Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Our Governing Board consists of elected parents, members of the local community, representatives of the Church, and school staff. The Governing Board has the responsibility of monitoring all aspects of school standards. This is a strategic role. We operate and make decisions as a group, no one governor has the power to make decisions. Our work falls into five main areas:
To set the vision, ethos, aims and objectives for the school
To work with staff to define the policies for achieving the above
To work with the Headteacher to set the targets and plans for achieving those aims and outcomes
To monitor the progress that the school is making
To be a source of support and challenge (a critical friend) to the Headteacher
It is essential that our Governors have a wide range of skills in order to lead the school effectively and this drives the regular skills audits that are undertaken.
The Diocese appoint our two Foundation Governors, parents elect our 2 parent governors and staff elect the one staff member. The Headteacher is also (Ex Officio) a member of the Governing Board.
Sally Walsh – Chair of the Governors
I have lived in Little Kimble for more than 20 years and have five boys all of whom have attended Great Kimble and had a magical start to their education. On leaving school I studied for five years at St Andrews University gaining a BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry and Anatomy. Following this I spent some time as a Clinical Research Associate in the pharmaceutical industry before going to the Royal Northern College of Education to do a PGCE.
I taught for the majority of my career at St Albans School, but decided to turn my hand to tutoring from home in 2000 so that I could raise my boys.
I have been a governor since 2004 and Chair for the last few years. This has allowed me to fulfil my love of helping children to learn and develop whilst having a hand in ensuring that an excellent
education is available to all our local children. I hope to be involved with the school for many years to come.
Mala Cozadinos - (Ex Officio) Headteacher
Mala Cozadinos became Headteacher of Great Kimble C of E School in
September 2016. She has 14 years of experience in Education and was previously Deputy Head of Great Kingshill C of E School and Acting Deputy Head at Great Missenden C of E School.
Mala has always been passionate about the importance of Early Education and committed to providing all children with the strong foundations needed for lifelong learning.
Peter Cotton – Co-opted Governor
I live in Terrick and am currently Deputy Chair ofThe Guinness Partnership (a housing association)
and Chair of Guinness Care and Support, a residential and domiciliary care company; also a trustee
of a nursing home and a volunteer at a hospice.
Previously, I was a managing director of train companies(Gatwick Express
and Scotrail) and of Del Monte UK, a management consultant and a
marketing manager at Cadbury Schweppes.
I have an MA in philosophy, politics and economics.
Many years ago when living in Little Kimble my two children were very happily at Great Kimble School when I was then a parent governor (at a time when things were very different!).
Mike Hannaford – Co-opted Governor
I have lived in Great Kimble for over 40 years, and am retired from a career in International Textiles.
I am married with two children, both of whom went to the School in the late 70’s/early 80’s.
Currently I am the Numeracy Governor for the School, I chair the Finance Committee and sit on the Personnel Committee. I have been a Governor since 2007. Being a Governor has enabled me to contribute to a vital resource of our village. Our School provides an excellent start for a child’s education and I feel privileged to be part of a caring and dynamic team. In addition to my commitment to Great Kimble School I am also a Trustee of an Educational Foundation in Devon.
Linda Hodgkinson - Co-opted Governor
I have been a member of the Governing Board for four years.
I enjoy working and helping at the school in a variety of capacities but specifically I monitor equalities and cohesion and learning outside the classroom.
My background is in earth sciences. I started out in the US oil industry as a micropalaeontologist but for many years I have been involved in education, at secondary and tertiary level. As a lecturer at The Open University I worked in the Faculty of Science and later specialised in leading a small team
researching and integrating skills in the curriculum.
Helen Holman - Staff Governor
I have worked at Great Kimble School for nearly 4 years and taught both Year One and Year Two classes. I feel very privileged to be a teacher at this wonderful place as I was taught here and my mother was a midday supervisor. My first teacher inspired me to achieve my goal, to climb Kilimanjaro and afterwards to get close to elephants and see other amazing animals on a safari!
As a Staff Governor I have enjoyed learning about the running of a school, appreciate the complexities involved and represent the views of my colleagues.
Sue Howgate – Foundation Governor
My long working life features many experiences from time spent in a laundry to leading both small
and large teaching teams. My teaching at secondary level includes English, Information Technology, Media Studies, Drama and RE. I have also worked in a homeless shelter, an education library, the careers service and more.
I have lived in Great Kimble for some 22 years; now retired, I spend much of my time caring for grandchildren.
Over the decades I have worked as a volunteer in various situations, both setting up and leading groups. Currently I produce the Village Newsletter, lead the team who manage the Stewart Hall in Little Kimble and am a member of theParochial Church Council.
As a governor I have a long association with the school.
Amanda McGrail – Parent Governor
My husband and I moved to Butlers Cross and have lived here for 5 years. We have two daughters.
On completing my A levels, I started to work as a Legal Secretary in Private Practice. I later moved on to be an Executive Legal PA for the General Counsel for a large American Agricultural Company.
I then went on to assist in the start-up of a successful Private Equity Fund based in London.
I was Manager of the Company’s general administration, accounting, payroll, Trust matters, FSA
and investor reporting, being my main roles. I worked there for 10 years.
I then decided to work with flowers and trained as a florist. I wanted to do something that I enjoy and that also can be worked around family life, and I am endeavouring to start a company.
I was appointed a Parent Governor in May 2015 which I am excited about. It’s an honour to be involved with such a wonderful dedicated school and to work with the children is extremely satisfying. Great Kimble is such an amazing start for them. I am Literacy Governor and Development Governor and sit on the Health and Safety Committee.
Zena Powell - Co-opted Governor
My son joined the school in 2011 and I began volunteering there soon after. When my son left to go onto junior school I continued my association with the school and joined the Governing Body as an Associate Governor in late 2015.
Originally from Shropshire, I have lived locally for many years. Having graduated with a degree in Estate Management I worked in various management roles for Toys R Us for over 15 years. These included working in stores, project management and store planning.
I now work part time locally and help at a local toddler group.
Our governors carry out their responsibilities through the committees list below. All governors are involved in the Curriculum Committee:
We are very fortunate that our governors are actively involved in all areas of school life. Many visit the school on a regular basis taking part in collective worship, supporting early literacy, participating in working parties and supporting the children in their classes.
Governors are volunteers and do not get paid. They are entitled to claim expenses and we actively encourage our governors to put in claims for babysitting, travel, etc. The school can only flourish with dedicated governors, but we want it to be open to everyone who is interested.
Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Sally Walsh.
Many of our governors are linked to specific subjects to aid monitoring of teaching and learning. This governor also liaises when possible with the subject leader, particularly for core subjects. Our governor who is responsible for monitoring Safeguarding is Mrs Sue Howgate. The following list shows the areas specific governors are responsible for:
|Name||Category||Term of Office|
|Mrs Walsh||Chair of Governing Board; Chair of Health and Safety and Curriculum; Science & Eco-schools; Attendance||2019|
|Mr Hannaford||Chair of Finance; Maths||2019|
Foundation Governor: Chair of Personnel; Safeguarding
|Mrs Hodgkinson||Vice Chair Governing Board; Equalities and Cohesion; Learning Outside the Classroom||2019|
Special Educational Needs; Pupil Premium
Parent Governor; Literacy; Development Governor; Health and Safety
|Mrs Holman||Staff Governor||2020|
Sports Governor; EYFS
The governors are also responsible for ensuring the school meets its Public Sector Equality Duty. In practice this means that the governors audit the school to ensure that any issues with things such as underperformance, poor progression, and bullying are dealt with without any prejudice or bias. The school has an Equality Act statement which can be accessed by clicking the link below.
One of the ways this is monitored is through governor visits, Headteacher reports and the Curriculum Committee. The school is committed to ensuring that all groups of pupils have equal opportunites within a mainstream school to access a broad and balanced curriculum.
Since September 2015 there is a requirement for certain information about the Governing Board to be published on websites. Please click on the link below to be directed to this information.
If you think you would be interested in joining our Governing Board, either representing the Church, the Community, or as a parent please contact the School Office:
email: email@example.com or tel: 01844 346189.
It is possible for you to undertake ‘shadowing’ to enable you to see some of the roles, responsibilities and ways the committees work.
If you would like to be a governor, no formal qualifications are required; you will need common sense, time, enthusiasm and a commitment to working as part of a team. All our Kimble governors come from different backgrounds and have a variety of skills and life experience. However, we all share a commitment to the school and to maintaining high quality education within our local village for all pupils.
Any governor can be contacted by leaving a message with Mrs Jeffs.
Part of the Governing Board’s role is to see where the school is performing well and those areas that we could still improve further. Whilst we appreciate that, as part of a small school, many of you will regularly pop in to speak to members of staff when issues arise or when you need clarification about a certain date, it is one of our duties to distribute a formal questionnaire. Previous questionnaires have led to the introduction of ‘Over subscription to extra-curricular clubs policy’, information sheets on childhood diseases and how long to keep children off school, and a half termly opportunity for parents to come in after school and see their children’s work. We have also noted your request to have more prompts in newsletters about how to help your child at home.
It is always useful to have feedback from parents and other stakeholders as it helps us to evaluate and move the school forwards. If you wish to give feedback in between the formal questionnaires it will be gratefully received and reviewed. Please email or leave any comments in a sealed envelope at the school office.