Independent Co-Educational Day School
During challenging times across the nation, governors are meeting fortnightly 'virtually' to ensure that the school is abreast of the changing situations that we are facing.
Welcome to the Leehurst Swan Governors web page.
The governing body is made up of a variety of people; some with children at the school, some with a background in education and some with years of experience in industries that are a valuable addition to the network needed to support and lead an effective school. What we all have in common is a dedication to and sense of pride in Leehurst Swan.
The school’s mission is to provide a stimulating, nurturing and yet challenging environment in which all our pupils can find their voice and be the best that they can be. We provide an education which is child- centred, holistic and bespoke, whilst being rooted in Christian values.
The governing body works with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to provide strategic direction to the school whilst monitoring it’s provision. We meet regularly as committees and a full board and work hard to ensure quality and compliance both educationally and operationally.
We hope the governor’s pages will provide a useful insight into how we support Leehurst Swan.
MS Victoria Hance *
The Governing Body is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the school. It sets and reviews the policies, plans and procedures to ensure the best possible education for both present and future pupils, including the finances.
Details of individual governors can be found below. In addition, the Head and Bursar attend full governing body meetings.
Each governor is a member of one or more committees and has selected an area of the curriculum, as an area of special interest.
The full Board of Governors meets three times a year (once a term) and has overall responsibility for ensuring compliance and monitoring progress against agreed targets.
Members of the Board are: Governors of the School; Directors of the Company; and Trustees of the Charity.
Each committee has its own terms of reference and delegated responsibilities. In addition to the established committees, ad hoc working groups are sometimes formed to deal with specific issues delegated by the Board.
Chair: Jonathan Wansey
The Education, Welfare & Personnel Committee oversees the quality of education provided both in terms of the makeup of the curriculum and the standards of teaching. It monitors teaching strategies employed, resources used, learning environment and standards of teaching provided, and extracurricular activities. Additionally it monitors Learning Support, Child Protection, Sex Education, Worship and Equal Opportunities. It further oversees the appointment and performance of staff, the performance management system, and the monitoring and review of Disciplinary, Capability and Grievance Procedures and Equal Opportunity Policy.
Chair: Steve Spicer
The Finance and Estates Committee is responsible for overseeing and advising upon all aspects of financial operation, financial management and prudent financial development in the school. The aim of the committee is to support the Governing Body in achieving their strategic and academic vision.
This committee is responsible for the welfare, health and safety of pupils and includes Governor representation.
Chair: Beverley Smith
This committee includes Governor representation and co-ordinates all marketing activities of the school, including advertising, local and school events, market research and membership of ISC and other national organisations.
Chair: Doug Gale
"The Risk and Compliance Committee has particular responsibility to assist and advise the Governing Body and school Senior Leadership Team in fulfilling corporate governance and independent oversight responsibilities in relation to the School’s management of risk, compliance with applicable legislation and standards, and its external regulatory reporting responsibilities."
Robert became a parent Governor in September 2019 and serves on the Finance & Estates committee, as well as the Health & Safety committee.
These choices reflect his career in Design & Construction of major building and engineering projects throughout the UK. He later led businesses at board level in the same industry.
Robert moved to the Salisbury area, 8 years ago, with his wife (who originates from Salisbury) and has a son in year 3. Robert now runs his own business providing post graduate training services, consultancy and he is also a Non Executive Director of an international building engineering company.
He is hoping to help with advice and direction on the upkeep of the buildings and grounds, as assets, relieving the school management to focus on the overriding priority of our childrens’ education.
Areas of special educational interest: KS2,Mathematics & Geography
Doug gained a degree in Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, a Cranfield Masters in Defence Administration (MDA) and a Masters in Defence Studies with Kings College London. He was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1983 as an Aero-Systems Engineering Officer, enjoying a service career of over 20 years before retiring as an Air Commodore in 2012. After leaving the RAF, Doug spent a year and a quarter working for Booz & Co consultants in the United Arab Emirates, before joining QinetiQ to take up his current role as the Air & Space Business Engineering Director.
He now lives near Salisbury with his wife Susan and two daughters (one a current student and the other a former student at Leehurst Swan) and their aging Labrador. Doug is a Parent Governor and is chair of the Risk & Compliance. He co-chairs the Education, Welfare and Personnel Committee.
Area of special educational interest: ICT
Victoria has worked in education for many years, having graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in English and Russian literature before completing a PGCE. She has lived and worked in Greece, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, where she established and ran her own chain of nurseries. Victoria is passionate about Early Years education and is the General Manager of a group of six nurseries, one of which is Cygnets in the grounds of Leehurst Swan. She has just completed an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management, with a focus on staff engagement and retention within the education industry.
Victoria has a daughter in Year 11 at Leehurst Swan and a son who has just finished at the school.
As well as being Chariman of the Board, Victoria's area of special educational interest: Safeguarding, Early Years and History
Deborah graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Law and practises as a solicitor, specialising in litigation. After meeting her husband on holiday in the Caribbean, Deborah moved from her home in the Cotswolds to her husband’s home city of Salisbury. She now lives in Winterbourne Gunner after she and her husband built their own home. Deborah has one daughter who joined Leehurst Swan in Reception. Deborah enjoys all water sports, especially water skiing and scuba diving, and is a keen traveller, having spent two years teaching water skiing in America & Europe.
Deborah has responsibility for PSCHE within the school.
Ian McDonald QPM, graduated from Keele University with a BA (Hons) in Biology and English and later obtained a Master’s degree in Public Sector Management from Aston. A member of the Chartered Management Institute, he served for thirty years in the Police Service before working briefly for DfID in Sierra Leone and then in various capacities with local churches, including three years in Ghana. He is currently the site leader for Grace Church in Amesbury.
Married with five grown-up children, a flock of grandchildren, two cats and a black labrador, Ian and his wife live in Laverstock and are keen cyclists and walkers.
Area of special educational interest: English. Ian is a Guardian Governor
Although not originally from Salisbury, Stephen has lived in and around the city since 1978. Stephen has been a local businessman for over 25 years and continues to be involved with a number of businesses. Stephen has a real passion for business and he regularly mentors new businesses in South Wiltshire.
Stephen is a very keen cyclist, covering many miles across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.
Stephen is married with three children, all of who have been pupils at Leehurst Swan. Having had children in the Seniors and Prep area of the school, it gives him a broad view of life at Leehurst Swan. He was Chairman of FOLS for four years and on the committee for eight years, he remains committed to FOLS by providing assistance when required.
Stephen is Deputy Chairman of the Board and is on the Risk & Compliance Committee, Marketing and is Chair of Finance & Estates
Areas of special educational interest: Senior School, Arts and Drama
Jonathan is now retired from the teaching profession, having taught in both the Maintained and Independent sectors of education for over forty years. For the final twenty years of his career he was a Preparatory School Headmaster, firstly at Bow School in Durham and then for the last fifteen years at Crosfields School in Reading.
Jonathan now lives in Heytesbury, near Warminster. He is married with three children and six grandchildren. He is a keen golfer, watercolour artist and gardener.
Jonathan co-chairs the Education, Wefare and Personnel Committee.
Areas of special educational interest: Physical Education