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Meet The Governors

The Local Governing Body of Longwick CE Combined Academy School


ODBST (Oxford Diocese Bucks Schools Trust) is governed by a Board of Trustees who is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of ODBST and all the academies run by it including Longwick. The Trustees are accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission and the Department for Education for the quality of education they provide. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, safety and good practice. As Longwick is a Church of England school the Trustees are also accountable for ensuring that the academy provides an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. In order to discharge these responsibilities the Trustees appoint people who are locally based to serve on a local governing body which has been established to ensure the good governance of the school.


The strategic functions of the governing body are ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction: holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of the staff: overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The governing body is made up of 12 members: the Head Teacher; the Rector of St Mary’s Princes Risborough (ex officio); 2 Foundation governors appointed by the Diocese; 4 trust governors drawn from the local area, selected because of their skills and interests; 1 staff governor elected by staff members and 3 elected parent governors. With the exception of the Head Teacher governors all hold office for a period of four years.


On conversion to an academy within the ODBST on 1st July 2018 all governors’ terms of office came to an end. All were reappointed as members of the Local governing body at that time and it was agreed that the expiry date of the original term of office would be observed to facilitate orderly succession planning.

Governor appointments and terms of office

Mrs Diane Kerwood

Foundation Governor

Appointed 18 Jun 2016

Expires 17 Jun 2020
Mrs Deborah Cadwallader

Trust Governor

Appointed 16 Jun 2019

Expires 15 Jun 2023
Mrs Claire Randall

Trust Governor

Appointed 14 Mar 2017

Expires 12 Mar 2021
Miss Clare Smith

Trust Governor

Appointed 17 May 2016

Expires 16 May 2020
Mrs Valerie Stattersfield

Foundation Governor

Appointed 04 Nov 2017

Expires 3 Nov 2021
Mrs Sophie Marshall

Trust Governor

Appointed 30 Nov 2017

Expires 29 Nov 2021
Mrs Amanda Andrews

Parent Governor

Appointed 17 Jan 2019

Expires 16 Jan 2023
Mrs Lucy Hendley

Parent Governor

Appointed 17 Jan 2019

Expires 16 Jan 2023
Rev David Williams Ex Officio n/a
to be confirmed

Staff Governor


Mr David Liddle Headteacher n/a


Governors play a valuable and important role in the support of our school. They meet regularly together and work closely with the Head Teacher and the school staff. The responsibility for the actions and decisions of the governing body lies with the whole governing body not with individual members. All governors are required to undertake regular training provided to enable them to exercise their duties effectively. This is a vital part of being a governor enabling us to keep up to date with changes across all areas of education provision.

Governor Roles and Responsibilities

Mrs Diane Kerwood Chair; School Development Plan; SEN
Mrs Deborah Cadwallader

Vice Chair; Development Governor;

Performance Management;

School Development Plan

Mrs Claire Randall

Chair Education Committee;

School Development Plan

Miss Clare Smith Chair Finance and General Purposes Committee
Mrs Valerie Stattersfield

Performance Management;

School Development Plan

Mrs Sophie Marshall Safeguarding; School Development Plan
Staff Governor to be confirmed
Mrs Carole Green Clerk to Full Governing Body
Mr Jim Cadwallader

Clerk to Finance and General Purposes Committee

Clerk to Education Committee


The governing body meets twice each term and occasionally more frequently if there is urgent business that needs attention. The work is divided between 2 main committees: the Education committee oversees the curriculum and pupil welfare and also reviews most of the school’s management policies: the Finance and General Purposes committee has responsibility for the school’s finances, setting the school budget and reviewing the school’s financial performance. In addition the committee monitors staff performance management as well as having responsibility for pay and other HR matters, Health & Safety and premises. The agendas and minutes of all governing body meetings are available to read in school.  Dates of forthcoming meetings are listed on the calendar:

School Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Nov 17 A NA NA
Feb 18 A A NA NA NA NA
Mar 18 A NA NA NA NA
May 18 A NA NA NA NA
Jun 18 A NA NA NA NA
Sep 18 A NA NA NA NA
Nov 18 A A NA NA NA NA


Dec 18 A A A A
Mar 19



  • A = Apologies received and accepted    NA = Not applicable

Contacting the governors

Governors welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. Please contact the Chair of Governors, Diane Kerwood through the school office or by email to

Declaration of Other Interests for Governors