Larkhill Primary About Us

Local Governing Board


Following our successful conversion to an academy, under The White Horse Federation, the governors have set the following objectives in line with the school improvement plan for 2018-2019:

  • Monitor standards and the quality of teaching and learning, offering support and challenge where needed.
  • Support and challenge the SLT so that their actions are effective.
  • Monitor the impact of introduction of values-based education on learning and behaviour.
  • Assess the impact of improvements to the learning environment and monitor if they reflect high expectations around school.

Current Local Governors

Emily Taylor Head Teacher and Designated Safeguard Lead
Dr Moira Laffey Chair of Governors, Co opted Governor, (Safeguarding, Maths and English)
Katie King Vice Chair, Co opted Governor, (Safeguarding and SEND)
Kerry Ball EYFS TA & MDSA
Fiona Jenkins Year 5 Class - Silbury - Science & Maths Lead
Andrew Nothard Parent Governor, (EYFS)
Jo Rowell Parent Governor, (Behaviour and Values)
Trevor Woods Co-opted Governor, (Premiums)
Sam Cook Clerk to the board

Register of Interests 2021-22 & Attendance 2020-21

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.

NameRoleChampionNature of InterestsDate interest registeredTerms of OfficeAttendance 2020-21
Emily TaylorHead TeacherNilTHWF EmployeeN/AN/A6 of 6
Dr Moira LaffeyChair/Local Co-opted Governor
Chair, Safeguarding Maths English,Nil02/09/202101/07/20256 of 6
Katie KingVice Chair/Local Co-opted Governor,Vice Chair
Nil10/09/202101/07/20254 of 6
Sam CookClerkNilEmployed at Larkhill Primary School 11/09/2021
N/A6 of 6
Kerry BallStaff ( TA)NilTHWF employee, child at school, Personal Business NerD provided stationery and vinyl stickers to school as need08/09/202128//01/20243 of 6
Fiona JenkinsStaff (Teaching) NilTHWF Employee, children at school10/09/202128/01/20246 of 6
Andrew NothardParent GovernorEYFSChild at school
25/08/202120/11/20244 of 5
Jo RowellParent GovernorBehaviour and ValuesChild at school12/09/202116/11/20243 of 5
Trevor WoodsCo-opted GovernorPremiumsNil16/08/202108/12/20244 of 5

If you are interested in the work of the governing body, or you would like to be involved further, please contact Mrs Sam Cook, Clerk to Governors, on 01980 348079. We always welcome new ideas and continually search for new members to join the governing body.

Minutes of meetings are available from the school office upon request.

Dr. Moira Laffey – Chair of Governors

Champion – Safe Guarding, Maths & English

Moira has a PhD in Chemistry. After a few years working as a civil servant, she saw the light and retrained to teach. She initially specialised in supporting adults with difficulties with maths; then by a happy accident embarked on a career in independent prep schools. Over the years she held posts as teacher, head of department, deputy head, and head.

In 2016 Moira became a governor of a primary school in Wiltshire and as chair in 2018 took the school through the due diligence to join TWHF in March 2018. She has particular interests in the teaching of maths and the opportunities for governors to network and obtain training. She is delighted to be the representative of TWHF local governing bodies on The Trust Board and will work to support good communication.

Katie King – Vice Chair

Champion – Safe Guarding, SEND

Katie King is an Army officer and former school teacher who has been on the Governing body for three years and is now the Vice Chair. She has experience working in a variety of schools before joining the Army full time where she has been posted to Larkhill and Warminster in training roles.

Katie’s other interests include horse riding and running as well as studying for further qualifications in Education. She is married with two small children, two dogs and a rather naughty pony.

Trevor Wood - Co-opted School Governor

Champion - Premiums

Trevor has served all of his adult life in the British Army. He has enjoyed a varied career serving and living in several areas in the UK and abroad. He has had the privilege of serving a full career as a soldier and also a commissioned officer, with the latter holding down various staff roles predominately in the trade and collective training area and has no plan to retire just yet.

In October 2020, Trevor became a co-opted school governor of Larkhill Primary School responsible for assisting the school with their pupil premiums’ strategies and any other related premiums such a service families and sports premiums. His aim is to ensure our children are supported both pastorally and academically in the best possible way to help attainment and of course make their learning and growing experience as positive as possible.

Trevor along with his wife have now settled down in a sleepy village in Wiltshire, they have one son who has flown the nest and works in finance sector in London. To bridge that gap, they now have a mad little Miniature Schnauzer puppy, who happens to be much better behaved than their boy😊.

Trevor enjoys downhill skiing, cycling and when it starts driving his TVR sport’s car at weekends.

WO2 (BSM) Andrew JB Nothard – Parent Governor

Champion - EYFS

Andrew is married and has three children. Andrew has been in the British Army for 17 years as at Aug 21 and has lived in Wiltshire for the last 7 years. Two of his children, Rose and Alfie have been at Larkhill primary School throughout their primary school educations and Andrew has always taken a keen interest in what the school is doing and its plans. When he was asked if he would consider becoming a School Governor he was really taken aback and truly overwhelmed to have been asked. He enjoys being a governor at Larkhill school and really hopes that he can make a real difference.

Jo Rowell – Parent Governor

Champion – Behaviour & Values

Jo initially started her working career in the military, training to become a Combat Medical Technician within the British Army. After meeting her husband and starting a family she decided to leave the Army experiencing many jobs within the education sector whilst moving around the world as a military dependent.

After settling back in Wiltshire, she began her career in Secondary Alternative Provision where she has spent the last 7 years in a senior leadership position, with a focus on behaviour management, inspiring change and vocational qualifications.

Over the years each of her three children have attended Larkhill Primary School with her youngest child choosing to stay after moving out of Larkhill. As a parent governor she has a vested interest in the schools' success and she believes there is a need to ensure robust debate with school leaders and staff, which in-turn leads to better educational outcomes for all of our children to ensure they meet their full potential.

Fiona Jenkins

I am Fiona Jenkins and I am currently teaching y5 at Larkhill. I have 3 daughters; my youngest is in Y2 at Larkhill. Before moving back to Wiltshire we were lucky enough to experience life in Germany, Cyprus and Kenya. Outside of school, I love to play netball; going on bike rides, and lovely scenic dog walks although my English bulldog isn’t as keen!

I have been teaching for just over 10 years and have taught in a variety of different schools in difference countries and can honestly say I have never been anywhere quite like Larkhill!

I enjoy working at Larkhill and being part of this incredible community: we are very lucky to have such a dedicated team who are continuously striving to achieve the best for all children.

Kerry Ball

Kerry Ball is a support staff governor for Larkhill Primary School. She is a proud military wife and a super proud mother to two girls. She enjoy reading, crafting and being outdoors. Kerry has worked at Larkhill Primary School since September 2019 in varying roles and with a variety of responsibilities; she is currently working as a TA in our Reception Class which is giving her fresh challenges to work with! Before moving to Larkhill Kerry was a TA in a school in Germany, where she lived for 7 years, and so she has a combined total of 7 years of experience working within a school environment. Kerry is proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school, where the children are absolutely the number one priority. Kerry became a staff governor to become more involved in the life of the school, as well as to represent her colleagues. She feels very lucky to be part of such a hard-working and dedicated team and look forward to seeing Larkhill Primary School progress even more as time goes on.

Governors Training Download

The White Horse Federation Local Board of Governance

Each school has its own local governing body (LGB). The chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the executive board. This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

TWHF executive board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF executive board as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.

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