Holt VC Primary School

Governing body

The Governing Body of the school is comprised of the following categories of people who give their time, skills and expertise to voluntarily assist the head teacher and staff team in the running of the school:

  • Foundation Governors (representing the Diocese)
  • Staff Governors
  • Parent Governors (elected by parents)
  • Co-opted Governors (skills-based appointment by the Governing Body)

In addition, Associate Members may be appointed for up to 1 year to assist with specific tasks but do not have voting rights. All Governors are asked to abide by our code of conduct which can be seen here – Governors Code of Conduct - and if you would like more detailed information about the role of the Governing body it can be found here - The role of the governing body.

We have a very supportive, committed and active group of Governors who meet at least every term. There is a committee system covering the following areas:

  • Staffing and Finance
  • Curriculum and Pupil Matters
  • Premises and Safety

The Board of Governors will be very pleased to hear any suggestions or comments from parents. There is a box for this purpose in the school foyer. Alternatively, email the Chair of Governors via the office: admin@holt.wilts.sch.uk. Meet the Governors below and see their meeting attendance record here - governor-attendance-record-2016-2017-academic-year

Name: Jon Weeks Governor type: Parent Governor Term of Office: I am currently in my 2nd term of 4 years Committee Member: Finance & Staffing Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: Co-chair of the Governing Body, Literacy, PE and HT Performance Management Who I am and why I became a Governor: I am lucky enough to have two boys who both attend Holt Primary School. From my initial visit to Holt Primary School, I have been constantly impressed by the care and attention for each child’s learning and development. I believe the opportunities for each and every child are truly first class – academic, forest schools, arts and sports. Having trained with Capita and Royal & Sun Alliance, I have been a Chartered Management Accountant for over 10 years. With a financial focus, I feel fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity to be a critical friend to Holt Primary School. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None Co-Chair & Parent Governor
Name: Peter Hirsch Governor type: Parent Governor Term of Office: I am currently in my 2nd term of 4 years Committee Member: Premises and Grounds Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: Science, PE and the Bike IT crew. Filming school plays and cooking at BBQ’s. Who I am and Why I became a Governor: I have been fortunate to have led a blessed life in many ways and my desire to help people and to make a community contribution is thanks in part to the example my parents set. I think Holt school is a wonderful place with an amazingly committed community of staff and families. The school has nurtured my two boys through the start of their learning journey for which I am grateful. When I was approached and asked to become a Governor it seemed a great way to give back and to make a difference! I currently run an e-commerce company based in Bath. I am a graduate of Commerce, Marketing and International Business. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: I am a Director and shareholder of two companies, Total Bathrooms and Soakology. Co-Chair & Parent Governor
Name: Mark Brown Governor type: Foundation Governor Term of Office: 1st term of 4 years Committee Member: Finance & Staffing Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: Mathematics, school performance data Who I am and Why I became a Governor: I have lived in Holt for about 10 years and have three children at the school. My wife, Katy, works at Holt Preschool. I am a consultant geotechnical engineer and work out of the Glove Factory Studios on The Midlands. I think that overall the school does an amazing job and I recognise that this is only possible because of the dedication of the staff and the support received from the wider community. I chose to become a governor because I’m keen to do what I can to help and support the school. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None. Foundation Governor
Name: Alicia Ridley Governor type: Parent Governor Term of Office: 1st term of 4 years Committee Member: Curriculum Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: Creative Arts and Pupil Premium Children Who I am and Why I became a Governor: The twenty plus years spent in my career as a Senior School Teacher, in schools both overseas and here in the UK, augmented a passion for children and their education. I strongly believe in the need to recognise the many different ways we all learn and to celebrate individuality. Positive, encouraging engagement with children is key. I volunteered to be a Governor because I believe Holt School upholds these principles and I hope to be of support as it faces the challenges of the next few years. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None. Parent Governor
Name: Ruth Mecredy Governor type: Ex Eficio Governor – Church representative Term of Office: 1st term of 4 years Committee Member: Curriculum Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: RE, SEND, Safeguarding Who I am and Why I became a Governor: I have lived in Holt for fifteen years. Both of my children have attended Holt school, so I have a long and fond association with the school community. As curate of our Benefice, I have the privilege to be part of the school governing body. I believe that together we can assist Margaret and her team to develop a strong distinctive school, built upon a foundation of dynamic and active Christian values that support every part of school life. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None. Ex Eficio
Name: David Warren Governor type: Local Authority Governor Term of Office: 1st term of 4 years Committee Member of: Premises and Grounds Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: IT & Geography Who I am and Why I became a Governor: We have two young boys and having lived in Holt since 2001, it wasn’t until our eldest son joined Holt Primary School that we realised what a great asset it is to the village. Meeting other Governors reinforced how volunteering for the school could assist not only the staff and pupils, but also the wider community. Being elected as a Governor has provided me with the opportunity to contribute my time and experience to the school, something that I find both rewarding and self-challenging in equal measures. My background is as a Chartered Surveyor, currently working as a self-employed consultant in construction and the built environment. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: I’m the sole Director for Perspect Ltd, a consultancy for the construction industry. Local Authority Governor
Name: Will Wright Governor Type: Parent Governor Term of Office: I am currently in my first term of 4 years Sub committee: Premises and Grounds Committee Subjects and other areas of interest: French Who I am and Why I became a governor: I have 3 children, 2 of whom are currently at Holt School with another attending Holt Preschool. I have therefore seen first hand the strong education opportunities, values and overall learning environment provided by this fantastic local school. I am a chartered surveyor of 15 years experience and hope to bring some of the experience gained in my working life to my role on the Premises sub committee whilst also contributing more widely to the continuing academic and social successes of the school. Pecuniary and other interests: None. Co-opted Governor
Name: Peter Bryant Governor type: Parent Governor Term of Office: I am currently in my 1st term of 4 years Committee Member: Curriculum Committee Subjects and other areas of oversight: English / IT Who I am and why I became a Governor: I have one child attending Holt Primary School, but 2 older children that also attended and are now at St Laurence in Bradford. Holt Primary school has always provide my children with a safe a welcoming learning environment and the main reason why I wanted to be involved as a governor, to help maintain this level of learning and care. The amount of work put in by the teaching staff at Holt Primary is amazing and always with the children’s education and welfare foremost. As a governor, I aim to support the staff and children by giving some of my time and expertise back to the school. As a director of an IT company I hope that my background in computer science will help both the school and children and allow the school to grow and flourish in the coming years. Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Director of IT company with 15 years computer science experience.  Co-opted Governor
Name: Margaret Harnden – Head Teacher Governor type: Teaching Governor Teaching Governor
Name: Jo Hodge – Deputy Head Teacher Governor type: Teaching Governor Teaching Governor
Current Vacancy for Clerk to the Governors – applications welcome Clerk