Local Governing Board

FRESHFORD CHURCH SCHOOL : LOCAL GOVERNING BOARD

Our school community is greatly enhanced by a hard working and dedicated team of governors who give freely of their time and diverse talents to contribute to the continued improvement of our school.

Clare Ford Chair of LGB
Helping others to reach their potential has been the consistent theme throughout my working life. I have recently taken early retirement from Prior Park College, where I was Head of Careers, taught PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship) and was a personal tutor and Housemistress to 50 teenage girls. I am now delighted to be able to join the committed governor team of Freshford, with a particular interest in Wellbeing for both staff and pupils and look forward to my new role as Chair. I passionately believe in the importance of Education and whilst my experience is primarily in the secondary and tertiary sectors, I recognise that the foundations for good learning, positive self image and a thirst for knowledge and personal drive have its roots in these early years.

As a trainer for multi-national companies, charities and with the Sure Start programme, I worked primarily in the field of Personal Development and Communication. I have managed an organisation of 150 staff and worked as a volunteer Adult Literacy tutor, a Relate Trainer and locally was on the Limpley Stoke Social and Traffic committees.

And finally, I am a parent to two “boys” (now 25 and 19!) who were both educated in local Bath schools. It is perhaps this that has provided me with the most useful insight for hopefully making a positive contribution in this most privileged of roles, as Chair of Governors to your school.

Kathy Tucker
I have been a Foundation Governor at the school for for many years. I am Church Warden at St Mary’s Church, where I help run the 4 Service (now messy church) and the Toddler Group, so have got to know a lot of the pre-school children and their families, which I enjoy very much.

My sons went to Freshford School, as well as my six grandchildren, all of whom have very happy memories of their time there.

Revd Mike Taylor Chair of Safeguarding Committee
I have been a foundation governor since 2016 when I was inducted as the Rector of Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse. Before that I was Vicar in an urban area of St Helier in Jersey. This area of town had mostly social housing and the local primary school reflected the community in every way. I was actively involved in this school, though never as a governor. There were many occasions where I was asked to address issues arising within the school. Both my children went to this school in Jersey. I am very keen on making sure our children are as safe as they can be, yet also having the chance to grow up as they need. I believe that creating a safe environment for learning is fundamental in their growth to adulthood and I will support the school in this purpose as much as I am able. This is a community school and part of my role is to work with and minister the community as a whole, the school being a fundamental part of this. I am happy to work with the school with the help of my wife Lindy in any way I can.

Trevor Quartermaine
After an engaging and enlightening presentation from a representative of the then Police Force whilst at school, I was drawn to the public service of policing and spent 32 years serving in the Metropolitan Police, with four years as a uniformed officer on the beat and the remainder of my time as an officer in the CID. Since moving to Bath in 1998 I have engaged myself with voluntary work for the Dorothy House hospice, tour guiding for the Old Theatre Royal and have become Curator of the Bath Masonic Museum.

I am a member of the PPC, with responsibility for health & safety within the Parish churches. In my role as governor, I assist with the health and safety inspections of Freshford Church School and provide building and equipment maintenance recommendations. I believe my commitment to public service and my key practical and systems-oriented skills may be put to good use within the area of school governance.

Sara Buchanan Joint Vice Chair
Two years ago, we moved to Freshford and my two sons were warmly welcomed into Freshford’s very special school community. Noah joined Year 6 for just two terms before moving on to Ralph Allen, but in that short space of time made new friends and had a fantastic experience participating in the Year 6 Shakespeare project. Dylan is continuing to thrive in Year 4 – benefitting from the varied curriculum and creative approach to learning that seems to define Freshford. We came from a wonderful but very different school in London, with over 600 children and a staff team and resources to match. At Freshford, we were immediately struck by the dedication, skills and resourcefulness of Freshford’s much smaller staff team and the important contribution of the parent community in supporting and enhancing the children’s learning and enjoyment of school.

I have worked for over 20 years in the voluntary sector in a range of campaigning, programme management, and fundraising roles for international human rights’ organisations and domestic charities, including for five years with a learning disability charity that supports young people and adults into employment. I currently work as a Programme Manager for a Lottery backed charitable Trust called Power to Change, where I manage grants programmes for early stage community businesses. I hope that my professional experience working in a sector that is always asked to do more for less, together with my passionate belief in the power of community, will enable me to contribute useful skills and support to Freshford’s dedicated leadership team, as the school embarks on a new phase of development.

Phil Affleck
Biopic awaited
Phil previously had two daughters at Freshford Church School

Caroline Ford Joint Vice Chair
My interest in education began towards the end of my PhD in Molecular Biology when I had the opportunity to supervise a summer school student. After I finished my PhD I started a PGCE to train to be a teacher of Science and my passion for education has grown ever since. I have taught Science, mainly A-Level and GCSE Biology, at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham since 2009.

I live in Limpley Stoke and have two children who currently attend Freshford Church School. As my children have been growing up, I have really valued the opportunities they have had to go to both a fantastic preschool and school within our villages. I was pleased to be able to support Freshford Preschool as a Chair of the Committee when my youngest child was there and gained a huge appreciation of the value of early years education from this role. Joining the Local Governing Board for Freshford Church School was an obvious next step and I feel privileged to be able to support the school in my role as Joint Vice-Chair of Governors.

Alison Nott Finance & Personnel Committee
Our family returned to the UK in October 2012 having spent 5 years living in Papua New Guinea. We moved to Limpley Stoke knowing nothing about the area. Gil, our third child, joined Freshford at the start of Term 2 going into Year 5. He had missed a whole year of education due to living overseas but Freshford enabled him to very quickly catch up academically. They also supported him in the huge cultural change that he went through moving from a large local school in Port Moresby to a small country school in Somerset. Eve, my fourth child, was incredibly lucky to spend the whole of her primary school education at Freshford.

Over the years as a parent I was constantly struck with the power of the Freshford ethos and that it remained so constant and unbending. I decided to become a Governor as I felt very strongly that I needed to give something back to this amazing school.

I have always worked in organisations, both private and charitable, involved in children’s education, predominantly outside the classroom. Presently I am working for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a Youth, Education and Wellbeing Officer and the UASC Project Leader.

Damian Todres
Living in the local area with my wife and two very young children, I am very proud to reside in such a dynamic and supportive community with such an inspiring and well-regarded school on our doorstep. I have a lifelong interest in education and the creative arts, having a PGCE in English and Drama from University of Cambridge and a recent MSc in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford. Currently I am Director of Drama, Head of the Creative Arts Faculty and a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Wells Cathedral School; I hope I am able to bring some benefit to the role of governor at Freshford Church School.