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Governors

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that Cleves School provides a high standard of education and care for every pupil.

The Governors do this by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Structure

All governors are directors and trustees of the Academy Trust. The Trust's three members are Susan Foster, Doris Neville-Davies and Kate Jackson. Four committees meet regularly. The Children's Achievement and Well-being committee (Chair, Simon Mathews); the Resources committee (Chair, Elaine Jones); the Admissions committee (Chair, Kate Jackson), and the Personnel, Performance and Pay committee (Chair, Doris Neville-Davies). Below is a brief profile of each Governor:

Susan Foster - Chair of Governors (chair@cleves.co.uk)

Susan joined the Governing Body in January 2012 and became Chair in November 2012. She has two children, who previously attended Cleves. Susan worked for over 25 years as a policy civil servant in several Government Departments, including the Department for Education, before taking early retirement. 

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor. She has a son at the school and a daughter at secondary school. Kate has been in education for 20 years in a variety of roles including Deputy Headship, SENCO and Senior Leadership Team. She has also worked for the Behaviour Support Team in Surrey. Kate is currently working for St. Mary's University College as a Link Tutor and as SENCO at St Charles Borromeo Primary School in Weybridge. Kate is passionate about inclusive education at the highest level.

Cécile White

Cécile White joined the Governing Body in November 2013 and is a member of the Resources Committee. She has 4 children who, between them, have been attending Cleves for the last 10 years. She has been involved in school governance for a number of years and is a member of Surrey County Council Children and Education Select Committee. She runs her own marketing consultancy and brings more than 15 years of business experience at Director level in management, marketing and technology.

Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones joined the Governing Body in December 2013, and has two sons who previously attended Cleves. Elaine has been a qualified accountant for more than 25 years and worked in the City as an accountant and project manager before starting a small accountancy practice locally in 2002.

Doris Neville-Davies

Doris Neville-Davies joined the Governing Body in October 2013 having previously been a governor in seven schools over a period of 27 years. She is a National Leader of Governance and one of Surrey's Additional Skills Governors, both of which involve supporting governing bodies according to their particular needs.

Alex Batchelor

Alex became a Staff Governor in November 2014 and has 14 years teaching experience.  Alex is currently part of the Leadership Team and Head of Lower School, but has held a number of positions at Cleves, including Literacy Co-coordinator, SATs Administrator, NQT Mentor and Head of Year 6. Alex is passionate about ensuring Cleves has an exciting and innovative curriculum that engages, challenges and inspires pupils.

Rebecca Flaherty

Beccy became a Staff Governor in November 2014.  She joined Cleves in 2009 and is currently Year 6 leader and Computing Coordinator. Beccy has two daughters in secondary school. Prior to joining the teaching profession, Beccy was a Research Scientist working on the development of the brain in academic institutions in London, New York and Edinburgh.

Simon Matthews

Simon joined the Cleves Governing Body in December 2013 having previously served as a governor at Burhill School.  He runs his own business process and information technology consulting firm.  He brings his business, technology and big data experience to the Cleves Governing Body.

Moya Tytherleigh

Moya became Clerk to the Governors in December 2013 and has two daughters at Cleves. Moya has over 20 years of admin experience and provides advice to the Governing Body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as well as helping support and organise the governors with their busy timetable.

Neil Clarkson

Neil Clarkson became a Parent Governor in October 2016, with his elder daughter currently attending Cleves. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has spent the last twenty years in commercial strategy and finance roles spaning several sectors. His experiences in developing strategic plans, driving accountability and performance along with ensuring sound financial governance will serve him well in his responsibilities as a Governor of the school.

Emma Callow

Emma joined the Cleves Governing Body in September 2016 after having been an Associate Governor on the Resources committee for the previous year. Emma moved to Surrey in May 2015 having spent over 10 years living and working in various European countries. She works locally for a major oil company.

Associate Governors

We have Pupil Associate Governors who have half termly meetings with the Chair of Governors and attend full Governor meetings for the first hour. Their job is to reflect on strategic issues for the school and to give the pupil perspective.  Pupil Associate Governors are invited to serve at Cleves for their first year at Secondary School.

Governor Information

Name                      
Role
Responsibility

Term Of Office

Appointed By

Committees & Panels Serving On

Meeting Attendance In The Last 12 Months (2014-2015)

Other Institutions Served On

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests

Mrs Susan Foster

Chair of Governors

 

November 2019

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Personnel, Performance and Pay
Admissions

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

9/9 FGB

5/5 CA&WB

9/9 PP&P

4/4 Admiss’ns

3/3 HTPP

 

 

 

Managing and letting properties in the local area

Mrs Doris Neville-Davies

Vice Chair of Governors

Child Protection Governor

October 2017

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing (Vice Chair)

Personnel, Performance and Pay (Chair)

9/9 FGB

5/5 CA&WB

9/9 PP&P

Director of London Diocesan Board for Schools

 

Trustee and Director of PTA UK

Employee of Runnymede Borough Council

 

Mr Chris Hodges

Headteacher

 

Ex officio Governor

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Resources

Admissions

9/9 FGB

5/5 CA&WB

5/5 Resources

4/4 Admiss’ns

None

None

Mrs Kate Jackson

SEN Governor

Safeguarding Governor

November 2016

Members

Admissions (Chair)

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

8/9 FGB

5/5 CA&WB

3/3 HTPP

None

None

Mrs Cecile White

December 2017

Parent Elected

Resources

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

8/9 FGB

4/5 Resources

3/3 HTPP

Governor at Oatlands School

 

 

None

Mrs Elaine Jones

Lettings Governor

December 2017

Members

Resources (Chair)

Personnel, Performance and Pay

9/9 FGB

5/5 Resources

3/3 PP&P

None

Director of TaxAssist Accountants

Mrs Beccy Flaherty

Looked After Children Governor

November 2018

Staff Elected

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing

6/6 FGB

3/4 CA&WB

None

None

Mrs Alex Batchelor

November 2018

Staff Elected

Resources

6/6 FGB

3/4 Resources

None

None

Mr Simon Matthews

December 2017

Members

Children’s Achievement and Wellbeing (Chair)

8/9 FGB

3/5 CA&WB

 None

None 

Click here to see a chart of the Governors Roles and Responsibilities.

Our Governing Body meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are therefore welcome to attend and observe but cannot take part in meetings. We would ask members of the public who wish to attend, to give 14 days notice to the Clerk to the Governors: mtytherleigh@cleves.co.uk

All Governors have signed and adhere to their Code of Conduct, and conduct business in accordance with their Operating Statement.

All Governors have signed a conflict of interest disclaimer

All Governors follow the following professional negligence and confidentiality statements:

Professional Negligence Statement - advice given by Governors at the school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not given in their professional capacity.

Confidentiality StatementGovernors will respect the confidence of those items of business which a governing body decides and not disclose what individual governors have said or how they voted within a meeting.

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