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Our Governing Board


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 aims to meet each half term.


If you wish to contact our governors please contact the school office.


Shelagh Moore MBE 

Chair of the Governing Board - Community Governor


Rachel Hemelryk-James 

Co-Chair - Parent Governor 


Robert Holland

Vice Chair - Church Governor


Matt Bown

SEND & Safeguarding Governor and Parent Governor


Emma Hooker

Community Governor


Jo Peto

Community Governor


Carol Baggiolini

Community Governor


Ricky Emms

Head Teacher (Ex-Officio)


Fleur Maxwell-Middle

Governance Professional


Vacancies -

1 Non-parent Community Governor (Enquiries to the Clerk)



The Priors School Members

In line with requirements in the Academy Trust Handbook, The Priors School also has Members. 


What do members do? Members are considered to be 'eyes on, hands off' unless the board of trustees is underperforming. Members need to pay attention to the limitations of their role, and avoid undermining the board as it is the trustees, not the members, that are responsible for the core governance functions and conducting the business of the trust. The members are considered to be the guardians of the governance of the trust, while members don’t make the actual governance decisions, they need to ensure they are satisfied that the standard of governance across the trust is high.


Our Members


Jackie Sadler 

Jane Richards

Shelagh Moore

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

Finance Committee, Member, Safer Recruitment


Rachel Hemelryk-James


Parent Governor


March 2023

4 Years


*Parent *Director of Cornelia Lex Ltd

Robert Holland


Church Representative

Sept 2017

4 Years

Data Protection,

Health & Safety

Chair of Finance Committee

*Member of PCC St Leonards Church, Priors Marston

Matthew Bown

Parent Governor

Jan 2019

4 Years

Safeguarding & SEND Governor

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


Emma HookerCommunity GovernorJul 20224 YearsFinance & Audit Committee, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Data & Performance*Clerk of the Parish Council
Jo PetoCommunity GovernorJul 20224 YearsData & Performance None
Carol Baggiolini

Community Governor

Feb 20234 YearsData & PerformanceNone
 Jane RichardsMemberSept 20214 YearsMember*Chair of Priors Education Trust
Jacqui SadlerMemberSept 20214 yearsMember*Grandparent of child at TPS *Director of HappyHats/Saddlecreek