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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:

RoleNameQualification
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 R GordonMA MBA

All Staff & Governors

Pre-Prep Staff

NamePosition
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
Miss N Burnell-Jones NNEB EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Greenidge NVQ3 EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs T Riley NVQ3 EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Venton NVQ3 EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Hunt NVQ3 Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant
Mrs N Taylor NVQ3Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant

 

Prep Staff

NamePosition
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
Miss S.E. Giles* BSc (Hons) PGCEYear 5G
Miss E Symonds BA (Hons) PGCEYear 5S
Mrs S Chester BSc (Hons) ACIB PGCEYear 6C
Mrs G Gibson Year 6G BA (Ed) QTSYear 6G

* denotes a member of the Wider Leadership Team

Specialist Subject Staff

NamePosition
Mr M Callahan BSc (Hons) PGCE 
Head of Computing
Mrs H Gibbin BA (Hons) PGCE LRSM CTABRSM 
Head of Music
Mr D Dury* BA (Hons) QTS 
Head of Sport
Mrs S White BA (Hons) PGCE 
Physical Education/Girls’ Games
Miss S Evans BA (Hons) PGCE 
Art & Design
Miss K Malan BA
Classical Studies
Mrs L Weeden MA BA
Latin
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

NamePosition
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
Mrs L Pearce NVQ2 
Educational Support Assistant

Administrative Staff

NamePosition
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
Mrs C Russell
Data Manager
Mr W Ewart
Junior IT Technician

Visiting Music Staff

NameInstrument
Mr T Crouter BA 
Brass
Mrs E Isaac Johnson BMus LGSM 
‘Cello
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
Mr A Wraight CTABRSM ATCL 
Percussion/Rock School
Mrs V Harris BA (Hons) 
Piano
Ms J Weeks CTABRSM
Piano
Mrs D Charlesworth AGSM
Singing
Ms HC Dearnley BA LTCL
Violin

 

 

Governance

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:

Name
Profession/background
In post since...
Mr Simon Knight (Chairman)
Finance and Land Management
June 1997
Mr Michael Pipes
Education
November 2000
Mrs Christine Lough*
Education
June 2007
Mrs Vicky Wilson*
Charities/Former Parent
June 2007
The Venerable Hedley Ringrose*
Religion/Education
June 2011
Mr Jonathan Smith
(Chairman of the Finance Committee)
HR/Former ParentDecember 2012
Dr Simon Turton
Medical/Finance
March 2014
Professor Ann Fitz-GeraldHigher Education and Global SecurityOctober 2016
Dr Linda AshtonScientistSeptember 2016
Mr Martin HarrisEducationJanuary 2017
Mrs Anne Ferguson OBEEmeritus GovernorSeptember 2015
Professor Julia BuckinghamEmeritus GovernorSeptember 2016

*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 who is their Clerk. 

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