Our Governing Board 2017-18

Our Role

The role of the Governing Board:

  • Setting the School’s vision, values and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school to ensure its money is well spent;

We work in partnership with the Headteacher, offering support and constructive challenge in order to improve outcomes for all pupils.

Key Achievements

  • Stone Church of England School was rated “Good” by Ofsted  and SIAMs (School Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) at our last inspections.
  • As Governors, working with the Headteacher,  we have aspired to recruit excellent teachers and non- teaching staff.
  • All Governors have undertaken an Induction Programme to ensure they fully understand the role of the School Governing Board.

Stone School Governing Board

The total number of Governors at April 2018 is 9. The Governing Board comprises the following:

Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Governors
Headteacher
Staff Governor (1)
Foundation Governor (1)
Local Authority Governor (1)
Parent Governors (4)
Co-opted Governor (1)

We currently have a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor and a Foundation Governor.

Meet The Governors

Alison Foy

Role: Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee, Finance Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Inclusion

I have actively been involved in the school since September 2012 when my eldest son joined the school.  My youngest son started at Stone in September 2017.  I have a genuine commitment to Stone; being an active member on the SSPTA since my son started in Reception class and most recently serving two years as the Chair.   This has been an incredibly rewarding experience where I have met many of the parents and wider school community who support our events, as well as the dedicated team of parents who work hard raising valuable funds for the school.

I was elected Parent Governor in 2015.  I am currently Vice Chair, SEN and Inclusion Governor.   I support the Chair in ensuring the effective functioning of the board and helping facilitate the governing body to work as a team to challenge, support and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school.  

I passionately believe that every child is a unique and special individual and should have the best education possible.

As well as my hardest, most important and rewarding job of being a parent, I run my own business and have a strong track record in organisational and performance management and driving and sustaining high performing teams.  

I am incredibly proud to serve on the Governing board to support the school to be the best that we know it can be.

Deborah Morrison

Role: Headteacher
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee, Finance Committee, Health & Safety Committee

I have been Headteacher and on the Governing Body at Stone CE Combined School since September 2015. Prior to joining Stone, I was Deputy Headteacher at St Edward’s Catholic Junior School, Aylesbury where I had many years of experience as a school governor which include chairing governing sub-committees. I have worked for Bucks County Council for 26 years and consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to influence and teach so many children.  

I consider it a great privilege and hugely rewarding working with the governors, staff, parents and pupils at Stone School and am committed to continuous improvement to provide the best education and opportunities that I can whilst working with the whole community.

Sarah Hale

Role: Staff Governor, Elected by staff
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee

I began my teaching career as a teaching assistant before achieving a First Class degree in Primary Teacher Education (BA Hons) from Oxford Brookes University in July 2010, with a specialist pathway in Special Educational Needs. I also received an award for ‘Best Dissertation’, which explored the impact of drama strategies upon children’s collaborative skills.

I started my teaching career at Bierton CE Combined School, where I achieved Pedagogy & Practice Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status in my second year of teaching. I spent the majority of my outreach work supporting the teaching and learning of mathematics, focusing on problem solving, assessment and challenge. In addition, I supported teachers and trainees within my own school and welcomed teachers from other schools into my classroom to watch me teach. I also took part in the Star Teacher Project in 2013, recording my lessons in order to support the professional development of other teachers.

In 2015, I worked as a Teaching Excellence Practitioner for the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust before taking on the role as Education Excellence Adviser for Mathematics. This involved leading training sessions for schools across the county and consulting on the teaching of mathematics in schools.

I joined Stone CE Combined School in January 2016 as Deputy Headteacher. I currently lead Inclusion and Equality, Teaching and Learning, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as implementing our Skills for Life curriculum. I am a staff governor.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing netball and travelling.

Stuart Corbould

Role: Local Authority Governor, Nominated by the Local Authority
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee, Finance Committee, Health & Safety Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Science and Physical Education

I am the Local Authority Governor and am the newest member of the team having been in post since October 2017. I am keen to make a positive contribution to the school as this plays an important part in the local community.

I am Head of Business Services for a local financial company, in essence this means that I am responsible for the delivery of projects.

