Meet the Governors
The Governing Body is proud of the facilities and fantastic staff at Coteford that have created a school experience that children really love and benefit from.
The Governing Body works with the staff to develop the school improvement plan which as the name suggests is a plan recognising ways in which to maintain our current high standards as well as identifying ways in which to enhance the school facilities, environment and educational provision within existing budget restraints. For example improving the childrens’ use of the outdoors was identified as a priority and we are all very proud of our newly developed environmental area with its story circle and exploration packs that the children can use either within a structured lesson or for self discovery during playtimes.
The Governing Body meets twice a term to ensure that policies are in place and working effectively to implement the school improvement plan, comply with statutory requirements and most importantly to keep our pupils, staff and visitors safe. Individually Governors support the school in specialist areas such as the monitoring the provision of support for children with additional needs, working with the curriculum teams, ensuring health & safety procedures are adhered to and supporting the headteacher in managing the school and staff.
The Governing Body is made up of volunteers who represent the parents, staff, local community and the local educational authority. If you would like to find out more about the work of the Governing Body please ask any of our Governors or contact our clerk via the school office.
Governing Body Information
Dave has worked in IT for nearly thirty years, most of this at Thomson Reuters where he is now responsible for leading their technology strategy.
He has two children who both attended Coteford Infant School and his wife still teaches there although she has given up full time teaching.
After spending my working life in industry, I wanted to use the 50 years of this experience in a different field.
I have been a governor for several years.
I am married, with two children, one a primary school teacher, and five grand-children.
Louise is a scientist and has worked in clinical research for over 20 years. She is now a senior lecturer at the university of Westminster where she combines research with teaching. She has two daughters both of whom attended Coteford Infant school, one is now at Coteford Juniors and the other at Haydon.
Andrew has over 15 years of corporate experience as an IT Project Manager with IBM within the banking, retail and industrial sectors. As well as sharing looking after his two children, he is currently studying a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies. Andrew was a pupil at Coteford Infant School and his daughter has recently started at the school.
My name is Neelam Kumar and I am a senior Educational Psychologist in Camden. I have over 16 years of experience in education which has also included teaching. My passion is wanting to improve children and young people’s experience of education whilst supporting and empowering professionals to achieve this.
I am married with two children, the eldest of whom is at Coteford Infants
Gill is an experienced clerk who also clerks for the Governing Body at Coteford Junior School. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.
My name is John Keltie and I have served as a parent governor for a few years now. I have two young children, Leah and Alex.
I care deeply about children’s education and see first-hand the effort that the school makes in providing an effective, safe and stimulating environment to learn in. It is a rewarding experience and as part of that, I am always looking to foster and build a closer relationship between the parents and the school and do what is best for the children. To this end, it would be great to meet more parents.