Fun, Creativity & Achievement

Governing Body

Updated March 2020:

This page provides range of information about our Governing Body:


Our Governing Body – March 2020

LGB Roles March 2020


Governing Body Deep Dives:

In term 2 our Governors visited school on up to three occasions to take part in “Deep Dives”.

A “Deep Dive” focuses on a single subject, such as Mathematics and Governors work alongside members of the leadership team of the school to scrutinize a curriculum subject. As part of this scrutiny Governors conduct the following activities:

  • Meet with the subject leader to learn about their ambition for the subject and how it is implemented across school. The subject leader explains to Governors how the planning for the subject works and how we ensure progression, develop knowledge and ensure that the appropriate skills are learnt.
  • Conduct a learning walk across school with the subject leader
  • Discuss the subject and its implementation with teachers
  • Speak to our children about the subject, their learning and their work
  • Conduct a book scrutiny

Lastly, the Governors review the impact of the subject leaders work and then complete a feedback form with actions/recommendations for leaders. Leaders respond to these and the process is then scrutinized further at the next Governing Body Meeting.


Governing Body Term 2 visits into school:

In term two Governors took part in Deep Dives in Mathematics, Science and Reading.


Governing Body Term 1 visits into school (2019-20)

Our Governors have completed a learning walk to examine Well-Being. Here Miss McDowell, our Well Being Leader, is explaining how we are producing a Well-Being display for the entrance and how this will link to our priority.

Our Governing Bodies visits into school are closely focused on our school priorities and always link to the 3 I’s: Intent, Implementation & Impact

In term 1 our visits will be planned as follows:

  • September – Visit to analyse and reflect on priorities for 2019-20 and to meet Miss McDowell our Well Being Leader. The visit will include a learning walk linked to Well Being Wednesday’s
  • September – Visit to meet NQT’s and reflect on support being offered and a learning walk in Maths/Reading focusing on: Attitudes of learners, implementation of curriculum and well being of staff
  • October – Visit to look at afternoon curriculum linked to the three I’s. Opportunity to meet Curriculum Leader Miss Bridget Philpott


Role of the Governing Body

The document below explains the role, responsibilities and job description of a member of the Local Governing Body.

The document also explains how we work alongside the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust Board

Governance Overview Document 2018


Becoming a Governor/Trustee at Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust

If you would like to register an interest in working with us as a Governor and support our vision and ethos please fill in the form below and return to

PHAT Becoming a Trustee or Governor and Application Form


Trust Structure for Governance

The chart below explains how Governance works within the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust.


Governing Body – Declarations of Interest 2019-20

Declarations of Interest 19-20


Governing Body – LGB Attendance 18-19

Governing Body LGB Attendance 18-19


Governing Body – Pen Portraits

Carl Dillow – Chair of Governors

I have lived in the area since I was very young, and Wootton specifically since 2006.  I became a member of the governing body in 2016 as I wanted to contribute to the school and its success.  I have two sons who started in Preston Hedge’s in 2015 and 2017 and are both very happy at the school.

I have always been keen on Science and Technology which featured as a prominent part of my learning when I was younger and led me to work for a global IT company where I am now Head of presales solutions.  On top of IT, I manage forecasts, pipelines, management board reports, recruitment and performance management. I have also spent a great deal of time developing my team and helping them achieve their career goals.  My love of science and technology has equipped me to become the governor subject lead for science within the school where I work with the school science lead to ensure the curriculum is delivering the impact that we intended.  I pride myself on attention to detail which has helped with school policy reviews and led me to become a part of the compliance committee which I chair.

Outside of work, I am a keen triathlete, and a qualified running coach as well as assisting with a local scout group, so I have experience of motivating, safeguarding, and working with young people.


Sarah Saunders – Vice Chair

I have been a member of the governing body since 2013 and am currently Vice Chair of the local governing body.  I sit on the Finance Committee which aligns well with my professional background which is in procurement and cost management.  I worked for many years in the automotive industry and now in the construction industry.  My experience includes managing suppliers, contracts, budgets and costs and I also have experience in project management and accounts.

I am also responsible for the implementation of the new 3i strategy and enjoy looking at the breadth and depth of the school curriculum.

I have two boys and enjoy watching them play football and also enjoy listening to music, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

I enjoy being a governor and try and get into school as much as I can.  I try to support staff and parents in providing the best opportunities for all children at the school and their making school life enjoyable and challenging.


