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 2017 – July 2021
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.
Linda Stempt Term of Office - November 2016 - 2020
I moved to Much Wenlock from Sussex five years ago, after I retired. I had been a Civil Servant, working in various policy units in Westminster and then, latterly, involved in developing and delivering an IT business system for a government agency, during which time I learned to speak fluent management consultant. My husband and I were foster parents for West Sussex for many years, usually asked to help out where children had special educational needs or behavioural problems, and usually only short term, although one stuck; he's now 33, still has a few issues - and still very much part of the family. The community of Much Wenlock has welcomed and supported me from the start (and more so since the death of my husband in 2013), and I am pleased to think that by becoming governor of this lovely school I can - just possibly - give something back.
Richard Langford Term of Office - June 2017 - June 2021
I joined the governing body in June 2017 as a co-opted governor. I am now retired having spent the vast majority of my career in primary education, including 19 years as headteacher in two local schools. I led both schools through a total of five successful Ofsted inspections during that period.
I live in Much Wenlock and now contribute to the local community by volunteering with The National Trust on Wenlock Edge and supporting Wenlock Olympians. I sing in the Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir and am also a keen cyclist and sports fan.
Nikki Davies Term of Office - September 2016 - September 2020
I moved to Much Wenlock in 2008, my husband grew up in Shropshire and wanted to return after a number of years in London. Our daughter Izzy is now in year 3 and we all very much enjoy being part of the community. I became a parent governor in September 2016, sit on the finance committee and have a link role with maths. When not working I enjoy spending time with Izzy, cooking, exploring the countryside and meeting up with friends
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
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,
Governors who are members of staff are -
Carl Litchfield; Karen Eaton; Ann Hill
Governors that have roles in other educational establishments
Rebecca Dickinson is employed as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at William Brookes Academy