Mrs. C. Hadcocks Chair of Governing Body
Mr. A. A. Bodell Headteacher (ex-officio)
Mr. T. Bailey Staff Governor
Ms. S. Balkwill Governor
Mrs. L. Caldwell Parent Governor
Mrs. S. Darey Parent Governor
Mr. R. Dear Governor
Ms. L. Footner Vice Chair of Governing Body
Mr. S. Luke Vice Chair of Governing Body
Mr. J. Lloyd Governor
Mrs. C. Varga Vice Chair of Governing Body
Mr. A. Whitby Governor

Clerk to the Governors:  Mrs. P. Garry.

Governors can be contacted through the Clerk of Governors via the school on 01372 745 333 or by email.

Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Terry Bailey (Staff Governor)

As a parent of three daughters, two of which have progressed through University, I understand the importance of the role of schools.

I have greatly enjoyed my years at Blenheim and genuinely feel an integral part of the school itself.

I feel my experience in the corporate sector, having managed a £20m turnover business, would be of benefit to the Governing Body and I would welcome the opportunity to help the school and staff prepare for future challenges.  I was a management nominated pension trustee for a number of years so have experience of Committee based working.

Sandra Balkwill (Governor)

I have been a governor since 2008 and have loved being part of a challenging and supportive governing body through exciting changes.

My daughter attended Blenheim and is now at Exeter University studying English.

I taught PE and Geography for 25 years in large Wandsworth comprehensive schools experiencing a wide range of managerial posts.

I am extremely passionate about the importance of children's education and the vital role we all must play in ensuring they achieve their full potential and receiving the best possible opportunities at this vital time of their lives.

I am currently a member of the Learning and Progress committee, Discipline Panel and Head Teachers Performance review panel and I chair the Student Development committee. 

I am currently a member of the Achievement and Learning Committee, Community Committee and Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel. I look forward to the challenges ahead and am inspired by the Blenheim community members.


Mrs. Laura Caldwell (Governor)

My background is in business and marketing and as parent governor I am pleased to be part of this governing body with such high expectations for all students at Blenheim.

In recent years I have worked part-time/free-lance and studied to fit around our 3 boys and my husband’s career. Longer ago, I briefly studied at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam before starting a yacht charter business in the South of France and selling this 10 years later in order to return to the Netherlands where, after a few years of commercial management in employment, I established and ran my own marketing and events business until sold, when we moved to Surrey. I am currently retraining to venture out onto an entirely different career path.

I am very excited about Blenheim’s future; I am confident that its embedded ambitious culture for leadership, teaching, learning, behavior, safety and technology will continue to develop in all round excellence. Resulting in even more inspired, well-educated and rounded youngsters, with fond memories of their time at Blenheim and a thirst for life-long learning.

I am currently a member of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee and the Achievement and Learning Committee.

Mr. Robin Dear (Governor)

Professor of bridge and civil engineering and a member of the board of the faculty of Engineering at a Russell Group University. 

I am currently a member of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee and the Community Committee

Louise Footner (Governor)

My career has always had a communications basis, spanning a number of industries over 20 years. I have worked as a journalist, in publishing, as an account director for a public relations consultancy and as a senior communications manager for Barclays Bank. I am now Head of Communications for Surrey County Council.

I have two children at Blenheim and have lived in Epsom for almost 15 years.  It's an honour to have an opportunity to be part of a team that helps young people at Blenheim achieve even greater things.

I am currently Chair of the Community Committee and also a member of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee.

Claire Hadcocks (Chair of Governors)

I have been a Governor at BHS since September 2011. My son was a student at Blenheim between 1999 and 2006.  He went on to Royal Holloway, University of London where he graduated with a BSC in Geology. I am proud to be part of the team that is helping ensure that today’s students experience the same excellent educational and pastoral provision that the school provided to him. 

I have worked for a number of blue-chip companies including British Airways, Accenture and the BBC. I ran my own business for five years and am presently Chief Operating Officer for a division of CBRE, a global Real Estate company. My particular expertise is in customer service delivery, managing people and change, and controlling large and complex cost and revenue budgets. 

I have been Chair of Governors at Blenheim since July 2017. I am delighted to be working with the Full Governing Body and with Tony and the Leadership Team to ensure that Blenheim provides the best possible education to all the students in our care.  

Jeff Lloyd (Governor)

I am a retired Primary Phase Headteacher with over 40 years’ experience in education. I am an accredited School Improvement Partner and Adviser to Governing Bodies in relation to Performance Management and am Ofsted trained. I am currently a self-employed consultant working mainly in the Brighton and Hove area where I support and challenge schools to become better. I am a Trustee of the Kennel Club’s Education Trust and have written a scheme of work for them aimed at year 4 pupils called ‘Safe and Sound’ which is designed to teach the children  to be safe around dogs. I sit on the Learning and Progress and Student Development Committees. I have two children who currently attend the school. My interests are varied and include sport, painting and my allotment when I have time. I sit on the Achievement & Learning and Community Committees.

Professor Sam Luke (Governor)

I have been a Governor since July 2014. I am a Chartered Engineer with 28 years’ experience working in the private sector on a range of civil, structural, rail engineering and asset management projects in the UK, Singapore, Australia and the Middle East. I am currently the Director of Rail and Asset Management at one of the largest engineering consultancy companies in the world, and also a Visiting Professor of bridge and civil engineering and a member of the board of the faculty of Engineering at a Russell Group University. 

I am currently Chair of the Finance, Audit, Pay & Staffing Committee and also sit on the Community Committee

Caroline Varga (Vice Chair of Governing Body)

I have been a Co-opted governor since 2012. My daughter left Blenheim this year to study an Art Foundation at Loughborough University.  I currently work as a Counsellor in a sixth form college and have experience teaching in an FE and HE environment.  Prior to this I worked for 16 years in the IT industry.

I am the Governor responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding within the school. I am the Link Governor for Pupil Premium Students and am Chair of the Achievement and Learning Committee.

Alastair Whitby (Governor)

I currently work as Management Consultant specialising in change management and consumer experience. I work with internationally recognisable blue-chip in the aviation, healthcare and financial services sector. Before my current role, I was Chief of Staff to a government Minister.

I am a fully qualified science teacher and served as a Governor at Tamworth Sixth Form Academy before I moved to the Surrey area. Whilst it is logistically difficult for me to continue as a Governor in Tamworth, I remain passionate about education and still wish to contribute to the local education system as a Governor. I believe that my blend of teaching, political and business experience provides me with the tools and knowledge required to contribute and play a part within a successful team of Governors.

I sit on the Achievement & Learning Committee.

Sandra Darey

My background is in commercial management and procurement I worked for Heinz in trade marketing before moving to Sainsburys where I worked for 20 years in buying and property development.  More recently I have changed careers and am working in the charity sector for Citizens Advice as a specialist caseworker.  

I have been a parent governor since July 2016, I have 2 children at the school, I am currently a member of the Achievement and Learning committee and the Finance, Audit, Pay and Staffing committee and Link Governor for Sixth Form Admissions.

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Our latest annual accounts along with our latest School Improvement Plan can be dowloaded below.

Annual accounts 2015-2016

School Improvement Plan 2016-2017

Pupil Premium Information