We are here to provide the best possible education for girls. Our tradition of excellence will never change but we are also passionate about the breadth of aspiration and opportunity.
At the heart of our inspirational school, we strive to free girls to be themselves whilst developing strong relationships. We believe girls deserve an environment that enables them to be confident, resilient and ready to contribute significantly to the world.
As governors, we have a responsibility to oversee the strategic direction of the school and its policies alongside the headteacher who is accountable for the day-to-day operations and management of the school.
In addition to full Governing Body meetings, we have five committees each with their own remits and responsibilities: Admissions, Curriculum & Pastoral, Finance & Audit, Personnel and Premises. Through these committees, we monitor the school’s performance. We also provide specialist skills as required.
Each governor specialises in a particular subject, an area of school activity, year group or school house and provides a link back into the full Governing Body. We attend a variety of meetings and events to speak to pupils, parents and teachers to ensure we remain close to the school. We meet governors and staff from other schools to share best practice and keep abreast of what is happening elsewhere in education and we provide a link for parents and our local community.
We attend specialist governor training sessions to keep up to date with the requirements of our role and to ensure we are equipped to perform them. We give our time, experience and expertise voluntarily because we want to give something back and believe the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction will enable it to continue to provide the best possible education for girls.
The Trustees of Dr Challoner’s High School are required to complete an annual Declaration of Pecuniary Interests. Copies of these declarations are inspected annually by the appointed Auditors.
I became a parent governor within a few weeks of my daughter joining the school and haven't looked back. Challoner’s High is a fantastic school and I enjoy chairing the talented and experienced individuals who make up our Governing Board. All work hard to ensure our school continues to offer students an outstanding educational experience and I'm personally keen to help girls develop self confidence in their formative years, breaking free from gender stereotypes to follow whatever path they wish.
I have a degree in English and American literature and have shaped my career around my love of language. I have spent most of the last 30 years working in big corporate FTSE100 companies in various communications roles, primarily corporate media relations and helping to facilitate change management for well-known names in the retail sector. I also have a deep interest in people and organisation development, am an accredited coach and have a pragmatic approach to life. I try to apply all of this to the role of Challoner's High Governor.
After living in London for several years I moved to Amersham in 2006 with my husband, son and daughter. I’m a keen sports spectator, whether on the side-line at school matches or watching the professionals. I enjoy running and have played netball for nearly 40 years and coach and umpire in local leagues.
Having graduated in Geography from the LSE and obtained a PGCE, I began my teaching career at Dr Challoner’s High School in the 1970s and later became Head of Geography at the school. I then moved to Wycombe High School as a Deputy Head before becoming the Headteacher of Heathfield School in Pinner, a member of the GDST group of schools. In my time, it became the first school in Britain to become an accredited centre for Sixth Form leadership courses accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. After 14 years as a Head, I took early retirement in 2010. I then worked part time at The Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith until 2017 when I finally retired. My long experience in education in general, and in leadership and management in particular, are strengths which I hope complement the skills of the DCHS Governing Body.
I am married with two stepchildren and four grandchildren. I have lived in Rickmansworth since 2009. My husband is a secondary Headteacher in Bucks. Together, we enjoy travelling, theatre and ballet, gardening and visiting National Trust properties.
After grammar school in South London, I attended medical school in Oxford and once qualified, I did my junior doctor posts in London. I specialised in haematology and after working for 9 years as a Consultant in West London, I am now Consultant Haematologist at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. I joined the Governing Body in 2010 initially as a parent governor and now as an appointed governor. I am a science link governor and also serve on the Curriculum & Pastoral Committee, having chaired this until 2017.
I have lived in Chalfont St Peter for more than 20 years, with my husband Chris and 2 daughters, aged 19 & 16, the eldest of whom left DCHS in 2016 and is now studying at Cardiff University. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and enjoy cooking for friends, Pilates and singing.
My wife and I have lived in Little Chalfont for over 13 years and our eldest daughter is in Year 8 at Dr Challoner’s High School.
