Meet the Local Committee Members
Local Committee members can be contacted via the school office by phone on 01252 715 619 (option 3) or via email at email@example.com.
Larry PeppinChair of LC
Larry Peppin - Chair of Local Committee
I have been involved in primary education all my working life. I came to Farnham in 1989 when I was appointed as Headteacher of William Cobbett Junior School. In 2014 I was appointed as Executive Head of Weybourne Infant School and William Cobbett Junior School. In this role I was privileged to be involved in the amalgamation of the two schools to form William Cobbett Primary School.Ã Â¿ Â½
In 2015 I retired. Mrs Venables contacted me and invited me to become a Local Committee memberÃ Â¿ Â½at Potters Gate Primary School. Now I feel very honoured to be the Chair of Local Committee of both St. Andrew's Infant School and Potters Gate Primary School. As a joint governing body we are committed to providing a creative,Ã Â¿ Â½ nurturing, Christian and high quality education for all our children.Ã Â¿ Â½
In my spare time I enjoy trying to keep fit by attending classes at the Nuffield Gym. My other community role is being a member of the Hale village Carnival Committee. The Carnival is held on the first Saturday in JulyÃ Â¿ Â½ and organising the procession is my responsibility. A great day out for all the family!
Jayne VenablesExecutive Headteacher LC Member
I have been associated with St. AndrewÃ Â¿ Â½s Infant school since 2008 when I first started working at the school as Kingfisher Class teacher, and then becoming the Headteacher atÃ Â¿ Â½the schoolÃ Â¿ Â½in 2011. I became the Headteacher at Potters Gate Primary School in April 2015 and it is so exciting to be working with both schools currently.
When I am not working at Potters Gate Primary or St. AndrewÃ Â¿ Â½s I like to spend time walking with my lovely Working Cocker Spaniel, Jasper and out in my garden. I have chickens which help with my other passion which is cooking. When Ã Â¿ Â½I find quiet time I like to knit and read. I live in Farnham with my two teenage children.Ã Â¿ Â½
Carol TrottierStaff LC Member
Having lived in Farnham for 23 years I feel very fortunate to live in such a wonderful town. Since 2009 IÃ Â¿ Â½ have been teaching in Farnham schools and now have the privilege of working with wonderful colleagues and children at both Potters Gate and St Andrew's.
I have three teenage daughters and one very cute guinea pig called Lily. As a family we love travelling, walking, cooking and generally just being together!
Catherine KnightGeneral LC Member
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I am really pleased to be able to support St Andrews infant school as a co-opted Local Committee member. I have had three children at St Andrew's School and have enjoyed every day they have spent there. I had gained some insight into school life via volunteering with reading in reception and school trips (which I would recommend) but wanted to learn more about how the school works and develops children locally. Our children enjoyed a fantastic introduction to school life at St Andrews.Ã Â¿ Â½I have worked in destination marketing for the national and regional tourist boards much of my career andÃ Â¿ Â½now also lecture adults in marketing.
I think it is important parents understand what LC members do and cant do.
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Andria Degia-DaviesParent LC Member
Having lived in Farnham town centre for over 20 years I feel very connected with the local community.Ã Â¿ Â½Ã Â¿ Â½I have been aÃ Â¿ Â½Local Committee member since my daughter started reception at St Andrews in 2016, when I was immediately struck by what a nurturing and holistic environment the school offered. As both of my children now attend Potters Gate I have been able to witness first-hand the positive changes that have come about now that both schools are under one leadership team. The schools collectively strive to offer a curriculum that is stimulating and inclusive, whilst meeting the needs of children who may find their environment more challenging. It is a pleasure to be part of the body, and as nominated Child ProtectionÃ Â¿ Â½Local Committee member I am committed to both support and challenge the Executive Leadership.
I work in Clinical Research as a director within General Medicine, currently focusing on pediatrics and rare disease.
