Governing Body @ Shilbottle Primary
Our Governing Body
Mr Stephen Wilson is our Chair of Governors and Mrs Emma Bryceland is our Vice Chair of Governors. We would like to introduce you to the other members and to the work that we do on behalf of the children.
Mr Gary Parnaby
I am Mr Parnaby, the Headteacher at Shilbottle Primary. I joined the school in January 2017 and consider myself very fortunate to work in such a great community. Our school is a very friendly and caring place. The children and staff in the school are a great team and are very supportive of each other. We are also extremely fortunate to have such supportive parents and organisations in the village which make it a great place to live and learn.
Mr Stephen Wilson
I am Stephen Wilson. I joined the governing body as a parent in 2007 and have continued to support the school through its expansion, building works and the change of head teachers. I stepped back after 5 years as Chair to be Vice Chair in March 2022. I am a passionate supporter of the school and the great work the staff do to support the growth of every child. “Every Child Matters” is why I continue to give up my own time to help the team and the school in any way I can. I have a business and technology development background and support the school with knowledge from industry and in managing people and interacting and collaborating with organisations.I am currently responsible for safeguarding and HSE at the school. My favourite subject was maths at school and I am happy to support Mark in the work he does to improve the curriculum at school.
Mrs Emma Bryceland
I am Emma Bryceland, parent and Chair of Governors at Shilbottle Primary. I joined the governing body when my daughter started the school in 2012. The last 10 years has seen many changes at the school but one thing I have seen consistently demonstrated is the passion and dedication of staff to provide the best experience of learning for every child who comes through the school. As a parent of two children who have gone through the school it is my privilege to work with the staff and governors and see that all involved embody our school motto - Every child matters to us.
Miss Moira Banks
I am Miss Banks and am very proud to have joined the governing body at Shilbottle Primary: I feel that we are a school where all children are known individually and there is a focus on ensuring they all receive the best educational opportunities possible in and outside of school.
I have recently retired after working in education for over 30 years: during this time I worked as a teacher and senior leader in both primary and secondary schools, as well as working for a local authority as a School Improvement Officer. I have also served as a governor within two other primary schools and now really look forward to being a part of Shilbottle's journey.
Mrs Jenienne Hinchcliffe
I am Jenienne Hinchcliffe, co-opted governor for Shilbottle Primary. I am looking forward to being part of the Governing Body as just joined in March 2022. As a parent of two children at the school I am very supportive and passionate about the educational journey that all of our children embark on within the school environment.
My background is linked to Continual Professional Development and historically Early Years - I welcome the opportunity and hope to become an integral part of the team.
Shilbottle Primary is an excellent school providing great teaching and learning - watching our children being nurtured is very rewarding as a parent.
Mrs Enid Scott
I am Enid Scott and an Associate Member of the Governing, starting in March 2022. However, I have had a connection with the school for over 10 years, when I worked as the Clerk to the Governors. I am looking forward to visiting the children in the classrooms and perhaps learning something alongside them myself. I always enjoyed English, Geography and Languages at school. That might explain my love of travel.
Now that I am retired, I am keen to use my time at Shilbottle to ensure that the children have every opportunity to experience and understand the world around them, and can enjoy learning and their time at Shilbottle Primary School.
Mrs Emily Pringle
I am Emily Pringle and have been a parent governor since 2013 when my eldest daughter joined the school. My background is as a chartered accountant working for various FTSE 100 companies however I gave that up 5 years ago to start my own business based in Alnwick.
My favourite subject in the curriculum is Maths, this was always my favourite when I was at school so I have loved hearing about changes in the maths curriculum over the last 10 years. I also have a keen interest in the non core subjects and love to see that every child is different and can all flourish in their own way.
While I don’t have a background in education I can add to the governing body using skills acquired in the private sector, in particular around budgets, facilities and HR. I enjoy adding a parents perspective to the meetings and really enjoy working with Mr Parnaby, the staff and other governors.
Mrs Vickie Allen
My name is Vickie Allen. I started my teaching career in 2001 at a large primary school in County Durham. I think it gave me the best start to my educational career that I could have ever asked for. After a period of travelling abroad in Thailand and Australia, I moved to Northumberland. My current professional role is a Head teacher in a local primary school. I hope my skill-set and experience in school leadership and life, can bring something valuable to the board here at Shilbottle.
The Governing Body carries out a very important job behind the scenes in supporting and challenging the school staff to improve the outcomes for children.
Currently there are the following members:
- 2 parent governors (appointed by parents):
- 1 head teacher governor
- 1 Staff governor (appointed by the staff):
- 1 Local Authority governors (appointed by the LA):
- 3 Co-opted governors (appointed by the Governing Body)
We have two Governing Body committees:
- Strategic, Curriculum, Policies and Safeguarding
- Resources, Finance, Building and Staffing
We work closely as a team particularly with the Headteacher and senior staff on a wide variety of tasks which include:
• developing a strategic plan for the school;
• determining school aims, policies and priorities;
• setting targets;
• monitoring and evaluating the work of the school;
• appointing staff;
• managing the budget;
• securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour;
• ensuring that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
• ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.
This list may seem daunting (and a bit boring!) but we can honestly say that we really enjoy the huge satisfaction we get from seeing how rapidly the school is improving and feel valued for our part in it. We are a strong team with a variety of skills who work well together and have a shared commitment to continuing the journey together for the benefit of all our children in the future.
Mr Mark Skirving
I am Mr Skirving the staff Governor and Year 4/5 teacher. My favourite subjects in the curriculum are math, computing and geography. I have worked at Shilbottle Primary for 4 years. Everyone in school is really friendly and supportive. I lead in the subjects of math, computing and languages.