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Governors

Primesh Kalia - Co Chair

In my career I am qualified as a Chartered Engineer, Building Services Consultant. I have a BSc honours degree from Manchester University and started as a mechanical services design engineer in the private sector. The majority of my work has been with local authorities; Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Islington Councils as the Head of Engineering and Energy.

I have two grown up sons.

The relocation of Clarendon school with a new build school will be a great opportunity with modern and well designed facilities all under one roof. I am looking forward to working with a very dedicated and experienced team and contributing my expertise.

M.A; BSc honours; C.ENG; MCIBSE; MCIM

Keith Tysoe - Co Chair

I have worked in education for over 30 years both in mainstream and special schools. Currently I work as an adviser for an education service covering three inner London boroughs. I work with a range of primary and secondary schools on all aspects of school improvement. In my work I have particular responsibility for the oversight of special educational needs and disabilities provision across the three boroughs. Previously I worked as an education adviser for the London Borough of Richmond so I have a good understanding of the educational provision in the Richmond area. During my career I have taught and worked as a senior leader in a wide range of educational settings including the management of a centre for children with special educational needs in Malaysia. My wide experience brings professional knowledge and expertise that I hope will be of benefit to both the governing body and pupils at Clarendon School.

Jo Dixon - Vice Chair

I have been a governor at Clarendon since 2000 after having my arm twisted while my daughter was at the school!  It is undeniably difficult having a child with learning difficulties but over the years I have seen the difference it makes when others take the time to get to really know them and are prepared to believe in them and support them to achieve.  That is what Clarendon is about and I am keen to see that vision become ever more a reality.

I am excited by the advantages that joint working through the Auriga Academy Trust can bring to the school and to vulnerable pupils more widely.  I am Vice Chair of the Trustee Board and looking forward to seeing the Clarendon passion for equipping young people with learning disabilities for a life included in and contributing to their communities being realised more widely.

I have previously also been both a parent and special school representative on a number of borough and charity boards seeking to improve SEND provision locally.  I also work as a volunteer with my local church.  I used to work in Clinical Research and Science Writing.  I relax with music, walking and swimming and am a keen supporter of the Harlequins rugby team.

John Kipps

I trained as a Primary teacher and have worked in Richmond since 1989. Since joining Clarendon in 1993 I have co-ordinated a number of subjects (Art, Drama, Music, Science, Design and Technology) and held a variety of roles (classteacher, KS3 team leader and Deputy Head) before becoming Headteacher in 2006. Since then the school has taken on the management of the Gateway Centre for pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions. I am proud to be part of such a dedicated, caring and forward-looking staff team, and of the many and varied achievements of our pupils.

I have two grown-up daughters, both of whom attended Richmond schools and my interests include travel, acting, singing, gardening, cooking and tending my allotment.

Yvonne Coney

Early in 2008 I decided to change my life and moved from Australia to experience life in the United Kingdom. I had worked in Sydney in numerous primary schools where I demonstrated lessons for beginning teachers and at a two teacher independent school where I taught a composite class of 5 to 9 year olds.  I almost fell into SEN teaching when in 2000 I was unexpectedly asked to takeover a class of students with both behaviour and learning difficulties. To my surprise I loved it and the students and have been working in this area ever since. Before I left Sydney I was a Deputy Principal in a PMLD school and now at Clarendon I am very happy to be Year 10’s teacher.

Apart from teaching my curriculum areas of responsibility are PSHCE and RE. Organising the Outward Bound School Journey for Year 10 or Year 11 is also one of my very worthwhile roles. Through the Horticulture program in Stage Four I have recently become involved in School Food Matters, an organisation that promotes healthy school lunches and growing food to eat.

I am delighted to be a Clarendon School governor and look forward to contributing a little to such an outstanding school where helping children to achieve their best in the most caring environment is the goal of all who work there.

Helen Bridge

I have lived in Teddington since 1993.  I am a Mum to 2 children and am actively involved in their schools as a parent volunteer.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, running, skiing and going to the theatre.  As Clerk to the Clarendon governing body, my role is to provide effective administrative support, to organise and co-ordinate information flow and to provide procedural and legislative advice to the Governors.

Bob Harvey

Way back in 1968 I discovered how little consideration was given to access to places and services for people with disabilities. When I was asked to become a governor at either Carlisle or Clarendon my decision was obvious, it had to be Clarendon. Special schools are a place where assumptions should be challenged to the benefit of their young people. I knew this through the experience of having a child complete their primary experience at a special school.

My own background is varied. After dropping out of university through illness I first went on to work in a small factory, retail and local government. I made a switch to managing support services in a financial service organisation where I remained until being made redundant in my 50s. I moved into the charity sector and I am now employed as an office manager in a charity working with older and disabled people. Along the way my achievements include raising two children, earning a BSc from the Open University and making time to be a trustee of two national charities providing qualifications in the further education sector. My interests are learning, reading and playing with computers. From 2012 I have brought these together by contributing to a history project that involves transcribing the logs of Royal Navy ships for the period 1913 to 1920 for publication on the web.

After many years I still find working with Clarendon a challenging but rewarding task. The needs of our young people have become more complex and this has impacted on all aspects of the school from its buildings to its management. While the issues to be faced have changed, the reward remains to witness the achievements of our young people as they progress through the school.

Gaelle Newland

I am a mother of three disabled boys with complex needs. I was a trained accountant but had to change my path to suit my family. I am now a governor in two special schools and a trustee of The Auriga Academy Trust. I am passionate about finance and safeguarding but also reading, knitting and walking in nature.

Lindsay East

I studied Economics and Management at Jesus College, Oxford and then trained as a teacher through the TeachFirst programme in 2006. I worked in large secondary comprehensive schools including as Head of Year, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant/Deputy Head until 2016 when I had my first child. 

I am currently on maternity leave with my second child but when I am working I teach Economics and Business part time at an independent girls’ schools. I co-founded an organisation called Flexible Teacher Talent to improve flexible working arrangements in the education sector. I also work as an A Level Examiner and as an education consultant.

Greg Ross-Sampson

I am a father of two children, one having complex needs.  I have served as a trustee or board member for a charities and not-for-profits since 2011.  With over 13 years working at Director level, I have experience delivering significant operational improvements, business-wide change programmes and efficiency and financial savings. 

 My career has been spent in both the public and private sectors having serviced such clients as IBM, and events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics. 

I hold a BSc in Computing from Macquarie University in Sydney and have studied at IMD and INSEAD, and hold an MBA from London Business School.