Governors

Governance structure / roles and responsibilities
 

Name

Governor Type

Date Appointed

 

Appointed by

Pecuniary/ Material Interest

 

Committee

 

Specific Responsibilities

Attendance at FGB 2019/20

Mr Hugh
Ballantine-Dykes

 

Foundation

14.10.2019

Diocese

No relevant interests

Resources

Sports and Sports Premium

Computing

Health & Safety

6/6

Mr Berkeley Basinger-Adams

Head

Ex officio

N/A

GB

Staff

All

Headteacher

6/6

Mrs Naomi Bowers

Staff

18.09.2018

GB

Staff

n/a

Class Teacher and Arts Leader

6/6

Mrs Jo Maple

Foundation

22.11.2018

Diocese

No relevant interests

Curriculum & Staffing (Chair)

Christian Ethos Group

SEND

Pupil Premium

6/6

Mrs Trudy Nazer

Local Authority

09.05.2019

GB

No relevant interests

Resources (Chair)

HT Appraisal

Safeguarding

Attendance

2/3

Mrs Lucy Patterson

Parent

04.12.2018

Parent

Body

No relevant interests

Curriculum & Staffing

 

English and Maths

 

3/3

Ms Rebecca Poole

Parent

15.01.2018

Parent Body

No relevant interests

Communications Group

Early Years and Phonics

 

6/6

Revd Canon
Jenny Taylor

Foundation Ex Officio

Acting Chair

 

Diocese

No relevant interests

Christian Ethos Group (Chair)

Curriculum & Staffing

Pay Committee

Acting Chair of Governing Body

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

PHSE

RE & Collective Worship

 

6/6

Mrs Victoria Avery Foundation 1.9.20 Diocese NO relevant interests

Christian Ethos Group

Curriculum and Staffing

Personal development befhaviour and welfare

n/a

Mrs Liz Wallis

Clerk to Governors

 

GB

No relevant interests

n/a

Clerk to Governors

6/6

 

Governor Biographies
 

Revd Canon Jenny Taylor
I am the Revd Canon Jenny Taylor and I have been a Vicar in the Chalke Valley for 10 years. At the beginning this was combined with being Chaplain and Head of Religious Education at Salisbury Cathedral School but for the last 6 years has been full time in the Valley. I originally trained as a Physical Education teacher but now limit my sporting prowess to swimming regularly and walking our Cocker Spaniel.  I am married to Geoff and we have 2 sons, both teachers, and 2 granddaughters who are completely adored!! As the local vicar I am an ex officio governor of the school.   I am Vice Chair currently and sit on the Curriculum Committee as well as chairing the Christian Ethos Group.   I also look after collective worship and I am link governor for RE and PHSE, so you can see that the school keeps me very busy.   I really enjoy working with the children and feel very attached to the school and the local community.

 

Hugh Ballantine Dykes
My name is Hugh Ballantine Dykes and I am a Foundation Governor at Coombe Bissett CE School. I have lived with my wife Fiona in Coombe Bissett for 3 years, before which we lived for 16 years near Pitton. I serve on the CB&H PCC and recently became chairman of the CB&H Cricket Club. I’d love to encourage more young people to take up the game. I also have a passion for singing, currently with three friends in a barber shop quartet. We have four grown-up children, three of whom work and live in London. The fourth has recently flown back to the nest to work for the Trussell Trust and to complete a Masters at Bath Uni. I work full time at a small Biotech company on the science park at Porton Down that my business partner and I set up in 2009, to develop new veterinary and clinical diagnostic methods. At the moment we are a developing a new and affordable test for human TB for lower resource markets. Our work involves regular R&D grant applications, tight budgeting and cashflow management and scrupulous attention to health and safety, quality assurance and risk management procedures in our laboratories. For 3 years in the 1990’s I ran the Children’s Heart Federation, a national charity dedicated to supporting families with children born with congenital heart defects. Together with a new Chairman, I took it on with almost zero funds in the bank and dysfunctional management and laid the foundations and funding for it to become the national voice for heart children and their families that it still is today. I am happy to bring whatever skills, knowledge and experience I may have to the Board of Governors of the school.

 

Joanne Maple
I am Joanne Maple and I am a foundation governor at Coombe Bissett Primary School.  I began as a parent governor 7 Years ago and prior to that I was Co-Chair of ‘The Friends of Coombe Bissett Primary School’ for 4 years. I am the SEND Governor and sit on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee and the Christian Ethos Group. Being a governor is not only a great challenge but also a fantastic way to support our lovely school. I live in Salisbury with my husband and two daughters both now at the local grammar school. I have worked in the banking industry for 23 years and also do small amounts of book-keeping. When I am not running my two girls around to various dancing lessons and activities I spend my free time doing ‘Crossfit’ and I am also a part of the Salisbury Netball League.

 

Rebecca (Becky) Poole
I am Rebecca (Becky) Poole, one of the parent governors of CB Primary School. I have two daughters at the school whom I can often be seen chasing after!!! I sit on the School's newly formed communications team and I am also the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) link Governor. I was excited to take on the EYFS role as it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to get to know the children at the start of their journey through the school. I have also been the co-chair of the Friends of Coombe Bissett School and continue to help raise essential funds for the school. My professional background is in Biology and I worked for many years as a research scientist in academia, but have also worked as a Teaching Fellow at Southampton University and within a NHS Genetics diagnostics laboratory, experiences I hope provide skills that I put to good use as a Governor of our school. In my spare time I can be spotted singing with a local choir or chairing Salisbury's Cafe Scientifique.

