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 Luft 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


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  PR & Marketing Pay Panel
Heather Luft Heather Luft Michael Gibb
Sarah Brough Andi Chalk Louise Hall
Ed Gairdner Peter Hornsby
Michael Gibb (Pupil Premium)
Louise Hall Ethos 
Rosie Jones Heather Luft (Chair) HT Performance Management
Tim King Louise Hall Michael Gibb
Hannah Newman Louise Hall
Peter Hornsby
  Admissions Review Officer
Finance, Premises & Personnel Heather Luft (Chair) Tim King
Heather Luft Andi Chalk  
Andi Chalk Michael Gibb Pupil Discipline Panel
Michael Gibb Louise Hall Staffing Panel
Louise Hall  Staffing Appeals Panel
Keith Hitchings Parental Complaints Panel
Peter Hornsby (Safeguarding) 3 Governors as and when necessary
Michaela Johns (Chair)  
Tim King (H&S)


Name Category of Governor Appointed by Date Appointed Term of Office

Attendance record   

Pecuniary & Personal Interests
Heather Luft Headteacher Ex Officio 24.04.22 n/a FGB 1/1 No relevant interests
Sarah Brough Parent Governor Parent election 11.10.22 4 years n/a No relevant interests
Andrea Chalk Co-opted Governing Body 02.10.22 4 years FGB 5/5

No relevant interests


Ed Gairdner

Parent Parent election 11.11.21 4 years FGB 4/4 No relevant interests
Michael Gibb Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 06.05.22 4 years FGB 5/5 Family member employed by school
Louise Hall Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 06.10.21 4 years FGB 5/5 No relevant interests
Keith Hitchings Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 01.10.22 4 years FGB5/5

Family member employed by school

Peter Hornsby Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 31.08.22 4 years FGB 4/5 No relevant interests
Michaela Johns Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 06.10.21 4 years FGB 4/5 Trustee of Chalke Valley Sports Centre
Rosie Jones Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 08.11.22

4 years

n/a No relevant interests
Dr Tim King Foundation Diocesan Board of Education 01.09.20

4 years

FGB 5/5 No relevant interests
Hannah Newman Staff Governor Governing Body 23.05.22

4 years

FGB 1/1 No relevant interests
Heather Luft (Headteacher - Ex Officio)

Committee membership: All committees


Sarah Brough (Parent Governor)

Committee membership: Curriculum

School Development Focus: EYFS

I live in the Chalke Valley and I have 3 children, all of whom have attended Broad Chalke from Reception and have thoroughly benefitted from being part of a thriving, supportive learning environment, with just one now still young enough to still be there. I have worked in education as a teacher and also as an adviser for PSHE, and I also have experience of running her my own business outside education.

Now that my youngest child is a little bit older, I am able to give some time and support back to the school that has been such an important and positive part of our lives for the past 11 years.

Andi Chalk (Co-Opted Governor)

Committee membership: Finance, Premises and Personnel, 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.

Ed Gairdner (Parent Governor and Vice Chair of Governors)

Committee membership: Curriculum 

School Development Focus: Quality of Education- English

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.

Michael Gibb (Foundation Governor)

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

Named Governor for: Whistleblowing, Pupil Premium

School Development Focus: Behaviour and Attitudes 

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 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.

My governor subject link is Pupil Premium 

Louise Hall (Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors)

Committee membership: Finance, Premises and Personnel, Curriculum, 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 and Personnel

School Development Focus: Quality of Education- Science

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.

Peter Hornsby (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance, Premises and Personnel, Pay Panel

Named Governor for: Safeguarding

School Development Focus: Ethos (including RE)

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.

Michaela Johns (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Finance, Premises and Personnel (Chair)

School Development Focus: Quality of Education- Foundation Subjects

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.

Dr Tim King (Foundation Governor)

Committee membership: Curriculum

Named Governor for: Health & Safety.

School Development Focus: Quality of Education- Maths

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!  

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.

Hannah Newman (Staff Governor) 

Committee membership: Curriculum

I have lived in Broad Chalke since 2002 moving down from London where I worked in fashion production for Jaeger and Viyella. I have been teaching since 2004, joining Broad Chalke School in 2015. Both my sons have been to Broad Chalke and have great memories of their experience. Previously, I have run the Chalke Valley Play School and been part of the local parish council. As the Staff Governor, I am delighted to be able to represent the dedicated teaching team and to be part of the Governors, ensuring the needs of the children continue to be put first. 


Historic (left within last 12 months)

Name Category of Governor Appointed by Date appointed Date finished Reason
Annie Cadge Associate Member Governing Body 18 November 2021 31 August 2022 End of term
James Barnett Parent Governor Parent election 5 October 2018 4 October 2022 End of term
Rev Catherine Blundell Foundation ex officio ex officio 26 February 2016 31 January 2023 Retirement
Luci Phillips LA Governor Governing Body 2 October 2022 31 January 2023 Family commitments