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Welcome to the Governors' section

The Governors comprise the Headteacher, the Foundation Governors appointed by the Oxford Diocese on recommendations from St John the Baptist PCC, the Council Governor appointed by the RBWM Cabinet and the Parent and Teacher Governors elected by their peers.  

The Governors share collective responsibility for the school as a whole and oversee the leadership of the Headteacher and her team. 

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the governors at any time via office@cookhamdean.org  or clerk@cookhamdean.org

Responsibility of the Governing Body 

The school’s governing board is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the School and for ensuring that the school is providing a high standard of education for its pupils.  We also work to ensure all statutory obligations for pupils and staff are met and the school’s aims and priorities remain at the forefront of all our decision making.

 

Our strategic vision  

Cookham Dean is a family of learning at the heart of the community where everyone flourishes: children, parents, carers, teaching staff, support staff, governors

 

Our strategic aims

For every child to be:

Accepted, loved, affirmed to fulfil their academic potential

Develop skills and enthusiasm as life-long learners

Develop emotional and spiritual resilience through living out our Christian values

 

Introduction to our Governing Body

Cookham Dean CE Primary School governors include volunteers from the local Church community and RBWM with useful skills and experience to offer as well as elected parent governors, the Headteacher and a member of school staff, elected by their colleagues. Our shared commitment is to ensure that our school makes best possible use of all the resources available to us (both human and financial) for the benefit of the children whose education is entrusted to us, enabling every child to learn and make progress, to the fullest extent possible, each academic year.

 

We carry out our responsibilities by examining data about children’s progress and achievement, always seeking to ensure that the progress made by children in our school compares favourably with the progress being made by children of the same age at primary schools in RBWM and across the country. In doing so, we also look at particular groups of children, to ensure that both boys and girls, children of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and children with special educational needs are making good progress. We also work to ensure that the school provides a safe, welcoming, supportive and happy environment in which children enjoy learning.

Each year there is a designated Governor in School Day at Cookham Dean and governors also meet with teachers and subject leaders on a regular basis, meaning that we are fully involved with all aspects of school life. 

 

The Governing Body is responsible, with the Headteacher, for the School Development Plan in which the school sets out its targets for continuous improvement and development, and how those targets will be met. We are also responsible for the school’s various policies.

 

It is also part of our role to ensure that the school actively seeks, and takes account of, the views of pupils, parents and the local community.

 

The Governing Body is responsible for holding the Headteacher to account, and also for ensuring that the school as a whole is accountable to parents and the local community.

 

To that end, we seek to be transparent in everything we do (subject, of course, to respecting confidentiality).

You can contact any member of the Governing Body via the school office or by emailing the Clerk to the Governing Body: clerk@cookhamdean.org

 

We very much welcome parents’ comments and suggestions (though please keep in mind that the Governing Body’s role is a strategic one, and we cannot deal with issues regarding individual children except in certain very specific circumstances).

 

Governing Body 2021/22

Fenella Reekie: Headteacher

Claire Phillpot: Chair of Governors*

Neil Strain: Vice Chair of Governors

Tony Baker: Foundation Governor*

Olivia Burton: RBWM Governor

Doug Fawell: Foundation Governor*

Tim Green: Parent Governor

Dan Pearson: Parent Governor

Rev Nick Plant: Church Governor

Lorna Sykes: Foundation Governor*

Niki Thompson: Staff Governor

Caroline Trowell: Foundation Governor *

Adrian Lee: Associate Governor

Heather Oliver: Associate Governor

Appointed by the Church

 

Lucy Conibear: Clerk to the Governing Body

Lucy is responsible for advising on legal aspects of the governing body’s role, arranging and preparing documents for meetings, maintaining records and attending and writing minutes of meetings.