 

Lucy Paterson
I am Lucy Paterson, one of the Parent Governors at Coombe Bissett Primary School. I have always been passionate about education and was excited to join the governing body of such a wonderful school a year ago. I am a qualified Primary teacher and have had experience teaching in an infant school for 8 years before starting my own family. I am now a full-time mother to four children, two of whom joyfully attend Coombe Bissett with another joining them in September! I am the Literacy link governor and sit on the staffing and curriculum committee. As well as enjoying life with a young family my husband and I have been renovating our listed Victorian home in Wilton for the past four and a half years and counting! If I have any spare time, I like to spend it reading or baking. I am also lucky enough to come into school on a regular basis to work with the children.

 

Trudy Nazer
My name is Trudy Nazer and I am an Associate Governor at Coombe Bissett School. I live in Coombe Bissett and my two daughters, their partners and 3 grandchildren live with my husband Barry and myself!   We have a grandson who is in Elm class and another grandson who will join the school in September 2020. I retired from full time work in in 2015 but I keep myself very busy with the family together with being a Governor at 2 primary schools.  I am also a Duty Solicitor and an Appropriate Adult working with the police. During my career I worked as a Criminal Defence Barrister in London, Commercial Director in the Flexible Packaging Industry in Greater Manchester and an Operations Director in the HealthCare Sector also in the Northwest. When I became a Governor, I felt that my legal, commercial and sales experiences may well be helpful.  Due to the financial restraints facing all schools, particularly rural ones in the UK today, I believe that all Governing Bodies will have an extremely challenging and hardworking, but hopefully rewarding time in the future.  I am also a Governor at Dinton Primary School.

 

Berkeley Basinger-Adams
I’m Berkeley Basinger-Adams and I am honoured to be the Headteacher at our wonderful primary school. This is my 3rd Church school I have had the privilege to lead and I look forward to encouraging and enabling Coombe Bissett to flourish and have a transformative impact on all the children, staff, governors and families. This can only be achieved when we all work together in partnership, love and respect and it is one of my passions that all those engaged in our school feel that they truly belong – that they are valued as unique and special individuals within our family. Married with 2 teenage children and living in Dorset, I have a degree in English and Sociology, a PGCE and NPQH.  Before becoming a teacher I was in theatre as a sound engineer, on national tours and in the West End. I am also an FA Youth football coach, enjoy watersports and walking my very mad but adorable miniature Schnauser. It is my mission to enable each and every child to move onto secondary school having had an excellent grounding in all subjects (not just the core subjects); to have strong personal values for life; to have strategies that they can carry through life to manage their personal and mental wellbeing; to love sport, science and the creative arts; to know  and value their own uniqueness and special talent; to have their own sense of spirituality; and to know that they can make a positive difference to themselves, others, and the world.

 

Naomi Bowers
I’m Naomi Bowers (Mrs Bowers!).  I enjoyed my own education and can remember from a young age many teachers who were a wonderful, positive and encouraging influence along the way, nurturing and scaffolding my learning. Armed with A levels in Psychology, English Literature and Theatre Studies, I went on to Lancaster University and achieved my degree in Theatre and Literature with Creative Writing. I had a few years out after this; travelling and working with children in Pre-schools, youth clubs and on a holiday site! This was eye opening and made me realise that working with children is a huge responsibility. I saw many examples of it being done both negatively and positively. It led me to the decision that I would like to pursue teaching and I embarked on a one year PGCE with a specialism in the Early Years (ages 3 – 7). I have now been teaching for 15 years. Education has changed greatly in this time, but my passion and love for my career has never faltered. Teaching is a privilege and honour and I value every young individual I have the pleasure of meeting and teaching. I enjoy supporting them all in their individual educational journey; celebrating their successes, scaffolding their weaknesses, helping them develop their skills and encouraging their personalities to blossom. Teaching is about so much more than teaching! I am now in my 7th year of teaching at Coombe Bissett Primary School. I love the ethos of the school, the values and morals we practise that are founded in Christianity. A school has many roles, many in the background, that help the school run day to day and make it the wonderful place for children to come, feel safe, valued and support their learning. The Governors do a remarkable job of supporting Coombe Bissett in all aspects of school life and running. I am proud to be the Teacher Governor, I hope it goes a little way to show the other Governors how much we value their support.

 

Liz Wallis
My name is Liz Wallis and in my role as clerk to the governors, I work with the Chair of Governors and Head teacher to help ensure that the governing body runs smoothly and fulfils its responsibilities. I have been clerk since 2004 and have worked with 5 head teachers and 7 chairs of governors. As the mother to three (now grown up) children, I have an interest in education and a very long time ago I trained as a geography teacher. My husband’s army career meant a variety of interesting work in different locations. For 10 years, I was Registrar at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset where I was responsible for keeping all the museum artefact records. Currently, in addition to my work at Coombe Bissett Primary School, I am clerk to the governors for one other school in Salisbury and my main role is working for Salisbury Diocese where I am the Diocesan Trust Officer.