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Meet the Governors

On this page you will find details of the names and terms of office for all of our Governors, together with details of their category of Governor, positions of responsibility and details of any additional committees that they serve on. We have also included details of the business and financial interests of each Governor and information about any Governance role they play in other schools, as well as a full breakdown of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body of our school and its committees.


As Governors of Faringdon Infant School we would like to hear from you if you have any views or concerns about the school, and have any ideas as to how we can further improve the school. You can contact the governors, including the Chair of Governors using the school address or via our email address.   

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The Local Governing Body (LGB) constitution allows for up to 11 governors; the LGB meets formally once each term.  

It is an integral part of the senior management team.  It sets strategic targets and monitors pupil progress through detailed analysis of academic results.  Outcomes are continuously tracked at the Performance and Standards Committee and supporting elements are enabled though the Resources and Staffing Committee.  Teaching staff performance is monitored at performance management reviews.  


“We have a strong and well balanced team that acts as a critical friend to the Headteacher and her staff”.  

Pauline Forbes, Chair of Governors

Our Governors

Our Governors 1 Pauline Forbes
Our Governors 2 Ruth Long
Our Governors 3 Lucy Cooke
Our Governors 4 Ann Joseph

Pauline Forbes - Chair of Governors

I am the Chair of Governors at Faringdon Infant School. I have been on the Governing Body for the past 2.5 years and I was elected as Chair in October 2017. I have 15 years’ worth of experience working within the education system and I am excited to be able to help shape the school during the new challenges ahead.


I have 2 children (year 1 and year 3) who are either currently at the Infant School or have been through the Infant School. I have been very impressed with the opportunities my children have been given during their time at the Infant School and I want to help ensure that all children have the best start to their school years.


The Governing Body works closely with the Academy to help ensure that any improvements raised by OFSTED and the school’s own self-assessment process are acted upon and the progress towards the improvements can be tracked. If you need to contact the Governors to raise any issue in confidence, you can do so either by letter via the school office or by email to the Clerk,

Term of Office: 4 years until 11.05.19


Sally Robins - Head Teacher

Term of Office: ex-officio



Ruth Long - Vice Chair

I became a Parent Governor in November 2014 after being so impressed with the school and the staff after my eldest started there. I enjoy working with the school to help it continue to offer a 1st class education for all its pupils. I live in Faringdon with my husband and 3 daughters. Before having children I worked as a Biomedical Scientist but am currently taking a career break. My eldest daughter has been all the way through the Infant school very happily, and is now at Faringdon Junior School. My middle daughter is in year 2 and my youngest has just started in Sunflower class.

Term of Office: 4 years until 08.12.18


Lucy Cooke

I became a Community Governor in May 2015 following my eldest daughter starting her Reception year. Part of my reason for wanting to become a Governor stems from how impressed I have been with all she has learned and how that has been achieved. I have seen first hand on the 'stay and play' mornings what an interesting, caring, busy and vibrant place it is to be and to learn in. I really want to help the school continue to be the best it can, not only for my own children but for the whole community. I will also be helping with the PR & Communications sub-committee and am the Treasurer of FOFIS (the parent/teacher group). On a personal note, I have lived in Faringdon for 13 years with my husband and our 3 children aged 5, 3 and 1. When not being a mum or a governor I work as a solicitor in Oxford.

Term of Office: 4 years until 11.05.19


Ann Joseph

I have been a Parent Governor since Spring 2016.

I have three daughters. My eldest is currently in Year Two and I have twin daughters who are two.

Prior to becoming a governor I was a primary school teacher. I taught for twelve years, mainly in Early years and Key Stage One. I am currently taking a break from teaching to raise my young family.

I am passionate about education and particularly the early primary years, where my specialism lies.

I am looking forward to working with the school and particularly focusing on the area of SEN (Special Educational Needs).

Term of Office: 4 years until 12th December 2020


Kate Eadie

Staff Governor  since October 2017.


I have been at FIS for over 6 years now and I really enjoy my work and working alongside such hardworking, dedicated and committed team.  As well as the other governors I am keen and focussed on making FIS the VERY best it can be. 


I have a keen interest in English and in the development of PSHE/SMSC for children and staff within school.  Before coming to FIS I worked for over 15 years within day nurseries.


I am Link Governor within school for English and PSHE/SMSC".

Term of Office: 4 years until November 2021 


Gemma Woodfield

I am a Staff Governor at Faringdon Infant School and I have been on the governing body since October 2017. I started working as a year 1 teacher at Faringdon Infant School in September 2013 and I am now head of science for KS1. I have over seven years of teaching experience and I am now looking for a different perspective of the governance of the school. I also feel my previous experience and insight will support the work of the governing body. I thoroughly enjoy working at the school, I really do feel it is a great place to be a teacher and want to be part of making it even better. The supportive staff are great team players and the children are just a joy to work with. As the school has many changes happening over the next few years, I thought it would be a great opportunity to be part of the decision making process.

Term of Office: 4 years until November 2021


Gavin Cartland

I became a Community Governor in November 2017, having wanted to play an a role in supporting and developing the school since my eldest son started here in 2016.  I am passionate about ensuring that the children of our community get a fantastic education which helps them on the journey to becoming happy, positive, successful and caring children and members of the community.  I've been hugely impressed with how the school tries to achieve this, and I'm pleased to be able to play a small part in this.

Part of my specific governor responsibility is Finance, which means ensuring that the school operates within it's budget whilst providing all the resources the children and staff need.  I also work as a "link" governor for Maths, supporting the staff on developing Maths teaching.

I live in Faringdon with my wife and 2 children, having moved here in 2010, and have a day job leading a food & drink sales team in London.

 Term of Office: 4 years until November 2021.


Filipp Skiffins

Community Governor

Term of Office: 4 years until 2022


Mark Wild

Associate Governor


Stepped down in the last 12 months

Mike Wise: February 2018

Keith Horan: November 2017

Roger Cox: October 2017

Kate Crebbin: September 2017

Heather Hambidge: August 2017

Governor Minutes

Annual Register of Interests

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