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Mrs Vicky Craig - Chair

As a parent I want what’s best for my children and am keen to support their journey through primary school in the best way possible.
As a parent governor I would offer support to the children, parents and staff of the school, providing appropriate and healthy challenge where and when necessary to ensure that all children are given the best opportunities available to them.

Mr Andy Poole - Vice Chair

I joined the Priestley team as a governor in June 2014 and since September of that year I have chaired the Finance, Staff and Premises committee. When I became part of the school I was impressed by the desire and determination  of those associated with it for continual improvement, not only in classroom learning but also in a broader environmental and cultural perspective, giving the children the benefit of a good, solid and rounded education.

Originally from South Wales, I have lived in the surrounding area for the last 25 years and have three grown up children. I am a qualified accountant with many years experience of working in  industry and commerce at a senior level and have managed a number of professional teams during that time. Using this experience I aim to help Priestley achieve it's ambitions and meet the challenges of today's educational environment.

Ms Hannah Hurst

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Mr Matt McEvoy

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Mr Andrew Nourish

Both my children attended Priestley with my youngest currently in year 4. Over the years as a Priestley parent I have witnessed the school overcome challenges, grow and improve.


As a governor I will assist the leadership team, challenging where necessary to the best of my ability to drive the strategic development of the school and help raise standards for the benefit of the children, staff and parents of Priestley to help Priestley be the best it can be.

Mrs Lucy Formoy-Brown

I am the Assistant Headteacher and current the Year two teacher at Priestley Primary School. In September 2021, I was co-opted on to the Priestley Primary governing body, hoping to become more involved in the formalities behind the running of our school, and to represent my colleagues. I feel very lucky to be part of a team who are so dedicated and hardworking, striving to provide our children with the best possible education.

As well as being a governor, I am also one of the two assistant headteachers with a particular responsibility of overseeing the running of our EYFS & KS1 classes. I am also the lead for Maths, Mental Health, Looked After Children as well as being responsible for our ECT programme. I believe the first years of our children’s lives are crucial to developing the resilience to lead a happy and fulfilled life, and it is my privilege to play a role in this journey.

Mr Scott Tucker

I came to teaching later in life after successful careers in both the licensed trade and retail management. I have taught secondary science for 10 years in both academy trust and local authority run schools. Teaching will be my last career; every day is different and the impact teachers can have on the lives of young people is incredible. As the second in the Abbeyfield science department I have a good awareness of how large teams work and how curricula are developed and delivered effectively.  

I know just how important a strong school culture like Priestley’s is and how it contributes to the school’s strategic direction to enable all pupils and teachers to thrive and succeed. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with the staff and children at Priestley, providing both support and challenge to ensure the best outcomes for its young people. 

Mrs Jayne Funnell 

I have been with Priestley School firstly as a parent and then as a governor for many years, when my children first started at Priestley computers in school were still quite a novelty, so over the years I have seen the school grow and develop greatly.


In my professional life I have worked for many years with older people so being a governor allows me to be involved at the other end of the age spectrum, a contrast that I really enjoy. 


I live locally and get great pleasure in seeing the children walk home past my house often proudly wearing their Spikey badges.

Staff Governors

Mr Andrew Marsh Ballard

Miss Sophie Lawrance

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