Role Name Class Year Group Curriculum Responsibility
Headteacher: Mrs Cowell N/A N/A  
Deputy Headteacher: Mr Lee Yew Year 6  
Assistant Head / SENCO Mrs Armstrong N/A N/A  
Assistant Head / Teacher Miss Jeffery Aspen Year 2  
Teachers: Mrs Bailey  Yew Year 6  

Mrs Coates

Beech    Year 6 


  Mrs Wilkie Elder Year 5  
  Mrs Gale Elder Year 5  

Miss Dixon

Birch   Year 5  
  Miss Savage  Maple Year 4  
  Miss Gorski  Poplar Year 4  

Mr Meadows

Larch Year 3  

Mrs Paish (mat leave)

Miss Whalley

Horse Chestnut Year 3  
  Mrs Hampson Sycamore Year 2  
  Mrs Walters Sycamore Year 2  
  Miss Coster Ash Year 1  
  Mrs Burberry Pine Year 1  
  Mrs Maysey Pine Year 1  
  Mrs Pracy-Nyman Holly (Saplings) F2  
  Mrs Ryder Holly (Saplings) F2  
  Miss Halliwell   Oak (Saplings)    F2  
  Miss Ottley Seedlings F1  
  Miss Jackson PPA Cover    
  Miss Stephen PPA Cover    
  Mrs Olner PPA Cover/ Nursery Lead    

Teaching Assistants

Year Group Class Staff TA TA across years
F0/F1 Seedlings

Miss Gale

Mrs Band

Mrs Dartnell

F2 Saplings - Holly & Oak

Mrs Mortimer

Mrs Sloggett


1 Ash Mrs Choudhary  
1 Pine

Miss Ball

Mrs Bailey

2 Sycamore Mrs Allum  
2 Aspen

Mrs Harding

3 Larch

Mrs Roberts

Mrs Goddard

Miss Robinson
3 Horse Chestnut Mrs Foster
4 Maple

Mrs Baker 

Mrs Smith


4 Poplar
5 Birch Mrs Bryant (T/W/Th/Fr)

Mrs Baker (M/Th/F)


5 Elder
6 Beech Mrs Theobald Mrs P Singhal
6 Yew

Mrs Curtis

Mrs Ponting

Mrs B Dudman - Nurture Lead but home base Y4/5

Ms S Robinson - Nurture/interventions F2/Y1/Y2 but home base Y3am


Non teaching staff

School/Nursery Administrator:  Mrs L Westlake
School Administrator: Mrs A Dart
School Administrator: Mrs V Grant
Site Manager:    Mr P Elliott
Chef: Mr D Smith
Child and Family Support Worker: Miss G Ramsay


Role of the Governing Body

We are a group of volunteers representing parents/carers, staff, the local community and the Local Authority. We have three main roles:

The ‘Strategic Role’ means we are involved in determining the school aims and future direction, including setting targets for pupil achievement, agreeing policies and how the school budget should be spent.

Our ‘Critical Friend’ role means we ask challenging questions, offer suggestions and monitor progress.

Our ‘Accountability’ role includes applying ‘best value’ principles and ensuring that parents have the information they need both on their child’s and the school’s progress.

Our key purpose is to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all the children. We support the staff as they continually refine the ways they monitor pupil progress to ensure every child achieves their full potential.

Meet The Governors

Governing Body        
Name Designation Appointment Curricular Responsibilities Sub-Committee

Mr Philip Harland



Shaw Ridge representative 

Community Governor

GLT Governor

1.11.18 - 1.11.21
  • Designated Safeguard Lead
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Computing
  • PE
  • Assessment
  • Children in Social Care
  • Maths
  • GDPR
  • ECT Mentor
  • Performance Management
  • Every Person Matters
  • Resources
  • School Improvement Committee

Mr Neil Linsell

Vice Chairperson

Community Governor 1.11.18 - 1.11.21
  • Health and Safety
  • DT
  • Science
  • Performance Management
  • Resources

Mrs Jill Bourne

(Chair of Resources)

Community Governor

LACT Governor

6.12.18 - 6.12.22
  • SEN
  • Young Carers
  • PHSE
  • SRE
  • School Council
  • School Improvement Committee
  • Resources
Mrs Zoe McCormick LACT appointed Governor 01.04.2022    
Mrs Lucy Bailey Teacher Governor 17.09.2021    
Mrs Lindsay Westlake Staff Governor 10.9.20 - 10.9.24
  • English
  • Music
  • Art and Display
  • Every Person Matters
Mrs Sally Cowell Head Teacher 01.01.01  
  • Every Person Matters
  • Resources
  • School Improvement Committee
Mr Alhagie Sanneh Parent Governor 25.04.2022
  • Pupil Premium
  • Resources
Mrs Pam Ray Interim Clerk to Governors 01.01. 2023    

Company members:

Mr Philip Harland

Mr Neil Linsell

Mrs Julia Hinns

Mrs Lorraine Fleming


Associate members:  None.

Personal Relationships between Governors and Staff:  None

To contact the Clerk to the Governors, please email :    clerk@shawridge.swindon.sch.uk

Declarations of Interest


Parent Governor Recruitment

Shaw Ridge School and Grove Learning Trust believe very strongly that it is important to have parents involved in the governance of the school, so please think about applying for the role of Parent Governor. Here are the documents that you will need to apply to join the Academy Committee of Shaw Ridge School.

Parent Govenor Role - Shaw Ridge School


Parent Governor Role - Application form

Please email completed forms to the clerk of Governors on clerk@shawridge.swindon.sch.uk by Monday 22nd April 2024.

Parent Teacher Association

The Friends of Shaw Ridge is the Shaw Ridge Primary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and its mission is to promote positive relationships throughout the school community by organising social events and fundraising for additional resources.

All parents and carers automatically become members of the Friends of Shaw Ridge when their children join the school.

Shaw Ridge PTA Committee 2022/2023

President - Sally Cowell

Chair - Abbie Dart

Vice Chair - Sarah Robinson

Treasurer - Vanessa Grant

Deputy Treasurer - Alan Kelly

Secretary - Becky Kimber

Publicity Officer - Jade DaSilva

ECO Coordinator & Unity Garden Lead - Tracy Kaymak

Volunteer Coordinator - Kathryn Hollingworth

Grants Officer - Position available

Stores Organiser - Position available


For more information on our fundraising events please visit our facebook page. @friendsofshawridge.com

Easy ways everyone can help:

Click here to order Stikins school uniform name labels and raise money for the school.

Don’t forget about Easy Fundraising – if you join, every time you shop online you can help raise extra money for the school. 

AmazonSmile - When you shop at smile.amazon.com or using AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app, Amazon will donate to FOSR charity.

Your School Lottery - Sign up and help us raise money at the same time as giving parents/carers the chance to win prizes!

Don't forget!

We also have a clothing recycling bin located in the car park. All proceeds go to the FOSR charity.

We also recycle ink cartridges and water filter cartridges which saves them from landfill and helps us raise funds. These recycling boxes are located in the main school reception.


If you want to get in touch with any fundraising ideas or to volunteer, please email us friendsofshawridge@gmail.com


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