Meadlands Primary School Governing Board
At Meadlands, the Full Governing Board comprises of 13 governors, including:
We are an energetic and ambitious group that work together to provide independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards.
Our three main focus areas are:
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Meet the Full Governing Board
Following my study of radio, TV and film production at university, where my passion lay, and still does, in documentaries, I have used my skills in the not-for-profit sector for national and international charities. For the past 10 years, I have provided strategic leadership of fundraising, marketing and communications for Princess Alice Hospice; Meadlands local Hospice. The Hospice has given me the opportunity to learn more about supporting adults and children through bereavement, safeguarding, talent management and above all the importance of a local organisation’s connection to its community.
Outside of work I enjoy politics and learning more about social issues affecting communities and society in general, especially around health, education work and skills.
Since joining the Meadlands family in 2013, my boys have loved every moment and have really developed thanks to the care, love and support the school gives them. By becoming a governor I hope to use my skills to give something back to a school that gives so much.
Mrs Annabelle Hughes: Deputy Chair of Governors, Governor Link for Behaviour, Progress and Attainment Data, Safeguarding, Looked After Children.
I have a daughter and son at Meadlands. I've volunteered in Year 6 maths classes over the past two years and I currently work part time in the Civil Service, where I have spent most of my career. I've covered a wide range of roles, including estimating the cost of changes to the tax system, forecasting and monitoring departmental performance and distributing education funding in England and Wales. I hope that my experience will be useful as a governor and in helping Meadlands continue to be the brilliant school it is.
Originally from California, I moved to the UK 20 years ago. My professional experience spans almost 20 years in PR and marketing; managing the development of large-scale PR strategies, advertising, internal communications and online initiatives. Currently I am a global digital marketing manager for Accenture. I became a governor in December 2013 and subsequently became the Chair of Governors in September 2014, primarily because I wanted to use my professional experience to help the school on its journey to good and beyond. I am constantly impressed with this school – especially the dedication, enthusiasm and awesomeness of the staff and the students. I am thrilled with the progress the school is making and look forward to the adventures ahead.
Mrs Carolyn Dodds: Governor link for SEND and Pupil Premium and member of Head Teacher Performance Management Panel.
Hello my name is Carolyn Dodds and I am a Governor here at Meadlands. I have two children – my son and daughter go to Grey Court. I have volunteered at the school over the past five years – listening to readers, helping in the library and helping at Friends events – I felt that becoming a Governor would be a really valuable, interesting and new way to be involved with the school. Before having children I was an Information Architect working on websites. I then became a stay-at-home mum and I am now a freelance proofreader.
Mrs Penny Frost: Governor Link for Staff Development and wellbeing.
I am Penny Frost, Councillor for Ham and Petersham and a member of the Meadlands Governors since 2013. My first involvement with Meadlands started over 20 years ago, when I taught on the Meadlands School swimming programme! I have a great interest in education, and have worked in Special Needs for many years as a Special Needs teacher and SENCO in secondary schools, with a recent move into the primary sector as a SENCO. I really enjoy helping children to learn, particularly if they are finding reading a struggle. I have retired from teaching now, but I freelance as a trainer and consultant in education.
Mr Richard Smith: Governor Link for Healthy Living & PE, Citizenship.
Having worked as a fish salesman serving restaurants in London and travelling in Asia when in my 20s, I realized I wanted to study more and took a degree in Tropical Geography with International Development at London and did doctoral research on Land Degradation in Africa at Sheffield. After much effort I was able to get a foothold in the competitive field of my choice - international environment and development – working first for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and then for CABI, a not-for-profit supporting agriculture and conservation in the tropics. More recently, I combine my passion for supporting learning in organisations through evaluation with a role helping to run a charity, Proforest, that helps people produce and source food and forest products sustainably. I am a parent of two children at Meadlands and have been bowled over by the energy, warmth and dedication of pupils and staff alike since first setting foot in the school. Recognizing the value of a great education and loving Meadland’s philosophy of helping all children to flourish in a multitude of ways, it is a pleasure to offer my support to the Head and whole team as they continue to take an already very strong school to greater heights.
Mr Ulrich Tiedau: Governor Link for Curriculum (Reading).
Originally from Germany, I have been living in the UK, with one short interruption, since 2001. My daughter loves Meadlands and so do my wife and I. It is such a fantastic school. Professionally I am teaching history and languages at one of the London universities. On the governors board I act as lead governor for reading and writing.
Ms Andree Frieze: Governor Link for Early Years .
I work from home as a freelance interiors editor having spent nearly 20 years working in the magazine industry. In addition, I am the Community Relations Office for Jeevika Trust, a charity based in Hampton Wick that works in rural India improving women’s livelihoods.
I was a parent governor at Latchmere School from 2012-2016, heading up the Community and Staffing Committee for three years, while being deputy Chair of the full GB for two years. I look forward to bringing this experience to my role as Governor of Meadlands.
Locally, I sit on the committee of the Ham & Petersham Neighbourhood Forum, and I edit their contribution to the Ham & Petersham Community magazine as well as their Facebook page.
Mrs. Chloe Walkhom: Governor Link for SMSC and Fundamental British Values.
My Name is Chloe and I have been a Governor at Meadlands since April 2019. I am also a parent of 2 young children at Meadlands and, along with my Australian husband, we have lived in Ham since 2017. Largely my work background has been as a Social Worker working with adults with mental health difficulties. I have worked as a part of the NHS and social services systems as well as in community organizations both in London and Melbourne, Australia. I have taken a break from this work for now and have trained as a Doula which is a role that supports women before, during and after childbirth.
I feel very lucky to live within and be part of a community that benefits from such a brilliant Primary School as Meadlands and therefore I decided to dedicate some of my time and commitment to the school in a Governor role.
Mrs Wendy Norman: Clerk to Meadlands Governing Body
I have been the clerk to the governing board since February 2012. I am responsible for providing advice on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as well as administrative support to the Governing Body in accordance with legal requirements. I liaise with the Chair and Head Teacher with regard to agendas for meetings and prepare the Minutes. My children attended primary and secondary schools in the borough and I enjoy being part of Meadlands' wider family and the education of its children. I have previously worked intown planning consultancy and also work in other educational settings. My interests outside work include dance and theatre, walking and gardening.
Mrs Sophie McGeoch: Headteacher Governor
I am very proud to be the Headteacher at Meadlands School and over the past 5 years in post have enjoyed working with the Governing Board. The Governing meetings provide a good balance of support for the staff and challenge which in turn has helped the strategic thinking and vision for the school ensuring every child gets the absolute best opportunities we have to offer. Governors frequently visit the school to work alongside middle leaders either through 1:1 meetings or joining a learning walk, the pupils always look forward to these visits as they are keen to be involved in the grown up meetings and show off their learning.
Miss Sarah Taunton: Staff Governor
Alongside my Deputy Head role I am also the Year 5 class teacher with Miss Bunker. As part of my Deputy role I lead on Curriculum and Teaching and Learning and am subject leader for Mathematics, Computing and RE. I am now going into my sixth year at Meadlands and have been a staff Governor since 2016. Being a staff Governor is a wonderful opportunity to work a range of individuals who are as enthusiastic about Meadlands as I am. It also provides me with a unique insight into another layer of strategic leadership at the school.
Miss Jessica Bunker: Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Board in advance of taking on the role of SENDCo and Deputy Headteacher at Meadlands in September 2019. Having previously worked as the school's Key Stage One Leader and PE Coordinator, it has been an absolute privilege working with such a committed and passionate staff team, and with a Govening Body who constantly challenge and support us to improve.