The governing committee sets the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school as well as challenging the capital, educational and financial plans. All governors have an area of responsibility which they oversee. Governors visit the school on a regular basis and report back to the committee on their linked areas.
The chair of governors at Twickenham School is Claire Little. Further details about our governors, including how to contact them can be found below:
Sam Burns – Co-opted Governor
Sam has been working in education for 10 years; he loves science, in particular, biology. Prior to this he worked in an internationally renowned children's cancer research hospital in the USA as a senior research technician.
Sam is a Harlequins and Arsenal fan, plays the guitar and coaches rugby, netball and athletics. He believes education should have a holistic approach and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of the school.
David Gold – Parent Governor
David is a management accountant by background, working mainly in the energy industry across the UK, Europe and Asia. His areas of expertise include helping organisations put in place processes and systems to manage performance and risk and helping leaders achieve their objectives. He was previously a governor at the British School Manila.
He has a daughter at Twickenham School.
Claire Little - Chair of Governors
Claire has been Chair of Governors at Twickenham School since 2016, having previously been Vice-Chair of Governors at Teddington School.
Claire specialises in leadership development and, as a group HR director, supports the school from an HR and management perspective.
Asad Mahmood – Parent Governor
Asad has been working in education for over five years. Prior to this, he worked in the financial services industry as a senior finance analyst.
He recognises the importance of providing a safe, caring, supportive and effective environment that brings opportunities for each child to make those essential steps in life. He has a deep personal and professional commitment to improving the standards of education for all young people, and as a local resident for nearly fifteen years; he is honoured to be able to play a part in the ongoing success story of Twickenham School. He has a son who attends the school.
Outside of school he enjoys spending time with his family doing lots of outdoor activities, also an avid reader and loves travelling.
Mary Parker - Co-opted Governor (responsibility for safeguarding)
As an architect, Mary is focused on the learning environment both inside and outside the school and looks at how it can be a safe and inspiring place.
She has been a governor at Twickenham School since 2016.
Also a governor at a local primary school, she has a keen interest on how the transition from primary to secondary works successfully for the whole school community.
Claire Pitchford – Co-opted Governor
Claire is an Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form) at a secondary school in Surrey. She completed her PGCE at the University of Cambridge, where she subsequently went on to complete a masters in education whilst embarking upon her career as a secondary school teacher. Her subject specialisms are drama and English, to which she remains very dedicated, regularly enjoying attending the theatre and recommending books to her students to develop themselves beyond the curriculum.
Her pastoral and academic experience have been gained in a number of schools where she has undertaken both academic and pastoral management roles.
Having completed the NPQSL she now works in senior leadership and is a trained safeguarding lead. She is a passionate educationalist and, as a teacher and a governor, she dedicates her time to ensuring that the young people in her care have opportunity and ambition.
Sarah Weinberg - Co-opted Governor
Sarah has two teenage children who attend their local school – Hampton High – so she fully supports our vision to inspire everyone to achieve, enjoy and flourish beyond their own expectations and is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of Twickenham School.
Her professional background is in educational and medical publishing, working in psychological and educational assessment.
Assal Ruse - Headteacher
How to contact the Governors
Should you wish to contact the Twickenham School Chair of Governors - please in the first instance send all correspondence to Alison Watts, Clerk to the Governors (Governance Professional) - c/o the school address or via email.
The Twickenham School governor register of interests and attendance records can be viewed within the BET Governance folder within Key Information.