Governors

Our Governing body is a representative group made up of parents, staff, local community and Local Authority appointees.

The Governors meet termly as a whole governing body and more frequently in smaller sub-committees. Please check the School Calendar for upcoming meeting dates. The Governors have responsibility for the strategic direction of the school and its development.

The sub-committees are delegated specific authority, and in return must report their actions and decisions to the full body.  The sub-committees are:

  • Children and Learning
  • Personnel & Welfare
  • Resources

The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and staff. The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the general conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

Please click on this link to see the Register of Business Table 2017. Register of Business interests 2017 Table

Please click on this link to see the Governor Constitution and Committees. Governors' Constitution and Committees 2017

If you would like to become a governor please look out for nomination and voting papers when a vacancy occurs.


Stephen Ind

Co-opted governor, Ember learning Trust governor

Stephen Ind

LEA Governor

Stephen worked as an accountant for an oil company and is now retired. He lives in Walton-on-Thames. He provides a level of financial overview and is learning a lot about the complexities of education.

 

Committee Membership

Resources Committee
Ember learning Trust Governor
Head Teacher’s Appraisal Panel


Sara Wilson

Parent Governor

Sara is a Parent Governor and has twins in Year Two. She is an active member of the school community and passionate about supporting the school to offer the best possible infant experience for all children who attend. Sara is an experienced primary school teacher.  Prior to teaching, she worked as Governor Service Manager for Merton Council and been an educational researcher.  Sara is currently the Literacy and PSHE governor.

Committee Membership

Children and Learning Committee


Liz Braybrook

Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Long Ditton since December 2006, nominated by the Local Authority. I have been Chair of Governors for three years and have just been re-elected for a fourth year.

I am an ex-pupil of Long Ditton Infant School and St. Mary's Junior School and I went on to Tiffin Girls' School. I trained as a primary teacher and taught for over thirty years in Infant and Junior Schools in Surrey.

Committee Membership
Children and Learning Committee
Personnel and Welfare (Chair) Committee


Monica Marriott

Co-Opted Governor

Monica has lived in Long Ditton for nearly thirty years and has been a community governor for over seventeen years. She is retired after a long career in various branches of the public service, the last 20 at management level. She is passionate about the impact of all aspects of learning on young children in a caring and happy environment. She is also the Safeguarding governor and is a past Chair of Governors.

Committee Membership
Children and Learning


Pat Taylor

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Community Governor for 19 years. After retiring as a head teacher of a Surrey Infant and Nursery school I worked with student teachers for 5 years. I am passionate about education and believe the experience in the first few years lays the foundation for the future. I am currently the governor with responsibility for Art and also RE. It is a pleasure to be with the children and work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic staff.

 

Committee Membership

Personnel Committee

Head Teacher's Appraisal Panel (Chair)


Amy Leftwich

Parent governor

Amy Leftwich

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since March 2015 and work part time commissioning health services within a local authority. I have two children, one already at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School and one who will be starting in the nursery in September. I was keen to become a parent governor to get involved in the local community and help to support the school in continuing to deliver the best outcomes for the children.

 

Committee Membership

Personnel and Welfare Committee


Sarah Sanderson

Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors

Sarah Sanderson

Co-opted Governor

I am an Elmbridge resident and have two teenage children.  I work as a senior manager in the marketing services sector, at Kantar, an operating company of WPP plc.  My experiences as a parent and in business have made me ever more appreciative of the role of schools in our society.  I volunteered to become a governor in order to make a contribution to the local community.

 

Committee Membership

Resources Committee


Martin Gardner

Co-opted Governor

Martin Gardner

Community Governor

Martin became a Governor in November 2015. He is passionate about education and encouraging young people to strive for careers in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Martin brings experience from many years in IT Consulting where he specialises in cloud based business management systems for the financial services industry. As well as professional experience Martin has two children. Martin's role on the Governing Board includes monitoring ICT.

 

Committee Membership

Children and Learning Committee (Chair)


Maureen Passant

Co-opted Governor

Maureen Passant

Co-opted Governor

I have been extremely privileged to have had a very exciting and varied teaching career spanning over 40yrs. I have taught in several primary schools, including Long Ditton, for 16 yrs as well as schools in Europe. I have loved every minute of it!  I think education should be a happy and fulfilling experience encouraging enthusiasm for learning in a stimulating, creative and caring environment. A good sense of humour helps too!

 

Committee Membership


Amanda Dickens

Parent Governor

Amanda has lived in the area for 16 years and her three children have all attended/are attending Long Ditton Infant & Nursery School. Amanda is the Public Sector Marketing Manager for the professional services firm Deloitte and has over 18 years experience of working in the public and private sector including education and learning. Amanda has been a parent governor for six years and is on the resources committee with a special interest in marketing.

Committee Membership
Resources committee


Katie Wright

Parent Governor

Katie is a Parent Governor. She is a Long Ditton resident and has a daughter in Year 1 and a son due to start in 2014 . Katie works part-time as an accountant in business. As a parent governor she is keen to support the school in providing a great all round education for both current and future pupils and to ensure its place at the heart of the community.

Committee Membership
Resources committee


Tim Jarrett

LEA governor

Tim Jarrett

LEA Governor

I have been a local authority governor since 2013, and I am very proud to be associated with Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School because it values the attainment and happiness of its pupils so highly, and because the staff are incredibly dedicated and professional.  Having served on the Children and Learning Committee which scrutinised what and how the children are taught, I am currently a member of the Personnel and Welfare Committee which provides oversight of the policies relating to the teachers, teaching assistants and support staff – the most important assets of the school.  I endeavour to bring my knowledge and experience gained from working for the House of Commons Service to my duties as a Governor

Committee Membership

Personnel & Welfare Committee


Monica Paines

Headteacher

I believe that education is a vital key to happiness and success. It is for that reason that I want every child to know what learning something new feels like and also what it feels like to work to achieve something meaningful. Add these together with a smattering of fun, laughter and memory days—that’s why I love my job !

Committee Membership
Children and Learning
Resources


Sharon Emmett

Deputy Headteacher

I believe that it is vital we develop children’s thirst for knowledge, their confidence in themselves  and a resilience  to learn and develop as individuals. When I see happy children, who are excited by learning;  children who have the ability to learn from their mistakes- I know we have done our best to achieve this and we can celebrate the children’s success.

I have been a staff governor since I took up the post of Deputy Head / SENCo at LDIN in September 2011. I have served on all of the committees and for 2013-14 am part of the Children and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee . I am passionate about inclusion and ensuring all children have the opportunity to be the be the best they can be.

Committee Membership
Children and Learning
Resources


Claire Cockle

Class Teacher

As a teacher I look for children to come to school happy and confident to learn and be the best that they can be. I do this by creating a safe, inspiring and stimulating environment where they can confidently share their ideas and feelings.