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Governors

The Governing Body is made up of a total of 11 Governors, 3 Parent Governors, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 1 Local Authority Governor, 3 Co-Opted Governors and 2 Foundation Governors.  We are always available to discuss concerns or ideas for the school and value your feedback.  Any of the Governors can be approached when you see us at school, or please ask at the office so that we can get in contact.

The Governing Body of Longford School and Terms of Office

Mrs Debby Underhill           

Mrs Louise Knipe      

Mrs Jill Broomfield

Mrs Jen Witt                   

Mrs Nicola Ford

Mr Toby Mills

Mrs Shelley Bracey                     

Foundation Governors  

Headteacher 

Staff Governor

Co-opted

Co-opted

Chair of Governors 

Clerk to the Governors

May 2019 - May 2023

Jan 2016 - N/A

Oct 2021 - Oct 2025

Jan 2021 - Jan 2025

Sept 2020-Sept 2024 

Jan 2021-Jan 2025

March 2016 - N/A

Vacancy 

Mrs Kay Mills

Ms Karen Inglis

Mrs Erica Quirk

Parent Governor

Foundation Governor

Parent Governor

LA Governor

 

Oct 2021-Oct 2025

Oct 2021-Oct 2025

Dec 2022-Dec 2026

Sub-Committees

Business

Finance, Health and Safety, Premises

Standards

Pupils' achievement and progress, Special Educational Needs, Curriculum

Toby Mills-  Chair

Louise Knipe

Jen Witt

Nic Ford

Nic Ford-Chair

Louise Knipe

Debby Underhill

Jill Broomfield

Kay Mills

Appeals panel and other responsibilities

Appeals Panel
Any three governors who are not members of staff and do not sit on the Staffing Committee.
Special Responsibilities
  • Governor Training: Clerk to Governors Shellley Bracey & Louise Knipe
  • Child Protection: Nic Ford
  • Special Educational Needs: Debby Underhill
  • Pupil Premium: Nic Ford
  • Whistle Blowing: Toby Mills
  • Health and Safety: Toby Mills
  • Friends of Longford School - FOLS: Jill Broomfield
Other Responsibilities
  • Literacy: Kay Mills
  • Mathematics: Toby Mills
  • Science: Toby Mills
  • Early Years Foundation Stage: Debby Underhill
  • Religious Education: 
  • ICT (Information and Computer Technologies): Nic  Ford
  • Physical Education: Jen Witt 
  • Finance: Nic Ford
  • Staff Well-being: Nic Ford
  • SIAMS: 
  • Spiritual Well-being: 
  • P.S.H.E. and Well-being: Jill Broomfield

About the Governors

Toby Mills - Chair of Governors
   

Toby Mills is a professional aerospace engineer with experience of a wide range of business activities which he is now using to help Longford School as a Governor.

Born in Banbury Oxfordshire, Toby spent his youth in New Zealand before returning to England to attend university. After graduating from Bristol with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Toby went to Sandhurst and then joined the British Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. In his 24-year career in the Army Toby reached the rank of Colonel and had postings in various engineering, leadership and management roles around the world.

After leaving the Army in 2006 Toby joined Lockheed Martin where, for 11 years, he was the Managing Director of their UK training and logistics business. In this role he gained business experience across many functional and operational business areas (e.g. engineering, IT, commercial, financial, HR, facilities) managing multiple programmes with a diverse workforce spread across the UK. All this experience is invaluable in his role as a Governor for Longford School.

In addition to helping Longford School as a Governor, Toby provides IT support for the local Cress charity in South Sudan, works with Army Cadets and assists the Salisbury Hospital Heart Support Group.

Toby lives in the Chalke Valley, is married to Kay and they have three grown-up children who all attended local schools.

 

Nicola Ford - Safeguarding Governor
   

I have been involved in the school for a number of years as a parent, working on the PTA and as a Governor. I am currently a Co-Opted Governor.  I have been a Project Manager for over 25 years and work full time for the NHS. In my spare time I enjoy reading, paddle boarding and taking my Springer Spaniels on long walks.

 

Louise Knipe - Headteacher 

Hello.  I feel proud and privileged to be the  headteacher  at  Longford. 

I am enthusiastic about education  and believe in the power of education to change lives. 

I am married with three grown-up children. We live in the Chalke Valley.  I am an avid reader, dabble with watercolours and am keen to get better at photography. 

