Meet the Governors

What is a Governing Body?

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


The Governing Body has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Structure of the governing body:

At Yattendon we meet as a Full Governing Body on at least seven occasions throughout the year. Unlike some schools, we no longer operate with separate committees focusing on resources and pupil standards but instead work collaboratively to monitor these through an ongoing cycle. In addition, where working parties are required to monitor particular areas of school life, these are formed as necessary. We do however operate a pay committee and a headteacher’s appraisal committee.


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 then please contact us ( for more information.


Ann-Kathrin Baumgardt

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 fulfill their full potential.


Alastair Hitchman

Vice - Chair

I am a co –opted governor for Yattendon School and am a secondary school teacher for my ‘day job’. I have had extensive governance experience and am looking forward to working with Yattendon school offering my experience and skills for the benefit of the whole school community.

Guy Perkins


Having taught for a number of years in Surrey primary schools, I joined Yattendon in September 2010 as Deputy Headteacher and was appointed Head Teacher in 2016. 

I have always had a passion for education, and I 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 daughter of eighteen and two young sons. Parenting is not easy in the twenty-first century. Pressures that come with being a working parent can mean that engaging with your child’s education is particularly challenging. I am keen to involve parents and carers as much as possible, and help them feel part of the school community.

Ruth Bienkowski

My name is Ruth Bienkowski and I have been a teacher for more than twenty years now. I am now a very proud deputy head teacher here at Yattendon School.  I have worked in all sorts of schools around the south-east of England and two schools abroad.  I am proud of the experience I have in different settings and believe that this is a valuable addition to our school and our governing body.

I love working here at Yattendon and my passion is to drive our school forward in making the education of our children the best it can possibly be and support all our families throughout their child’s journey with us.

John Jennings
Community Governor 
Although not having a child at Yattendon School, I have been a Co-opted 
Governor for over ten years. Now retired but as a result of my background in industry and human resources my prime focus has been on finance and staffing matters. Yattendon is a special school and I feel privileged to have been involved with it.

Jan Clark
Partnership Governor

I have been a Governor at Yattendon school for a number of years and when my son left Yattendon in July 2013 I decided 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.

Tina Rowbotham
Clerk to the Governors

Judith Barlow

I was elected in December 2019 by the staff at Yattendon to join the Governing Board as a Staff Governor. I have worked in Surrey schools for over 15 years, initially as a teaching assistant before training to become a teacher. I joined the staff at Yattendon in September 2018 and currently work as year leader and teacher in Year 5.

I'm really keen to help support the school in any way I can, to ensure the best possible experience and progress for children who attend our school.

Katherine Saunders

Parent Governor

I’ve recently joined the governing body as a Parent Governor having had one son go through Yattendon and with two still there in Years 4 and 6. I have been Chair of the Governing Body at Meath Green Infants for the last three years, which I really enjoyed. I now want to give something back to support Yattendon as my children have and are getting so much from the school. In my day job I am Chief Executive of Alliance for Better Care which is the local federation of GP practices and currently very involved in the running of the Covid-19 Vaccination programme.

Louise Boughen

Parent Governor

I became a governor in November 2020, however, I have been a parent at Yattendon since 2014. I have been an active member of the Friends of Yattendon, and following a term as a governor at a different school, I wanted to use my experience and other relevant skills to contribute to the governing body.

I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of this team of governors and to support the school in continuing to achieve its shared vision. I am also eager to to bring a parent’s perspective and welcome any feedback or suggestions from other parents.