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Ascot Heath CE Junior School

Meet the Governors

The Role of The Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body of Ascot Heath CE Junior School is to enable outstanding levels of education for the children in our school, and an environment in which all children have an opportunity to be at their best and fulfil their potential. We do this by:

  • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body (GB) provides strategic management, acting as a "critical friend” to support the work of the Headteacher and other staff.  To fulfil the requirements of governance, we meet regularly as a Full Governing Body with two main sub-committees:

  • Resources (Chair - John Leitch) and;
  • Curriculum and Learning (Chair - Anika Raithatha).

Governors also visit the school often to meet with staff, teachers and pupils, to develop their knowledge of the school and to monitor its progress against the School Improvement Plan.  

Although we all fulfil the same key role outlined above, there are different categories of school governor who contribute a range of viewpoints for discussion and decision-making. Parent Governors are usually elected by parents, (although they can be appointed by the GB if no one stands for election); Co-opted Governors are appointed by the GB based on their skills; Foundation Governors are appointed by the Oxford Diocese, and Local Authority governors are appointed through Bracknell Forest Borough Council.  Staff Governors are elected by staff; the Headteacher is an ex-officio member and; Associate Members can be brought in to provide additional expertise and support, but they do not have voting rights at Full Governing Body meetings, although they can be allocated voting rights on committees.

The Governors at Ascot Heath CE Junior School adhere to the National Governors Association Code of Conduct, which can be found at the bottom of the page, alongside the Register of Business Interests and Governor Attendance.

We regularly produce a Governors’ newsletter to keep parents, carers and the wider school community informed and updated.  Our most recent newsletter can be found at the bottom of the page.

Sarah Theaker, Head Teacher and Governor

Curriculum and Learning Committee, Resources Committee.

Camille Jeffs - Chair of Governors, Parent Governor, Safeguarding & SEND Governor

Curriculum and Learning Committee, Resources Committee

Term of office: Oct 2015 - Oct 2019

I have two daughters in Ascot Heath Junior School.  Before becoming a parent, I worked in Business Intelligence for over ten years, where my forte included analysis, best practices and strategy.  This in turn developed into my own business, mentoring individuals and organisations to perform at their best, primarily through improving motivation and communication. After training as a counsellor in 2005, I also began working with young people and adults on a voluntary basis to improve behaviours and habits.

My interest in becoming a governor stems from my belief that every child has the right to do their best in the educational system and that all children deserve a healthy education, at all levels.

Sam Browne – Deputy Head, Associate Member

Curriculum and Learning Committee (with voting rights on committee only)

Term of office: Mar 2018 - Mar 2022

I am the Deputy Head and Assessment Lead for the school as well as teaching Chestnut class in Year 6. I am in my tenth year working at Ascot Heath, and have taught across all year groups during my career. I was the staff governor for eight years and am now an Associate member of the governing body. Having grown up in North Ascot, I am proud of our school, the staff, the community and the children and I am dedicated to offering the best education possible to our children. When I am not working, I spend my time with my wife and two children and (usually) enjoy supporting London Irish RFC, Brentford FC and Surrey CCC.

Anika Raithatha – Vice Chair, Local Authority Governor, Pupil Premium Governor

Curriculum and Learning Committee

Term of office: Jan 2018 – Jan 2022

I have been working in the education sector for the last fifteen years, starting as a Teaching Assistant, progressing to a Teacher and then as an Assistant Head Teacher.  I have experience from Early Years to Year 6 and I have also worked in Pupil Referral Units supporting individuals who have been excluded from mainstream school.  I have developed my interests and skills in the area of special educational needs and have used my Psychology degree to support this.  My aim is to continue to support and enhance the education of the children of the next generation. 

Emily-Rose Kimber – Staff Governor

Curriculum and Learning Committee

Term of office: Feb 2017 - Feb 2021

Emily-Rose Kimber is a Staff Governor and also our Year 3 Classroom Teacher, she has been teaching for five years and is proud to be part of Ascot Heath and its community. She is excited to be part of the Governing body with the chance to work as part of a team; to continue to develop our school to be the best possible learning environment for our future generations.

