Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors’ Section of our Website

The Governors at our school play an active role in the strategic direction of the school. They work in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure our pupils receive the very best education in a supportive environment. The governing body has a legal responsibility to ensure the school is promoting high standards of educational achievement whilst meeting the needs of each individual pupil.

What the Governing Body Does

The Governing Body plays a critical role within the school. Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, it is up to the governors, along with the Leadership Team, to take responsibility for the strategic, or long-term, direction of the school. This includes many varied tasks, from budgeting to monitoring standards.
The Governing Body is made up of volunteers drawn from the “stakeholders” of the school. There are representatives of the staff, and the community on the Governing Body. Each has an equal say in matters regarding the school.

Our Governors

Chair of Governors

Robin Ward

Born in New Zealand, Robin came to live in England 30 years ago. Robin trained as a teacher in New Zealand through the Faculty of Education at Auckland University. Robin was a classroom teacher before moving to live in Sydney, Australia where she worked in publishing for Oxford University Press. When Robin arrived in the UK, she made a decision to return to teaching and worked in schools in London and Oxfordshire. Robin then moved into work based learning and the further education sector before coming to work for Calcot Services for Children over 5 years ago as their Quality Assurance and Compliance Director. “It is a great privilege to be involved in Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School as their Chair of Governors and supporting them in their work with providing very specialised education to students with special educational needs”.

Governor Members

Safeguarding Governor

Karen Hoer

Finance Governor

Vacancy Available
Jill Dax

Jill has lived in Dorney for over 44 years and has strong family and community ties to the area. Jill is a Parish Councillor for Dorney. Following a career in Sales/Marketing (Avis/Forte Hotels), Jill spend 20 years as an active Justice of the Peace and Deputy of Berkshire Bench Adult and Youth Courts and trained for specialised domestic abuse and drug rehabilitation courts. Jill is the Chairman of children’s school PTA and a Governor for a local school.

Felicity Dunn

Senior Leadership Team

Ludivine Parmentier


The Chair of Governors can be contacted in the following ways:

In writing:

Chair of Governors
C/O Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School
Lake End Road