What Do School Governors Do?
The role of a Preshute governor
The role of the Governors are:
(a) To set the strategic direction for the school by
1. Setting suitable aims and objectives
2. Approving policies, targets and priorities
3. Monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives and whether policies, targets and priorities are being achieved.
(b) To offer support and constructive advice to the Head and Senior Leadership Team where needed, but also to challenge, ask questions and seek information in the interests of arriving at the best decisions and solutions for the pupils of Preshute Primary School.
(c) To ensure that funds are expended effectively and for the purpose intended.
Who we are
The Governors comprise parents, staff and people from the local community. As well as the expertise that they bring from life and employment they will undertake a variety of training and development opportunities specifically related to the school. Governors also attend external meetings and conferences.
Susan JoslinChair of Governors
Term of Office: 17/5/2022- 16/05/26
I have lived in Barton Park since 1991, when I moved to Marlborough with my family. I retrained as a teacher when my own children were at primary school, and have taught children throughout the primary age-range. I took early retirement from my job as Joint Headteacher of a Swindon primary school, and since then have been a volunteer adviser for Citizens' Advice, as well as working with groups of children in my old school.
Children deserve the very best we can give them, and that is what the staff and governors of Preshute are striving to provide: a caring school with a wonderful ethos, where children receive a great education and enjoy so many important experiences along the way. I hope to contribute to my local community by supporting the school staff as they put the school motto of Live life, love learning Â into practice.
Ex-Officio Staff Â
Term of Office: 5/11/2019- 25/12/2050
I have been a teacher now for over 20 years. I have taught across the whole of the primary phase. I have spent many years leading a variety of curriculum subjects including; PE, Mathematics, AGT, Computing. I spent was a leading teacher for the local authority for both English and Maths.
Paul MatthewsCo opted Governor
Term of Office: 28/3/2018 -26/03/2026
I am a co-opted governor with a focus on Health and Safety. My children had a very happy time at Preshute. Early retirement is allowing me the privilege and flexibility to put a little back.
Outside of family and looking after an energetic labrador, I enjoy gliding and mountain biking.
Simon BaldockAssociate Governor
Term of office: Â 30/11/2022 - 29/11/2023
Simon was previously a Parent Governor throughout his children's time at Preshute, with particular interest in Premises and Finance. Sometimes referred to as "Governor for Drains and Gutters", he had hands on involvement with the Buildings that continued after he left the Governing Body. In 2018 Simon was co-opted back on to the Governing Body specifically to investigate options to improve the School Buildings and Grounds. This was intended to be a short appointment but the challenge has proved to be even more interesting than expected. Our latest proposal looks promising so we look forward to discussion and progress in 2021.
Michael ScheepersCo-Opted Governor
Term of Office: 3/12/2019 - 2/12/2023
A relative newcomer to the area, I moved to Manton from abroad last year with my family, once it was confirmed my children could attend Preshute Primary. The British side of my family has strong ties to the Marlborough area, so, in a certain sense, it felt very much like coming home after many years of frequent visits. I grew up in the southern part of the Netherlands, and moved abroad soon after my studies, living in Italy and Switzerland for the last 20 odd years.
Im currently employed by a leading cookware company, and whilst my role necessitates very frequent travel, I believe strongly in contributing to the community in which you live. I was co-opted as a Parent Governor in December 2019 and look forward to helping plot the schools future path together with the amazing school staff and other Governors.
Mark ColbourneParent Governor
Term of Office: 11/11/2020 - 10/11/2024
I moved with my family to the Marlborough area in Summer 2019. I am currently serving as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army and have been for over 20 years. Â My area of expertise is in Logistics, though I have a strong background in leadership, management and strategic planning. Â I am passionate about people, mentoring and personal development believe strongly in supporting the local community. Â I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in December 2020 and currently have one child at Preshute Primary School. Â
Reverend Pete SainsburyFoundation Governor & Wellbeing
Reverend Pete Sainsbury
Ex- Officio Â
Term of Office: 2/11/2020- 1/11/2024
Pete variously worked in IT, music and youthwork before training for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He also has a master's degree from Kings College London. Previously, Pete's been a university chaplain and an inner-city vicar in Birmingham. He loves living in North Wiltshire.
Mel BaileyClerk to Governors
Gillian MacdonaldLocal Authority Governor
Term of office: 30/11/2022 - 29/11/2026
I spent my career teaching in a wide variety of schools in this country and Service Schools in Germany. I have lived in Marlborough since 2007 and retired as Deputy Head of a local primary school in 2016. In retirement, I have served on a school governing body, the Marlborough Literature Festival Committee and a local Parish Pastoral Council. With a grandchild growing up in the town I have a good understanding of the opportunities on offer to our young people. I am delighted to join Preshute School Governors and look forward to taking a full part in school life.
Jennifer ShillawParent Governor
Term of office: 24/02/2023-23/02/2027
My family and I have lived in Marlborough for 7 years and I have two children in Preshute School. A teacher by trade, I have taught in the secondary independent sector for 18 (!) years and am currently Head of History and Politics at St Gabriel's School in Newbury. I am passionate about all aspects of education, and I am excited to work with the governing team and teaching staff to ensure Preshute continues to be a fantastic learning environment for future cohorts.
Training for governors
Training completed by governors is diverse to ensure the governing body has a wide range of experience to bring to its role. This can include participating in a Leadership Development Programme and attending training sessions covering:
- School Finances
- Supporting Disadvantaged Learners
- Running Meetings
- Preparing for Inspection
- Data Analysis
Additionally, one of the Governors has been designated as a National Leader of Governance and supports the Governing Bodies of other schools.
If you need any information about our school governing body or wish to contact a school governor, please contact the school office (email@example.com; telephone 01672 512754) or our Chair of Governors , Susan Joslin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of Full Governors Meetings
Previous minutes are available on request- Clerk@Preshute.wilts.sch.uk