The Governors at St. Michael’s, together with the staff team, are responsible for ensuring that the school delivers the best educational and learning environment possible.
We bring experience from a variety of business, professional and community backgrounds with a majority of us either currently or previously having our children in the school. Our constituency also maintains part of the schools strong links with parents, community, church and parish. We meet regularly to review progress, maintain financial stability and to consider longer term developments.
We introduce ourselves below and any one of us would welcome the opportunity to explain more about what we do as all governors are visible in the daily life of the school.
We currently have 14 serving governors
1 Authority Governor appointed by Wiltshire Council
Mr Simon Knighton, Chair
Simon is Chair of Governors and appointed by the Local Education Authority. He has been a governor since 2003 having been Finance chair before his current role. His “day job” is as chairman of a Southwest health and social care organisation and he also chairs a national nursing charity. He lives in Aldbourne and his son and daughter have both been pupils at St Michael’s.
2 Staff Governors
Mrs Judith Arkwright, Head Teacher
Mrs Linda Maslin
Linda Maslin grew up in Aldbourne and attended St Michael’s School herself. She has been a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) for 10 years and for the last three years a Forest School Leader (Level 3) therefore giving her a balanced view of the school. She is also a trained ELSA which provides her with a good base to support children with their emotional literacy. Her sons all went to St Michael’s. In her spare time she enjoys walking her Labrador around the village and also volunteers as both a Scout leader and a trustee at the Community Junction.
8 Foundation Governors elected by The Church
Ex Officio – Rev. Rhona Floate
Rhona became a Foundation Governor in 2019. Before becoming a vicar, Rhona ran scientific and technical library and information services. She also has a degree in music. Rhona is an experienced governor of village schools in Dorset and Wiltshire, focusing on RE, collective worship and the Christian ethos of schools. She lives in Aldbourne, and enjoys walking in the countryside around the village.
Marguerite has been a Foundation Governor since 2016. She was formerly a tutor at Newbury College. She monitors the RE for St Michael’s School and has a great interest in Open the Book and children’s worship. She currently sits on the staffing committee.
Mrs Liz Morris, Vice Chair
Liz has been a governor for 8 years and was on the PSA for 3 years before that. She is very proud to be a part of our outstanding school.
Mrs Lorna Moore
Lorna has been a Foundation Governor since 2016. She has lived in the village for 10 years and is very proud of our Outstanding School. She volunteered at the school prior to becoming a Governor.
Mrs Vivien Bayne-Jardine
Vivien has been a Foundation Governor since 2015 and currently chairs the Finance Committee. She is a qualified accountant who worked with one of the large accountancy firms until 2012. She has lived in the village since 2001 and has a teenage son.
Ms Kate McPhedran
Kate has been a Foundation Governor since 2016. Kate grew up in Aldbourne but now lives in the ‘Ogbournes’ and has a son at St Michael’s as well as being an ex-pupil herself. Kate is a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner now working for Public Health England in Health Protection specialising in infectious disease control.
Mrs Emma Barnes
Emma moved to Aldbourne in 2009 to be closer to work, where she is employed in the family business. She has two children and has supported the school since her son started there as a pupil. Emma became a Foundation Governor in 2018.
Mrs Eleanor Williamson
Eleanor became a Foundation Governor in 2018 and joined the Communications Committee. She grew up in the village and attended St Michael’s. She has two children at the School and enjoys volunteering. Eleanor is also currently a member of the St Michael’s Church LCC where she has been appointed as the Environment Officer. Eleanor has a background in marketing and now specialises in digital marketing for entrepreneurs.
2 Parent Governors elected by Parents of Pupils
Mr Patrick Zebedee
Patrick has been a Parent Governor since 2014, and chairs the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. He lives in Aldbourne and has two children at the school. Patrick was formerly a secondary Maths teacher, and now works in the Electronics industry as a Project Manager.
Mrs Alex Lambert
Alex became a Parent Governor in 2017 and leads the Communications Committee. She is a self-employed physiotherapist who works in the village and has 2 girls, Amelie and Flo. She is also the Secretary for the St Michael’s Aldbourne PTA and is heavily involved in fundraising for the school.
There is 1 Co-opted Governor appointed by The Governing Body
Mr Rupert Bound
Rupert has been involved with the school since 2006. He considers it a constant privilege to be involved with such a thriving school.
The Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Sandy Martin
There are also 2 Associate Members appointed by The Governing Body
Mr Ben Everitt, Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs Victoria Parmiter
Victoria has been involved with the school for many years – both her daughters attended St Michael’s, she was Chair of the then PSA, as a governor was Chair of Staffing and is now an Associate Member. She thoroughly enjoys her job as a full time teaching assistant here.
If you have any queries or would like to know more about being a governor at St. Michael’s, in the first instance, please email Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Full Governing Body (FGB) meet 5 times a year, with meetings being set at the start of the academic year.
For further information on attendances at meetings, business and pecuniary interests and more information on our work please see links below.