GOVERNING BODY – PERSONAL PROFILES
SHERRY BARLOW (Staff Governor)
Sherry has lived in Long Ditton with her husband, Simon, since 2001. She has two sons, who went to Long Ditton St.Mary's School and who are now at Hinchley Wood Secondary School. She studied Information Systems Management at university and worked as an IT Consultant in the private sector before completing her PGCE at Kingston University. She has over ten years’ experience teaching children between 7 and 11 years of age.
Sherry is a full time teacher at Long Ditton St.Marys Junior School and takes a lead on Maths and how it is taught in the school as well as being a part of the Senior Leadership Team. She joined the school governing body in September 2018.
KELLY BRAND (Parent Governor)
Kelly has two children, one at LDSM and one at Long Ditton Infants school. She has been a primary school teacher for 15 years, primarily in Key Stage 2, and currently supports the leadership team where she works. This role requires her to drive standards in teaching and learning so that every child can fulfil their potential. Kelly is passionate about her job and feels that her direct experience of leading positive changes within a primary school will enable her to support the governing body in ensuring excellent outcomes for all pupils.
JAMES COOPER (Associate Member)
James joined the school as a class teacher in September 2020 before being appointed as Deputy in January 2021. Born in Wolverhampton, he gained his undergraduate degree from the University of Liverpool before completing a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University.
He has taught in a number of state schools in Kingston & Surrey during a 14 year career. Since starting as a teacher, James has worked in a range of schools, building key relationships with staff, students and families. He is passionate about developing links between schools and their communities, through such events as sports, music and communal events.
A former resident of Thames Ditton, James now lives in Hersham with his wife, who is a special needs teacher, two year old son and dog.
RACHEL COOK (Foundation Governor)
Rachel grew up in Hampshire but moved to Surbiton in 2002. She now lives in Long Ditton with her husband and their two children, both of whom attended Long Ditton Infants and now Long Ditton St Mary's Junior School. She studied law at the University of Warwick and the College of Law, Guildford, and works for a City of London law firm as a solicitor specialising in employment law. Rachel was elected Co-Chair of Governors in September 2017. To her children's embarrassment, she enjoys running (very slowly) and commuting around Long Ditton, Surbiton and central London on her Micro Scooter (very quickly).
MINOUSHE GRANT (Local Authority Governor)
Minoushe grew up in West London and later attended Sussex University to read Mathematics and Artificial intelligence. Once she had completed her degree, she gained a PGCE in teaching secondary mathematics as she had always wanted to be a teacher. She moved back to London for two years where she taught in the East End. Once married she moved back to Brighton where she taught in both a pupil referral unit and a large mixed secondary comprehensive. In 2013 Minoushe gained her MA from Warwick University in Educational Leadership and Management and also a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).
In 2014, Minoushe decided to take a career break to focus on her family and moved to Hinchley Wood. During the last few years she has been able to spend more time with her family and have an additional child. She is passionate about teaching and education. She believes that all children regardless of their background and needs deserve the very best education. Being dyslexic herself, she understands the struggles and frustrations that children with additional needs can face. She believes that what is best is not only for our children to aim and achieve high, but also for our staff to be happy and feel appreciated. Minoushe’s educational interests include; pastoral care, Pupil Premium, SEND, primary to secondary transition and school leadership.
She is currently working part time as a maths consultant. In the future she hopes to continue her journey to becoming a Headteacher.
SAMANTHA HOOKE (Foundation Governor)
Sam has lived in Surbiton since 2001 where her husband, Mike, grew up and they moved to the Long Ditton area in 2009. She has three children with one child currently a pupil at Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School and another at Long Ditton Infant & Nursery School. Her eldest child has recently completed her primary school education at Long Ditton St Mary’s and now attends Hinchley Wood Secondary School. Sam studied law at the University of Exeter and qualified as a family law solicitor. She worked as a partner in a London law firm for several years before starting a career break after her second child. Sam has experience in acting for parents and children in child protection cases and is the current Safeguarding Governor, Vice Chair of the Children and Learning Committee and member of the Admissions and Staffing and Pay Committees.