After having studied Classics at Oxford University, I joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and trained as a Chartered Accountant in London, working with businesses across a number of sectors. In 2002, I moved into industry and have spent most of my career as a finance director in global advertising and marketing services networks.
I am an appointed governor and am pleased to have the opportunity to bring my financial and commercial experience to Dr Challoner’s High School.
Following the completion of my B.A with Honours in English Literature and Language, I secured a place at The University of Bath to study for my PGCE in Secondary Education.
Since moving to Buckinghamshire, I have been fortunate to have worked in several schools within county and to uphold a diverse range of strategic roles at both a department and whole-school level. Some of these roles have included: leading on the development of Literacy across schools, focusing on the progress and attainment of ‘most able’ learners, leading each individual Key Stage with regards to the English curriculum, and facilitating student leadership opportunities.
I have always embraced any occasion for continued learning and whilst teaching, completed my MA in Educational Policy. This work has enabled me to develop my own teaching practice whilst exploring and disseminating information and ideas to support the work and progress of others. It is my desire to continue working in collaboration with students and staff across the school that motivated me to apply for the role of Teacher Governor.
My experiences beyond the classroom have included dancing at an advanced level for the English National Ballet for 13 years and whilst I no longer dance professionally, I still relish the opportunity to see live performances by the various dance academies and to attend the theatre.
I hope that my current role as Head of Faculty for English and Drama, combined with my previous experience and passion for learning, will make me a useful addition to the Governing Body and ultimately benefit Dr Challoner’s High School.
I grew up and went to school in Reading, before heading to the University of York where I gained a degree in Chemistry. With a passion for the sciences, I decided to join Cadbury Schweppes on their graduate supply chain scheme and pursue a career in business at an organisation that I really admired because of their wonderful heritage and strong values – 24 years later, I have worked in nearly all the supply chain and commercial functions in various locations across the UK with Cadbury, Coca-Cola and I am now the UK&I Managing Director of innocent drinks – we make healthy drinks and give 10% of our profits to charity.
Having settled in Chalfont St Peter with my wife and 3 children 10 years ago, I was really keen to get involved with Dr Challoner’s High School as a Parent Governor when my eldest daughter joined the school in 2015 – the school has an outstanding academic record and the vision for the school’s future development really inspired me to get involved because I believe we all have a role to play in making it a reality for the benefit of future generations of Challoner’s Girls.
Ms Nisha de Alwis (Staff Governor)
After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, I worked for a large international NGO in the field of demography, population policy and women's reproductive health rights. Having added a son and a daughter to the global population, I became involved in education. I was a governor at a primary school in Chalfont St Peter for 12 years, and then followed my daughter to DCHS, where I have been a governor since 2001.
I have lived in Gerrards Cross for 25 years. I enjoy any kind of word games and puzzles, love music and cooking, and am passionate about cricket.
Being a governor has been challenging at times, but always interesting and rewarding.
I am married with 3 children and live in Chalfont St Peter. My daughter joined DCHS in 2012.
My career centred on the IT and telecommunications industries, primarily in the mobile communications sector. In 2001 I completed an MBA and developed my career into general management, holding various leadership positions in multi-national organisations. In 2011, I took the step into self-employment and started a consulting business, helping organisations unlock hidden profits by lowering costs and delivering efficiencies.
In 2012, I become involved with Wycombe Youth Action, a charity that provides unique services to reduce social exclusion.
A degree in Physics from Imperial College led me first of all into a Research Physicist role at ICI Fibres near Heidelberg, Germany, and then on returning to the UK, a career in teaching initially at Blackheath High School and more recently Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. I was Science College Director and then Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Developing Technologies and ICT Infrastructure. I project managed and designed new cookery facilities, new IT and Graphics suites, and also the refurbishment of eleven science laboratories.
My daughter, who is now a GP, attended DCHS and my son DCGS.
I hope my experience will be of value in helping ensure the school continues to offer an environment that encourages the students to achieve their potential and make their school days rewarding and memorable. The future for DCHS is exciting.
