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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.  Our contact email is:

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
Our Governors 5 Fillip Skiffins
Our Governors 6 Rob Devereux
Our Governors 7 Claire Cossey
Our Governors 8 Kate Eadie

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 02.10.2023


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 16.01.2022


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 11.05.2023


Ann Joseph

Parent Governor

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 12.12.2020


Kate Eadie

Staff Governor 

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 22.11.2021 


Claire Cossey

Staff Governor 

Term of Office: 


Filipp Skiffins

I became a Community Governor in September 2018. Having completed my professional training in accounting, I wanted to apply my skills and give back to my local community by having a positive impact on the younger generation. After moving to Faringdon in 2014, I have grown fond of the town and decided to settle here with my family. Being part of the governing body at FIS enables me to become more involved in my local community and support FIS in achieving its vision as well as working towards an outstanding school status.

Part of my governor role is to assist the head teacher in maintaining an effective and sensible approach to Health & Safety. This means ensuring that the school’s health and safety is constantly reviewed, monitored and challenged in order to provide a safe environment for all children, teachers, staff, volunteers and visitors on the school premises.

Term of Office: 4 years until 14.09.2022


Sarah Gristwood

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 4 years until 16.01.2023


Rob Devereux

I am Rob and I am married and live in Watchfield with our two young daughters. I work in IT for a local Computer Support company, so will be looking forward to linking with the staff with an IT focus. I have joined the Governing Body, as a Community Governor and am looking forward to working with the School and Governors’ teams to make Faringdon Infant School a really great place for children to grow and learn.

We have been in the Faringdon area for the last 12 years and are committed members of Faringdon Baptist church.  We were involved in the Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan and have been involved in supporting the local community in Faringdon during our time here. I help to run a drop-in centre, called Messy Dads, once a month for Dads and their pre-year 1 children. In my spare time I am a sports fan, playing and watching cricket and football (my beloved Southampton FC) and enjoying time with my family.

Term of Office: 4 years until 20.03.2023


Kimberly Morgan

Community Governor

Term of Office: 4 years until 29.04.2023


Stepped down in the last 12 months

Mark Wild: September 2019

Gemma Woodfield: July 2019

Gavin Cartland: January 2019

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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