Governing Body

Creating lifelong learning opportunities for everyone




Mr Christopher Balderstone 

Mr Mark Ashmore  Vice Chair
Mr Mike Holder Trust Governor (elected)
Mrs Julie Hyett Parent Governor (elected)
Mrs Louise Faraday Staff Governor (elected)
Mrs Zara Peskett Local Governor
Mrs Karen Sarbutts Headteacher
Mr Matthew Hoddinott Local Governor
Mr Aditya (Adi) Gupta Parent Governor (elected)


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.

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.

 Julie Hyett

This is my first parent governor role and I’m really enjoying the experience of being able to contribute to the strategic oversight of the school. In my other job I’m a HR consultant and work full time for a large professional services firm in London, my role focuses on helping people develop and achieve their potential so I share the values and principles of our school. I’ve lived in Old Stratford for 5 years  and have 2 children.

Mr Aditya (Adi) Gupta

Parent Governor, I am a former governor of a middle school in Milton Keynes. I have worked in university, further, secondary and independent education sectors for the past twenty years. I specialise in Computer Science and information systems. At present I lead a faculty in an independent school I am also managing the school Management Information Systems. As a professional in the education sector I firmly believe in being forward thinking and enabling all students to benefit from an excellent education. 


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Governors attendance 2018-19

Governors Declaration of Interest