Clive Taylor – Chairperson
I retired from a City law practice in 2011 where I specialised in commercial litigation. The skills acquired in my profession greatly assisted me in being able effectively to contribute in my role as a school governor.
I was appointed a Foundation Governor of St Michael’s Primary Catholic School in Ashford in 1994 at a time when my three sons were pupils at the school. I was elected Chair in 2006 and continued in that role until my retirement from the governing body in 2016. Governance During my time as Chair I successfully completed the National College for Teaching & Leadership’s “Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme” which ran over the course of five months and addressed all aspects of school governance and leadership. I contributed to the Chairs of Governors forum organised by Spelthorne Schools Together – a confederation of local schools – where local educational issues were debated and ideas exchanged.
I successfully passed both the DfE’s course and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s course on Safer Recruitment in Education, something which was an essential requirement for good governance.
I was privileged to be Chair when in 2008 St Michael’s School was judged “outstanding” in both its Ofsted inspection and in its Section 48 Religious Education inspection. In May 2014 the school was again inspected by the Diocese of Westminster in accordance with the Framework for Section 48 Inspections and achieved “Grade 1* outstanding”. The school’s SATs results in 2013 put it in the top 10 schools in Surrey and subsequently its results improved yet further.
Other activities My contribution to voluntary activity in the local community has included: (1) a governing role on the Management Committee of a Pupil Referral Unit; (2) co-founding the Spelthorne Boxing Club for youngsters aged between 10 and 17 and acting as Club Secretary.
I continue to be involved in legal matters through my association with a legal charity which dispenses pro bono assistance in the Royal Courts of Justice in London to litigants who are unable to afford legal representation.
I greatly enjoy spending time with my three young grandchildren. My wife and I love travelling and we have been privileged to visit many varied and wonderful places. We enjoy going to galleries, concerts, theatres, the cinema and pub quiz nights! I like sports particularly football, cricket, boxing and horse racing, the last of which I try to go to as often as I can but still find it difficult to pick a winner. I am an avid gym goer to the point of being obsessive; and I am currently learning Spanish at night school where conjugating Spanish verbs is as difficult as picking a winner at Kempton Park.
And finally… I am very humbled to be asked to play a role in the governance of Town Farm Primary School and Nursery. I sincerely believe, based on its recent academic successes, its vibrant personality and its dedicated and outstanding staff, that our school will continue to deliver excellent teaching and learning which will inspire and drive our children to achieve.
I currently work at Heathrow Airport as a Passenger Services Duty Manager.
I have joined the Governing Board as a Foundation Governor.
Over the last twenty years I have developed a career at Heathrow Airport, at present I manage ten airlines with a team of 120 employees. Prior to my airport career I was at Barclays bank PLC, there I undertook a variety of duties but finished my career in banking as a Chief cashier managing a team of ten employees. During my banking years I also became a qualified youth worker and assisted for many years at my local youth club.
I chose to become a governor as I feel very strongly in supporting our school and ensuring that our children and community move forward with the correct guidance.
I hope that as I gain a greater understanding that I, along with the board will be able to make a positive change for our school.
Along with being a Governor, I also work voluntarily with the Schools PTA Team.
I am Assistant Head at Town Farm Primary School and teach in Year 5. My responsibilities include 'our community and charitable aims' and I have experience of teaching in a range of year groups and leading various subjects, such as Maths, EGPS and PE, amongst others. I began my teaching career in Ealing, where I began as a volunteer in a primary school. I then became a Teaching Assistant and finally became a teacher after completing my PGCE. Before teaching I worked in a variety of different environments and achieved a BA degree from Cardiff University. I have previous experience of governance, having been a governor in a school in Walton.
Rachel Elizabeth Barton
Following graduation from Surrey University in 1993, I began my teaching career in the London Borough of Havering. In 1995 I married and moved to Surrey. I took up my first teaching post in the county at Laleham Primary School.
In 1997 I became the Senior Teacher/Deputy Head at Ongar Place Infant School. In 2008 Ongar Place was part of a local review of schools and it became a one form entry primary school. I was part of the Senior Leadership Team that supported the headteacher to manage the transition from infant to primary status.
In 2004 I took a career break for two years to be at home with my young family and during this time studied for a Masters in Education. I am passionate about all things educational and I’m incredibly proud to be a teacher. I have a particular interest in the development of schools as ‘learning communities’ with a focus on how this links to the relational and learning culture that teachers create in their classrooms. I’m also passionate about the coaching and development of staff and pupils to become ‘the best they can be’. At the request of the LDBS I have been a Consultant Headteacher supporting schools in Hounslow, Richmond and Surrey for the last 4 years.
I am incredibly proud to be a governor at Town Farm which is such a vibrant, high achieving and aspirational learning community.
I work at Heathrow Airport, as I have been for the last 16 years. During that time I was involved in delivery of Terminal 5 and now I am working with the construction teams assisting in growth of the airport and beyond in my role of PMO lead.
This is my first govern post and as such have a lot to learn but I have been working within data and trend analysis for the last 16 years and hope to bring as much as skills and knowledge to assist the school anywhere I can.
I have a young family and I enjoy the usual family activities. I am a keen cyclist and follow all sports. In particular I am also a big football fan and I support my local team as much as possible. Being from Liverpool my local team is Liverpool FC and I try and see them as much as possible.
And finally… I am really looking forward to helping this school and its pupils and teachers achieve as much as they possibly can and help the team of governors where I can be the best that this school deserves.
I am a retired teacher from St Michael’s Catholic Primary School. I had experience as a class teacher across the school from Reception to Year 6. I became SENDCO, found my true vocation and undertook training to fulfill that role including Diplomas in Dyslexia, Behaviour and Autism. In this role I worked with the school staff to develop their understanding and competency teaching those pupils with SEND.
I care for my elderly mother and volunteer at St Peter’s Hospital supporting patients with Dementia on the wards for the elderly. I have found this very rewarding and I am developing my capabilities in this area. I enjoy all cultural activities with specific interests in Art, Film and Textiles and with a background in farming I retain a strong interest in all things country and the Natural Sciences. I visit the Lake District frequently and walk the fells with my family.
I consider myself a passionate Educationalist and I care enormously that all children should receive the education they need to develop their potential both personally and intellectually. With that in view, I look forward to being part of the team that is Town Farm School – a school with high standards and with high aspiration for all the pupils.
I have worked in the nursery at Town Farm for 14 years and I also have lived locally for nearly thirty, but my connection to the school goes a long way beyond that. Both my daughters attended the school and during this time I spent many days as a parent helper, reading in class and helping out on school visits. I was a parent governor at that time and a member of the original friends of the school. I am a qualified nursery nurse having previously worked in a day nursery and as a private nanny before coming to Town Farm. I have since gained a degree in Early Years Practice and will continue to use my knowledge and experience to benefit the school. I am extremely committed to the school and as staff governor, my role is to represent the staff but I also feel that I represent the children and the whole community.