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8th July 2019

Mary Webb School and Science College is part of the Central Shropshire Academy Trust and we are looking for a number of co-opted governors to join our friendly local governing body. Our governors come from a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share the school’s values and have a common interest of wanting the best possible education for the young people in our school.
There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education but we need a range of professional knowledge on our governing board and are looking for people with skills in special educational needs, finance, human resources, legal, marketing, property & estates management, organisational change and safeguarding.
Co-opted governors are not elected but instead appointed directly by the governing body, usually for a term of four years. In this voluntary role you will:

  •  Help to set and review the schools strategic direction and agreeing targets for improvement.
  •  Hold the headteacher and school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
  •  Oversee the financial performance of the school

You will become responsible for a subject area or specific aspect of the school, serve on one or two of our sub-committees and be required to attend and contribute to termly full governing body meetings. Meetings are usually towards the end of the day but as a subject link you will be required to make occasional visits into school during the day time.
If you are interested or know of somebody else who would be then please contact Mrs Nicky Murray on 01743 792101 no later than Friday 19th July 2019 (or email nmurray@marywebbschool.com if that date has passed) to make arrangements to have an informal chat with the chair of governors and headteacher.
Governors are essential for the effectiveness and success of our school and it is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling role.
Quotes from our latest Ofsted report regarding the governance in school were:

  •  “The governing body is very well informed”
  •  “They are closely involved in the life of the school, make regular visits to the school”

Working together to ensure success for all


 For contact details please see attached letter 'How to apply'

3rd July 2019

Feed the Birds is a ground-breaking project, using a nature-based approach to tackle health issues.

The project is aiming to help people who are lonely and/or socially isolated get closer to nature, by feeding the birds in their garden with the help of a volunteer who visits each week. Feeding garden birds and talking to an enthusiastic helper is proving to have simple but profound benefits to those involved.

Working alongside Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Telford and Wrekin Council we have so far trained 30 volunteers, with 20 beneficiaries being visited. It has been overwhelming to witness the difference this project has made for beneficiaries, their families and even the volunteers.

It has become apparent that having a regular visit from a friendly face who is not a health professional, chatting about a shared interest, doing something positive and taking responsibility for the birds builds confidence, provides enjoyment and contributes to improved health and wellbeing. We are also feeding bird sightings into the National databases to help research into bird trends across the country.

For more information please contact: Diane Monether Volunteer Coordinator dianem@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk or 01743284280




'The Pavilion'
23rd May 2019

Your new community building  ‘The Pavilion’ 

Find out more about your new community building by coming along to the public meeting on

Thursday 13 June at Pontesbury Public Hall between 2 and 8pm.

As part of the Hall Bank development, Shropshire Homes have gifted the local area a brand new building for use by the community, ‘The Pavilion’.  The Pavilion, situated at the top of Hall Bank alongside the new Co-op and Ark nursery building, will house, amongst other things, the re-located Pontesbury community library.  The Pavilion building offers the opportunity not only for the services offered by the library, but also to develop further into a resource centre; a potential informal meeting place; signposting to local sources of  information and support.  There could be drop-in sessions by local community organisations to promote what they can offer and outreach sessions from organisations further afield, reducing the need to travel to Shrewsbury to access these services.   There is potentially the  facilities to support local businesses such as a room suitably equipped for training events.  The Pavilion offers services to residents in the Pontesbury Parish and to the wider Rea Valley communities.

Please come along and tell us what you would like to see happening in the community building and to find out more about how you can get involved.  There will be photos and plans of the inside of the building for you to see.

2-7pm Drop-in any time to chat, find out more and put forward your ideas - Give us your ideas and we will enter you for a prize draw for a wonderful Hignett's Hamper

7pm - Presentations from Shropshire Library Service about the re-location of the library and Pontesbury Parish Council about the new building.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas.

Pavilion Guidance Group


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