 

Jill Broomfield -Teacher

I teach Years 5 and 6.  I am a deputy safeguarding lead, Maths and Science Lead. I live with my family in Salisbury. I have a passion for baking, gardening and all things creative. 

 

Kay Mills - Foundation Governor

Area of focus: Literacy.  Standards Committee.  Date of appointment: September 2021

I have lived in the Chalke Valley for 25 years and taught in Wiltshire for nearly 20 years.  I have been working one day a week as a tutor at Longford School since March 2021, and it has been a pleasure during this time to get to know the staff and pupils.  Longford is a very special school and as a governor I feel it is a privilege to be part of such a dedicated team.

 

Debby Underhill - Foundation, Special Needs & Early Years Governor

I enjoy being involved.  I garden with the children. I arrange Open the Book acting out Bible stories for the children with a group from the church.

 

Shelley Bracey - Clerk to Governors

I have been the Clerk to Governors since 2016.  My background is in HR, but I currently work for the NHS as a Complaints and Patient Experience Advisor.  My grown up children went to the other Longford Primary School, in Derbyshire!  I love animals and nature and enjoy spending time with my dogs, hens and my horse.

Please note-We are in the process of adding governor profiles.

 

General Information About Governor Roles:

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Two new parent governors are joining the governing body once DBS checks are completed.

Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected by the school staff. It is important that prospective staff governors understand the nature of the role of a governor and specifically that their role is to operate as part of the governing body to provide strategic leadership. Teaching and support staff who are employed by the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors. Supply Teaching staff are not eligible.

Headteacher

The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

Local Authority Governors

Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria the Governors have set.

Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold. Where appointed, the appointment is made by the person identified in the instrument of government (usually the school’s founding body, church or other organisation). A foundation governor is someone who, in the opinion of the person entitled to appoint them, has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school

If an ex-officio foundation governor is unwilling or unable to act as a governor or has been removed from office then a substitute governor can be appointed

Co-Opted Governors

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Co-opted governors have full voting rights, the same as any other governor.

If you would like more details about the Governing Body please contact the Clerk to Governors via the school office.

All Governors must adhere to a code of conduct. This is available to download below.

 

Meeting Attendance

FGB - 7th July 2022 - held virtually

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Kay Mills, Shelley Bracey (Clerk)                                     

Despite attempting to attend both Debby Underhill and Karen Inglis were unable to join the meeting due to technical issues.   

Apologies - Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt,  Victoria Harvey 

FGB - 19th May - Hybrid meeting -held in school with some virtual attendees

 Attended: Toby Mills  (Chair of Governors),  Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Kay Mills, Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Debby Underhill, Jen Witt, Karen Inglis, Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies:     Victoria Harvey, Karen Inglis, Rev. Roger Leake 

 

FGB - 17th February - Hybrid meeting -held in school with some virtual attendees

 Attended: Toby Mills  (Chair of Governors),  Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Kay Mills,

Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Shelley Bracey (Clerk) 

Virtual attendance:  Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Debby Underhill, Jen Witt, Karen Inglis

Apologies:     Victoria Harvey, Rev. Roger Leake 

 

FGB - 2nd Dec 2021 - meeting held in school

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood, Kay Mills, Karen Inglis (attended for part of the meeting), Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies - Rev.Roger Leake, Victoria Harvey 

 

FGB - 14th Oct 2021 - meeting held virtually

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood, Kay Mills, Shelley Bracey (Clerk),  

This meeting was also attended by Karen Inglis and Victoria Harvey (prospective parent governors)

Apologies - Jen Witt, Rev. Roger Leake

 

FGB - 6th July 2021 - meeting held in school

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood,  Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies - Rev. Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh has relocated so unable to attend - no replacement identified yet.

 

FGB - 20th May 2021 - meeting held in school

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood, Jane Ward, Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies - Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

 

FGB - 4th March 2021 - meeting held virtually

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood,  Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies - Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Jane Ward

 

FGB - 3rd Dec 2020 - meeting held virtually

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood, Jane Ward, Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies - None

 

FGB - 8th October 2020 - meeting held virtually

Attended - Toby Mills (Chair), Nic Ford (Vice Chair), Louise Knipe (Headteacher), Jill Broomfield (Staff Governor), Jen Witt, Debby Underwood,  Shelley Bracey (Clerk)

Apologies - Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh