The Governors come from all sections of the community: parents, staff (including the Headteacher at the school), the business world, representatives of local councils and education authority.
The role of the Governors is to work with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in the strategic leadership and management of the school, setting and managing budgets, overseeing staffing and ensuring the Health and Safety of the school premises. The responsibility for the internal organisation and day to day running of the school lies with the Headteacher.
Much of the Governors work is undertaken by smaller groups working in committees who then feed back their recommendations to the half-termly full Governors meeting. Additional meetings are held as and when required. The governing body sub-committees include Strategy, Finance/Premises, Staffing, Curriculum and Data.
By working in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, parents and the Local Education Authority, the Governors are able to ensure that Robertswood School provides the best learning environment for our pupils.
Edward Richings | Head Teacher
Edward joined Robertswood in 2010. He lives in Chalfont St Peter with his wife, Caroline, and two children, Grace and Connie.
Elaine Pope | Co-Chair of Governors
Elaine has 2 children at Robertswood. Elaine has skills, experience and expertise in psychology, learning and development, project management and leadership development. Elaine is the Director of Exseed where she supports businesses through learning and development initiatives. Her role also includes the design and delivery of leadership development workshops for 8-18 year olds.
Pascal d’Arc | Co-Chair of Governors
Pascal is a parent with 2 children at Robertswood and lives in Chalfont St Peter with his wife Stephanie.
He has a background in developing new technologies and he is currently a director at SAP. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, climbing and spending time with his family.
Emmeline Davison | Deputy Head
Emmeline joined Robertswood in 2010 as Deputy Head. She has worked in Buckinghamshire schools for 14 years.
Emmeline lives with her husband and two children in Berkshire.
Sally Parkin | Vice Chair of Governors
Sally has had children at Robertswood since 2000 and her youngest is now in the nursery. She has a teaching background and a heart to see Robertswood staff and children flourish
Isobel Darby | Local Authority
Isobel is a practising accountant and local councillor with three children who all attended Robertswood. Her interests are community focused, in particular the more vulnerable, and she is passionate about education.
| Chair of Finance and Premises
James has had 2 children pass through Robertswood and are now in secondary school. He is a qualified accountant and works in a financial management role at a large science-based company. James has lived in Chalfont St Peter since 2012 an his interests include cycling and running.
Sushil Rishiraj | Chair of Curriculum
Sushil has recently moved to Chalfont St Peter and has two daughters at Robertswood. She has a background within the scientific industry as well as in secondary education as a Science teacher. She ran the London marathon last year for children with cancer and will be running again this year.
Katie Whitehouse | Chair of Staffing
Katie is a qualified, practising HR professional. She has worked mostly within the high-technology sector and is currently working for Sky Plc.
Katie has lived in Chalfont St Peter since 2012. Her eldest child attends Robertswood and her other son is under school age. Katie is active within the local community and plays netball for a league team.
Penny Ford | EYFS Leader
Penny joined Robertswood in 2011 as a Learning Support Assistant. She undertook her teacher training at Robertswood and has been a dedicated teacher here since 2013. She currently lives in Loudwater with her husband Mark.
Erica is now retired having spent 20 years working in the sixth form sector as teacher, Head of Year and Assistant Principal. She has three grown up children and two grandchildren.
Trevor currently has a son in Robertswood and a daughter that is below school age and has lived in Chalfont St Peter since 2015. Trevor's professional background is in construction for residential and commercial clients across London. Specialising in project management of large scale regeneration projects, his passion is the provision of high quality new build homes for all.
Carys moved to Chalfont St Peter with her husband and children in 2016. She has a daughter at Robertswood and a son who hopes to follow his sister there when old enough.
Professionally, Carys has spent the last 15 years working in financial services. She currently leads a team of supplier managers at Lloyds Banking Group within their Insurance & Pensions division.
Kate has one son at Robertswood. She has a background in education policy and works as a Reader in Education in higher education. Her research and teaching focuses on education policy, identity and inequalities. She has lived in Chalfont St Peter since 2017.
Chris has 2 children at Robertswood, one in year 2 and one in reception. He has lived in Chalfont st Peter for 3 years, having moved back from Indonesia where he was finance director for Diageo’s business in that country. He now hopes to add some of his financial skill set to the board of governors.
Vacancy - Staff Governor