‘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.
Lynette Stulting - (Office began 23.9.14) - Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Key Responsibility: Governor training and development.
Link governor subjects: Art and Music
I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2014. I am passionate about education and committed to help giving every child the best chance to not only succeed academically to the highest possible standards, but also supporting the teachers in a strategic role to ensure the children are on their way to become rounded, happy and balanced adults. I was elected Chair of the Governors in November of 2018 and will continue to support and challenge the teaching staff to ensure the best outcome for every child at Longcot and Fernham School.
I live in Great Coxwell with my husband and two children, the youngest still attending the school. Originally from South Africa, I came to the UK in 1999 and worked at different educational institutions. I became Head of Piano at Abingdon School in 2016 and I am also an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Claire Mellor - (Office began 01.09.15) - Headteacher
Committees: Standards and Curriculum, Resources and Finance
Oversees all responsibilities
Amanda Webb - (Office began 13.01.15) - Vice Chair of Governors, 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.
Reverend Norma Fergusson (Office began 27.01.16) - Foundation Governor
Committee: SIAMS (Chair)
Key Responsibilities: Safeguarding
Link governor subjects: Collective Worship and RE
As Associate Vicar of the Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice, I'm delighted to serve as a foundation governor in a school which lives out its core values of love, honesty and respect. I see my primary role as one of support to staff, students and families, which is why my primary governor focus is Safeguarding, but I also sit on the resources & facilities sub-committee.
Rachel Trollen (Office began 13.01.15) - Staff Governor
Key Responsibility: Behaviour and Welfare
Aileen Bridge (Office began 23.09.14) - 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. 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.
Stella Howard (Office began 13.01.15) - Support Staff Governor
Key Responsibility: Safeguarding and 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 passionate about Safeguarding and use my knowledge and training in this area in my role as a Governor. I am proud to be part of our lovely school.
Ian Lloyd (Office began 25.01.2018) - Parent Governor
Key Responsibility: Premises/Health and Safety
Link governor subjects: Maths and DT
Jeremy Tolmie (Office began 28.01.17) - Parent Governor
Key Responsibility: Communication
Link governor subjects: Computing and Geography
I have been a parent governor at the school since early 2017 and also sit on the standards committee as well as holding link responsibilities for our curriculum & the schools communication. Originally a Kiwi, I have 2 children attending the school and my background is working with commercial and public sector organisations, supporting their digital transformation through technology. Prior to this I worked with schools to enhance teaching and learning through technology in the classroom. For my time as a governor, I look forward to assisting our school in continuing to deliver outstanding support to empower the pupils in their journey through education. I’m really proud to be working with such a wonderful team who genuinely care and want to shape a bright future for our children.
Michael Gill (Office began 20.03.2019) - Community Governor
Committees: Resources and Finance
Link governor subject: History
Jodi Brown (Office Began 24.04.2019) - Parent Governor
Committees: SIAMS and Standards (Chair)
Key Responsibility: Pupil Premium and SEND
Link governor subjects: English and PE
Alexandra Molton - Clerk