Governors

The Governing Body of Riverview C of E Primary School & Nursery 2022-23

The key roles of the governing body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In order to carry out our role efficiently and effectively, the detailed work of the governing body is undertaken by two committees.  In addition to attending full governors’ meetings, all governors sit on at least one of the committees which report back to termly meetings of the full governing body, at which broader issues are also discussed and agreed.

The Learning and Progress Committee

Considers and makes recommendations about all issues associated with the successful organisation of the curriculum, including teaching and learning, monitoring and assessing pupil progress, reporting to parents and examination results. It also includes attendance and performance management

The Resources Committee

Considers annual review of pay policy, recruitment, other personnel issues and safeguarding arrangements. Considers and makes recommendations about all budgetary issues for the school and the Ewell Family Centre including setting & monitoring the budget.  Also responsible for overseeing the school ‘Governors' Fund’.  Oversees buildings and develops links between the school, parents/carers and the wider community, including our church, our neighbours and statutory authorities.

How to contact us: If you have any feedback you would like to give the governing body or have any questions regarding the strategic direction of the school please contact the Chair or Vice Chair of Governors via email: info@riverview.surrey.sch.uk or by telephone 020 8337 1245.

Our Governors are:

 

NAME & CATEGORY

TERM; RESPONSIBILITIES

PROFILE

MERCY ATKINS
Head Teacher - Governor ex officio

Start of Term: 1 Sep 2013
Term of Office: Indefinite

Committee Membership: Learning & Progress Committee; Resources Committee

Special Responsibilities: Head Teacher; Emergency Contact; Key Holder

Interests: None declared

'I am the proud Headteacher of Riverview and have been part of the community for 19 years. I started as a classteacher in Silvers (Year 2) and progressed- Maths Leader, Assistant Headteacher with key stage 2 responsibility and now Headteacher. Why have I been at Riverview for so long? We make a difference.  We are a place of trust and safety for the children and families. The community that we serve diverse and unique and ever changing. It provides some challenges, which provides opportunities to learning something new. I love it here.'

ELAINE LETCHFORD
Foundation Diocesan Governor

Start of Term: 1 Sep 2018
End of Term: 31 Aug 2022

Committee Membership: Learning & Progress Committee; Resources Committee; Head Teacher’s Appraisal Panel

Special Responsibilities:  Chair of Governors; Governor responsible for liaison with the LA in the event of allegation; Leadership; Reading; Emergency Contact; Key Holder

Interests: Confederation Epsom & Ewell Partnership Representative; Academy Governor

'I have been a governor at Riverview for 24 years, first as a Parent Governor when my own children were here, then as a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese. In that time there have been many changes including the addition of the Ewell Family Centre and a complete rebuild, but the school has always kept the children and our community at the heart of everything. I am very proud to lead the governing body team at this wonderful school.

Semi-retired now, I previously worked at Heathrow Airport for 40 years. '

VIVIENNE AITCHISON
Foundation PCC Governor

Start of Term: 6 Oct 2021
End of Term: 5 Oct 2025

Committee Membership: Chair of the Resources Committee; Learning & Progress Committee; Head Teacher’s Appraisal Panel; Pay Committee

Special Responsibilities: Governor responsible for liaison with the LA in the event of allegation; Child Protection against Head Teacher; Safeguarding; Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND); Looked After (LAC)

Interests: Independent Education Consultant

'I have worked in primary education for over 40 years - culminating in 23 years serving as a headteacher in Surrey. Since retirement, I have served as a part-time Diocesan Education Trainer/Consultant and as a tutor in Initial Teacher Training.  This experience in, and passion for education led to my desire to serve as a school Governor. As a committed Christian and long-time leader in my local church I was delighted to be invited to serve as a foundation Governor in this Church of England School which clearly reflects the ethos, values and aims which reflect my own values. '

DAVID SENNECK
Foundation Diocesan Governor

Start of Term: 3 May 2021
End of Term: 2 May 2025

Committee Membership: Learning and Progress

Special Responsibilities: Assessment; Maths

Interests: None declared

'Two of my children were very happy attending Riverview, we really appreciated the supportive Christian ethos of the school and the family atmosphere where the adults knew every child. I bring an analytical and questioning mind to the governor team having spent 35 years in computing and business analysis. I am a Christian and have attended All Saints Church West Ewell, the neighbouring parish, for the last 25 years.'

VALERIE BRADFIELD

Foundation PCC  Governor

Start of Term: 26 Nov 2019
End of Term: 25 Nov 2023

Committee Membership: Resources Committee

Special Responsibilities: Community Partnerships (The Church / Family Centre); Writing

Interests: None declared

'I worked as a teacher, trainer, assessor and consultant and am a Chartered Member of CIPD. Now retired, I am still enthusiastic about helping others to learn and to develop their skills. I am the link governor for Community Partnerships, i.e. Ewell Family Centre and Ruxley Church. As a member of Ruxley Church’s Ecumenical Church Council, I aim to encourage the church’s interest in, and prayer support for, Riverview’s children, families and staff and for the work of the Family Centre.'

