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St Luke's C.E. Primary School

St Luke's C.E. Primary School

St Luke's C.E. Primary School

High expectations, by all, for all, reflecting the example of Jesus

Governing Body

Roles and Responsibilities

The Governing Body works in close co-operation with the Headteacher in taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards.

The statutory role of the Governing Body includes:

  • managing the school budget
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broad based
  • appointing the Headteacher and assistant Headteachers and determining how other appointments will be made and staff are managed
  • drawing up an annual action plan  

Governors have an important role in maintaining the distinctive Christian ethos of the school through developing and maintaining links with St Luke’s Church and Southwark Diocese.

The Governing Body normally meets four or five times a year as a whole group and in committees during the intervening times. The committees are responsible for:

  • health & safety and school premises
  • finance
  • admissions
  • pay and personnel
  • achievements and standards
  • wellbeing 

Governing Body, as at September 2016:

Please click on each governor for more information.

Mrs Lucy Bird (Chair) 

Governor: Co-opted (Chair)
Date of appointment: 01/07/2015
Term of office: 2015 - 2019
Appointing body: GB
Committees: Achievement & Standards (Chair)
2015-16 attendence: 100%

I have two children now at secondary school, who both went right through St Luke’s. I am the Chair of the Governing Body, and Chair of the Achievements & Standards Committee. This involves having meetings with our Headteacher to analyse and assess the data which tells us how the school is performing, and I meet annually with our representative from the Borough to help set our targets. I occasionally get co-opted onto other committees when needed.

After years of working as a tour guide at Hampton Court, and then as a private tutor, I now work as a Subject Leader for Latin at Radnor House School in Twickenham, teaching Latin and Classical Civilisation to pupils from year 5 to 6th form. I am also the Co-Curricula Activities Co-ordinator, which involves organising all our after-school activities and clubs. 

Mrs Janet Ayris (Vice Chair) 

Governor: Foundation (Vice Chair)
Date of appointment: 01/09/2013
Term of office: 2013 - 2017
Appointing body: PCC
Committees: Pay & Personnel (Chair), Achievement & Standards
2015-16 attendence: 100%

I am a retired teacher who attends St. Luke's church.  I sing in the choir at the church as well as with the U3A choir. I am in school most Wednesday mornings, usually with Year 5. I help with other class visits including the Hindleap Warren week.  

I volunteer at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington and spend a fair amount of time helping with my grandchildren as well as singing, gardening, sewing and knitting.

Mr Gareth Dutton 

Governor: Headteacher
Date of appointment: 01/09/2015
Term of office: n/a
Appointing body: Ex-officio
Committees: All
2015-16 attendence: 100%

As Headteacher of St Luke’s, my role on the governing body is both varied and rewarding. I attend all committee meetings and have responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and for the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body. I discuss all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expect the governing body to both challenge and support the school to do better.

I have been teaching for over 15 years, firstly in Surrey and Richmond and then in Kingston. This is my second year working at St Luke's. My family and St Luke’s fill my life but I still find time for my other loves: reading, sports, listening to music and watching movies.

Mrs Sarah Chittenden

Governor: Foundation
Date of appointment: 01/06/2015
Term of office: 2015 - 2019
Appointing body: PCC
Committees: Achievement & Standards, Wellbeing
2015-16 attendence: 92%

I have one daughter in Year 5 at St Luke's as my older daughter left Year 6 to go to secondary school a few years ago.   

I am a primary school teacher in Ravenscourt Park and seem to manage to fill any spare time with ferrying the girls and their friends to and from various clubs and activities, jointly running Bouncers skipping club or helping to organise various local events.  

I also enjoy all things ‘active’ and run, horse ride and dragon boat regularly.

Mrs Laura Dawes

Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: 01/09/2016
Term of office: 2016 - 2020
Appointing body: GB
Committees: Achievement & Standards, Wellbeing
2015-16 attendence: n/a

I first joined the St Luke’s team as a student back in 1999! For me, it was love at first sight! The school’s ethos, the attitude of the children to their learning, the role the school plays in the wider community, etc. It was all I had hoped a primary school would be and more.

