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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 - 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.



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.


 Robert Holland - 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.


Ricky Emms - Head Teacher


Hannah Whatcott - Staff Governor


Fleur Maxwell-Middle - Clerk to the Governors

Declaration of Interests



Governor Category

Date commenced post

Term of Office

Area of Responsibility

Governor Interests

Ricky Emms

Head Teacher




Head Teacher


Shelagh Moore



Sept 2014

4 Years

Curriculum, Learning & Safer Recruitment


Rob Butcher


July 2015

4 Years

Church Representative

Member of PCC St Leonards Church, Priors Marston

Robert Holland



Sept 2017

4 Years

Data Protection


Pru Jaques Co-opted Sept 2018 4 Years TBC None

Annabelle Rowe

Parent Governor


March 2015

4 Years

Safeguarding & Child Protection


Miriam Price

Parent Governor


March 2015

4 Years



Hannah Whatcott

Staff Governor


Sept 2017 4 Years Building & Site N/A