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Meet the Governors

Confidentiality Statement: Governors respect the confidential nature of discussions and do not disclose governor business or decisions. When minutes of governing body meetings, Part 1, are approved they are made available to any member of the public who requests sight of them.

Professional Negligence Statement: Advice given by governors at this school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.

 

The Governing Body has adopted an open meeting protocol, which is published here for those who might wish to attend a meeting. The Governing Body has also agreed a Code of Conduct, which sets out the expectations and commitment required from members of the governing body.

 

The Governing Body of Thames Ditton Infant School was reconstituted on 1st September 2016 with a change of status to a Foundation School.

 

The Governing Body currently comprises a total of 14 governors and associate members who do not have voting rights:

 

  • 4 elected parent governors,
  • 1 elected staff governor,
  • 1 Local Authority governor,
  • 1 Headteacher,
  • 5 Co-opted governors, and
  • 2 Foundation governors

 

Governors are appointed for a term of four years.

 

There are four committees:

  • Finance and Resources;
  • Personnel (with a Pay Committee from time to time)
  • Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Curriculum and Data.

 

These committees do much of the work and report to the Full Governing Body.

 

There are four FGB meetings in an academic year – two in the first term – and each Committee meets three times during the year. Governors work for the good of the school, providing a strategic overview and holding the Senior Leadership Team to account.

 

Governing Body

 

 Governor TypeCommitteeSpecialismsDate of AppointmentTerm of Office (end date)
Mrs Rebecca HicksHeadteacherAll 01/09/2012 
Ms Charissa Fiander-DerryFoundation Governor

Curriculum & Data Committee

Personnel Committee

Co-Chair and Chair of Curriculum & Data Committee20/06/201719/06/2025
Mr Jay BimbrahCo-opted Governor

Personnel Committee 

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee

Finance & Resources Committee 

Co-Chair and Chair of Personnel Committee

 

26/10/201825/10/2022
Ms Hannah EvansCo-opted GovernorPersonnel Committee Safeguarding & Wellbeing CommitteeTraining Governor03/12/201902/12/2023
Mr Rob CloeteParent GovernorFinance & Resources Committee 31/10/201730/10/2021
Mr Matt BowenLocal Authority GovernorFinance & Resources CommitteeChair of Finance & Resources Committee01/09/202031/08/2024
Dr Elizabeth Scott-BaumannParent GovernorCurriculum and Data CommitteeGovernor with responsibility for Looked after and Disadvantaged Children12/12/201811/12/2022
Mrs Sophie FrameStaff Governor

Curriculum & Data Committee

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee

 29/01/202028/01/2024
Mr Ivo GattoCo-opted GovernorPersonnel Committee 20/09/202119/09/2025
Dr Nitu GehduCo-opted Governor

Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee

 22/09/202021/09/2024
Mrs Tania DeanOther/Associate Member

 

Finance & Resources Committee

 

School Business Manager01/09/2018 
Mr Edward CooksonParent Governor

Finance & Resources Committee

Curriculum & Data Committee

 04/05/202103/05/2025
Ms Hannah WhiteParent Governor

SEND Governor

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee

 

 04/05/202103/05/2025
Mr Bronek CarrFoundation Governor  30/09/202129/09/2025
Ms Alice SaywellAssociate Member  14/09/202113/09/2025
Ms Sarah WoodthorpeAssociate Member  14/09/202113/09/2025
      
Governors who have retired or stepped down in the last 12 months     
Mrs Davina Whitten-EisenacherAssociate Member  02/04/201925/01/2021
Mr Jeremy ScroxtonFoundation Governor  20/06/201719/06/2021
Mr Richard AscoughCo-opted  Governor  20/09/201719/09/2021
Dr Claire ThorneCo-opted Governor  26/10/201824/09/2021
      

 

Clerk to the Governing Body is Sara Morgan.

 

Governors must also declare any conflicts of interest in agenda items before every meeting.

 

Davina Whitten stepped down as an Associate Member, effective 25 January 2021. 

 

Jeremy Scroxton retired as a Foundation Governor, effective 19 June 2021. He was appointed 20 June 2017.

 

Richard Ascough retired as a Co-opted Governor and Co-Chair, effective 19 September 2021. He was appointed 20 September 2017.

 

Claire Thorne, stepped down as a Co-opted Governor, effective 24 September 2021. She was appointed

26 October 2018.

 

 

Governing Body Meeting Dates for Academic Year 2021-2022

 

Autumn Term 2021:  Tuesday 5 October at 7.00pm

Spring Term 2022:    Tuesday 18 January at 7.00 pm

Summer Term 2022: Monday 10 May at 7.00 pm

 

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