Seventeen years later (with a break of only four years) I am truly delighted to be in the position of Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum). Although only working part time I have experience of teaching from the Nursery to Year 6 and in more recent years also undertaken the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. In 2010 I gained the National SENCo Award qualification and since then have gone on to gain, through both training and practice, experience in many learning needs such as Specific Learning difficulties and spectrum disorders.

I am married with three children and enjoy walking my dog, reading, cooking, movie going and socialising.

Mrs Nicola Duffey

Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: 01/07/2015
Term of office: 2015 - 2019
Appointing body: GB
Committees: Finance (Co-chair), Premises
2015-16 attendence: 93%

I have one child at St. Luke's school in year 5. My core subject is PE. In addition to the other responsibilities I also liaise quite closely with Kingston Council regarding issues that may affect our school.

If I’m not in the school I am at a desk project managing website and social media campaigns.  In addition I do a lot of work with the Kingston Police promoting the benefits of Police/community engagement and Neighbourhood Watch!

Mrs Lin Felicien

Governor: Staff
Date of appointment: 01/07/2015
Term of office: 2015 - 2019
Appointing body: Election
Committees: None
2015-16 attendence: 60%

I attended St. Luke's myself and have had three children attend the school. I have worked here as a Classroom Assistant for 14 years, firstly in KS1 and more recently in upper KS2. In 2009 I took over as Manager of our After School Club and Holiday Club.

I enjoy running the school Skipping team and supporting staff with art across the school and in productions. In the little spare time I have, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.

Fr. Martin Hislop

Governor: Foundation
Date of appointment: 01/02/2000
Term of office: n/a
Appointing body: Ex-officio
Committees: Wellbeing (Chair)
2015-16 attendence: 63%

As Parish Priest of St. Luke's for the past 16 years I take a very close interest in the pastoral and educational well-being of the School Community. The ethos and sense of community that is St. Luke's is a constant inspiration.

My background is in school and university teaching and in chaplaincy.

Despite what some people think, a Vicar's time and duties are rarely 9-5 and not just one day of the week! However, it is a privilege and a delight to be available to serve the needs of the parish, school and local community regardless of whether people attend church or not.

Mrs Amy Brogan

Governor: Parent
Date of appointment: 13/12/2016
Term of office: 2016 - 2020
Appointing body: Election
Committees: Admissions, Premises
2015-16 attendence: n/a

I have one child at St Luke’s and two others who are eager to start when they are old enough.  

I’m an Indirect Procurement Professional with over 12 years experience of purchasing within media, financial services, telecommunications, print and infrastructure companies. 

Within my current position at Sky I am responsible for £0.5bn worth of Corporate spend and have previously worked with LOCOG overseeing a number of large Event Services & Security projects.

Professional qualifications include MCIPs (past CIPS Surrey Secretary) BSc Psychology & ILM Managerial Skills qualification.

Mr Steve Mole

Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: 01/12/2015
Term of office: 2015 - 2019
Appointing body: GB
Committees: Finance (Co-chair), Pay & Personnel
2015-16 attendence: 100%

My son is currently in year 6.

I did a degree in Physics and spent 6 years as a PhD student. For one year I was the Treasurer of the Student’s Union. The following year I was the student College Council rep during the period when Royal Holloway merged with Bedford College.

After University I became a Tax Inspector and 31 years later I am still there, currently as Senior Policy/Technical Advisor on Corporate Losses and Group Relief.

For the past 4 years I have been Joint Treasurer of St Luke’s PFA, during which time the PFA has purchased the tiered seating and helped towards the cost of the Astroturf.

For 15 years I was Treasurer of Staines & Laleham Sports Association Ltd, during which time we negotiated the purchase of our 12 acre site from London Transport and successfully bid for funding from Staines Council and the Lottery Fund to build a £250,000 Astroturf Hockey Pitch, producing the 15 year business plan to repay the Council loans.

