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 Welcome to the Governing Body page of our school website. 

Below is a brief introduction of who the Governors are at our school and what their roles are. In principle there are three main roles of the Governing Body of a school:

  •  To provide a strategic view for the school – planning where the school is heading; this includes appointing the headteacher and agreeing the broad priorities for school improvement
  •  To act as a critical or challenging friend – offering advice & support and constructively questioning the status quo
  •  To ensure accountability – ensuring what should be happening is happening, for example, that the students are receiving their education entitlement, the school is safe and the improvement priorities are being progressed. We do this at termly main meetings, in committee and through visits to the school. We also report on progress to you and other stakeholders.

Rene Horner

I have lived in Ingatestone since 1997. I have been a Foundation PCC governor at our school since May 2011. My eldest daughter attended Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E (VA) Junior School from year 3 through to year 6 and is now in secondary school. My younger daughter attends the school in year 6.  I feel that being a governor for the school is my way of putting something back into our community by helping to ensure that our children have a high standard of education in a happy, safe environment. As Chair of Governors, I aim to lead our team of skilled governors and work closely with the Headteacher and school leadership team to ensure that our school delivers the opportunity for each individual pupil to achieve the best that they can be. I am also responsible for monitoring SEND provision and Governor Training. I bring with me my experience of Student Welfare management as well as Premises and Facilities management in private tertiary education. I have also worked in the Financial Services industry.

Rev Patrick Sherring

As Rector of the parish, I have been involved with the church school since June 2001. In my role I have sought to be a supportive presence to the whole school community, available to all. This includes regular conversations with the Head Teacher and staff and a weekly lunch with the children. I have always been a frequent visitor to the school. My Wednesday assemblies follow the pattern of values that the school presents to the children, ensuring a Christian view on the theme and always includes prayer and a song. I am available to assist with projects in Religious Education, where I have a responsibility on the governing body. The children regularly visit both grade 1 listed churches for worship at Harvest, Christmas, Easter, end of the school year and other occasions. The school and the churches work closely together, including having joint harvest appeals. The Head Teacher writes regularly for the Towers, the church magazine. Our churches give a Youth Bible to all year six leavers at the end of the summer term. Many of our school governors are involved with the local church. The last inspection noted that the relationship between the local churches and the school was outstanding. I also have a weekly radio programme on Phoenix98FM and this has featured the school and the children on a number of occasions. I write a monthly article for the Brentwood Gazette. These links have ensured the school receives regular press coverage.

Alex Robinson

I have lived in the village for over 20 years and have three daughters. The elder two have already been through the school and my youngest is in year 5. I am on my second term as a Parent Governor having been re-elected in October 2017. Following a degree in Genetics, my working background has been in accountancy and insurance and I hope that I bring this knowledge and experience to assist with the oversight of the school finances and as Science Monitoring Governor.

Theresa Keevil

I am the school business manager and support staff governor at school.  I have worked in school for over ten years and have been a governor since 2012. Both of my children attended this school when they were junior school age, I can therefore bring experience as both a parent and a member of staff to the role of school governor.

Kate Nolan

I have been teaching at the school for 5 years as of Easter 2018, after having taught for 4 years in a school in the New Forest. I attended the Anglo European School as a pupil so have links to the village from my childhood. I am currently Upper School leader and lead the English and Modern Foreign Languages subjects.  I have been interested in the role of the governing body and hope that I can bring my experience inside the classroom to the committee.

Richard Saddleton

I have lived with my family in Ingatestone for over 25 years, and our son is currently studying within the sixth form at the Anglo European school after having previously attended both the Ingatestone Infant and Junior schools.  I have been a governor of the Junior school as a Foundation PCC Governor since 2013, with my previous governing responsibilities including the Chairing of the Salaries Committee and assisting with the analysis of school performance data.  I took over the role of Chair of Governors in October 2020.  My business experience is within insurance, computing and administration.  During the time I have been with the school body I have been privileged to have witnessed the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and pupils, and I look forward to contributing to the further improvement of what I believe is already an excellent school.

Jacinta Whitfield

I became a Governor in November 2014 after my elder daughter came to the school in February 2013; mid-way through Year 3. Originally, I was elected as Parent Governor and I, very much, want to be an advocate for parents’ concerns. My son came through the school and now my youngest has commenced Year 3. As a solicitor, I hope I can bring a useful set of skills to the Governing Body and, over the years as a Governor, can attest to the hard work of both the staff and students of the school.

Stephanie Moran

I have lived in Ingatestone for the past 8 years, and have two children both attending Ingatestone Infant School.  I was invited to join the Governing body in October 2018 as a Foundation DBE Governor.  I have a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and for the past 15 years worked within the financial services industry as an HR Manager. I hope that my people management experience lends itself to supporting the development of staff, which will in turn contribute to improving the educational provision and performance of pupils.

Jimmy Innes

Jimmy is an Ingatestone resident of 10 years, and a pupil parent.  He joined the Governors team in 2020.  Jimmy works in international aid is currently the Chief Executive of an international charity that advocates for disability rights and inclusion in Africa and Asia.  He has worked in the aid sector throughout his career.

Karen Davey

I have lived in Ingatestone since 2010 and have two children.  My son is in year 6 and my daughter is in year 2 and will join the junior school in September.  I have been a foundation governor since November 2020.  I have 20 years’ experience working as a policy advisor at the Department of Health and Social care, following an earlier career as a research scientist.  I hope that I can bring my expertise in setting strategic direction and system oversight to the role of school governor as well as supporting the strong links between the school and local churches.