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Annual Statement of Governance 2019-2020


The governing body of Luckington Community School is committed to fulfilling its functions effectively and to demonstrating accountability for its work each year. This governance statement gives a brief overview of issues addressed in the last academic year and our assessment of the impact of the governing body on the school. Also included are our key priorities for 2019/20.


Strategic Functions of the Governing Body


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body at Luckington School are:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Over and above this we seek to ensure the school is a safe and friendly environment for children, staff and parents where potential is maximised.


Governance Arrangements


The Full Governing Body (FGB) and the Finance Committee (FC) meet at least four times per year. Additionally, there are specific panels that meet when required.  Responsibilities for the Finance Committee are found in their terms of reference which are agreed annually. The Full Governing Body is made up of up to three parent governors, up to seven co-opted governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor (not the Headteacher) and the Headteacher. 

             Contact: (Chair of Governing Body)



Chair of Governors & LA Governor: Susan McCraith

Elected by Governing body & appointed by LA, Elected 20/6/17, Term of Office 20/6/20

Elected as Chair of Governors 17/9/19, Term of Office 16/9/2021

I have lived in Luckington for twenty years and served as Finance Governor before becoming Chair in September 2019. I joined as Governor to support our local School and help our children and the wider community. 


Headteacher: David Cook

Appointed 1/1/2019,  Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher

I am the headteacher of Luckington Community School and a member of the governing body. Over the years I have worked in a diverse range of schools throughout Wiltshire, both rural and urban. Luckington is an incredibly special school; we are at the heart of the local community and our relatively small size brings many benefits. It is a pleasure to work with our governing body who provide a good balance of support and challenge, ensuring that the school is always developing.


Parent Governor: Jane Henshall

Elected governor,  Elected 21/10/15, Term of office 20/10/19

I applied to be a governor because I am keen to be involved my daughter’s school. Our village school is such an asset to the community that supporting it feels very important to me. I have a primary teaching background which I hope will enable me to understand both the opportunities and the challenges that we encounter as a school community. I also hope that I can share my enthusiasm and excitement about children’s learning.


Co-opted Governor: Katherine Fisher

Appointed by Governing body, Elected 21/11/17, Term of Office 20/11/21

My family and I moved to Luckington several years ago from Bristol and quickly realised what a special place, both the village and its school were. We value the fact that our four children are able to go to our local school. I became a governor in order to try to support something which is such an important  local amenity. I have a background in secondary education as an English teacher and also coach netball at Luckington. We, as a family, are also involved in several local sports clubs including football and hockey .


Staff Governor: Vanessa Newman

Elected governor  23/1/18, Term of Office 22/1/22

I teach in class one and I feel privileged to work in such an amazing school.  I am looking forward to supporting the governors and headteacher in the running of the school.I have two teenage sons and when I'm not at work I am usually on the side of a football pitch watching them play and referee matches.  I also enjoy walking and reading in my spare time.  



Parent Governor: Jen Hodges

Appointed by Governing body, Elected 12/3/19, Term of Office 11/3/23

My family moved to Luckington 3 years ago and I feel privileged to be a parent Governor in such an inclusive and inspirational school at the heart of our village.  I have two children who attend the school, one has special needs and it is my knowledge and passion for SEN that bought me to join the Governors. Therefore, it  is important to me that as Governors we ensure all the children reach their potential and enjoy getting there.


Community Governor Kara Ardus

Appointed by Governing body, Elected 26/01/21, Term of Office 26/01/25

My family and I have lived in Luckington for 15 years and my three children attended the School. I am a qualified lawyer with a background in corporate employment law. The school is at the heart of our village community and one of the reasons why Luckington is a very special place to live and grow up in. I am keen to support the great work of the school and the learning opportunities for all young children in the local community.


Parent Governor: Helen Moloney

Elected governor:  26/05/2020, Term of Office: 26/05/2024


We moved to Luckington 3 years ago and our son joined the school in Year 3.  We have been incredibly impressed from the outset with the school not only in terms of the quality of education and pastoral care provided, but the strong sense of community and inclusivity we have experienced.  I became a Governor to help ensure this amazing place continues to be the heart of the community for a long time to come.  As the owner and Managing Director of a Marketing Agency I hope to be able to bring my business and marketing experience to the Governing body. 


Previous Parent Governor: Ben Russell term ended 31/12/20

Previous Staff Governor: Gwen Pennington resigned 10/11/17

Previous Parent Governor:  Marc Hinton resigned 31/8/18

Previous Associate Governor: Lesley Bennett term ended 20/5/19

Previous Parent Governor: Laura Marshman, term ended 20/10/18



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