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Our Governors

"Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness." - John 8.12

Welcome from Chair of Governors

My name is Mark Smith and I am proud to be the Chair of Governors at our wonderful school. I have been a governor for 3years and really enjoy this interaction with the school. It’s such a privilege to be able to work within the school and assist the great work that the teachers are doing with our children. I am originally from Cork in Ireland and I have lived in Chiseldon since 1999 with my wife and three children. I am a chemical engineer and have worked for the water research centre in Swindon since 1989 where I am currently the CEO. Each of my three children have attended Ogbourne school and the associated pre-school “Little Dragons” with my eldest son now in year 9 in St John’s Marlborough. I have a daughter in year 6 and a son in year 2 at Ogbourne. 

 

As Chair of Governors, I lead the team in supporting the general environment and learning agenda at the school. As with any school, things change all the time and I meet regularly with the Principal to try to understand the issues and support the solutions. We have regular meetings which are formally minuted and more informal Discussion Meetings to develop our awareness of the school and help us to understand every aspect of school life. The governors oversee the development and implementation of school policies with a particular emphasis on child safeguarding as an area of real focus. As a CoE school, we actively encourage a Christian ethos in all our interactions and firmly believe in the schools core values of Love, Friendship, Integrity, Respect, Effort and Hope. 

 

I think we have a very special school here at Ogbourne with a fantastic and dedicated teaching staff, a new Principal with lots of energy and ideas, an engaged PSA and a dedicated team of Governors. Our school is a safe and secure environment for the children to develop and learn in a Christian environment. And, of course, the stars of the show are our children who demonstrate the values we strive for on a daily basis. 

 

Members of the Governing Body

  • Parent Governor: Mr Jerry Brown
  • Staff Governor: Mrs Lucy Crump
  • Parent Governor: Mrs Sarah Farley
  • Parent Governor: Mr Stuart Harvey
  • Parent Governor: Mrs Lisa Hedges
  • Vice Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor: Mrs Abbie Holmes
  • Chair of Governors / Parent Governor: Mr Mark Smith
  • Foundation Governor: Mr Oliver Illiffe
  • Community Governor: Mr Colin Jeffery
  • Clerk to Governors: Mrs Cathryn Poole
  • Chair of Governors / Parent Governor: Mr Mark Smith
  • Principal: Mr Richard Smith
  • Parent Governor: Mr Julian White

Information about the work of the LGB, individual governors, their interests and their attendance at meetings can be accessed below, along with our annual LGB Statement which outlines the work of the school during the preceding year:

If anyone is interested in becoming a school governor, please contact Cathryn Poole:  cathryn.poole@excalibur.org.uk

Ogbourne CofE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Amanda Virgillio.

The Deputy Safeguarding Lead  is Mr Richard Smith.

Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Sarah Farley.

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