Janet Ruthven - Chair of Governors
I am a foundation governor and became a governor in 2015 when my elder daughter was in year 3. I have been the Chair of Governors since 2017. I am the safeguarding governor and also have responsibility for RE and collective worship.
As a member of the church, I am keen to continue to build links between the church and the school. I passionately believe in life in all its fullness for our children. As well as supporting the school with my responsibilities, I really enjoy volunteering to help on the school trips, and giving the children experiences outside of school that they might not otherwise have experienced.
I am an NHS commissioning manager with over ten years’ experience of planning community and hospital health services in London and Surrey. Currently I work for work for NHS England South East, developing specialist pathways. I moved to Farnborough from London in May 2020.
I have a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of London and have previous experience (some time ago now) as a sessional lecturer, but have always retained a love of learning and scholarship and keenly support the school’s educational ethos.
I am on the board as a local authority governor.
I am delighted to be involved with St Peter’s, both as the Rector of the church and also as a governor.
Being a governor is part of my role as leader of the church, and I took up the position in the summer of 2019 after moving to Farnborough with my husband, daughter and dog (Harry) just after Easter that year.
Since being ordained into the Church of England, I have worked at a large church in Twickenham where I completed my training and then became the Associate Minister. I then took a team of people from Twickenham to reopen a closed church in Hounslow, where we served a diverse and often deprived community, including having considerable involvement with the 5 primary schools in our parish. St Peter’s church has always had a very strong connection with the school, and the two work closely together to serve and bless the community. It is always a real highlight of my week when I am able to visit the school, participate in Collective Worship, lessons or whatever else is happening. We pray for the school on a regular basis and are also here to support parents and families if they would ever like to contact us.
In my free time, I enjoy holidaying (especially in Cornwall where we lived for 2 years), pottering with my vegetable patch, attempting to throw pots on my wheel, walking and enjoying the company of good friends.
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor to the school in 2020. My whole career has been in education and educational assessment. Originally, I taught sciences in a Secondary School in Hampshire. I then moved into high-stakes educational examinations and assessments and participated in many of the educational reforms of the 1980s and 1990s. At one time I was responsible for the marking of Key Stage 2 and 3 tests for England.
I moved into the use of digital technologies to support educational assessment in schools which led to an interesting ten years travelling to many countries to support educational systems in implementing change.
I now provide consultancy to professional bodies, national and international organisations that wish to improve educational outcomes for children, pupils and students by making use of digital technologies.
I was a governor and Chair of Governors at Bell Vue Infant School for 11 years (now Alderwood Infant School).
I am Secretary of the e-Assessment Association, a member of the Institute of Directors Assessment Committee, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Board Member of Qualifications Wales.
I have been married to my wife Anne for 39 years, lived in Aldershot for most of that time, have two sons, three grandchildren, three Land Rovers.
I have been a governor at St Peter’s Junior School for 3 years. I am a member of the Raising Standards and Curriculum Committee.
I lived in Farnborough for most of my life before moving last year and have a long association with St Peter’s Church.
After some years in the Civil Service, I changed direction and trained as a primary school teacher. I retired as a primary headteacher just over 3 years ago.
During my teaching career, I was a Hampshire Leading Teacher for English and worked alongside English Advisors in a number of Hampshire schools. I was also a Hampshire Schools Library Service representative on the judging panel for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals.
In my free time, I enjoy learning to paint, cooking and gardening. I also find myself at the school gates again on a daily basis – but this time on the other side of the fence collecting my little granddaughter.
Children only get one chance when it comes to education and I strongly believe that this should be the best it can possibly be. I also believe that primary schools should aim for every child to start their secondary education equipped with all the skills they need for future success.
For that reason, I believe that the role of governor with its emphasis on both challenge and support is a very important one, helping to ensure that children get the best possible start in life.
Hi, I’m Abi and I’ve been a foundation governor since Easter 2019.
I attended the school in the late 90s and had a fantastic time. I have many happy memories of trying to decide what was up the rickety stairs at the top of the school and I loved my trip to Calshot in year 5! I am passionate that all children should not only receive a great education but should learn how to live life in all its fullness, just like I did.
I’m a Maths teacher at a local secondary school, which gives me unique insights as the Maths Governor and I am proud that I can use what I have learnt to give back to the local community.
Hello, my name is Dasha Pritchard, I am a Parent Governor and a member of the Resource Committee at St Peters Junior. I have been a Parent Governor since October 2020. My two oldest children attend the school and are very happy there.
In my professional life I am a Bridge Engineer working for the international company AECOM, My experience includes finances, project scheduling, managing people across multiple sites and countries, communicating with clients and making sure the objectives are clear. I run meetings, lead teams, manage subcontractors and develop people.
I am a Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) Ambassador. I have been supporting St Peter’s Junior in a number of science programmes since 2018., including a bridge building competition. I am very passionate about science and education in general.