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 and United Reformed Church, Holt) 
  • Staff Governors 
  • Parent Governors (elected by parents) 
  • Local authority governor
  • Co-opted Governors (skills-based appointment by the Governing Body) 

The full Governing Board normally meets at least once a term, as do the 3 committees: 

  • Staffing and Finance 
  • Curriculum and Standards
  • Premises and Safety  

Further information on the role of governors can be found by clicking on the “Terms of Reference” tab to the right of this page.  This includes:

  • The instrument of government 
  • Governor’s Code of Conduct 
  • Governors’ attendance record 
  • “Who’s who?” – Showing specific responsibilities of individual governors 

 

Governors also produce periodic newsletters and these can be found by clicking on the tab to the right of this page.

The current governors, as at 1 November 2020, are 

 

1. Jo Hodge – Head teacher 

 2. Pauline Rodger – Staff governor 

 

 3. Mark BrownChair of governors (2020/21) 

Foundation governor, appointed by St. Katharine’s Church. Current 4-year term started on 24 January 2018. Declared business interests: None, but wife works at Holt pre-school. 

I have lived in Holt since 2005 and have one child at Holt Primary School and two at secondary 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. (Updated 11/10/19) 

 

 4. Steve Wisher-DaviesVice-chair of governors (2020/21)  

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 October 2019. Declared business interests: None, but wife is co-chair of Holt School Association (HSA) 

My wife and I are fortunate enough to have 2 boys currently attending Holt school with a third a few years away from starting.  Since moving to the village 6 years ago I have been impressed with how the school has operated and how well it integrates into village life.  Since my children have started at the school, I have begun to appreciate how much the staff put into helping the children.  I have over 15 years’ experience as an Engineer working in the manufacturing and metrology industries.  I hope to be able to use some of the skills I have gained during this time to help the staff and the rest of the governing body to continue to keep up the good work that the school does.  (Updated 12/10/19) 

 

5. Martin Allsop Chair of Staffing & Finance committee (2020/21) 

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2019. Declared business interests: Director / Owner of Marshwood Financial Services 

My wife and I have 3 children; 2 of whom currently attend the School, one in year 2 and the other in year 5.  Hopefully our youngest will start in September 21.  The School has provided a safe and secure environment for both of my children that attend and the staff have played their part, nurturing their love of learning. I was particularly impressed by the dedication and support the School’s hardworking teachers and Governing body both before and during my time as a member of the Governing Board.  I welcome the exciting opportunity I have been provided with, to become more involved with the School, to help maintain & where possible improve on the current fantastic work of all the staff. The work that the Governing body undertakes ensures that the School remains welcoming & nurturing for future generations; I look forward to being a part of that process. I currently run my own Financial Advisory firm based in Chippenham and have done so for more than 20 years. (Updated 1/11/20) 

 

6. David Warren Chair of Premises & Safety committee (2020/21) 

Local Authority governor, appointed by the Local Authority. Current 4-year term started on 25 January 2019. Declared business interests: Director of Perspect Ltd, construction industry consultancy 

We have lived in the village since 2001 and my wife Lucy and I have two boys, with the youngest Caspar, greatly benefiting from being a pupil at this school. I believe that Holt Primary and its staff are one of the village’s greatest assets and volunteering as a governor can really help to support not just the school, but also benefit the wider community. As a Chartered Surveyor and sole Director for my own consultancy business, I offer a broad range of property and construction related experience to my role as chair of the Premises & Safety Sub-Committee. Being a governor can often mean being very hands-on across a diverse range of situations, something I personally find both challenging and rewarding in equal measures. (Updated 6/11/19) 

 

7. Samantha Swann Chair of Curriculum & Standards committee 

Foundation governor, appointed by Holt United Reformed Church. Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2018. Declared business interests: None 

I live in Melksham, after living in Holt for 20 years. I’m a member of Holt URC, who I represent on the Governing Body. My two children have attended Holt Primary School and now both work, locally and abroad. They both came back to Holt Primary School to carry out work experience when attending St Laurence. Then and now, Holt Primary School feels like being part of a family. The teachers, staff and volunteers do a great job and I feel privileged to be part of the team. I work for the MoD and have done so for the last 30 years. I feel very proud to have supported the military, in a civilian capacity, during this time. I currently work in Corsham as an IT Service Manager. (Updated 1/11/20) 

 

8. Kevin Sofield  

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2019. Declared business interests: None 

I am fortunate enough to have two children who attend Holt Primary School. I have found it to be a good learning environment supported by some great people. I have volunteered to become a Governor to help support the school as I have experience working in senior support roles within the education sector including 4 years as Director of Information Systems and Technology at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. I hope my efforts in some small way improve the educational experience for students. (Updated 13/10/19) 

 

9. Ruth Mecredy 

Ex-officio Foundation governor, appointed by St. Katharine’s Church. Current 4-year term started on 5 September 2017. Declared business interests: None 

I have lived in Holt for Nineteen years. Both of my children have attended Holt Primary School, so I have a long and fond association with the school community. As Associate Priest of our Benefice, I have the privilege to be part of the school governing body. I believe that together we can assist the head 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. (Updated 12.10.19) 

 

10. Simone Evans 

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 October 2020. Declared business interests: None 

I have previously served as a Parent Governor for 4 years at North Bradley School in Trowbridge whilst my older 2 children attended. The end of my 4-year term coincided with these 2 children leaving. I currently have children in Reception and year 1 at Holt. During my term of office at North Bradley, I served on the Finance and Premises Committees so have a sound understanding of the governors’ responsibility towards budgeting and the review processes that are undertaken. Due to my project management background, I helped manage the process of building the school extension at North Bradley, which was necessary to allow the expansion from 6 to 7 classes. I currently work as a Gymnastics Coach in Frome, teaching a range of children from 4 to 19 over a variety of skill levels from recreational through to those on the Elite pathway.  Prior to this I worked as an Engineer and Project Manager across various industries including Automotive, Aerospace and Water.  (Updated 1/11/20) 

 

11. Hannah Vaughan-Williams 

Co-opted governor, appointed by Governing Board.  Current 1-year term (which is renewable) started on 1 October 2020. Declared business interests: None 

From our first visit to the school, I instantly liked the vision, values and objectives of the school and feel passionate about continuing to develop these.  Within my professional life I work as a doctor and feel that this provides me with many skills that I can bring to the Governing Body.  I excel in working in a team, as well as performing self-evaluation and constructive evaluation of others.  During the Covid Pandemic I have had to adapt my way of working quickly and effectively and feel that some of the skills I learnt can be applied to working with the Governing Body as we move forward. I feel that I can bring a new voice to the governing board as I start my own journey as a parent to a pupil at Holt School and I look forward to the opportunity to work with the board and engaging with staff, pupils and parents alike. (Updated 1/11/20) 

 

Jon Weeks was Chair of governors 2019/20

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. 4-year term ended on 30 August 2020, when he resigned from the governing board. Declared business interests: None 

 

The governing board is always keen to receive feedback or questions.  You can do this by: