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Parent Governors

Emma Butler

Emma Butler - Chair

I am the current Chair of Governors at Burbage Primary School, and also a Director of Excalibur Academies Trust. I am fully committed to raising the standards of Burbage Primary School and ensuring that each and every child attending Burbage has the best possible education in a safe, secure and happy environment.  

Having been a governor at Burbage Primary School, in the role of Authority Governor and now Parent Governor, since May 2006, I have seen many changes, and am very proud of the school's recent improvements and incorporation into the Excalibur Academies Trust.

I believe that the future of our school is a very bright one and I am committed to my own role in achieving that. The governing body have been lucky enough to have had some fantastic training opportunities recently. In April 2013 I completed a course for Chairs of Governors of improving schools in Wiltshire, which was run over several months and included sessions focused on our individual schools. The knowledge and understanding I gained through this course is already being put to good use in school. Along with many of our other governors, I have attended training on link governorship, using data to challenge and support, teacher appraisals, school admissions and headteacher performance management. In addition Mrs Gordon, Mrs Winter and I took part in the Wiltshire Improving Schools Programme for Governors from November 2012 to April 2013. We are also busy building links with other local schools. Our governing body is part of the Wiltshire Governors Association, which offers opportunities to attend training and relevant presentations. I also meet with other Chairs of Governors from Wiltshire at a networking event and take part in the Marlborough Area Education Partnership meetings.                                                                                         

As well as the role of Chair, I am also an Evaluation Governor. The school has a regular cycle of monitoring and evaluation, tied in to our Academy Improvement Plan. We monitor the work that has been done and evaluate success to enable us to plan the next steps in our school improvement. As an Evaluation Governor I am involved in regular evaluation exercises, to ensure that school improvement is sustained and, ultimately, that the children are receiving the best possible education.                                

As a Director of Excalibur Academies Trust I attend regular Board Meetings, which focus on the strategic management and direction of the Trust. I also attend the meetings of the Staffing Committee, which feeds back to the Full Board.

If you have any questions about the role of governors at Burbage Primary School, or would like to discuss anything else, please do contact me by emailing emma.butler@excalibur.org.uk or by leaving a message at the school office.



Martin Lockwood

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in January 2015. I have two children attending Burbage Primary School, spread across the year groups.

My responsibilities include input into the Marketing strategy of the school, together with link governor responsibility for Science, Geography and Design.

I have spent the last 20 years working in the Supply Chain software industry. This experience of course is not directly related to education, but in my role as a governor I hope to apply some of the skills I have acquired in my business career, and help to continuously improve the education of all of the children at Burbage Primary School.

It is a very exciting time for the growth of Burbage Primary School, and I believe that being part of the Excalibur Academy Trust with the “all-through learning” ethos will provide the children with increased opportunity over the next few years.



David Rose

I started as Parent Governor at Burbage Primary School in December 2015. I live in Burbage and have two children at the school, with another due to join in the future. I really want to help the school in the governor role and will be working closely with the other governors and staff to continue Burbage Primary School's success. I am excited about the work that is going on at the school and its prospects for the future.





Christina Stewart

I joined Burbage Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2015.

I have worked for much of the last twenty years in finance and hope that I can use some of the skills I have learned to help the school to continue to improve, thereby ensuring every child is able to reach their full potential.



Community Governors

Karen Carey(1)

Karen Carey

As a parent to two children, one at St John’s and one still at Burbage Primary School, I feel that I have a responsibility to take an interest in and to get involved in my children’s education and this has led me to becoming a governor.  I am currently the subject link governor for the Early Years Foundation Stage making regular visits to the Reception class in order to support the staff in their teaching of the children in their first year at Burbage.  I am a registered childminder with a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and a Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 qualification in Early Years and Childcare and so am in the perfect position to take on this role.

I have undertaken training in ‘Safeguarding’, ‘Looked after children’ and ‘Behaviour Management’ and attended a briefing on the Early Years Foundation Stage Assessment Profiles which are used at the end of the school year to determine a child’s progress. I have also recently graduated from the Open University with a BA (Hons) in History.

I am the link governor for Special Educational Needs and am very pleased to be working with Mrs. Cardy to ensure that the children who need it receive the best support and help that we can offer.  I am also the link governor for Pupil Premium working closely with Mrs Taylor so that all children are able to access the best educational opportunities possible.  To this end I have attended several training sessions and conferences run by Wiltshire Council aimed specifically at Pupil Premium and the disadvantaged child.

I am excited about the positive changes which are occurring within the school at this time and continue to enjoy working with Mrs. Coupe and the teachers at Burbage as well as members of Excalibur on our continued journey to becoming an outstanding school.



Eileen Chadwick








Staff Governors - Ms Barber-Stubbs (Principal) and Mrs Thompson (Class Teacher)

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