then we monitor and evaluate the impact of the policies and changes to help improve our school. We look at the curriculum, equality, policies, finance, premises, reports, safeguarding, standards and staffing.

Support & Challenge

We support the Headteacher and Staff. We ask relevant questions and seek information and comment on proposals. We plan improvements and evaluate the impact of these.


We hold the Headteacher and Staff to account for the performance of the school. We are accountable to parents and others for the work of the governing body.

This year our key priorities are: Maths, Assessment, Vulnerable Children and Leadership Roles.

How do we do it?

Ilchester Board of Governors are volunteers who are parents of children in school, friends within the local community, teachers and support staff. We meet as a full board six times per year. We all serve on one of the two committees; Education & Personnel or Business. The committees also meet six times per year.  We also have dedicated Governors for Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Training and Child Protection.

Who are we and how to contact us?

You can write to us at school: Ilchester School, Somerton Road, Ilchester, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8JL or email the Chair of Governors.

Governor_0002_Layer 18Jenny Collins (Chair of Governors) Email:

I have two lively children at Ilchester School and have been a school governor here and in Plymouth for four years. I work as a Dentist in General Practice and will be returning to a teaching role at Bristol Dental School from January 2016 following the birth of my 3rd child. When time permits my hobbies include being involved in local community activities, running, swimming and baking.

Governor_0017_Layer 1Carolyn Rouse (Vice Chair of Governors)

My 3 children all had a fantastic time at Ilchester School and I became a governor as I wanted to make a  positive contribution to such a great school. I am a graphic and web designer and have an MSc in Computer  Science. I have worked in London, the States and Canada and now enjoy working in Somerset. My spare  time involves ferrying children to and from sporting activities and walking our labradoodle, Florence.


    Governor_0007_Layer 13Bruce Faulkner (Chair of Education & Personnel Committee)

  I am Rector for the parishes of Ilchester, Northover, Limington, Yeovilton and Podimore and attached to the    Chaplaincy at RNAS Yeovilton. I am married to Ann, a music teacher, and have two teenage boys at Huish    Academy. I have been a governor for the best part of seven years. I drive a little red car, come and take    assemblies at school, love Northern Soul and Two Tone, support Arsenal FC and Bath RFC, am an avid    photographer and before I became a priest I was a watchmaker and worked in computing for IBM. If I had a    bucket list it would have on it the opportunity to do some ‘air to air’ photography.


Governor_0013_Layer 6Nick Almond (Chair of Business Committee)   



Governor_0006_Layer 14Charlotte Watson (Co-opted Governor)

    I live on Broadsword Park with my husband, but am originally from the Midlands. I work near Bath at a small consultancy company and in my free time I run a local netball club. Alongside this, I enjoy keeping active, seeing friends and exploring new places.

Rob Foster (Co-opted Governor) Governor_0008_Layer 11

Until July this year had two children attending Ilchester. One finished yr6 and one has moved school following our house move over the summer. I originally joined the governing body as a parent governor but changed to a co-opted governor earlier this year. I have been a governor at Ilchester for approximately 5 years. I work for AgustaWestland in Yeovil and have primarily been involved in the business side of the governing body’s responsibility (finance, buildings and ICT).

Governor_0009_Layer 10Simon Hill (Co-opted Governor)

I have two young children with the eldest in the Infant Department of Ilchester school. I have been a school governor for the last 2 years both here and in Hampshire. I work as an Aviation Engineer in Yeovil, running a team of project managers embodying modifications onto a number of different helicopter types. I’m an enthusiastic amateur cyclist, with sporting interests in Hockey and Rugby. When I have spare time  I avidly research European history.

Governor_0004_Layer 16Julie Stapleton (Co-opted Governor)

I’m a mother of one daughter in her 30s. Born and bred in Ilchester, attending Ilchester school as did my daughter. I work as the caretaker/manager of Ilchester town hall and have done for the past 25 years, as well as own and run Ilchester schools out. My free time is spent volunteering with in the village, doing many things from running 2 guiding units, cooking for the over 60s to being a parish councillor.

Governor_0003_Layer 17Sam Lilly (Co-opted Governor)

Governor_0005_Layer 15Phil Tucker (Elected parent Governor)

Staff Governors: Mr Heath, Mr Nation, Mrs Mordue, Mrs Coram, Mrs Band & Mrs Constanza

Clerk to Governors:  Mr Greg Jones

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