 

Cookham Dean CE Primary School Governing Board 2021/22:

 

 

Name

Category

(appointed/

elected by)

Term of Office

Roles

Committees

2020 – 2021

Meetings attended /

Eligible meetings

Claire Phillpot

Foundation

(ODBE*)

01.01.14-

15.01.26

Chair of

Governors

Curriculum

Pay Panel (chair)

Admissions

FGB 3/3

Curriculum 3/3

Fenella Reekie

Headteacher

N/A

(ex officio)

Headteacher

All

FGB 3/3

Curriculum 3/3

SBS 4/4

Neil Strain

Foundation

(ODBE)

14.12.2017-28.03.2026

Vice Chair of Governors

SEN & PP Governor

SBS

FGB 2/3

SBS 3/4

Caroline Trowell

Foundation

(ODBE)

11.03.2019-10.03.2023

Chair of SBS

SBS

Pay Panel

FGB 2/3

SBS 4/4

Olivia Burton

LA

(GB)

08.02.2016-07.02.2024

Chair of Curriculum

 

Curriculum

 

FGB 3/3

Curriculum 3/3

Lorna Sykes

Foundation

(ODBE)

01.01.14-

15.01.26

Chair of Admissions &

Safeguarding Governor

Admissions

Pay Panel

FGB 3/3

Nicola Thompson

Staff Governor

(the staff)

20.10.2017- 19.10.2025

Staff Governor

Curriculum

FGB 3/3

Curriculum 3/3

Dan Pearson

Parent Governor

(the parents)

01.11.2021 – 31.10.2025

Health & Safety Governor

SBS

N/A

Doug Fawell

Foundation

(ODBE)

11.02.2019-10.02.2023

Foundation Governor

SBS

FGB 2/3

SBS 2/4

Tim Green

Parent Governor

(the parents)

28.01.2019-27.01.2023

Parent Governor

SBS

FGB 3/3

SBS 4/4

Tony Baker

Foundation (ODBE)

10.01.2022-09.01.2026

 

Curriculum

 

Father Nick Plant

Foundation (ex officio)

From: 27.09.2021

Ex officio

Curriculum

N/A

Adrian Lee

Associate Member (GB)

14.12.2021-13.12.2025

 

Special Projects (SBS)

N/A

Heather Oliver

Associate Member (GB)

14.12.2021-13.12.2025

 

EYFS

Curriculum

N/A

      
Rev. John Ainslie

Foundation

(ex officio)

From:

22.01.2019

Ex officio

Curriculum

Pay Panel

FGB 3/3

Curriculum 3/3 (left post July 2021)

Carys Windle

Deputy Head

(Associate Member)

25.03.2019Deputy HeadCurriculum

FGB 3/3

Curriculum 3/3 (maternity leave July 2021)

Zoe Jones

Parent

(the parents)

29.09.2017-28.09.2021Health & Safety GovernorSBS

FGB 3/3 (2020-21)

SBS 3/4

(resigned July 2021)

Rebecca Walker

Associate

Member

(GB)

19.01.2016-

18.01.2020

(Interim Chair Jan-July 16)

SBS

FGB & Strategy 2/5 (2018-19)

SBS 2/3 (resigned July 2019)

Jeremy Webb

Foundation

(ODBE)

01.01.15-

31.12.18

 

SBS

Admissions

Pay Panel

FGB & Strategy 4/5

SBS 3/3 (resigned December 2018)

Rev Helen Chamberlain

Foundation

(ex officio)

N/A

 

Admissions

FGB & Strategy 2/5 (resigned December 2018)

Fiona Houghton

Parent

(the parents)

01.01.15-

31.12.18

Safeguarding Governor

Curriculum

FGB & Strategy 4/5

Curriculum ¾

(resigned December 2018)

Leanne Home

Associate

Member

(GB)

11.12.2017-10.12.2021

Deputy Head

 

FGB & Strategy

1/5

(resigned July 2018)

Gaynor Sprules

Associate

Member

(GB)

19.01.2016-

18.01.2020

PP Governor

Curriculum (vice chair)

FGB & Strategy 3/5

Curriculum 3/4

(resigned July 18)

Rev Helen Chamberlain

Foundation

(ex officio)

N/A

 

Admissions

FGB & Strategy 2/5 (resigned December 2018)

Fiona Houghton

Parent

(the parents)

01.01.15-

31.12.18

Safeguarding Governor

Curriculum

FGB & Strategy 4/5

Curriculum ¾

(resigned December 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Key: 

ODBE = Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, on recommendation from St John the Baptist PCC; 

GB = appointed by the Governing Board;

SBS = School Business Services Committee; Curriculum = Curriculum and Standards Committee

 

Governor Related Party Interests:

 

Name:

Nature of Interest:

From – To:

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.

Email: office@cookhamdean.org

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