The Governing Body
Mrs J. Watson
Headteacher. Pecuniary Interest/s: Member Beeches Learning and Development Trust, Member of Management Committee of the Bucks Pupil Referral Unit
Mrs Jill Watson
Lent Rise School, Coulson Way, SL1 7NP
I have been Headteacher at Lent Rise School since April 2012 and started my career as an Early Years Teacher here in 1999 becoming an Assistant Headteacher in 2005 and then Acting Headteacher for a brief spell from September 2011, before I took on the substantive role. As a result, early leadership development has always played a vital part in my professional pathway and is something that I continue to foster as one of the core values of my role. I take pride in facilitating leadership development at all levels throughout the school.
As Headteacher I hold the children’s best interests at the heart of everything that we do as a school and recognise each child as an individual. I am particularly interested in different ways of engaging children in learning, such as using ICT to ignite their enthusiasm and drive so that they can go on to achieve their full potential. I feel strongly that assessment for learning, curriculum development and the use of self-assessment to drive standards all contribute to the successful education provided at a school.
I believe that a school should be at the heart of its local community and a source of pride for all associated with it: a sentiment I hold most firmly for all the pupils and staff of Lent Rise. The team ethos and family values throughout the school are unquestionable and make it a pleasure to be Headteacher here. Lent Rise School is a family under one roof and I firmly believe that each and every one of our team contributes to its success.
Dr B. Sweeney
Appointed 24/2/2014 as a Parent Governor by the Parent Body. Appointed by the Members on 30/09/2015. Pecuniary Interest/s: None
I am mum to two boys both of whom have or are currently attending Lent Rise School. I also work fulltime as a scientific project manager for a global bio-pharmaceutical company. In my spare time when not ferrying my children round to their various sporting activities I enjoy catching up with friends, walking and reading.
With the skills and experience I have gained as a mum/scientist/project leader I am now able to ‘give something back’ and feel that supporting Lent Rise School and endeavouring to help provide children in our community with the best education possible so that they are prepared for all the challenges that they may encounter as they find their own path, is very fulfilling and worthwhile.
Mrs Palak Roy
Parent Governor appointed by the parents body 17/10/17. Pecuniary interests: NFER
I am a mum to two daughters, both are at Lent Rise School. I work as a Senior Trials Manager for an independent educational research organisation where I manage randomised controlled trials in the field of education. Over the past twelve years, I have been involved in education research projects with a strong focus on generating evidence using data analysis. I am excited at this opportunity to be a parent governor and apply my skills and knowledge for the benefit of the pupils at school. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, learning about other cultures, walking, cycling and meditating.
PSHCE and SMSC Governor
Mrs Gemma Kirkham
Parent Governor appointed by the parents body 23/02/18. Pecuniary interests: None
I am mum to four children, and will have been doing the school run to Lent Rise for 15 years after my son (hopefully!) starts in September. My eldest has just left Lent Rise for secondary school and so having one daughter already go through Lent Rise, I feel I have a good understanding of how the school works.
I currently work part-time as a gymnastics coach at a local club and on a university course where I am also a member of their wellbeing team. Here I see the issues young adults experience at the latter end of their academic journey. I hope to use these experiences to ensure all children at Lent Rise have a positive and engaging start to school.
Having four children I appreciate how each can have different academic experiences dependant on their individual attributes but hope that Lent Rise School would be a place where every child can thrive and flourish in many different forms. I am proud to say my children attend Lent Rise School and would want all parents, and children, to feel the same way.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking, reading and running (to work off all the baking!) I am looking forward to my term as parent governor and hope my experiences of being Mum will fairly represent the views of our school community.
Miss Sarah Boxall
Staff Governor appointed by the staff 23/02/18. Pecuniary interests: None
I have been teaching for over 10 years and completed my Bachelor of Education in Australia. I have taught in KS1 at Lent Rise for the past few years and was drawn to the school by the friendliness and work ethics of its teaching staff and pupils.
I have always been drawn to education and have found it to be a very rewarding career. The ability to inspire our youth and develop their curiosity and creativity, yet challenge them to become the best learners they can be is a gratifying experience. I look forward to my own continued learning and have aspirations to develop further and become a Senior Leader. In my spare time I enjoy travel, brunch, shopping and yoga.
I feel privileged to be a governor at Lent Rise and I look forward to contributing my experiences, knowledge and skills to its governing board.
Governors with Finance and Legal Services Expertise Required
The Governors of Lent Rise School are seeking to appoint highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to work with the Governors and Leadership team to take the school to the next stage of development.
Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.
There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.
As a governor or trustee, you will be able to:
Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community
What governors and trustees do? The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Governors or trustees set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.
In action, this means:
Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school
Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Governors and trustees should also be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.
Lent Rise School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all. All Governors will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS clearance and will be required to complete training to support the role. For more details on the school visit the website: www.lentriseschool.co.uk
If you would like to find out more please contact Mrs Barnard, School Secretary to arrange discussion with the headteacher or a Governor.
