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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors page.

We are a board of 10 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.


Briony Brickell

Chair of Governors



Briony Brickell, Chair of Governors
Theresa Merefield, Vice Chair of Governors
Evis Holliman, Ex Officio Foundation Governor
Rev Kevin Martin, Foundation Governor
Molly Swann, Parent Governor
Laura Miles,  LA Governor
Julia Stokes, Headteacher
Jo Smith, Staff Governor
Sam Heavingham, Associate (Staff) Governor
Stuart Asbury, Associate Governor

Governor Profiles  

Briony Brickell – Parent Governor (Chair of Governors)

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

Class link: Kites

Responsibility: Safeguarding

I am a parent governor with a child in Wrens and Doves. 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.


Theresa Merefield - Foundation Governor (Vice Chair)

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

Class Link: Wrens

Responsibility: SEN and Disadvantaged Learners

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.


Evis Holliman – Ex Officio Foundation Governor

Committee: Premises; SIAMS

Class link: Robins

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. I have three children and seven grandchildren.


Rev Kevin Martin - Foundation Governor

Committee: Finance; SIAMS

Class link: Doves

Responsibilities: RE Subject Link

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

Committee: Premises; SIAMS

Class link: Robins

Responsibilities: Health & Safety

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.


Molly Swann – Parent Governor 

Committee: Premises; Curriculum, Staffing and Admissions; SIAMS

Class link: Owls

Responsibilities:  Science Subject Link; Marketing and Communications Champion

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.


Laura Miles – LA Governor

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

Class link: Wrens

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. 


Julia Stokes – Ex-officio (Headteacher)

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




Jo Smith – Staff Governor (Admin & Finance Officer)

Committee: Finance



Sam Heavingham – Associate Governor (Deputy Headteacher)

Committee: Curriculum, Staffing & Admissions


Stuart Asbury – Associate Governor

Committee: Premises

Class link: Kites

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.


Clerk to the Governors - Sarah Hughes-Jones