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Here is some information about the members of the Longwick C of E School Governing Body...

David Williams
Hello! I am David Williams, the local Rector, who is based at St. Mary's, Princes Risborough and has oversight of the 8 Anglican Churches in our Risborough area. I have been in post for 5 years now, and enjoy all the active links that we have between Longwick school and the two local Churches of St. Mary's, Princes Risborough and St. Peter's, Ilmer. You will find me regularly taking assemblies in the school, and occasionally helping in classrooms with curriculum items concerning faith in all its aspects. I seek to be a support to the wonderful teachers that we have in our school, as well as helping with the children when asked. I also enjoy working with the rest of the governors, and am currently helping our school to embark on an exciting new partnership with a school in northern Uganda!

Val Stattersfield
I graduated in Chemistry (and with an Oxford Blue) and went on to teach across the sectors and internationally. I was the Headmistress of an independent day and boarding school for girls until I retired in 2007.
I have always been committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for young people in an environment underpinned by Christian values. I was appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education as a Foundation Governor of Longwick School in November 2013 and currently serve on both the Education and Finance and General Purposes Committees. I also thoroughly enjoy being involved in Performance Management, the Early Years Foundation Stage, Special Educational Needs Provision and attending Splash Club as a helper.

 
Zoe Williams

I studied a BA in Modern Languages at the University of Nottingham, followed by Law in London as a postgraduate.  I currently work for the Bucks Learning Trust which is an organisation which supports local schools.  I have a son at Longwick and a younger daughter who will hopefully follow suit in September.  I joined the governing body as a parent governor in March 2016 for a term of 4 years. I was keen to get involved and learn more about Longwick and its strengths and challenges.  Some things which are close to my heart are; languages, competitive sports, pastoral care and community. At Longwick my governor roles include; Modern Languages, Science, Year 3 and I sit on the Education Committee.
 
Diane Kerwood
After a career spanning the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry I was delighted 8 years ago, to be nominated by St Mary’s church to serve as a Longwick Governor. I care deeply about excellent primary education, recognising it as providing the essential foundation for a fulfilling and meaningful life. It is a privilege to be working with our school community to ensure that every child feels valued and encouraged to develop a life long love of learning.
My special interests as a Governor are Performance Management, Child protection, diversity/equalities/community cohesion, RE and Collective Worship. I am Co-Chair of Governors and a keen supporter of Splash club.

  
Kathryn Trout
I am Co-Chair of Governors, and I have been a Parent Governor at Longwick since 2009. I sit on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and have been involved in a number of areas: Head Teacher Review; Health & Safety Review of school premises; Fire Safety Review & monitoring; Travel Plan; Road Safety Footsteps Training; Parental Questionnaire; and raising our Governor Profile.
I was first elected Governor when my son joined Longwick in Reception Class because I wanted to help make the school the best it could be, and thus ensure the best education for my children.
Coming from a business background and having no knowledge of the education system, felt very daunting at the start. However, I have been able to transfer my business skills to the very different environment of Longwick and really enjoy being able to support the school as it progresses.
Living in Longwick itself, I love its strong community feel, and am really committed to ensuring that our school remains at the heart of village life.
My favourite bit of the job has to be spending time in school, either with my link class, or on a class trip, or helping out with cookery and needlework (which is when being a member of Longwick WI comes in handy!), and helping out with the gardening club. The children's good behaviour, confidence, curiosity, eagerness to learn, willingness to chat and take part in fun experiences outside the classroom, make spending time with them a delight.

 
Debby Cadwallader
I have been a governor at Longwick School for 23 years, as both a church and a community governor. I have lived in Longwick for thirty years and my children attended the school. I taught classics and history in Aylesbury and was a Sixth Form tutor and Head of Year. I continue to serve as a governor because I believe that it is vital that Longwick School remains at the heart of this community and gives every child the very best start in their education.
 
Clare Smith

I was born in Longwick and my family has lived in the village since the 1800’s. My Great Grandfather was a Manager of the school when it was based at the Old School House. I attended the school in the 1980’s, followed by Aylesbury High School. I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2007 and work as a Financial Controller for a contract catering company in Thame. I hope that I will be able to use my skills, including financial knowledge, to offer my support to the school in the hope that this will enable other children to obtain as good a start to their educational life as I received at the school.

 

Philip Hayes

I am pleased to be a new governor and my son Peter is in Year 2. My professional background is in VAT consultancy and I currently work at Oxford University. However I took a career break from the heady world of tax to be a primary school class teacher for five years, latterly at Great Missenden CE Combined School. There I enjoyed conducting the choir and orchestra. I still pursue my love of music, singing in (and managing) Aylesbury Opera.

 

Claire Randall

I studied International Management with German at the Universities of Manchester and Innsbruck in Austria and then chose to follow a career in marketing. I worked for many years as a Channel Marketing Manager for a software distribution company and I now run a very busy cake decorating business. I live in Longwick and have two daughters, one who attends the school, the other who is due to start later in the year. I am a new governor at Longwick and it is a privilege to be playing a part in ensuring the children are able to achieve to the best of their ability. My allocated governor roles are literacy, the school website and year 5 and I sit on the education committee.

 

Matt Wood

I live with my family in Meadle, a small hamlet just up the road from Longwick, having moved out of London in 2007 to pursue a lifestyle of mowing, horse riding, golf and repairing our old house. My background is in communications and business, and along with consulting in these areas, I now have other interests, including of course being a school Governor. Longwick is a great community school, with fantastic staff, and I was keen to become involved to help continue its brilliant progress.

 

Simon Humphreys

I am the staff governor appointed to the governing body. I have been a teacher at the school for two and a half years and I have been a governor for over a year. I find it interesting and enjoyable being part of a fantastic governing body helping to provide the best education and experience we can for the children in our school.

 

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