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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.

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) - 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 05.12.19) - 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 13.01.19) - Staff Governor

Committee: Curriculum

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

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 25.01.18) - Parent Governor

Committee: Resources

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 Feb 2017.  Originally from NZ, I have 2 children attending the school.  Professionally I work with commercial and public sector organisations, supporting their digital transformation through technology.  In previous roles, I’ve worked with schools to enhance teaching and learning using technology in the classroom.  In my role as governor, I assist our school on strategic matters so it can continue to deliver outstanding support to empower our pupils in their education Journey.  I’m really proud to be working with such a wonderful team who genuinely care and want to shape a bright future for all our children.  


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.


 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

I was elected as a Parent Governor in April 2019. Both my daughters have attended Longcot and Fernham School: with my youngest now in Key Stage 2, and my eldest at Faringdon Community College. 
I work for Public Health England as a programme manager across the south east, undertaking a wide range of initiatives to improve public health, working strategically at local authority and NHS board level. I am also a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with a private practice. My grounding in continuous quality improvement and individual, personal change allows me to stand back and objectively identify areas and methods for improvement and growth. Longcot and Fernham is an outstanding school and my role is to act as a representative parent to ensure we continually strive for excellence by bringing a different perspective to the strategic management of the school.  
In my spare time, I enjoy running, triathlons, obstacle course racing, playing the piano, singing and musicals. 


Alexandra Molton - Clerk


Governors stood down in the last 12 months:


Lynette Stulting: Parent Governor

Declarations of Interest and Governor Details