Governors


Governors play a significant role in the life of a successful school. They are representatives of the outside world, including specific stakeholder groups and they act as a mirror into and out of the school. Governors are very busy people and their role is voluntary. The Governing Body are active and supportive of school life and their purpose is to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils.
 
Our Governing Body

Dr Thomas Finnie

LA and Chair

I have come, via an academic background (working and teaching in universities), to providing statistical and numerical analysis to support public health. I currently lead the analytics team within the UKHSA’s emergency response division. All my children are at, or have attended, Sutton Veny School and I believe passionately in the power of good education and internal confidence to provide opportunities that lead to a happy and fulfilled life. Something I want for each and every child in our school.

Mr Luke Cox

Vice Chair and Parent

I became a Parent Governor at the School in 2019. All three of my children were educated at the School and my youngest is midway through his time at SV. I am married to Natasha, a Registered Nurse, and have lived in the local area for 10 years. Professionally, I am the Operations Chief for a disaster response charity and previously served for over two decades as a British Army Officer. I am educated to Masters level and have extensive committee experience. I am convinced that a good primary education is one of the most fundamentally important influences on a person’s life; and that educational success stems from a strong, supportive partnership between parents and school. That is why I got involved in the School Governing Body, am a strong supporter of Friends of School, and a Parent Reader.

Mr Adam Lewis

Headteacher

I am extremely proud to have been appointed as the Head Teacher of Sutton Veny School. I have been a member of the Governing Body for a number of years, previously as a staff governor, through my role as a senior leader with the school. I feel incredibly lucky to have the support of such a committed and dedicated team of staff and governors, who all strive to provide the children that we serve with the best possible environment for their personal and academic development. Every child deserves to be happy, cared for and be given the chance flourish, whilst developing the behaviours and attitudes that will enable them to contribute positively to society, lead happy and successful lives and thrive in their relationships with others. It is a real privilege to be in a position to make these aspirations a reality for our children.

Miss Leah Gee

Staff Governor

I first qualified as a teacher in 2003, having completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University College. I have worked in schools in Kent, London and Wiltshire ever since. I take a great interest in the subjects of English and History, having completed a Joint Honours degree in English and Modern History at the University of Liverpool. I feel privileged to be able to be the English Subject Lead at Sutton Veny. Another specialism of mine is gifted and talented education and I explored this field in great depth when I undertook my Masters in Education with Oxford Brookes University. I was a lead teacher for gifted and talented education whilst in London and, through this role, I was able to visit Germany to review provision and bring back effective techniques and strategies to the UK. I have also led county conferences, where I provided professional development opportunities for other teachers relating to gifted and talented primary education.

Mr Richard Jackman

Foundation

I spent a full career as an engineer in the Royal Navy. Moving 17 times in 35 years, my family settled in Sutton Veny in 2009 and since then I have been drawn into village life. A member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), I am one of the school’s two Foundation Governors and as such take a close interest in its Christian ethos and also try to promote its links with the local church. With involvement on the Village Hall committee and as a co-editor of the Sutton Veny Village Newsletter, I am well placed to understand and foster the important place the school plays in village life. I am married with 3 grown-up daughters and now several grandchildren who keep me in touch with the needs of a primary school age group. My primary escape from village life is sailing.

Mr Graham Shingleton

Co-opted

I live in Sutton Veny and have been supporting the school since 1991. Firstly on Friends of the School, then as an elected Parent Governor for 2 terms. I have been Co Opted as a governor since then. My three children went to Sutton Veny and now my two grandchildren are here as well. I was a secondary school teacher for 30 years and have a lifelong commitment to education. I believe that my professional experience in education combined with a parental and community perspective offer a balanced approach to my role as a school governor, supporting and challenging the leadership of the school into the future.

Mr Julian Stapleton

Co-opted

My background is in Education and Finance. I was a teacher for 12 years before moving into Finance with companies in defence, retail and pharmaceuticals. Both our children thoroughly thrived at Sutton Veny School and in 2007 I joined the Board of Governors. Since then I have served on all the committees and been Vice Chair and Chair of Governors. It is a privilege to support such an outstanding school with exceptionally professional staff and a dynamic leadership team.

Mrs Maria Bairstow

Co-opted

I live in the village with my husband and we have two grown up children and a dog. My background is in financial regulation having worked for 20 years within Retail & Investment Banking. My husband was in the Forces and we moved to Germany where I worked in a Forces Primary School for the first time. Since then I have worked in primary education in a variety of roles and have a good understanding of the challenges faced and the joys it can bring. As a governor, I believe I can undertake a more strategic role whilst understanding the operational practicalities providing a balanced perspective.

Miss Debbie Paines

Clerk

Schools are required to share the register of business interests and attendance of governors. Please click this link to view our information:

Governor Website Information 2020-21

Please click on this link to read our annual governance statement:

Annual Governance Statement 2021-2022

Governor Responsibilities and Committee Structure:
Our governors all have responsibilities relating to the following areas of school life;

Curriculum and Welfare Committee:
Curriculum: Ensuring the curriculum is broad and balanced, the implementation of the National Curriculum, Teaching, learning, assessment, special educational needs, collective worship, religious education.
Pupil Welfare: Child protection, safeguarding, health, sex and relationship education, equality, behaviour, anti bullying and e-safety.

Staffing Committee:
Agree staffing levels and make appointments, redundancies and dismissals, decide levels of pay, oversee performance management, responsible for the performance management of the Headteacher, ensure on-going teacher development and training.

Resources Committee:
Finance: Manage the school budget, make sure accurate accounts are kept, determine pay policy in accordance with School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions. Premises: Health and Safety issues, manage the school premises and building work, oversee and update the school’s maintenance plan.