Parent Governors

Mr Aubrey Hoadley

As a Landscape Architect with a wealth of first-hand experience in the design and construction of primary schools, I am keen to assist Priestley through the construction process and future expansion of the school offering help and guidance when required.


With one child at the school and a further two to attend in the future I am keen to see the school continue to grow and succeed for many years to come.


From first viewing the school in 2015, through to date, Priestley has been and continues to be a friendly, caring, focused and inspiring environment to be in. It is with great pride and a privilege that I was approached to be part of the governing body at Priestley. I look forward to helping ensure the children have a chance to develop into rounded individuals who are proud of Priestley and for Priestley to be proud of them.

Mr Kev Matthews -  Chair

My name is Kev Matthews and I have a daughter who attends Priestley Primary School, currently in Year One.  I am interested in supporting the school with its growth and development, especially with the announced expansion, as it is important that the school maintains its community feel.  I would also like to see a greater presence within the local area to showcase the great work that the school does.  I feel that I want to contribute to the environment in which my daughter and her classmates learn in.  Being a Governor will give me the opportunity to achieve this.

Mrs Vicky Craig

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.

Mrs Jo Smalley

As SENCo and Assistant Deputy Head in a similar primary school, I feel that being a parent governor would create a great partnership.  As an approachable and collaborative person we can share best practice, create innovative ideas and continue to develop a wealth of exciting opportunities for Priestley Primary.

Co opted Governors

Mr Andy Poole

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.

Dr Stan Fowler

I a Chemistry teacher with over 20 years experience in education. I have worked at St Mary’s Calne for over a decade where I have held the posts of Housemaster, Leader of Learning and Head of Chemistry. After reading Chemistry at the University of Durham, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, followed by senior research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, specialising in NMR and secondary metabolite biosynthesis. I maintains a YouTube channel containing of teaching videos for GCSE and A-Level Chemistry and have a specific interest in science communication.

Mrs Emma Hoadley

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Mrs Kaye Staniforth

I have been working within schools since 1997 and have been working at Priestley as a teacher since 2008.  I have held many responsibilities in the school over the years including Assistant Head and SENDCo.  In my current role as SENDCo I am responsible for championing the needs of our pupils with Special Educational Needs.  I am proud of the effort and hard work all the staff put in to enable all pupils access a range of exciting experiences and achieve of their best, both academically and pastorally. As a co-opted governor, I am committed to the school's future and the education and life chances of all children, whatever their fortes and disadvantages.

LA Governor

Mrs Jayne Funnell 

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Staff Governors

Mr Andrew Marsh Ballard

Mr Craig Gibbens