Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Our Chair of Governors is Nikki Morgan and our Vice Chair of Governors is Wendy Mumford.
Our Staff Governors are Justine Pirt and Rachel Jacob, Headteacher.
Our parent Governors are Wendy Mumford and Natasha Harrington-Benton.
Our Foundation Governors are Richard Tanton, Mark Treliving, Rev Barbara Steadman-Allen, and Emma Furlonger.
Nicola Angus (Deputy Head Teacher), and Leisa Sleat (Business Manager) also attend Governor meetings as Associate Governors (no voting rights).
Our Clerk is Deborah Mansfield.
We have two committees, for Efficiency and Effectiveness. The Governors responsible for these are as follows:
Chairperson, Emma Furlonger
Business Manager Leisa Sleat and Headteacher Rachel Jacob also attend this committee.
Chairperson, Natasha Harrington-Benton
Deputy Headteacher Nicky Angus and Headteacher Rachel Jacob also attend this committee.
If you have any questions for the Board, please email our Chair of Governors on firstname.lastname@example.org,or alternatively email email@example.com or contact the school office. For further information about the Governors including their terms of office and attendance at meetings, please click below.
Nikki Morgan, Chair of Governors
‘I have been asked this term to take on the Chair of Governors role at The Weald which I am delighted to do. Having taken early retirement from headship in the summer I have some time to give back within the profession I have been privileged to work in for the last 30 years. I will continue to work as an RE Inspector and student supervisor at Roehampton University but my focus will be on supporting Rachel Jacob, the SLT and the governing body to offer and provide the very best for each and every child at the school and to help them achieve their full potential.’
Wendy Mumford, Vice Chair
‘I believe passionately that ever child deserves a good education and that the leadership team plays a crucial role in enabling this to happen. I believe I have the skills to support the Weald to continue to improve and understand that a Governor needs to be supporting and challenging. I have been a teacher for 15 years and currently work as a specialist teacher for Surrey County Council supporting schools to improve outcomes for children through individual pupil work, training and by advising the leadership team. Prior to this I worked in a school that was judged ‘outstanding’ on 2 separate occasions.’
‘I cannot impact change if I don’t get involved. Our children deserve the best education available and I want reassurances that The Weald’s primary focus is on the needs, development and education of the children. I also want to see an improvement in communication between the school and the children and parents. I have been a Weald parent for seven years. I was involved in Friends of the Weald for 5 years and as a Director of a national charity I have experience of working with a committee/board.’
‘As staff member for 7 years I am a strong supporter of the ethos and principles of the school: inclusivity;every child can achieve their best; creating a nurturing and supportive environment. At a time of great change I would like to be part of the development into academy status. I am a Company Director and Secretary for my family business which will enable me to bring additional skills to the governing body. I keep the company accounts and take responsibility for all personnel issues. I’m also a Trustee for a local charity that provides funding to children and young people with mental health disabilities. As the school moves forward toward academy status I am keen to extend my knowledge and understanding of the running of the school and play a part in its future success, in a capacity other than an employee.
Richard Tanton – Safeguarding Governor
Richard is a diocesan appointed foundation governor with 25 years’ service of governance. He has had responsibility for school building projects, safeguarding and has served as both chair and vice chair of governors within schools. He has experience of all aspects of school governance in his time serving and continues to train and to learn. He is passionate about governance of schools and the role and responsibilities governors have in their part in delivering high quality education for all.
He is married and they have two sons who both attended local primary and secondary schools. Both of their sons enjoyed and benefited from the creative, self-disciplined, and lively learning environment of their Dorking Schools.
Richard spent 40 years teaching in secondary education and managing departments delivering Design and Technology Education.
Richard enjoys walking, especially in remote locations, he assist with training and mentoring students involved in expeditions for their D of E qualification at a local secondary school and he works as a volunteer in the loco workshops of the Bluebell Railway, helping to restore and maintain their heritage steam engines.
‘I am currently a Foundation Governor at The Weald having joined the governing body in November 2016.
I was previously a parent governor here, when my daughters attended The Weald. I am glad to have the opportunity to be part of the school community again and I look forward to helping to make sure the school continues to provide as great a start in education, for all local children, as my children received at The Weald.
I have lived in South Holmwood since 2002 and run my own Garden Design and Landscaping business. I am a keen supporter of groups in the local community, currently serving as a trustee at St Mary’s Pre School, coaching football at Mole Valley Girls FC and playing cricket for Newdigate Cricket club.’
‘I am a Business Development Director within a FTSE 100 Financial Services Company with extensive experience in leadership, operations and business management in the private sector; I am able to both bring these skills and act as a critical friend to the School team in its pursuit for improvement. I am excited to be part of the schools journey to excellence and as both a Governor and parent, I passionately believe that with the right leadership, focus, challenge and support the Weald is becoming a School that we can all be proud of.’
Rev Barbara Steadman-Allen
Barbara is our Guildford Diocese Governor and is the incumbent at our local Church, St Mary Magdalene in South Holmwood. Barbara takes a morning service assembly once a week in school and is involved with music at the school across all the years.
I am a local resident, born in Dorking and lived most of my life in the local area. All three of my children attended the school. I want to contribute to the long term development of the Weald. My particular interest is in ensuring that all children have a fair and kind start in life, based upon Christian values. I am a company director of a local business providing coaching and training to companies across the UK.I am Mentor for the Princes Trust helping young people start businesses, help run a local learning disabilities charity and also run a commercial property business.
Minutes from Full Governing Body and Committee Meetings
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