‘The governing body is a highly skilled team with a relentless focus on raising standards to ensure outstanding outcomes for all pupils.’
Meet The Governors
‘The governing body has a very accurate view of the school’s work and manages the budget very well. High-quality training to improve teaching is provided and additional funding is always spent for the benefit of students who are eligible for it.’ Ofsted December 2013
The Governing Body’s responsibilities fall into three areas:
- The Governing body provides a strategic view for the school to move forward and plan its future. It ensures the school provides the best possible learning environment and outcomes for students.
- The Governing Body acts as a “critical friend”. It gives support, advice and practical help to the staff as well as asking challenging questions. It presses for improvement and promotes the interests of students.
- The Governing Body ensures accountability through monitoring the school’s development. It discusses questions and refines proposals whilst always respecting the professional expertise of the Headteacher and staff.
To contact Jackie Tanner, Chair of Governors, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Tanner – Chair of Governors (Co-Opted Member)
I have been the Chair of Governors at Limpsfield Grange for three years and a member of the governing body for six years. I have four children and my daughter is an ex pupil of the school, so my connection goes back a long way. I sit on all the committees and find governing very rewarding.
Together with my husband, I work in property renovation and rental and find the skills needed for that transfer well into governing a school. I like to be a hands on governor. My dog is a registered Pets as Therapy dog and I visit the school with her once a week. This gives me lots of opportunities to get to know the girls.
Nick Powell – Joint Vice Chair of Governors
I am employed as the Bursar of an independent school in Tunbridge Wells, for children aged 3 to 13. I also have over ten years’ experience as a primary school Governor, a number of which were spent as Chair of The Governing Body. I became a Governor at Limpsfield Grange to help the school achieve the very best of outcomes for all its pupils and am currently the Governor with responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding.
Denise Finn – Joint Vice Chair of Governors
I have just joined the governing body at Limpsfield Grange. I am really looking forward to learning more about the school and bringing any expertise I can to help the school to achieve its ambitions. I have lived in the Oxted area for 20 years and have two teenage sons (the youngest has SEN). They have both been educated in the state and private sector to some extent. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and also hold a Masters in Business Administration(MBA). I currently work for Thomson Reuters – a large multi-national serving the information needs of professionals. I bring experience gained from finance and strategic operations roles managing finance, projects and change initiatives in complex environments.’
Nick Ephgrave – Co-Opted Member (photograph to follow)
Nick has lived in Limpsfield for most of his life, having been raised and schooled locally. Married to Liz, a local midwife, they have four daughters, three of whom are studying at university with the youngest studying for A levels at Oxted School.
Nick has been a police officer for 28 years, serving for more than twenty years with the Metropolitan Police Service. In that time, he worked in both uniform and detective roles, including Homicide and Counter Terrorism, latterly in senior command positions. He transferred to Surrey Police in 2013.
Nick has previously served as a parent governor at Hurst Green School and hopes to build on that experience at Limpsfield Grange.
Maria Coyle – Co-Opted Governor
I was appointed as a governor in May 2018. I am delighted to be able to contribute my skills and any support to Limpsfield Grange, the girls and the staff. I work in the Communications Team at the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, The Children’s Trust. As Information Manager I create books and other resources to support children and their families following a brain injury and focusing on topics such as rehabilitation and SEN.
I live in the Oxted area and I am a member and past president of Caterham, Oxted and Godstone Lions. I am passionate about local community causes and I’m a bit of a runner in my spare time.
Karin Hogan – Co-Opted Governor
I can finally say I live in Surrey with my daughters and two dogs Jack and Jojo! Now I just need to write the book to put that bio in …
I am really looking forward to supporting the school and everyone it makes a huge difference to. I run my own photographic agency and in previous careers have worked in marketing all over the world. My experience covers telecoms, medical education, financial services and the charitable sector. I was also proud to be part of the team in New York City promoting the UN Year of the Volunteer in 2001.
Abby Bernard – LA Governor
I have recently joined the governing body at Limpsfield Grange and I am looking forward to becoming involved with the school. I have lived in the Oxted area for the past 26 years with my husband and three children. My children are now all in their twenties and are following careers of their own. I trained as a nurse and worked in a variety of roles, including school nursing, before taking a degree in Community Specialist Practice and becoming a health visitor. I was particularly interested in Child Protection and Safeguarding and now work as an NSPCC Accredited Safeguarding Trainer for a number of different organisations. I have enjoyed working with children in a variety of roles, both waged and voluntary.
Alison Couchman – Parent Governor
I am a parent governor, appointed in July 2016. I have worked for Dairy Crest since 2001; where I am PA to the Group Finance Director at head office. I am married to Paul; we have two daughters. My youngest daughter attends Limpsfield Grange and we are delighted with the way she settled in and is progressing. I am also a Girl Guiding volunteer. As a family we enjoy spending time together, including dog walking in our local park. I hope that the experience I have of working within a corporate environment will be of some benefit to the governing body. I think Limpsfield Grange is a very special school and support its aims for each child.
Louise King – Parent Governor
My name is Louise King and I have just joined as a parent governor. My daughter started at Limpsfield in year 7 in September and I am excited to be involved and learn as much as I can from the girls and staff at LGS. I am a primary school teacher and have worked in the role as SENCo for many years. I have completed a PGC in Autism in Children to gain as much knowledge and insight into my daughters world as possible. I am currently having a break from teaching as we have recently moved to Surrey from Hertfordshire. I am looking forward to learning all about the community at LGS.