Profiles of Llangattock Governors.
Position: Vice Chair
Interests: I have two children at Llangattock Primary School. Elsi is in the Year 2 class and Emma is in Year 6.
Alongside writing children’s books, I visit schools and work with the charity, Stephens and George, promoting Early Literacy and Wellbeing. Before this, I taught for thirteen years in mainstream and special schools
Position: Llangattock Community Council Governor
Interests: I have lived in the village for 38yrs and have been a member of St Catwg’s Church most of that time. Our three children attended Llangattock school and now two of our grandchildren. I am appointed governor for Llangattock Community Council.
Cllr Jackie Charlton
Position: Local Education Authority Governor
Interests: I was elected as a County Councillor in 2017 and have been a Local Education Authority Governor (LEA) since April this year. I am particularly interested in how the school delivers pastoral care, supports additional learning needs (ALN) and, as a pioneer school, will embrace the new Curriculum when it is established.
I have a keen interest in education and policy matters and have been a third sector teacher as well as being in business and supporting equalities issues in many different sectors including the health sector. I am honoured to have been nominated and accepted as a Governor of Llangattock Church in Wales Primary School.
Position: Foundation Governor
Interests: I am grandmother to Iolo and Osiân Herbert-Jones, currently in Year 1 and 2.
During my working life, I spent over 40 years working in the Education sector, mainly as a secondary school teacher but also in other roles including Ofsted and Estyn School Inspector, Senior Manager and Lecturer. I was also a Magistrate for 12 years. Now retired, I have a keen interest in the development and education of my grandsons as well as the community in which we live.
I have been a Foundation Governor at LCIWS for three years, which has allowed me to gain insight and have input into the general management of the school as well as getting to know the staff and some of the pupils. My role includes attending regular meetings to discuss current school business and participation in mandatory and voluntary training sessions. I have also been closely involved in the selection process of new staff, monitoring school policies and engaging with pupils as part of the literacy development programme. In all Governor related situations, I always try to maintain a tolerant, unbiased and professional viewpoint.
I enjoy being part of school life and attending many school events and supporting fundraising activities such as Green Man. I consider it a privilege to be involved in the advancement of the school and the wellbeing and fulfilment of the children.
Position: Foundation Governor
Interests: At the beginning of this year, I was pleased to be invited to become a Foundation Governor for Llangattock Church in Wales School.
In 2008, I began to assist the school with guided and individual reading in years 3 and 4. Then in 2010, I added years 1 and 2 to my responsibilities. During this time, I have developed a good rapport with all the staff and the children treat me with respect.
I trained as a teacher at Liverpool University and I then taught for twenty two years. Following this, my husband and I created a business in Crickhowell, I was obliged to turn myself into a Managing Director, which at first I found to be challenging. This, however, gave me an understanding of how a business works. The company, after I sold it, survives to this day and is doing well, but I have retired.
I have always tried to contribute, in some way, to the community in which I live, and I have, as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a huge interest in the success of children.
I believe that reading is the key to any real progress.
The children in our care, are our future!
Position: Parent Governor.
Interests: My eldest daughter Olivia is in Year 3 and my youngest is in Reception. I am a teacher of Design & Technology and a middle leader in a local secondary school – I have been teaching for 15 years in a variety of schools and I have a very good understanding of how a school operates on a day to day basis. I became a governor as I wanted to become more involved in supporting my daughters and their peers in their educational experience at Llangattock School. Residing within the village, I feel that I am an approachable person and able to communicate with both parents and teachers to work together to achieve high standards of Teaching & Learning.
Experience: I graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from West London, then completed my PGCE in Roehampton. I have worked in schools in London and Bristol before coming to Llangattock to cover a maternity leave post. 10 years later, I’m delighted to say I am still here, now as headteacher following completion of the NPQH. I have a fantastic job and am lucky enough to still teach in Nursery and Reception for two days a week.
Favourite things: My teenage daughters (most of the time), Kettle crisps and fizz (other crisps are available), my PJs and holidays.
Mrs Jo Jones
Position: Teacher Governor
Experience: I graduated with a degree in Archaeology (yes, really) from the University of Liverpool, and completed my PGCE at the University of Leeds. I have worked in schools in Wiltshire, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen and have been lucky enough to teach Years 5/6 in Llangattock since 2007. I am also currently acting as a Literacy Leader in Powys.
Favourite things: Goldfish, chocolate, watercress, Daniel Craig, my two fantastic children.
Position: Non-teacher Governor
Experience: I work as an LSA in Year 1/2 and have worked at Llangattock School since 2006. All 3 of my children attended Llangattock! I recently obtained HLTA status.
Favourite things: Sheep, chocolate and my family. And (when I get the chance) sleeping in – I love sleeping!