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Our School Governors

The governing board are responsible for the strategic direction of our school. They have to make sure that all statutory obligations for pupils and staff are met.

At our school we have five types of governor:

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS who are elected by the Parish Church Council.

PARENT GOVERNORS who are elected by parents and carers of pupils at our school.

STAFF GOVERNORS who are elected by staff at our school.

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR who is nominated by the Local Authority of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS who are appointed by the Governing Body.

Picture 1 Carlotta Marshall - Chair
Picture 2 Jane Davies - Head Teacher
Picture 3 Deborah Firth - Staff
Picture 4 Anne Sweeney - Foundation
Picture 5 Paul Baxter - Local Authority
Picture 6 Jay Wilkinson - Foundation
Picture 7 Andy Sowden - Parent
Picture 8 Rosie Gaudoin - Parent
Picture 9 Marianna James - Clerk

Carlotta Marshall

I have been a Governor at Boyne Hill School for more than 10 years. I have been Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body and am currently Chair of Governors. What drives my involvement and commitment is seeing the children being happy to learn, enjoying their time, feeling safe and striving in every aspect of their life. I have been, throughout the years, very proud of the achievements of our children and of our school and I know that together we can all make the difference for the children of Boyne Hill School.

Jane Davies

My involvement with Boyne Hill began in 2001 when my daughter joined the Nursery. I was a regular voluntary helper in the Nursery and then joined the Key Stage One staff team as a 1:1 Learning Support Assistant. My passion for teaching and the amazing support of the then Head Teacher enabled me to follow the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2002 and I was then employed as a Year 1 teacher in 2003. I joined the Governing Body in 2009 when I became Deputy Head and now as Head Teacher from 2013. I feel very honoured and very proud to be part of such an amazing school with such supportive staff and governors.

Outside of school, my interests include running, gardening and reading and of course spending as much time as possible with my family.

Deborah Firth

I am a teacher in Foundation Stage 2 at Boyne Hill, as well as being an Assistant Head Teacher. Several years ago, when our Nursery first opened, I was a Foundation Governor but re-joined the Governing Body in September 2013 as a Staff Governor. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and attend all Full Governing Body meetings. Although the role of the school governor has changed over recent years, the focus is still on supporting and developing our wonderful school, now and for the future.

I am an active member of our local church and subject leader for Religious Education at Boyne Hill so I work closely with the Diocese to ensure that our distinctive Christian ethos and values are embedded throughout the school.

On a personal level, I love singing, walking and going to the theatre as well as knitting and sewing.

Anne Sweeney

I have been teaching since 1975 and am currently Head of Coworth Flexlands school in Surrey. I have been a member of All Saints Church for around 20 years and this link led me to becoming a Foundation Governor at Boyne Hill in 2013 when the role was advertised in Church. I believe that an excellent school like Boyne Hill gives children the very best start in life.

Paul Baxter

Now retired after working in a range of industries from airlines to healthcare, I was appointed as a governor in December 2015. Education is the key to success in life and it is crucial that children get off to a good start in their educational 'careers'. I believe that if you enjoy learning, you never stop learning. Boyne Hill has a superb reputation for doing its best and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to maintaining and developing that success.

Jay Wilkinson

Having retired recently, after 35 years at Brunel University London where I was Director of the Arts Centre, I have returned to my roots as a flute teacher. As the daughter of a teacher and the mother of two grown-up children, education and the love of learning have always  been central to my life. My church connections are primarily with Littlewick Green, near Maidenhead,  where my husband has been organist for 36 years. 
When I first walked into Boyne Hill, I was deeply impressed by the joy of the children in their school, their confidence in each other and in those teaching and looking after them. I hope to be able to contribute to the well-being of Boyne Hill in whatever way I can.  

Andy Sowden
In 2014, I came to Boyne Hill for a visit before my son attended the Nursery and I was immediately struck by the friendly atmosphere and the positive attitude of both pupils and staff. In 2017, with both my children attending the school and benefiting from the high teaching standards and caring support of the staff, I felt a strong desire to join the school's Board of Governors. I count myself as a success story for the improved life chances a good education can bring and will do everything I can to help the children and staff at Boyne Hill achieve their every ambition.

Rosie Gaudoin

As a Parent Governor, I am extremely proud to be able to support a school that continually strives to encourage and support its pupils.  I am constantly impressed by the warmth and dedication of the school staff and the genuine enthusiasm of the children.  I feel very fortunate to have 2 sons currently attending Boyne Hill. I have previously worked in the Education Directorate at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, assisting both Admissions and Education, Planning and Information Teams.  I believe Foundation and Infant years play a vital role in setting a positive and motivating path in our children’s education.

Marianna James

I have been involved with Boyne Hill since my son joined the Nursery nearly 20 years ago. I then became a Parent Governor and have been employed here since 1998. I initially worked as a 1:1 Support Assistant then moved to the school office in 2000 and took on the role of Clerk to the Governing Body at the same time.

The school is a huge part of my life and I cannot imagine working anywhere else. The children put a smile on my face every day and some of them even think I live here!


None of our Governors have governance roles in other educational institutions.


DETAILS OF OUR GOVERNING BOARD: Sept '17-Aug '18 & Sept '18-

Governor Category Appointing Body Term of Office End Committee Responsibility Business Interest Relationship to Staff Member Attendance at FGB meetings Sept '17-Aug '18 Date stepped down from Governing Board
Mrs Carlotta Marshall Co-opted School 31.08.19

Governing Board (Chair)

Teaching & Learning

Finance & Premises

Willow Class - Year 2 None None 6/6 N/A
Mrs Jane Davies Head Teacher School Continuous

Governing Board

Teaching & Learning

Finance & Premises

Whole School None None 6/6 N/A
Mrs Deborah Firth Assistant Head Teacher School 31.08.19

Governing Board

Teaching & Learning (Vice Chair)

Early Years Foundation Stage None None 6/6 N/A
Mrs rosie Gaudoin Parent PArents 31.08.21

Governing Board

Teaching & Learning

Finance & Premises


Foundation Stage 1

None None 6/6 N/A
Mr Andy Sowden Parent Parents 31.08.21

Governing Board

Teaching & Learning

Finance & Premises

Pupil Premium

Website Monitoring

Chestnut Class - Year 2

None None 6/6 N/A
Mrs Jay Wilkinson Foundation Oxford Diocesan Borad of Education 31.08.19

Governing Board

Teaching & Learning

Finance & Premises

Health & Safety

Foundation Stage 2

None None 4/6 N/A
Mrs Anne Sweeney Foundation Oxford Diocesan Borad of Education 31.08.19

Governing Board

Teaching & Learning (Chair)

Foundation Links (Church)

Lime Class - Year 1

None None 6/6 N/A
Mr Paul Baxter Local Authority Local authority 31.08.20

Governing Board (Vice Chair)

Finance & Premises (Chair)

Teaching & Learning

Safeguarding & Child Protection


Walnut Class - Year 1

None None 6/6 N/A


Meeting our Governors in a whole school assembly