I have lived in the catchment area of DCHS since 1988 and was a DCHS parent between 2001 and 2013. Both of my daughters benefited greatly from their time at DCHS and I am happy to extend our family's participation in school life.
I studied Chemical Engineering at university and have followed a career in the oil industry. I currently work for a Canadian subsidiary of a Chinese oil company based in Uxbridge, where I work with a team of geologists, geophysicists and engineers engaged in the development of North Sea oil fields.
I have served as a trustee of two company pension funds, as a director of a residents association (in Latimer) and I am currently a member of the Buckinghamshire Independent Appeals Panel that hears school allocation appeals. My main relaxation is golf and I am a member of Gerrards Cross Golf Club.
I have lived in Gerrards Cross for over ten years and am a proud parent of a daughter who started Dr Challoner's High School in 2016. I am a professional engineer by training, having graduated from Brunel University, but have spent the majority of my career as a management consultant leading large-scale transformative projects for many commercial organisations, with a particular emphasis on the application of new technologies. I am excited about using this experience to contribute to the ongoing success story that is DCHS. In my spare time, I play tennis, enjoy reading and cooking.
I am a passionate supporter of women’s education and excited at this opportunity to use skills learnt from a career in London and abroad to help the school go from strength to strength and enable our daughters to be everything they can be.
I went to an all-girls state secondary school myself before studying law at Oxford University and qualifying as a solicitor. I spent 23 years working for the international law firm Linklaters, first as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer and then in a variety of business roles working closely with Boards and Senior Management.
I live in Amersham with my husband and three children and my daughter started at Dr Challoner's High School in 2017. In any free time I love making music and exploring history.
I am an appointed governor at Dr Challoner's High School. I studied law at Oxford University and went on to spend 12 years at an international law firm working in London and abroad in corporate and finance across a broad range of sectors. I have since been working in industry as a leader of legal, risk and governance functions within global businesses.
I am proud to be an alumnus of Dr Challoner's High School and am passionate about education as being the key to providing the next generation with choices and opportunities in a changing world. I have been involved with several voluntary programs with schools over the past 20 years, from reading with early years and taking PHSC classes to career guidance, and the mentoring, training and recruitment of young students.
I live in Gerrards Cross and am married with three children. My daughter joined DCHS this Autumn and has thrown herself into school life – orchestra, netball, hockey and a variety of other clubs.
I trained as a Management Accountant (CIMA) at the London Stock Exchange and after a couple of years moved into banking with Schroders.
I got married, went travelling around the world for 9 months and on return to London, joined Barclays. At Barclays, I have worked in a variety of roles within Investment and Corporate Banking over the past 14 years and currently manage a significant public sector corporate loan portfolio for the bank.
Interests are mainly sporting – golf, cycling (mountain and road), squash, watching and coaching football, watching rugby. I also chair a local football club which runs 12 teams (from U6 to U16).
The school has a maximum of 19 governors comprising seven parent governors, the Headteacher and three staff governors and eight appointed governors. All governors have an equal voice and do not represent any particular group. Current members of the Governing Body are listed below.
The Head Girl and two of her team are invited to attend meetings as Student Associate Members for one year in a non-voting capacity (April – March).Parent governors are elected by ballot of the parents of the school , Staff governors are elected by staff of the school and Appointed governors are appointed by the school’s governing body. Co-opted Governors can be appointed by the governing body of the school. The term of office is for four years excepting the headteacher and staff governors should they leave the school before their term has ended.
Five committees each with their own remits and responsibilities monitor the school’s performance and provide support and challenge to the Headteacher and his team. They meet each term and report back to Full Governing Body meetings with actions and recommendations. Committee membership and governor attendance at Full Governing Body meetings over the last academic year can be seen on the following tables.
Governors are generally replaced as and when they reach the end of the term of their office. A governor may be re-appointed or re-elected if they meet the criteria for a specific type of governor.
Pupil Discipline Committee Members will be the Chairman of Governors plus one additional Governor. Hearings Committee Members will be three Governors (excluding the Head and Staff Governors). Appeals Committee Members will be three Governors (excluding the Head and Staff Governors)