Governor Profiles

Professor Darren Smith

I have been parent governor since 2014 and I am currently Chair of the governing body. I have been a resident of this wonderful village since 2010 and our three school age children attend Long Clawson Primary School. I recognise the important role that the school plays in the wider health and well-being of the community. I am committed to sustaining excellence in the school, and supporting high quality learning experiences via a diverse creative and challenging curriculum and caring environment to enable all children to flourish at the school. I am focused on my strategic and operational roles on the finance committee, and SEN. It is an absolute pleasure to work with the other governors, Head and staff to maintain the very high standards of the school, and foster the ethos of a 'love of learning'. 

Reverend Simon Shouler

I am the resident Church of England priest in the village and have been delegated ex-officio foundation governor for many years, Chair 2013-2016 and am currently Vice Chair. I was first a school governor in Melton in the 1980's. I am not the vicar, for Clawson has not had its own vicar for many years. I am senior partner in the family firm of Land Agents in Melton Mowbray, which gives me long experience in the management of a small enterprise, such as is Clawson school. My vision is to keep the school actively independent under the gentle control of the County Education Department, and to aid and support the Headteacher in the running of the school, all with the minimum of fuss, but above all to have happy children and an effective school of whom the village can be proud.


Mrs Melanie Oldershaw

Melanie joined the governing body as a foundation governor in January 2015. Her experience in education includes working as a school nurse, school counsellor, teacher and school registrar in both the maintained and independent sector. She is the Year 2/3 governor, oversees the EYFS and history curriculum and is on the following committees: curriculum development, pay and conditions, dismissal, appeals and grievance.  Melanie and her husband have lived in Long Clawson for 13 years and are active members of various village groups.

I am delighted to have been invited to join the governing body of our village school. The enthusiasm and commitment of the staff encourages the pupils to work hard, practise consideration for others, gives them an awareness of their role within the community, as well as preparing the children for the next stage in their academic career.

 Parent Governor Vacancy



Mrs Carole Brown

Carole became an LA Governor at the end of 2016. She sits on the Curriculum and Pay & Conditions committees, is Governor for Year 6 and numeracy.

I have lived in Long Clawson for the last five years and have found the people here to be most welcoming. Having recently retired from a time consuming career in Retail and Customer Marketing, I now have the opportunity to be more involved in village life. I have joined the Board of Governors as I see our village primary school as an integral part of this community and want to work with the other governors and staff to enhance the standing of the school and its pupils. I believe that the time spent at a primary school can provide life long friendships for both children and parents, as well as delivering the educational results, extra curricular opportunities and social skills for every child in the school and I will be supporting the school to achieve these goals.


Professor Glen Arnold

Glen became a Co-opted Governor in December 2017. Glen and Lesley moved to Long Clawson in 1997 and their two sons both attended Long Clawson School, Belvoir High and King Edward VII. “They loved their school days. The local schools provided a firm foundation for study at top universities and fulfilling careers. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the school I hold in high regard and which gave our family so much as our boys were growing up.

I see my role as supporting the Head Teacher, the teachers and other staff to continue to give unstinting service helping our young people develop into well-rounded individuals with abilities not only to read and write, but to investigate, think independently and make sound judgements – and, just as importantly, to have lots of fun! As long as I’ve known it the school has been a place where children grow in an atmosphere of harmony with others, each lending a helping hand along the way; a place where life-long friendships are forged, imagination sparked and love of learning imbued.

I hope I can contribute by aiding the staff, focused as they are on treating every pupil as an individual, each with unique qualities, each needing tailored guidance and encouragement to realise their full potential."

Glen’s background: Professor of Corporate Finance, Professor of Investing, book author, resigned from university to concentrate on investing, investment newsletter writing and book writing.



Mr Craig Hewitt

I have lived in Long Clawson for the past 4 years. Both my children attend the school, and my wife’s family have lived in the village for generations. I have worked in teaching, albeit in a secondary environment, for over 20 years.

I have confidence I will be able to put my experience to use in supporting the school in a number of key areas not least helping staff in their drive to improve the quality of teaching and learning. I am also keen to support the extraordinary work that the teachers do and help maintain their passion for the school.

I want to reflect your views and will listen out for these and put them forward. Education works best when the school works in partnership and I want to help the school build the strongest partnerships with parents and the wider community.