Welcome to Pewsey Vale School. The Governing Body fulfils a strategic role in the running of the school and monitors and evaluates all aspects of its work.
Our excellent Ofsted inspection, the continued rise in our pupils’ academic performance and the high level of added value that the school provides, makes Pewsey Vale the first choice for many parents.
Membership of the Governing Body is as follows:
Mr N Pritchard
Tracy Richards: Chair of Governors
I am an ex-pupil and also a Parent Governor with one son still at the school. I have been a governor for 6 years and took over the position of Chair in April 2015. My areas of interest are business and sport, I work for various companies as a Part-Time Marketing Director and am growing my business manufacturing Equine and Canine Disinfectants. I am a keen horse rider and senior county level badminton player.
Judith Barclay: Vice Chair of Governors
A relative newcomer to Wiltshire, I have welcomed the opportunity to become involved with Pewsey Vale School and help support the links being forged with Marlborough College, where I am currently Director of HR. Both my children were educated in the state sector and I understand how important it is to ensure each pupil is given the opportunity to become the very best they can and leave Pewsey equipped to embark on the next stage of their lives.My career in HR spans three decades across a variety of sectors – retail, media, financial services and most latterly education and believe my skills and experience lend themselves well to supporting many aspects of Pewsey Vale School.
John MacAuslan: Chair of Finance and Facilities Committee
I’ve lived near Pewsey for over ten years. It’s a pleasure to work with the staff, students and other governors of Pewsey Vale School, and to use my experience in government, the public sector, business and charities to help out – especially on the finance side. I think Pewsey Vale School does a great job, knowing its students and caring about each as an individual. To me, finance should not be what the school is all about, but we must get the finances as right as possible so as to help rather than hinder in what really counts: doing the best for each student.
Having spent my early years living both in England and abroad as my father was in the RAF I moved to Wiltshire when I finished my Teacher Training and got married. I taught Maths at Lavington School for five years before leaving to have a family – I have a grown-up son and daughter. I have lived in the school catchment area throughout my time in Wiltshire. After a few years at home I started working at PVS – first doing a little supply work, then part-time and finally full time also being promoted to Maths Subject Leader in 2004. In 2004 I became a staff governor before changing my governor status in 2014 when I retired from teaching. I still play an active part in the school, frequently visiting, helping out with educational trips, attending assemblies, being on interview panels. I think that as a loyal employee/supporter of the school for over 30 years I have a wealth of knowledge about the area, the school, the pupils past and present. I also have a good relationship with the staff and am well known by parents who feel that they can approach me for information and advice about the school.
Elinor Goodman (Safeguarding)
I am the former political editor of channel four news. I was also a member of the Leveson enquiry into the press and am on the board of a housing association specialising in rural housing. I have lived near Pewsey for 30 years.
Jo Del Mar
I am passionate about working in the arts and giving young people opportunities that they might not otherwise experience. I have a back -ground in arts education, including teaching at New Hall School, lecturing at Middlesex University, running an Aboriginal arts collective in Australia, heading the education department at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and more recently at The Roche Court Educational Trust. Jo brings her understanding of education, of arts and of charity fundraising to Pewsey Vale School. As an active member of the local arts community I am really keen to help develop PVS’s reputation as a specialist school for the arts.
I was brought up near Devizes and spent most of my working life in London. I am now back living in the Pewsey Vale. I spent my career as a lawyer, mostly advising on commercial law. I am keen to ensure that education brings out the best in all children and to assist the school in achieving this.
I moved from Worcestershire into the Pewsey area in 2001. My professional background is in Engineering and my career has encompassed a number of high technology roles in both public and private sector organisations – mostly in the communication & IT domains. I have a lifelong interest in Science, Technology and IT. I am keen to see Pewsey Vale build on its strengths and enable all students to develop their full potential.
Lynda Sparshatt Potter
I am a New Zealander with dual nationality thanks to my Scottish parents. My lengthy career in the legal profession has allowed me to travel the world working with many different cultures. I have been a resident of Pewsey since 2002 and really appreciate the community spirit that we have. Since 2010 I have been the Chair of the Parents Advisory Board for the Pewsey Children’s Centre. I volunteer at the Children’s Centre and also at Pewsey Primary School. I have worked with several families on the Early Words Together scheme run by the National Literacy Trust. I enjoy encouraging children to read in the hope that they develop a genuine interest in literature.
Mrs K Protheroe
I am the Deputy Head at the school. I started working at Pewsey Vale School in September 2014 as Assistant Head and was promoted to Deputy Head in January 2015.
Mr T Robinson
I am the subject leader for ICT and Computing, having joined the school in September 2015. I have lots of interests outside of school that include Technology and Music. I play musical instruments that include the Violin, Keyboard and Double Bass.
Anyone interested in serving on the Governing Body should contact Sarah Hunt, the Clerk to the Governors: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01672 565000.