Welcome to the Governors Page
What is a School Governor?
As members of the governing body of Long Crendon School, we work very much in the background, supporting the busy day to day life of our thriving, very successful and very happy school.
Children are at the very centre of our school community – and rightly so: they are the reason for the very existence of the community, and they are the focus and priority in all that we do. The parents, staff and the head teacher then form successive layers of support for the children.
The governors form the outermost layer of support, furthest removed from the child in the middle of the day to day life of the school, but nonetheless we too have an important role to play in the education and welfare of the children. In fact our main aim is to maintain and improve the standards of education in the school.
If you wish to contact any of the School Governors please speak to Lesley Leith in the School office.
If you wish to know when Governing Body meetings are taking place or would like access to any of the previous minutes please contact the School Office.
Our Current Long Crendon School Governors
Having been on the Governing Body for twenty years now, I have helped to structure and oversee an ever changing scene as well as maintain some stability, where the each child’s learning and well being have remained key. My two sons attended the school and my family lives in the village.
My focus on the Governing Body is as Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the School Travel Plan Working Group. I also sit on the Finance and Personnel committees and on the Eco Schools Working Group.To these, and the whole Governing Body, I can bring my current experience as an Early Years Consultant, previous teaching experience as a science teacher and my fascination of how children learn - both in school and through their wider experiences.
As part of the School Development Plan, I am the Early Yeas Governor. Through getting involved directly, as well as at a strategic level, governors can enable children, families and staff to work together to build strong foundations for learning and exploration.
I became a co-opted parent governor in the Autumn term 2016, I have a passionate interest in children’s education. I am interested in all aspects of children’s learning with a keen interest in personnel social health education and learning outside the classroom to enrich the children’s experiences while they are at school to make memories.
I have lived in Long Crendon for over ten years and have experience of working in a range of public sector organisations.
I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2016 because of a passion for seeing young people develop inquiring and creative minds. I pursue this passion in my working life as a University Lecturer and Historian. My research explores the sophisticated systems of public health developed in Renaissance Italy. I hold an MA from the University of Edinburgh and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. I have worked at the University of St Andrews and joined Oxford Brookes University in 2009. In 2011, along with a colleague, I received a teaching award for University learning outside the classroom from the Higher Education Academy.
The more I work in education, the more convinced I am of the essential role of the early years’ provision and I am a particular supporter of Long Crendon School’s emphasis on Outdoor Learning. I love to see children finding out about the people and places of the past through architecture and heritage sites, as well as enjoying the fun and wonder of the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside on its own terms.
I have two children and my daughter is currently in Foundation Class.
Beyond my work and spending time with my family, I love reading, engaging with art and travelling to the seaside or to Italy (and the Italian seaside best of all). I am particularly interested in equal opportunities and experiences of education for children of both genders and from all backgrounds.
Having only recently joined the Governing Body, I am not yet a member of any of the sub committees.
Please click below for the attendance of our governors at meetings for the year 2019 / 2020:
Please click below for the list of our current governors and their roles and responsibilities:
Please click below for the list of our previous governors: