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.
Clare Lodge - (Ex Officio) Headteacher
I am delighted to be the Headteacher at Great Kimble C of E School, taking up post in September 2021. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children's lives and the right of every child to receive an excellent education.
In 2016 I was appointed Headteacher of Cippenham Infant School, part of a Multi Academy Trust in Slough and in 2019 I supported the school through an amalgamation with a large Primary School to form Cippenham School. I have held teaching and senior leadership positions across all age ranges over my career in education.
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 Expressand 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!).
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.
Robert Martin - Co-opted Governor
Robert is a retired history graduate and chartered company secretary, having held public company administration roles during his career.
Robert has lived in Great Kimble since 1995 and has been active in the community as a Trustee of the Friends of Kimble Churches and member of the Kimble Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
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 the Parochial Church Council.
As a governor I have a long association with the school.
Lynda Swinbourn - Foundation Governor
Having emigrated to England from South Africa in 2019, I chose to settle in Great Kimble to be close to my daughters and grandchildren, one
of whom attends Great Kimble School. Upon joining the church, I was appointed a Foundation Governor in May 2021.
For the past 38 years I have been involved in teaching in some capacity. I started my teaching career as a Senior Physical Science and Biology teacher until I founded an NGO in South Africa to assist teachers with the teaching of English as an additional language, writing materials, developing community projects, and facilitating community programmes. I worked as an Academic Curriculum Director, leading the professional development of the academic staff as well as mentoring Teachers. Since coming to the UK, I have been involved in tutoring several students, both face-to-face and online.
As I reach retirement, my role as Governor will allow me to continue to be involved in education and to fulfil my passion of helping students to reach their academic potential. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to fulfilling it for many years to come.
John Helm - Parent Governor
I have lived in Great Kimble for over 8 years. My son attends the school and absolutely loves it there, so when I was appointed as a Governor in 2018 I was delighted.
Before moving to Great Kimble, we lived in London and I still commute back each day for work. Despite having a degree in Civil Engineering, I have spent my entire working life in finance, predominately as an analyst in the City and in Switzerland. I spent most of 2018 working on GDPR projects, so I was happy to offer my advice and have since become the GDPR Governor. I have also been a professional photographer for 8 years.
When not working, you might find me in a Welsh river panning for gold.
Liz Jones - Parent Governor
My son started Great Kimble School in 2017 and my family and I have really enjoyed becoming part of this close and caring community. I soon joined the parent’s committee, Friends of Kimble, and enjoy helping in events such as the Christmas and Easter Fayres. Having seen the way that the parents and school pull together for these occasions I was keen to take up the role of a Parent Governor.
During my time working in holiday camps, whilst I completed my degree in accountancy and management, I soon realised that I had a passion for working with and supporting children. I have been a primary school teacher since completing my Primary PGCE in 2005. I have specialised in teaching within the Early Years Curriculum which inspired my interest in early intervention strategies, helping to support children with special educational needs.I am now teaching part time, supporting an Early Years department and their Special needs provision.
I currently sit on the Teaching and Learning, Health and Safety committees and am the Development Governor. In addition I enjoy coming into school once a week to support the children in their reading.
Tom Audley - Parent governor
I have lived in the in the local area my whole life except for when I went to University to study for a degree in Sport Science and Business. A couple of years later I went on to study for a Law degree. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and practised Property Law and Private Client work for over 10 years. Whilst I currently still take on Locum work, I now run my own Personal Training Company and a Gardening Company. I like variety in my working life!
I am a keen sportsman with a particular preference to football and rugby. I helped set up Risborough Rugby Football Club and have been a committee member of the club for 10 years.
I attended Kimble School, together with my four siblings, many years ago and now my son is a pupil. It is a privilege to have been elected as a Parent Governor and provides me with the opportunity to assist the school in continuing the outstanding quality of education it provides for its pupils.
Our governors carry out their responsibilities through the committees list below. All governors are involved in the Teaching and Learning Committee:
- Finance Committee
- Personnel and Admissions
- Premises, Health and Safety
- Teaching and Learning
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 and she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Many of our governors are linked to specific subjects to aid monitoring of teaching and learning. This governor also liaises with the subject leader for that area. Our governor who is responsible for monitoring Safeguarding is Mrs Sue Howgate and Mr Helm has taken on the role as GDPR governor.
The following list shows the areas specific governors are responsible for:
|Name||Category||Appointed By||Term of Office|
|Mrs Walsh||Chair of Governing Board; Chair of Health and Safety and Teaching and Learning; Science, SEN and Pupil Premium; Attendance||LGB||03.07.2019 to 02.07.2023|
Foundation Governor: Chair of Personnel; Safeguarding; RE and Collective Worship
|Diocese of Oxford||27.11.2017 to 26.11.2021|
|Mrs Hodgkinson||Vice Chair Governing Board; Equalities and Cohesion; Learning Outside the Classroom||LGB||01.09.2017 to 05.03.2023|
|LGB||17.06.2015 to 05.03.2023|
|Mr Martin||LGB||04.03.2020 to 03.03.2024|
Chair of Finance; Sports; GDPR
01.05.2018 to 30.04.2022
EYFS, Governor Development, Maths
|Parents||01.05.2018 to 30.04.2022|
|Mr Audley||Shadowing Sport||Parents||04.03.2021 to 03.03.2025|
|Mrs Swinbourn||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Oxford||21.04.2021 to 30.04.2025|
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 under performance, 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 which ensures the effectiveness of the governors and of the Christian vision, Headteacher reports and the Teaching and Learning Committee. The school is committed to ensuring that all groups of pupils have equal opportunities within a mainstream school to access a broad and balanced curriculum.
Conflicts of Interest and Attendance at Meetings
Since September 2015 there is a requirement for certain informaion about the Governing Board to be published on websites. this can be found in our Equalities and Diversity Plan. (please see link below)
Would you like to become a School Governor?
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 Godfrey.
Questionnaires and feedback
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.