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Meet the Governors

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What is a governing body?
The Government requires that each school has a management team, a governing body.  This team is made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves, parents, local authority, staff, community and dioceses.  Governors are either elected or appointed, e.g. Parent Governors are elected from the parent body; the Local Authority (LA) appoints LA Governors, the governing body appoints Community Governors.

What does a governing body do?
The governing body works in partnership with the headteacher, staff, parents and the Local Authority to raise standards of achievement in the school, led by the Chair of Governors.  The main functions of the governing body are to:
a.) provide a Strategic view

b.) act as a Critical Friend; and 
c.) ensure Accountability

Yattendon Governors
If you are interested in helping to make Yattendon the best school it can be and want to be more involved in school life please contact our Clerk to the Governors - Lorna Dimery - for more information.

Rachel Bowron - Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor
I was elected as a parent governor in September 2010, shortly after my son joined the school. He has now moved on to secondary school but my daughter is still at Yattendon. I was appointed for a second four-year term as a co-opted governor in September 2014 and am also very proud to be Yattendon's Chair of Governors.

I am a member of the Pupil & Standards, Resources, Pay and Admissions committees. I am currently responsible for monitoring the areas of the school development plan regarding assessment and leadership & management. I am also the link governor for maths.
Gemma Wilcox - Vice Chair of Governors
Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since September 2013 and I really enjoy being part of a great team. I've lived in Horley all my life and am a full-time mum to our three boys, one of which is here at Yattendon.

I am currently a member of the Pupils & Standards, Resources and the Admissions committees. 
I am also responsible for monitoring Science and my area of the School Development Plan is Area 6 - Focus Groups.
I am very pleased to have this opportunity to support the school in its continued development and success.

Dave Cole
Headteacher and Staff Governor 

I am a member of the governing body and attend all the sub-committee meetings as part of my role as the Headteacher. 
As the Headteacher, it is my core aim to ensure that we provide our children with both the opportunity and the confidence to be happy, fulfilled and successful in their future years. I am firmly committed to ensuring that each child achieves their potential and leaves our school with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to flourish in the 21st Century. We strive to ensure that our children will develop a deep love of learning and a real zest for life as a result of their time at Yattendon.
I will be working very hard with the rest of the Yattendon team to ensure that every child benefits from an outstanding education.

John Jennings
Community Governor

Although not having a child at Yattendon School, I have been a Community Governor for over ten years. Now retired but as a result of my background in industry and human resources my prime focus has been as a member of the Resources Committee. Yattendon is a special school and I feel privileged to have been involved with it.
  Elvira Mackenzie
Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in September 2010 as a parent governor. I'm married and have two children, my eldest is now at secondary school and my daughter is at Yattendon, I have lived in Horley for 13 years. Before becoming a full time mum I worked in the travel industry for Continental Airlines and where I worked as a Manager in Customer Services. Impressed by the school, when my son started, I thought it would be great to get more directly involved and look forward to seeing the school continue to flourish.

Jan Clark
Partnership Governor
I have been a Governor at Yattendon school for the last two years and when my son left Yattendon in July 2013 I decide to continue as a Governor because I am passionate about the direction the school is heading and so much good work has been done by all under the leadership of Dave Cole and Guy Perkins. My background in Employment Law, working for the Home Office, has supported my role as Governor and I am sure it will continue to do so. I enjoy being part of the team that continues to work hard to ensure the school is an outstanding place to learn not just in academia, but also in the rich learning experiences that will set the foundation for our children's values throughout their lifetime.
Rukshana Horwood
Local Authroity Governor

I moved to Horley 25 years ago when I was offered a job at Gatwick. I loved it here so much that I stayed. I chose to send my daughter to Yattendon as I felt the values of the school very much echoed mine. The school's ethos and attitudes encapsulate all I was looking for in a primary school. They constantly endeavour to achieve more for the students and every decision made is to better the individual child. After a 25 year career with British Airways, I decided to set up my own business. As my areas of expertise include Leadership Development, People Management, Performance Transformation and coaching, I felt that as a Governor I could add value to the goals and vision of the school. I am passionate about helping young people grow and develop into confident individuals and part of my business also involves delivering Employability programmes to secondary schools. This is very symbiotic with what I hope to offer Yattendon. I am the newest Governor, as I only joined the board in December 2014. 

Kate Humby
Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since April 2014 and really enjoy being part of the governing body.
I wanted to become a Parent Governor as my eldest daughter had such a great learning journey at Yattendon.
I loved the ethos of the school and all the other things that sit around the core curriculum. I especially love the Y Factor and what it brings to every child’s learning journey. I decided to become more involved with helping other children to have the same positive experience.
I am a professional photographer and have been for the last 8 years. I specialise in capturing people naturally. Since September 2015 I have also started to work at Yattendon with their Year 4’s as a Learning Support Assistant.
Historically, I have spent many years working in big corporate companies within Customer Service and Project Management roles, this enables me to bring my skills and experience in these areas to the governing body.
  Guy Perkins
Deputy Headteacher and Associate Governor

Having taught for a number of years in Surrey primary schools, I joined Yattendon in September 2010 as Deputy Headteacher. I was soon struck by the unique atmosphere at Yattendon; in particular, the enthusiasm of Yattendon children.
I have always had a passion for education, and am particularly keen to develop in children a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for their own learning.
I live fairly locally near Dorking and have a young daughter who is being educated in a Surrey school. Parenting is not easy in the twenty-first century. Pressures that come with being a working parent make engaging with your child’s education particularly challenging. With the Headteacher, Dave Cole, I am keen to involve parents and carers as much as possible, and help them feel part of the school community.
Gill Labbett - HLTA / ELSA
Staff Governor
I was elected as a Support Staff Governor in 2009 and have worked at Yattendon School since 1991. I have HLTA status and I am Yattendon's ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) - part of this role is being school 'Worry Buster'. I am part of the Home School Link Worker team. I have always been very passionate about my work at this school and know that at Yattendon every child really does matter. I am a Link Governor for continuing professional development and training and also sit on the Pupil and Standards committee. I take great pleasure in being a member of the Governing Body at Yattendon School.
Alison Burgess - Year 3 Teacher
Co-opted Governor

I joined Yattendon School in September 2013 and am currently teaching in Year 3. Prior to joining Yattendon, I worked at a school in Crawley for two years. Before to becoming a teacher I worked for the Local Government for several years and was also a Governor at a school in West Sussex.
I really enjoy the challenges of being part of a Governing Body and am enjoying this role at Yattendon School.

Ann-Kathrin Baumgardt
Co-opted Governor

I have recently been appointed to the governing body at Yattendon. Born and raised in Germany I have been living in the UK since 2004 and in Earlswood since 2010.

I’m very excited to be part of a great team of governors and to be able to actively contribute and make a difference in my community. Great education is one of the most important foundations to help children grow up into confident, self-expressed, happy and fulfilled adults; Yattendon’s vision of developing the “whole child” encompasses that.

With the skills and professional experience I have acquired over the past twelve years I hope to be able to contribute to the continued success of Yattendon School where children are able to fulfil their full potential.

  Lorna Dimery
Clerk to the Governors




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