You can read about the people who make up our board of governors below. If you would like to read official governance documents relating to our school, you can visit our governance page under our ‘Key Info’ section:

Governance Documents

Governing Body

At Bicton C. E. Primary School and Nursery, our Governing Body is made up of the Head teacher, a member of our support staff, our vicar, a foundation governor, parent governors who are nominated by other parents, a Local Authority governor and 2 co-opted governors.

We see our governors as ‘critical friends’ who, as part of our school leadership team, are involved in self evaluation and school development planning. They play a much-valued role in helping to raise and maintain standards.

Governors meet throughout the school year with one full Governing Body meeting each term as well as sub-committee meetings often twice a term with specific ‘duties’ linked to different aspects of school life.  Our Governing Body strives to provide the best possible education for all pupils.

The Head teacher, Mrs Shirley Ansell, meets with the Chair of Governors most weeks which includes discussing progress towards school improvement priorities.

Link governors visit school regularly during the year to visit classes, talk to pupils and meet with staff.

We are lucky enough to have an excellent team of School Governors at Bicton. Full details of each member can be seen below:

Mrs Shirley Ansell – Local Authority Governor

Mrs Ansell’s children and grandchildren have attended Bicton C E Primary School. “I firmly believe that a quality education is the most valuable thing we can give our children.  At Bicton School, I am proud to say that every child counts.”  

Committee Membership

Complaints (reserve)
Finance and General Personnel – Chair
Pupil Discipline – Chair
Salaries and Performance Management – Chair
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals – Clerk

Re-appointment date – September 2016

Term of office end date – 24/09/2020

 Mrs Caroline Bailey – Vice-Chair – Parent

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel – Clerk
Salaries and Performance Management (Not HTPM) – Clerk
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal – Chair

Staff/Governor Relationship

Sister of N Johnson

Re-appointment date – January 2018

Term of office end date – 18/01/2022

Miss Eleanor Carr – Staff

Committee Membership

Standards and Curriculum

Appointment date – February 2020

Term of office end date – 04/02/2024

Mr Steven Davies – Parent

Committee Membership

Appeals – Chair
Complaints (reserve)
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal (reserve)
Standards and Curriculum – Chair

Term of office ended – 31/01/2020

Mrs Julia Farrington – Parent

“My background is as a Nurse, ending as a Senior Sister, a Lead Nurse in Minor Injuries. During my role, I worked with children and attended courses on Child Protection. I ended my career as I wished to become a full time parent.

When I put myself forward as a parent governor, my eldest child was in Reception and my youngest was about to start Nursery. I am, and have been,very impressed and enthusiastic about this school. Rural schools are closing and amalgamating. I would like to be a bigger part of a school that shines and attracts children and parents towards it.”

Committee Membership

Appeals – Chair
Premises, Security and Health and Safety – Chair
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals (reserve)
Standards and Curriculum (reserve)

Appointment date – November 2016

Term of office end date – 29/11/2020

 Mrs Juliette Freeman – Chair – Co-opted

Juliette is a parent and a co-opted governor. Her area of expertise is Early Years; she is a local authority Early Years Advisor and was previously employed as an Ofsted Early Years Inspector.

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel (reserve)
Premises, Security and Health and Safety (reserve)
Pupil Discipline – Clerk
Salaries and Performance Management (reserve)
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals – Chair
Standards and Curriculum – Clerk

Re-appointment date – May 2020

Term of office end date – 23/05/2024

Mrs Wendy Horan – Foundation

Term of office ended – 13/05/2019

Dr Richard Jeffries – Parent

“My children are very happy at Bicton. I want to give something in return. As an environmental scientist I know that the future of our world will be in the hands of our children and it is a privilege to support a school that creates well-informed, well-balanced individuals. I bring what I hope are useful experience from voluntary roles, including being a Scout leader and running community events and social enterprises. I hope that my enthusiasm, experience and approach means I fulfil the role of parent governor well – but more than that I’m delighted to do it.” 

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel
Premises, Security and Health and Safety – Clerk
Pupil Discipline (reserve)
Salaries and Performance Management
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal – Clerk

Appointment date – February 2019

Term of office end date – 31/01/2023

Mrs Natalie Johnson – Headteacher

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel
Premises, Security and Health and Safety
Salaries and Performance Management
Standards and Curriculum

Staff/Governor Relationship

Sister of C Bailey

Term of office end date – 02/03/2023

Mrs Patricia Johnson – Staff

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel (reserve)
Premises, Security and Health and Safety – Chair

Resigned – 09/09/2019

Ms Janet Leake – Foundation

“I have worked for over 30 years teaching primary school age children. For me, every child deserves access to a well-rounded education, in a safe and encouraging environment.  As Foundation Governor, I hope that I can use my experience to support the school, in maintaining its Christian ethos and developing resilience for the future.” 

Committee Membership

Complaints – Chair
Pupil Discipline
Standards and Curriculum – Chair

Appointment date – September 2019

Term of office end date – 04/09/2023

Mr Robert Marsden – Parent

“Having moved to Shrewsbury two years ago, and appreciated the welcome and ethos of Bicton School, I would be honoured to serve as a Governor if elected. Having never been a Governor I would have lots to learn.  I have many years’ experience in managing my own business, working with all sorts of people and being a Dad. As a stay-at-home dad, I have time to be actively involved, as required throughout the week. My children are currently in Years 3 and 5 and have grown in confidence and love their school – for this I am truly grateful.” January 2020

Committee Membership

Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal (reserve)

Appointment date – January 2020

Term of office end date – 30/01/2024

Mr John Street – Co-opted

“I can bring to the Governing Body, my 10 years’ experience as a Community Governor and my professional skills and experiences in the areas of building strong and healthy relationships, managing and delivering change, and personnel management. 

I have spent over thirty years working in the retail industry, most recently in the area of business transformation and have significant experience in delivering change and in operational and people management. Working for a Community retailer has allowed me the opportunity to engage and co-operate within the local environment.  I have two teenage children, who have recently completed their journey through primary education, allowing me to experience the early years educational experience as a parent and to see the challenges faced by priamry education.

Having worked closely with the school, I have and continue to be impressed by the role it takes and fulfils in the local community and I am keen to ensure that it continues to shine and prosper.”

Committee Membership

Appeals (reserve)
Premises, Security and Health and Safety
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals

Re-appointment date – April 2019

Term of office end date – 08/04/2023

Reverend Mary-Lou Toop – Foundation

“I can bring to the Governing Body: past experience as a school governor for both community and church schools, the ability to be a strong link between the diocese, the local church and our school to support school in fulfilling its Christian ethos and identity, and professional skills and experience in the area of pastoral care, building healthy relationships and personnel management.” Mary-Lou Toop

Committee Membership

Appeals – Clerk
Complaints – Clerk
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal

Foundation Governor at Bomere Heath C E Primary School

Re-appointment date – July 2019

Term of office end date – 14/07/2023