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Meet the Governors

On this page you will find details of the names and terms of office for all of our Governors, together with details of their category of Governor, positions of responsibility and details of any additional committees that they serve on. We have also included details of the business and financial interests of each Governor and information about any Governance role they play in other schools, as well as a full breakdown of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body of our school and its committees.


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The structure and remit of the FLT Members, Trustees, and its committees including the LGBs is available on the Trust website and can be found here

Our Governors



‘The role that governance plays in ensuring that every child receives

the best possible education has never been more important.’

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Nov 2015


Governors are in place to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction. They are also expected to hold the Headteacher to account for the performance of teachers and pupils, and to ensure that public money is being well spent.

Governors have to be perceptive people who can challenge and support the Headteacher in equal measure and know when and how to do this. They also have to understand the complexities of school organisation and be able to analyse the wealth of data that now exists on school performance.

As a school we are very proud of our governors who take their duties very seriously and give up their time in the interests of the whole-school community.  They make an important contribution to raising standards and maintain high aspiration.  As these extracts from the school’s most recent Inspection Report confirm:


‘School leaders and governors have an excellent understanding of the strengths and areas of development for the school.’

‘Governors work very effectively with the school and provide excellent support. They are a driving force within the annual Raising Achievement Report. In so doing, they have increased their knowledge and expertise in all aspects of school development.  Governors carefully analyse data and monitor and challenge performance effectively.’


Our governors are aware that good governance is predicated on having the right range of skills and experience needed to do the job effectively. They receive regular, relevant, high-quality training often alongside staff, to enable them to do their job effectively.  Governors appreciate the need to focus on the core issues that really matter – the quality of teaching, the progress and achievement of pupils and the underlying school culture.


Claire Mellor - (Office began 01.09.15) - Headteacher

Committees: Standards and Curriculum, Resources and Finance

Oversees all responsibilities.

I have been Headteacher here at Longcot and Fernham since September 2011. I am passionate about the learning of all pupils in my care as well as being able to meet their spiritual and pastoral needs. I am proud to lead such a warm, welcoming primary school where the happiness of pupils is at the heart of everything we do, whilst striving for all to 'be the best they can be'.


Aileen Bridge (Office began 23.09.20) - Chair of Governors - Community Governor

Committees: Resources, Discipline and Finance (Chair)

Key Responsibility: EYFS

I have been proud to be a Community Governor at such an outstanding school as L and F since 2014 and am currently Chair of the Resources and Finance Committee, as well as Chair of Governors. In my pre-retirement life I was Sales Director and Head of Sales Operations for the world's biggest educational publisher and I hope I have brought my management and budgetary experience as well as an understanding of education issues to the Governing body. I look forward to continuing to develop school vision and strategy with Mrs Mellor and my fellow governors.


Amanda Webb - (Office began 13.01.19) - Foundation Governor

Committees: Standards and Discipline (Chair)

Key Responsibility: Assessment

Link governor subjects: Science and PSHE

I joined the governing body as a Foundation governor in January 2015 and am committed to helping to develop the academic, pastoral and spiritual environment of the school and to strengthening the link between the school and the church community.

I was elected as Vice Chair of the Governors and Chair of the Standards Committee in September 2015 to provide support and challenge to the teaching staff to ensure high expectations and outcomes and to enable all our pupils to achieve their very best.

I live in Longcot with my husband and our three children, two of whom currently attend the school. Having graduated from Cambridge & Oxford Universities I now work as a GP in Highworth, sit on the governing board of the NHS CCG and am a Medical Judge for Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service


Rachel Trollen (Office began 13.01.19) - Staff Governor

Committee: Standards

Key Responsibility: Behaviour and Welfare

I have been a teacher at Longcot and Fernham Primary School since 2009 and staff governor since 2015.  

I am extremely proud to be part of a warm, welcoming and high-achieving school which succeeds because everybody in the team strives for unity.


Stella Howard (Office began 13.01.19) - Support Staff Governor

Committee: Standards

Key Responsibility: Personal Development

I have been the School Administrator/Headteacher’s PA since 2007. My daughter attended Longcot School and thrived in the happy, caring, family atmosphere. I am proud to be part of our lovely school.



Michael Gill (Office began 20.03.2019) - Community Governor

Committees: Resources and Finance

Link governor subject: History

I am a Community Governor and live in Longcot, married with two children who attend Faringdon Community College.  My daughter attended Longcot and Fernham Primary School until 2017.  I have a financial background which I believe can help the school. Having lived in the village for over 7 years I am keen to build community relations between the school and locals. My employer will support me in this community work.



Emma Craig (Office began 12.10.20) - Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

Committee: Standards

Link governor subjects: Art and Music



I am a mum of three girls currently in years 2, 4 and 6. I am so excited and honoured to have been elected the new parent governor for the school and look forward to upholding my promises to ensure our children continue to receive the best education and school life experience.




Clare De Bank (Office began 01.05.21) - Parent Governor

Committee: Standards

Link governor subjects: 

I have two children currently attending Longcot & Fernham school, and I am delighted to have been elected parent governor as of May 2021. I grew up in Fernham, have strong local ties, and believe passionately in our wonderful school and community.

In my professional life, I have worked in educational services and publishing for the last 20 years, and as part of my job need a deep understanding of the educational landscape and its opportunities and challenges. I hope this insight will be useful in my role as governor and look forward to being part of a strong partnership between staff, parents and governing body.




Elaine Swale Elaine Barclay (Office began 01.02.22) - Parent Governor



I have a daughter who is currently in year 2 and thoroughly enjoying her school time, and I am delighted to take up the challenge of being a new parent governor. The opportunity to support the school in providing a safe and amazing educational experience for all of our children is a real passion for me.  Career wise, I am currently the Chief Human Resources Officer of a pan European company and as a member of the Executive Board I feel that my skills and experience in supporting and developing people will translate well to the school setting.




Norma Fergusson (Office began 11.02.22) - Foundation Governor

I am the vicar of the Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice and lead services in Longcot church. I work closely with the school in providing the weekly collective worship – online since the pandemic but hopefully back in school again soon. I’m married to Richard who is a Licensed Lay Minister and also leads collective worship. As a governor I have a particular interest in safeguarding.




Jan Clark - Clerk


Governors stood down in the last 12 months:

Jodi Brown: Parent Governor

Revd Canon Paul Richardson: Foundation Governor

Ian Lloyd: Community Governor

Rev. Norma Ferguson: Foundation Governor

Jeremy Tolmie: Parent Governor