Catherine Johnson- Foundation (PCC) Governor
I jumped at the opportunity to become a foundation governor at St Peter and St Paul’s! As a recently retired Headteacher, I now have the capacity to volunteer and I am really excited about becoming part of this wonderful school community. I have worked in education for 33 years, graduating as an enthusiastic ‘probationary teacher’ in 1988. My experience grew working overseas in Australia and Italy before settling locally in Oxted twenty years ago.
For the last 10 years I was a Headteacher, firstly at St Peter’s C of E Infants in Tandridge and then at Trinity Oaks C of E Primary in Horley. Trinity Oaks was developed as a brand new school in 2014, an incredibly interesting and rewarding journey. As a leader of Southwark Diocese Church Schools I understand their special nature and Christian ethos and the way they are supported by the Board of Education and local churches.
I continue to follow developments in education and am passionate about the way we look after pupils and the quality of learning they receive. I still work with children most days, as a tutor, and always try to build on their interests and find innovative ways to support them.
My current work is with student teachers, which certainly keeps me on my toes- staying one step ahead with my reading and pedagogy!
I am really looking forward to finding out more about life at St Peter and St Paul’s and supporting the school as Governor.
Rosie Burgess - Headteacher, Ex-Officio Governor
Helen Burnett – Foundation (SDBE) Governor
I joined the Chaldon Village Community in June 2016 when I took up my post as Curate to St Peter and St Paul’s Chaldon and St Luke’s Whyteleafe. Prior to my training for ordination I home educated my four sons and I am passionate about equality of access to education and nurturing the natural curiosity of the child. My first career was in education and I have taught in the early years sector, primary and secondary schools and spent two years working with severely emotionally disturbed children in a residential setting. I value the strong links between the church and the school in Chaldon and intend to do all I can to foster that relationship.
Chris Botten - Local Leader of Governance (LLG)- Chair of Governors
Richard Pedrick - Elected Parent Governor
I grew up on the border of Chaldon and Caterham and after moving to London for several years, post university, I came home so that my own children would have the great benefit of growing up in our wonderful and unique community. My family have lived in Chaldon and Caterham for more than 65 years, my uncle even attended the old infant school in Chaldon 60 years ago.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 2007 and have been working within the financial markets industry since then. I currently ply my trade at a quantitative investment management company in Mayfair. I hope to use my experience to help the school, in what are particularly trying financial times for the whole education sector.
My eldest child joined this school in 2018 and is flourishing, my youngest will hopefully follow suit in 2020. These early years are fundamental for our children; I believe that one of the most important things we can do at this stage, is to instil a love of learning that will, God willing, stick with each of them throughout their school years and well into adulthood.
Victoria Stubbs - Foundation - SDBE Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
I am invested in the school and the happiness, security and stability it provides for its children. As the SDBE Governor, I recognise that the essence of the school is deeply rooted within its Church of England affiliations. The strong community atmosphere that the school radiates, is something that needs to be preserved and nourished. My son started the school in 2016 and my daughter joined in 2018. I hope for my youngest to follow suit eventually too. I have a degree in English & Media and currently work with my husband, remote managing a franchise. I am a strong communicator and hope to bring new ideas and encouragement to the Governing body.
Laura Stott - Foundation (PCC) Governor - Safeguarding Governor
My career as a researcher and lecturer at several UK universities has shown me just how important it is for a child to have an outstanding experience during their foundational early school years. A school that can nurture a sense of excitement for learning, can stoke a passion for discovery, and can give children the courage to make mistakes, is vital for children to become successful life-long learners. This has certainly been the experience that my three children have had, as they consecutively attended St Peter and St Paul Infant School from 2011 - 2020. I have lived in Caterham most of my adult life and feel very much a part of this community. I attend Caterham Baptist Church which has been a wonderful way to strengthen my Christian faith, and helpful as I seek to support the school in its Christian ethos which permeates every element of school-life and is part of what makes St Peter and St Paul Infants so special. Also, my experiences of working within Higher Education, often with individuals who have specific mental health and/or well-being issues, provides beneficial insight as I serve in the role of Safeguarding Governor.
Linda Smith- Foundation (PCC) Governor
Until July 2020 I was the Centre Manager of Caterham Children’s Centre, it was a role that I loved and enabled me to get to know the community fairly well. When the Children’s Centre closed I felt very strongly that I wanted to continue to use my skills, experience and knowledge of community needs, so when the role of Family Wellbeing Lead was offered to me I grabbed it with both hands, I hope that my attitude to life encourages others to aspire to their hopes for the future.
My role means that I am able to offer interventions to families at levels 1 + 2 of the Family Resilience threshold to try to stop their difficulties from escalating. Realistically the role I have accepted may take a very different route dependent on the changes that will come in to play as a direct result of COVID, for instance child/adult mental health will be very high on the agenda, as will support for financial difficulties in individual families. My biggest hope is that our families will trust me to work alongside them without fear of judgement.
My personal hopes for the future are to help fill the gaps left by underfunding of necessary family support systems such as CAMHS and SALT. I have seen first-hand the frustrations of families who are trying to access support for their children but blocked by the long waiting lists. I feel that schools offer so much on extremely limited budgets, and we need to find ways to enhance local facilities to enable families to feel supported on their journey.
Sarah Bridges-Staff Governor
Adam Robinson- Foundation (PCC) Governor
Kelly Collett- Clerk to Governors
I was previously a governor at a Surrey Junior school for 7 years. Two of which I held the position of Chair of Governors. I have worked in education since 2013, firstly as a Teaching Assistant and then moved into the school office in 2019. I began working as a clerk to governors in 2019 and now enjoy doing this full time as a clerk for 9 schools in total. I am very passionate about school governance, and it gives me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing that I have hopefully made a measurable contribution to a school and how their governance operates.