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At St Margaret’s we have a highly qualified and experienced team of staff and governors. 

Our Senior Leadership Team comprises:

HeadmistressMrs KE CordonGLCM LLCM (TD) ALCM
Deputy HeadMiss CL JonesCertEd
Head of Teaching & LearningMrs S ChesterBSc (Hons) ACIB PGCE
Head of Pre-PrepMrs J HealBA (Hons) QTS EYPS
Head of Learning SupportHrs H HigginsBSp & H Th (Hons) MPhil DipSpLD AdvDip SENCO
BursarMr J McCauslandBA (Hons) (Deakin) MSc (Madras)

All Staff & Governors

Pre-Prep Staff

Mrs J Heal BA (Hons) QTS EYPSKindergarten
Mrs K Callaway BA (Hons) PGCEReception C
Mrs S Hansford BEd (Hons) QTSYear 1H
Mrs J Perkins BA (Hons) QTSYear 1P
Mrs J Jackson BSc (Hons) QTSYear 2J
Mrs J Talbot BA (Hons) PGCEYear 2T
Mrs J Miller NNEB NVQ3Senior Teaching Assistant
Mrs N Burnell-Houghton NNEB EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Greenidge NVQ3 EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Hunt NVQ3 EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Venton NVQ3 EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs T Riley NVQ3 Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant


Prep Staff

Mrs S Harlock BA/BSc (Hons) PGCEYear 3H
Mrs H Richards BEd (Hons)Year 3R
Mr S Browne BA (Hons) QTS
Year 4B
Mrs H Nelham Clark BSc (Hons) PGCE Cert SpLD
Year 4NC
Mrs S Chester BSc (Hons) ACIB PGCEYear 5C
Mrs G Gibson Year 6G BA (Ed) QTSYear 5G
Miss S.E. Giles* BSc (Hons) PGCEYear 6G
Miss E Symonds BA (Hons) PGCEYear 6S

* denotes a member of the Wider Leadership Team

Specialist Subject Staff

Mr M Callahan BSc (Hons) PGCE 
Head of Computing
Head of Music
Mr D Dury* BA (Hons) QTS 
Head of Sport
Mrs S White BA (Hons) PGCE 
Physical Education/Girls’ Games
Mrs H Harris 
Art & Design
Miss K Malan BA
Classical Studies
Mrs L Weeden MA BA
Mme N Colesby Diplôme de Licence PGCE 
Modern Foreign Languages
Mr A Millard BA (Hons) 
Speech & Drama

* denotes a member of the Wider Leadership Team

Learning Support Staff

Mrs H Higgins B.Sp & H Th (Hons) MPhil DipSpLD AdvDip SENCO 
Head of Learning Support
Mrs A Callahan BEd DipSpLD 
Learning Support Teacher
Miss L Barber BA 
Educational Support Assistant
Miss A Langford NVQ3Educational Support Assistant
Mrs C Lucas BA (Hons) PGCEEducational Support Assistant
Mrs L Pearce NVQ2 
Educational Support Assistant

Administrative Staff

Mrs C Raybould 
Headmistress’ PA
Mrs D Adams 
School Administrator
Mrs J King, Mrs D Price 
Administrative Assistants
Miss M Weston 
Performing Arts Administrator
Mrs S Hughes BA (Hons) CIM 
Marketing & Admissions Manager
Mr S Osman
IT Technician

Visiting Music Staff

Mr T Crouter BA 
Mrs E Isaac Johnson BMus LGSM 
Mrs H Pysanczyn BA (Hons) PGCE FTCL
Clarinet & Saxophone
Mrs J Page BA (Hons) QTS 
Flute & Recorder
Mr D Harman 
Classical & Electric Guitar/Ukulele/Rock School
Miss H Butler BA (Hons)
Percussion/Rock School
Mrs V Harris BA (Hons) 
Mrs D Charlesworth AGSM
Ms HC Dearnley BA LTCL




The Governing Body consists of between 8 and 12 Governors with experience from a wide range of fields, including religion, education and finance. Their roles and responsibilities are set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the school and essentially consist of assuming responsibility for the land, the buildings and the business of the school, while delegating operational executive management to the Headmistress, who is directly accountable to the Governors.

The purpose of the Governing Body is to provide strategic direction and oversight of the functioning of the school, whose main aim is to provide an excellent education to the pupils. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the school, states this aim in these words:

‘To carry on with an improved constitution the said School as a school for the education of girls and young children as day scholars and boarders … in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, and to provide a sound religious education, in accordance with said principles, for girls and young children.’

St Margaret's is part of the St Mary’s charitable trust and the Governors of the School are entrusted with the objects of the Charity as set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The school is in sound financial health, and the audited accounts are available from the Bursar on request and from the Charity Commission’s website.

For the academic year 2016/17 the Governing Body comprises:

In post since...
Mr Simon Knight (Chairman)
Finance and Land Management
June 1997
Mrs Christine Lough*
June 2007
Mrs Vicky Wilson*
Charities/Former Parent
June 2007
The Venerable Hedley Ringrose*
June 2011
Mr Jonathan Smith
(Chairman of the Finance Committee)
HR/Former ParentDecember 2012
Dr Simon Turton
March 2014
Professor Ann Fitz-GeraldHigher Education and Global SecurityOctober 2016
Dr Linda AshtonScientistSeptember 2016
Mr Martin HarrisEducationJanuary 2017
Mrs Cate BellChair of Calne Girls AssociationSeptember 2017
Mrs Anne Ferguson OBEEmeritus GovernorSeptember 2015
Professor Julia BuckinghamEmeritus GovernorSeptember 2016
Mr Michael PipesEmeritus GovernorSeptember 2017

*St Margaret's Committee

This provides a good balance of experience and makes for an effective Governing Body, which is tasked to act corporately and objectively in all decision-making. The main Governing Body is supported by a smaller Sub-Committee responsible for finance, the F and GP Committee, and by a Risk Management Committee. Governors are kept abreast of developments in school in regular communications, reports and meetings with the Headmistress and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Governors may be contacted through the Bursar, Mr Richard Gordon, who is Clerk to the Governors. 

St Margaret's Preparatory School, a subsidiary of St Mary's School (Calne).

Registered office: Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire 

Registered charity number: 309482

Company registration number: 00235572


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