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Meet the Governors

Chair - Ms Tiina Mutru

Vice Chair - Mr Karl Fuhrmann

Head Teacher - Ms Sandra Bradley 

Co-Opted and Parent Governor Attendance

Please see the table below for the attendance information for 2019-2020.

 

Riverhead Infants' School

Attendance 2019-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

30/9/19

11/11/19

27/1/20

9/3/20

4/5/20

11/5/20

13/7/20

Mrs Helene Bligh

Co-opted governor

18 Sep 2018

17 Sep 2022

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Ms Sandra Bradley

Headteacher Ex Officio

 

 

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Mrs Jenna Crittenden

Co-opted governor

01 Oct 2018

30 Sep 2022

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A

A

 

Mrs Claire Davison

Co-opted governor

14 Oct 2017

13 Oct 2021

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Mr Karl Fuhrmann

Co-opted governor

 

14 May 2017

13 May 2021

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A

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Mr Anthony Judge

Co-opted governor

14 May 2018

13 May 2022

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Mrs Sue Manning

Staff governor

19 May 2017

18 May 2021

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Ms Tiina Mutru

Co-opted governor

12 Oct 2019

11 Oct 2020

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Mr Nicholas Pocknall

Local Authority Governor

14 May 2018

13 May 2022

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A

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Mrs Clare Smeaton

Parent governor

30 Apr 2018

29 Apr 2022

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Mrs Claire Terry

Co-opted governor

23 Mar 2019

22 Mar 2023

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A

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ü       Attended

A       Absent; apologies accepted

N       Absent; apologies not accepted

X       Absent without apologies

-        Not in post

 

 

 

 

Previous Governors                                                            

Kelly Mclisky                        Parent               17.12.13              16.12.17

Noel Dawes                          Local Authority  16.01.14              15.01.18

Leah Smith                           Parent               16.12.17              26.02.18

Claire von den Driesch          Co-opted           09.01.17             31.08.18

Helen Fricker                       Parent               14.10.15              17.05.19

Adella Bridges                      Parent               28.6.19                25.9.20

 

Observer

Headteacher, Amherst Junior School - Mr Andrew Reid

 

Clerk to the Governors  - Mrs Sarah Walkden.

 

The Governing Body is led by the Chair, elected by the Governing Body from within its membership. The role of Chair is set for a one year period.

 

The Chair is supported in her work by a Vice Chair, who is delegated certain tasks and responsibilities. The role of Vice Chair is  also set for a one year period.

 

The Governing Body may choose to appoint Governors to take on other additional specific roles. Currently, these are as follows:-

 

Mr Nic Pocknall- Lead Governor for Premises

Mrs Claire Davison - Lead Governor for Finance

Mr Karl Fuhrmann -  Vice Chair/Lead Governor for Safeguarding

Mr Anthony Judge, Mrs Jenna Crittenden and Mrs Claire Davison  - Staffing and Pay Governors.

Mr Anthony Judge - Lead Governor for SEND

 

To see the Governors' Terms of Appointment and Register of Interest, please click on the link below.

Governor Name

Type

Appointing Body

Term of Office

Position

Committees/

Responsibilities

Start of Term

End of Term

Declared Interests

Governance Elsewhere

Helene Bligh

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

 

Staffing & Pay, Special Educational Needs

12.09.14

17.09.22

None

None

Sandra Bradley

Head

 

Ex -officio

   

01.09.16

 

None

None

Claire Davison

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

 

Staffing & Pay, Premises, Finance, Head Teacher's appraisal, Data

14.10.17

13.10.21

None

None

Karl Fuhrman

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

Co Vice Chair             Child Protection

Quality of teaching,

learning and assessment; outcomes for learners; literacy and reading; staffing and pay; safeguarding, Premises

15.05.17

14.05.21

None

None

Anthony Judge

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

 

Premises

14.05.18

13.05.22

Former Partner at Travers Smith LLP.

None

Sue Manning

Staff

Elected by staff

4 years

   

03.05.17

02.05.21

None

None

Tiina Mutru

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

Chair

Premises; effectiveness of leadership and management; Personal development, welfare and behaviour ; EYFS; literacy and reading

12.10.15

11.10.19

None

None

Nicholas Pocknall

LA

Local Authority/

Governing Body

4 years

 

Premises

14.05.18

13.05.22

Nicholas Pocknall - Director and shareholder of Hurst Warne & Partners Surveyors Ltd. Director and shareholder of Hurst Warne Commercial Property Management Ltd. Director and shareholder of Fainting Goat Properties Ltd. Janet Pocknall (Spouse) - Teacher at Amherst.  Shareholder of Hurst Warne & Partners Surveyors Ltd. Shareholder of Hurst Warne Commercial Property Management Ltd.  Shareholder of Fainting Goat Properties Ltd.

None

Clare Smeaton

Parent

Parents

4 years

   

30.04.18

29.04.22

 

None

Archanna Ramu

Parent

Governing Body

4 years

   

18.12.19

18.12.23

   
                   

Jenna Crittenden

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

   

1.10.18

30.09.18

Head Teacher at Platt C of E School.

