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.

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, Samantha Kirk. The address is:

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

Serves on the Staffing Committee

Appointed by Governing Body (4 year term)

Laurence Mussett, Vice Chair and Community Governor, has two children. His eldest son is  in his twenties but attended Malmesbury C of E Primary School, while his youngest child is in Year 5.  Lawrence is a Director of his own business delivering affordable housing across the South West.

Julie Brown, Community Governor

Chair of the Staffing  Committee, SEN Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body (4 year term)

Julie Brown, Community Governor, 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.

Serves on the Finance Committee

Appointed by the Governing Body (4 year term)

Nigel Roberts, Community Governor, 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

Appointed by the Governing Body (4 year term)

Brian Leitch, Foundation Governor

Member of  the Finance & Audit Committees

Appointed by the Diocese (4 year term)

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 a young child at our school, and another who will join us in September.  Brian has spent much of his career working in charities overseas, and now works in the NHS, improving patient care.

Mrs Sarah Driver

Incumbent Vicar of Malmesbury Abbey, Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese (continuous term)

This post is currently awaiting appointment.

Charlotte Cox, Foundation Governor

Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Governor for Sex/Relationships Education

Appointed by the Diocese (4 year term)

Charlotte, Foundation Governor, is a busy mum of 2 boys, who both love attending the school. She is part of the Malmesbury Abbey Youth Ministry team, and she enjoys running.

Mrs Sarah Driver

Ellie Crabb, Foundation Governor

Member of  the Premises Committee

Appointed by the Diocese (4 year term)

Ellie Crabb, Foundation Governor, provides links between the school, Malmesbury Abbey and the Bristol Diocese to maintain our Christian ethos.

Ellie grew up in the town and attended the school when we moved out of the old Grammar school building and into the first new building!

She returned to the town to have her son who is just coming to the end of his reception year. Ellie is a busy single Mum, to her son and 2 dogs.  She is good at juggling family life with working at the Mayfield House Hotel in Crudwell, and enjoys swimming.

Emma Bendall, Parent Governor

Chair of the Finance Committee

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term)

Emma Bendall, Parent Governor, took on the role just after her son started the school in 2014 so she could share the experience with him. Emma also has a daughter who started school in 2018, and is a qualified accountant.

Melanie Harris, Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor, Governor for Safeguarding

Serves on the Staffing Committee

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term)

Melanie Harris, Parent Governor, has a son in Year 4 and works in business management for Lloyds Bank PLC.

Chris Osborn, Parent Governor, Governor for PE

Serves on the Curriculum Committee

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term)

Chris Osborn, Parent Governor, has one son in Year 1 and another child due to start school shortly. He works in product development at Dyson.

Mrs Sarah Driver

Daren Luscombe, Parent Governor

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term)

Paula Muir McLeod, Parent Governor

Elected by parents of the school (4 year term)

Paula has 2 children, one who is currently in the school and one who will hopefully be joining in a few years time. She is a Science Teacher in a local Secondary School.

Mrs Sarah Driver

Judith Brown, Staff Governor

Serves on the Premises Committee.

Elected by the school staff (4 year term)

Judith Brown, Staff Governor, is the PE specialist and Facilities manager. Judith was born and brought up in Malmesbury and chose to raise her family here . Her three boys were all schooled in Malmesbury and have secured successful jobs in the area. She enjoys all sorts of sports with a particular passion for rugby and hockey

Deborah Hampton, Staff Governor

Elected by the School Staff (4 year term)

Deborah, Staff Governor and Year 6 teacher, previously worked in the banking sector. She has two teenage children.

Governors who have served in the last 12 months –

Chris Davies, resigned 17/9/2018

Rob Steele, resigned 23/7/2018

Dafydd Moore, resigned 7/3/2018

John Jenkins, resigned 30/1/2018

Rachel Bristow, resigned 31/12/2017

Sue Wilson, resigned 4/12/2017

Rob Snedden, resigned 29/11/2017