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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.


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 consists of a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 12 members.




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

Rachel Bolger is a Company Director with a varied background covering geological sciences, minerals, industry journalism, project management and, more recently, voluntary work for Citizens Advice and the ME Association.  She is the parent of two former Croft pupils.





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 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.


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


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.


Howard Lucas is a Designer Craftsman, Director of a specialist bespoke joinery, soft fitting and management consultancy and also the Director of a small art gallery.  He is also the parent of two former pupils of The Croft.



Sam Thornton is the representative of the Board of Directors.


  Marcus Cook, Headmaster, ex-officio member of the Governing Committee. 


The Governors may be contacted via the Clerk on: