Meet our team of school governors...
I love being part of the Wymondley community and Governing Board. My two eldest daughters blossomed through the school and I am enjoying watching my younger girls following in their footsteps. I am a business owner of a health and wellness business and enjoy the flexibility it gives me to be able to be part of the school. I firmly believe Wymondley enhances children’s abilities academically, socially and emotionally. It is a privilege to be part of a team that helps children thrive.
Co-Chair of Governors
& Parent Governor
Both of my children love being at school and being a part of the friendly Wymondley family. This and the school’s values first led me to volunteer as a tag rugby coach and then as a Parent Governor. Away from school, I work as a Land Surveyor for Britain’s National Mapping Agency, which involves working outdoors with copious levels of weather and geospatial data. I enjoy Rugby Union and mountain biking and seeing Arsenal win!
I really enjoy my roles at the school. I’m normally found during the morning school run and more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the Governing Body and its purpose.
Vice Chair &
I am very proud of our happy and welcoming school and school community. In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf and football and supporting Tottenham Hotspur. I am a very approachable person and I welcome questions and conversations from all members of our school community. I can usually be found standing at the school gate each morning and afternoon, welcoming everyone in and out, regardless of the weather conditions!
|LEA Governor||Sheena Kitchener|
I retired in 2015 after a 38-year career as a secondary school English teacher in Luton. My last role was Assistant Principal with responsibility for behaviour and achievement, where I felt privileged to watch young people develop in confidence and reach their potential. I am a firm believer in holistic education - along with a set of exam results, pupils should leave school as well-rounded individuals. Since
retiring, I have taken the opportunity to travel and learn new skills. I am currently taking a silver smithing course and learning German. In joining the governors of Wymondley JMI, I hope to use my knowledge and experience to help the headteacher and staff continue their sterling work, ensuring all pupils enjoy the best possible primary education.
|Staff Governor||Claire Burningham|
I am proud to be part of the friendly staff team and we enjoy sharing our skills and experience. In addition to the work that I do in the classroom I run clubs which pupils can attend including gardening, cooking and sewing. We are able to sell produce from our gardening club to families and staff members as well as jams, chutneys and cordial which we make from the fruit and vegetables we have grown together.
|Co-opted Governor||Emma Kiddle|
I am really pleased to have joined the governors of Wymondley and to also be a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I live in Hitchin with my husband and young son. I have worked in communications and marketing for many years, most recently at organisations providing housing and at a charity supporting children and their families. I am enjoying getting to know everyone at Wymondley and I hope I can use my experiences from work and home to help our school community.
|Co-opted Governor||Barry Burningham|
I am very pleased to be re-joining the governing body at Wymondley following a break for a number of years. I live in Little Wymondley and my grown up children both benefited from attending our lovely school. Having recently retired as the Deputy Head at Nobel School in Stevenage I find that I have a little more time on my hands. When I am not gardening, I look forward to getting back into the school to support the great staff and of course children.
|Co-opted Governor||Brian Liddle|
I am happy to have joined the Governors of Wymondley, having had various roles in education both vocationally and academically. I am keen to assist the Headteacher and staff in any way I can to see continual advancements in academic results and vocational training. As a proud dyslexic, I hope that students can realise the benefit, and potential, of learning differences and find their route through education to achieve careers that focus on their many talents. I work currently with numerous people with dyslexia and other learning needs in the Intelligence and Cyber communities for NATO and the Royal Air Force.
|Co-opted Governor||Geoff Pick|
Having retired early at the beginning of 2021 from my roles in managing global and european healthcare business I’m delighted to have joined the board of governors at JMI Wymondley. I have a keen interest in Science and Technology and anything to do with the environment and outdoors and hope my commercial background and interests can play a part in supporting the Wymondley school community. I’ve lived in Hitchin for many years with my partner and now also work as a Hitchin ranger so you may see me around town.
|Clerk to the Governors||Tina Taylor|
There are up to twelve members of the school governing body, some elected, some appointed. Their responsibilities include setting the annual budget, maintaining the site and buildings, agreeing general policies and strategic planning. Their responsibilities do not include the internal organisation and day to day running of the school, which is the responsibility of the Headteacher, although he is fully supported in this role by the governors.
The governing body meets at least once a term. There are two sub-committees of the governing body that meet on a regular basis according to need. These are the Resources (which includes Finance and HR) and Teaching & Learning Committees. By working in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, parents and the Local Education Authority, the School Governors help to ensure that Wymondley School provides the right learning environment for our pupils. The term of office for all governors is four years, with the exception of the Headteacher. A copy of our Instrument of Government is attached below.
Governor attendance at meetings for academic year 2020-2021
|Tom Watts||Parent (Co-Chair)||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
Parent (Vice Chair)
|Tony Plunkett||Staff (Headteacher)||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Parent governor vacancy||Parent||Y||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Governor Declarations 2020-2021
|Governor||Declaration of Business Interests||
Read and familiar with
Keeping Children Safe in Education
and school Child Protection policy
|Harry Harvey||News UK employee||Yes|
|Emma Kiddle||Settle Group employee|
|Tom Watts||Ordinance Survey employee||Yes|
|Geoff Pick||Awaiting - Joined spring term||Awaiting - Joined spring term|
|Brian Liddle||Awaiting - Joined spring term||Awaiting - Joined spring term|
|Barry Burningham||Awaiting - Joined spring term||Awaiting - Joined spring term|
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