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Mrs Merelina Tebbot
Chair of Governors
Why am I a school governor? For me, education is definitely a life-long process. Not content with a first degree in Estate Management (in a former life I was a Chartered Surveyor), some years ago I went back to University as a very mature student and gained a maths degree from Oxford Brookes, graduating the same summer as my younger son, much to his embarrassment (although he was far away at Exeter reading French and German). I have been attending a Spanish conversation class for more than ten years; I still struggle with the verbs despite being able to recite the Latin conjugations and declensions that I learned by heart many years ago, but I have a good memory for vocabulary, so my Spanish is fairly fluent but very inaccurate. Nevertheless I can hold a conversation with people in little Spanish villages or in deepest Chilean Patagonia on all sorts of random subjects so that’s good enough for me. In between this learning I have done various bits of teaching – valuations to would-be surveyors, English to speakers of other languages, cooking to children with the sadly now-defunct Bucks Young People’s University, and maths tutoring to GCSE and A level students. However all pupils will struggle with their education if there is not a firm foundation, and so our state schools are so important, especially where parents do not have the finances to allow them to choose the private system. Therefore I am happy to give my time and skills to help the school to make the most of the limited funding and to negotiate the constantly-changing rules and instructions from the DfE. Also as an active member of the Church of England in the beautiful Hambleden Valley I believe that it is very important that Foundation governors especially should do all they can to maintain and support the values of our Church of England school, and I believe those values should be seen to run through everything we do, like the veins in a fine blue cheese.
Mrs Jill Dean
Vice Chair of Governors
I have lived in Fingest in the Hambleden Valley for over 40 years. I am a retired solicitor having sold the practice, of which I was a co-founder, in 2010. I am a keen golfer, and I sit on the Board of England Golf, where I am Chairman of the Governance Committee. . I am a Churchwarden of St Bartholomew’s Fingest and enjoy supporting village and valley events. Walking the family's dogs in the local area, enjoying my 2 young grandchildren , supporting the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution ,all make for a busy life , but I consider my role as a Governor at Frieth is one of the most important responsibilities I have. I believe the role of a Governor is to both support and challenge. I am very proud to be associated with the hardworking committed staff and the happy, socially aware pupils in our school.
Mrs Gill Sandeman
After graduating from Southampton University with a Bachelor of Education degree I was offered a teaching post for PE and English in a girls' public school. It was a wonderful experience with amazing facilities. When I got married and moved area I thought that primary education in the state system would be a new challenge and less demanding time wise! Little did I know that gaining my weekends from matches, clubs and match teas that I would spend all my evenings and weekends doing paperwork from planning to assessments and much more. However, I enjoyed the variety.
Our long awaited son was born in 1976, followed by a daughter 2 years later and twins 2 years after that. So with 4 children under 4 I decided to take a break from teaching and had 10 years to enjoy my family. By this time we had moved from Marlow to Frieth where we have lived for 37years.I began to take on a little supply teaching and infact, worked occasionally in Frieth school. One of my supply jobs was in a special school which I found incredibly rewarding and having been persuaded by the Head to take day a week contract I ended up full time and there until my retirement.
As a Christian I feel that it is important to contribute to the community so I worked on the UCB prayerline run out of the Elim church. I work with a charity for the homeless and vulnerable in High Wycombe and in retirement was invited to join the team at The Lady Ryder Memorial Garden at Parmoor to help with children with special educational needs and vulnerable adults, as we work in the garden. I am a member of River Church Marlow,but also support Frieth church . I helped run the Bible club at Frieth school and was pleased to be asked to join the Governing body and contribute to the Christian ethos of the school.
Apart from education which I am passionate about I enjoy horse riding and swimming. I love animals. At one time we had 4 horses/ponies, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 geese, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a goat, fish,2 chinchillas ,ducks and a dozen chickens and an aggressive cockerel. We still have 2 ageing ponies, chickens, an elderly Labrador and a 10 month old Retriever, so I spend a lot of time walking and riding in the woods and fields locally. We are privileged to live in such a beautiful area and I thank God for the dedication of staff and parents who contribute to the well being of the pupils in their care.
Mrs Christine Weaving
I have worked in Education all my adult life. I always wanted to be a teacher, and have taught in Harrow, in Hillingdon, and for one year in Vancouver Island in Canada. I had 14 years as a Headteacher of two schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon. My second school was judged o be Outstanding by Ofsted in 2007.
In 2011 I was recognised as a National Leader of Education, and supported a number of schools. I am also a qualified coach. I have a MBA in Educational Leadership.
In between my two Headships I spent 5 years working as a School Improvement Officer for London Borough of Hillingdon, and during this time I trained as an Ofsted Inspector. I was the link officer for 12 primary schools and led on Leadership & Management across the authority.
I retired from Headship after a total of 46 years in education in April this year, and wanted to use the skills and knowledge gained over these years. It has been a real privilege to be part of the life of so many children, and watching them gain in confidence and develop a love of learning. I have three grandchildren who attend Frieth school and felt this was an opportunity to support their school.
I believe strongly in life-long learning, and in recent years have taken up the piano, and also Spanish. I am now starting on Italian! Hopefully this will be useful when we go skiing in the Dolomites.
Mr Dean Gibbins
I chose to join the Frieth Governor Board, as I believe that the experiences that our children have in these early stages of education, have such a profound influence on their appetite for learning and development throughout their entire lives.
I have lived in several countries and worked in several industries, including travel, technology and automotive. I am currently in the middle of completing an MBA at Henley Business School, and hope that some of these experiences and learnings can help me to add value as a governor.
My daughter attends Frieth School, and if the giving of my time or skills can remotely enhance the experience that she, and the other pupils, staff or parents have, then they will have been put to great use.
Mrs Laura Stone
I live in Frieth with my husband and twin boys (who you may have seen ‘tearing’ around the village on their balance bikes!). Having grown up in a small village in Cornwall myself, I have witnessed first-hand the benefits of a school being supported by the local community. I hope that, as a governor, I can help to contribute to the support for Frieth School.
I am Director of Legal & Business Affairs for a new homes developer. I studied English Literature at Cardiff University, and at the University of California, Irvine. Having torn myself away from the sunshine, I attended The College of Law in Guildford, where I obtained a law degree, along with a Graduate Diploma in Law. I trained and practised at a City firm in London prior to moving in-house.
I am passionate about sport and played netball for Cornwall in my youth. Whilst working at the City firm, I was lucky enough to participate in The Prince’s Trust 10 day endurance challenge, which took place in Borneo. I am currently training for my first marathon!
Rev Sue Lepp
I am the Priest-in-Charge of the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches. I am really looking forward to getting involved with the school as a new Governor. My background is in Nursing in both Canada and the UK. It has been since getting ordained as Priest that I have had more involvement with children & families while I co-chaired the foundation of a Lighthouse holiday club in Langley. I really enjoy doing school assemblies and getting involved with the children in their year groups. I enjoy travelling (when we can), visiting art galleries and spending time with friends and family.
Mr David Redhouse
I am the father of Ellie, an ex-pupil who hugely enjoyed and benefitted from her time at Frieth. I am a Prison Governor with other civil service experience in HM Treasury, as well as being active in the church. I welcome the opportunity as a Governor at Frieth to use these skills, experiences and interests to support Frieth to continue providing local children with a great start to their education
Ms Melanie Sharpe
Mr Michael Cox
Mrs Lorna Sparks
Mrs Tina Nowell
Headteacher Ex-Officio governor