The governing body is made up of representatives from the following areas:

Staff, Parents, Community and the Church. They are all volunteers, who give up their free time and have various legal responsibilities and duties.

The remit of the Governing Body is to set strategic direction and mission for the school, hold leaders to account for educational performance and to ensure financial stability and health are upheld.

All documents on the website are available as paper copy on request at the school office.

Governing Body of St Leonards
Chair of Governors Clare Lindley
Vice Chair of Governors Geoff Sowden
Headteacher Nicky Mills
Foundation Governors Karen Jankinson, Geoff Sowden
Parent Governors Clare Lindley, James Lovell
Community Governors Julie Knell, David Hardcastle
Staff Governor Rob Hogan
Co-opted Governors Erica Milsom, Jan Milsom
Clerk to the Governing Body Coby Day

Clare Lindley

Chair of Governors & Parent Governor

I have been a Governor at the school since 2009. I became a Governor in order to support the school in providing a happy, safe environment which develops all the pupil to the best of their abilities.

Through working with the staff and in particular the senior management team, I strive to encourage and challenge the school in all aspects of the Curriculum and the Financial running of the school.

I am the Chair of the Governing Board and also sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Rev. Geoff Sowden

Vice Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

I am Vicar of St Leonard's Church, Blunsdon. I seek to help bring the church and school together in our community, and to enable the Governing Body to think through what it means to be a church school.

Nicky Mills

Head Teacher

Karen Jankinson

Foundation Governor

I am pleased to serve as a Foundation Governor. My history with the school goes back nearly thirty years, when we moved into the village and my children attended a school that was much smaller. I was happy to be a ‘mum helper’ and have now come full circle, again being a voluntary helper.

I worked as a part time teacher in school for over 12 years before retiring. I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and have been a member of the Governing Body for five years.

James Lovell

Parent Governor

I have two children in St Leonards and have been a parent governor since 2013. I am particularly interested in seeing the school maintain and improve its current high standards. With a background in business, I chair the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee, as well as taking an active role in the full governing body.

Julie Knell

Community Governor

I have recently joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor. I live in Blunsdon Village and have a Granddaughter in the school. I am keen to support the school in continuing to provide the best education for all children.

David Hardcastle

Community Governor

I’ve recently joined the governing body. I have got a background in school improvement and want to help the school build further on its work so that all children do well. Several generations of my family have attended the school.

Rob Hogan

Staff Governor

I joined St Leonard's in 2017 as Deputy Head and am currently a Year 5 Class Teacher as well as Assessment and Science Coordinator.

I have 10 years of teaching experience, including working as a Science Teacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Erica Milsom

Co-opted Governor

I am now retired following a very lengthy and rewarding career in teaching including headship in both Birmingham and Swindon. I have had the opportunity to carry out several School Improvement roles within Swindon, one of which was in a school in Special Measures.

I am now a Governor in four other Swindon Schools which keeps me on my toes and still learning! I can use these links to the advantage of all Stakeholders as a source of good practice, collaboration opportunities for professional development and above all a resource that can impact on teaching and learning.

Having previously been a Governor at St Leonards, my term of office concluded shortly after the last inspection. I am motivated to return to the role of a supportive, but challenging Governor to the benefit of all stakeholders, but especially the pupils.

Janis Milsom

Co-opted Governor

I’ve recently joined the governing body. I have got a background in school improvement and want to help the school build further on its work so that all children do well. Several generations of my family have attended the school.

Coby Day

Clerk to the Governing Body

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