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Governing Committee

Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Governing Committee




The Governing Committee of The Croft Preparatory School is a body of volunteers who set the aims and objectives of the school and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities. The Committee provides strategic leadership, support and challenge to the school, and is accountable for its decisions to The Board of Directors. Its key responsibilities are to oversee the provision of a high quality education, to monitor the performance of the school whilst supporting the work of the Headmaster and his team.


The Governing Committee of The Croft Preparatory School has 11 members consisting of 1 Proprietor Governor, 1 Parent Governor, 1 Staff Governor and 8 Community Governors from a range of backgrounds:



Chair of Governors

 Vanessa Aris is a retired Science Teacher with over 30 years’ experience and is Chair of Governors at two Primary Schools in Gloucestershire. In all, Vanessa has been a Governor in 8 schools (repeatedly as Chair or Vice Chair) and has worked with Local Authorities on issues of Governance. She was awarded the MBE in 2000 for services to Education. Vanessa is Chairman of the Governing Committee.

Vice Chair of Governors

Peter Lee-Smith is a retired Prep School Headmaster and former Reporting Inspector for ISI. Peter has worked as an Education Consultant since retiring and was also the Mentor Co-ordinator at IAPS.



John Whitting QC is a highly respected barrister with a wealth of experience of independent education. His daughter, Lara, attends The Croft, whilst his older children have been at four different Prep schools. As a QC, John is well qualified to ask difficult questions if required.

Robert Vaudry is a local Councillor, businessman and former parent of The Croft. With a background in finance, Robert sits on a number of Boards and Committees and has a passion for supporting local communities and businesses.
  Mark Holden is a chartered surveyor and local businessman who runs a niche consultancy business in Birmingham. He is a parent of former pupils of the Croft.

John Badham is a retired Prep School Headteacher. He is a councillor on Tewkesbury town council and has been governor of a number of schools over the past 20 years.

Sam Thornton is Business Operations Director of The Croft and is also Curator of the Geology and Model Train Museums. Before joining the family business, he lived and worked in Australia where he worked at Melbourne Girls’ Grammar as Director of Education.
Marcus Cook was appointed Headmaster of The Croft in 2013. A former professional rugby player, Marcus was promoted from his role as Director of Studies to Deputy Headmaster at The Croft before securing his first Headship. Marcus is an ex-officio Governor.


The Governors may be contacted via the Clerk on: