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 Creswell
- Mr Robert Wemyss
- Mrs Sarah Rose
- Mr Steve Dyer
- Mr John Jackson
- Mr Jay Sahota
- Mrs Charlotte Niranjan
- Mrs Johanna Booker
- Mrs Anna Roberts
- Mr David Edwards
Mrs Kate Creswell - 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!
Mr Robert Wemyss - Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of Curriculum & Pupil Welfare Committee
My involvement with Cobham Primary School began back in 1995 when my son first became a pupil. Some years later my daughter benefitted from a superb education while attending Cobham as a pupil between the years of 2009 and 2016. Since my first contact with the school I have tried to offer support in as many ways as possible. This includes periods when I have been actively involved with the PTA and, since September 2011, holding the role of School Governor. Like my colleagues on the Governing Body, I take the responsibilities of being a School Governor very seriously. I happily make myself available to support the Senior Leadership team as required, including helping them to formulate and implement their strategic plans for the school. This latter support is made possible through use of the expertise and personal experiences I’ve gained throughout a long career in Financial Services and from owning two small businesses over the last 13 years. Those who know me will recognise my enthusiasm for the education of young people and my goal of ensuring that all pupils at Cobham Primary School are given the best possible opportunity to succeed. My involvement with the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee provides an excellent platform to help the School Leaders to achieve that common goal. Although both of my children have completed their paths through the school, it is my current intention to remain a Governor for many years to come, helping to ensure a continuation of the high standards of teaching and pupil care that are so fundamental to Cobham’s success.
Mrs Sarah Rose - Staff Governor responsible for Teaching & Learning
Starting as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) ten years ago, I have had the privilege of being on Cobham’s learning journey to become the school it is today. Throughout these years, I have had the opportunity to support, drive and implement approaches to ensure excellent standards of teaching and learning are seen throughout the school on a daily basis providing all children with the best possible learning environments and experiences. As a Staff Governor, who wholeheartedly embodies the school’s values and beliefs at the core of daily practice, it is important that my role on the Governing Body allows me to contribute to whole school initiatives, developments and ideas in a strategic way, whilst also championing the heart and soul of the school through the eyes of the children and team. I feel being a Governor gives me a great opportunity to do this whilst also seeing the bigger picture of school life and the impact on all its stakeholders. As the Teaching and Learning Leader it is important to be able to explain and present ideas and thoughts of the Teaching and Senior Leadership team to the Governing Body and to be held accountable for the results that those ideas may bring. I am a dedicated, passionate and committed member of the teaching team who strives, on a daily basis, to be the best that I can be and am very passionate about being part of the school Governing Body who continues to deliver excellence.
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 John Jackson - Finance Governor
I attended Cobham Primary School as a pupil from 1948-1954 and a Governor from 1972 to the present day. I became Chairman in 1980 with 120 pupils in 4 mixed classes and the threat of closure. My fellow Governors and then Head pressed the County to provide 3 mobiles to expand the school to 7 same age classes which were replaced nearly 20 years ago. I have always encouraged the school to keep close ties with the local community and hope my sporting influence and financial advice has helped to make Cobham Primary School - Proud, Successful and Outstanding.
Mr Jay Sahota - Finance Governor
Having been a litigation lawyer all of my professional life, I understand the importance of questioning, objectivity, analysis of the evidence and common sense thinking when approaching my tasks as a governor. I am not afraid to challenge and I enjoy finding novel solutions. I trained and qualified in the City, spending several years there in different law firms (thereby gaining a profound understanding of processes, personnel, commerciality, etc.) before recently taking over a law firm in order to further improve and grow it. In my day to day life as Owner and Senior Partner of Jarmans, I am required to deal with the range of financial, costs management, personnel, HR, recruitment, logistics, processes, decision-making, marketing and trouble-shooting tasks, thereby equipping me to understand the intricacies of the myriad factors at play in a school environment and how to deal with sometimes difficult situations and look at issues from different points of view. My son and daughter attend the school (and love it) and my wife is a TA.
Mrs Charlotte Niranjan - SEN Governor
I became a Governor at Cobham as I wanted to support and contribute to the school where my son was studying. He has now moved on after receiving the best possible start in his education at Cobham. As I have personal experience of special needs – my older son is Autistic and has a Speech Dysfunction - I naturally gravitated towards the additional provision and support for the less able pupils. I strongly believe that a school must support all pupils of all abilities allowing them to achieve the best they can. In my role as SEN Governor I help ensure that Cobham provides the best possible education also for those who need more help.
Mrs Johanna Booker - Finance Governor
I have been a parent Governor at Cobham Primary School since 2016. I’m currently a self-employed book keeper, formerly a Management Accountant. This requires the ability to analyse situations and identify solutions, highly practical attributes in financial and non-financial environments. I thrive on helping others, enjoy supporting the pupils and teaching staff alike to ensure they realise their goals and broader context of the schools overall ambitions of educational excellence.
Mrs Anna Roberts - Curriculum Governor
I became a Parent Governor in July 2016 because I wanted to support Mrs Saunders and her team, in their relentless pursuit of making the children's time at primary school the very best it can be. I now (sadly) only have one child left at Cobham. I am passionate about education and learning. In my previous career, I was an assistant head of Sixth Form and with over 10 years teaching and leadership experience in the secondary sector, I feel that I can a positive contribution to the Curriculum Committee and to the Governing Body as a whole. Together with members of the governing body we are able to monitor the curriculum provision and attainment and achievement of all groups of children at Cobham to ensure every child fulfils their potential. I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family.
Mr David Edwards - Curriculum 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.
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 Curriculum and Pupil Welfare sub-committee, the Buildings sub-committee and the Finance sub-committee. These sub-committees meet termly and feedback into the Full Governing Body.