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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. The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance of educational and financial performance.

The Governing Body at Pewsey Vale School is made up of parents/guardians, members of the local community and teaching staff who give their time and skills voluntarily. The Governing Body also has external assistance from a school improvement partner, and other external agencies and employs a professional clerk.

The role of the Governing Body is:-

· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

·Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.

·Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

At Pewsey Vale School there are 14 governors, including 2 parent governors and 2 staff governors (one of which is the headteacher). Governors are appointed by the Pewsey Vale School Academy Trust, parent governors are elected by parents of current students and staff governors are elected by school staff, except the headteacher who is ex-officio.

Vacancies will be advertised via parent mail, the website and the newsletter.

· The full Governing Body normally meets six times a year. In addition to this, there are 3 committees.

· Chairs Committee: Meets 6 times a year and is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, reviewing and coordinating the activities of the Governing Body and its committees. Ensuring continued development, strategic planning and sound management.

· Teaching, Learning & Curriculum: Meets 6 times a year and reviews staffing, staffing performance, student progress, curriculum, target setting and pastoral care.

· Facilities & Finance: Meets 6 times a year and monitors, evaluates and reviews performance in relation to financial management. Ensures compliance with regulatory and reporting requirements. Drafts annual budget and operates as the audit committee. Responsible for building and grounds and health & safety.

Membership of the Governing Body and its responsibilities are as follows:

Tracy Richards – Chair, Compass
Jo Del Mar - Vice Chair, Safeguarding, SEND
Johnny Cameron – Chair of Finance
Neil Pritchard - Headteacher
Mark Alsop - GDPR
Judith Barclay - Pupil Premium, Staff Welfare
Andy Haig – Facilities
Barbara Reeder – Staff Liaison
Lynda Sparshatt-Potter – Health & Safety, Careers
Caroline Dalrymple - Community
Andrew Dang - Student Leadership
Amanda Rhind - Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee
Duncan Weir - Finance & Facilities Committee

All members are currently trustees, but this is under review. Anyone interested in serving on the Governing Body should contact the Clerk to the Governors:

Email: clerk@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

Telephone: 01672 565000.

Address: c/o Clerk to the Governors, Pewsey Vale School, Wilcot Road, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5EW

Mr N Pritchard


Tracy Richards: Chair of Governors

An ex-pupil and with two sons who have successfully attended Pewsey Vale School, I have been a Governor for 7 years and Chair since April 2015. I have an interest in helping the school ensure that students reach their full potential. My professional background is in business and most recently in the marketing sector.

I am also Chair of the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee and the Chairs Committee.

Judith Barclay

I moved to Wiltshire in 2011 and became a governor of the school in 2015. Now retired, I enjoyed a 40 year career in HR across both the public and private sector, mainly in London. I was a volunteer reader at local London primary schools for several years and now appreciate the opportunity we have as governors of a small school to be involved with working with some of the students at a different stage of their education.

I am a member of the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee and the Link Governor for Pupil Premium and Staff Welfare.

Barbara Reeder

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. I am the Link Governor for Staff Liaison

Caroline Dalrymple

I have had a shop in Pewsey for 35 years and lived here for 18 years. I know the area very well and am involved in a lot of local activities. I have run my own business as an interior decorator for 40 years with an excellent client base and the business is still flourishing. I am very involved in the Pewsey community, I have been a governor of two other schools, I am a member of the local parish council and very enthusiastic about all things Pewsey.

I am the Link Governor for the Community

Jo Del Mar: Vice-Chair of Governing Body

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 secondary schools, university and running education departments in public galleries and trusts. I bring my understanding of education, of arts and my experience in charity fundraising to Pewsey Vale School.

I am the Link Governor for Safeguarding and Capital Culture

Mark Alsop

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 am the Link Governor for GDPR

Andrew Dang

I moved to Pewsey in 2014, and was previously a school governor in London. I’ve worked in Banking since 2007, managing global delivery and initiatives to enable strategic change across the bank.

Johnny Cameron: Chair of Finance Committee

I came to live in the Pewsey Vale in 2013 after a career in the City, but I have known it well for most of my adult life as my sister has lived here for 50 years. We are very happy with our decision! I have always had an interest in helping young people -- I served on the CBI taskforce on Higher Education in 2003-5, and I chaired a charity providing mentoring to young offenders in prison - and I am delighted to have another opportunity to contribute.

Duncan Weir

I started my working life in the military but decided to change career after ten years and attended Manchester University where I read Electrical & Electronic Engineering (B.Eng). Since then I have worked in the Rail sector, looking after different Engineering Departments within the business. My final position before my current sabbatical, was the Head of Track for London Underground. I have lived in the Pewsey area for the best part of two decades and the career/life I have enjoyed has been based on the education I received, so I look forward to joining the Board of Governors and helping the pupils of PVS fulfil their potential.
I am a member of the Finance & Facilities Committee.

Amanda Rhind

I worked as a teacher of science, specialising in Chemistry at A Level, at Sheldon School in Chippenham for 32 years. During that time I carried out several management roles within the department and was also a tutor. Since retiring from Sheldon in 2020, I was on long term supply in the chemistry department at Rookwood School, in Andover, for nearly a year and have also taken on private tutoring. I now travel extensively in Africa and have recently become involved in a wildlife conservation and community project there. Pewsey has been my home for thirty years and I look forward to giving some of my experience and enthusiasm to the community, particularly our young people. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the Board of Governors and look forward to a new challenge.

I am a member of the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee.

Andy Haig

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.

I am the Link Governor for Facilities

Lynda Sparshatt Potter

I emigrated back to the UK in 2002 and settled here in Pewsey. Over the years I have volunteered at the Childrens Centre and also at the local Primary School. I enjoy encouraging students to read in the hope that they develop a genuine interest in literature. Two of our sons have attended Pewsey Vale School and our youngest is due to join in September 2022. I am passionate about giving something back to the school, which is why I became a parent governor.

I am the Link Governor for Health & Safety and also for Careers.

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