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Parent Governors

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 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.

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.

Miss Kelly Carter

It would be nice to get more involved with the school for the girls. The girls are really happy at Priestley and we’ve seen so many changes, it would be nice to help you further with ideas and making the school a better place.

Co opted Governors

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.

Dr Stan Fowler

I am 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 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 Alistair Jennings

I have been teaching secondary music for nearly 10 years, and in this time, have had the opportunity to work in different educational settings, working with a range of talented students. I have always had a passion for teaching, and I have the privilege every day, of working with young people, and realising their potential. Now as Head of Creative Arts at Abbeyfield School, Chippenham, I have a visionary and strategic overview of a large department, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience at my fingertips. I have chosen to put myself forward as a governor at Priestley, as I know that my experience of the secondary curriculum and practices will be a valuable tool in strategic planning at Priestley, and I know that the enrichment and cultural capital that I can offer would be of great benefit for staff and pupils alike.  

LA Governor

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

Mr Craig Gibbens

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