PHILIP CAIRNS
LA Governor

Start of Term: 4 Jun 2018
End of Term: 3 Jun 2022

Committee Membership: Vice Chair of Governors; Chair of the Learning & Progress Committee; Pay Committee

Special Responsibilities: The Whole Curriculum and the Outdoor Learning; Early Years; Pupil Premium; Sport Premium

Interests: Chair of Governor at Epsom and Ewell High School

'I have been a Riverview governor since 2014, and have the accumulated experience of being a governor for 32 years covering 5 schools, having had a career in education for 40 years.'

JO SANDER
Staff Governor

Start of Term: 27 Sep 2018
End of Term: 26 Sep 2022

Committee Membership: Resources Committee

Special Responsibilities: Link /Training Governor

Interests: School Business Manager

'I am the School Business Manager and have been employed at Riverview in this role for the past 21 years.  I am responsible for all the financial aspects of the school and HR.  I prepare the school budget and advise the Governing Body in respect of the financial position of the school, Day Care and Family Centre.  I am responsible for HR including staff contracts and payroll.   I was appointed as staff governor in September 2006 and have enjoyed bringing my financial and personnel skills to the Governing Body.  My experience adds to the Governing Body to enable informed decisions to be made to get the very best for the school and the community.'

FIONA ELLINGHAM
Foundation Ex-Officio

Start of Term: 20 Jan 2021
End of Term: 19 Jan 2025

Committee Membership: Resources Committee

Special Responsibilities: School vision and mission; Honorary Treasurer; SMSC

Interests: Ruxley Church - Church of England Priest; Director of Rev F Marketing Knows two governors - September 2022.

'I am Rev Fiona Ellingham - what a delight it is to be one of the governors at Riverview School serving in my role as the Vicar at Ruxley Church where I joined in January 2021.
I have a heart for families and people being able to live life to the full. I’m looking forward to using my love for using everyday things and experiences to help people of all ages understand more about God, who He is and what He might be saying as we live our lives with one another.'

HANNAH ABRAHAMS
Foundation Diocesan Governor

Start of Term: 1 Jun 2021
End of Term: 31 May 2025

Committee Membership: Resources Committee

Special Responsibilities: Personal Development and Wellbeing

Interests: FreelyGive Ltd – Shareholder; Grosvenor Britain & Ireland - Employee         

'My husband grew up in Ewell and we have recently bought a flat here and had our first child.  I work in engagement and love seeing the positive outcomes of my decisions and initiatives as well as being good at evaluating ideas, initiatives and programmes. I would seek to be an effective sounding board, both championing and challenging the school programme, and asking the right questions to hold schools to account and also help make them a success.'

HUGH PROCTOR
PCC Foundation Governor

Start of Term: 31 Jan 2022
End of Term: 30 Jan 2026

Committee Membership: Learning & Progress Committee

Special Responsibilities: 

Interests:       

'My entire career has been spent in education. I have taught Maths at a mixed school in Sutton for three years, a local boys' school for forty years and a girls' school for two years. My interests include playing the piano, walking in London, solving puzzles and watching West Ham!  I have been a churchgoer all my life and firmly believe that Christian values of love, respect and tolerance give youngsters a strong foundation so that they can have the best chance of fulfilling their potential and of becoming well-rounded members of society.'

JULIA ARGYLE
Parent Governor

Start of Term: 17 Sep 2021
End of Term: 16 Sep 2025

Committee Membership: Learning & Progress Committee

Special Responsibilities: SEND; Safeguarding

Interests: None declared

 

'I have been a parent at the school for five years now.  I am also a paediatric nurse working shifts at The Royal Marsden Hospital.  I love the school; everyone is so caring loving and supportive.  I would like to help and support the school that look after and guide mine and all the other children at Riverview.  I feel that being a parent governor is a great way to achieve this.'

 

KIRSTIE SEYMOUR
Parent Governor

Start of Term: 17 Sep 2021
End of Term: 16 Sep 2025

Committee Membership: Resources Committee

Special Responsibilities: 

Interests: None declared
 

I have been a mum at the school since 2004 and still have children at the school. I have lived in the area for 38 years.  My reason for being a school governor is to give back to the school.  As a mum who has struggled, I think I am a good voice for the single parent families.  To see how the school works inside, as well as being a parent able to voice and get my point across in a group, I am happy to learn more about the role and also gain some knowledge around children with special needs.'

TRACEY ROBBINS
Associate Member

Start of Term: 7 Mar 2016

Committee Membership: Resources Committee (Voting rights)

Special Responsibilities: Ewell Family Centre Manager

Interests: None declared

 

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education (3) and the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Ewell (3).  One additional Foundation Governor is ex-officio.

Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school

The Staff Governor is elected by other members of staff at the school.

The Local Authority Governor is nominated by the local authority,  appointed by the Governing Body.

The Head Teacher is a Governor ex-officio

Associate Members do not have voting rights on the full governing body, but may vote in committees.

Additional Information.

The Head Teacher is an ex-officio member of the Learning & Progress and Resources committees.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is: TBC

The 2022-23 Governing Body meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday 26th September 2022 (Setting Committees)
  • Monday 14th November 2022 (Autumn FGB)
  • Monday 6th March 2023 (Spring FGB)
  • Monday 3rd July 2023 (Summer FGB)

All meetings start at 5.00pm in the school.  Anyone wishing to attend must give two weeks notice to the school office (info@riverview.surrey.sch.uk).

Our meeting minutes

Previous minutes are available upon request from the School Office