David Hughes

I have lived in Wootton for over ten years and volunteered as a Governor three years ago in order to take a more active role, giving something back to support the ongoing success of the school. I have two daughters at the school who both experienced a very positive start to their school-lives and I wanted to help ensure that others enjoy a similar experience.

I qualified as a chartered accountant early in my career, however have had a variety of roles and experiences since, including defining and implementing business strategy, and providing financial and operational consultancy for smaller business partners.

In my role as Governor I aim to share these skills with the Governing Body and School Leadership Team for the benefit of the school, the pupils, parents and staff.  I currently chair the FHSR (Finance, Health & Safety & Resources) committee.


David Nyamatore

Coming from a family that is keen on education I have always been interested in learning and picking up various life skills, whether that is in a classroom environment or through practical experience. This is something that I already see in my daughter who is now in Year One at Preston Hedges, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of giving back and supporting all the students at PH (including its sister schools) to be fully equipped in becoming the best they can be in life.

I work as a Specialist Lawyer for a large financial institution and with each deal that I’m involved with I’m driven by the desire to ensure there is a commercial benefit whilst also managing the legal risk. Easier said than done sometimes!

Finally, I’m very interested in sports, tennis/football/golf/athletics. If I’m not playing one of these I’ll probably be following one closely somewhere


Neal Prescott

I have been a Governor for 7 years, and whilst my two boys have long since left, I still feel I have a strong link to the school. Having been a member then Chair of the Friends of Preston Hedges, I move across to the Governing body and have been chair since 2013.

My time as a governor has seen much change at the school, we became an Academy, and are now looking at other ways to make our school stronger and more successful. These are really exciting times, and I love the challenge of dealing with a changing educational environment, whilst helping to maintain a great learning environment for our fabulous pupils.

My background is in Construction/Civil Engineering, and I have specialised in building efficiency, and quality management.  This has been of use at school, particularly as much of my experience has been related to school design and construction.


Whilst there have been many high points, and we are very proud of our record with Ofsted, the things which really give me a ‘buzz’ are more subtle.  Seeing our children performing Shakespeare at the Royal and Derngate, watching parents’ joy at their first Nativity, or seeing the fantastic work displayed around the school all keep me motivated and happy to give time working with the Head and other staff


Esther Stephenson

I joined Preston Hedges as a Parent Governor in February 2011 and became an appointed governor in 2016. I am a parent of two boys of which one has gone through each phase of the school and has moved on to secondary school and other is currently in year 6.

My background is in education and I have been a Lead Teacher of Art and Design for the last nineteen years. I am very passionate about education and how the creative arts and problem solving is a vital part of the development of a child.

My main focus has been on Safeguarding, SEN and Well-being and I am currently the Vice Chair of the Compliance Committee. As part of my role I have the privilege to spend time in school talking to the children and staff to improve my knowledge as a governor. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the school and have work with different year groups doing Diwali Day, African Pots, Manga Art and Garden Pot Designs, which Year 1 children helped me paint a giant stone ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ in the outside learning area.


Simon Swaffer

I’m approaching my second full year as a Governor. I am keen to see the school continue to thrive and develop from its current very strong position. I am an enthusiastic, well-motivated individual who has been both support and constructively challenging to help the school develop.

I’m a parent of two children who attend Preston Hedges, which puts me in a position to be willing and able to invest my time and commitment over a long period. I am an experienced  financial consultant working for the UK’s largest Mutual insurer, in which everything we do is built on the foundations of Independent Governance and Client Outcomes (in this case the children, teachers and school). I have gained valuable experience and knowledge as a result of sitting on corporate employee representative committees as well as using management, mentoring and situational leadership skills as part of my everyday work. These skills and attributes are benefiting me in my role of parent governor for the school.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, taking part in triathlons and am happy to encourage my children and others to lead a happy and active lifestyle


When our Governors were appointed to post

Jennifer De Luca – October 2018 – Teacher Governor

Carl Dillow – June 2016 – Appointed Governor

Catherine Honeywood – November 2018 -Support Staff Governor

David Hughes – September 2016 – Appointed Governor

Mu Mu – November 2018 – Appointed Governor

David Nyamatore – September 2016 – Appointed Governor

Neal Prescott – September 2016 – Appointed Governor

Sarah Saunders – September 2016 – Appointed Governor

Esther Stephenson – September 2016 – Appointed Governor

Simon Swaffer– December 2017 – Appointed Governor

Kat Wittich Jackson – November 2018 – Parent Governor






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