Governor Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

Vanessa Clear - Chair of Governors

I have had the privilege of being a Governor at Priory Academy for several years and have been the Chair of Governors for almost three years.  Both my children attended Priory and have now moved on in the next stage of their educational journey.  I have a background working in the public sector primarily in Local Government and subsequently in the NHS.

As a Governor I share and support the vision and aims of Priory and I am keen to ensure that all students and staff are provided with the best learning opportunities and experiences.  My vision for Priory is to see it as an “Outstanding” academy, increasing opportunities and raising aspirations; offering the best teaching and learning environment with higher academic results – encouraging a wider choice of career paths for all our students.  I believe joining Scholars' Education Trust in March 2019 has strengthened our position in providing our staff and students with the best opportunities for their future pathways.

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Sarah Wilkinson - Vice-Chair of Governors

I am a parent of 4 children, 2 of whom have recently gone through Priory and 2 who are still here.  In addition to this I own and manage two local preschools.

I feel my children are able to reach their full potential at Priory Academy as they are happy to learn, inspired by the staff and excited by the varied opportunities offered to them.

I’m extremely proud of our school and its values, as well as the high standards of teaching and of course our fantastic academic results!

I believe that our schools unique age-range really nurtures our children and gives them the opportunity to thrive.  As a qualified teacher myself, I have an understanding of quality education and am keen to help build an Outstanding academy.  I am also the safeguarding governor for Priory Academy.

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Vanessa Green - Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor in March 15 before becoming a Member Nominated Governor.  I am currently Link Governor for Attendance & Safeguarding and Languages.

I am married and live near to the Academy in a local village.   I have worked in the Police Service for 22 years and hold a senior management position as a Police Control Room Manager where I have responsibility for all call handling, deployment and control of resources throughout that County.

I have a keen interest, as a parent to a student at the Academy, in ensuring it is able to provide the best possible learning environment and opportunities, not just for the students but also for our staff.  As well as sitting on the Governing Board I also assist the PSA where I can and do what I can to help the Academy.

I have been extremely impressed by the strong leadership and teaching capabilities we have at our Academy and the results speak for themselves with our students producing outstanding academic results.  Our students and staff are engaged and I am very proud to be part of this Governing Board and hope that I am able to bring a wealth of expertise and value.

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Mark Cronin - Staff Governor

Since studying physical education and geography at teacher training college from 1978-1982, I have been teaching for 37 years in schools as far afield as Thessaloniki in Greece to Carlisle on the Scottish border!

Keeping abreast of current thinking in Education and ensuring my continued professional development, I achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2004.

I have experienced many roles during my teaching career including; Youth Tutor, Head of Physical Education, Examinations Officer, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher of a state secondary and a Pupil Referral Unit in Basingstoke before securing a Headship of a school in Luton.

I took early retirement from Headship in 2016 which enabled me to resume my passion of teaching and return to the classroom.

I have a total of ten years experience as a governor in several schools.

I am presently staff governor at Priory Academy and thoroughly enjoying my role teaching geography in our highly successful school.

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Claire McMenamin - Parent Governor

As a working mum with a child at Priory and living locally to the school for over fifteen years, I aim to bring a parent's perspective to the work of the governing body.  Professionally I have many years' experience in supporting learning and development.  I understand how important it is that our school provides all our students with a learning experience which is right for them and gives them a solid platform to move on to the next stage of their life.

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Emma Montgomery - Co-opted Governor

I began teaching in 2004 and since then I have held a number of positions at Sir John Lawes School including Head of House, Head of English and now Assistant Headteacher. I am passionate about ensuring that young people’s education develops essential skills and gives them the best possible life opportunities. Governors are in a unique position to be able to help schools with this.  I am excited to use my experience as a teacher and Assistant Headteacher to make a positive contribution to the Priory Academy community as a governor.  

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Stewart Mitchelmore - Staff Governor

 
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