At Broad Chalke Primary School we have a team of governors that work as volunteers to support the school.  Their role is to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all pupils by establishing the school’s vision and strategy, challenging and supporting the headteacher and ensuring accountability to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.

.Governors have a wide range of responsibilities.  These include tasks such as:

  • Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
  • Setting the school budget
  • Making decisions about the school building and premises
  • Setting school policies
  • Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing
  • Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken if there are any concerns

We have 6 Full Governing Body meetings each year.  A range of subcommittee meetings also take place at least once per term. During these meetings we look at a wide range of information to find out how well the school is performing. Mrs Brockway provides a detailed Headteacher’s report at these meetings but we also look at data and independent reports so that we can make our own decisions about how well things are going.

To support the work that goes on, governors also try to visit school as often as possible. We particularly enjoy talking to the children about their school and what they think about it. They are always keen to share their ideas.

We are proud to have a committed Governing Body that is made up of a team individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

"We are fortunate to have a committed Governing Body with a diverse range of backgrounds and skills. The Governors believe in rolling their sleeves up to work with staff, parents and children to ensure continued academic and personal growth for all in the school. Ideas and initiatives from everybody involved in the school community are always warmly welcomed."

Mr Michael Gibb (Vice Chair)


Each governors’ committee has delegated powers of decision making on policy matters relating to the specific areas of school organisation.   Each committee is accountable to the full governing body.

Each committee may from time to time co-opt persons with particular expertise

Composition of Sub-Committees
Curriculum & Personnel PR & Marketing Pay Panel
Jez Howell Jez Howell Michael Gibb
James Barnett (Chair) Andi Chalk Louise Hall
Rev Catherine Blundell Luci Phillips (Chair) Peter Hornsby
Ed Gairdner
Michael Gibb Ethos 
Louise Hall Jez Howell (Chair) HT Performance Management
Luci Phillips (SEND) Rev Catherine Blundell Michael Gibb
Louise Hall Louise Hall
Peter Hornsby
  Admissions Review Officer
Finance & Premises Jez Howell (Chair) Tim King
Jez Howell Andi Chalk  
Andi Chalk Michael Gibb Pupil Discipline Panel
George Cordle  Louise Hall Staffing Panel
Michael Gibb  Staffing Appeals Panel
Louise Hall Parental Complaints Panel
Keith Hitchings 3 Governors as and when necessary
Peter Hornsby  
Michaela Johns (Chair)
Tim King (H&S)


Name Category of Governor Appointed by Date Appointed Term of Office

Attendance record   

Pecuniary & Personal Interests
James Barnett Parent Parent election 05.10.18 4 years FGB 5/6 Family member employed by school
Rev. Catherine Blundell Foundation ex officio Diocesan Board of Education 26.02.16 n/a FGB 5/6 Trustee of Broad Chalke Community Fund
Annie Cadge Associate / Staff  Governing Body 18.11.21 1 year n/a No relevant interests
Andrea Chalk Co-opted Governing Body 02.10.18 4 years FGB 6/6 No relevant interests
George Cordle Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 21.05.18 4 years FGB 6/6 Director of Corefullness
Ed Gairdner Parent Parent election 11.11.21 4 years n/a No relevant interests
Michael Gibb Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 02.01.18 4 years FGB 6/6 Family member employed by school
Louise Hall Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 06.10.21 4 years FGB 6/6 No relevant interests
Keith Hitchings Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 01.10.18 4 years FGB 5/6

Family member employed by school

Peter Hornsby Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 31.08.18 4 years FGB 6/6 No relevant interests
Jez Howell Headteacher Ex officio 01.01.22 n/a n/a No relevant interests
Michaela Johns Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 06.10.21 4 years FGB 6/6 Trustee of Chalke Valley Sports Centre
Dr Tim King Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 01.09.20

4 years

FGB 5/6 No relevant interests
Lucinda Phillips LA Governing Body 02.10.18 4 years FGB 4/6 Family member works at school
Jez Howell (Staff Governor)

Committee membership: All committees

I have been Acting Headteacher at Broad Chalke Primary School since January 2022. I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and have taught different year groups, mainly working at the top of Key Stage 2 in Year 5 and Year 6. I am passionate about opportunities for children and my firm belief is that every child has their own talents and strengths and that it is our privilege and indeed a great strength in our school to nurture these talents in each child.  I sit on all the committees of the governing body. Outside of school I enjoy family time with my wife and two daughters (both ex-Broad Chalke pupils) and sports including football, cricket and badminton.  I am currently endeavouring to re-learn the drums, much to Mrs Howell’s dismay.

James Barnett (Parent Governor)

Committee membership: Curriculum & Personnel (Chair)

Named Governor for: Pupil Premium

I have lived in Broad Chalke since 2012 and run my own business in Salisbury. I started as a parent governor in 2018 and have recently had 2 children go through the school from reception to Yr6. I’m also currently chair of the Staffing and Curriculum committee and link governor for Pupil Premium, Science, Geography and History.

Rev. Catherine Blundell (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Curriculum & Personnel

Named Governor for: Safeguarding & Child Protection

I have been the Team Rector of the Chalke Valley Churches since 2015.  I have been ordained 17 years and have served in churches in Maidenhead, Bracknell and Winkfield and Cranbourne in East Berkshire.
I am married to David and have two children; Jess who is married to Ed and lives in London, and John who still lives at home.
Some of my richest and most exciting ministry has happened when engaging with school children.  I enjoy leading Collective Worship and delight when the children ask about matters of faith.  My desire is that every child is given the opportunity, through teaching and reflection, to make up their own decision about what it is to be Christian.
My downtime is spent walking and enjoying the south coast.  I love wildlife, especially the garden birds, and the beautiful countryside.
If you ever see me cycling I am probably not enjoying myself as I am convinced I was made for the sofa and not the gym!

