Our aim is to play an important strategic role in school life. We help to establish a vision for the future of the school within the community through setting and reviewing strategies and procedures to ensure the best possible education for all children. We regularly monitor standards of children's work and the progress they make. We also have responsibility for the financial control of the school and the safety of the pupils and staff and all Governors have a term of office of four years.
The Governing Body consists of
1 Local Authority Governor
3 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governors
6 Co-opted Governors
Total : 12 Governors
The term of office for all categories of Governors is 4 years
Mrs Diane Paxton- Chair of Governors
I was born, brought up and educated in Scotland where I trained as a Home Economist and eventually started teaching. I then moved to Ledbury where my two children were born. When my daughter and son were attending Ledbury Primary School I became a parent governor as I felt that I wanted to learn more about the educational system and could offer some of my previous experience. After they left the school I started working as an LSP and worked in all stages of school until I retired. I am now a Co-opted Governor and still feel that I am able to contribute to the valuable work of the governing body.
Mrs Julie Rees - Co-Head Teacher - Staff Governor, Finance and Children's Committees
Originally from Hereford, I have worked as a teacher since 1989. I was a Headteacher in a smaller rural school for 4 years before becoming Headteacher of Ledbury Primary School in September 2006. I am passionate about Values-based Education and using it to have a positive impact on the lives of pupils, staff and the wider community of Ledbury. As a Governor, I sit on the Resources and Children's Committees. It is a privilege to work with a pro-active group of volunteers, who always have the best outcomes for children at the heart of all governor decisions.
At home, I enjoy spending time with my large family and I love walking my dog, Casper. I also enjoy going the cinema and travelling to new places. I am currently learning how to knit 'trickier' patterns; it's a steep learning curve.
Mrs Rachel Ussher- Co-Head Teacher, Co-opted Governor
I joined Ledbury Primary School as a teacher in 1999 and have mainly taught in Y1 and Y2 since then. I am currently Deputy Head teacher with responsibility for Assessment, Behaviour, Phase 1 and PSHE.
My family moved to Ledbury a few years ago and both of my children have attended the school. I am also a Governor at JMHS which helps to create strong links between our two schools. At home, I enjoy playing netball, going for walks and seeing live music.
My name is Kev Adams and I am a parent governor, currently chair of the Children's Outcomes Committee
I have a wealth of management experience gained across both private and public sector in roles encompassing Finance, Customer Services, IT, Contract Management and Estates. I am currently Director of Estates & Facilities at an NHS Trust “over the border” in Gloucestershire.
I became a governor as I believe passionately about the importance of good, Values-based Education. We are blessed to have a good school here in Ledbury and I am committed to using my broad skill set in whatever way I can to support its continued success and development.
I have two children at LPS as well as an older child currently away at University. As time permits I enjoy reading and long distance walks - and as a result can often be seen in and around the area with my Basset Hound trailing loyally behind!
Mrs Carol Merryman – Co-opted Governor, Children’s Committee
Although originally from Worcester, I went to Hull University and studied for a degree in Maths and consequently worked as a Primary School teacher in Hull from 1988 to 1995, when I moved to Ledbury.
I joined the staff at Ledbury Primary School in 2005; initially as an LSP, but for the last 6 years I have been employed as the Wellbeing Co-ordinator. I think this is the best job in school! I work with children in school and support their families when life gets a bit tough and am passionate that personal wellbeing must go hand in hand with academic progress.
Outside school, I enjoy spending time with my family and indulging in my love of the musical theatre.
Mrs Lyn-Marie Norton – Local Authority and Safeguarding Governor
I am a LA governor with 2 children now at John Masefield having been schooled at LPS. I became a governor as I wanted to do more for the Ledbury community. I love the Values ethos and atmosphere of the school and wanted to be more involved with it. I also felt that it was important for me to be involved in something outside of my job.
I have been a police officer for 25 years and have worked in West Midlands and Essex Police forces so I have served in very diverse areas. Having been a front-line officer for 24 years I am now based here in Ledbury where I am the police co-ordinator for the Herefordshire children’s care homes. In this role, I deal with Looked After Children particularly geared towards Risk Management and Safeguarding. I have also recently taken on the Safeguarding portfolio in my governor role so these two aspects complement each other.
In my spare time I like to knit. I’m an avid reader and part of a lively book group. I am on the committee for a local Scouting Group and I also help at TEAM LPS events.
As an incomer to Ledbury, I have made lots of friends and think it’s a wonderful community. I hope to give back some of this joy, support and friendship in return.
Mr Geoff Rutherford-Co-opted Governor
I have worked in education for over 40 years half that time as a class teacher and the other half as head of The Wyche school in Malvern until I retired in 2020. Having taught in Kent, Somerset and Canada we came to settle in Ledbury 27 years ago and all three of our children attended LPS. I am currently an associate lecturer in School Leadership at the University of Worcester and train aspiring headteachers in the NPQH programme. I am a co-opted community governor and would wish to offer my educational experience to the role. In my spare time I enjoy walking the hills, reading, playing tennis and now sadly due to dodgy knees am reduced to watching, rather than playing football.
Mr Chris Taylorson-Parent Governor
Originally from Teesside, I moved to Ledbury in 2018 after realising my ambition of becoming a fire fighter with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Prior to this, I worked for a small charity supporting disabled people and carers after finishing a degree in Social Work in 2011.
I have two children who attend Ledbury Primary School and I decided to become a parent governor so I could do my bit to give back to the school who have taken care of my kids so wonderfully.
In my free time I like to get outside as much as possible. I enjoy walking, cycling and paddle boarding and if I do have to be inside, I enjoy playing guitar and listening to music.
Mrs. J. Jupp - Clerk to the Governors
I became Clerk to the Governing Body in July 2007. I have a background in Administration, having worked for a financial institution, a charity, a children's centre and currently the local parish council.
I enjoy the role of Clerk, it is a privilege to be part of a thriving school, in my local community, with a headteacher who has a clear vision for the future for her school and a strong governing body with a wide range of skills. I find the world of education both challenging and exciting.
The Instrument of Government, effective 11th March 2021 is below.