Wavell Road
Catterick Garrison
Tel: 01748 833340
Email: admin@wavell-inf.n-yorks.sch.uk

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to our website and to our school, I hope that you find all the information that you need.

Our school’s focus is on ensuring that every child who comes through our doors is given the best possible opportunities to flourish educationally, socially and emotionally.

Our Head Teacher, Mrs Crouch, her team and the Governors believe that every child matters and that they all have the right to a first class education. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum where our children take enjoyment from learning whilst being supported in a caring and nurturing environment. The excellent staff are experienced, dedicated and work in partnership with parents, children and the wider community to ensure that the children and their families receive the best possible experience.

Whilst we strive for excellence, we know that things can sometimes go awry so we have an open door policy to ensure that any concerns are addressed at the earliest opportunity and to give us the opportunity to continuously improve.

I can be contacted by the following email address: cofg@wavell-inf.n-yorks.sch.uk


 Lee Whitworth

Chair of Governors.



The Role of the Governing Body

What is the purpose of a Governing Body of a school? What powers do Governors have? What do Governors do? Could you become a Governor?

In 1998 School Standards & Framework Act, Governors’ roles and responsibilities were defined as being to:

“Conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement”

Every child at the school matters to every Governor. We want them to flourish, to grow and be well prepared for the next stage of their life. So we focus on standards and school improvement.

The law tells us that Governors have three strands to the role:

  • To Provide a Strategic view of where the school is going. What are our long term aims, how will we achieve them and how, as Governors do we know how effective the school is?
  • To Act as a Critical Friend by supporting the school and its work, through monitoring & evaluating the school’s effectiveness in raising standards.
  • To Ensure Accountability, Governors are the “responsible” body and it is our job to be accountable to pupils, their parents and carers and all other stakeholders, for the decisions we make as a Governing Body and for the academic and personal developmental progress our pupils make. It is also our role as Governors to hold the school to account, on behalf of the stakeholder groups who we are representative members of.

The day-to-day responsibility for governing the school is delegated to the Headteacher and her staff.

Who can be a school governor?

Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school. The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life.

We have vacancies on the governing body from time to time. If you are interested in becoming a governor, or would like to contact any of the school governors, please contact the school office.

Our governing body is made up of a range of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers, representing the local authority, the community, elected parents and members of the school’s staff.

Wavell Community Infant and Nursery School Governing Body 2016.pdf

The Governing Body is also supported by a clerk who is appointed by the Local Authority. Our Clerk is currently Dominique Adams.

Our Governors

Lee Whitworth-Chair of Governors

I moved to Catterick in 1994 whilst servicing with the Corps of Army Music and have lived here since, changing cap badge every time the Army reorganised the Military bands within the Garrison. On leaving the Army in July 2015 I started up my own company, training people in First Aid, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and other Compliance Subjects. I've been a Governor at Wavell Community Infants and Nursery  School Since October 2013 and I have taken over as Chair in September 2016 after my predecessor moved due to Military posting.

Both my Girls have attended Wavell and I remained on the Governing body after, so I could give a little back to this amazing school. 

I am married to Alison who teaches at another school in North Yorkshire, so I fully understand the work and commitment that teachers and other school staff put in to the well being of the children within their care. I look forward to meeting you all, as your child journeys through the school and I am available via the school office if you wish to talk.

Jaime Irvine-Co-opted Governor

Committees: Governing Board, Head Teacher Performance Management and Resources Committee.

Special Responsibility: Digital Communication, Mathematics and Computing.

My husband and I moved to Catterick in August 2015 with our daughter who attends Wavell Community Infant and Nursery School; with both of us serving, family life comes with its own challenges as does parenting. Military life, with all the house and school moves, unsettles our children at the best of times, therefore I wanted to give something back and help our children in any way I could, so I volunteered to be a Governor.

What I like most about the school is the pastoral care and the nurturing environment that it’s able to offer every child. This is enhanced by the fact that all the staff knows each child by name; furthermore, they know all the families too! It is a happy school in which children thrive.

My new roles and responsibilities are most rewarding, yet daunting at first, having had little to no experience when I began. However, the team have been a great help to me and I thoroughly recommend this role to everyone.

Elaine Richardson-Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Richmondshire for the last 10 years. I am a former secondary Maths and IT teacher and was a Headteacher/ Acting Headteacher in Leeds, Darlington and Catterick. I was an Advisory Headteacher in Darlington working across all LEA secondary schools and colleges. I am a qualified School Improvement Partner and have a special interest in data systems. I have always worked in schools in challenging circumstances and believe that all children deserve a first class education. I understand the challenges for Wavell and have been impressed by the welcome I have received at the school and the commitment of the staff. I hope that I can work with parents, staff and children to make a positive contribution to school life.

Richard Parker  Co-opted Governor

I taught science in a number of secondary schools in Rotherham, Hull and County Durham for many years.  One was a very challenging post in a failing school in ‘Special Measures’.  This eventually merged with another and to my leading the science department of 10 staff to a ‘Good’ OfstEd report before finally this became an academy.


Prior to that I served in the RAF mainly in Europe. Two of my children were born in Berlin so I am aware of the difficulties faced by service families concerning their childrens’ education.  The main problem is of course the lack of continuity.


Here at Wavell we can reduce the effect this may have on a child’s progress.  Children appear happy in class and willing to try.  I am assured that my experience can be of benefit to Wavell and I am pleased to be able to have the opportunity to advise and assist the school in its good work.


John McCowliffe

When not visiting the School, I work in the Army. I have been a soldier for 19 years. During this time, I have visited London, Germany, Kosovo, Kenya, Belize, Ireland, Cyprus, Iraq, Afghanistan, America, Poland, Jordan and Kabul. I am now the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Infantry Training Regiment based in Catterick.

I enjoy playing most sports; in particular I love running (ideally cross-country), climbing, boxing and endurance events. I have three children, Dylan (15)

Summer (11) and most recently Lila (1).


Nancy Blakelock - Parent Governor

I moved to Catterick Garrison with my family from Germany in October 2014. My then 3 year old son, Wili, started nursery 2 months later at Wavell . As a newcomer to the community,  a new parent to the school system and the school, I felt very welcome at Wavell and was touched with how friendly the staff were and how understanding they were of Service families. I continue to enjoy this journey with the school as a parent and more recently as a governor.

As Catterick is likely to be  home for my husband, 2 boys and I for the next foreseeable future, I volunteered to become a governor to give back to the school and the community. I appreciate that parental involvement contributes immensely to children’s achievement as well as supporting staff and the school as a whole.

I had been a stay at home mum for  6 years and only recently gone back into employment. I currently work as a Business Intelligence Analyst and I believe that my experiences will be beneficial to my role as a governor.

 Helen Biggs - Teacher Governor

I qualified as a teacher in 1990 and after teaching in Nottingham and Sedgefield, I arrived at Wavell Infant School in 1995.

During my time at the school, I have taught in the Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 and have held curriculum responsibilities for English, P.E, History and Geography and Art.

Both my children began their education in the nursery here and with a happy positive start to their learning journey are now following their interests in higher education.

Wavell Infant School is committed to giving the young children in our care the best start to their school life. The staff here work hard to help the children and their families settle quickly into their new environment and enjoy their time with us. I am proud to be a member of a very dedicated and passionate team, which is why I am still here, many years after I arrived!





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