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Find out about our Governing Body and meet the Governors



Our Governing Board consists of elected parents, members of the local community, Local Authority representatives and school staff. The Governing Board has the responsibility of monitoring all aspects of school standards. This is a strategic role and we operate and make decisions as a group, no one governor has the power to make decisions.


What is the Governing Board responsible for?

  • In state schools the Governing Board has responsibility for raising school standards through three core strategic functions of:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


What is the Headteacher responsible for?

  • Day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Board is to provide strategic management, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the Headteacher and other staff.


How does the Governing Body work?

  • We have a committee structure to undertake our monitoring and evaluation roles. Membership and terms of reference of committees are determined annually in the Autumn term and each committee meets at least once per term. We have three main committees:
    • Finance and Buildings Committee, which includes Health and Safety matters,
    • Curriculum Committee
    • Personnel and Pay Review Committee
  • The full Governing Board also meets once each term. The agenda usually includes the Headteacher’s Report to Governors, committees reports, presentation of recommendations when approval by the full Governing Body is required, new business to consider e.g. advice from the Local Authority for a school policy and specific governor reports.


What is expected of an individual governor?

The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role. In order to perform this role well, a governor is expected to:

  • get to know the school, including by visiting the school occasionally during school hours, and gain a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • attend induction training and regular relevant training and development events;
  • attend meetings (full governing body meetings and committee meetings) and read all the papers before the meeting;
  • act in the best interest of all the pupils of the school; and
  • behave in a professional manner, as set down in the governing body’s code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence.


Who are the Governors?

The Local Authority appoints our one LA governor, parents elect our 5 parent governors and staff elect the one staff member. The Headteacher is also part of the Governing Board. The school currently has 5 co-opted Governors from the local community.


Carole Green– Co-opted Governor & Chair of the Governing Board

I have been a governor at Aston Clinton School since 1999 starting as a parent governor, now a co-opted governor, and I am Chair of the Finance Committee as well as being recently appointed as Chair of the Governing Board. I live in the village and my two daughters attended the school from reception class onwards and have now finished university! Over the years I have seen the school grow with many exciting developments and as a governor I want to continue to play a part in supporting the school's provision of an outstanding education experience for all children.


Brett Daddow – Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Aston Clinton School since 2011, starting as a parent governor when my daughter began in reception. I am now a co-opted governor, and was Chair of Governors for three years. I live in the village, and my three of my daughters attend the school. I have been involved in the education sector for over twenty years and currently teach in a secondary school in Hemel Hempstead. It is my hope that as a governor, I can contribute to helping the school continue to provide a varied, dynamic curriculum (within Government constraints) so that all our young people grow up equipped to meet the demands of today's society.


Jane Tomkins – Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Aston Clinton School for 18 years. I started as a parent governor and am now appointed by the Governing Board. I currently serve on the Personnel Committee but have been a member of all three main committees and served as Chairman for 6 years until September 2014. I have lived in the village for the past 21 years and am married with two sons – one now through university and the other has just headed off to Vet School in September. After a busy career in the central London Civil Service, I now work in the NHS as an administrator. My hobbies include horse riding and music.


Sue Hall – Co-opted Governor

I was elected as a parent governor in 1988 and was chairman for 16 years. I have served on each of the committees at various times and am now a co opted governor on the personnel committee. I am married with two sons who both attended the school and I have one grandson. I work at Florence Nightingale Hospice as Business Manager and am a magistrate.


Kevin Smith – Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Aston Clinton School for many years and I am Chair of the Personnel Committee. I am married with three children who all attended the school. I work in the technology area and I am Interim Head of Programme Delivery at Lloyds Banking Group.


Swagata Mukherjee – Parent Governor

I currently have two children at the school, my daughter in Year 3, and my son who has just started in Reception. I became a Parent governor to appreciate more about the school that my children attend, understand issues that it faces and be more involved in their education. There is more and more pressure for schools to perform well but I’ve never appreciated the everyday challenges it has had to face in trying to achieve this. Professionally, I am a Project Manager for a Travel & Expense organisation managing several client projects to implement Software as a Service to make out of pocket expenditure more visible to the business whilst maximizing VAT recovery and complying with HMRC guidelines. I have been in this field for 15 years.


Andrew Vincett – Local Authority Governor

I started as a parent governor in 2006 and am now a Local Authority governor. I live in Aston Clinton and both my children attended the school from reception to year 6, one has finished university and the other is doing GCSEs. I am the governor who has responsibility for SEN and meet regularly with the Inclusion Manager. I also have responsibility for monitoring the skills and training for the governing body. I work fulltime for BT and am based at home most of the time.


Gill Frost – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, and I have lived in Buckland, a village next to Aston Clinton, for over 10 years. I am mum to two children in school, one in key stage 1 and one in key stage 2, they also attend the breakfast and after school club on school site on my working days. I am an active member of ACSA, helping to fundraise for school. I work part time as an early years officer in Oxfordshire supporting childcare settings and schools in meeting Ofsted requirements and providing quality early years care and education. I also enjoy reading and trying to keep fit! I enjoy being a parent governor and am committed to helping Aston Clinton School to support every child attending to become the best that they can be.


James Brine – Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor for the school in October 2015. I have one daughter currently in the juniors, and another set to join the infants in September 2018. As a parent I feel passionately about their learning and development, and that of their peers. So as a governor I believe that every child at the school should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, in a supportive and happy learning environment. I have also been an active member of ACSA - playing a lead role in organising the annual Village Market for four years up to 2017, raising vital funds to improve the playgrounds and buy extra equipment for the school. I have a background in events management and I work for a creative production agency, helping businesses to organise a wide variety of live events. Whilst I can’t always be on the daily school run, I really enjoy visiting the school for events, meetings and governor visits, seeing the fantastic work that the children produce.


Vidhya Jayarajah– Parent Governor

I have been a parent-elected governor at Aston Clinton School since March 2016. My parents moved to the village over twenty years ago and I have one child in Year 2 and another in Reception. I feel very passionately about my children’s education and in particular that their primary education provides a strong foundation for secondary education and beyond. As a qualified employment solicitor I have strategically advised employers including those in the education sector on how to overcome tricky issues.

As a parent-elected governor I intend to bring my HR and problem-solving skills gained as a solicitor to assist the governing body with important decisions whilst also representing parents at the school.


Lindsey Grexhammer – Staff Governor

I have recently been elected as the staff representative. have been a teacher for 18 years and taught at Aston Clinton on a part time basis since 2010. teach throughout the school from Reception to Year 6, which is challenging and fun.  I decided to become a Governor as it was a role I had not had before and it's important the school staff have a voice on the Governing Board. I have a good knowledge of how the school works after working here for seven years and teaching throughout the year groups. I'll be using this insight, in particular, as part of the Curriculum Committee.


Tanya Beer – Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2017 and will be serving on the Curriculum Committee as well as the Full Governing Board. I have two sons at the school, the eldest in Year 2 and the youngest having just started reception. Since having children in full time education I have become more aware of the demands placed on schools to deliver and I hope to understand this further and help ensure each child’s needs can be met.  The majority of my career has been in Public Relations creating strategic communication solutions for big brand clients. However, for the last five years my focus has changed to working with children’s education charities, both of which aim to help disadvantaged children break the cycle of poverty. I believe in the right of every child to an education that allows them to become the best they can be.


Governors' Declared Interests and Meeting Attendance