The Governors work to support the Headteacher in the running of the school and making sure that the school fulfils its Statutory obligations. Governors are elected to the Governing Body. Being a Governor involves attendance at meetings throughout the school year: there are 3 Full Governing Body meetings each year and each Governor is a part of a committee, these meet 6 times a year. It is a voluntary role but is extremely rewarding knowing that you are helping to provide a better place. Everyone has something to give no matter what you do.
I joined the governing body in 2018 after moving to Heddington in early 2017 and took on the role of Chair in September 2019. My background includes business and corporate accounting with many years spent in London. My wife and I are now retired living closer to our extended family in Chippenham. Having grown up in the North American countryside, I feel very settled in this beautiful part of Wiltshire with a keen interest in helping our primary school to thrive. In my spare time I like to keep fit, garden, enjoy the arts and travel.
I am joint Vice Chair of Governors at Heddington Primary School. I have been a Foundation Governor since 2008 (I think) and currently sit on the finance, premises and personnel committee. I am the link Governor for SEN & PSHEE. I have been Chair and Vice Chair of Governors in the past and have a child at school. I am the Managing Director of a children’s nursery and was an engineer in the Royal Air Force for 20 years prior to this. Outside of work my interests are cars, my dog, running and fitness. I also enjoy taking part in triathlons.
I am a Foundation Governor at Heddington Primary School. I have been Governor since 2012 and currently sit on the curriculum, standards and SEN committee. I am also the Literacy and Early Years link Governor. I live locally in Mile Elm. I work for Wiltshire Council in Children’s Services and previously worked in childcare, having achieved Early Years Professional Status. Outside of work I am part of the Calne and Calne Without Neighbourhood Plan as well as an advisory member of Melksham Young Farmers. I enjoy spending time with my extended family as well as cooking.
I joined the Governing body at Heddington in September 2014 as a Foundation Governor and have sat in the F&P Committee. I now sit on the Curriculum, Standards & SEN committee. My link areas are MFL, Art & DT and Humanities. I have lived in Stockley since 2010 but my husband was born and grew up in Heddington and I felt strongly that I wanted to contribute to the work of ensuring that our village continued to have a thriving and successful school enabling the children in our community to leave primary education having achieved their best (not just academically) and with all the social and personal tools to tackle the challenges of secondary education head on. I have two daughters - one at university and the other at secondary school. I am Clerk to Heddington Parish Council and work at the Circle Nursery in Avebury. I love spending time with family and friends, photography, travel, delving into my family history and spending time in this glorious corner of Wiltshire.
Chris Minors - Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor at Heddington Primary School. I have been a Governor since 2019 and currently sit on Finance, Premises, Health & Safety committee. I live locally in Heddington with my wife and two children. My son currently attends Heddington Primary School. I therefore have a vested interest in helping to ensure our school continues to deliver great standards in a high quality learning environment. I work as a town planner for a house builder in Wiltshire. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family including travelling.
George Tedbury - Foundation Governor
I am a recently appointed Foundation Governor of Heddington Primary School. I live in Calne but I attend St Andrews church in Heddington and am on the PCC. My introduction to the school was when my wife helped with reading in the KS1 classes. I am a retired civil engineer with a particular interest in transport, and for several years I was a mentor and examiner for the Institution of Civil Engineers and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Prior to that when living in London I was involved in youth club work in Islington. My main hobbies are singing, birdwatching and gardening.
Marketa Chrabatinova - Parent Governor
We have moved to Wiltshire, Calne in 2015 and in the same year my child started in Foundation in Heddington. I have become a Parent Governor October 2019. As a mother of a child that has been at Heddington for more than four years, I have a vested interest in all things that effect the immediate and future plans for the school and its continued growth. I do not have any previous experience in this kind of role, but I am extremely dedicated and eager to learn and hoping that with my background of over 10 years in project management I can add value to the board and bring a fresh point of view. Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks and crafting of all sorts.
Emily Hawes - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor at Heddington Primary School and sit on the Curriculum, Standards and SEN Committee. I am a fully qualified Classroom Assistant and before having my children, I worked with 3 to 11 year olds supporting their learning both inside and outside the classroom. I am originally from Buckinghamshire but relocated to Wiltshire in 2017 with my family. It was the best decision we could have made for our young children, we adore it here! In my spare time I enjoy photography, exploring the great outdoors, family time and travelling.
Emma Wilkin - Foundation Governor
My child attends the school and having seen how the school assists the children and families so fully I was keen to support the school in a more in-depth manner. I became a Foundation Governor at Heddington in July 2019 and am currently sitting on the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee with particular responsibility for Health and Safety. I have a background in retail, customer service and Care work, but have always volunteered in areas involving children and community.
In addition to my work and volunteering, I have a strong interest in gardening, having an allotment in the town, and also in horses. I also have 3 dogs and we enjoy birdwatching and walking.
I have been a parent governor at the school since 2014, however, now my son has left Heddington, I have agreed to stay on as an Associate Governor for another year. I have sat on the finance committee but I’m currently on the curriculum committee and have special responsibility for science. Born and raised in Chippenham, I have been living in Calne for over 10 years . I took a degree in Geography and Geology and have been a builder for the last 35 years as well as being a local councillor at Wiltshire, North Wilts and Town Council levels . I have recently been re-elected to Wiltshire Council and like to get involved in community initiatives. I have travelled extensively all over the world and have lived in Asia, Australasia and South America, giving me, I like to think, a unique outlook on life and a depth of experience to the role of governor.
I have the pleasure and privilege of being the Headteacher at Heddington Primary School. I joined Heddington in 2013 and during that time, there have been many positive changes at the school. I sit on all of the committees as Headteacher and attend all of the full meetings.
I joined Heddington Primary School in September 2016 as Marlins class teacher and SENCo. I attend all of the Full Governor Meetings and sit on the Curriculum, Standards and SEN committee. I love being part of the team here and thoroughly enjoy the challenges which education presents.
I work for Wiltshire Clerking Service and have many years experience of clerking meetings. I have been working with Heddington Governors as the Clerk since September 2012. I work with seven other primary schools and also sit on the County Clerking Focus Group and lead training for other clerks.
This year's meetings are;
Full Governing Body - All meetings at 7pm
15th September 2020
11th November 2020
2nd March 2021
16th June 2021 - AGM followed by Full Governors
Finance, Premises, Health & Safety - All meetings at 3.30 - 5.30pm
5th October 2020
8th February 2021
24th May 2021
Staffing, Standards & Curriculum - All meetings at 6.30 - 8.30pm
12th October 2020
25th January 2021
26th April 2021
21st June 2021
Please pass apologies to Chair of Governors or Clerk prior to the meeting if you are unable to attend. Thank you.