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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 & Computing and my area of the School Development Plan is Area 5 - Pupil Well-being.
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 am married and have two children, my eldest has just left Yattendon while my daughter has just started in year 3, and have lived in Horley for 12 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.
Jenny Beattie
Partnership Governor

I have been a governor at Yattendon since January 2014. I retired from teaching in December 2010 having taught at Horley Infant School and at Yattendon. I am enjoying the opportunity to use my experience and make a positive contribution to the school community. I am a member of the Pupil and Standards committee and I am responsible for monitoring the area of the school development plan for Teaching and Learning. I am the link governor for SEN and Focus Groups.

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. 

Katie Wells
Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since April 2014. I wanted to become a governor at Yattendon as my eldest daughter had such a great learning journey at Yattendon I wanted to be involved in helping other children have the same positive experience. I have 2 daughters and have lived in Horley for the last 6 years. I am a professional photographer and specialise in capturing people naturally. Previously I was a Project Manager for a big corporate company. I am passionate about community and learning creatively.

I am currently a member of the Pupils & Standards, Resources and the Admissions committees. I am also the Link governor for Focus Groups and SMSC which fits perfectly with my passion for creative learning and community.

  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.
Stella Coulson - Head of Teaching and Learning / Senior Leader
Co-opted Governor
I started at Yattendon in September 2011 and continue to enjoy being part of the Governing body. Prior to working at Yattendon, I worked in another Surrey Junior school and upon taking the role of Year 5 leader here, I thought it would be great to further my understanding of the school and nominate myself as a Staff Governor. Since I will be taking maternity leave shortly this academic year, I have changed my role within the Governing body slightly and have become a Co-opted Governor. This role continues to give me many opportunities to see the inner workings of the school and help support its development further.
Gill Labbett - HLTA / ELSA
Staff Governor
I was elected as 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 along with Mrs Timms. I am also SENCo support. I have always been very passionate about my work at this school and know that at Yattendon every child really does matter. I am Link Governor for continuing professional development and training and 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 in September 2013 and am currently a Year 3 teacher. I trained as a teacher 4 years ago and prior to working at Yattendon, I worked in a school in Crawley for two years.  Before becoming a teacher I worked in Local Government for several years and was also a Governor at a school in West Sussex.  I really enjoyed the challenges of being part of a Governing Body and am looking forward to taking on this role at Yattendon School
Jessica Balls - Senior Leader
Associate Member
I joined Yattendon in January 2014 and was quickly impressed with the attitudes towards learning from the children.  After gaining my qualification as an Advanced Skills Teacher in my previous school, I was interested in gaining a further insight into how schools and their Governing body work together to drive the school forward. I am delighted that I have been given the chance to work with a committee and the Governing body to further develop Yattendon, and I look forward to the coming year ahead.
Charley Standring - Year 3 Leader
Associate Member
I joined Yattendon in January 2012 and was drawn by the children's ethos to their learning and the values underpinning the school.  I currently teach in Year 3 and thoroughly enjoy my role as Year 3 Leader.  I previously worked as a Year 2 teacher in a local infant school and I have a passion for Maths in helping children see the fun side.  I am looking forward to the opportunity I have been given as a committee member and am interested in developing my understanding of how a school and a governing body can continue to enhance the lives of our pupils. I am looking forward to the exciting year ahead for our school.    
  Lorna Dimery
Clerk to the Governors




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