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DIANNE CUMING

Dianne has been a Staff Governor since 2007 and sits on the School Development Committee. She has worked at Buckingham for 16 years, 9 years as a Reception Class teacher and more recently as Early Years Phase Leader.  At the school Dianne is responsible for the delivery of Phonics. Over the last few years, Dianne has regularly organised and run Buckingham Primary School’s prize winning stall at Hampton Carnival and always is to be seen at the school’s community events. Family is an important part of her life; she is married with three grown up children and a beautiful granddaughter. When she is not at school she enjoys travelling the world with her husband. She has lived in Hampton with her family for 25 years.

MARTIN COLE

Martin was elected to the Governing body as a co-opted Governor in February 2015. He has taken up governor responsibility for KS2 and Creative Arts and Music. He has been associated with Buckingham as a volunteer for a number of years working with years 4 and 5. He has also assisted in a number of school trips including Hindleap Warren. Aside from that his wife Jane worked at the school for many years prior to retirement. Martin is currently employed as a Law Enforcement Officer for Spelthorne Council. Prior to this he was employed as a Detective Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police until his retirement in 2011. When not working Martin enjoys time with his 6 grandchildren and singing. Martin recently passed his Associate of Trinity College London Diploma (ATCL) in Music Performance and is now currently studying for a Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma again in Music Performance.
 

SARAH DAY

Sarah is a Co-opted Governor, previously having been a Staff Governor, since 2009.  She sits on both the Resources and School Development Committees. She currently teaches in Year 2 as well as being the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Safeguarding and Pastoral Care.  Sarah manages the school’s volunteers and helping parents and supervises the professional development of the staff.  She is also responsible for developing public relations and links with the local community as well as Health and Safety. Sarah has been at the school for 20 years. In her spare time she loves to read and spend time on her computer. She enjoys learning Spanish, looking after her vegetable patch and her pets and is a keen photographer.

CHRIS ENGLISH

Chris was a Parent Governor when elected in October 2014 and is now a Co-Opted Governor. He sits on the Resource Committee and is Lead Governor for PSHE, Early Years and Special Building Projects. The eldest of his three children attends Buckingham Primary School with the others hopefully following suit. Chris is a Chartered Building Surveyor with Surrey County Council delivering maintenance and improvement building works for a diverse range of public properties. Chris was previously a volunteer Special Constable for 10 years. In his spare time Chris enjoys going on adventures and exploring the countryside with his family, tinkering with his 1968 Mini Cooper and is the proud owner of a Brentford FC season ticket!

JOHN NICHOLSON

John has been a Co-opted (previously Community) Governor at Buckingham Primary School since 2010, having previously had a long spell as a parent governor. He is Chair of the School Development Committee. He also sits on the Resources committee and has governor responsibility for Curriculum, Science, and Design & Technology.  He has lived opposite the school for over twenty years, and all four of his (now adult) children attended Buckingham.   He is married to a local councillor, and works as a professor at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.   For relaxation, he follows cricket. 

HEENA SACHDEVA

Heena is a Co-Opted Governor having been elected back in 2003 as a Parent Governor. She became Chair of Governors in 2005 and sits on the Resources and School Development committees as well as the Headteacher Performance Management and Pay Review panel. She is the governor with responsibility for maths, EAL, Safeguarding Child Protection and governor training. She is married with three  children who all attended Buckingham, one now in his second year at University, another in Upper Sixth with the third in YR10 at secondary school. She is an accountant, with her own practice, specialising in all aspects of small businesses and lives locally. With busy children, she is a weekend cricket/athletics mum ferrying them all around. Cooking and entertaining is a big passion.

STEVE RAC

I am married with three children, two of whom attend Buckingham Primary School. I work in the IT industry with a particular focus on the retail, hospitality, F & B and leisure market.

When I have some spare time I play rugby at Staines RFC and row at the Richmond Bridge Boat Club. I have been a volunteer for Middlesex County RFU for many years where I have held a variety of posts including Disciplinary Secretary, Chair of Governance and for a six year term, Honorary Secretary. My particular interest in rugby as a volunteer is the grassroots adult game.

I am a keen follower of England Rugby and the British and Irish Lions, a hobby that has taken me to a number of far flung destinations around the world.

I applied to join Buckingham Primary Schools board of governors as I wish to play a part in ensuring the continuing success of the school.

ANDREW JACKMAN

I am married with two children and my eldest started at Buckingham Primary School in September.

I graduated from Swansea Business School with a business degree and have worked at various multinational companies throughout my career. The last few years I have worked for a company which focuses on children's oral health which aims to engage with children and encourage them into healthy habits.

In my spare time I am a season ticket holder at Harlequins, a keen Welsh rugby fan and an have been a lifelong Liverpool football club fan.

I applied to join the board of governors as I wanted to support the school in any way I am able to and feel with the first of my children now attending this was the perfect time.

KIM NICHOLAS

Kim is an Associate Governor from September 2018, having previously been a Parent Governor.  

Since graduating with degrees in Humanities, Kim has worked for the Metropolitan Police in various analytical roles. She has recently completed a further degree in Educational Research.

In her spare time Kim enjoys reading, doing crafts with her children and learning languages.

 

Governor Newsletter

The Governing Body

At Buckingham Primary School, the Full Governing Body is comprised of thirteen governors, including parents, teachers, volunteers from the local authority and the community. We are an energetic and ambitious group that work together to provide independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards.

 

The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community overall and does so by holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

  • plans the school's future by setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy
  • makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.


Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important we get things right. How we do our job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge the head teacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. We are not there to rubber stamp decisions. We have to be prepared to give and take advice and are often described as a “critical friend”.

 

At Buckingham Primary School, the Full Governing Body meets six times a year, but most of the work is carried out via two main committees, which again meet six times a year. Both committees may then further delegate to smaller groups as required.

 

Resources Committee

This brings Finance, Staffing and Premises together in one committee.

 

School Development Committee (SDC)

This deals with Teaching and Learning, Achievement and Progress of Pupils and Curriculum Development

 

Both Attendance and Pupil Premium are reviewed at both committees.

 

If you would like to contact the Governors please email: Chairofgovernors@buckingham.richmond.sch.uk

 

 

Instrument of Government

Declaration of Interests

Governor Attendance Records