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David EdwardsGeneral LC Member
Ive lived in Farnham with my partner Elaine since 2004, and I became a parentÃ Â¿ Â½Local Committee member at Potters Gate when our son went into Reception Class there three years ago. I work in the theatre as a stage director (and Elaine is an opera singer) so its been a huge and fascinating learning curve for me to witness the complexities of the education system at close quarters. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated and brilliant teaching staff at both our schools. I am committed to myÃ Â¿ Â½Local Committee member role, which is both to support and also to challenge, and ensure a safe and happy environment in which all our children can thrive.
Kathy PondGeneral LC Member
I became a co-optedÃ Â¿ Â½Local Committee member for Potters Gate School in 2015 and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I work in EducationÃ Â¿ Â½ I am a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey and have a son at Potters Gate School. Since being a parent and aÃ Â¿ Â½Local Â Committee member I have appreciated how important primary school education is in providing the grounding for secondary and tertiary education. I have been working with Potters Gate School on a number of science activities made possible with a Royal Society Partnership Grant between the school and the University. I am fully committed to ensuring both Potters Gate and St Andrews provide high quality education in a fun and nurturing environmentÃ Â¿ Â½
Jonathan WheatcroftGeneral LC Member
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"I am one of the co-opted Local Committee membersÃ Â¿ Â½at St. Andrew's and Potters Gate. With financialÃ Â¿ Â½background as a forensic accountant, I provide help and guidance in respect of managing the schools resources and itsÃ Â¿ Â½finances. As an outsider (I don't live in Farnham), I also provide an independent and objective perspective regardingÃ Â¿ Â½the running of the schools.
On a personal note, I have three young children who have just started (or are about to start)Ã Â¿ Â½their ownÃ Â¿ Â½journeys through the education system. It is fascinating to watch their development at this stageÃ Â¿ Â½and I fully appreciate how important it is for them to learn inÃ Â¿ Â½a nurturing and stable environment. As such,Ã Â¿ Â½I feel privileged to participate as a Local Committee memberÃ Â¿ Â½at St. Andrew's and Potters GateÃ Â¿ Â½and I'm committed to ensuringÃ Â¿ Â½thatÃ Â¿ Â½my input isÃ Â¿ Â½constructive to the schools".
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Bonnie LloydStaff LC Member
I have been working as a Class Teacher at St Andrews since January 2017. Prior to this, I have taught in schools across London, mainly within Early Years. I have recently been appointed as the Early Years Leader across St Andrews and Potters Gate. I am looking forward to working with the team, utilising my knowledge and skills to enhance the teaching and learning of the children within this age range.
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I am looking forward to my new role as Staff Local Committee member, hoping to gain a greater insight into how a school works behind the scenes and to be a voice for staff members.
Sarah GudginParent LC Member
I have lived in Farnham with my husband since 2007. Farnham is such a great place to raise children and we areÃ Â¿ Â½lucky to have such excellent, nurturing schools at its centre. Our eldest child, Arthur, started at Potters Gate inÃ Â¿ Â½September 2016 (Jemima started in 2018) and, since that time, I have been consistently impressed by theÃ Â¿ Â½dedicated team of staff and the tireless contribution of parents.
I am a lawyer by profession and am committed to bringing my skills and experience to my Local Committee memberÃ Â¿ Â½role,Ã Â¿ Â½supporting and challenging decisions, as and where necessary. Having recently been appointed, I am very muchÃ Â¿ Â½looking forward to this opportunity to be able to support our schools and to learn more about their inner workings.
As a Local Committee member, I want to help to ensure that all children at our schools have the best opportunities to learn andÃ Â¿ Â½achieve by ensuring that they have a happy and stable environment in which to start their learning journey.
On a more personal note, I am a keen runner, although admittedly, my enthusiasm far exceeds any skill!Ã Â¿ Â½ Ã Â¿ Â½ Ã Â¿ Â½ Ã Â¿ Â½ My other passion is food, hence (the need) for running!Ã Â¿ Â½Ã Â¿ Â½
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