My two children and wife keep me occupied in my spare time and I enjoy playing football, watching my favourite football team and running (when I get a chance).

Joy Featherstone

Role: Foundation Governor, Appointed by the Diocese
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: EYFS and Religious Education

I am proud to be a Foundation Governor for the school, with interests particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage (reception class) and RE within the school. I have strong links with the school, living within the Wychert Benefice, and 3 of my 4 children attended the school some years ago. I have been so pleased to now be able to give a little back to school, supporting it to the best of my ability.

I currently work full time for Bucks County Council Early Years Commissioning, and in addition have my own Childcare Tutoring business, in particular teaching Childminding and Safeguarding.
Home life is busy, 3 sons, a daughter in law and young grandson all live with me and my husband (Nigel) who was recently ordained deacon and works voluntarily in this Benefice.

There never seems to be enough time to relax and wind down, but holidays are important, we love seeing friends, getting out and about and walking the dog. A busy life but so rewarding.

Gemma Wardley

Role: Parent Governor, Elected by parents
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Maths

Felicity Rave

Role: Parent Governor
Committee(s): Teaching & Learning Committee


I was recently appointed as Parent Governor at the end of March 2018. I am committed to supporting my fellow Governors in achieving the best for our children and contribute to the continuation of progress in our School. I also want to be able to represent the views of our parents and provide the necessary support to our incredible teaching staff who, day after day, strive to deliver exceptional quality teaching to our children.

I currently work at Bucks County Council as a HR Business Partner Associate and have worked across a broad spectrum of HR related areas such as Payroll Transactions and Recruitment for Schools and Services. My current role mostly consists now of supporting the development, implementation and review of HR strategies organisationally. This also involves guiding and advising Managers on the application and interpretation of HR policies and developing key local strategies to improve employee retention, upskill and manage workforce productivity, and reduce absence.

I am the proud mummy of two very energetic children of which one currently attends the School. I have a very lively home life and enjoy spending time with my extended family, travelling often to France for a break from the hustle and bustle of life at home and, being a foodie, immerse myself in the gastronomical delights of the country.

Delegation of Work

All Governors are members of the Full Governing Board and are required to attend termly Full Governing Board Meetings.

In addition to the termly Full Governing Board Meetings Governors also sit on sub- committees.

Teaching & Learning Committee
This committee meets 3 -6 times per year and looks at curriculum, quality of teaching and learning, recruitment and retention of staff, pupil performance data etc. All Governors are members of this committee.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee also includes Premises and Health & Safety and meets at least termly. This Committee is responsible for setting the school budget and ensuring good value for money, premises and lettings, termly Health & Safety Inspections.
The minutes of this committee are available to all Governors and recommendations from the Finance Committee are ratified at Full Governing Board Meetings

Personnel Committee
This committee looks at matters relating to staffing, such as the appraisal of staff including the Headteacher’s  performance management.

Disciplinary Committee
This committee is convened only when required for example dealing with pupil exclusion.

All committee meetings are minuted and circulated to Governors.

Governor Visits

It is a requirement that all Governors visit the school during the school day at least once a year. Their visit should be linked to the area they have a responsibility for and linked to the key priorities of the School Development Plan. This affords Governors an opportunity to speak to subject leaders and to see the pupils working and to hear the pupil voice.

Following a visit Governors write a report of their visit and this is circulated to all Governors and discussed at the relevant committee meeting or Full Governing Board Meeting. Reports inform Governors and provides enhanced challenge and support at meetings.

In addition Governors attend Parent’s Evening, information evenings and school functions organised by SSPTA.

Safeguarding of Children

The safeguarding of children is the responsibility of all Governors.  As part of the Governor Induction Programme all Governors are made aware of their role in this area. A nominated Safeguarding Governor meets at least termly with the Headteacher to ensure Safeguarding procedures are followed and to check the Single Central Record (SCR).

In addition the nominated Safeguarding Governor contributes to the Safeguarding Audit and Annual Safeguarding Report. A report from the nominated Safeguarding Governor is a standing item on the Full Governing Body Agenda.

The safeguarding of children underpins all aspects of supporting pupils in our community.