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We are looking to recruit more governors to Wilbury Junior School. If you are interested in knowing more about the role, please do contact Martin Penny our Chair of Governors or Chelsea Atkins the Headteacher . We would be happy to explain the role in more detail. 

 

Name

Category

Start Date

End Date

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Martin Penny

Chair of Governors

Trust Governor 

21/09/21

21/09/2025

N/A

11/9/19

14/02/20

21/04/20

8/7/20

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

21/09/21

None

Jeremy Steeley

joint Vice Chair

Trust Governor 

01/09/2021

21/09/2025

N/A

11/9/19

14/02/20

21/04/20

8/7/20

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

21/09/21

None

Chelsea Atkins

Head Teacher

23/04/2019

30/05/2023

N/A

11/9/19

14/02/20

21/04/20

8/7/20

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

21/09/21

Father and daughter work at the school 

Venita Banks Associate Governor 01/07/201930/06/2023N/A

11/9/19

14/02/20

21/04/20

8/7/20

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

21/09/21None
Vicki ArendsTeacher Governor01/09/202131/08/2025N/A 29/06/2121/09/21None

Joanna

Lea

Trust Governor01/12/202001/12/2024N/A 

01/12/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

 None
Helen AlderCo-opted Governor 01/10/201930/09/2023NA

11/9/19

14/02/20

21/04/29

8/7/20

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

21/09/21None
Alex Jones joint vice chair Parent Governor01/01/202031/12/2024NA

11/9/19

14/02/20

21/04/20

8/7/20

29/9//20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

21/09/21Works for HFL
Holly EgglestonCo-opted Governor 10/11/202009/11/2024N/A 

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

 None
Surinder LallNon Teaching governor 15/09/2115/09/25   21/09/21None
Jo Clarkson Associate Governor 21/09/2121/09/25   21/09/21None
Mary Penny Co-opted Governor21/09/2121/09/25   21/09/21None 
Stephanie CawseyTeaching Governor01/09/2001/09/24yes 

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

 None
Sophie BottazziNon Teaching Governor01/09/2101/09/24yes 

29/9/20

10/11/20

16/02/21

19/04/21

29/06/21

 None
Jen HartTrust Governor  yes   None
Valarie HiggsTrust Governor  yes   None
Ian Marsh Co opted governor  yes   None

 

Our Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School Office, or a letter posted to the School's address.

Below is the full Governing Board.  The list shows the route by which each person was appointed as a Governor (the Type of Governor) and the particular links and responsibilities held by each. Below the list are some brief details and a photograph of each Governor.

 

Advice and Requirements for the Governing Board:

 

Governor List

 

 

 

Chair of Governors- Martin Penny - Trust governor 

Joint Vice Chair Of Governors- Jeremy steely - Trust  Governor  

Joint Vice Chair- Alex Jones - Parent Governor 

Helen Alder- Co-Opted Governor 

Mary Penny- Co-opted Governor 

Holly Eggleston - Parent Governor

Joanna Lea - Trust Governor

Head Teacher - Chelsea Atkins

Deputy Head Teacher- Venita Banks- Associate Governor

Teacher governor- Vicki Arends

Non Teaching Governor - Surinder Lall

Venita Banks- Associate Governor

Jo Clarkson- Associate Governor 

 

 

Martin Penny

Chair of Governors

I have extensive experience in people, project, programme and business management coupled with many years of assisting organisations of many shapes and sizes to grow and flourish. I worked for Unisys for 27 years in a variety of roles before returning to my first love and have been working as a freelance organist and choral director since 2002. Mary, my wife and I moved to North Herts in 1982 and have been running a successful music tuition business here ever since. Like many others, I commute South to work, in my case as Director of music and Parish Administrator of All Saints' Church, Hertford. I was delighted to be approached to become a governor at Wilbury and to be able to join with and contribute to a team committed to working with everyone to grow the school, encourage its staff and support parents in doing the best for all children.

chair persons email: mpenny@wilbury.herts.sch.uk

Chelsea Atkins

I am Chelsea Atkins, I am the Head Teacher at Wilbury and have been since April 2019. I was a Head teacher for over 8 years in Stevenage and moved because I wanted a new challenge. I love being at Wilbury and think its a great place to work. I am passionate about lifelong learning and learning something new everyday no matter how old we are. 

