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Our Governing Body

 

All schools in England have a governing body, responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school.  A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, challenge, ask questions and ultimately represent the school community.

 

The governors work in close partnership with the Head Teacher and staff.  Whilst the Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. The governing body ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

The standard term of office for a governor is four years and the chair is elected annually at the first meeting of each academic year. 

 

The governing board meets twice each half term.   

 

Shelagh Moore – Chair of the Governing Body - Co-opted Governor

Although originally from Cheshire, I have lived and taught in Warwickshire for my whole career, which has been teaching French and Spanish in secondary schools.  Having moved to Priors Marston in 2007, I became a governor of the Priors School in September 2014 after retiring from Rugby High School where I was Deputy Head for 15 years. 

 

I am passionate about Education and was delighted to receive an MBE for Services to Education in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.  I am enthusiastic about playing a part in ensuring that the children of this village have the very best educational experience we can provide.

 

 Robert Holland - Vice Chair - Co-opted Governor

Before moving with my wife to Priors Marston from South East England in 2015 (to be nearer family) I had a long career practising law as a commercial litigator. Although education law was not part of my skill set and my personal experience of schooling is a long time ago, I was delighted to join the Board of Governors in September 2017. The importance of the School as a key component of the Village cannot be underestimated and I hope that I can usefully contribute to the work of the Board.

 

Pru Jaques - Vice Chair - Co-opted Governor

 

Rob Butcher – Church Representative

With family in Priors Marston and the knowledge that it is such a friendly and attractive village, my wife and I moved here in 2012 – we’ve loved it ever since!

 

Following a long career as a buying and marketing executive, both in UK and Europe, I have now retired. We lived in Warwick for a number of years, where I was involved with committee posts in the Church and the local Operatic Society.

 

I have been appointed as Church Representative on the Governing Board; with my role to ensure the school’s historic links with the Church and its Christian ethos are continued. 

 

This is my first experience of working in education and I feel honoured to be appointed a member of the governing body.

 

Annabelle Rowe – Parent Governor 

We moved to Priors Marston in 2009 and our three children attend the school. One of the deciding factors for moving here was the school itself, I was very keen for my children to learn within the secure and nurturing environment it provides.

 

I worked for twelve years in factual programming for the BBC in London and Birmingham as a Journalist, Director and Producer. More recently, I have been involved in the launch of our small family business. I was delighted to be elected to join the Board of Governors in March 2015.

 

I am an enormous champion of The Priors School. I believe it is unique and will do all that I can to ensure it provides the very best educational standards for all the children who come to learn here.

 

Miriam Price - Parent Governor 

I have lived in Priors Hardwick for nearly 4 years, I have three children who all attend the school from nursery upwards. I have a background in CAD and 3d visualisation for automotive, engineering and retail interiors industries. I was self-employed as a designer and visualiser for 7 years before having my children and continue to have an interest in art and design.

 

I am very proud of our school and I was thrilled to be accepted to take the role of parent governor in March 2015 as it means I can take an active role in its progress. I am keen to ensure the school continues to provide the best environment for our children to become confident, well rounded individuals.

 

Matt Bown - Co-opted Governor

My name is Matthew Bown. I have 2 children at the school and have lived in the village now for over 3 years. I am a Headteacher of a mainstream primary school in Warwickshire, of which I have been there 7 years. Prior to this I was the Headteacher of 2 other schools in Leicestershire and have been a qualified Headteacher now for 12 years. I have over 24 years of experience in teaching, 8 of these years spent within special needs schools. I currently work with Warwickshire Local Authority in 2 capacities. I am firstly a member of the Funding Forum Board, looking at Warwickshire schools finances and allocations. I am also the Warwickshire Headteacher representative for the SEND and Inclusion Board, in which I support and advice the authority with regards to Special Needs and inclusion in Warwickshire schools.

 

Revd Celia Parkes - Community Governor

 

Jackie Sadler - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Priors Marston since 2003 and feel strongly that the school is at the heart of village life. My background is in education. My father was a headmaster and my grandmother a headmistress. After going to Bedford PE college I taught specialist PE in secondary schools until my family of three boys came along. I then became an LTA tennis coach but always found myself drawn back to coaching tennis and hockey in schools. I am really pleased to have been appointed as a governor and am enjoying being part of the process to make The Priors School a successful and happy environment for the children.

 

Ricky Emms - Head Teacher

 

Vacancy - Staff Governor

 

Fleur Maxwell-Middle - Clerk to the Governors

Declaration of Interests

 

Name

Governor Category

Date commenced post

Term of Office

Area of Responsibility

Governor Interests

Ricky Emms

Head Teacher

Ex-Officio

N/A

N/A

Head Teacher

N/A

Shelagh Moore

Chair

Co-opted

Sept 2014

4 Years

Curriculum, Learning & Safer Recruitment

None

Rob Butcher

Co-opted

July 2015

4 Years

Church Representative & Finance

*Member of PCC St Leonards Church, Priors Marston

*Parent of member of staff

*Grandchild in school

Robert Holland

Vice-Chair

Co-opted

Sept 2017

4 Years

Data Protection & Finance

*Member of PCC St Leonards Church, Priors Marston

Pru Jaques

Vice-Chair

Co-opted

Sept 2018 4 Years Data & Safeguarding *Parent

Annabelle Rowe

Parent Governor

Elected

March 2015

4 Years

None

*Parent

Miriam Price

Parent Governor

Elected

March 2015

4 Years

SEN

*Parent

Jackie Sadler Co-opted Governor May 2018 4 Years EYFS *Grandchild in school
Rev Celia Parkes Community Governor Feb 2019 4 Years Community & Wellbeing *Vicar at St Leonard's Church, Priors Marston
Matt Bown Co-opted Governor Jan 2019 4 Years Data & Curriculum

*Head Teacher at St Paul's CofE School, Leamington Spa

*Parent