Father Darrell Hannah - Foundation Governor

Term of office: Mar 2018 – Mar 2022

Father Darrell is the Rector of All Saints' Church.  An American, he is married to Linda, a Swedish national who teaches violin at the Marist schools.  Linda and Darrell have one son, Michael, who is a pupil at Ascot Heath Infant School.  Before becoming Rector of All Saints', Father Darrell had a career in academia and held teaching and/or research posts at the universities of Sheffield, Birmingham and Oxford.  Father Darrell can be found in the school most Thursday mornings when he leads the school in a collective act of worship.

Pam Lakin – Foundation Governor

Curriculum and Learning Committee

Term of office: Feb 2018 – Feb 2022

I serve as Foundation Governor. I have lived in Ascot for over 30 years and have had 3 children attend the school. My background is in Education and my strengths are English, Reading and SEN. I am pleased to have joined the Governing Body and I am committed to supporting the school so that every child can achieve their potential. 

Matt Stewart – Parent Governor

Curriculum and Learning Committee

Term of office: Mar 2018 – Mar 2022

I specialise in corporate affairs and communications, with 15 years’ experience leading teams in the UK, Europe and Asia. In my current role, leading Virgin Atlantic’s communications programmes, I’m accountable for the airline’s corporate reputation across all stakeholder groups, including the communications response during incidents and crises. I also lead their charity and community investment programmes. I’m adept at building meaningful stakeholder relationships at all levels of a business, creating communications programmes that directly contribute to the achievement of goals – while remaining mindful of public policy and regulatory requirements. I have two daughters, one at the Junior school and the other at the Infants. I relocated to Ascot with my wife and daughters in 2016, after spending a happy four years living in Singapore. 


Daniel Webb – Co-Opted Governor

Term of office: Oct 2017 – Oct 2021

I became a co-opted governor in October 2017 and have been living in Ascot for the last 8 years.  I have a daughter currently in Year 4 and a son who is in Ascot Heath Infants.  I volunteered to join the Governing body in the expectation of using my professional expertise within education and sport to support the head teacher and fellow governors with the school strategy. Over the past 20 years I have been a PE teacher and Director of Sport, and am now Senior housemaster at Whitgift school. I also work at Saracens rugby academy and oversee the Kent RFU rugby development programme. I believe in the strength of having a strong local community and look forward to help guide a school where our children are safe, challenged and happy.

John Leitch – Co-Opted Governor

Resources Committee

Term of office: Sept 2017 - Sept 2021                                                            

Hello, my name is John Leitch, I am a co-opted member of the Governing Body. As a Dad to 3 daughters, 2 who are currently attending the Junior School, I have a keen interest in education within our community. For the past 3 years I have been a co-opted Governor at Ascot Heath Infant School. I work for a global engineering company as a project manager. It is a privilege to support our schools in achieving all they can for the children in our community. 

Steve Buck – Co-Opted Governor, Development Governor

Resources Committee

Term of office: Mar 2018 – Mar 2022


I've been a local resident for over 25 years and my 3 children have attended Ascot Heath Infant and Junior schools. 

I have worked with stakeholders and communities as a senior officer in the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, serving on local and national committees and as a member of the Bracknell Forest Partnership Board. Responsible for leadership, strategy and policy, I was head of service delivery and then head of learning and development.  Since retirement, I've worked as a risk management consultant and tutor/assessor for incident command. 

I am very interested in this potential opportunity of school governor and I am committed to support the children and the school to do their very best.



Andy Suddons – Co-Opted Governor

Resources Committee

Term of Office: May 2018 – May 2022 

I have spent many years as an HR leader, with international experience across several sectors. This has included developing strategies to grow business success and stability, increase employee engagement and performance, and to drive change.  Having left full time employment 18 months ago, I now balance my time between HR consulting, volunteering, spending family time with my wife and 2 daughters (aged 25 and 39), holidays, walking and fishing.

My daughters both attended Charters School and also attended schools in Holland, USA and Scotland. I am very keen to do all I can to improve the quality of education in local schools and support teaching staff.