Our Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Head of School and its staff, by playing the role of “critical friend”.  The Body meets in full 4 times per academic year and termly as part of 2 sub-committees, which cover the school’s operational structure – ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Resources’.

The Governors take a full and active role in the monitoring of the School Development Plan. Each Governor acts as a ‘Link Governor’ to a named member of staff and meets twice per week to focus on particular areas of the curriculum.

Each Governor is appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.

You can contact the Chair of Governors either via the school or email.

Paul Reilly – Interim Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 02.10.18
Teaching & Learning and Resources Sub-Committees

I have been associated with Elmridge School since 1975 when I moved here from Sheffield.  Since then, all our four of my children (and three of my grandchildren, one currently) have been educated here.

I joined the PTA in 1980 and was its Chairman when the then surplus classroom was converted in to a library.  In 1995 I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body and have continued since then.

In my professional life, I was a senior Personnel Manager at British Nuclear Fuels Limited’s Risley site and, after taking early retirement, I became a business start up manager for The Prince’s Trust.  In this role I helped young, disadvantaged people move into self employment – an area in which The Trust had much success.  I am still a trustee of the Nuclear Industry’s Benevolent Fund and Chairman of its Cases Committee which helps past and current employees when they experience difficult financial situations.

Simon Beswick – Executive Principal of The Dunham Trust

Throughout my career I have actively chosen to work in schools where I felt I could make a difference: environments that offer both intellectual and creative stimulation. As a teacher and now as a leader, I have fervently believed that high quality education should seek to uncover the uniqueness in all children: it should not attempt to box, label or pigeonhole. Instead, it should strive to deliver a curriculum that fills the child with wonder and awe, be rooted in real life and always motivational, stimulating and exacting. It must seek to find a place in learning for all children ensuring they are ready to face the ever-changing demands of their individual futures. Without exception I have always maintained a zero tolerance to underachievement at any level.

Helen O’Brien – Acting Head of School Term of Office 16.04.18

June Tracey – (Vice Chair) Term of Office 21.11.17 – 20.11.21

I have worked in education all my life culminating in headship and school inspection services in the UK and abroad.  I have served on the governing bodies of schools for twenty years with experience from nursery to sixth form.  I live locally and enjoy being associated the pupils’ activities in and out of school hours. I firmly believe that every child has the entitlement to a sound, well-rounded education in preparation for their future life.

David Heywood (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 1.9.2016 – 31.8.2020
Link Governor for Science and ICT and on Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

David Heywood is Reader in Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Education. A former Deputy Head teacher and LEA Advisory Teacher, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990. He is Programme Leader for the Doctor of Education, the largest doctoral programme in the university with over 75 part-time doctoral students at various stages of study. He has responsibility for managing and organising all aspects of the programme including staffing, the allocation of supervisory teams and the quality of student experience.

His research interests are focused on developing teacher subject and pedagogic knowledge as well as language and learning in science for which he received his doctorate in 1999. In 2009, he was appointed Reader in Education, an academic post that involves both teaching and research. He has published internationally and presented at conference both nationally and internationally. His recent collaborative research with colleagues has focused on the links in learning between art and science and has involved partnership project work with the Dunahm Trust to support pupil learning and staff development. The findings from this project were presented at the 2016 British Educational Research Association Conference.  

Sue Yardley (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 17.05.18 – 16.05.22

Having always had a passion for working with children from being a young leader at Girl Guides to qualifying as a leader I was always destined to be a school governor.  My father has been a governor for over 25 years and I have seen the value he has been able to bring   alongside the pleasure he got in doing so.   Having worked in Sales and Marketing management since graduating from Durham University in 2004 I wanted to put my skills to use and participate in my local community.  Having not heard of The Orchards after meeting with Jo and Simon I was extremely keen to get involved in such a dedicated and focused team.  Being new to the role of Governor brings with it a new outlook and fresh perspectives of which I am keen to make the most of.  Working with people and understanding how everyone is different has always been my strength and being able to motivate and get the best out of people is what I strive on and clearly matches the goals of The Dunham Trust.

Andrea Sherlock (Parent Governor) Term of Office 25.09.18 – 24.09.22

Gurpagh Singh (Parent Governor) Term of Office 25.09.18 – 24.09.22

Michelle Fletcher (Staff Governor) Term of Office 1.10.18 – 30.09.22

Ben Spivey (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 20.11.18 – 19.11.22

Nik Clifton (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 20.11.18 – 19.11.22

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2018/19

T&L Sub Extra Local Board Resources Sub & Local Board T&L Sub Resources Sub Local Board T&L Sub Resources Sub Local Board
  25.09.18 02.10.18 20.11.18 22.01.19 29.01.19 12.08.19 3.4.19 07.05.19 02.07.19
Paul Reilly  N/A Attended
Head of School Attended Attended
June Tracey  N/A Attended
Nina Jolley Resigned
Dave Heywood Attended Attended
Gurpagh Singh (parent) N/A Absent
Andrea Sherlock (parent) Attended Absent
Sue Yardley Attended Absent
Michelle Fletcher (staff)  N/A N/A
Ben Spivey
Nik Clifton
Observers Simon Beswick

Sue Yardley

Simon Beswick

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2017/18

Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee Resources Subcommittee Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee Resources Subcommittee Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee
  14.11.17 14.11.17 21.11.17 01.02.18 06.03.18 13.03.18 17.05.18 12.07.18
Andrew Turner MBE  Attended  Attended (held within LGB 14.11.17)  Attended  Apologies  Apologies Attended Attended
Simon Beswick   Attended  Attended  As above  Attended  Attended Attended Apologies Attended
Head of School Attended  Attended  As above  Attended  Attended Attended Attended Attended
June Tracey   Absent  N/A  As above  Absent  N/A Apologies Attended Apologies
Nina Jolley  Attended  Attended  As above  Attended  Attended N/A Apologies Attended
Dave Heywood  Attended  Attended  As above  Absent  Attended N/A Attended Attended
Lisa Kgasago (parent)  Absent N/A  As above  Absent  N/A Absent Absent Absent
 Sue Yardley N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Apologies

Register of interests

Role Name of Business/ Associated Interest Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date Interest Commenced
Simon Beswick Executive Principal Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Helen O’Brien Head of School Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Andrew Turner Director (Trust) Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
June Tracey Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Nina Jolley Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Dave Heywood Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Gurpagh Singh Parent Governor Nothing declared
Sue Yardley Co-opted Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Andrea Sherlock Parent Governor Nothing declared N/A N/A N/A
Michelle Fletcher Staff Governor The Orchards school Education Teaching Assistant Sep 18
Ben Spivey Co-opted Governor Lloyds Banking Employee School bank accounts held with Lloyds Sep 18
Nik Clifton Co-opted Governor