Teversham CE VA Primary School

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The Role of our Governing Body

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


Together with the headteacher, governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.


 All Governors hold a shared vision for the school which is clear, understood and well communicated to staff, pupils and parents.  The Governing Body works strategically, setting clear goals which are focused on raising standards.

Our Governors

Mrs Tarita Smallwood - Foundation Governor - Co Chair

Dr Liz Taylor - Foundation Governor - Co Chair

Mr Francis Laud - Co Opted - Vice Chair

Dr Fiona Herczog - LA Governor

Mrs Rebecca Wylie - Foundation Governor

Mrs Victoria Luscombe - Parent Governor

Dr Joanne Haywood - Parent Governor
Mrs Louisa Kenzie - Headteacher

Mrs Sue Lander - Staff Governor

Mrs Ann Abineri - Clerk


Tarita SmallwoodTarita Smallwood's background is in business management, having worked for over 20 years in the corporate and charity sectors. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and currently has two roles: Director of Finance & Development for Biblical Counselling UK and Finance & HR Manager for Christ Church Cambridge. She is a parent of two girls at the school and is Co-Chair of governors, focussing on all matters to do with resources. Specific focus: Leadership & Personal Development; SMSC & Religious Education; Buildings.


Dr Liz Taylor's background is in education, having taught geography at secondary level then working in teacher training at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, for 17 years. Now she is a freelance education consultant, working internationally, as well as pastoral worker at Hope Community Church in Teversham. She has been a foundation governor at Teversham since 2013 and is now Co-Chair of governors, focussing on all matters to do with curriculum. Specific focus: Safeguarding, Geography.


Francis Laud is Group Financial Controller for Marshall of Cambridge Holdings Ltd. He is vice-Chair of the governing body and sits on the Resources Committee. Specific focus: School finances.





Dr Fiona Herczog’s background is in science, specializing in cell and molecular biology. She has worked for over 25 years as a research scientist leading many different projects in cancer biology and synthetic biology, as well as training people and managing the running of the lab.  She has two children who completed their primary education at the school. She has been a local authority governor since 2016 and is the deputy-chair of the curriculum committee. Specific focus: Pupil Premium/SEND; Maths; Science.


Rebecca Wylie joined the governing body in 2021 as a foundation governor. Prior to this she was a governor of a local nursery school. Her background is in law, having previously worked as a solicitor. She is a parent of three children in the school. Specific focus: School policies; History.




Vicki Luscombe is one of our parent governors and has a background in finance and accounting. Specific focus: Governor training records; Health & Safety; English.





Dr Jo Haywood joined the governing body in 2021 as a parent governor. She has a background in chemistry and education, having taught science at secondary level for over 10 years. She currently leads the Science with Chemistry PGCE course at the University of Cambridge, working with trainee teachers and mentors across a wide range of local schools. She also teaches chemistry at university level, with a focus on inorganic chemistry. Specific focus: Higher attaining children; Early Years; Science.


Ann Abineri is a qualified governance clerk and has been clerking at Teversham School since 2008. She has had a long association with the school as a Governor, PTFA member and parent of four children.






Sue Lander. Specific focus: TA representative; PSHE; Creative Arts

The Structure of Governance

As well as meeting twice a term as a Full Governing Body, Teversham Primary School also has two committees, in order to ensure sufficient oversight, support and accountability towards areas of identified priority and statutory coverage. The school names these committees as:

  • Resources Committee – which mainly deals with Finance, HR, Health and Safety, and Buildings
  • Curriculum Committee – which mainly deals with the curriculum, assessment and data, SEND, and Pupil Premium expenditure and impact


Both committees and the Governing Body overall have a continued oversight of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities and manage the updates of school policies aligned to the particular areas of responsibility.

In addition to the above, the school also constitutes a Pay Committee and Headteacher Performance Management Panel annually.


Committees related to particular purposes such as dealing with complaints or exclusions are constituted as they are required, in line with the determining policy guidance.

Financial Benchmarking

The Governors undertake an annual financial benchmarking exercise - see link for our school's report:

Teversham School Financial Benchmarking Report