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 have been a member of the Governing Body at Bedfont Primary School since 2012. I was appointed as a Parent Governor, and I am now in my second term of office as a Co- opted Governor. My designated role is of a Health & Safety Governor on the Finance and Premises committee.
I have a daughter currently in year 6, who was the reason I initially showed interest in becoming a governor. As I believe that Primary School is where an academic foundation is built, I wanted to develop an understanding of how one operates and how it ensures that the children are given every opportunity for a great education in a safe environment. Further to this, I wanted to be involved in the school and contribute to its progress. I have bought to this role the skills attained from a degree and background in Law, which have helped me a great deal in fulfilling my role as a Governor.
Being a member of the Governong Body has enabled me to see the opportunities given to the children to achieve their full potential. I have seen many changes since 2012 and thoroughly enjoy playing an active role in the life of Bedfont Primary School.
I’m pleased to have been appointed to the Governing Body of Bedfont Primary School. I’ve really enjoyed my visits to school during the day. It’s an exciting school with so much happening. I’ve worked in education in various jobs throughout my life, and have three daughters who all went to Hounslow schools; now my grandchildren keep me up-to-date with what they’re doing at school.
I started my career teaching Geography at a secondary school but then moved to other areas of education. One job often involved visiting many different schools, together with students preparing to be teachers; another, working with people who have volunteered to be school governors. All these experiences help me in being a Bedfont governor.
I believe that children’s primary school education is a very important preparation for the rest of their lives and I’m proud to be a governor, supporting the Headteacher, school leaders and a team of skilled and enthusiastic staff.