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Caring about Learning

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Caring about Learning

Meet the Governors

Julia Powell (Chair of Governors)

I have been a Governor here at St Nics since 2010, and my 3 children have all attended this lovely school.  I have previously chaired the Learning committee, and the Finance and Premises committee, and am presently Chair of the Governing Body.  During my time as Chair we have been through a very successful Ofsted inspection, and also recruited a new Headteacher - it has been a busy few years!  I used to work in commercial mortgage banking in London but I don't work at the moment, so have time and energy to devote to this role, and I very much enjoy being a part of the St Nics' community, even though my children have moved on.  St Nics' is a very special place and we as a Governing Body work hard to keep it that way.

Ian Cornish (Vice Chair)

I've been involved with St Nicolas for 10 years as a parent, and 3 years as a Foundation Governor. I still have a child at St Nics in Reception, so whilst I may be an "old hand" at this, the ever changing education environment means something is always new. As a parent, I understand why a good start to education is important to both child and parent, and as a governor, I have a responsibility to those children to ensure they love to learn, and continue to do so through their life.
I'm involved in Scouts, and also the United Reform Church, as well as occasionally popping into St Nicolas church too. I work locally too, so can occasionally be seen "running" up the hill to make it in time for pickup...

Andrew Norman (Fr Andrew - Rector of St Nicolas Church)

Our own two daughters started at St Nicolas’, and now one is a teacher herself while my wife is a Teaching Assistant. Myself I’ve been a Governor of the school for the 24 years I’ve been at St Nicolas’ church, so I’ve seen a lot of changes – as in education nationally through being involved in various governing bodies over the almost 40 years that I’ve been in ordained ministry!  I have my own views about government policy, and deeply regret both the unnecessary pressures that are put on teachers, and the over-professionalising of the governor role which feels to be ever drawn away from the local context, but I have to say that I do feel more engaged, involved and resourced as a Governor than ever before. Yet it’s having an actively pastoral, supportive role in school, and with keeping the good close relationship between church and school that’s where my heart really is.  

Toby richardson

Hello I’m Toby Richardson.  Originally from Guildford I’ve been back living locally to St Nicholas’ for the last 4 years.  I joined as a Foundation Governor in November 2016.  I have a son and a daughter, both of whom I hope will join St Nicholas’ so I’m particularly keen to help maintain our caring, safe and nurturing environment!  I work at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital running a team who secure company partners to enable a broad range of cancer research to be carried out and then turned into products to benefit patients.

Nicola Ward

I have been part of the St Nics school community for the last 5 years, with both my children, Daniel and Millie, benefiting from the lovely environment and values based education at the school. I became a parent governor 3 years ago, have chaired the people committee for the last 2 years and have recently switched to chair the finance committee. Our role as governor is pretty varied and mainly involves supporting the head teacher as well as providing oversight for the running of the school - over the last few months I have been heavily involved in the recruiting of the new head and have reviewed the school budget for the new financial year. I work 3 days a week as an accountant for Vodafone and in my limited spare time, I love playing tennis.

Mel de Chazel

I have two daughters at St Nicolas School, one in Reception and one in Year 2, so have been involved in the school for nearly 3 years now.  I started as a Governor in November 2016 and have just taken over as Chair of the People Committee.  Before having children I was a Primary School Teacher, so have a bit of an insight into working in schools, as well as what it is like to be on the other side as a parent.  I am currently working at a local preschool and involved in Forest School – I am a big fan of getting kids outside and learning through exploring! If you need a chat I am around most days at pick-up and drop-off.

John Bethell

I’m the newest governor at St Nicolas’ – I joined the governing body last March. I feel very lucky to be part of such a great team and am looking forward to supporting the school in any way I can. I have three children, the eldest of whom is in Reception. I’ve always felt very fortunate to have received a good education and hope all of today’s children can have the same start in life. I work in London as a barrister and have previously been a soldier and an academic. In my spare time, I enjoy running (usually with our energetic springer spaniel), the outdoors and cooking. I am also the treasurer for a local branch of the charity SSAFA and act as a mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation.