Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
About our Governing Body
The Governing Body of the school is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds. The school governors are a group of individuals, who bring additional skills and experience to the school and are representative of parents, staff and of the local community.
They work with the Executive Head Teacher and Head of School and are responsible for
- setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
- holding the Executive Head Teacher and Head of School to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Mrs Louise Toulorge - Chair of Governors
Louise has been a Governor at DMS since 2016 and Chair since September 2019. In 2021, she became chair of the Dedworth Campus governing board, supporting Dedworth Green First School, Dedworth Middle School and the Rainbow Centre. Louise finds it hugely rewarding to support the Dedworth Campus school leaders, and Windsor Learning Partnership, with improving the quality of education for the children of Windsor and she enjoys the challenges of the role. Louise worked in Human Resources and Recruitment in the financial services and compliance sector for a number of years before a career break. She now teaches French to primary school children in Windsor and is also a French Language Assistant at a 6th form in the Borough. Louise is a former DMS parent, with both children educated in the Windsor school system.
Mrs Carol Watkins - Vice Chair
Carol has been a Governor on the Dedworth Campus since 2018, is Vice Chair of Governors and also a Governor at Windsor Girls School. She has had over 12 years of experience governing local schools and continues to enjoy the challenge of working with school leaders to drive improvements that benefit students. She is setting up a local charity to support youth mental health and is Chair of Windsor Netball Club. When she’s not providing a taxi service to one of her 3 teenage children, Carol enjoys gardening, paddle boarding, playing netball, theatre and walking the dog.
Mrs Rachel Endacott - Community Governor
Rachel has been a Governor on the Dedworth Campus since January 2023. She has also been a Governor at another local first school for a number of years. Rachel works as an Inclusion Manager in a Maidenhead school and has over 25 year's experience in educational settings of different kinds. She currently has a daughter at DMS in Year 7 and her son, now in Year 9 left DMS last year. Rachel loves being involved in school improvement and is excited about the journey both schools are on under the current leadership team.
Mr Colin Bristow - Community Governor
Colin was born and bred in Windsor. He has two sons who went through the Windsor school system, and he was a parent governor at TWBS before becoming a co-opted governor at Dedworth as well as TWBS. He runs a local business with his wife and is passionate about schools in the Windsor Learning Partnership giving as many learning opportunities to young people as possible, as they navigate their way through growing up and fulfilling their potential as young adults.
Mrs Kerry-Ann Blandin - Parent Governor
Kerry-Ann has worked in the education sector for over 20 years with a specialism in curriculum. She has a daughter who attends DMS and so has a vested interest in ensuring the school works well for her family and a genuine interest in ensuring the same for other parents too. Her aim is to use her experience to support the Executive Head Teacher and Head of School, and all other stakeholders, in developing new initiatives within our school to maintain and improve standards, including progress and achievement, ensuring our children have the best possible education.
Mrs Natasha Wakefield - Governance Professional
Natasha joined the Dedworth Campus as Clerk to the Governors in June 2023. She previously worked in HR and took some time out after having her son. He attends a Windsor school, and this prompted Natasha to want to get to know the school system better and also to support as much as she can. Along with her Coaching, Natasha enjoys cooking, reading and is attempting to become a runner.
Mr Tom Phipps – Parent Governor
Tom and his family have lived in Dedworth for over 15 years - his 2 daughters attend Windsor schools, one of whom is at DMS. Through running a successful family business, he has developed a range of skills, from HR and IT to sales and operations. Having joined the board of governors in March 2023, Tom hopes to use his experience to help support the school’s leadership team to improve the quality of education in Windsor. His interests include cycling and paddle boarding, walks with the dog, and watching rugby.
Under the Windsor Learning Partnership Scheme of Delegation, the composition of the combined Dedworth Schools’ Local Governing Board shall be: Headteacher, 1 staff from DGFS, 1 staff from DMS, 2 parents from DGFS, 2 parents from DMS, 2 community governors appointed by the LGB. We are in a period of transition following the merger of the two separate governing boards and are working towards this structure. Our current composition is detailed below.