New Governance structure Approved
In March 2013 following the period of consultation the proposed new goverance structure was approved.
The schools of Drayton Parslow and Mursley are now joined as a Federation with a single governing body. Swanbourne school remains with its own governing body but the overall collaboration brings governance of the three schools under a formalised structure. This will benefit the management and organisation across the three schools and will help secure the long-term future of our partnership. This new arrangement does not affect current teaching arrangements nor does it have any impact on staff working across the three schools.
The Governing Bodies of the Three Schools
The Governing Bodies of the three schools work closely with the Head Teacher and Senior Management Team to set the school's strategic aims and provide the very best education for the children.
Swanbourne school and the Federation of Mursley & Drayton Parslow schools do have their own governing bodies but in practice we work as one team. The three main committees, Curriculum, Finance & Personnel and Facilities & Communication, draw from all three schools. The make up of the two individual Governing Bodies is set out below. To give you a flavour of the wide ranging sort of people who are involved, some brief notes on each person has been included. Hopefully you will recognise a good few of them from their photos!
Swanbourne CE School Governing Body
I worked as a chartered accountant at a firm in Marylebone and then moved to a CA’s in Bloomsbury in which I was a partner for 25 years plus.
I am a parent of three children all of whom attended Swanbourne CE School in their early years, two of whom are currently studying at the Royal Latin School. I believe that Swanbourne provided an excellent start to their school life.
My interests include music, reading and football and I am involved in voluntary work.
My involvement in education goes back over 17 years, initially as a parent governor at Swanbourne CE School and subsequently as a foundation governor. I have served terms as chair of governors and chair of the finance committee.
I was appointed as a parent governor to The Royal Latin School in April 2010 and now serve as a governor on the new Royal Latin School Academy Trust board.
Education of children is very important and I hope that my small contribution can help to improve that education.
I have two sons, both have been to Kingfishers Preschool, Mursley CE and Swanbourne school. I worked in Financial Services for 15 years in Pension & Life Assurance.
I support fund raising for the schools & local churches and am the Treasurer of the Friends of the Three School & Kingfishers.
I am also Secretary of Little Horwood Parochial Church Council and was on the Mursley Kingfishers Pre-school Committee for 5 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and socialising Guide Dog puppies for the blind.
I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by Swanbourne Parochial Church Council; Vice-Chairman, former Chairman, of Swanbourne governors; Chairman of Swanbourne PCC, and churchwarden; and a member, former chairman, of Swanbourne Parish Council.
I have lived in Swanbourne for many years and have been a Swanbourne governor since 1975 when I was a school parent. I was chairman of a number of household names in book publishing, before fully retiring Dee and I ran a specialist publishing business; we now enjoy our grandchildren, ponies and sheep!
I am a foundation governor appointed by the Oxford Diocese. I have enjoyed my role of a Governor for the last 12 years. I worked at Swanbourne School as a teaching assistant for 9 years but after further training became a teacher and now work in Year 2 at local primary school in Aylesbury. I live in Swanbourne with my husband and 2 sons who are at secondary school and university so have experience of the school system from a parent’s point of view. I have experience of helping start up and governor the new secondary school in Winslow. I think it is important that the local people are involved in their local school because it helps build community.
Mursley CE School & Drayton Parslow School Federation Governing Body
I have lived in Drayton Parslow for 25 years. Both my children attended Drayton Parslow Village School and I have been a Governor since 2000. After a career in the Banking sector I changed direction following the birth of my children. I ran the Drayton Parslow Pre-School for 7 years. I then moved on to manage the holiday provision for 4 – 14 year olds at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. During this period I gained both Early Years and Playwork qualifications. Since 2005 I have worked for Buckinghamshire County Council within the Children and Young People Portfolio. I currently work as the Senior Early Years Childcare Adviser which means I am very familiar with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage which is the curriculum for children to the end of reception year. I also have a role in Allegations Management within the Buckinghamshire Childcare Workforce and I use the knowledge, training and experience to support me in my role as Designated Child Protection Governor for all three schools.
I have been a Local Authority Governor since 2006. I live in Little Horwood with my wife Fiona and our three children , who have all attended the school. We have lived in Mursley and Little Horwood for over 20 years. I run a marketing support services business.
I am an IT/Systems Consultant and was a parent governor since 2011 and am now a Co-opted Governor as my twin boys who have just left Swanbourne CE School. I am a firm believer in parents and other members of the community actively supporting and improving our local education. Being a governor enables me to contribute towards this goal and it can even be fun too! We are lucky to have The Three Schools let’s make sure we keep them and make them even better.
I am a recently appointed Parent Governor and I have a daughter at Swanbourne C.E school.
I have been a teacher for over twenty years and I taught in two Milton Keynes Primary schools before becoming an Advisory Teacher. Since 2000 I have been advising primary schools to support children with Special Educational Needs and more recently children with behaviour difficulties.
I enjoy eating out, meeting friends, shopping and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to contributing to the newly formed Governing Body of The Three Schools.
Heidi Martin – Staff Governor
I am a staff Governor and have had the opportunity to work across all three sites for the past 6 years. At present my roles include: Assistant Headteacher, Maths co-ordinator and Year 2 class teacher alongside Mrs Wheeldon.
In my spare time ( which is very little as I have two children) I like to keep fit, visit art and craft exhibitions, travel, and socialise with friends and family.
Caroline Peat – Foundation Governor
Recently appointed by Mursley PCC, my role - to be a strong link between the 3 schools and Church. I live in Mursley and both my children went to Mursley CE School and loved it. My son has recently left Swanbourne school and my daughter is currently in Year 5.
I joined the ‘team’ because I care that the 3 schools continue to thrive and be a positive start to our children’s education.