Rutherford School

Meet Our School Governors

Jackie Sanders

Chair of Governors

My journey with the Garwood Foundation started in 2002, when my daughter, who was born with a rare life limiting condition, started at Rutherford School.  I became a Trustee for the Foundation in 2007, Trustee Governor for Rutherford School in 2012 and then nominated as Chair of Governors in 2019.I am passionate about access to services for those with a disability ensuring their needs and rights are met, also support for their families and carers. I have worked in various settings linked to this work including, voluntary sector, schools and Local Authority. I also have experience in Governance and safeguarding work. I currently work for Action for Carers manging a team who support Young Carers in Surrey.I am proud to be part of the Foundation and bring my personal experience as a Parent Carer with my professional knowledge and skills to help support the fantastic services they provide for people of all ages with a disability.

Jessica Rose

Staff Governor – 6th Form Tutor, Rutherford School

I have currently been working at Rutherford school for the past 8 years. I started as a temporary classroom assistant, I then worked my way up to a full time permanent senior classroom assistant role. I have also recently qualified to become a HLTA in 2021. I am Now studying to become a qualified Teacher.

With my experience and skills I ensure that I am best placed to support the school and governing body to continue to move the school forward.

Lucia Dominguez Martinez

Co-Opted Governor – Curriculum and Safeguarding Lead

My name is Lucia and I am delighted to have been co-opted as School Governor for Rutherford School. I am a teacher and I have years of experience with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities therefore, as Safeguarding Governor, I will ensure an effective understanding and practices of safeguarding. By being part of the governing body, I hope to support The Garwood Foundation and the school continue to provide the best education for our pupils and make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures.

Olufunke Adeloye

Parent Governor – Health & Wellbeing Lead

My daughter has been well supported at school since we joined 4 years ago. She has made significant progress in different areas of her education and has developed notable behavioral changes which we are chuffed to see. I have therefore decided to give back to this school which has done so much for my daughter by becoming a more active member of the Rutherford ‘family’ and serving as a Parent Governor.

I transitioned into the field of disabilities due to my personal life experience. With combined professional career spanning over 2 decades in Human Resources and the SEND fields, I have worked within the 3rd sector organizations, supporting families of children and young people, and engaging stakeholders within voluntary organizations, Local Authority, management across Education, Health and Social Care Services, as well as schools in Mainstream and Specialist Provisions.

My Christian faith is part of my identity, and this has significantly shaped my role as a Parent Carer. I am privileged to be the Founder of OAKONSULT Disabilities Outreach, which is a not- for -profit organization supporting carers in their individual journeys and creating awareness on disability matters in faith-based settings. I look forward to working with the leadership team as we move Rutherford School to greater heights and engage better with other Parent Carers in my role as a Parent Governor.

Suzanna Bance

Head of School, Rutherford School

I have been working at Rutherford School since 2018 and prior to my appointment as Headteacher I was the Teaching and Learning Lead for the school. I worked as the Acting Headteacher during the Covid pandemic and I am really proud of everyone at school’s hard work, collaboration, and passion in providing high quality remote and hybrid learning for our students during such a challenging time. With our students’ wellbeing at the heart of everything that we do, it wonderful to see how our practice and pedagogies evolved to meet their changing needs.

I am now returning to Rutherford from maternity leave, and I am excited for the adventure ahead.

Lee Bennett

Director of Services, The Garwood Foundation

As The Garwood Foundation’s Director of Services I have responsibility for our day centre, Rutherford school and residential home.

I have been a school governor since 2018 and it is a privilege to be part of a governing body that supports the schools growth and development.

I am proud of how the school has pivoted in response to the global pandemic, ensuring that our pupils and families remained central to everything we do. In my personal life, I have twin boys who keep me very much on my toes!

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