My governor subject link is RE, Online Safety and Collective Worship

Andi Chalk (Co-Opted Governor)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises, PR & Marketing, Admissions

I am the School Business Manager and have worked at the school since 2003 and been a Governor since 2009.  I live in Broad Chalke and both my children were fortunate enough to attend Broad Chalke School.  I sit on the Finance and Premises committee.

George Cordle (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises 

I am married to Elizabeth and we have three children all of whom are at school in Broad Chalke.  I am a Parish Councillor in Teffont and attend church regularly.  I enjoy playing an active part in the local parish and church communities.  In my spare time I coach a North Dorset RFC youth team.

The diversity of my 8 years’ experience in the Army and the 14 years since then in the commercial sector, provide me with a strong skill set which I enjoy using to help maintain the excellence of this outstanding school.

My governor subject link is PE.

Ed Gairdner (Parent Governor)

I live in Broad Chalke with my wife and 4 children; a daughter currently in the school with an older sibling who recently left to move onto Secondary School.  Having been lucky to have children flourish and thrive at Broad Chalke School I wanted to put something back in and I am delighted to be part of a Governing body ensuring the school maintains its excellence.  Formerly an Army Officer for 11 years, I have subsequently been running Operations in a number of entrepreneurial SMEs.  Outside of work I am an assistant coach at South Wilts CC for the female junior section and also for the U15 Boys Rugby at Salisbury RFC.

My governor subject link is English

Michael Gibb (Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of Governors)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises, Curriculum & Personnel, E-Safety, Admissions

Named Governor for: Whistleblowing.

I live in Bowerchalke and run my own business as a developer/builder of family homes in the Salisbury area. I have two daughters, both of which started in Reception Class and went all the way through the school; the youngest finishing Year 6 in 2014. I enjoy being in school on a regular basis to catch up with Mrs Brockway, as well as attending finance and curriculum meetings and  full governing body meetings.   To get away from it all (!) I spend as much time as I can running and cycling around the Chalke Valley.

Louise Hall (Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises, Curriculum & Personnel, Ethos, Pay Panel

I live in Berwick St John, with my partner Richard, and my two girls Charlotte and Jemima, both of whom attended and thrived at Broad Chalke School.

I was secretary of FOBS for five years, and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the new build project. I continue to be passionate about the school, and the role it plays in the local community. To have been Chair of FOBS again more recently, was challenging and rewarding. I feel privileged to remain as a Governor, at this very special school, and be part of such a dedicated and committed team.

My governor subject link is art.

Keith Hitchings (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises

I joined the Governing Body 18 years ago when my eldest of three children started at Broad Chalke.  I am a foundation and PHSE Governor, I sit on the Finance and Premises Committee helping with building maintenance issues.  In the past I was involved with the New Build Project and FOBS.

My governor subject link is PHSE.

Peter Hornsby (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises, Pay Panel

I am married to Bridget and have 4 children who have all attended Broad Chalke School in the past, some in the old building and one of them in the new building. I was heavily involved in the new build project from its conception to realisation. I am on the electoral roll of Bowerchalke Church but attend a number of the churches in the benefice and has been a governor of the school for over 15 years.

My governor subject link is assessment.

Michaela Johns (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises (Chair)

I live in Broad Chalke, with my husband and daughter who attends Broad Chalke School. She already has some great memories and friends of her time at the School.

I was Vice Chair for FOBS and involved on the Chalke Valley Challenge sub-committee. I have always been keen to put something back into my local community and the school clearly plays a huge role in that. I am privileged to have been asked to be a Foundation Governor and to join the team of already very committed Governors who have, the children, the staff and the School at the heart of everything they do.

My governor subject link is Computing, music and DT.

Dr Tim King (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance & Premises

Named Governor for: Health & Safety.

I was honoured to be invited to join the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in February 2016.  Both my children attend Broad Chalke School.  Along with my wife, we all live in Bishopstone and have been in the Chalke Valley for a total of 8 years.  I work as a GP in Mere and continue some surgical work in Salisbury.  I enjoy most sports although participation levels are difficult to maintain!  

My governor subject link is maths.

Fiona Marshall (Clerk to Governors)

I have been Clerk to the Governors at Broad Chalke School since 2011. I work with the chair, headteacher and other governors to prepare agendas for full governing body meetings, after which I write the formal minutes. I also keep track of governor elections and appointments, organise training, update governors with current information and perform various other tasks to support the governing body.

Luci Phillips (LA Governor)

Committee membership: Curriculum & Personnel, PR & Marketing (Chair)

I have been the Local Authority governor at Broad Chalke School since 2012. I sit on the curriculum and staffing committee and act as the governor to overview medical conditions. I have two children in years 5 and R in the school and enjoy cycling and cookery.

My governor subject link is SEN, French and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Historic (left within last 12 months)

Name Category of Governor Appointed by Date appointed Date finished Reason
Amanda Brockway Staff Governor ex officio 1 January 2013 31 December 2021 Retirement
Leanne Willshire Parent Governor Elected by parents 30 January 2019 7 May 2021 Family commitments