 

Venita Banks 

I'm Venita Banks and I'm the Deputy Head at Wilbury. I have been at Wilbury since May 2019 having moved from a school in Stevenage where I taught for 15 years. I have really enjoyed this first year working with the fantastic staff and children here at the school and supporting them on the schools exciting journey.

Helen Alder

I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 within a Law Centre specialising in family law, housing law and welfare benefits. I now work as a lawyer for the government and I’m currently based in HMRC. My husband and I moved from London to Letchworth in 2017, keen to become part of the community. We very much enjoy exploring all of the green space that Letchworth offers and spending time with our neighbours and friends. We also benefit from easier access to family in the North West. We have a young daughter and my intention is that when old enough, she will attend Wilbury Junior School. My hope is that by coming from a family of teachers and having a perspective outside of education, I can understand the issues faced by schools and offer a different view and constructive challenge to help the school and all pupils to flourish.

 

 

 

Alex Jones- Joint Vice Chair 

I have lived in Letchworth all my life, and in the Wilbury area for the last 13 years.  I have two daughters –  my youngest in Year 1 at Icknield Infant’s School, and my eldest in Year 4 in Wilbury Junior School.  I have worked as a project officer and data analyst in school improvement for the last 12 years, first at Hertfordshire County Council and now in Herts for Learning Ltd.  My role gives me a good understanding of the education sector generally and in school performance data and monitoring for impact.  For the last 18 months I have also been developing my understanding of the governance role as a clerk for governors in a number of Hertfordshire schools.  I believe very strongly in the importance of providing an education which supports our children to become confident and independent learners and which gives them the tools they need to continue to flourish in Secondary education and beyond.  I hope to make a positive contribution to the school and play an active role in supporting the new leadership team to drive improvements across the school.

Jeremy Steely- Joint Vice Chair  

Jeremy has been a governor at Wilbury for 4 years, his own children came to the school and are now in local secondary schools. His back ground is in large scale project management. His wife works as a teacher in the main feeder school to Wilbury. He is keen on keeping fit and seen cycling  to work 

Joanna Lea

I'm Jo Lea and a Parent of a child at Wilbury.  I am a social researcher with most of my experience focused on research with children and young people.  I currently work in the sport and physical activity sector supporting everyone to be active.  I strongly believe in providing a child centred education that encourages all children to have a love of learning.  I want my children to feel happy and confident at school and to become independent and curious learners for life!

Holly Eggleston

I have lived in Letchworth for nearly 6 years after a decade in London. I worked in Fundraising and Marketing for charities for 15 years. I have three children, one in reception at Icknield and one year old twins and my intention is that all of them will attend Wilbury when they are old enough. I am passionate about education and learning and I’m excited to be part of the school's journey

Vicki Arends

I am Vicki Arends. I am a Head of Year at Wilbury. I am also a Year 6 teacher. I have been working at the school since Spring 2019. I have been teaching for over 15 years and have been privileged enough to work in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6. I have a degree in Psychology, PGCE in Teaching and a Masters of Education. I am passionate about Wellbeing and inspiring pupils to embrace a Growth Mindset to develop skills for their future. The children and staff at Wilbury make it an amazing and fun place to work and learn.

Mary Penny 

Mary Penny studied Piano and Organ at the Royal College of Music and gained her PGCE at Middlesex Polytechnic. She spent the early part of her career as a class music teacher, principally in the London Borough of Brent, before moving to Hertfordshire where she combined supply teaching with building an extensive private teaching practice and training as a Mezzo-Soprano.

She became a governor of Fearnhill School in 2017 and is now Vice-Chair of the FGB. She is Chair of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee and is the Safeguarding Lead for the Board. Her subject links include the Expressive and Performing Arts and has a special interest in post-16 provision.

In her spare time, she loves making music, walking in the Lake District, growing fruit and veg and turning them into delicious meals

Jo Clarkson 

Jo Clarkson has been a HLTA at Wilbury for over 12 years. She works mainly with pupils with SEND, and has more recently been covering PPA. She is experienced and passionate about the children at Wilbury and has seen how the school has changed over the last few years. Her own children came to Wilbury Junior School. 

Surinder Lall

Has been at Wilbury for over 14 years, she started as a teaching assistant  and moved into the office and is now Admin manager at Wilbury. Her own children attended the school and are now at University. She enjoys walks with her new dog and taking on new challenges 

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