Staff & Governors


Judith Foster Headteacher
Designated Teacher Responsible for Looked After Children
Zoe Chilton Reception Teacher
Kelly Ganderton Year 1/2 Teacher
Ellen Conway Year 1/2 Teacher
Ellie Leslie Year 3/4 Teacher
Acting Assistant Headteacher
Dominique White Year 5/6 Teacher
Dawn Hope Nursery Leader
Emma Hanson HLTA
Lorna Laszlo Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Supervisor
Anna Wright Lunchtime Supervisor
Maria Bristow Teaching Assistant
Sue Manders Teaching Assistant
Leanne Eldridge Teaching Assistant
Julie Hall Finance and Administration Manager
Katie Ellison Administration Assistant


Russell Wood

LEA Governor
Linked to Year 3

Chair of Governing Body
Chair of Strategy & Vision Executive Committee
Managing the school is a team responsibility. The chairman’s task is to lead the team of governors in order to enable it to function effectively and efficiently.
My 35 year working experience is primarily in senior management supply chain logistics roles within Sony Music & Sony Pictures worldwide. Latterly forming my own consultancy in the same field working from home. All my 3 children attended Twyford School the last leaving 5 years ago. But I am still keen to add value where I can as a governor, looking to try and leverage approaching 14 years experience, 10 of those as Chair. For me there has been a great deal of satisfaction in seeing the school successfully develop over the last few years – long may it continue!

Judith Foster
Head Teacher
Responsible for the day to day running of the school, ensuring pupil progress and attainment is of a very high standard. Judith interacts with Governors and all other school stakeholders, co-ordinating the overall leadership & management of the school.
I have been Head of Twyford C of E School since 2006 and have seen the school grow from 67 pupils to its present number of over 110. Twyford is classed as a small school which is where my passion lies. We ensure that here at Twyford, children have the best opportunities for leaning possible. With my outstanding team of staff and governors we have extended the school through to Year 6, the first group leaving in July 2016. We have a fantastic school here of which we are all proud to be a part.

Andrea Hodges

Foundation Governor
Linked to Nursery

RE and Collective Worship Governor
Chair of Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
Responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impacts of the teaching of RE and collective Worship within the school advising the Governors & Diocese as required.
It was an obvious decision to stand as a governor as an old pupil myself and especially as now my own two daughters are pupils. I wanted to help support the development of the school for future generations. I have been appointed as a foundation governor as a result of my involvement with the Twyford United Reformed Church and I am keen to ensure the school retains it’s church school ethos and continues to promote Christian values. I have worked for the NHS for the last 12 years and I am now the Personal Assistant to the Triumvirate management team for the Division of Surgery and Critical Care so I have to be highly organised working for three individuals. Although hopeless at mathematics at school I have worked in two different aspects of the financial world. I left university with a law degree and commenced work at a small derivative trading company running the back office operations. I have worked for a professional executor and was responsible for managing individual estates and settling people’s financial affairs so I am used to looking at balance sheets and budget statements.

Charlie Wood

Foundation Governor
Linked to Year 6

Pupil Premium & SMSC Governor
Vice-Chair of Curriculum Committee
Responsible for reporting back to Governors on the work of the school in relation to raising attainment as how pupil premium incomes are utilised by the school. As SMSC governor Charlie also is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural aspects of Twyford as a Church of England School.
Having been bought up in Twyford myself, I now have two children at the school and I strongly believe that the more you put into a community, the more you get out of it. My family have farmed in Twyford for several generations and I believe the link between the school and the community is vital to the continuing success of both the school and the village.

Jules Dixon

Community Governor

Child Protection Governor
Responsible for monitoring the School’s Child Protection Policy and to ensure that child protection is receiving proper consideration and that the Governing Body is discharging its statutory duties.
I am a qualified nurse, currently working as a School Nurse based in the community. I have been nursing for 24 years with experience in the acute sector and community. I have 2 children at Twyford school, in year 6 and year 4, I truly believe Twyford is an exceptional school.I have been a governor for 4 years and relish the opportunity to help make a difference to the lives of its pupils.

I feel strongly that early life experience makes a massive difference to our future generations. Twyford not only provides a fantastic education for its pupils but also a caring and supportive environment in which to grow and develop.

I am passionate in providing the best education, in the best environment for all that pass through the school.


Katie Ellison

Parent Governor
Linked to the Reception Class

Development Governor
Vice-Chair of Welfare, Health & Safety Committee
Responsible for coordinating the training and skills development of the governing body.
I was first involved with the school when my middle son started back in September 2007 followed by my youngest 2 years later. I was appointed Parent Governor in November 2015 and I welcomed the opportunity to be more involved with the school and give back some of what the school has done for them. I believe that the parent voice is a very important one when making decisions on how the school is run. I am passionate about the positive effect education can have on children’s lives and hope to help create an environment where each child is valued as an individual and helped to achieve their potential.My early working years were spent in architecture and marketing, but since having had children I have had an administrative role in my husband’s construction company, so I hope to bring a variety of skills to the table when facing the exciting challenges ahead.

Maria Bristow

Staff Governor

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor
Chair of PR & Foundation Committee
Responsible for reporting back to the governors the provision, implementation and operation of special educational needs in the school. The SEN Governor champions the issues of special educational needs within the work of the governing body and has specific oversight of the school’s arrangements and provision for meeting pupils’ special educational needs.

Paul Stewart

Community Governor
Linked to Year 1

Policy Governor
Literacy Governor
Chair of the Curriculum Committee
As Policy Governor I am responsible for maintaining, monitoring & reporting on policy tracking to ensure that all policies are reviewed on due dates and expedition of requirements on policies with all committee chairs. As Literacy Governor I take a special interest in literacy issues and help ensure that they remain high on the school’s agenda. I provide a link between governors and staff on literacy issues, reporting to the governing body and/or its committees as agreed.
My working experience is in sales and marketing, for most of my career working in large multi-national companies and culminating in a period at the end of my career as a business development consultant. I have now largely retired but retain an interest in helping clients back into the job market following redundancy. I have had a long held desire to make a contribution to my community by becoming a governor at a local school, a desire that was realised when I was “encouraged” to take up the position of Co-opted governor by my next-door neighbour, who happened to be the Chair of Governors at Twyford C of E School.

Ellie Leslie

Staff Governor

Steve Elcock

Parent Governor
Linked to Year 4

Vice Chair of Governing Body
Diversity Governor
Chair of Welfare, Health & Safety Committee
Responsible for supporting the Chair of Governors in many Governor administrative responsibilities, including regular on site governor presence and being a key senior member of the governing body. Oversees Diversity requirements within the school advising on new initiatives and directives.
My background is in the military and civilian aviation sectors which I have been involved with for over 30 years, I am now semi-retired. Currently I work part time at both Twyford School as Caretaker and also at Winslow School as their RAF Cadet Force Commander.

I have been a Parent Governor for over 4 years and have enjoyed the new challenges that constantly seem to arise.

Both my children attend Twyford and have done since nursery, they have always really enjoyed their time at school, which is nice for a parent to know.

I feel it is vital to have and to maintain a successful school like ours, which benefits both the local village and the wider community which the school serves.

Helen Betts

Parent Governor
Linked to Year 5

Numeracy Governor
Early Years Governor
Vice-Chair of the Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
As Numeracy Governor I am responsible for reporting back to governors on the implementation of the numeracy strategies. Also responsible for providing financial knowledge & experience to assist the school’s budgetary monitoring & management. As Early Years Governor, I am responsible for monitoring the School’s Early Years provision and to have specific oversight of the schools arrangements and provision for meeting the statutory requirements for EYFS.