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

 

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 Chair of Governors and sit on the Education and the Performance Management Committees.

 

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.
 

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.

 

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 who 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 School my main duties are assigned to being the Safeguarding Governor, alongside sitting on the Education Committee.

 

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 School 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 Special Educational Needs and Maths. I am a keen supporter of Splash Club.

 

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.

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 6 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 School’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 School the best place it can be for all of Longwick’s community.

 

Magdalena Sztechman

I graduated in Russian Philology from the University of Kielce in my home town in Poland and am currently following a career in Logistics.  I was relocated to London with my former employer back in 2008 and for the last 12 years I have worked at Coca Cola European Partners in Planning and Commercialisation.  I have always been committed to the provision of equal opportunities for all young people regardless of their background and I am specifically focussed on children and adults with Down’s Syndrome for which I have organised a number of campaigns to support local charities through my favourite form of media - photography.  I moved to Longwick in 2019 and as a parent and governor I am hoping to use my energy and passion to help make Longwick the best place to live and ensure Longwick School provides the very best start in all children’s education.

 

Chris Birley

I have two daughters who attend Longwick School. We live in Princes Risborough and opted for our daughters to attend Longwick as it felt like a really welcoming and positive education environment.  I work in the civil service as a Procurement Manager, leading a team. Creating an environment where everyone feels valued, included, supported and challenged is really important to me as a manager and I see this helps deliver the best results. I see this as no different within the school environment. As a governor I want to provide positive support to the teachers, school and also be accessible for the parents.

 

Jan Martin

I have joined Longwick C of E School in September 2020 as Executive Headteacher with a background of over 30 years of experience within the primary and secondary sectors. I have previous Headship experience and was excited to be one of the first schools to join the ODBST back in 2017, as well as having many years of Local Authority consultancy experience. I work within the ODBST on a range of learning and management projects and continue to run my own education consultancy business.  Providing a high class education for all is at the heart of what I seek to achieve so that children flourish both now and in the future. I hope that my experience and tireless energy will prove to be a positive asset as we develop the learning at Longwick further forward. 

 

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