SWGS Governing Body

South Wilts is an Academy School. Its Governing Body is made up of

The Governors come from various professional backgrounds and contribute different skills. A mixture of experienced and newly appointed Governors provides the benefits of both continuity and a fresh approach to the Governing Body.

The main Governing Body meets at least once a term. In the intervening weeks the Committees: Curriculum, Personnel and Resources, give detailed consideration to issues and make recommendations to the full Governing Body.

The members of the Resources Committee are concerned with the financial management of the school. From the Business Manager they receive detailed information throughout the year. The Headteacher acts as the Responsible Officer, in co-operation with one of the Governors. Their job is to scrutinise in more detail the work of the financial officers of the school. They also consider Health and Safety issues and schemes relating to the premises.

The members of the Personnel Committee consider matters of staffing and payment and conditions. Applicants for all senior teaching posts are interviewed by Governors.

The Curriculum Committee is the heart of the school as it deals with all matters concerned with the educational provision. Its members have to keep up to date with many curriculum issues and to decide on the impact of these at South Wilts. This Committee meets with staff from various departments on a regular basis, hears of their work and joins some of their lessons.

All meetings are minuted by the Clerk to Governors and circulated to all Governors. The Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers are fully involved in the work of these Committees and act in partnership with the Governors.

There is a Duty Governor at each Parents Evening. Individual Governors who attend different school events throughout the year report on issues raised at full Governors meetings.

Governing Body Structure

Full list of Governors 2016-2017

Name Category Committee(s) Term of Office
Mrs Diane Atkins Governor
  • Curriculum
January 2015 - 2019
Mrs Lisa Ball Governor
  • Personnel & Admissions
  • Audit
January 2015 - 2019 
Mr Ian Burton Parent Personnel
Steering Group
November 2014 - 2018
Mrs Sarah Byerley Staff Curriculum November 2014 -2018 
Mrs Elaine Cole Parent

Personnel & Admissions (Chair)
Whistleblowing Governor

October 2015 - 2019 
Mr Christopher Child (Vice Chair) Governor
  • Resources (Chair)
  • Steering Group
  • FOSWGS Link Governor
November 2014 - 2018
Mrs Jacqui Goodall Governor 
    • Curriculum (Chair)
    • Steering Group
    • Child Protection and SEN Governor
October 2016 – 2020
Mrs Sharon Hackett Staff
  • Personnel and Admissions 
March 2014 - 2018
Mr Bob Hendicott Co-opted Resources  December 2015 - 2019 
Mr Nick Lay Parent Curriculum 
Personnel and Admissions
July 2016 - 2020
Mr Robert Macdonald Co-opted Resources
December 2016 - 2020
Mrs Jane Mackay Staff  Resources  December 2014 - 2018 
Mr Howard Prince Governor  Resources
Health & Safety Governor
October 2015 - 2019 
Mrs Helen Stewart (Chair) Governor  Steering Group
January 2015 - 2019 
Mrs Miranda Thomas Parent  Curriculum
Disadvanaged Learners Governor
Careers and PSHE Governor
October 2015 - 2019  
Mr Greg Wilson  Parent  Curriculum
Sixth Form Link Governor
October 2015 - 2019  
Mrs Michele Chilcott Headteacher  All Committees  September 2011 - 
Mrs Jane Walsham Clerk to the Governors    September 2013 - 

All Governors can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors on 01722 323326 or by e-mailing governors@swgs.wilts.sch.uk or by writing to Jane Walsham, Clerk to the Governors, South Wilts Grammar School, Stratford Road, Salisbury SP1 3JJ

