Respect - Collaborate - Grow
Meet our Dorney School Governors
A very warm welcome from the Governors here at Dorney School. The Governing Body has seven members varying from teachers, support staff, parents and members of the local community. We work as a team with the Head Teacher for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at Dorney School.
We’re all volunteers and have a diverse background, from education, to safety, Law and I.T. We’re here to give the school a strategic direction and to act as ‘a critical friend’ - helping to guide the school to improving the standard of education for all our children.
We don’t get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school but set the criteria by which the school is managed by regularly challenging and questioning to ensure that everyone is working together, and every child has the opportunity, to be enriched, enhanced and excited.
We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budget wisely, that the safety of everyone is paramount, and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children.
Governors take an active role in the school, they are passionate about the school and are here to make sure that every child is given the best education, opportunities and experiences that the school can give. Governors not only attend meetings, but also school functions, visits to classrooms and they help with school visits.
The decisions the governors are involved in affect the school, from curriculum decisions, setting the annual budget, appointing staff and safeguarding and approving all the school policies, therefore the children are at the heart of these decisions.
If you are interested in a role with the governors, and bring a useful skill set, please get in touch through the school office; we’d be happy to hear from you.
Who are we:
John, a qualified engineer, retrained as a teacher in the 1990's after listening to stories from his big sister, Claire, who was also a teacher. Originally from NZ, his hobbies include rugby, cars, art and music with around 7 of his own tracks written, produced and recorded in Sydney, unreleased so far. He is NZRFU trained.
John firmly believes in the saying that it “” meaning that schools are at their best when working together collaboratively with parents, families and the community. John is currently completing an NPQH and then moving onto a Masters.
Sharifah loves being a mum of four kids (five if you include her husband!) and she loves teaching. She likes to travel to far off places, eat lots of food and read as much as she can. Her whole family supports Manchester City Football Club and they love cricket too.
She has been teaching for many years in primary, secondary and high schools. She has had the opportunity to lead in various roles and has been a staff and community governor for different settings. Teaching is not just a vocation, it is her passion and she is passionate about promoting this worthwhile profession. Sharifah says, “it is a privilege to be a part of this Governing Body as the work we do ensures that all pupils get the education and care they are entitled to.”
Raj is a Sales Director who lives in Burnham and has two children at Dorney. Raj has been the Chair of Governors at Dorney for nearly 4 years. Raj is also a Trustee of Beeches Learning Development Trust for 1.5 years; this is the MAT with which Dorney is aligned.
Andy has been a finance professional for 24 years in businesses ranging from chemicals and engineering to logistics and financial services. Andy lives in Taplow with his wife and son, who is a pupil at Dorney. In addition to being the vice chairman, Andy is governor for Finance and joint governor for Curriculum. He sings in a local chamber choir and loves anything outdoors (when time allows!).
Helen is a Private Client lawyer based in Windsor. Helen lives in Dorney Reach and currently has two sons at Dorney. Helen has taken on the role as SEN and Pupil Premium governor.
Leon is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in industry and education. In her spare time, she works closely with local community groups. She is the Development Governor for Dorney School.
Manisha has been a parent at Dorney School for nearly 13 years, with 5 of those years serving as a Governor of the school. She has had several positions within the FGB and is currently the joint Curriculum Governor. She was an Infrastructure Project Manager in the City for 20 years until her third son was born and now works more locally at a school in Windsor.
|Name of Governor||Type of Governor||Role||Responsibility||Start Date||End of term||Business Interests||Relevant relations|
|Mr John Downs||Co-opted||Acting Headteaher||Headteacher||18/05/2016||17/05/2020||none||none|
|Mr Andy Findlow||Parent||Vice Chair||Curriculum & Finance Governor||20/01/2016||19/01/2020||none||none|
|Mrs Manisha Ghafadgi||Co-opted||Curriculum Governor||16/05/2018||15/05/2022||none||none|
|Mr Rajesh Keshvara||Parent||Chair||Safeguarding Governor||20/01/2016||19/01/2020||none||none|
|Mrs Leon Williams||Staff||Development Governor||20/01/2016||19/01/2020||none||none|
|Mrs Helen MacDiarmid||Co-opted||SEND, Pupil Premium and Data Governor||18/01/2017||17/01/2021||none||none|
|Sharifah Jelany-Lee||Co-opted||Deputy Headteacher||17/01/2018||16/01/2022||none||none|
|Retired Governors 2017/18|
|Mr Henrik Rademacher||Headteacher||Headteacher||01/09/2015||31/08/2025||none||none|
|Ms Victoria Harjette||Ass Member||Assistant Head||14/09/2016||13/09/2020||none||none|
Business interests are directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to the school and details of any other educational establishments governed.
Relevant relations are those between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.