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Sonya Agar 

I became a governor in June 2016 and I have a son in the Junior school and a daughter who will be joining him in September 2016. I would like to make a valid contribution to the way things are done, as I have an inquisitive nature and a community spirit. I qualified as a medical doctor and have worked in acute hospital medicine for 9 years and later within the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries for 15 years. This gives me a broad base from which to analyse information, challenge decisions and balance interests for the benefit of the school. I believe it is important to protect the things we care about, and I currently serve on the Communications Committee.

 

Bob Albery, Chair of the Communications Committee

I became a parent governor in October 2014 in order to help the school develop and improve. My son has progressed through the Infants into the Juniors, and both he and his parents believe that it is an excellent school, nurturing and developing our children’s performance in the critical early stages of their academic careers. The school has a vital role to play, not only in educating our children, but also providing a focal point for the village community, and my aspiration to become a parent governor stemmed from a desire to ensure that the school continues to promote high standards, both academically and socially.  I have recently retired from a career in retail buying, which gave me extensive experience in the commercial world as a decision maker and people manager, in an environment where listening and influencing were critical attributes to success, and I believe these are ideal qualities to bring to the parent governor role.  I have worked previously as a parent governor at a primary school for children with severe learning difficulties in Lewisham, where I sat on the Personnel and Finance sub-committees.   I am one of the Curriculum governors for the Creative Curriculum and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education).

 

Ann Alderson, Chair of the Infrastructure Committee

I became a Community Governor of the Infant School in summer 2010, and have continued as a Governor for the Federated Schools. I am an architect by profession and currently am a consultant, advisor and author of good practice guidance in accessible environments and sustainability in the healthcare sector. I became a Governor to have more contact with young children as my own grand-children lived a long way away, I want to learn more about the current education system and I want to contribute to the local community now that I have more spare time. I am Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, Governor responsible for Health and Safety, and also serve on the Finance Committee. My particular interests are making both schools sustainable and accessible to all, and teaching children about contributing to a sustainable environment.  I am also curriculum governor for Outdoor Learning.

 

Melvyn Bleakley, Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Vice-Chair of Governors

I joined the Infant School Governing Body in 2005. I worked until 2012 as an assistant priest in the parish of Chalfont St. Giles, and therefore have a close interest in local village life and was particularly pleased with the decision to allow the schools to work together as The Village School. Before that I worked as a teacher in a number of Buckinghamshire schools, finally as Deputy Head Teacher in Ash Hill Primary School in High Wycombe. I was very pleased to become a school governor in the village of Chalfont St Giles, and to have the opportunity of using my professional skills to benefit our local schools and community. I also work in a voluntary capacity for the National Trust, developing and delivering history days for local school groups. My current responsibilities within the governing body are the delivery of the curriculum to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), ensuring that the curriculum is made fully available to all children, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disabilities and ensuring that British Values are an integral part of the curriculum. I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee and a member of the Personnel Committee. I also spend some time on two days each week working regularly with groups of children on both Village School sites.

 

Gill Brown

When my children started at Chalfont St Giles Infant School over thirty years ago, I became involved as a parent helper. I have been a staff member for nearly 30 years, working in both schools and finally in the nursery. I joined the governing body as a staff governor in the 1990s and have continued to work alongside staff, governors and parents to maintain our ethos as an excellent caring school. Since retiring I have moved to become an associate governor.  I serve on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

 

Clare Calderan

I became a parent governor in 2009 so that I could learn more about and help the school which my children attended. My daughter has since moved on to senior school, but my son is still in the Juniors. I currently work in a finance training organisation and I am a chartered accountant. I have a keen interest in watching the school progress towards the high standards they set themselves and have seen many positive changes over the last few years. I became an associate governor in July 2015 to continue to oversee the Junior school Trust Fund.

 

Patricia English

I have worked at the school since January 1995 based at the Infant site until 2013. In September 2013 I became Deputy Headteacher based at the Junior Site. I have been a Staff Governor since 2003 and I was very pleased to be part of the federation process which has resulted in the formation of Chalfont St Giles Village School. I serve on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Infrastructure Committee.

 

James Holmes

I have worked at the school since 2012 and joined the Governing Body shortly afterwards. I am currently enjoying working in Upper KS2 at the Junior Site. The ethos of the school is very important to me and I hope to give something back. I serve on the Communication and School Travel Plan Committees. I became a Staff Governor on 1st December 2016.

 

Katherine Mannion

I have worked at the school since January 1999. I have been mostly based at the Infant School as a class teacher and the SENDCo. For the last three years I extended the latter role to work as SENDCo across both Junior and Infant sites. I am now the Deputy Headteacher at the Infant Site and very much enjoying this position. I also live in the village and my son is at the school. Being part of the community is very important to me and I am very proud to work at Chalfont St Giles Village School both as a staff member and governor. I serve on the Communications, Infrastructure and Finance committees.

 

Victoria Neil

I was appointed as a parent governor in 2015 and bring to the role legal experience, having been employed as a lawyer in both the private and public sector since 2004.  I first moved to Chalfont St Peter from Yorkshire with my family in 1999 and finished my schooling in the area, before moving to London to continue with Higher Education.  My younger sister attended Chalfont St Giles Infant and Junior Schools and her experience whilst a student there, was a factor in my partner and I deciding to send our own daughter to the nursery and now reception. Since returning to the village 5 years ago I have been impressed to see the same community spirt running through the school's ethos and welcome the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing success and future development, through the governing body.  I am Early Years curriculum governor and I serve on the Personnel Committee.

 

Eleanor O’Connor, Chair of the Personnel Committee

I became a governor in 2003 because I wanted to make a contribution to my children’s school. My working background has been in administration, marketing, and communications for a trade association in the City, followed by five years as a school secretary. Although my children are now at university and secondary school, I have remained a governor because I continue to find my role rewarding and fulfilling and believe I can continue to assist the school. I was Chair of Governors of the Junior School before it federated with the Infant School and I served as Chair of the newly formed Chalfont St Giles Village School until I stood down in October 2014. I regularly help at both school sites in class and assist on school trips when required so that I can spend time with the pupils. I believe our role as governors is to support the school to provide the best education possible for our children in an enjoyable and stimulating environment. I have served on every school committee at different times but currently serve on the Personnel, Infrastructure, Communications and the Travel Plan Committees. I am Child Protection Governor and I am also one of the Curriculum governors for the Creative Curriculum and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education).

 

Jeremy Ryman

I was born and brought up locally in Chorleywood and have lived in St Giles since 1982. I brought my knowledge and commercial links to the Infant School when I joined their governing body in 1990. I became a Bucks County Councillor in 1997 and am now a councillor at Chiltern District Council. I am interested in finance, management and the infrastructure and I serve on the Infrastructure Committee.  I am also a governor at Chenies School.

 

Sue Salmon

 

I have worked at the Junior School since 2004.  I started as an SSA, supporting a child on a one to one basis and worked through the 4 year groups with that child.  When the child left the Junior School I was asked to remain on as an LSA which I was delighted to do; as I love working and being part of our school community. Since becoming an LSA I have completed various training courses including my NVQ3.  Recently I have completed a course in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), which I passed with ‘outstanding’.

Prior to joining the Junior School I was with the the Metropolitan Police Force for 13 years and then worked as Matron at a local boys’ private prep school for 4 years.

I enjoy my position as an LSA and felt that after 13 years that I would like to contribute more by becoming a governor and be part of the school’s future direction.  I serve on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

 

Jane Scott

I was elected a parent governor in 2014.  I have a background in business analysis within both the public and private sectors, in finance and “head office” roles. I enjoy the research, reading, finances and committee work involved with governance.  CSG school is terrific, and I believe it can become still better.Our three children have attended the school since Nursery and are currently at both the Infant and Junior schools.  I am Numeracy governor and serve on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.  I am also curriculum governor for PSHE, behaviour and pupil voice.

 

Donna Westall, Chair of Governors

I became a governor in May 2009. All my three children have attended the Nursery, Infant and Junior schools. I have lived in Chalfont St Giles since 1992 and, having grown up in London, I feel we are really privileged to live in a wonderful community with such an excellent school. My work background is in HR: I was a European pay and benefits manager until 2000. I now do part-time admin and accounts for my husband’s strategy consultancy partnership and am a trustee of the Community Library. I have been very impressed with the way the schools have developed over the past few years, especially since they federated and I am keen to support them in maintaining or, where possible, even bettering their excellent standards. I became Chair of Governors in October 2014 and I currently serve on the Personnel and Finance Committees.


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