Excalibur Academies Trust is committed to ensuring that all schools within the Trust maintain their individuality whilst benefitting from the support of being part of a multi academy trust. Every school has a Local Governing Body, governors are volunteers from the parent body and local community. The purpose of the LGB is to support and challenge the Principal to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for every child.
The focus of the LGB is on the standard and quality of education, the welfare, behaviour and attendance of students and the relationship between the academy and the local community. Parent governors are elected by and from the parent community, staff governors are elected by their colleagues, community governors are local people appointed by the LGB and foundation governors appointed in conjunction with the church.
The governors of Oare Church of England Primary School are:-
Margaret Thompson, Chair of Governors, Community Governor
A governor since 2012 Margaret was elected Chair in 2018. She has lived in Oare since 1990 and is a qualified solicitor. She is active in the local community both as a trustee of two charities and her involvement with Marlborough Athletics Club. As the mother of two daughters Margaret has a keen interest in education and is a regular visitor to school where she is responsible for English, School/ECO Council, Curriculum and Safeguarding. She is also involved in the wider activities Excalibur Academies Trust. Margaret is available to speak to parents if they wish and can always be contacted via the School Office.
Victoria Le Sueur – Vice Chair of Governors – Community Governor
Victoria has been a Governor since 2011, albeit with a year’s break in 2017. She has lived in Oare since 2001 and is actively involved in the community, including chairing the Village Hall Committee. After a career in finance, Victoria re-trained as a fly-fishing instructor and guide and is also a keen sea fisherman. She is link governor for children with Special Educational Needs/Inclusion and finance. Victoria is also a Trustee of King Alfred MAT and currently Chair of Governors of King’s Gate School, Amesbury.
Tracey Konynenburg – Foundation Governor
Tracey became a Parent Governor in 2018 and transferred to being a Foundation Governor later that year. Tracey moved to Oare with her family in 2016 and her two children attend Oare Primary School. Tracey has a degree in Interior Architecture; before children, she enjoyed a successful career in the sales of IT Software to Local Government. Tracey took a career break to raise her family and whilst they were small decided to retrain as a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant and currently works at one of the Pewsey Vale secondary schools. Tracey is the link governor for leads on RE and Worship.
Rev Mark Windsor – Foundation Governor
Mark has been a Foundation Governor since taking up his post as Team Vicar in The Vale of Pewsey Team in 2013. Prior to training for ordained ministry, Mark attained a BSc Hons Degree in Chemistry at Bath University and also spent three and a half years in church-based youth work. He enjoys most sports but particularly cricket, football and golf. In the summer months he plays cricket on Saturdays for Wilcot (the village where he lives) in the Wiltshire League. He especially likes visiting the coast and enjoys swimming in the sea, without a wetsuit, throughout the year. He is the link governor for Wellbeing.
Tracy Sant – Parent Governor
Resident in Oare since 2015 Tracy was elected as a Parent Governor in April 2019. She has two children, one of whom attended Oare Primary School and is now at St John’s . At university Tracy was awarded a Cadetship as a pilot from the Royal Air Force where she subsequently spent 20 years undertaking various roles, home and abroad, including Chief Flying Instructor at Southampton University Air Squadron. She now works part time as a secretary for her husband’s business consultancy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, upholstery, crafts, weight training and skiing. Tracy is the link governor for Science and PE.
Jon Ford – Community Governor
Jon and his family have lived in Oare for over 20 years, and his career has been working for a number of large international IT Companies. His background is in Mathematics and Physics, and his family includes academics and teachers. Jon’s wife is a well-respected advocate for STEM across the Civil Service and their two adult sons have moved to Manchester for their studies and careers. At his current employer, Jon is actively driving a programme for the support for staff with autism, dyslexia and related neurodiversities. His interests include photography, hiking, wildlife and cycling. Jon is the link governor for Maths and Health & Safety.