Furze Platt Infant School

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Meet the Governors


Antonia Spinks- Parent Governor - Chair

Teaching and Learning Committee, Link Governor Safeguarding, Disciplinary Panel

I am delighted to be joining the governing body of Furze Platt Infant School. I have two sons, one of whom has been lucky enough to be educated at the school for the past two and a half years.  I have worked in education for the past seventeen years. As a secondary English teacher, I have much experience in the classroom but I have also held a number of leadership roles both in secondary schools and in the primary sector. As a governor, my aim is to both support the school in providing a high-quality education for all children.

Start of governorship - February 2017

Register of Business Interest - None


David Gordon Smith - Co-Opted Governor and Vice Chair

Finance Committee Chair, Exclusions Committee

I first became a governor when Deborah Leach invited me to look around the School in 2002.  At the time I knew very little about the schools in Maidenhead but I was really impressed with both Ms Leach and how the School operated.  I now know it is one of the best schools in the Royal Borough and I have immense pride in being a small part of that.  I am the senior partner of a Chartered Accountancy firm in the centre of Maidenhead and also sit on the Executive of the local Chamber of Commerce, along with being the President of Maidenhead Hockey Club.  My eldest son is at Furze Platt Senior School and as a family we belong to St Peter’s Church where my wife, Emma, helps with Sunday School.

Start of governorship - August 2003
Register of Business Interest - Owner/Director of Donald Reid Group and Harlow Group. Director of Extrinsica Global Ltd and Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce Ltd 


Marjorie Clementson - Headteacher

Teaching and Learning Committee, Safeguarding Governor

I became headteacher in September 2009. I have worked in schools across Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough and had the pleasure of working for many years at Furze Platt Junior School. I understand the important role that primary education plays in a child's life and am pleased for the opportunity to use my experience to help the children in this lovely school.

Start of governorship - September 2009
Register of Business Interest - None

Louise Axford - Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Board of Governors at Furze Platt Infants in December 2017, after my eldest daughter started Early Years in September. With four children going through the school over the next 7 years, the school will play a major part in my daily life. Thus, I was excited for the opportunity to contribute my time and skills towards making the school the best it can be, for the sake of my own children, and all those pupils attending now and in the future, as well as to benefit the parents and local community.

Along with my personal connection to the school, I am a qualified management accountant, and having worked in a number of different industries, I have valuable skills in analysing and interpreting data that I can use to help maximise the school's performance in all areas. I have a lot of experience managing strict budgets, and thinking of cost effective solutions, which will be advantageous with the school under such tight finances. I am certain that it will be highly rewarding working in partnership with the school to deal with all the responsibilities and challenges of being a governor.

I have a strong interest in education, and having worked as a tutor, I feel that children's ability to learn is paramount to giving them the best start in life. I look forward to understanding more about how the school helps pupils to reach their full potential and enjoy the experience of learning. It will be a pleasure to be a part of the team that supports all the lovely staff in making the school a happy and effective learning environment for everybody.

Start of governorship - December 2017
Register of Business Interest - None


Sarah Batkin - Co-Opted Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee Chair, Exclusions Committee

I have been a governor at Furze Platt infants since October 2008, I have 2 daughters who have both been at the infant and junior schools. I have a wide range of general management experience having worked at a senior level in Retail, currently managing the store design team at Waitrose. I have worked full time since both girls were babies so appreciate the challenges of being a working parent,  I am also passionate about ensuring every child is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Start of governorship - November 2008
Register of Business Interest - None


 Matt Blacknell - Parent Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee, Link Governor Data and Progress, Disciplinary Panel

I have a daughter at the infant school, and another who has graduated to the junior school.  Both have very much enjoyed their time at the infant school.  This includes the fantastic support from the teaching team during the day, as well as the extra-curricular activities and events on offer.  My background is in Consumer Insight and I currently lead the team at Mars Chocolate.  I hope to bring my experience in identifying opportunities for improvement and personal passion for teamwork and collaboration.

Start of governorship - February 2017
Register of Business Interest - None


Alistair Brumage - Co-opted Governor

Finance Committee Vice Chair, Appeals Panel

I have been a parent Governor since shortly after my son entered Bumblebee Class in 2012. I am currently working as a consultant in the Automotive Industry. I believe that my role as a Parent Governor is two fold; firstly to continually challenge the school management team to keep improving the offering to the pupils and secondly to champion the cause of the Parent/School partnership. As parents we have a critical role in supporting the school in their endeavours and are a fundamental part of a schools on going success.

Start of governorship - November 2012
Register of Business Interest - None


Clerk - Cathy Brumage



Jane Indge - Staff Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee, Safeguarding Governor

I have been a member of the staff team at Furze Platt Infant School since January 2010. In addition to my role as Early Years Team Leader, I was appointed as Deputy Head in September 2014. I have a passion for the outdoor learning environment and am also committed to developing the potential for children’s learning through enquiry, investigation and exploration.

Start of governorship - October 2012
Register of Business Interest - None

Mr I Smith

Ian Smith - Co-Opted Governor

Finance Committee, Link Governor Health and Safety, Disciplinary Panel

I became a parent governor in November 2015. I have a son in year 1 and an older son who is now in the juniors after three very enjoyable years at the Infant school. I am a regular parent helper at the school, helping the children with reading. The school is a very happy place for children to begin learning and I am very pleased to have been elected as a parent governor and am looking forward to being involved in this capacity. My work is as an employment advisor for a nationwide organisation and I have a background in HR and employment relations.

Start of governorship - November 2015
Register of Business Interest - None

Mr J Spooner

Jeremey Spooner - LA Governor

Finance Committee, Link Governor EYs, Exclusions Committee

I am pleased to be joining the board of governors at Furze Platt Infant School which has changed a lot from when I attended it as a child. I am a parent of a son  who attends Furze Platt Senior School and a daughter who attends Furze Platt Junior School.  I know how important schooling is to the development of our children. There are many challenges that face schools  and  I hope that the skills I have developed in my role as C.E.O. of Baylis Media Ltd, and the experiences I have had in that role can play a small part in the school's ongoing success.

Start of governorship - October 2017

Register of Business Interest - Director, Bayliss Media Ltd

Helen Young - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor of Furze Platt Infant School in December 2017 after two of my daughters started Year 1.  I will have a third daughter starting in the near future.  My daughters are very much enjoying school life and its delightful watching them learn and blossom both inside and outside the classroom. At the moment, I am a stay at home mother and I previously worked as a project manager in the pharmaceutical industry. As a governor, I would like to support Furze Platt Infant School in maintaining its high standards and in meeting its future challenges.

Start of governorship - December 2017

Register of Business Interest - None

Governor attendance records

Click here to see the attendance record of governors in the last year

What We Do

A governing body exists to help with the smooth running of the school. The governors will:

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school's budget, including deciding how many staff will work there and their pay
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils' achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results
  • Participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline
  • Draw up an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)

Every school has a governing body. It must include: 

  • Parents elected by parents of children at the school
  • Staff member elected by their colleagues at the school
  • Representative of the local authority (LA)
  • Representatives of the local community (Co-Opted)
  • The head teacher

Our body consists of four Parent Governors, one LA Governor, two Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher), and five Co-Opted Governors. We are ably assisted by a Clerk to the Governors. Each governor serves for a period of 4 years. Some governors will take a special interest for particular areas such as Literacy and Numeracy.

Click here to see our Instrument of Government

Click here to see our Governing body objectives: 2018-19


If you wish to contact one of the governors, please call  or email the school and they will happily pass on the message.