Racecourse Lane, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6JG
Tel: 01952 727 634
Our governing board is made up of 15 governors who include the headteacher, a minimum of four Parent governors, a Staff governor and a governor appointed by the local authority. All other governors have been co-opted by the governing board. No more than a third of the board can be staff members. All governors are appointed for a term of four years.
Meet The Governors
Chair of Governors
Michael Theobalds (Local Authority) Term of Office – August 2013 – July 2017
I have been a governor since August 2013 and am currently Chair of Governors. Our family have lived in Much Wenlock since 1981 and both our daughters Hannah and Harriet attended Much Wenlock Primary School. One of our five grandchildren, Tom, is a pupil at the school and his brother Charlie will join him in 2018. I have worked in education all my professional life, being a headteacher for 20 years, an Ofsted inspector and a local authority school improvement partner. I ran my own company for seven years training headteachers throughout the UK and overseas. In addition to being a school governor, my community involvement includes being a committee member of both the U3A and the Much Wenlock Bowling Club.
Carl Litchfield Term of Office - September 2014 on-going
I became the Headteacher at Much Wenlock Primary School in September 2014. I am very proud of our school and it is a privilege to be part of such a fantastic community. The staff at this school work extremely hard to provide the children with exciting learning opportunities which will help them reach their potential. Outside of school, when I’m not out running or cycling, I like to relax in the garden and spend time with my family.
Karen Eaton Term of Office – January 2014 - December 2017
I started at MWPS in September 2013 and have now been teaching for 12 years. I am currently enjoying teaching year 6, which I have done for the last two years. I am English subject coordinator and form part of the school leadership team. I usually teach street dance after school which I love. For the last two years I have choreographed dances that my dance club performed at the stepping out festival at WBS.
I live in the fantastic town of flowers: Shrewsbury, with my husband Rich and my two children: Grace, who is nearly 9, and George who is 7.
Kay Whiteman Term of Office – December 2013 - December 2017
I have been a parent governor since 2013, I was very proud to be chosen by other parents at the school. I was born in Much Wenlock hospital and have lived near to Much Wenlock all of my life. I have one daughter who attends the school; she also went to the nursery on site. Before being a full time farmer’s wife and running a holiday cottage business, I was trained in catering, and have worked as catering manager for The Ironbridge Gorge Museums.
I also worked for The National Trust and English Heritage, all in front line jobs working with the general public. I am active in the community and the schools PTFA. I enjoy contributing to the school’s future, and learning more about our children's education.
Charles Dornton Term of Office – November 2015 – October 2019
I was appointed in November 2015, I have two children at the school, Louisa is in year three and Edward is in reception. I sit on the Curriculum and Finance committee, I am a link governor with responsibility for SMSC -social, moral, spiritual and cultural wellbeing of the children at the school. I am also involved with the school as a volunteer, assisting on field trips and forest school.
Martin Willetts Term of Office - November 2015 - October 2019
I grew up in Shropshire, and my wife and I moved to Much Wenlock in 2007. We are now the proud parents of three young children - two of them at Much Wenlock Primary School, and one due to start in September 2017. I am delighted to be supporting the development of this school and its role in the community. At work I help businesses deliver large IT projects; outside of work I like to get out in the fresh air with our children.
Linda Stevenson (Vice Chair) Term of Office - July 2015 – June 2019
I have been a governor for 5 years and am currently Vice Chair of Governors. My husband and I have lived in Much Wenlock since 1975. I was a founder member of Much Wenlock Twinning Group and am currently Chair of that group. I have helped to establish links between Much Wenlock Primary School and Jann Arthus-Bertrand Primary School in Cysoing our twin town. I enjoy walking and I am a member of a French Reading Group.
Richard Lawrence Term of Office - July 2015 - June 2019
I have been a Governor since 2014 and currently chair the Finance and Personnel Committee. I originally herald from Kent however moved to Much Wenlock in 2008 after visiting family here for many years. Both of my children Joseph and Rosie attend the school and enjoy the learning experience that it offers. I have worked in regeneration and major programme delivery for almost 20 years, working in both the private and public sectors. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, running, football and playing music.
Rebecca Dickinson Term of Office - July 2015 - June 2019
I have lived in Much Wenlock for thirty years and have been working at William Brookes School for nearly as long where I was a staff governor during a very exciting time in their history – the building of the new school and the Olympic Games. Both my children attended Much Wenlock Primary and William Brookes and now two of my grandchildren are at Much Wenlock primary. I have loved my years at William Brookes working at a teaching assistant and was one of the first TAs to gain Higher Level Teaching Assistant status. Using my knowledge of dyslexia and autism spectrum conditions, I aim to help pupils remove their barriers to learning and become confident, successful and independent learners.
Ann Hill (deputy headteacher) Term of Office - November 2015 - November 2019
Originally employed in the banking sector, twenty years ago I moved into the world of education. I have since worked in wide-ranging educational settings, from a committee run rural pre-school playgroup to a 120 place local authority nursery where I was responsible for integrating pupils with complex special needs into a mainstream setting. I have been deputy headteacher at Much Wenlock Primary School since January 2010 and am responsible for co-ordinating PE and EYFS. I am also the school SENCO. With particular interests in PE and outdoor education, I have played several sports at both local and national level, including representing England at volleyball. Currently I enjoy hill walking, locally and further afield, with friends and family members. We have two children both of whom attended local Shropshire schools before moving onto higher education. In my remaining spare time I serve on my local parish council.
Sally Reid Term of Office – July 2015 – June 2019
I am a co-opted staff governor and I have been employed at Much Wenlock Primary School since 2004.
My main responsibilities involve working with children who require extra support. I have gained a variety of qualifications in order to benefit the children I work with, these include; Reading and Writing Grade 2 in Braille, Speech and Language support for 5-11 year old and the Approved Practitioner Status (APS) in Dyslexia. I am a member of the Professional Association of Teachers of Student with Specific learning difficulties (PATOSS) and also work for the Shropshire Dyslexic Association (SDA). Furthermore I am in my penultimate year of a BA (Hons.) degree in Teaching, Learning and Mentoring Practice.
I am married and have two children aged 22 and 21 years old and live in Morville. My previous areas of employment have been in the business sector in a variety of roles ranging from; recruitment, security and publishing. After gaining my Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education (ADCE) I ran a day nursery in Bridgnorth that became very successful to the extent that a 2 year waiting list had to be implemented.
Mrs Linda Stempt Term of Office - November 2016 - 2020
Mrs Nicola Davies Term of Office - January 2017 - January 2021
Clerk to the Governing Body
Meeting Attendance for Academic Year 2016 – 2017
To be added at the end of the current school year.
Register of Interests
Sally Reid works as a private tutor to pupils who attend Much Wenlock Primary School.
No governors have any business interests with any companies associated with Much Wenlock Primary School.
The following Governors have children/grandchildren at the school -
Michael Theobalds, Kay Whiteman, Charles Dornton, Martin Willetts, Rebecca Dickinson, Richard Lawrence, Graham Welsby
Governors who are members of staff are -
Carl Litchfield; Karen Eaton; Ann Hill; Sally Reid
Governors that have roles in other educational establishments
Rebecca Dickinson is employed as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at William Brookes Academy