Chair of Governors
I joined Bedfont Primary’s Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor in 2014, having previously been a parent governor at the Infant and Junior schools many years ago. Altogether I’ve clocked up 20 years’ experience as a governor at five different schools.
For 11 years I worked in Governor Development & Training for LB Hounslow, and although I now work in School Place Planning, I continue to have a keen interest in governor development.
As the current Chair, it’s encouraging and rewarding to be part of a team of committed governors working with dedicated senior leaders and staff who genuinely care about what’s best for the children, the school and our community.
Chair of Finance Committee
I have been a governor at Bedfont Primary School for just over 6 years, having started when my eldest child was in Year 4 and not long after the amalgamation of the school into the large primary school we have today.
The changes over the years have been immense and it has been a fantastic experience to be a part of that journey, challenging and supporting the Senior Leadership teams and the school community in general, in order to ensure all children have the opportunity to succeed and can move forward into their Secondary education and further, having had a safe, nurturing and focused journey through Primary School.
It is through my experience as a Governor that sparked an interest in the education sector and I now work as an accountant for a large Secondary school in Hillingdon. This will also enable me to further support Bedfont as my work provides many opportunities to understand the many pressures on school finances and I will be able to ensure the focus is on providing best value and protecting the school budget.
I am a mother to 2 children in the School, in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. As a Senior Lecturer, in Mental Health Nursing, I am a strong advocate for good quality education, mental and physical wellbeing. I am in my 2nd Term of Office as a Parent Governor, and value the strong commitment of our Parent Community in the School.
In the Governing Body, I am the Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Performance and Standards Committee, Mathematics Governor, Early Years Foundation Stage Governor, Special Educational Needs or Disability Governor and Co-editor of the Governor Bulletin. In these key roles, I am actively involved in shaping the strategic direction and vision of the school. Bedfont Primary is a warm, inspiring, driven and nurturing environment which supports each child to flourish and reach their optimum potential. It is a real privilege to be part of the Governing Body and work closely with the Leadership Team.
Reverend Philip Smith
Reverend Philip Smith is Vicar of St Mary's Church in Bedfont and has been a school governor since 1999 at different schools. He wants to represent our local community at Bedfont Primary and has a particular interest in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development in school. He is on the Finance and Premises committee. He is married to Nicky with two children and three grandchildren and enjoys golf, cricket, gardening and food and drink along with reading.
My name is Caroline Bennett and I have 4 children, three of them currently in Bedfont Primary School. I work for an insurance broker in Chalfont St. Peter and also part time here in the school library.
I am now a parent governor which my friend suggested I apply for. After thinking about it, I felt that the timing was right for me as I have been a parent at this school for about 8 years now so know the school well.
I am a co-opted governor, live locally in Ashford and have attended St Mary’s Church Bedfont for more than 30 years.
I am currently a member of the Performance and Standards Committee, the Pay and Personnel Committee, the Governors Development Working Party, the deputy Safeguarding governor and the named governor for SEND , LAC and Literacy.
I had the most rewarding career teaching in the primary sector in a variety of roles and in several schools in the local area.
Now retired I am able to bring my experience and passion for teaching to assist the governing body in providing the best possible education for all children at Bedfont School.
I am the Headteacher of Bedfont Primary School. I was previously Headteacher in a school in Oxfordshire. I have been a member of the governing body at three schools. I have also been a member of a steering group for a large secondary school. I am a proud member of the governing body and I look forward to helping our school continue to grow and flourish.
I am the newest member of the Governing body and excited to have been selected as a co-opt Governor having been introduced to the school by the Chair of governors.
Since having my son my involvement in education has become of an interest to me and I believe that the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements and just as importantly to the development of social and other life skills.
I have lived in Feltham for the past 17 years and had a successful career in another local authority as a project manager with focus on business management, finance, premises and procurement and this experience lends itself serving and supporting my role on the Finance and Premises committee.
I will endeavour to meet the requirements of my role and look forward to monitoring, questioning and challenging to ensure the best possible standards of education and support for the children attending Bedfont primary school