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 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.
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.
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.
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 have experience in running fixed fee and time charged contracts. This includes monthly forecasting, invoicing and managing change requests.
I am a Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) Ambassador. I have been supporting St Peter’s Junior in number of science programmes. I am very passionate about science and education in general.