Jayne McKenna, Parent Governor
I am proud to have been a Parent Governor since October 2018. Aside from this role, I am actively involved within the community. I juggle family life alongside my other roles as a Community Councillor; Coach and Vice-Chair at Usk Junior Netball Club; Events Co-Ordinator at Pontypool Ski Race Team; and Fundraising and Events Co-Ordinator at Usk Junior Football Club. There is a strong cross over with the school and links within the community, so if you see me out and about then please pop over to say hello!
I have two children who are in Years 3 and 6, both of which are very happy, thriving and love going to school. I believe that this is due to the excellent teaching and high standards that we have at Usk CiW School. I always say “the best thing that you can give a child is a good education”, so just like any other parent or guardian, I want the very best for my children. Hence, during meetings, I can air opinions, ask questions and make judgements based on a parents’ perspective.
My background in Education enables me to work alongside and support fellow Governors and staff. Of particular interest is being part of the Curriculum Committee during this pivotal time of curriculum reform.
I love spending time at the school and I get involved as much as possible with school life, whether this be helping out with school trips, coaching the netball team, attending church services and celebrations, doing book looks or visiting my link class. The school motto – Believe, Achieve, Succeed – is very much alive at Usk and I look forward to supporting this and ‘The Usk Way’ for both now and in the future.
David Horsley, Parent Governor
Naomi and I moved to Usk from Cardiff just after Joshua was born and have since been joined by Charlotte - both are at Usk Primary School and at time of writing are in yrs 2 and 4. I served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years, have run my own consultancy businesses and currently work for the MOD delivering business improvement programmes.
I became a parent governor in June 2017 and enjoy the challenge of trying to understand how the school works. My experience in business, project engineering and corporate governance are a natural fit for the Finance Committee which I am vice-chair, and the Health & Safety and Buildings Committee which I chair.
With engineering and aviation running in my veins, it is not surprising that I am passionate about promoting the STEM subjects, especially how we encourage more girls into engineering. Consequently, I take very little persuading to come into school to talk to the children about aerospace, coding or my other passion adventure and the great outdoors.
Kate Welsher, Parent Governor
I became a parent governor in February 2019 and although I am still learning about the role in the last year I have seen how the Governing Body has an impact through its committees and meetings.
I have lived in Usk for 9 years. One of the things I noticed upon moving here was the sense of community which I think you notice even more when you have children. One of the reasons I volunteered to be a governor was to give something back to that community but also because I think it is important that the views of parents are represented on the Governing Body.
I have two daughters (twins) who are currently in Year 4 and you will often find me on the Junior yard for morning drop off and some afternoons for pick up. Whilst it may seem that I am rushing off to work I am more than happy to talk to other parents/carers to raise their views/share their opinions in one of our meetings.
I work for Qualifications Wales as the Head of HR and whilst my focus is primarily on our people it is a really interesting time to work in the education sector in Wales as the work on curriculum reform develops.