Meet The Governors
‘The governing body has a very accurate view of the school’s work and manages the budget very well. High-quality training to improve teaching is provided and additional funding is always spent for the benefit of students who are eligible for it.’ Ofsted December 2013
The Governing Body’s responsibilities fall into three areas:
- The Governing body provides a strategic view for the school to move forward and plan its future. It ensures the school provides the best possible learning environment and outcomes for students.
- The Governing Body acts as a “critical friend”. It gives support, advice and practical help to the staff as well as asking challenging questions. It presses for improvement and promotes the interests of students.
- The Governing Body ensures accountability through monitoring the school’s development. It discusses questions and refines proposals whilst always respecting the professional expertise of the Headteacher and staff.
To contact Jackie Tanner, Chair of Governors, email mrs.tanner@Limpsfield-grange.surrey.sch.uk
Jackie Tanner – Chair of Governors (Co-Opted Member)
I have been the Chair of Governors at Limpsfield Grange for three years and a member of the governing body for six years. I have four children and my daughter is an ex pupil of the school, so my connection goes back a long way. I sit on all the committees and find governing very rewarding.
Together with my husband, I work in property renovation and rental and find the skills needed for that transfer well into governing a school. I like to be a hands on governor. My dog is a registered Pets as Therapy dog and I visit the school with her once a week. This gives me lots of opportunities to get to know the girls.
Lindsey Dunbar – Vice Chair of Governors (Authority Member)
My name is Lindsey Dunbar, I carry out a number of responsibilities. At present the committees I attend are Curriculum Community and Student Welfare, together with Staffing, Pay and Personnel. I am also the Link Governor, I help Governors find relevant courses to attend to further their training and development. But it’s not all about meetings, and I get involved helping with Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, which is good fun, and very rewarding if a little tiring at times! I have three children who were all educated locally. I also represent Limpsfield as District Councillor.
Philip Senior – Parent Governor
I am a parent governor who firmly believes in the school and its aims. I work in the pharmaceutical industry developing new treatments for cancer and feel that my business and scientific background would be of benefit to the school Governing Body. In addition, I was a school Governor at my daughter’s former primary school and received some training in this role. I took an active part in Governor visits to report on activities of school life (e.g the use of medicines in classrooms) and worked with the other Governors to transfer the school into academy status. As a family we enjoy UK holidays and visiting theme parks where my daughter likes to take me on the scariest rides. I joined the Governing Body in October 2013 and really look forward to working with the other Governors in the best interests of the school.
Nick Powell – Co-Opted Member
I am employed as the Bursar of an independent school in Tunbridge Wells, for children aged 3 to 13. I also have over ten years’ experience as a primary school Governor, a number of which were spent as Chair of The Governing Body. I became a Governor at Limpsfield Grange to help the school achieve the very best of outcomes for all its pupils and am currently the Governor with responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding.
Alison Couchman – Parent Governor
I am a parent governor, appointed in July 2016. I have worked for Dairy Crest since 2001; where I am PA to the Group Finance Director at head office. I am married to Paul; we have two daughters. My youngest daughter attends Limpsfield Grange and we are delighted with the way she settled in and is progressing. I am also a Girl Guiding volunteer. As a family we enjoy spending time together, including dog walking in our local park. I hope that the experience I have of working within a corporate environment will be of some benefit to the governing body. I think Limpsfield Grange is a very special school and support its aims for each child.
Atalanta Beaumont – Co-Opted Member
My name is Atalanta Beaumont and I have just joined the Governors as a Co-opted member. I am looking forward to learning more about the school, the staff and particularly the individual needs of the pupils. I have a background as a Montessori teacher and SENCO and then retrained completing a 4 year post grad MSc as a Transactional Analyst. I have worked for The Place2Be and for five years at the Orpheus Centre in Godstone. I have published a self-help book concerned with communication and wellbeing and I currently write a column twice monthly for Psychologytoday.com. I am local having lived in the area for 26 years and now I am semi-retired I am looking forward to contributing towards my community.
Janet Mills – Co-Opted Member
I have recently become an Associate Member of the Governing Body of Limpsfield Grange School. I am married and have a son and two daughters and four grandchildren. I worked as a Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist for twenty years, including working in two special schools and then as a Community Paediatric Physiotherapist in the Dartford area. I have lived in the local area for thirty years. After I retired I was asked to be a Governor at Limpsfield Infant School and was a Governor there for seven years. I am actively involved with St Peter’s Church, Limpsfield, and also with various local projects such as Limpsfield in Bloom and the community orchard, helping as a volunteer. Also I am quite a hands-on Granny! I have always been interested in education, ever since my own children first went to school, and also because of my work as a physio in schools. I am much looking forward to being a member of the Governing Body and to contributing in a small way to Limpsfield Grange School.
Denise Finn – Co-opted Member
I have just joined the governing body at Limpsfield Grange. I am really looking forward to learning more about the school and bringing any expertise I can to help the school to achieve its ambitions. I have lived in the Oxted area for 20 years and have two teenage sons (the youngest has SEN). They have both been educated in the state and private sector to some extent. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and also hold a Masters in Business Administration(MBA). I currently work for Thomson Reuters – a large multi-national serving the information needs of professionals. I bring experience gained from finance and strategic operations roles managing finance, projects and change initiatives in complex environments.’
Simon Seal – Parent Governor
I am married with 3 children, Jack, Joseph and Jemma who is currently in year 9. My background is in retail where I have worked in the head office of a variety of different organisations over my 35 year career. When the opportunity came to join the governing body I was keen to put myself forward in the hope that my business experience would be of some benefit to the school. This was my way of recognising the great work the school has been doing with Jemma over the last few years. I joined the governing body as Parent Governor at the beginning of this school year and have sat on the CCSW committee.