Committee Membership 2016 - 2017

Jacqui Goodall (Chair)
Diane Atkins
Sarah Byerley
Michele Chilcott (Head)
Nick Lay
Miranda Thomas
Greg Wilson
Steering Group
Elaine Cole (Chair of Personnel)
Chris Child (Vice Chair / Chair of Resources)
Michele Chilcott (Head)
Jacqui Goodall (Chair of Curriculum)
Helen Stewart (Chair of Governors)
Ian Burton
Personnel and Admissions
Lisa Ball
Ian Burton
Elaine Cole (Chair)
Michele Chilcott (Head)
Sharon Hackett
Nick Lay
Chris Child (Chair)
Michele Chilcott (Head)
Bob Hendicott
Robert MacDonald
Jane Mackay
Howard Prince
Chair of Curriculum – Jacqui Goodall
 Chair of Personnel – Elaine Cole

















Full Register of Business Interests Sept 2016-17

Name Type of Governor Current Employment / Association Date Appointed and by Whom Date Resigned Term of Office Attendance at Board Meetings
Attendance at Committee Meetings
Diane Atkins Governor

No other business interests)

1.1.11 -
Subscriber to Memorandum

  1.1.15 –
4 13
Lisa Ball Governor

Smith & Williamson LLP
Old Library Chambers
21 Chipper Lane
Salisbury SP1 1BG

1.1.11 -
  1.1.15 - 31.12.19 4 4
Ian Burton Parent Governor Psychodynamic counsellor in private practice 1.12.14 -
  1.12.14 - 30.11.18  3 2
Sarah Byerley Staff Employed as a Teacher at SWGS with no other interests 20.10.14 - Staff    1.11.14 –
Chris Child (Vice Chair) Governor

Safety Advisor - Defence Equipment and Support, MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, BS34 8JH
Wife Works for Salisbury City Council

1.1.11 - Members   5.10.15 - 4.10.19  3 7
Elaine Cole Parent

HR Manager - Esso Petroleum, Fawley Refinery, Fawley, Southampton, SO45 1TX
Trustee Director - Fawley and Blackfield Academies Trust School

15.10.15 - Parents   15.10.15 - 14.10.19  4 3
Jacqui Goodall  Governor

Educational consultant / Ofsted Inspector
Registrations Officer (Ceremonies)
(Wiltshire Council)
Trustee for Lucy's Days Out charity
Chair of Governors for Old Sarum Primary School (voluntary)
Consultant – Parkstone Grammar

8.10.12 - Governors    8.10.12 - 7.10.16 
Sharon Hackett Staff

Employed as a Teacher at SWGS with no other employment

1.3.14 - Staff   1.3.14 - 28.2.18 3 4
Bob Hendicott Staff Management Consultant
Hendicott Partnership Limited
26 Cornwall Road
Salisbury SP1 3NL
14.12.15 - FGB   14.12.15 - 13.12.19 4 6
Nick Lay Parent Qinetiq Group PLC Cody Technology Park, Ively Road Farnborough GU14 0LX Wife works as an Assistant Accountant at Godolphin School 1.7.16 - Parents   1.7.16 - 30.6.20    
Robert Macdonald Co-opted Governor

Partner Moore Stephens LLP 33 The Clarenden Centre Dairy Meadow Lane Salisbury SP1 2TJ
Director of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce

 8.12.16 FGB   8.12.16 - 7.12.20    
Jane Mackay Staff

Employed as Careers Advisor at SWGS with no other employment
Husband co-director of clearwater Advantage Linited

1.12.14 - Staff   1.12.14 - 30.11.18 
Howard Prince Governor AT&T Highfield House, Headless Cross, Redditch B97 5EQ Trustee of Salisbury Young Musicians 4.10.11 - Parents    5.10.15 - 4.10.19 
Helen Stewart (Chair) Governor Director of Personnel - Leehurst Swan School, Campbell Road, Salisbury, SP1 3BQ 1.1.11 - Subscriper to Memorandum    19.1.15 - 18.1.19 
Miranda Thomas Parent   15.10.15 - Parents    15.10.15 - 14.10.19  4 3
Greg Wilson Parent Army Officer
MOD, Army HQ, Andover
15.10.15 - Parents    15.10.15 - 14.10.19 3 2
Michele Chilcott Headteacher

Employed as a Teacher of SWGS / Ofsted Inspector

1.9.11   1.1.11 -   15 


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