Furze Platt Infant School

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Meet the Governors

 

 

David Gordon Smith - Co-Opted Governor and Vice Chair

I first became a governor when Deborah Leach invited me to look around the School in 2002.  At the time I knew very little about the schools in Maidenhead but I was really impressed with both Ms Leach and how the School operated.  I now know it is one of the best schools in the Royal Borough and I have immense pride in being a small part of that.  I am the senior partner of a Chartered Accountancy firm in the centre of Maidenhead and also sit on the Executive of the local Chamber of Commerce, along with being the President of Maidenhead Hockey Club.  My eldest son is at Furze Platt Senior School and as a family we belong to St Peter’s Church where my wife, Emma, helps with Sunday School.

 

Marjorie Clementson - Headteacher

I became headteacher in September 2009. I have worked in schools across Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough and had the pleasure of working for many years at Furze Platt Junior School. I understand the important role that primary education plays in a child's life and am pleased for the opportunity to use my experience to help the children in this lovely school.

 

Sarah Batkin - Co-Opted Governor

 

I have been a governor at Furze Platt infants since October 2008, I have 2 daughters who have both been at the infant and junior schools. I have a wide range of general management experience having worked at a senior level in Retail, currently managing the store design team at Waitrose. I have worked full time since both girls were babies so appreciate the challenges of being a working parent,  I am also passionate about ensuring every child is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

 

 Matt Blacknell - Parent Governor

I have a daughter at the infant school, and another who has graduated to the junior school.  Both have very much enjoyed their time at the infant school.  This includes the fantastic support from the teaching team during the day, as well as the extra-curricular activities and events on offer.  My background is in Consumer Insight and I currently lead the team at Mars Chocolate.  I hope to bring my experience in identifying opportunities for improvement and personal passion for teamwork and collaboration.

 

Alistair Brumage - Parent Governor

I have been a parent Governor since shortly after my son entered Bumblebee Class in 2012. I am currently working as a consultant in the Automotive Industry. I believe that my role as a Parent Governor is two fold; firstly to continually challenge the school management team to keep improving the offering to the pupils and secondly to champion the cause of the Parent/School partnership. As parents we have a critical role in supporting the school in their endeavours and are a fundamental part of a schools on going success.

 Julie Hopkins

Julie Hopkins - Clerk 

I first looked at Furze Platt Infant School 30 years ago when my daughter was coming up to school age. I realised straight away what a happy, friendly school it was; nothing has changed. I also have twin sons and all three children progressed through the Infant and Junior Schools. My sons then went on to attend Furze Platt Senior School. I have always worked in secretarial roles and taught touch typing at various colleges. Latterly, I taught several modules on a Personal Assistants’ course at East Berkshire College.

 

Jane Indge - Staff Governor 

I have been a member of the staff team at Furze Platt Infant School since January 2010. I share the role of teaching in Bumble Bee Class and am also the Early Years team Leader. I was appointed as Deputy Head in September 2014. I have a passion for the outdoor learning environment and am also committed to developing the potential for children’s learning through play, investigation and exploration.

 

Kashmira Sangle- Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor at Furze Platt Infant School in Feb 2017, soon after my younger son joined the reception class. It has been a joy to watch him bloom under the warm and dedicated staff. I have an older son who attends the Furze Platt Junior School. I am a Physiotherapist by profession and have been working closely with children & adults with special needs, and their families, during my 12 years plus service with the NHS. This correlates to Governing, especially around providing ‘Personalised Attention’ to children for their holistic development, which I feel strongly about as a parent. I am delighted to join the team and to be able to contribute towards further improving standards of the school by moving ahead with times.

 

Antonia Spinks- Parent Governor

I am delighted to be joining the governing body of Furze Platt Infant School. I have two sons, one of whom has been lucky enough to be educated at the school for the past two and a half years.  I have worked in education for the past seventeen years. As a secondary English teacher, I have much experience in the classroom but I have also held a number of leadership roles both in secondary schools and in the primary sector. As a governor, my aim is to both support the school in providing a high-quality education for all children.

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Ian Smith - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in November 2015. I have a son in year 1 and an older son who is now in the juniors after three very enjoyable years at the Infant school. I am a regular parent helper at the school, helping the children with reading. The school is a very happy place for children to begin learning and I am very pleased to have been elected as a parent governor and am looking forward to being involved in this capacity. My work is as an employment advisor for a nationwide organisation and I have a background in HR and employment relations.


What We Do

A governing body exists to help with the smooth running of the school. The governors will:

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school's budget, including deciding how many staff will work there and their pay
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils' achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results
  • Participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline
  • Draw up an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)


Every school has a governing body. It must include: 

  • Parents elected by parents of children at the school
  • Staff member elected by their colleagues at the school
  • Representative of the local authority (LA)
  • Representatives of the local community (Co-Opted)
  • The head teacher


Our body consists of four Parent Governors, one LA Governor, two Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher), and five Co-Opted Governors. We are ably assisted by a Clerk to the Governors. Each governor serves for a period of 4 years. Some governors will take a special interest for particular areas such as Literacy and Numeracy.

 

If you wish to contact one of the governors, please call  or email the school and they will happily pass on the message.