Racecourse Lane, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6JG
Tel: 01952 727 634
Our governing board is made up of 16 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
Ruth Shaw (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office July 2018 – July 2022
With two sons, Tom and Will at the primary school, and a considerable background in Secondary Education at Senior Leadership level, I welcomed the chance to be a part of the School’s Governing body. I am delighted to be in a position to support the school in its drive for Outstanding; contributing in any way that I can to the school, its community, its teaching staff and most importantly, the experience of its children.
Vice Chair of Governors
Donna Grainger (Parent Governor) Term of Office July 2018 – July 2022
I decided to put myself forward as parent governor after my daughters first year in reception at the school, she was very nervous but with the support from the staff she really enjoyed it and continues to thrive.The teachers and staff were and continue to be brilliant with the children, giving them a nurturing but free environment to learn. With a background in healthcare I wanted to offer my services as a governor and as a parent also.I have a keen interest in mental health, well being and nutrition and look forward to working with the school as link governor of mental health and well being to ensure that the pupils and staff continue to enjoy a happy and healthy learning environment. Our other daughter started at the nursery and thoroughly enjoys the new nursery setting and forest school. My family and I enjoy swimming , dancing, music and gardening and being outdoors .
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.
Local Authority Governor
Michael Theobalds Term of Office August 2017 – July 2021
I have been a governor since August 2013. Our family have lived in Much Wenlock since 1981 and both our daughters Hannah and Harriet attended Much Wenlock Primary School. Two of our five grandchildren, Tom and Charlie, are pupils at the school. 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.
Clare Marsh Term of Office – January 2018 - December 2022
I started at Much Wenlock Primary School in September 2014 and am now in my twentieth year of teaching. In my career I have taught all year groups across the primary phase. My profession has seen me work for Oxfordshire, Telford & Wrekin and now Shropshire local authorities. I am currently enjoying teaching in Year 1. I am the school SENCO and am passionate about learning for all. I live in Shrewsbury with my partner Andy and our three children. Luke, Toby and Evie. When I get a minute, I enjoy playing music, singing and long walks.
Hayley Dunn Term of Office – September 2019 – September 2023
Anna Shore-Squire Term of Office – September 2019 – July 2023
Kelly Higgins Term of Office – July 2018 – July 2022
Charles Dornton Term of Office October 2019 - October 2023
I have been on the Governing Body since November 2015 and my son , Edward, is currently at Much Wenlock Primary School. I sit on the finance and curriculum committees, and also the health and safety committee . I am also involved with the school as a volunteer, assisting on field trips and forest school.
Alison Turner Term of Office - November 2017 – November 2021
I joined Much Wenlock Primary School as Deputy Head in September 2017 having previously worked in schools in Telford and Wrekin with a wide range of year groups. I am also a Mastery Specialist Teacher for Salop and Herefordshire Maths Hub; my role with the Hub involves developing a Teaching for Mastery approach within both our school and other local schools, providing focused support when necessary. During my spare time, I love snowboarding, going out on my motorbike or taking my Labrador out for long walks.
Shelagh Enticknap Term of Office - November 2017 – November 2021
I joined Much Wenlock Primary School in 2012, when the Wakeman School in Shrewsbury was closing down. I had been there for 8 years previously so have now been in a similar position for 15 years. I am the School Business Manager at Much Wenlock Primary and thoroughly enjoy my job. I feel passionate about inclusion in schools.
I have three children, Daniel 26 who has a severe learning disability, Charlotte 25, who has just trained as a teacher and Tom 18 who is off to university. I enjoy skiing, swimming, cycling, caravanning, walking my dog and spending time with my family.
Richard Lawrence Term of Office - July 2019 - July 2023
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. Rosie, my daughter, attends the school and enjoys 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.
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 at Much Wenlock Primary School 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 2018 – 2019
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, Charles Dornton, Richard Lawrence, Ruth Shaw, Kelly Higgins, Nikki Davies, Anna Squire, Hayley Dunn
Governors who are members of staff are -
Carl Litchfield; Clare Marsh; Shelagh Enticknap, Alison Turner
Governors that have roles in other educational establishments
Ruth Shaw is Assistant Principal at The Priory School in Shrewsbury.