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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 aims to meet twice each half term.


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


Shelagh Moore MBE – 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

I have lived in Priors Marston since 2009 and I am passionate about our unique village school and the community it serves. I have three children, two of which are currently at Priors School and my eldest attended from pre-school, all the way through.


I have previously worked as an NHS Community Dentist but am embarking on a change of career into Law and will be working for Warwickshire County Council in their Young Person's Legal Department. I was previously a Governor at the school from 2012-2015 and I am delighted to reprise my role as Safeguarding Governor since September 2018.


I am passionate about the education and welfare of young people and believe that The Priors School and its wider community offers much enrichment to our pupil's lives above and beyond the foundations of the curriculum. I look forward to supporting the school in its vision for continuous improvement and excellence."


Debbie Cox – Parent Governor 

I have one child currently in Reception and my second child will soon be joining The Priors Nursery.  My experience is in administration and for a number of years, I worked in the Estate Agency and Lettings sector prior to setting up my own business. 


In 2014, I decided to look after my children full time.  I now run a small business offering virtual administration and secretarial services.  In November 2018, I became Secretary for the Parents’ Association to help fundraise for the school and encourage social activities for the school pupils, their parents and the local community.


I have been keen to ensure that my children attend a school offering a positive environment where every child can reach their full potential, and I believe The Priors School fulfils this.  I would like to work with parents, teachers, the Head and other Governors to assist pro-actively with the continued improvement of the school, ensuring that the voice of the parents is heard and represented.


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.


Ricky Emms - Head Teacher


Vacancies -

Non-parent Community Governor (Enquiries to the Clerk)

Parent Governor - Nominations currently being accepted (Closing date Friday 20th May 2022)


Fleur Maxwell-Middle - Clerk to the Governors

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

Curriculum, Learning & Safer Recruitment


Robert Holland



Sept 2017

4 Years

Data Protection & Finance

*Member of PCC St Leonards Church, Priors Marston

Pru Jaques



Sept 2018

4 Years

Data & Safeguarding


Debbie Cox

Parent Governor


March 2019

4 Years

Wellbeing, Maths & EYFS


Matthew Bown

Co-opted Governor

Jan 2019

4 Years

Data, Curriculum & SEN

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