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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors page.

We are a board of 12 dedicated individuals comprising members of the school community, church, staff and parents. Achieving the best possible experiences and outcomes for all children at Semley School lies at the heart of what we do and is our guiding principle in all our decisions.


Along with the headteacher, we set the strategic vision of the school, ensure the finances are well managed, the curriculum is delivered, performance and progress is monitored, the best staff are recruited, the Christian ethos is upheld, policies are approved and the buildings are looked after.


We have full governing body meetings twice a term and all governors serve on at least one of the three sub committees which also meet twice termly – these are 1. Finance 2. Curriculum, Staffing and Admissions and 3. Premises. Governors bring to the role a wide range of skills, backgrounds and interests. We know the school well, visit regularly and attend training sessions to keep up to date with the ever changing world of education.


The governors are allocated different responsibilities; all are linked to a particular class, and some governors have other areas of responsibility such as for a curriculum subject, Special Educational Needs or Safeguarding. Governors visit their link classes whenever possible, helping out and getting to know the children. Through meetings with the headteacher, staff and pupils, governors monitor the school’s performance and its school improvement programme.


We have a clerk to assist us in setting agendas, taking minutes and ensuring that the Governing Board fulfils all its statutory duties. If you would like to contact any of the governors please do so through the school office.


Harriet Egerton

Chair of Governors



Picture 1 Harriet Egerton, Chair of Governors, Foundation
Picture 2 Karen Pitman, Foundation Governor
Picture 3 Evis Holliman, Foundation Governor
Picture 4 Jo Smith, Staff Governor
Picture 5 Julia Stokes, Headteacher
Picture 6 Sam Heavingham, Associate (Staff) Governor
Picture 7 Laura Miles, Chair of Curriculum, LA Governor
Picture 8 Stuart Asbury, Associate Governor
Picture 9 Briony Brickell, Chair of Premises, Parent Gov
Picture 10 Theresa Merefield, Foundation Governor
Picture 11 Molly Swann, Parent Governor
Picture 12 Rev Kevin Martin, Foundation Governor

Governor Profiles  


Harriet Egerton – Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

Committees: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions; Premises; Finance.

I live on the edge of Semley and have 2 daughters at the school.  I love being involved and feel very proud of our thriving happy school. My background is in property and agriculture.


 Laura Miles – LA Governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions (Chair); Finance

Class link: Coral

Subject Link: Literacy

Responsibility: Data Protection Officer

I have lived in the area for 10 years and have 4 children, 2 of whom have been to Semley School and loved their time there. I work as a fund raiser for an amazing charity, the Scientific Exploration Society and I am also a governor of a local prep school. 


Briony Brickell – Parent Governor (Vice-Chair of Governors)

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions; Premises (Chair)

Class link: Stingrays

Responsibility: Safeguarding

I am a parent governor with a child in Starfish. I studied History of Art and work as an education consultant for art galleries and museums. I have previously been a community governor in a school for children with special educational needs.


Evis Holliman – Foundation Governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions

Class link: Turtles

Responsibility: Disadvantaged Learners and RE

I am a Foundation governor, and have lived in the area for 7 years. My husband was a retired Priest and helped at the Benefice services where we both worship. I am very passionate about education and love being involved in our lovely C of E school in Semley. We have three children and seven grandchildren.


Karen Pitman – Foundation Governor

Committee: Premises

Class link: Turtles

Responsibility: Health & Safety

I have lived in the surrounding area all my life.  I am married to a local farmer who was a former pupil of Semley School.  We have two children who both came to Semley School.  I work at Ludwell School.


Theresa Merefield - Foundation Governor

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions, & Finance (Chair)

Class Link: Coral

Subject Link: Maths

I am a Foundation Governor and have strong links with my local church.  I have a background in financial institution Project Management.  I have one daughter who is happily thriving at Semley School.


Jo Smith – Staff Governor (Admin & Finance Officer)

Committee: Finance


Julia Stokes – Ex-officio (Headteacher)

Committees: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions; Premises; Finance.


Sam Heavingham – Associate Governor (Deputy Headteacher)

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions


Stuart Asbury – Associate Governor

Committee: Premises

Class link: Starfish

Before retirement, I farmed in Semley for thirty years.  My daughter is a former pupil.  I have strong connections with the church having been Churchwarden. As a former teacher I am keen to maintain my connections with education and I am a regular member of the ‘Open the Book’ assembly team.


Molly Swann – Parent Governor 


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I am a parent governor with two children at Semley.  I read English Literature at university, and my background is in advertising and media.  I love Semley School and am looking forward to taking an active part in its governance.


Rev Kevin Martin - Foundation Governor


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I am assistant curate to the Benefice of St Bartholomew.  I have previous experience of being a Foundation Governor of a village primary school.  I also have experience of running a business in a way that builds up community.  I hope to support 'the family' here at Semley School to continue to develop the strong sense of care and service it already promotes within the school and the wider community.


Antony Pinsent - Foundation Governor


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My wife Clare and I moved from the Wylye Valley to Semley in 2016.  We have two granddaughters at the school.  I am retired from a career in aerospace insurance and am now involved in a variety of local activities, including the PCC.


Clerk to the Governors - Sarah Hughes-Jones