Ms Maria Netley

Governor: Local Authority
Date of appointment: 01/09/2016
Term of office: 2016 - 2020
Appointing body: LA
Committees: Finance, Pay & Personnel
2015-16 attendence: 86%

As an LA governor I have no direct connection with the school apart from my work as a governor and was additionally introduced to the school through the LA.

I have lived in and around Kingston since 1991 and have spent my 30 year career working in various large city institutions specialising in the area of Electronic Trading and in 2014 took the step to start working in a freelance capacity.

Outside of the office I sing in a choir made up entirely of old girls from my school in Croydon, I play the flute and am still trying to learn the piano. I like to keep fit cycling and in 2012 I was privileged enough to work as a volunteer at the Olympics, working on the Cycling Road races and time trials. Then 2013 saw me tackle my longest ever physical challenge – cycling 420 miles from Paris to London via the battlefields of Northern France on the Big Battle Fields Bike Ride 2013 for Help for Heroes. We had a send-off in Paris from the Duchess of Cornwall and finished with the Hero ride along with 1200 other cyclists riding from Greenwich to finish on the Mall. This year I was persuaded to cycle the prudential 100 in aid of the Mayor of Kingston’s charitable trust, which this year supports the Dementia unit at Kingston Hospital. (that is 100 miles of cycling in a day from the Olympic Park through Kingston down to the Surrey Hills, back to Kingston and once again down the Mall to finish) and the best reception was from the crowds in Kingston. 

In 2014 I was lucky enough to be elected as a local councillor for Tudor Ward.

Mrs Liz Ormonde

Governor: Foundation
Date of appointment: 03/11/2014
Term of office: 2014 - 2018
Appointing body: Diocese
Committees: Admissions, Wellbeing
2015-16 attendence:90%

I have had two children at St. Luke's School. Throughout my years as a parent of children in the school, I was an active volunteer in different areas of school life.

I work as a Lecturer in Early Years Education for Kingston College and as an Associate Lecturer at Kingston University. My knowledge and passion for the Early Years means that I have a keen interest in the younger children in the school and the Early Years Curriculum.

Mrs Teresa Payton

Governor: Co-opted
Date of appointment: 01/07/2015
Term of office: 2015 - 2019
Appointing body: GB
Committees: Finances, Pay & Personnel, Premises
2015-16 attendence: 100%

I am a qualified accountant (FCCA) and have worked both in practice and in business. After taking a career break to have my two daughters I came to work at St Luke's part-time as the Bursar. During this time I also studied psychology part-time, completing a degree, then a masters and then worked part-time in research. My current role in the school is full time as Assistant Head (Management); this involves supporting the Headteacher, Mr Dutton, in all the managerial and financial aspects of running the school.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening (fair weather only!), dancing, and socialising with friends and family.

Mr Phil Young

Governor: Parent
Date of appointment: 13/12/2016
Term of office: 2016 - 2020
Appointing body: Election
Committees: Wellbeing
2015-16 attendence: na

I have two daughters at St Luke's in Years 1 & 3 so have been linked to the school for several years, and will be for several more. 

My professional life has been sales focused, mainly in the digital marketing sector. I am currently VP of Sales for a US software company, responsible for the growth of the business in Northern Europe. 

I studied European Business Studies with Spanish & French at Brunel University and was lucky enough to spend a year studying and working in Spain. Travel remains a passion. I'm also an avid sportsman, with a particular love for tennis and football and I have a keen interest in health and wellbeing in general. 

prior governors (from the past 12 months) 

Mrs Rachel Hickman

Governor: Parent

Date of appointment: 11/11/2012

Term of office: 2012 - 2016

Date stepped down: 11/11/2016

Appointing body: Election


Mr Ross Pritchard

Governor: Parent

Date of appointment: 11/11/2012

Term of office: 2012 - 2016

Date stepped down: 11/11/2016

Appointing body: Election


Mrs Joy Sanderson

Governor: Co-opted

Date of appointment: 01/07/2015

Term of office: 2015 - 2019

Date stepped down: 31/08/2016

Appointing body: GB