What is the Role of a Governor?

The Governing Body is responsible for making sure the school improves each year. It sets the direction and ensures that the school is meeting its targets, while allowing the headteacher and teaching professionals to manage the school on a day-to-day basis.

Governors attend meetings where reports on the school’s progress are discussed. They test information received by asking the right questions to ensure that the school spends its budget wisely against the priorities shown in the school plan.

The Cobham School Governor Action Plan is devised and agreed by the Governors annually. It outlines the roles and responsibilities that they collectively hold.

Who are the Governors at Cobham Primary?

  • Mrs Kate Cresswell
    Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor
    Mrs Kate Cresswell - Chair of Governors

    Little did I know 17 years ago when we moved to Cobham the profoundly positive effect this wonderful rural Victorian school would have on our entire family! Having been involved with the PTA from day one, I joined the governing body over 10 years ago when our son left the school and it has been an intense but incredibly worthwhile learning curve. My background as an integrative counsellor means I am committed to ensuring and promoting the welfare of all our children, with an emphasis on mental health and wellbeing. I work closely with our dedicated staff and am a regular visitor to the site. I am here to support, and challenge when necessary, to ensure that all our children are safe and happy and able to identify their full potential. It’s not just the children that embody our TRUST values, as a board we are committed to upholding those values and ensure that we are all are caring, proud and successful. After all, you never truly leave Cobham!

  • Mrs Rebecca Newnes
    Vice Chair of Governors and Wellbeing Governor
    Mrs Rebecca Newnes - Wellbeing Governor

    Both my children are currently at Cobham Primary and I became a governor in 2020, having been involved with the PTA but also previously chaired the committee of the village Preschool. I wanted to help give something back to a school which has done so much for my family.

    I’m a Chartered Accountant and take an active role in the finance committee but also am a member of the Quality of Education committee. I have additional governor responsibilities around well-being focusing on well-being of pupils, staff and families.

  • Mr Phil Burns
    Staff Governor
    Mr Phil Burns - Staff Governor responsible for Teaching & Learning

    Mr Burns is the teacher for Class 3

  • Mr Steve Dyer
    Chair of Finance
    Mr Steve Dyer - Chair of Finance

    Both my children had the privilege to start their educations at Cobham Primary so I have been a parent from 2006 to 2015 and started as a governor in 20. I have remained as a Governor as I find it rewarding to be part of our local community school and to help with the school’s future strategic direction and well being, now as a Local Authority Governor. I have been primarily involved in the Finance and Buildings areas supporting the school as they fit best with my personal and work strengths. 

  • Mr David Edwards
    SEN and Teaching & Learning Governor
    Mr David Edwards - Teaching and Learning Governor

    As a past parent with two children who left Cobham 15 years ago I have had an empathy with the school over a prolonged period. I continue to support village events with close connections to the cricket club in particular. Having worked in both industry and education during my working life I am keen to support the school in achieving its aims of providing an eclectic education for all. My role is to support the teaching and learning in the school. Working collaboratively with the staff I seek to celebrate and develop practices and processes that enrich our children’s learning and enhance opportunities. My background in education over a period of more than 40 years of working in schools as a teacher, senior leader and head teacher means that I have experience and knowledge that supports the school in all aspects of school management.

  • Mrs Claire Hargrove
    EYFS Governor
    Mrs Claire Hargrove - EYFS Governor

    I became a governor in 2019, as with both my children as pupils I was keen to give something back to the school that has made the first step in their educational journey so successful and enjoyable. I feel strongly that the leadership team and all the staff deserve the best support possible and I find the role extremely rewarding. I am also a TA at the school and feel that the combination of my role as a parent and member of staff gives me a unique insight into the school. I am on the Quality of Education committee and as EFYS Governor have the pleasure of seeing children join the school and rapidly develop before they progress into KS1.

  • Mr Andrew Leach
    Mr Andrew Leach - Governor

    I became a Governor at Cobham in 2021. Having my eldest child pass through Cobham with a first class education and become a well rounded young person I have another child currently benefitting from the excellent teaching and care at Cobham.

    My background has been in working in and with Local Authorities including schools and education teams. In addition I spent 2 years running an internal department for a large multinational national delivering Apprenticeships and degree level qualifications. I hope to use this experience to support the senior leadership at Cobham and ultimately benefit the children fortunate to be attending Cobham.

  • Mr Mike Hyde
    Mr Andrew Leach - Governor

    I joined the board of governors at Cobham in 2021, just as my youngest was approaching the end of his journey at Cobham. Both of my children have benefited hugely from being members of Cobham Primary, and it's been inspiring to watch how the school gave them such a strong sense of community and a great start to their education. As a resident of the village, I am keen to be able to contribute to the long term health of the school, and to support it in going from strength to strength.

    In my professional life, I have been in leadership roles in several global tech companies and am now the Chief Data Officer for a UK PLC. I hope I can bring some of what I have learned about building teams, strategies and organisations to support Cobham Primary as a long term asset for our children and community.

At Cobham Primary, the Full Governing Body meet once a term, this meeting is attended by all Governors. Individual Governors also belong to three specialist sub-committees called the Quality of Education sub-committee, the Buildings sub-committee and the Finance sub-committee. These sub-committees meet termly and feedback into the Full Governing Body.

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