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Bios of our Governing Body

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


Diane Kerwood
After a career spanning the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry I was delighted 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 and Special Educational Needs. I am Chair of Governors and a keen supporter of Splash club.


Debby Cadwallader
I have been a governor at Longwick School for more than twenty years, as both a church and a community governor. I have lived in Longwick for over 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. I am Vice Chair and I sit on the Education Committee.

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 own a homeware and gift shop. I live in Longwick and have two daughters, both of whom attend the school. It is a privilege to be playing a part in ensuring the children are able to achieve to the best of their ability. I am joint Vice Chair and sit on the Education Committee.


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. I am Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.


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 the Education Committee. I also thoroughly enjoy being involved in Performance Management, the Early Years Foundation Stage and attending Splash Club as a helper.


Sophie Marshall

I studied for a BSc in Social Work, followed by two Post Graduate Masters Degrees in Trauma related Attachment Difficulties and Children and Families Safeguarding.  I currently work for Milton Keynes Council as the Principal Social Worker for Children and Families, a role which involves strategic management and oversight of social work practice across the authority.  I have two daughters that attend Longwick School.  I am passionate about social justice and equal access to opportunity.  I believe every child has the ability to thrive and succeed when they have security, support and encouragement.  For me, children having a growth mind-set is key to building their resilience and want to achieve; this is an area that I oversee and promote as part of my role on the governing body.  As a governor at Longwick my main duties are assigned to being the Safeguarding Governor, alongside sitting on the Education Committee.


Amanda Andrews

My day job is facilities management and I have NEBOSH and other associated qualifications, and am a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.  I live in Princes Risborough and my daughter currently attends Longwick School.  Previously my son was a pupil at the school from 2009.  I have some experience with working with the school in a volunteering capacity, delivering a money maths programme and helping to raise funds with Friends PTA committee.  I hope that I will now be able to use my skills in Health & Safety and Property to support the school further.  I sit on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.


Lucy Hendley

I am qualified as an employment solicitor and mediator, and my current role involves training HR and managers in employment law issues.  I also often conduct workplace mediations, resolving disputes within teams.  I have lived in Monks Risborough for 15 years.  My three children have been to Longwick School: my youngest is currently in year 5 and my older two children are now in secondary school.  I have helped with the school in various ways as a volunteer reader and on the Friends committee organising school discos.  I am so pleased to be able to support the school further in my role as parent governor. I sit on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.


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 a number of 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 helped our school to work on an exciting partnership with a school in northern Uganda!

Sophie Elkins

I graduated from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham with my BA(Hons) in Primary Education in 2014 and started my teaching career in High Wycombe.  In 2016, I began working at Longwick School.  I wanted to become a staff governor in order to gain a different, unique insight into the running of the school and to be able to contribute to Longwick’s strategic development.  As a staff member, I am able to share day-to-day life of the school with other governors. I feel extremely passionate about making Longwick the best place it can be for all of Longwick’s community.



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