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Governing Board

Paul Boulting, Parent Governor -

I joined The Mandeville School Governing Board in October 2017 as a parent governor after reading of a vacancy in one of the Principal’s letters home to parents. My eldest child joined Year 7 in September 2017 and I also attended the school as a student back in the early 90’s. I felt that joining the board of governors would be a great opportunity to be involved in the fantastic work that the Principal, the Senior Leadership Team and all the staff are investing to making The Mandeville School a successful place of learning for all the students that attend. All their hard work was very apparent when I attended Open Evenings at the school before I became a governor.

I am a qualified electrician and spent a lot of my early career working on different types of electrical installations across the country. For the past six years I have been employed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire where I am involved in Europe’s largest fusion energy project called JET. Working amongst some of the best plasma physicists and engineers in Europe. In my role as a shift technician I use my skills as an electrician to monitor and respond to any issues or breakdowns that occur on the plant that services the fusion project and to condition the JET vessel ready for daily operations.

Working on the JET project has provided me with a fresh challenge in a different environment to what I was used to as an electrician, and new skills which I hope to utilise in my role as a governor at The Mandeville School.

Cindy Bull, Chair of Governors -

I joined the Governing Board of The Mandeville School in May 2016 as Chair of Governors, having been co-opted from a group of experienced Buckinghamshire Governors. I am excited to be joining the school at this point, and I hope to be able to serve the school in supporting The Principal and staff in their aspiration to deliver an excellent education to all students in the school.

I have been a school governor since July 2000 when my daughter first started at Mill Lane Primary School in Chinnor and I became a Parent Governor there. My two sons later joined their sister there. The school went through a period of growth, and as Chair of Governors I was involved in negotiations with the LEA to increase and improve the classroom and facilities provision.

In July 2006 I stepped down from the Governing Body at Mill Lane and  in November 2006 I became a Parent Governor at Aylesbury High School. At Aylesbury High School I became Chair of Governors during the period of time when the school converted to an Academy, and worked hard to improve to obtain an Outstanding rating by Ofsted in 2012.

I strongly believe that my own education has made a big difference in my life, opening up many opportunities, not least my career in  Information and IT Management in the pharmaceutical industry. This drives my motivation to be a school governor, to be able to give service to education to enable young people to benefit from a great start in life.

Denise Garfitt, Governor -

I joined the governing board September 2016. My career has always been within finance, administration and management.  I started my career at Marks and Spencer and over 18 years worked in 10 stores, head office, on secondment and opened up a new store in Yorkshire. I then took a career break when I had my son and went back to Marks and Spencer working in head office for another year.

Since leaving Marks and Spencer I have worked in a local family business for four years before leaving to achieve my ambition of taking a degree in Retail and Business Management. It was after my degree I joined The Mandeville School as Finance Officer using existing skills and learning about the world of education. In June 2013 I started working for the National Trust as a Senior Business Support Co-ordinator running the Estate office for the Hughenden portfolio with particular emphasis on finance. 

When I was approached to join the governing board I did not hesitate, it gives me the opportunity to use my business skills in a different environment and to work with the rest of the governing board to continue the progress it is making giving students every opportunity for a good education.

Andria Hanham, The Principal -

I have spent the last 11 years as Deputy Headteacher at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury. Before that I taught across schools in the North East of England in the comprehensive sector, also in Hungary and Tunisia and thus bring a breadth of experience. I was appointed as The Mandeville School's Principal in November 2015 and am also a teacher of Drama, General Studies, English Literature and Language and the Theory of Knowledge. I thoroughly enjoy my job and coming to school each day and I am committed to making The Mandeville School a highly successful school. I am proud of what the staff have achieved together in recent months: we are a united and positive workforce!

Corrall McCormack, Staff Governor -

I have worked at The Mandeville School since 2004. I started as a Learning Support Assistant, where I spent ten years supporting students with varying degrees of special educational needs and disabilities. I gradually took over the administration for the SEN Department and have been in that role since 2014. During my time here I have seen the school go through huge changes: from a grade of good, to special measures and out again the other side, which is a huge achievement. I joined the Governing Body and took on the role of SEN Governor, as I felt the expertise I have within my own department would be a useful addition to the Governing Body. I feel very passionate about the school and would like to see us continue the journey towards Outstanding.

Outside of school I have two children who are at university studying mathematics and physics.  Alongside bringing up two children, I have pursued my own study with the Open University, graduating in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences.  In my ‘spare’ time I am editor of the Parish News for my Benefice and Tower Captain at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ivinghoe.

Christopher Penson, Staff Governor -

I have worked at The Mandeville School for the past four years, and have seen the school go into special measures and come out again. I become a Staff Governor because I feel passionate about the school and would like to see us continue the journey to good and then outstanding.  Having the opportunity to serve as one of the Governors will also enable me to aid in continuing the amazing progress that has occurred over the past few months. 

I have been teaching for the past four years after gaining my PGCE from Oxford Brookes University. I first decided to take up teaching after spending four months working with special needs children in America. Before that I went to Bournemouth University were I studied Forensic Crime Scene Investigation. 

Emma Wilding, Parent Governor -

I have been a governor at The Mandeville School since September 2017, when my daughter joined in Year 7.  Before that I was a governor at a local primary school for fouryears.  I currently work for Buckinghamshire County Council as an accountant for Adult Social Care.  In a prior role I worked for the Schools Finance Team, so I have quite a lot of knowledge about school funding. 

I am married with two daughters and a dog which keep me very busy, however, in my spare time I like to go running (especially cross country) and occasionally carry out talks at my local church.