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Governors

The Governing Body currently consists of ten members (following re-constitution in 2020)

Governors of the school are drawn from four categories laid down by Central Government, as shown below (with number of governors in each category):

  • Staff Governors (including Head Teacher) x 2
  • Co-opted Governors x 4
  • Local Authority Appointees x 1
  • Parents of pupils at the school x 3

The full list of Governors is:

Mrs Joanna Bridges – Head Teacher
Mrs Helen Barnes – Chair of Governors & Literacy, World Studies, MathsI’ve been associated with Widney since 1993 when my oldest child joined the School- firstly as a parent, then also with the Parents Association. I began working at Widney in 2002 and soon became a non teaching staff governor. When I finished work in 2012 I was persuaded to remain on the Governing Body as a co-opted governor and last November became Chair of Governors. You can judge from my history my commitment to Widney and the Children’s education. I am at present link governor for English and chair the scrutiny and standards sub committee as with my education background I can act as a critical friend to the SLT. I hold regular monthly meetings with the head so that I can keep the rest of the governing body up to date with all aspects of school life.
Mr Richard Morgan – Vice Chair & SEND, PEMy name is Richard Morgan and I’ve been a governor for around twelve years, originally as a parent governor but more recently as the Local Authority appointed governor.

I’m interested in all aspects of school life, with a specific interest in special needs and pupil premium.

For me, education isn’t just about results. It’s about creating an environment that helps children bring out the best in one another.
Mrs Maggie Fox – Behaviour & Safeguarding, MusicMy name is Maggie Fox and I have been a parent governor since January 2015. I have an HR background and I am the link governor for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Safety. I find being a governor really rewarding and enjoy giving back to a school that has given my daughter so much. Widney is a fabulous, caring school that allows your child to be an individual and to grow in a caring and supportive environment. I am very proud to be a governor at Widney.
Mr Phil White – ComputingMy name is Phil White and am a co-opted governor. Originally I served as a parent governor and realised that I could still carry on this role and hopefully add benefit to Widney school and future pupils attainment and well-being through the early years of their academic life. I am also a link governor for computing too.
Mrs Jodie Sutton – Staff Governor – SENCOI began working at Widney in 2014 as class teacher, maths coordinator and PREVENT lead across the school. Very quickly, I joined the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, and In 2018, I took on the role of SENCO. Most recently, I have been deployed as Assistant Head Teacher, in charge of Inclusion, the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

My passion has always been working with children; guiding them through such key years of their learning and development.

I am very proud to be part of such a supportive, caring and nurturing team.
Rev Paul Day - RE, ScienceAs Associate Vicar in the Parish of Shirley I am responsible amongst other things for the Church of Christ the King, which meets each Sunday in the Hall at Widney.

Before taking up this role I spent almost 20 years working as a School Business Manager – first at Tudor Grange, then at Stratford Girls’ Grammar. As such I have been responsible for all resource, HR, IT and finance matters, including the management of several substantial building projects.

I am delighted to be part of such a dedicated Governing Body.
Mr Marwan Ghannam - D&TMy name is Marwan Ghannam, I am a chartered accountant by profession and have 1 daughter at Widney and another starting next year. I have extensive experience in education as I run a nutrition education business and a weekend language school with my wife. As a chartered accountant, I was a finalist for Young Chartered Accountant of the year.

With an ever changing world, I am very passionate about giving our children the skills they need to succeed. I am very grateful to be part of this highly talented team.
Parent Governor (Vacancy)
Mrs Rachael Farrell-Johnson - ArtI am new to Widney as a parent, and have two children at Widney. This is my first time as a parent governor. I am interested in all aspects of school life and feel passionate about children's development with the understanding that each child is unique and should be encouraged to express their talents and strengths, while being nurtured in a safe and caring environment.

Governors serve on committees responsible for the following areas of governance:

  • Premises, Finance & Personnel Committee
  • Curriculum & Community

These committees meet regularly and report to the full governing body at termly meetings.