Meet The Governors

Gillian Caddy

Co-opted governor

Hello my name is Gillian Caddy and I have been part of the Pinewood family for 30 years. First as a parent bringing my 1year old to the large toddler group that was based here. Then as a member of the Preschool committee, before joining the staff of both preschool and the school. When my elder daughter moved on to Guillemont and the younger was in year 1 I became a permanent member of the school staff as an LSA. They are now 31 and 29 and remember their time here fondly. 

I have had the privilege of serving as a governor of Pinewood for 20 years. 

There have been many changes over the past 30 years , not least the whole school building. But what stays constant is the way the school pulls together as a family with the children’s education and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do and I am very proud of being part of that special family. 

As the child  of an author and an artist, I have a  love of English and Art and I particularly enjoy helping the children develop their reading, writing and art in their final year at Pinewood. 

In my free time I enjoy various crafts and walking my dog.

Carolanne Dibnah

Co-opted governor

I joined Pinewood Infants as a Co-opted Governor in May 2019. I have twin boys attending Pinewood Infants, and have a keen interest in their education.  I also wanted to give something back to the school and to help with building its future success for the next tranche of children who will attend the school.  I work for a global manufacturing organisation as a Purchasing Manager, and in my spare time I enjoy reading and outdoor pursuits with my family.

Dennis Foster

Executive Headteacher

I am Denis Foster and on the 1st December 2019 I became the Executive Headteacher. My role is to over-see the strategic direction of the school and support all the staff to deliver high quality outcomes for all children both academically and socially within a caring and nurturing environment. I have been the Headteacher at Guillemont Junior School since April 2012 and for the past five years I have worked with Paul Shakespeare as Deputy.

Guillemont has been on a journey and I’m very proud to lead the school. I am always amazed by the talents of the children that we care for and educate. Paul and I share the same values and expectations. I’m confident that both schools will benefit from the newly formed partnership. I believe that all the children will thrive as we work together to achieve the best possible outcomes whatever their needs, irrespective of the starting points of the children. The Pinewood children are delightful and the staff are totally committed to ensuring all children enjoy attending school and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Stephanie Hartley

Co-opted governor

I joined the Governing Board in May 2019 as a co-opted Governor and have since taken on the role as the SEN Governor.  My daughter currently attends the Resourced Provision in Year 2 and ever since she started in September 2017, her additional needs have been supported fantastically.  As such I was keen to “give something back” to the school and am passionate that all children receive the best educational experience they can.  

I work for a US Bank in the city and have a background in Finance and relationship management so it has been a steep learning curve for me.  I am thoroughly enjoying learning all about the school and the education arena.  It really is exciting to be part of the Governing Board which helps with the strategic planning for the school.

In my spare time, I enjoying running and gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Hedges

Staff governor

Hi, I am Rebecca Hedges and the Y1 teacher at Pinewood. I have been teaching at Pinewood for many years and a staff governor for 3. My role as staff governor is to form a bridge between the pupil’s voice, staff’s voice and the school governors. I enjoy taking an active role in the wider school community and sharing the school’s successes. 

Pinewood is a wonderful place to work and I feel very proud to work alongside the fantastic staff and children. 

Dave Hughes

Co-opted governor

Hello, I’m Dave,

Living locally for most of my life, I joined the Pinewood Governing Body in 2013.

I am currently Chief Manufacturing Engineer at a Farnborough Aerospace Business, where I’ve worked for over 30 years. I was schooled in Camberley and along with my Wife, we are Foster Carers, offering a home to many challenging and under privileged children.

My other passion is Football, as both a Preston North End supporter and a 25 year Veteran ‘Soccer’ Referee. I have also been a Referee’s Instructor, Assessor, Coach and currently play the role of a Mentor to Junior Referees.

For me Pinewood gives its 100 or so children so much more than an education. With its all-inclusive provision, it offers all of its children a fantastic learning environment in which to flourish.

