Ellie Wallace - Community Trustee

21/09/2015 - 20/09/2019

Chair of Trustees

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I've lived in Sunningdale since 2002 and became a community governor at Charters in 2007.  I have a son at the school.  This is my second year as Chair of Trustees.

It's a real privilege being a Trustee and it means a great deal to me because it means I have the chance to make a real difference to the lives of everyone at, and associated with, our school.

My special interest as a Trustee is in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and I welcome conversations with people who are experts in this field.

In my own time, I run my business which I started in 2006, after 16 years working for a variety of FTSE 100 organisations as a Communication Director.  My business focus is Digital & PR consulting.  I'm also a writer and am working on a number of projects.

Please do stop me and say hello if you see me in the community or at school.

Gareth Davies - Community Trustee

26/09/2016 - 25/09/2020

Chair Teaching and Learning Committee

I was elected as a community Trustee at the school in October 2016 after having served as a parent Trustee at Charters for the previous 7 years.  I have two children, both of whom were at Charters for all the secondary education and who enjoyed every minute of their time at the school.  My particular interest at Charters is ensuring that the already excellent academic performance of the school continues and improves for all the students.  I currently chair the Teaching and Learning Committee which has a number of accountabilities including reviewing academic performance across a number of key measures, holding the school to account for improvements in performance should they be required and ensuring that the Curriculum continues to be it for purpose.


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Robert Deacon -  Staff Trustee

01/11/2014 - 31/10/2018

I am a member of the PE Department and a Senior Teacher with responsibility for whole school teaching and learning. The primary reason for becoming a governor was that the school is very close to my heart as I’ve been teaching here for over 14 years and I was also a student at the school. I felt that I had a responsibility to not only be involved with the daily aspects of school life, but to also have a say on the strategic development of Charters. I believe that the experience and knowledge I have of the school puts me in a good place to help support the Board of Trustees in making informed judgements and ensuring that the needs of every student are catered for to the best of our ability.


Nikki Morgan - Staff Trustee

01/10/2016 - 30/09/2020

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I joined Charters School in 2013 following my NQT year and PGCE study at Durham University, and in that time have worked for the English Department as a classroom teacher, Year 9 Curriculum Co-ordinator and most recently for the past year, Teaching & Learning Co-ordinator for the Department.  I have been living in Sunningdale for the last three years and feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area.  Outside of teaching, my interests lie in going for long walks, cooking, going to the theatre, and visiting my family in Dorset.  I am really delighted to have been elected as Staff Trustee in October 2016 and hope to apply my passion for teaching & learning, as well as my loyalty to Charters to help manage and make whole-school decisions to benefit all.


Richard Evans - Parent Trustee

17/01/2017 - 16/01/2021

As a parent Trustee, I know the local area very well.  I have lived in the Sunninghill / Ascot area for over 40 years having been educated at St Michaels Primary School and then Charters.  I left Charters to do my degree  Liverpool University and then a Post Graduate Degree at Cambridge University.

I have two children, one of whom is at Charters and the other will start shortly.

My adult career has been in Education.  I have been a Headteacher of two primary schools.  I left Headship to lead a large School Improvement Team for Surrey County Council.  I currently work within a large Multi-Academy Trust leading the Education Team.  The Trust is made up of over 20 Primary schools and 7 Secondary schools.

My main reasons for being a Trustee at Charters is to share my specific work related expertise, to provide a view point as a parent and to act as a critical friend to the school so that it can continue to provide the best possible learning environment to all students.


Richard Tyler - Parent Trustee

17/01/2017 - 16/01/2021

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As a parent of students in years 10 & 8 and a regular supporter of school events such as concerts, sports awards, drama evenings and productions, I have a high respect for the work the school does in and outside the classroom.  Over the last 18 months, I've provided hands-on help with the school development team in launching 'The Big Give' fundraising campaign which is already making a significant difference in school life.  By working on 'The Big Give' I can see that the school expansion programme will need the active support and involvement of parents as government funding for schools is continuously reduced.  Trustees will need to act in the interests of our children who are already at school but also for those who will arrive in the years ahead.  


Adam Jezard - Parent Trustee

22/05/2017 - 21/05/2021

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For 10 years I was deputy primary education editor at the Times Education Supplement, where I provided teacher resources and edited and wrote news and features for TES Primary magazine. My wife was a primary teacher, latterly in Sunninghill.
My degree was in drama, theatre and television, and cinema and its history are my passions. Currently I edit technology and other supplements for an internationally known business information group.
I believe our children will be best served by providing them with a rounded education that involves thinking skills, a knowledge of real history, mathematical understanding and an interest in evolving technology.
The future world of work will involve flexibility, a willingness to learn throughout their lives, and the support of an education establishment that does not tell them they've finished with it at 16 or 21. 
The teaching of children is also likely to move beyond the classroom and may include features such as more distance-type learning, assisted by technology, as the role of teacher evolves over time. Supporting staff in making such transitions will be important to the success of such strategies.
The needs of employers will be changing constantly,  so I think part of our role is also to make companies understand they will need to develop a broader appreciation of the types of talent they will need, and that they too have a role in funding the training of young people for their businesses.
Crucially, we need to ensure our government, of whatever colour, understands it has to fund education properly and that in the world beyond the EU there is no substitute for giving all our children the best start possible by encouraging creative thinking and imagination in both children and teachers.



Denis Raymond - Parent Trustee

22/05/2017 - 21/05/2021

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I am a proud parent and ex pupil of Charters.
I put myself forward to be a trustee as a result of my daughter joining year 7 and the great feed back she and other students and parents were sharing from the start of their first day.

I have no background in education at all and wanted to understand better where as parents and as a community we could support what I believe to be an outstanding school.
What I do have is a background in business and talent acquisition and know well the expectations business has on our students after education.
I also understand the challenges in identifying, securing and retaining talent.
I believe it is critical in both teaching and non-teaching roles in consistently achieving the high expectations and results Charters set for itself and its students alike.

What I have learned in a short space of time is that funding for schools is very tight and we need to develop closer links with business, parents and the wider community if we want to continue to be able to support the wider activities, clubs, Tirabad, and other learning experiences our students benefit from that contribute to the polish and well-rounded skills and behaviours business expects of them now and in the future.

I believe our school should sit at the heart of the community and the new maths and science block and sports facilities being developed should help us in securing the talent to teach and support our students in achieving the high standards we set for ourselves. I aim to support the school in those efforts by being a link to parents and helping the school to reach out and develop closer links with local and big business for the benefit of all students, staff and the community as a whole both now and for the future.