In collaboration with the governing body, leadership has continued to improve the
quality of education and pastoral support

Osted 2018


The Governing Body of Froxfield CE Primary and Pre-School is a key part of our community, and comprises up to 12 full members:

  • The Headteacher (ex-officio)
  • 2 Foundation Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor and
  • 5 Co-opted Governors

The full Governing Body usually meets twice each term. Together, they consider the school’s ongoing offering for pupils, parents and staff and whether it reflects the Froxfield family’s values and vision and meets key standards. Success stories are identified and built on, while areas for improvement are closely examined.

Three governance committees also meet termly, each with a specific
area of focus:

  • Curriculum & Learning (focusing on curriculum, progress
    and attainment)
  • Resources (focusing on finance and staffing)
  • Safeguarding & Welfare (focusing on safeguarding, welfare, premises, health and safety)

In addition, a Pay Committee (focusing on salaries) meets as required, usually twice a year, and the Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel also meets twice each year.

Details of Governing Body membership can be found in the linked document ‘Froxfield FGB September Sept 2020 and 2019-20 Leavers’.

Gilly Hollis – Chair of Governors

I moved into Privett four and half years ago from Glasgow and was warmly welcomed into the congregation at St Peters High Cross. As a newcomer I wanted to get involved in and get to know the local community so when there was a place advertised on our church school governing body I thought that perhaps my career background, initially as a Drama Teacher and latterly in running my own training consultancy in a range of key business skills from presentation skills to effective leadership, might be useful. I thoroughly enjoy my role as a governor and relish the chance to support the school – and maybe even make a difference.

Term of Office: 01/11/2019 – 31/10/23
Committees: Curriculum and Learning, Pay
Other Responsibilities: Maths Focus
Register of Interests: Married to a member of Privett Village Hall Committee

Edward Sadler – Vice-chair of Governors

I have been a governor of Froxfield School since 2015. I am a Foundation Governor, which means that I am appointed at the nomination of the parish church (where my wife and I worship), and my responsibility is to ensure that the School maintains its special Christian ethos. I am also the Vice-chair of governors and Chair of the Curriculum & Learning Committee. I live in Privett and London and I am a retired lawyer and judge.


Term of Office: 04/10/2020 – 03/10/24
Committees: Curriculum and Learning (Chair), Data Protection, Pay (Chair), Christian Distinctiveness
Register of Interests: Trustee of Privett Village Hall

Rev. Canon J. Owen – Foundation ex officio

Committees: Pay
Register of Interests: Governor at Steep School

David Handley – Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Froxfield for 25 years and am a Co-opted Governor. My qualifications for this stem from my career in the British Foreign Service and then working for a major UK industrial company.  I had responsibility for Finance, HR and Strategy at a senior level in both organisations. I have had a number of volunteer roles, primarily with British Red Cross Refugee Services and have been a school governor three times previously. It is a privilege and a pleasure now to be a Governor at Froxfield School where I sit on the Resources and Curriculum and Learning Committees. The contribution we Governors can make is dwarfed by that of the staff and is to provide the framework within which the School and the children can continue to flourish.

Term of Office: 22/11/2018 – 21/11/22
Committees: Curriculum and Learning, Resources
Other Responsibilities: English Focus

Ben Vickery – Co-opted Governor

I have been on the governing body since 2017 as a co-opted governor and involved in the school since 2012 when the first of my three children started at Froxfield with the youngest starting Year R in 2020!

A serving Royal Navy Officer, I chair the Safeguarding & Welfare committee and it is a genuine privilege to get a deeper understanding of the school, our superb teaching staff and of course our incredible “resilient learner” children.

Term of Office: 18/12/2017 – 17/12/22
Committees: Safeguarding and Welfare (Chair)
Other Responsibilities: Safeguarding Focus, Child Protection Focus, Looked after Children Focus

Simon Matyear – Co-opted Governor

My involvement with Froxfield goes back to 2010 when my eldest child started school and both my children have loved their time in this nurturing environment.  I was therefore thrilled to be able to give something back to the school when I became a parent governor in 2019.

My day job as a Training Captain for a large airline has provided me with a unique skillset, including risk assessment, problem solving and lateral thinking.  I am very excited to support governors and staff in the development of our school whilst ready to challenge the status quo.

Term of Office: 24/09/2019 – 23/09/23
Committees: Safeguarding, Welfare

Susanna Shepherd – Co-opted Governor

I moved to Froxfield in 2018 and wanting to be more involved in the local community I became a Co Opted Governor in 2019. I sit on the Curriculum and Learning committee and my responsibility is for SEND provision within the school. It is very rewarding to be just a small part of the professional and dedicated team of staff and governors who work so hard to provide the best outcomes for all our children.

Term of Office: 19/11/2019 – 18/11/23
Committees: Curriculum and Learning
Other Responsibilities: SEND Focus, Pupil Premium Focus

Grace Pike – Parent Governor

Piers Lewis – Parent Governor

With two of my children currently at Froxfield School, when the opportunity arose to become one of the two Parent Governors in 2021, I was honoured and excited to take up the role.  With my eldest nearing the end of her time in Froxfield, I had developed an understanding and respect of the fantastic approach to learning the school adopts and hope to play some small part in this over my tenure.

With a background of 16 years as an Army Air Corps officer and now the Head of Programmes in an Industrial company, I have a diverse skill set to apply to the role.  I am also President of an active Veterans Association.  As a Governor, I currently form part of the Curriculum and Learning committee.

Term of Office: 18/05/2021 – 17/05/25