Who Are We?
Graham Nagel-Smith, Headteacher
I have been Headteacher at Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Primary School since 2004 having previously taught in an Independent School for children aged 2-16 and a large comprehensive Secondary School. I completed my teaching qualification straight after my degree and my Headteacher’s qualification (NPQH) shortly before taking up the post at MVW and have been teaching since 1994.
My staff and I have worked hard to create a harmonious learning environment where everyone feels welcome and able to achieve their very best and the School’s Christian character is at the centre of this. I attend all the governors meetings and am a member of both of the governors sub-committees.
Out of school I am married with four boys (and a dog), I am actively involved in our local church and play hockey for a local team.
A retired teacher, I have taught children of Primary School age in both the state and independent sectors and, whilst my two children were young, set up and ran a successful village Nursery School for 3-5 year olds.
I have always enjoyed the challenge of Maths and have had the responsibility of teaching this across varying age groups, including preparation for SATs in Year 6. It has been interesting to see how methods have changed over the years.
As a pianist, music has played a big part in my life and, for a number of years, I thoroughly enjoyed being an official accompanist at a local dance school in Fordingbridge.
A member of St. Mary’s PCC, I am a Foundation Governor and serve on the Curriculum Committee. I am the link Governor for RE and Collective Worship and co-ordinate the Open the Book team.
I visit school on a regular basis. Whether listening to reading, running Church Festival related workshops or just making tea at Parents’ Evenings, there is always a warm welcome from both children and staff.
I have been a governor of the school since 2009. I greatly enjoy working with the school, visiting and leading collective worship regularly. I am also a governor of Downton Primary School and have been a school governor for over 25 years.
I have lived in India, London, West Africa, South Wales, Wolverhampton, Liverpool and now Lover.
I have worked as a teacher - very briefly - community worker, non-executive director and chair of various NHS bodies; been a magistrate and university governor. I serve on the Academy Trust and chair the Curriculum Committee. I am a Foundation Governor nominated by the PCC of St Mary's Church and have responsibility on the Curriculum Committee and some policies.
Now retired I still keep up a small amount of work in Liverpool, as well as being a governor of MVW and a secondary school in Salisbury.
I joined MVW Governors in June 2018, I am a foundation Governor and serve on the Finance,Staffing and Building Committee (FSB). I studied modern history at Oxford University and am a qualified teacher. I retired as Head of The Godolphin School, Salisbury, in 2010 and now live in Morgan’s Vale. I am currently a volunteer supervisor with Wiltshire Citizens’ Advice and a Steward at Salisbury Cathedral. I am also chair of governors at Bishop Wordsworth Academy Trust. My other interests include literature; classical music; singing (member of St John Singers), travel; gardening, riding and walking three dogs (English Springer, Jack Russell terrier, Border terrier).
I was appointed a Foundation Governor in September 2017 and am the lead Governor for Literacy across the School.
I have very many close links with the parish of Redlynch and Woodfalls, having lived in the village for many years. I am a current member of St Mary's Church Parochial Church Council, Treasurer and active member of Redlynch Players, and a member and volunteer at the Regal Cinema in Fordingbridge. I have previously served a number of years on Redlynch Parish Council and also was Chair for 5 years.
I work at the Bournemouth and Poole College as the Student Services Manager and am responsible for Student Engagement, Student Voice, Customer Services and managing a significant budget to support students financially. I also regional lead for NAMSS (National Association of Managers in Student Services) and sit on the NUS (National Union of Students) Quality Advisory Board.
Biography coming soon!
I am a parent governor with a daughter in the school and a son in Mini-Morgans. I am also a part of the curriculum committee.
I am a qualified teacher with a specialism in Early Years and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and currently work as the Inclusion Teacher in an SEND hub nursery. I have a masters degree in Early Years Education and Music.
I believe in every child’s ability to learn independently and in their right to be included. I have a further interest in how we can support children in creating and expressing their own views as well as finding ways to ensure they are listened to in meaningful ways.
Outside of work I love painting, music and my VW campervan. My wife and I also have a baby daughter who I'm sure will also be causing havoc in the school in a few years time as well as a dog who seems to takes pride in being as muddy as possible.
I was appointed parent governor in June 2016 and I am a member of the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee.
I graduated from the University of Plymouth where I read English and from the University of Greenwich where I gained my PGCE in Applied ICT. I have taught for the last thirteen years in both London and more recently (2011) in Bournemouth where I am the head of Computer Science and strategic lead for IT across the school at Bournemouth School for Girls. In 2014 I gained the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership in school from the University of Winchester which I am hoping to convert in an MA in Education in due course. Prior to entering the teaching profession, I worked as a web developer for a design agency based in Soho and for Macmillan Publishers in Kings Cross.
My wife (Bex) and I have three children at Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Primary School all of which are in Early Years or key stage 1 and these three are the reasons that I am no longer able to enjoy travelling and live music as much as I used to, although I wouldn’t swap them for the world.
I am particularly interested in harnessing the potential of our parents to help make the school the best it can be for our children and the local community.
Hello! My name is Ruth Webber and I have recently been appointed Foundation Governor with responsibilty for Safeguarding and I also serve on the Curriculum Committee.
I have a BA in modern languages and PGCE. My career as a teacher was predominantly in the SEN sector. When I retired and moved to Downton from London 8years ago I offered my services to all the local schools and I have been involved here at MVW as both employee and a volunteer since.
I have a husband, daughter and dog who keep me busy as well as being involved with local organisations and the church. I am a member of St Laurence Downton and regularly help with delivering the parish magazine, doing Open the Book assemblies at Downton and helping with refreshments at all the events we hold. In addition I am on the committee for the Downton Society and can be seen every month selling the ice creams at Moviola and on the vegetable stall at Hale market. I am also the chair of Downton History Group.
I have a degree in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Health Psychology, although I worked for 16 years in Genetic research which I found fascinating. I have a grown up son and daughter and one gorgeous grandson.
I have been a Governor for 11 years and for all of my time as a Governor have been on the Finance, Staffing and Buildings (FSB) Committees. I believe that children with learning difficulties should be supported and that bright children should be stretched. I am interested in all areas of school life, but I suppose Pastoral Care is my particular interest.
I enjoy most sports, my hobbies are walking, tennis and occasional golf. I also volunteer one day a week for a local charity.