Meet the Governors!
Aileen Boaler (Chair of Governors)
I grew up in the local area and after working overseas for a number of years we moved back to Sunningdale in 2000. I have a background in systems analysis, IT & Accounting working within Government and later the advertising industry before joining our family business. I have also been privileged to have worked with a number of local charities over the last 20 years.
We have four children who all attended Holy Trinity School before moving onto Charters. I joined the Holy Trinity Governing Board as a Diocesan Governor in 2013, taking on Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee soon after. I then completed the Aspiring Chairs Course whilst Vice-Chair of the governing board, before being appointed as Chair in 2017, taking over from longstanding Chair, Richard Pelly.
I strongly believe that we all have an opportunity to work together as a team and a community to inspire our children and enable them to flourish, keeping the wellbeing of the school community at the heart of all we do.
Peter Grover (Vice Chair)
I have had a career in the travel industry for over 35 years with commercial roles in a number of airlines, reservations systems, tour operators, online travel agents and most recently working with corporate hotel bookings and now have my own company. I have an MBA from Kingston University.
I have lived in Sunningdale since 2008, have been a Governor since 2017 and have three children at Holy Trinity School. I also sit on the Sunningdale Parish Council.
I work as a Contracts Director for a main contractor who specialises in residential refurbishments and new builds in prime Central London. My background is not that of a traditional builder, upon graduation I started a career in advertising working on global brands such as adidas, Harrods and Patek Philippe. I am currently completing a master's at Oxford Brookes University in Project Management in the build environment.
I grew up in Chobham and have lived in Sunningdale since 2010, we currently have two children at Holy Trinity and I am now in my second term as Local Authority appointed Governor.
Mark Lomax (Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee)
Having been a parent at the school since 2015, I have had a vested interest in the school’s well-being and success. I feel a deep sense of responsibility and pride in being able to support the school as a Parent Governor.
I am a doctor by background but have spent the last 20 years of my professional life in the commercial world. I am a serial entrepreneur, innovating within healthcare, to improve how care is delivered both in the UK and internationally. It has led me to have a deep understanding of quality and governance and the associated regulation in healthcare and these have strong similarities to the educational setting. Currently I am CEO of an artificial intelligence health-tech company.
As a governor I have chaired the Standards and Curriculum Committee (SACC) committee for the last couple of years. The SACC oversees how the school is performing with respect to meeting the educational needs of all the children and seeks assurance that the school is continually improving.
Belle Moss (Chair of Admissions Committee)
I am one of two parent governors at Holy Trinity, with one daughter at the school. My background is in marketing and communications and I’m a director of a PR company which specialises in the automotive sector. I also have an active interest in mindfulness and meditation and recently graduated as a mindfulness instructor.
As Chair of Admissions at Holy Trinity, I work closely with the senior management and staff and during my time as governor have learnt an enormous amount about the education system and how parents and governors can actively support our schools.
Barry Aherne (Chair of Finance and Resources Committee)
I was elected as a Parish Church Governor in 2019. As a local resident and with children at the school I wanted to give back to the local community in taking this role. With 20 years in business, mostly in the technology area, I aim to bring my experience to the Board in working with diverse groups of people and committees to achieve successful outcomes. With the introduction of GDPR, I am helping the Governing Board to ensure all measures are being taken to protect the privacy of the pupils, staff and supporting businesses that interact with the school.
My objective in my role as a Governor of the school is to ensure that the high standards already set by the school are maintained whilst ensuring that we do not lose the nurturing ethos and community spirit that makes Holy Trinity CE School the wonderful school that is.
In 2020, I started my second term as a governor at Holy Trinity. My first term as a church governor was from 2011 to 2015. I am a licensed lay minister (LLM) at Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale.
With a PhD in education, my work experience has traversed the various stages of the education system to include higher education institutions, teacher training colleges, primary and secondary schools and special education needs and disabilities (SEND).
I am committed to improving the life chances of people - children and adults, especially the marginalized and those in challenging circumstances. I took early retirement from the Institute of Education, University College, London in June 2013 to set up Ascot Education Services working as an independent consultant in education to provide support and training services to schools, local authorities and other clients on small group tutorials, leadership development, safeguarding, awareness of domestic abuse, equality and diversity.
Revd. Jon Hutchinson
As the Vicar of Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sunningdale I am an ex-officio member of the Governing body and very pleased to serve the school in this way. I’ve been involved in governance at a Church of England academy group in Nottingham, at both secondary and primary levels and have particular experience as governor responsible for safeguarding. I’m also involved at the school leading assemblies, hosting the prayer group and taking part in annual festivals with the children.
I joined Holy Trinity as a Diocesan Governor in May 2019.
I have lived in Sunningdale with my husband for over 27 years. Our two grown-up sons attended Holy Trinity School.
After 17 years working in Early Years at a local private school, I retired early from my role as Nursery Co-Ordinator and SENDCO due to sight loss. I bring a first-hand understanding of sensory impairment and accessibility issues.
I was overjoyed to join the Governing Board at Holy Trinity and to be able to contribute towards the best possible outcomes for children’s education and wellbeing. It is a pleasure to serve on a Governing Board who supports the wellbeing of their staff.
As a committed Christian I am also excited to help develop the Christian Ethos of the school.
Jo Griffith (Headteacher)
I became Co-Headteacher at Holy Trinity Primary School in September 2018 and have been Headteacher since September 2020. Over the last 22 years, I have worked in a number of schools across the country, in The Midlands, London and now RBWM.
As a class teacher, I have had the pleasure of teaching all year groups from EYFS to Year 6.
I have held numerous leaderships roles including Deputy Headteacher, Assessment Lead, and led most of the National Curriculum subjects in one school or another at various times.
I love working with children—there is never a dull moment! No two days are the same and I draw on the children for purpose and drive. In all the roles I have held in education, I feel I have always kept the children’s best interests at the heart of all decision making. I’m proud and feel very privileged to be able to make a difference to children’s lives and find a way to ensure their voices are heard.
The Headteacher, Mrs Griffith, is responsible for day-to-day management of the school and is the lead designated person for child protection. The Governing Body works to support and strengthen the leadership of the Headteacher and other staff.
The Governing Body has responsibility for the financial performance of the school and for setting the school’s budget. The school has a dedicated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment. The Governing Body works with the school to decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.
The Governing Body appoints the Headteacher, and is involved in the appointment of other staff. The Governing Body monitors the school's progress, and sets annual targets for the school's performance and for the Headteacher.
The Governing Body is also the Admissions Authority. It sets the admissions policy, makes admissions decisions and defends admissions appeals.
All of the Governors are volunteers, who give freely of their time, skills and energy by attending regular Governing Body and specialist Committee meetings; attending school events and visiting the school to experience lessons and the life of the school; and undertaking the necessary training to fulfil their role. They are elected for a four year term.
The Full Governing Body meets at least once per term. Much of the business is delegated to Committees that meet as required to complete their business.
Foundation governors have a specific role in preserving and developing the Christian ethos of our school.
If you have ever considered becoming a School Governor or would like further information on what the role entails, please see the RBWM website, https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/schools-and-education/school-governors
To register your interest or for further details, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Carol Elsasser.
Agreed priorities and plans for the Governing Body (September 2020)