Independent Co-Educational Day School
Welcome to the Leehurst Swan Governors web page. We are very proud of our school with its well established reputation for academic and personal achievements and that it is known as a happy and caring school built on Christian values. The school's vision statement is Find Your Voice and our aim as governors is to join staff as they encourage our pupils to be the very best that they can be, encourage them to develop their personal passions and ensure their voices are heard in all areas of school life.
The Board of Governors at Leehurst Swan provides strategic direction for the school and acts as a critical friend to the Head and staff, working together to ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils. We meet regularly in sub committees and once a term as a full board.
The school is entering a new phase of its life as we welcome our new Headmaster, Mr Terence Ayres, to the school from September 2019 and we look forward to all that he has to offer the school.
I hope you find the governor pages helpful and they give you a clear insight as to how the governors' skills are used to support the school.
Rev. Penny Joyce *
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.
The Governing Body at Leehurst Swan currently comprises twelve members. 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.
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 10 at Leehurst Swan and a son who has just finished at the school.
Area of special educational interest: Safeguarding, Eary Years and History
Richard has a background in design with a degree in Product Design and more than twelve years in Aerospace Engineering at QinetiQ. More recently, he has been managing mechanical design and manufacturing engineering staff covering a wide range of domains across several sites - including engineering activities for highly regulated industries.
Richard and his partner Anna live in Wilton with their two boys who are educated at Leehurst Swan.
Area of special educational interest: Special Educational Needs and Design Technology
Penny became a governor at Leehurst Swan in 2018. She was brought up in Dorset and then trained as a teacher in Cheltenham. She taught for many years both in the state system and overseas. Her final post was as a headteacher in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. The 350 pupil school with a nursery led her to be passionate about the importance of good early years education.
She was called in to ministry in the Church of England in 2000 and has spent the last 17 years working on new housing estates helping to build the sense of ‘community’. She loves to travel and the highlight was most definitely a six month round the world trip! Penny is a very happy single person and will sometimes admit to being a ‘Revd’!
As well as being Chariman of the Board, Penny's areas of special educational interest: Curriculum, Music, Religous Studies and Data Protection
David King B.Ed (Hons) MIA has been Headmaster of Appleford School since 2012. After attending The Wallasey Grammar School on the Wirral and the University of Liverpool where he studied History and Art, his career in education began as a primary school teacher, followed by Maths Coordinator and then SENCo. He gained Dyslexia Friendly Status for one of the first Somerset primary schools and was part of a pilot group which developed strategies for Teaching for Effective Learning, which has now become part of mainstream policy.
Areas of special educational interest: Learning Support
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 Personel Committee.
Areas of special educational interest: Physical Education
* The Chair can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors; email@example.com