Sam has been both Chair and Vice Chair of the Friends of Long Ditton Infant & Nursery School and continues to be involved in the Friends of both schools. She is committed to supporting both Long Ditton St Mary’s School and the local community.
TIZIANA LEONE (Parent Governor)
Originally from Rome, Tiziana moved to Southampton to study in 1998 and then New York to work for the UN. She moved to Thames Ditton in 2019 having lived in Surbiton for 7 years. Tiziana has two children with one currently in LDSM. With a degree in statistics and demography and a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton she is particularly fond of numbers. She
SARAH MARTIN (Headteacher- ex-officio)
Sarah is originally from South West London and now lives in Tolworth with her husband and two children. After gaining an undergraduate degree at Loughborough, Sarah completed her PGCE at the University of Roehampton and started her teaching career in Fulham. Sarah joined LDSM as Headteacher in April 2020 having previously taught for nearly twenty years in Inner-London primary schools. Sarah believes that the role of schools is to equip children with the academic, social and personal skills they need to succeed in education, relate well to others and fulfill their dreams.
PETER MUNRO (Foundation Governor)
Peter grew up in Perth, Western Australia and moved to London in 2002 to study. He married Joanne in 2008 and they moved to Surbiton, where Joanne grew up, in 2009. They have two children, Nate and Amandine, who both attend Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School. Peter completed a PhD in Physics at Imperial College London in 2006 and, since then, has worked in academia in the UK and Australia. Peter and his family returned to London in March 2015 for him to take up the position of Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London where he lectures and develops biomedical imaging techniques.
Peter values family and enjoys being part of the school and church communities. Peter grew up in a Christian family and has been a Christian for most of his adult life. He and his wife are currently members of Everyday Wimbledon church. In his spare time Peter enjoys playing cricket and Australian rules football.
COLIN POWELL (Foundation Governor)
Colin lived in Long Ditton for 28 years. He grew up and attended school locally. He has a degree in Mathematics and Music. Colin has a background in Primary Education at teacher, Deputy Head and Headship level and has worked in a diverse range of schools. He has recently retired from the post of Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark. Colin worked for the Diocesan Board for 15 years, prior to this he was a School Improvement Inspector in Kingston and a Headteacher of an 'Outstanding' Church school for 10 years. Colin is passionate about education and giving pupils the best life chances. In his spare time Colin enjoys music, eating out and spending time with family and friends.
SARAH RAWLINSON (Foundation Governor)
Sarah and Stephen, her husband, have lived in Long Ditton since 1990 and raised their four children here. Sarah has recent experience of schools as a parent and a teacher. She believes that a good education is essential for developing valuable life skills. Sarah is fully committed to her role as Foundation Governor of LDSM.
After completing a degree in Mathematics at the University of Bristol and a PGCE at the University of Cambridge, Sarah taught Mathematics in Liverpool for a few years before working with Price Waterhouse, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She returned to education on moving to Long Ditton, and has enjoyed teaching Mathematics locally for more than 20 years.
REVD DR KUHAN SATKUNANAYAGAM (Foundation Governor – ex-officio)
Kuhan has been rector of St Mary’s Long Ditton since August 2015. Before coming to Long Ditton he was the curate at St Mary and St Nicholas Leatherhead. Kuhan read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, University of Durham and then later trained as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a masters and professional doctorate at the University of East London and worked in Hammersmith and Fulham. He returned to Cranmer Hall in Durham for his ministerial training. Kuhan is married to Christine who is a GP and they have three children.
SARAH SPENCE (Foundation Governor)
Sarah was born in Long Ditton and grew up in the area until she moved away in 1992 where she studied Hotel & Catering Management at Oxford Polytechnic. Having worked in the sector for some time, she since found her passion working in the public sector and making a difference in local communities. She moved back to the local area in 2005 with her husband Jonathan. One of her children attended Long Ditton St Mary’s and has recently moved to Hinchley Wood Secondary School whilst the other is still at LDSM. Sarah continues to work in the public sector and is currently a lead digital analyst at Royal Borough of Kingston. She has recently set up the Friends of Long Ditton Recreation Ground and joined the governing body of LDSM in October 2019.