Meet The Governors


Carole Allen-Smith – Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors with responsibility for Safeguarding, Health and safety, Special Educational Needs Disability, and Behaviour for Learning.

I became a governor at Marksbury School, firstly to be active within the school community and secondly to participate in the education of children. I am an Early Years specialist with an Early Years degree. I have two job roles, working with our very youngest and vulnerable children and their families in the home and community and supporting Ofsted registered childminders within the Local Authority. Providing children’s earliest education experiences to beginning their formal education journey and beyond, this has always been my vocation. I also bring a wealth of experience for Safeguarding children as a practitioner and as an adult tutor, and knowledge and skills of supporting children with SEND. Since becoming a parent governor when my three children were attending the school, I now represent our founding body.  It has been my privilege to support this thriving, fantastic school, during my years as a governor.


Sandra Harding - Community Governor and Vice-Chair with responsibility for Curriculum for learning

Sandra is a qualified and registered physiotherapist with more than thirty years’ experience in the public and private healthcare sector. She has managed several clinical services, an independent hospital and more latterly the national physiotherapy service for BMI Healthcare which covered 58 sites and more than 750 staff. In 2017 she resigned from her national physiotherapy role to start a physiotherapy advisory service supporting other clinicians. She believes everyone has a right to education and that learning never stops.  She is also a long serving primary school governor, a Winston Churchill Fellow, a foodie and has two daughters who both attended Marksbury School many years ago.


Tony Caisley - Foundation Governor for Personal Development and Faith Education 

As a churchwarden at Marksbury, when the vacancy for a foundation governor arose, I felt I could help to maintain and develop the Christian ethos of the school by putting myself forward to be a governor. Furthermore, I felt that I had experience and knowledge which could benefit the school. I had retired in 2010 after thirty-five years in teaching, mainly involved with Year 5 and 6 pupils. I had also been for many years a team leader for Year 6 SATS English marking and had been a staff representative on the governing body of the school I taught at for a total of eight years. I was also delighted to support the school in the village where I live, particularly one which sees the value of as broad a curriculum as possible and has a passion to help develop the best in every child, whatever their background or abilities. 


Kim Eyres - Parent Governor – Finance 

I have been a governor for several years and I have responsibility for overseeing the Finances, ensuring that we use our budget to best effect in this thriving school. I have three daughters, two attending, and one having graduated from, the school. While I now run my own business I have a background in Education Finance and Audit. It is an honour and a pleasure for me to offer something back to this marvellous school.


Anna Langley – Parent Governor for Assessment for learning

I feel very privileged to be part of the Marksbury School Governor team. I am a resident of Marksbury and have children attending the school. I am a qualified Secondary teacher and am currently working in Special Educational needs. I feel that my knowledge and experiences in education will support Marksbury school and help to keep our school a success.


Vacancy -  Health and Safety Governor


Julie Player – Headteacher and Ex-Officio Governor 

Julie has been Headteacher since 2015.  

Martin Ward - Clerk to the Governors

With over forty-years’ experience in education as a secondary school teacher in a senior leadership role, he feels privileged to serve the school in his home village.