Mrs M. Young
Chair of Governors. Appointed on 07/06/15 as a Co-Opted Governor. Appointed by the Members 30/09/2015. Pecuniary Interest/s: None
Lent Rise School, Coulson Way, SL1 7NP
I am married to Graham and have three grown up children, all of whom attended Lent Rise School. I have been actively involved with Lent Rise since 1995 firstly as a member of the then Lent Rise School Association and then as a Governor. I began as a Parent Governor over ten years ago, continued as a Local Authority approved Governor and then a Community Governor. I am currently Chair of Governors.
I have a health background as a Dental Health Educator and am currently working as a Manager for Cancer Research UK. I have a particular interest in Health and Safety and have an IOSH Managing Safety certificate.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening (I have had an allotment for over 25 years), cooking and baking with the things I have grown and long country walks with my dog, I especially enjoy spending time with my family.
Mr B. Stringer
Vice Chair, appointed on 10/6/2015 until 12/7/2019 as a Co-Opted Governor. Appointed by the Members 1/11/2015. Pecuniary Interest/s: None
Bill Stringer has been a Governor at Lent Rise School since 2011. He is currently Vice Chair and Business Link Governor.
A graduate chemical engineer, Bill is a strategic advisor and private equity investor working with a portfolio of businesses including a medical device company and a mobile electronics business. Bill specialises in leading the sales and marketing functions of the businesses he works with.
Bill is married with two children, both of whom attended Lent Rise School. Bill is a keen cyclist and is a Level 2 cycling coach at Hillingdon Slipstreamers, a youth cycling club.
Mrs N. Milligan
Appointed 09/06/2016 until 10/6/2020 as a Co opted Governor by the Governing Body. Appointed by the Members 30/09/2015 Pecuniary Interest/s: None
I graduated in business studies and worked in PR and marketing in the high tech industry, including two stints abroad in Singapore and the USA. We are now settled in Burnham and I have developed a favourite hobby into a more family-friendly career teaching sewing. I am married to Andy and have two daughters, one of whom is adopted. I have always enjoyed being involved in my children's schools and the community and have volunteered in various ways since having a family including chairing the PTA.
My particular interests are science, entrepreneurial skills and the needs of children who are fostered or adopted.
Mr Peter Stride
Appointed by the trustees 6/6/17. Term ended 6/6/2021. Pecuniary interest/s: none
I am a retired Detective Chief Inspector having served 30 years working in London. I have spent the last 10 years working alongside a number of local authorities including as the vice chair of two Safeguarding Children’s Boards. I have previously worked with schools, colleges and youth clubs, protecting children and young people of all ages, encouraging their development. My experience ranges from working in some of the most deprived parts of London, all the way through to the most famous and privileged schools in the country. Since my recent retirement I have continued to work in these areas and hope I can provide help and support to everyone involved at the school. I am passionate in helping children of all ages grow up in a secure and friendly environment and as a father and grand parent I see the enormous benefit of children having a happy school life and want to use my role as school governor to do all I can to ensure the Lent Rise continues to provide just such environment.
Mrs Kirsty Foley
Staff Governor appointed by the staff 22/11/2018. Pecuniary interests: None
I am a mum of two children who have completed their journey through Lent Rise School and are now both at Secondary School.
I have been working at Lent Rise for nearly 10 years. I started as a dinner supervisor when my daughter started in Early Years and not long after, I was given the opportunity to work one to one with a pupil on a part time basis, this then progressed to a full time one to one role and in the last 2 years have taking a leadership role for our breakfast and after school club.
I find my job very rewarding but with some challenges at times, I overcome these challenges as I work with a good support network of colleagues.
In my spare time I like to go running and participate in various sports and spend valuable time with my family and friends.
Ms S. Penkethman
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Pauline Muldoon
Pecuniary Interests: None. Co-opted by the trustees 11/7/2019.Appointed by Members 28/11/2019
Mr Anthony Bremner
Appointed by Member 28/11/2019. Pecuniary interests: None
I am an Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form at an 11-18 school, with responsibility for students’ academic progress, pastoral care and careers guidance. I teach History and Politics and have a passion for raising standards through the use of data, improving teaching and learning and delivering targeted intervention. As a local resident I am proud of Lent Rise School’s role in the community and am excited to use my classroom and leadership experience to support the school in giving each of its pupils the best possible education.
I am married with a young son and am a keen cyclist, runner and football supporter.
Appointed by Members 28/11/2019. Pecuniary interests: None
I have lived in the Burnham area for over 30 years and my wife, Julia, is Burnham born and bred. Our two grown up children both attended Lent Rise School.
I have worked in the science industry for the majority of my life, first as a Plant Scientist, then a Food Analyst, then as a Metabolism Chemist for regulatory pesticide submission and then moved on to scientific instrument sales. Four years ago I took semi-retirement and worked part time as an instructor at Go Ape! at Black Park, whilst also running my own cycle repair business. At Go Ape! I worked with many young adults and children who came to have fun. Go Ape!’s motto is to “Turn I can’t into I can” and it was always rewarding to encourage an excited but hesitant child to fly down a zip wire!
I am now fully retired and volunteer at Cliveden. Lent Rise was a great school for my children and it is a privilege to help it continue to be so as a Governor. I enjoy riding my bike as often as I can, gardening, cooking, walking and reading.