Governors

Governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, the governors set the school’s aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To ensure accountability for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure value for money.
  • To support and challenge and undertake the role of ‘critical friend’.

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent.
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff.
  • Hearing appeals and grievances.
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship.
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline.
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies.

For further information about the work of the governing body and its committees please see our Scheme of Delegation 2021-22.

How do I become a governor?

The numbers and types of governors are determined by our articles of association.  As vacancies arise they are advertised, but you can also register your interest or find out more about the role by contacting the Clerk to the Governors. The address is: clerk@malmesbury-pri.wilts.sch.uk

Laurence Mussett, Chair of Governors, Community Governor and Governor for Attendance.

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee

Appointed by Members (4 year term) – 23/11/20 – 22/11/2024

Laurence Mussett has two children, both of whom have attended  Malmesbury C of E Primary School.  Lawrence is a Director of his own business delivering affordable housing across the South West.

Julie Brown, Vice Chair of Governors, Community Governor

Co-Chair of the Staffing & Curriculum Committee, SEN Governor

Appointed by Members (4 year term) – 23/11/20 – 22/11/2024

Julie Brown has been associated with the school since her grandson started in 2007, at which time she became a classroom helper and ‘reading buddy’. She also supports the school as a ‘Friend of Malmesbury Primary School’, which includes fund raising in support of the school. She is committed to her role, and “values the voice of our pupils, parents and carers, and staff”. Julie is proud to be a Registered Nurse, working full time for the NHS.

Nigel Roberts, Community Governor, Governor for Health and Safety

Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee

Appointed by Members (4 year term) – 23/11/20 – 22/11/2024

Nigel Roberts has lived in Malmesbury for many years. He is married with 3 teenage children and runs his own business in the steel industry. He also has extensive experience as a trustee of a charitable organisation.

Mrs Sarah Driver

Ewen Vizor, Community Governor, Governor for Sex and Relationship Education

Serves on the Staffing and Curriculum Committee

Appointed by Members (4 year term) – 23/11/20 – 22/11/2024

Chris Osborn, Community Governor, Governor for PE

Co-chair of the Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Appointed by Members (4 year term) – 23/11/20 – 22/11/2024

Chris Osborn has two children at our school. He works in product development at Dyson, and has lived in Malmesbury since 2002.

Rev Oliver Ross,  Vicar of Malmesbury Abbey, Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese (continuous term)

Brian Leitch, Foundation Governor

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee, the Audit & Risk Committee and the Foundation Committee

Appointed by the Diocese (4 year term) – 10/02/2022 – 09/02/2026

Brian Leitch attends the United Reform Church, and as a Foundation Governor provides links between the school and the Bristol Diocese to ensure our Christian distinctiveness is maintained. He has young children at our school.  Brian has spent much of his career working in charities overseas, and now works in the NHS, improving patient care.

Stephen Heal, Ex Officio Governor

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Headteacher (continuous term)

Claire Dean, Foundation Governor, Governor for Safeguarding

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee, the Audit & Risk Committee and the Foundation Committee

Appointed by the Diocese (4 year term) – 11/02/2020 – 10/02/2024

Claire Dean is a former teacher who is currently managing a Children’s Centre in Wiltshire. She has been part of the Malmesbury Abbey community for the last four years.

Mrs Sarah Driver

Mark Norton, Parent Governor 

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee

Elected by the parents of the school (4 year term) – 25/11/2021 – 24/11/2025

Paula Muir McLeod, Parent Governor

Serves on the Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term) – 23/07/2018 – 22/07/2022

Paula has 2 children, one who is currently in the school and one who has recently left. She is a Science Teacher in a local Secondary School.

Mrs Sarah Driver
Mrs Sarah Driver

Richard Jones, Parent Governor

Serves on the Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term) – 17/11/2020 – 16/11/2024

Rachael Pink, Parent Governor

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term) – 25/11/2021- 24/11/2025

Mrs Sarah Driver

Ruth Martin, Parent  Governor

Serves on the Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Elected by the parents of the school (4 year term) – 11/07/2019 – 10/07/2023

Ruth Martin has two daughters, one in KS2 and one who now attends Malmesbury Secondary School. Ruth is a children’s author specialising in fun non-fiction including interactive books on history, nature, science and the arts.

Vicky Lees, Parent Governor

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term) – 17/11/2020 – 16/11/2024

Vicky lives in Malmesbury and has two children at the school. Vicky was previously a governor at Wiltshire College, and has a background in Operational Risk.

Deborah Hampton, Staff Governor

Serves on the Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Elected by the School Staff (4 year term) – 30/01/2022 – 29/01/2026

Deborah is a Year 5 teacher, having previously worked in the banking sector. She has two teenage children.

Jonathan Watkins, Associate Member

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Staffing & Curriculum Committee (with voting rights)

Appointed by the Governing Body (4 year term) – 29/09/2020 – 28/09/2024

Emma Dadd, Associate Member

Serves on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Staffing & Curriculum Committee (with voting rights)

Appointed by the Governing Body (4 year term) – 24/01/2021 – 23/01/2025

Vacancy, Staff Governor

Elected by the school staff (4 year term)

Mrs Sarah Driver

Governors who have served in the last 12 months –

Daren Luscombe, resigned 31/08/21

Melanie Harris, term ended 16/11/2020

Attendance at FGB meetings and business interests declaration

GovernorFGB meetings 2021-22 attendedOut of a PossiblePecuniary/business interestsFGB meetings 2020-21 attended (% possible)
Laurence Mussett55Nil83
Julie Brown55Nil100
Stephen Heal55Employee of Malmesbury CE Primary100
Deborah Hampton35Nil83
Brian Leitch55Nil100
Ruth Martin55Nil83
Paula Muir McLeod45Nil83
Chris Osborn35Nil100
Nigel Roberts35Director of Megasteel Ltd; Director of Sweetnam & Bradley Ltd; Director of SWIFT Electrical Ltd83
Rev Oliver Ross05Chair of Lord Wharton Bible Trust; Chair of PCCs of Malmesbury Abbey and Upper Avon Churches33
Ewen Vizor55Nil100
Claire Dean35Nil100
Richard Jones25Member of Malmesbury Town Council100
Vicky Lees55Nil100
Mark Norton33Principal Owner of Norton Wealth; a partner practice of St James's Place Wealth Management PLC. Wife employed by Malmesbury CE Primary School as a Teaching Assistant.
Rachael Pink33Employee of Dyson Ltd. Director of Katifer Collaborative Ltd.
Jonathan Watkins55Nil83
Emma Dadd35Nil100

Members

Malmesbury CE Primary is a Single Academy Trust. As charitable companies limited by guarantee, every academy trust has Members who have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. Members play a limited but crucial role in safeguarding academy trust governance. Our members are:

NameTypeFrom
Diocese of Bristol Academies CompanyFounder Member3 December 2015
Miles CrossFounder Member11 April 2013
Simon ShawMember17 November 2016
Rob SneddenMember30 June 2021
Melanie HarrisMember22 November 2021