My role on our Governing Body is simple, It is to ensure that Pinewood Children have the best educational experience they possibly can.

Rachel Johnson

Local Authority governor and Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body

My name is Rachel Johnson and I have been a Local Authority Governor at Pinewood Infant School since September 2015.

I am the Vice Chair, Early Years Governor, Vice Chair of the Children and Learning Committee, Safeguarding, Wellbeing and Child Protection Governor.

I thoroughly enjoy these numerous roles, supporting the school, staff and children.

I work for Hampshire County Council Children’s Services as an Early Years County Advisor. Prior to this I was an infant teacher. I have worked for Hampshire County Council for twenty-two years and enjoyed many different roles in this time. I am also a Parish Councillor.

Outside of this I take pleasure in spending time with my family and friends, including my dog. I spend much of my spare time walking him!

Linda McBrearty

Clerk to the Governing Body

I have worked as a Local Authority Clerk for the last four years, working with the governing bodies of various schools, both Infant and Junior. I am now also supporting Pinewood.

I have worked in Education almost all of my working life, including sixteen years as a Bursar in large secondary schools, as a Project Manager / Accountant for large educational building projects in various areas of the country and for a time as a EU Grant Auditor for the Audit Commission.

I very much enjoy working with Pinewood School and wish them every success.

Victoria Rogers

Co-opted governor and Chair of the Full Governing Body

I have been a Co-opted governor at Pinewood School since February 2016, taking on the role of Chair in February this year. I joined Pinewood School because I had been a governor at an Infant School in Aldershot and was looking to bring all that I had learned there to another school in the Rushmoor area. No two schools are alike and it has been a wonderful experience being a part of Pinewood and learning all about its special community – children, staff, governors, parents and carers. I have helped out on several school trips, supported interview processes and worked with colleagues to support staff in various matters over the past four years.

When not carrying out my governor role I work for Aldershot Town Football Club as their programme editor. I also enjoy watching most types of sport, reading, listening to music and walking.

Heather Ryder

Co-opted governor and chair of the Children and Learning Committee

Hello. I have been on the governing body of Pinewood Infants for two years. My background is in education as I have taught in several schools in the area over the years. In addition I live in the local area; my own children having attended both Pinewood and Guillemont.

Since my retirement, becoming a governor has enabled me to remain involved in education and to continue to use the knowledge and skills that I have gained over the years. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere at Pinewood attracted me to the school and I thoroughly enjoy the visits that I make and being involved in the children’s learning activities. I enjoy working with the members of the governing body to support the school in delivering a high quality of education for all Pinewood children. I am looking forward to forming links with Guillemont and the local community as Pinewood enters a new, exciting phase.

Paul Shakespeare

Acting Headteacher

My name is Paul Shakespeare and I am the Acting Head Teacher of Pinewood Infant School. I have taught for 17 years and I am also the Deputy Head of Guillemont Junior School. Having been a successful Deputy Headteacher since 2012, I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity of leading Pinewood, alongside the Executive Headteacher, Denis Foster.

Pinewood is a wonderful, inclusive school where children are encouraged, supported and challenged to achieve their very best. The school works hard with all stakeholders to promote the highest possible outcomes for every pupil. Pastoral support, emotional well-being and resilience are promoted and valued alongside academic achievement.  I want Pinewood to be leading the way with innovative, inspiring teaching which creates and develops inquisitive children who are fully engaged in their own learning journey and ready for the next stage in their education.

Emma-Louise Vincent

Parent governor

I joined the governing body in April 2017 because I was keen to learn and understand how early years development impacted on children’s learning as they moved through the school and entered key stage 1.

I am a fully qualified Early Years practitioner with 17 years experience and have an extensive knowledge of the EYFS, which infant schools use in their reception classes.
Whilst my daughter attended Pinewood Infant school I was a stay at home mum and wanted to be an active member of the school community. My son has now just started at Pinewood and I have returned to work in another school within the local area.