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Prestwood Village Schools Governing Body


As part of the Federation arrangement with Prestwood Junior School a joint Board of Governors has been appointed to oversee both schools. The members of this Board of Governors are as follows:


Michael Jones Chair of Governors, Co-opted
Paul Hazlehurst Vice Chair of Governors, Local Authority
Fiona Brookwell Co-opted, Diversity, citizenship & PCHSE Governor
Karen van Oostrum Co-opted, Vice Chair Teaching and Learning Committee, Inclusion, SENCO & Pupil Premium
Jo Nichol Co-opted, Staff Governor
Karine Lipinski Co-opted, Development Governor
Ofer Margoninski Co-opted, Numeracy Governor
Ivan Lovegrove Co-opted, Chair of Extended Services and Community Committee
Nigel Bicknell Co-opted, Chair Finance Committee
Ryan Lane Parent Governor 
Petra Stone Parent Governor
Nicola Bertolone Co-opted
Sian Beynon Staff Governor
Amanda Cook Headteacher



Picture 1 Michael Jones
Picture 2 Paul Hazlehurst
Picture 3 Fiona Brookwell
Picture 4 Karen van Oostrum
Picture 5 Jo Ford
Picture 6 Karine Lipinski
Picture 7 Ofer Margoninski
Picture 8 Ivan Lovegrove
Picture 9 Nigel Bicknell
Picture 10 Ryan Lane
Picture 11 Petra Stone
Picture 12 Nicola Bertolone
Picture 13 Sian Beynon

The role of the Governing Body is, fundamentally, to make sure that the children at Prestwood Infant School develop into caring, curious, creative and capable life-long learners to the best of their ability during their time at the school. We do this by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Some of the things we don't do (as governors):

  • Write school policies;
  • Spend much time with the pupils of the school – if we want to work directly with children, there are many other valuable voluntary roles within the school;
  • Fundraise – this is the role of the PTA – the governing body should consider income streams and the potential for income generation, but not carry out fundraising tasks;Undertake classroom observations or make judgements on the quality of teaching – the governing body monitors the quality of teaching in the school by requiring data from the senior staff and from external sources;
  • Do the job of the school staff.

We're a critical friend to the Headteacher and Senior Staff. We know the school's strengths and weaknesses. We act in the best interests of all the pupils of the school. Governors give of their time freely, are called to behave in a professional manner, and follow a code of conduct.

Most of all, it is a really rewarding role to play in the life of the school. The Governing Body makes a difference to the start our children make in life. We are really proud of the great things the excellent staff and superb children of Prestwood Infant School are achieving.

Photos of the Governors can be found in the Staff team gallery.