Who are the Governors?
Rosemary Tong - Chair and Vice- Chair of Ethos and Standards Committee
I have been a foundation governor at Wimborne St Giles for more than eleven years and I am currently Chair of Governors. During my time at the school I have taken on many different roles, including link governor for SEND, chairing the Ethos and Standards Committee and for a while I sat on the Finance Committee.
I have lived in Gussage St Michael, part of the Wimborne St Giles catchment area, for 25 years. My husband and I both trained as secondary school English teachers and when we moved here Simon was head teacher at QE and I worked as a school inspector. I feel very strongly that children should have the best possible start in life and have spent the last part of my professional career in supporting a range of different schools. In my spare time I enjoy reading and gardening and looking after my hives of bees.
Catherine - Vice Chair and Chair of Finance Committee
I am married with two children, a boy and a girl. My youngest child still attends Wimborne St Giles First School. Both of my children have attended the onsite nursery so as a family we have been a part of the wider Wimborne St Giles school family for many years. Professionally, I am a paraplanner working for a local financial advisers dealing with all aspects of pension transfers and the due diligence this requires. My job requires me to provide leadership and deliver advice to all members of my team as well as liaising with other teams within the firm. My friends would describe me as gregarious, caring, thoughtful, and boundlessly enthusiastic about all I do. My interest in education and in helping the team at Wimborne St Giles came about as I had to choose nursery and school settings for my own children. The set up we are lucky enough to have here reminds me very much of the school I attended in the Lake District growing up and I enjoy the particularly close relationship we have with the village church. I have been a member of the governing body since December 2014. I have previously helped run a Sunday school at my local church and have been an active member of the parent teacher association. I initially joined the governing body as a parent governor before most recently starting my second term as a foundation governor. I am the current chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the governing body. I am also the safeguarding governor for the school.
Keith Barton - Vice Chair and Chair of Ethos and Standards Committee
My name is Keith Barton and I am married to Andrea, who works for Barclays UK. We have a daughter Alexandra, who started at WSG in the Reception year in 2018. We live in the nearby village of Gussage All Saints where we have resided for the past 5 years. Professionally, I am an Air Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy having so far served for over 22 years. My career to date has given me a great deal of exposure to working with people from all different backgrounds and Nationalities, and lots of experience in providing leadership, direction and offering advice with a great focus on improving people both professionally and academically. My colleagues would describe me as easy-going, dedicated, trustworthy, and someone who is focused on doing the best that I can. Instilled with the importance of education throughout my childhood, I attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, followed by an Master’s Degree in Aeronautics prior to selection for entry to Britannia Royal Naval College and the start of my Navy career.
With my daughter attending the school and living in the locality I wanted to offer my support to the school community and was elected as a foundation Governor in May 19. I Chair the Standards and Ethos Sub-Committee and have recently taken on the Governor role for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) oversight.
Amy Houghton - Vice Chair
I have been a member of the Governing Body since Sept 2017. Although I don't have any formal background in education, I have a very keen interest in community.
I am a mum to two girls, both who currently attend WSG, a wife to Matthew who works in banking in Bournemouth and a midwife at Salisbury Hospital. In my role as a midwife I am used to working with a wide team of multi-disciplinary professionals in order to keep women, families and their babies safe. I feel my role as a governor links well to my professional role both in this way, and also from a safeguarding perspective.
I have attended many different schools in my childhood, owing to my parents living overseas; everything from rural African primary schools, to British boarding schools. What all these schools offered me was a safe place to make mistakes, make friends and develop a love for learning, all things I am passionate about and which I think WSG offers it's pupils in abundance.
In addition I hold a second class honours degree in Physics and AstroPhysics from the University of Manchester and a first class honours degree in Midwifery from Bournemouth University. I am passionate about all children, from any walk of life, having the same educational opportunities and about fostering a love of learning from a young age so that children have the best chance of reaching their full potential. I endeavour to ensure WSG continues to offer this to all it's children.