Governance

Mrs. C. Hadcocks Chair of Governing Body
Mr. A. A. Bodell Headteacher (ex-officio)
Mr. T. Bailey Staff Governor
Mrs. 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. 


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.


Mr. Robin Dear (Governor)

As a qualified accountant, I have operated across a number of business sectors in senior financial and general management roles. I am currently Finance Director for a financial services institution that provides banking services as an alternative to the high street banks. As a founding member in 2005, I have seen the business grow from start-up to an FCA regulated organisation processing over £2 billion of customer transactions annually. My remit includes financial control, audit and compliance as well as responsibility for the HR function and facilities.

Academically, I have completed a degree in Business Studies with an MBA from Henley Management College.

My son went to Blenheim which provided him the foundation on which to go on and gain a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Colchester University. Also, my wife, who started working for Blenheim in 2003, is now a Student Database Administrator.

I believe that I will be able to provide a good contribution with the blend of skills and experience I have, in helping move the school forward to providing the best environment possible for development and learning. 


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.


Claire Hadcocks (Chair of Governing Body)

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

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 working for a global real estate firm.

I am currently a Vice-Chair, sit on the Pay and Staffing Committees and am Link Governor for Careers. 


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. 


Professor Sam Luke (Governor)

I have been a Co-opted Governor since July 2014. I am a Chartered Engineer with 25 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 a Director in Rail at one of the largest engineering consultancy companies in the world, and also a Visiting Professor of bridge and civil engineering at the University of Bristol.   

I am Vice Chairman of the Governing Body of NESCOT College and sit on the Scholars Board of Surrey SATRO. I am married to Tanya and have 3 children and live in Epsom within 10 minutes of the school. I have a particular interest in mentoring and developing young people and will work with staff and governors to continue to develop the school. 


Caroline Varga (Vice Chair of Governing Body)

I currently work as a Student Counsellor in a Sixth Form College as well as in private practice. I have experience teaching HE students at a local college and prior to this had a career within the IT sector.  I have a daughter in Year 10.  In my spare time I work as a volunteer Youth Leader with young people aged 12-18. I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding within the school and meet regularly with the Designated Safeguarding lead.  I sit on the Student Development and Learning and Progress committees of the Governing Body.  


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.

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Financials

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

Annual accounts 2015-2016

School Improvement Plan 2016-2017

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