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Canvey Island Infant School

Learning is a journey, not a destination


Welcome to our Governors’ section.


A big welcome from the Governors serving on the Board for Canvey Island Infant School. We are all volunteers and have very diverse backgrounds.

The day to day management of the school is the role of the Headteacher, but we are here to provide a strategic direction and to act as a ‘critical friend’.  We set the criteria by which the school is managed. We aim to help guide the school to improve the standard of education for all our children. We also work with the Headteacher to set the school’s aims and policies. It is important for us to ensure that the finances of the school are in order and the funding spent appropriately.  We also ensure the local and national government legislation and targets are met and the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children.

This work is demanding but is also, in so many ways, rewarding.  We enjoy being part of the school community and take an active role. We are privileged to attend school functions and to be part of the audience witnessing the hard work of the children and staff.  We support the school wherever possible whether it be helping out at the Winter Fayre or monitoring the School Development Plan.

We work together as a team and meet half termly. If you are interested in learning more about the Governing Board, please contact Mrs D Walker, Clerk to Governors at the school.


Our School Governors are:



Date of Appointment

Date of resignation

Mr S McDermott

Chair of Governors/LEA Governor

February 2018/LEA July 2019


Mr I Umpleby

Vice-Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor

July 2015


Mrs A Matthews




Mrs S Dorrington

Deputy Headteacher/Co-opted Governor

October 2014


Mr W Gosnold

Co-opted Governor/Chair of Finance

October 2006


Mrs G White

Co-opted Governor

July 2014


Mr M Cox

Co-opted Governor

October 2017



Co-opted Governor



Mr A Campan

Parent Governor

November 2018



Parent Governor




Parent Governor




Parent Governor




Staff Governor



Mrs D Walker

Clerk to Governors

September 2009


Mr R Ashdown

LEA Governor

February 2011

July 2018

Mrs J Cole

Parent Governor

November 2014

February 2019

Mr L Clancy

Co-Opted Governor

May 2018

February 2019

Ms M Mowbray

LEA Governor

July 2014

July 2019

Mrs J Cox

Staff Governor

July 2017

December 2019