‘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
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
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
Alexandra Molton - Clerk
Lynette Stulting: Parent Governor