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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.  Recently we have re-organised our structure so that much of our work is done by sub-committees:


  • Performance and Standards

The main purpose of this committee is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress.  This includes curriculum management, SEN and the school’s pastoral work, such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision) and health.  As well as ensuring that Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff, the committee monitors how the government PE grant is being spent to improve provision.


  • Finance and Resources

This committee ensures that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils.  Another role is to ensure that the performance management process for staff is being correctly implemented and any pay decisions made are in line with our policy.


The governing board meets twice each term.   


Dates for meetings are:

Autumn 2016:  12th October 2016 & 30th November 2016

Spring 2016:  22nd March 2017


Shelagh Moore – Chair of the Governing Body - Responsible for Curriculum, Learning, SEN & Safer Recruitment 

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.


Sarah Naylor – Vice Chair of Governors - Responsible for Finance    

I have lived in Priors Marston since 2011, moving to the village shortly after marrying my husband John.  We have both fallen in love with the village and its community spirit and are delighted to be raising our daughter in such a secure and nurturing environment. 


I have been a governor at the Priors School since June 2014 and this is my first experience of working with schools.  I am a chartered accountant and have taken the role as Governor for Finance. After starting my career with Ernst & Young in London I moved into the Aerospace and Defence industry and spent 10 years working in different parts of the country on major defence projects.  Following the birth of our daughter I have recently returned to work within the finance team at the National Grid.  


Suzanne Wood – Vice Chair of Governors - Responsible for Communications

We moved to this wonderful village in 1994, drawn here by the tremendous sense of community, which continues to be underpinned by this small, caring village school. My children, Libby and Freddie, began their education here and we all have such fond memories of their early, formative years.  Before motherhood, I enjoyed a rich and varied business career, initially as an event organiser and later in Sales and Marketing. In 2006 I took the opportunity to retrain and I have been teaching English to foreign students at Warwickshire College ever since.  I have a BA in French and Italian, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an MA in English Language Teaching, with a multi-media and ICT specialism.


I have been a governor at the Priors School since September 2013 and am chair of the Performance & Standards Committee.


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 responsible for Safeguarding

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 responsible for Facilities

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.


Jim Morris - Co-opted Governor

Priors Marston is a village I had admired since childhood, having been regularly driven through the village on trips to Silverstone from my family home in Berkswell.


Having moved to the village in 2009 with my wife Paula and step son Bowen, who has thrived and developed in to a well-rounded young man, well prepared for his next educational journey, due mainly, to the wonderful work of the head and teaching staff at the Priors School, I decided it was time for me to put something back in to the school and local community.


I have run my manufacturing business in Coventry since early in 1994 employing 30 people along with a separate distribution business since 2005, both working in the Motorsport, Automotive and Defence sectors. I am also current chairman of the Motorsport Industry Association.

I hope that the skills I have gained in business will benefit the school and the local community. 


Fleur Maxwell-Middle - Clerk to the Governors

Declaration of Interests



Governor Category

Date commenced post


Area of Responsibility

Governor Interests

Ricky Emms

Head Teacher



Performance & Standards

Finance & Resources

Head Teacher


Shelagh Moore



Sept 2014

Performance & Standards 

Curriculum, Learning, SEN & Safer Recruitment


Suzanne Wood

Vice Chair


Sept 2013

Performance & Standards (Chair)

Marketing & Communications


Sarah Naylor

Vice Chair


June 2014

Finance & Resources (Chair)



Rob Butcher


July 2015

Finance & Resources


Church Representative

Member of PCC St Leonards Church, Priors Marston

Jim Morris


April 2016

Finance & Resources



Annabelle Rowe

Parent Governor


March 2015

Performanace & Standards

Safeguarding & Child Protection


Miriam Price

Parent Governor


March 2015

Finance & Resources

Facilities & Governor Training