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Governing Body

Mr Christopher Balderstone (Chair) Co-opted Governor
Mr Mark Ashmore (Vice Chair) Co-opted Governor
Mr Paul Leather Parent Governor (elected)
Mrs Julie Hyett Parent Governor (elected)
Mrs Louise Faraday Staff Governor (elected)
Mrs Zara Peskett Co-opted Governor
Mr Anand Das Co-opted Governor
Mrs Karen Sarbutts Co-opted Governor
Mr Matthew Hoddinott Co-opted Governor

 

Governor Information

 

Christopher Balderstone

Chair Of Governors. I am a former governor of a local primary and several multi-academy trust primary and secondary schools. Solicitor since 1988, with experience in leisure retail, house building and education sectors. I hope to bring commercial and technical support to the governors and the school.


Mark Ashmore

Chair of Management & Resources Committee and Vice Chair Of Governors. I became involved as a governor because I am the parent of 3 children at old Stratford and feel it is important to take part in their education in whatever way I can.

I am an events manager for a wine company specialising in outdoor events, cultural, sporting and music. As a manager I bring my organisational, man management and operational experience to the governing body.


Phil Webster

 I am currently the Chief Executive of the Grand Union Partnership. My three children also attend Old Stratford Primary School.  I am a head teacher of a school in Milton Keynes where I have been for eight years and believe my experience will be of worth to the school.

Karen Sarbutts

I am currently the Headteacher at Old Stratford Primary School. I have worked in a number of schools and have a huge passion for children's learning and encouraging children to be well rounded individuals. Being fresh from the classroom I believe I can help drive the school forward to outstanding. I enjoy meeting with all stakeholders ensuring a collective vision for the school as well as clear robust policies.


Louise Faraday

I have been a governor for  3 years. I have worked in a number of schools and feel I bring a number of different experiences to help move the school forward. I enjoy being involved in making policy decisions and implemented how they work in practice across the school.


Zara Peskett

As a secondary school teacher in Milton Keynes, I have a deep rooted belief in the importance of education and investing in people. Working with the team at Old Stratford Primary School allows me to contribute to the community in which I live and hopefully put to good use over ten years of teaching experience.


Paul Leather

I’ve been involved with Old Stratford Primary since 2004 when my eldest child Johnnie joined the school. Over the years Johnnie was followed by Georgie, Tilly and Hattie. By the time Hattie leaves in 2019 I’ll have been associated with the school for more than 15 years.
 Professionally, I’ve held senior roles in the media for more than 25 years so understand the importance of good communication to ensure everyone feels informed, involved and valued.
Being a parent governor gives me the opportunity to be more closely involved with the school and use my professional experience and skills to help staff, parents and most importantly, the children, have the best possible experience during their time at Old Stratford.


Matthew Hoddinott

I have been part of the governing board for since Autumn 2016 and am passionate about the excellent academic and social skills our Children receive from the wonderful community school.
I have one child at Old Stratford and became involved on the governing group to contribute to the school ensuring we continue to strive for an outstanding all-encompassing education for our children. I am the Managing Director of a small business consultancy dealing with environmental solutions in the roofing, paving and water management industries.


Anand Das

I am currently employed by a large Pharmaceutical Company and drive their Business Technology needs within their commercial Business Unit. I have worked across the private sector for over 20+ years with extensive experience in research & development, Finance and Technology. I have 2 young children aged 10 and 13 and as an active parent have a keen interest in education. I have become governor to offer my service to the community by leveraging my experience and knowledge to help the school excel and advance.