Adam Smith - Head Teacher 

Ex-Officio Staff Governor

Since February 2016

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing, Finance & Premises

Kate Brooks

Parent Governor

April 2017 – April 2021

Committee: Finance & Premises

Subject Lead: tbc

Responsibilities: tbc
I live in Chilmark and my son is in Sycamore Class (year 2) and I have been really impressed with the education and support he receives at our lovely village school. I spent 10 years working at the Citizens Advice Bureau, and now work for Dorothy House Hospice Care, near Bath. I am a volunteer with the Wiltshire Council Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme and I am Treasurer of the Friends. I dance, with more enthusiasm than skill, with White Horse Morris.

Chris Farrand

Vice Chair of Governors

July 2016 - July 2020

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: Sport & PE

Responsibilities: Whistleblowing, Data & Pupil Premium, Staff Appeal Panel
I have one child currently in year 3, and my younger daughter will be starting in reception this year. I started work as a chef and then have worked in estate agency for the last 15 years. Prior to this I was a chef. In my spare time I enjoy football and squash. I spent my childhood living in Chilmark, and have a great affinity with the village. I decided to become a governor, as I am passionate that the school flourishes, and that every pupil that attends the school realises their full potential.

Katie Fry

Foundation Governor

August 2015 – August 2019

Committee: Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Teacher Pay Panel, Staffing Panel
I have three children, two of whom are in Elm Class, and my eldest is at Shaftesbury School in Y9 having been at Chilmark from Reception through to Y6. My husband is a farmer and has lived and worked in the area all his life. I am a Veterinary Nurse and work part time in Shaftesbury. I love walking my dogs and looking after the calves we have on the farm. My other love is singing and I sing weekly with a chamber choir in London.

Caroline Marking

Local Authority Governor

February 2017 – February 2021

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: Humanities

Responsibilities: SEND, Staff Appeal Panel, Pupil Discipline Committee
I live in Fonthill Gifford and have three grown up daughters. My youngest is at Bristol University. I have a background in Finance and Executive Search. I have previous Governor experience from Leaden Hall School in Salisbury, and am actively involved in the Chalke Valley History Festival. I am also a Trustee of Wilton Riding for the Disabled. I am delighted with my recent appointment as a Governor at this special school where I am responsible for Special Educational Needs and Humanities.

Patrick Middleton

Chair of Governors

November 2015 – November 2019

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: Numeracy

Responsibilities: Head Teacher Performance Panel, Staffing Panel
After a full career in the Royal Navy, mostly as an engineer and submariner, I was the secretary in a grant making trust for some years. With my wife Janey, I have been involved in many village activities over the past 22 years; also I was a previous Governor of the school.

Glen Miller

Co-opted Governor

September 2016 - September 2020

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: ICT

Responsibilities: PR & Marketing Group, Complaints, Pupil Discipline Committee
I have worked as a graphic designer for more than 40 years, including 17 years at ITN (ITV News). A former Hampshire Parish Councilor, I am now a member of Chilmark PCC, and my wife Sarah and I edit and produce The Village Voice newsletter. I believe that art is important in the development of the young mind, and I hope I will be able to help promote and market the school.

Sarah Riggs

Foundation Governor

February 2016 – February 2020

Committee: Chair of Finance & Premises

Subject Lead: Science

Responsibilities: PR & Marketing Group, Governor Newsletter Editor, Staff Appeal Panel
I have two children at Chilmark & Fonthill Bishop School who are thriving and are very proud of their wonderful school, which is why I am passionate about helping to develop and build upon its success.  We have lived nearby on the Fonthill Estate for many years and have strong links with the local community.  I work part time as a midwife and am also a member of the Friends committee.

Wendy Rooke

Staff Governor

December 2013 – December 2017

School Administrative Officer

Committee: Finance & Premises
I am the staff governor and I have lived in Chilmark all my life; both my children and grandchildren have attended Chilmark & Fonthill Bishop Primary School.

Bev Small

Foundation Governor

March 2015 – March 2019

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: Literacy

Responsibilities: Staff Well Being, PR & Marketing Group, Teacher Pay Panel, Complaints, Pupil Discipline Committee
I have lived in Chilmark since May 2014 – I have a son at Exeter University and a daughter in the sixth form. Before raising a family, I worked for nearly a decade in the corporate entertainment department at Sotheby’s, London. Since then I have run a wide variety of fundraising events for different charities and educational organisations. I am passionate about every aspect of our Church of England Primary School. Running the school library has allowed me to know all our wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, cooking, gardening and dog training!

Rev Graham Southgate

Ex Officio Foundation Governor

Since November 2011

Committee: Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: RE & PSHE

Responsibilities: Staffing Panel
I am the Foundation Governor ex officio through being the Team Rector for the Nadder Valley Benefice, which includes the villages of both Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop. I was a research Microbial Biochemist before I became a priest, thus my outlook spans both science and matters of faith. Along with my colleague Mark Hayter, I help to lead Collective Worship on Tuesday mornings and the occasional service in the village church.

Ian Sutcliffe

Foundation Governor

March 2016 – March 2020

Committee: Chair of Curriculum & Staffing

Subject Lead: Art, Music, Dance & Design Technology

Responsibilities: Teacher Pay Panel, Complaints
I have been the Director of Music in several major independent schools throughout my career. My wife and I now run The Riverbarn in Fonthill Bishop with our two chef sons Jonny and Tom. I enjoy working with colleagues and supporting the fundamental work of this lovely school. I am enjoying running weekly Musical Assemblies and leading the school’s new Chamber Choir.

David Ullyott

Foundation Governor

August 2015 – August 2019

Committee: Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: Health & Safety, Head Teacher Performance Panel
My wife and I have 2 children at Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop (in Oak and Sycamore classes) who both love the school and its learning environment.

As a farm manager, I am very lucky to be able to get out and enjoy the Wiltshire countryside on a regular basis, and I am keen to develop the links the school has with both local farmers and the wider community. Anytime I am not occupied by work, family and school governance you can find me playing cricket (badly!) for Chilmark Cricket Club.

Carina Sawyer – Clerk to the Governors


Governors can be contacted either through the school office or via email:


Full governing body meeting dates, attendance, recent agendas and minutes are available upon request from the School Office. Attendance at sub committees is also available upon request together with further information, including agendas, minutes and copies of papers circulated with each agenda. Please note that certain matters do have to remain confidential.