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Meet our Governors

Jo - Ann Taussig
Chair of Governors

"I have been a governor at the school since 2009. I have had 3 children go through the school so I feel I know it well and have seen it go through many changes. Over the years I have been involved in looking after the health, safety and premises issues of the school and looking at literacy as part of the curriculum committee. I have a background in medicine (clinical and research). I become a governor because I was interested in education policy and delivery and wanted to support the school".

Janet Berry
Headteacher

"The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of our school. I am very grateful to all our governors who voluntarily give up their time and skills and help us to continually raise school standards". 

Kathryn Moore
Vice Chair of Governors

"I became a governor in 2011. I work as an actuary which currently involves forecasting profits for an insurance company, interpreting financial regulations and reviewing governance processes. These are all skills which are used within the Finance Committee when reviewing the school financial statements and budgets and the wider governor role of overseeing the school policies".

Maureen Shepherd

"I am currently working as the Inclusion manager/ SENCO at Coombe Hill Infants'. I find being a governor very rewarding as it allows me to contribute further to the school, drawing on my in-depth knowledge of the pupils and their needs. It also allows me to see the school within a wider context ".

Caroline Young 

"I have a background in education as I taught in Coombe Hill Junior School from 2003, when I qualified as a teacher, until 2011 when my daughter was born. I am currently supply teaching in the Junior School but I also wanted to be more involved in the Infant School too. Being part of the governing body means I can use the knowledge I have gained from my years of teaching and being on the middle management team in the Juniors, as well as my experience as a parent". 

Alison Reid

Chair of Community, Children & Safeguarding Committee

"During the time that my sons attended the school between 2012-2016 I volunteered in various ways to support the teachers and children. When my younger son entered year 2, I felt that I would like to continue that support after he had moved on. I have seen first-hand how passionate, inspiring and nurturing all of the staff at Coombe Hill Infants' school are and this is reflected in the happiness, energy and progress of the children at the school. As a parent this is invaluable. I worked for nearly ten years at two of the UK's top business schools supporting the provision of first-class higher education. As a governor over the past year I have been involved in the selection of the new school meal provider and have sat on the premises, Health and Safety Committee".

Jack Morris
Staff governor

"I have taught at Coombe Hill Infants' since 2012 and have steadily taken on more responsibility each year, providing me with a wider understanding of what makes this school special. Leading science and then maths alongside leading Year 2, and more recently joining the Senior Leadership Team, has given me the opportunity to make an impact across the whole school and a greater impact within my class too. I am grateful to have the chance to learn more and continue to add value wherever I can". 

Miranda Sinclair
GDPR and Finance governor 

"I volunteered in the school a lot last year and it really opened my eyes to all the day to day unsung care and attention the school put into each and every child. We all know our children are being taught with passion and dedication, but whether in the classroom, or the pool, I could see all the extra support, hear the nurturing words and see the bond between our children and their teachers. I wanted to give something more to this amazing school. For almost 20 years I worked for a global bank using technology to bring efficiencies and control; analysing requirements and data sets ranging from system performance, to regulatory needs to people surveys; and finally I worked on product development. I hope to use some of my skills to help our school continue to flourish and do the very best for our children".