Mr John Thompson - Chair of Governors
I am pleased to introduce myself as the Chair of Governors.
I have a professional background in education and spent most of my working life in Dudley, the last 20 years as Headteacher of Pensnett School and then Principal at Thorns Community College. Since taking early retirement, I have worked as an educational consultant including the training of senior leaders in schools who wish to become Headteachers.
I have a ‘soft spot’ for Dudley Wood, as I was born and lived as a boy in Saltwells Road and Dudley Wood Primary was my first school. I have fond memories of Maypole Dancing and nature walks!
I enjoy spending some of my time each year in my house in Spain. I keep myself fit and regularly participate in golf, skiing, cycling and swimming. I also enjoy ‘performing’ on stage for the local light operatic and drama group.
I lead a team of enthusiastic, hard-working and committed governors who work with the Headteacher and staff to ensure:
• that conditions are such that every child can achieve to the very best of their ability
• that the school functions effectively
• that the school continues to improve.
As a Governing Body we are committed to making ourselves known to parents and to the school’s wider community and want to ensure that through a variety of ways we are both accessible to everyone and keep everyone informed in respect of the activities that we undertake on behalf of the school.
If you would be interested in:
• finding out more about the work of the governors
• becoming a governor
or if you would like to discuss any aspect of the work of the school, please contact me at the school.
Best wishes, John Thompson Chair of Governors.
Mrs Emma Musticone
I am a Governor at Dudley Wood Primary School. I live locally in the Dudley Wood area and my daughter attended the school. I also attended Dudley Wood Primary back in the 1980s and have nothing but fond memories of my time as a pupil.
I am now a senior healthcare professional in the demanding role of a Paramedic and I have been able to support the school in ensuring robust care and safeguarding practices.
I have enjoyed learning about and contributing to curriculum development and pupil progress. I have been a link governor for Year 4 and have had the privilege of visiting to see how the children are progressing and enjoying their lessons. Literacy lessons are always my favourite as I love reading!
Being a Governor helps me to understand and support school leaders as they continually work to improve outcomes for all pupils. I am extremely proud to be a governor of such a happy and successful school.
Mrs Kate Lee
I'm one of the newest governors at Dudley Wood.
I work in IT, though part-time since our daughter (now in KS2) was born. When she was in year 1, I was really pleased to be asked if I could spend some time in school listening to children read and helping out in other ways in the classroom, and that became a very special part of my week.
My parents were always supportive of the schools that my brother and I attended, and I hope that has worn off on me! From my own experience, I firmly believe that children learn better if they feel happy and safe. From our first visit to Dudley Wood Primary as prospective parents it has always felt like a happy place, and our daughter would definitely agree.
As someone who attended primary school quite a few years ago when things were very different, I love the varied curriculum that our children follow, and the exciting and engaging ways in which they learn, and as someone with a maths background I am constantly fascinated by the different ways in which primary school maths is taught. As a mum I'm learning all the time!!
It is a privilege to have joined the team of governors here at Dudley Wood; I will do my best to support the leadership and teaching team in any way that I can, as they continue to do all they do to support our children.
Mrs Alison Royal
I have been employed at Dudley Wood Primary School for over 20 years. I am the School Business Manager and I work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leaders contributing to the strategic development of the school and overseeing its financial management.
I am married with two children and two grandchildren, who keep me very busy! I have been a member of the Governing Body since 1999, firstly as a Staff Governor and presently as a Co-opted Governor.
Dudley Wood Primary School is a very special place and it is a privilege to be part of a committed, motivated and caring team, where staff, governors and parents work together to ensure the best possible education for our children.
Mrs Sarah Weaver
I have spent the past 18 years at Dudley Wood Primary School; firstly as a parent, then as a volunteer, progressing to a teaching assistant and now as a teacher.
I feel extremely proud to be able to represent our school community as a staff governor.
I have worked across all year groups and I am the curriculum lead for PSHE. I have a particular interest in wellbeing and mental health. In my role, I ensure that I do all that I can to support our nurturing learning environment. I always say that Dudley Wood Primary is part of my family and I care about every person in it. My first thought is that, if children are happy and feel safe, they can learn.
Dudley Wood has definitely given me support to fulfil my dreams and now it’s my turn to do the same.
Mrs S Guest
“The members of the Governing Board share my passion and commitment for school improvement and excellence for all. The Governors have an excellent understanding of the work of the school and are skilful at asking pertinent questions to challenge my leadership and to enable further improvement. I am very grateful for their engagement in all aspects of school life and for the support and loyalty, which they extend at every opportunity.” Mrs S Guest, Headteacher.