 

Past Govs

                 

Adella Bridges

Parent

Parents

4 years

Co Vice Chair  

 

19.6.19

19.6.23

 

None

Claire von den Driesch

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

   

09.01.17

31.08.18

None

None

Kelly McKlisky

Parent

Elected by parents

4 years

   

17.12.13

16.12.17

None

None

Noel Dawes

LA

LA

4 years

   

16.01.14

15.01.18

None

None

Leah Smith

Parent

Elected by parents

4 years

   

16.12.17

15.12.21

Spouse is Finance Director of Ark Underwriting

None

Helen Fricker

Parent

Elected by parents

4 years

Training & Development

Staffing and Pay; training; EYFS; numeracy and maths; Head Teacher's appraisal, Finance

14.10.15

13.10.19

None

None

Claire Terry

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

 

Staffing & Pay, Finance, Premises/ health and safety;  effectiveness of leadership and management; outcomes for learners; data; governance; educational visits; Head Teacher's appraisal

23.03.15

22.03.19

Governor at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

None

         

Quality of teaching,

learning and assessment; numeracy and maths; finance; Pupil Premium; Sports Funding; SEND

       

Jenna Crittenden

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

 

 

1.10.18

30.09.18

Head Teacher at Platt C of E School.

 

GOVERNOR PEN PORTRAITS

Tiina Mutru - Chair - (Co-Opted Governor)

 

My background is in Public Health Nutrition and I have worked for different organisations and companies across Europe in the field of food and nutrition. At the moment my time is dedicated to my family and to volunteering.

 

When my eldest started at Riverhead I was overwhelmed how different the English education system is to that of my home country Finland. I was worried that at four he was far too young to start! He had a very happy and rewarding time at Riverhead and so I was more relaxed second time round. To learn more about the education system and to give back to the community I decided to join the Governing Body in 2015. I was elected Chair in October 2019.  Becoming a school governor has been hugely rewarding and has made me realize how much work, dedication and flexibility is required, by the staff and the Governing Body, to run the school.

Claire Davison (Co-Opted Governor)

 

I became a Parent Governor in November 2012 and a Co-opted Governor in October 2013. Both my children attended Riverhead and my daughter is now in Year 5 at Amherst.  Having helped at various Riverhead PTA events over the years, I decided that I would like to be involved with the school from a different perspective.

 

I trained as a Chartered Accountant but am not working at the minute so being a governor has been a great opportunity both to use existing skills and to learn new ones. I am really enjoying the breadth and variety of involvement with the school that being a governor entails.  I have always felt that the staff at Riverhead do an amazing job and it is great to be able to make a contribution to such an outstanding school.

 

I am Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Premises and Pay and Staffing Committees.

Karl Fuhrmann - Vice Chair - (Co-Opted Governor)

 

I have recently moved to Sevenoaks from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, and wanted to use what I have learnt in my career so far to help out within the local community. Becoming a governor seemed like an obvious choice, and since my appointment in May I have really enjoyed learning about how the school is run, and how I can have a positive impact on the strategy of Riverhead over the next few years. My first impression of the staff and children has been excellent, and there is clearly a desire from everyone to maintain an outstanding learning environment.

 

I have spent the majority of my working life in financial services procurement, and been involved in driving buying strategies across a variety of different categories, from IT to professional services. I hope that this will stand me in good stead as a governor, and that in turn I will be able to take away knowledge and skills that I can use elsewhere.

 

Helene Bligh (Co-Opted Governor)

 

I have taught at Riverhead for more than 20 years having joined the staff in 1993. During this time I have worked in all three year groups, had responsibility for a range of subjects including maths and ICT and managed to have 3 boys of my own! As the deputy headteacher and inclusion manager I have responsibility for developing the spirit and practice of inclusion throughout the school and I am proud of our inclusive ethos and our shared commitment to ensuring that our school community values and respects diversity.

 

I have seen many changes during my time at Riverhead but one constant has been a continual drive to school improvement supported by a committed staff, supportive parents, a tireless PTA and an effective governing body which I am pleased to be able to contribute to.

Sue Manning (Co-Opted Governor)

 

I started working at Riverhead in 1998, when the younger of my two children joined the school, after 16 years of working as a Cartographer for Geographers A-Z Maps. During this time I worked mainly with the Early Year classes as a Teaching Assistant, helping them settle into the routine of school and encouraging them in their educational skills, watching them develop and move onto Amherst.

 

Whilst my own children were at Riverhead, I spent many happy hours helping out on the PTA especially with the catering!

 

I am now a Non Teaching Governor and want to get involved helping and supporting the team to maintain the high standards achieved by our amazing children on their learning journeys.

 

Clare Smeaton (Parent Governor)

 

I was elected as a Parent Governor on April 30th 2018. I am a stay at home mum to three children. My eldest child is currently in Year One and my second child is starting Riverhead in September. Prior to having my children, I taught in the Early Years and in Key Stage 1 and held management positions in both. As a member of the Governing Body, I am keen to use my knowledge to assist in maintaining and improving our outstanding school.

Anthony Judge (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in Sevenoaks since 1995 and was appointed as a Governor in May 2018. I have recently retired and with three children I have always had in interest in education and this gives me an opportunity to help with this sector. I am looking forward to working with Governors on the development of this great school.

 

For 28 years I was a solicitor specialising in commercial property and with an interest in sustainable development. I remember the school being built and was fascinated by the roof in particular. Environmental issues are important for all of us and I can help the school play its part here.

Nic Pocknall (Local Authority Governor)

I have lived in Sevenoaks for 17 years, more recently close to the school and was appointed as a Governor in August 2018.  I have 2 children at secondary school locally.

 

I am a Chartered Surveyor specialising in commercial property development and sales and look forward to using some of my skills to benefit the school community.

 

Riverhead Infants' has an excellent reputation and I look forward to enhancing the community of such a well-respected local school.

 

Archanna Ramu (Parent Governor)

I was elected as Parent Governor in December 2020. I am a working mother with three daughters; twins at Riverhead Infants and a younger sibling. Born and raised in Kent, I moved to Sevenoaks in 2017.

 

I am passionate about the opportunities that education affords and driven by a desire to give back to the local community.  I’m a corporate lawyer of 15 years and believe my broad skills will be highly valuable to the role.