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.
Barry SeedChair of Governors
I spent the first part of my career in the RAF as an engineer, moving into IT for the final part of my service. I have worked in the Charity, Transport and Financial sectors and specialise in Cyber Security. I obtained my first degree in my late 30's and my Masters 3 years ago and am a strong believer in life long learning. In total, I have been a Governor for 15 years, and believe It is important that we instil into the children the desire to learn from an early age so they will continue once they have left formal education.
Peter McGuiganVice Chair
I have been a Governor in Educational settings for most of the last 20 years, and I have been a National Leader of Governance since 2016. My particular interest in schools is the financial management process based on 30 years in the Army with a specialism in logistics, Management Planning and Budgets.
I joined the Governing Body of Preshute in April 2019
Claire Hann-PerkinsHead teacher
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
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 BaldockCo opted Governor
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 2020.
Brian CroweFoundation Governor
I am married to Eileen and have grown up children and grandchildren. We moved to Marlborough over 30 years ago, and, having taken an active role in St. Georges Church, I now find myself as a Foundation Governor of Preshute School.
My background has developed from sales through marketing to senior management. I was a director of a large Italian textile company before setting up Stonehealth Ltd where I have since become part time in the role of Executive Chairman.
Michael ScheepersParent and Well being Governor
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.
Cameron MacdonaldStaff Governor
Lindsay LongAssociated Governor for SEND
Laurien CarterClerk to the Governors
Laurien Carter has worked for the School for many years and is an experienced Clerk to Governors. She is also employed by the Wiltshire Clerking Service and works with seven other maintained Primary Schools. Laurien sits on the County Clerking Focus Group and leads training for other clerks.
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 clerk to the governing body, Laurien Carter (LaurienC@preshute.wilts.sch.uk).