I have been on the governing body for two years as a co-opted governor.
At present I am involved with Pupil and Sports Premium, PPSED, Coppice department and attend the Curriculum committee.
I have been in school nearly all my life either as a student, teacher or school counsellor.
In the past I have been a parent governor and a teacher governor.
I have always enjoyed working with children and now I am retired feel my experience is valuable as a governor. I like to make school visits and meet the children and staff and gain first-hand experience of the school at work.
Out of school I enjoy photography, gardening, travelling, cinema/theatre, going to the gym/walking, reading and spending time with the family.
Ashley works in the world of IT and lives locally in Lacey Green.
He has been a School Governor for about 10 years in 2 different schools. His Specialist efforts focus on the sixth form and careers - he is very keen to see that pupils get the best input and outcome possible for when they leave.
Bridget Ledson – Chair of Governors
I have been an active member of the school community since 2012 as both a parent and a parent governor. I was elected Chair of the Curriculum committee in 2016 and Vice Chair of the Governing Body in December 2017. I now sit as Chair of Governors since June 2018 having been co-opted onto the board when my son left the school.
I passed the Institution of Leadership in Management from Buckinghamshire Education Partnership in August 2017.
My role is busy and varied Chairing both the Head’s Performance Management Reviews and the Curriculum Committee. I was one of four Governors tasked with reviewing the possible Maplewood/ Chiltern Gate amalgamation, that went forward in 2016 creating Chiltern Wood School.
Along with fellow Governors my responsibilities include:
I am proud to be involved with this fabulous school. In my spare time I try(!) with photography, enjoy open water swimming and am an avid Wolves fan!
I joined the governing body of Chiltern Wood School in July 2017 and was appointed Local Authority Governor in December 2020. I am a member of all school governor committees.
I’m interested in local and national SEND with a specialism in autism.
I have been a governor at Chiltern Wood since November 2020.
Harriclea Bello is the Development Governor at Chiltern Wood School, as well as a member of both the Curriculum committee and Finance and Human Resources Committee.
She has a degree in Industrial and Labour Relation from the Olabisi Onabanjo University and she also has a B.Soc.Sc in Theatrical Studies from the University of Patras.
She is a qualified teacher (QTS) for both primary and secondary schools with experience in various teaching and tutoring positions. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the West Wycombe Combined School where, apart from her day-to-day duties she was involved with providing additional, one-on-one learning support including SEN for some of the pupils. She is currently providing tutoring support on the subject of Maths to primary students and also helping adults with maths comprehension. In the past she had tutored primary age students in Maths, English and Greek. During her university studies she was also a Visiting/Research Fellow at the Institute of Education, University or Warwick where she spent a semester.
She is fluent in English, Yoruba and Greek and has a multicultural and multilingual background and she has spent time growing up in Greece, the US and Nigeria.
Post degree graduation Ian began his career in finance as a fund manager, based in London and New York, specialising and managing North American and Pan European equity teams. He then worked for, and was a partner at, the largest global investment consultancy firm having responsibility in setting, monitoring and adapting the very successful strategic direction for the organisation.
Seeking a new, more purposeful career, he joined our class teams in 2013, completing his PGCE and becoming a teacher in our MLD (Moderate Learning Difficulty) department. Having recently retired from teaching he now devotes much time as a volunteer for the Buckinghamshire Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS).
Who am I ?
I am a local resident who has lived in Downley village for over 20 years. I am a qualified social worker with over 30yrs of experience working in children and family services in the public and charity sectors. This has included involved in the management of respite services for children with disabilities for the Children’s Society and Local authority. Currently, I am working on a sessional basis as a Foster Panel member for an independent Fostering Agency. I also have an MA in Therapeutic Child Care from Reading University. I am active in the local community as a Trustee of the Downley War Memorial Hall, enjoy walking around the lovely Chiltern countryside, and am currently completing a university course in archaeology.
At Chiltern wood
I have been a governor, initially at Maplewood and then the amalgamated Chiltern wood school , since 2015. I am the Safeguarding Governor at present. I am also ‘link’ governor to Woodlands Department which caters for pupils with PMLD. I am pleased to be able to offer my knowledge and experience to the school in relation to safeguarding policies and strategies. As a governor I enjoy meeting and talking with pupils and teachers and have learned a great deal about special needs education through my observations and discussions with them. In particular, I am pleased to be involved with Woodlands Department which has introduced a number of innovative educational methods to support the learning of pupils who have a high degree of special needs.
I feel very privileged to act as a governor for Chiltern Wood School. I believe that the School has strong values and commitment to its students and I welcome the opportunity to support Chiltern Wood both in terms of its general governance but with a focus on its data, technology and compliance.
My background is in science, more specifically geology and satellite remote sensing. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a number of different countries including China in industries such as mining and mineral exploration.
Over the last twenty year’s I’ve moved into IT and I have over ten year’s working at a senior level in the education sector working at several Universities including Brunel, UCL, Imperial and SOAS. I have a keen interested in how technology can be used to enhance how we teach and how we learn.
I currently run my own consultancy offering IT and data compliance services to businesses and education. Outside of work I follow Formula 1 and maintain a love of comic books that I never out grew.
However, above all else, I remain very committed to my daughter’s education and ensure a strong bond with her and her community. Both my wife and I endeavour to be present at the School to collect our daughter every evening and this makes me an approachable and familiar presence in the School community.