Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We keep a 'Register of Governor Interests' and an 'Annual Statement of Issues' in school. A copy of the Code of Conduct that all Governors sign annually is attached, together with Governors' details and the Register of Interests.
Membership of Committees/Working Groups
Pay Review Committee
Mr G McGivern and Mrs L Davern
Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee
Mr G McGivern
Mrs J Byron
Mrs A Potton
Mr C Blencowe
Mr P Reynolds
Mrs G Snowdon
Mr K Gale
Mr K Baird
Teaching, Learning and Pastoral Committee
Mrs J Byron
Mrs A Smith
Mr C Blackman
Mrs K Byer
Mrs L Davern
Mr C Blencowe
Mr J Rumble
A letter of welcome from The Governors of Foxes Piece
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,
I’d like to welcome you on behalf of the Governing Body of Foxes Piece School and thank you for taking the time to look at our website.
Foxes Piece provides a safe and friendly environment for children to learn and develop their skills for life and as governors it is our duty to support and question in order to ensure that the high standard of education provided by the teachers and staff is maintained and that the quest for improvement never stands still. We are thrilled by our recent Ofsted inspection regaining our good status and we will push for outstanding and ensure that we live up to that grading and strive to continue to improve upon it. It’s an exciting prospect that requires a lot of hard work from everyone and as governors we do all we can to support the school in reaching out to achieve that goal. The children deserve it.
Our school ethos is based on treating every child as an individual and giving them the tools they need to develop their minds and never losing sight of our safeguarding duty to them. We believe that if a child feels safe and cared for they will embrace learning and if you care to look around Foxes Piece and see how happy and well behaved our children are, you’ll see that our ethos works very well. Good governance means that we as governors embrace this ethos too and help the staff in any way we can to uphold it.
Our school motto is: ‘Everyone is Someone’ and we never forget that.
At Foxes Piece we operate two core committees:
Each committee is attended by a mix of staff and governors and through these forums the governors are able to monitor, challenge and keep abreast of all school business. There have been a lot of changes taking place at Foxes Piece over the last year or so including much renovation and improvement of the school site as well as the purchase of a great deal of new equipment and resources for the children. This is all as a result of governors and staff working together and the involvement and input from parents and the community. We are extremely proud of all that has been achieved but we won’t sit back on our laurels, we will strive to increase our ties with parents and carers, we believe that this relationship is crucial in ensuring our children get the very best in education and a solid foundation to their journey through life.
The current Board of Governors are:
Mrs J Byron Headteacher and Staff Governor
Mrs K Byer Staff Governor
Lynn Davern - Chair of Governors
I was a teacher for many years in a range of primary schools, I taught at Foxes Piece in both KS1 & KS2 before retiring and now enjoy supporting the school as a governor, having a good understanding of how the school works and a thorough knowledge of children's learning.
Mr K Gale - Vice Chair
I started life as an Engineer before becoming a Chartered Accountant. Since then, I have started and ran several engineering businesses, primarily based around the design and manufacture of new engineering products for the construction industry. My wife Emma and I have lived in Marlow for the last 15 years and have three grown-up children, all of whom were educated in Marlow. Before becoming a Governor of Foxes Piece, I was a Governor of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School for six years.
Andrea Smith – Safeguarding Governor and GDPR Officer
I have been a governor at Foxes Piece since 2008. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor.
I worked for the Local Authority for many years in Education and Social Care. I am a trained Social Worker and a trained mediator and Investigating Officer.
Chris Blencowe - SEN Governor
I am the newly co-opted SEN Governor. My wife and I are part of a fostering household and have lived in Marlow for the past 25 years. We have a total of 5 sons, 2 birth and 3 looked after, ranging from 9 years to 29 years and 2 of these have special educational needs. Our youngest son is currently in Year 4 at Foxes Piece, having made a very successful transition to the school in September 2018.
Although I am new to the role of Governor, I have always had an interest in supporting those with different needs. I am a retired Police Officer and have also worked with adults with both physical and learning difficulties in local day centres.
Dr Chris Blackman - Chair of Teaching, Learning and Pastoral and Data Governor
I am a parent governor in the school, with a particular interest in teaching and learning. Having attended a primary school very similar to Foxes Piece, and experienced the benefits of a diverse school environment, I fully support the inclusive education offered here. I work in higher education and whilst at the other end of the education spectrum to Foxes Piece I have a background of innovation in teaching methods and in evaluation of educational metrics, skills which are proving equally useful in the context of Primary education.
Mrs Alison Potton - Pupil Premium Governor
My association with Foxes Piece goes back some 20 years. In 2000 when my youngest child started full time education I joined Foxes Piece in a part-time classroom role which I undertook for 7 years. After a break of 10 years I returned in a voluntary capacity supporting the children in Reception for one afternoon a week. My role as Governor developed from this, joining the Board in May 2018. Having 4 very different children of my own I understand all too well that every child is different and as such each and everyone must be treated as an individual. As a member of the Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee I have a specific interest in the development of Pupil Premium.
Mr P Reynolds
My association with Foxes Piece goes back over 10 years when I set up teams from the Rotary Club of Marlow Thames to listen to the children read and we still do, to this day. My role as Governor has developed from this association. I was employed as a Management Accountant and I took early retirement from ICI in 1995. With my wife we set up a Computing Training and Accountancy Business and I finally retired in 2007. As a member of the Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee my specific interests will be finance and maintenance of the premises.
Mr K Baird
My wife and I moved to Marlow in May 2021 when I took up the position of Pastor of Newfield Community Church. We have 2 adult sons and my wife is a Special Needs Teacher. I have 15 years experience working with three local authorities as a child and family social worker. I qualified as a clinical, pastoral and trauma Counsellor in 1993. I have previously been a parent governor in a large boys secondary school in Sussex.
Mr J Rumble
Mrs G Snowdon
I was born in Marlow and have lived here all my life, raising a daughter who once attended Foxes Piece School. I had a successful career in horticulture and as a PA for a charity which was very rewarding. Since early retirement I have been involved in many volunteering roles including running a Debt Advice service, helping at the Age Concern Day Centre, reading with pupils at school and delivering welcome packs to new residents of Marlow. I love Marlow and can often be found walking my dog in the area and in local parks.
I am an active member and Trustee of Newfield Community Church and I help run Jumping Beans a weekly activity group. I felt really honoured to be invited to be a Governor at Foxes Piece School and it has been a great experience to be involved with the workings of the school.