Meet the Governors


Del Fry – Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors
Term of office ends - 31st August 2022
My name is Derek Fry but everyone calls me Del. I have a real interest in SEN as my adult son Matt was diagnosed Autistic at two years of age. Over the last twenty or so years I have been a governor of four special schools, three of which are in Swindon. As chair of one school I played a small part in the school achieving it’s first outstanding Ofsted judgement.  Initially my employment background was in the construction industry. In my 30s I gained a degree in History and further qualification in Housing. I have chaired tenant groups at a local and regional level as well as being a board member of two housing associations.  My aim is to work alongside my fellow governors and the school’s SLT to make Chalet School the very best primary school in Swindon for children with ASC and to ensure that our pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.  


Rebecca Curtis – Staff Governor
Term of office ends - 26th April 2020
Hi my name is Rebecca Curtis and I am known by my colleagues as Beckie.  I have worked as a teaching assistant at The Chalet School for nearly four years. I have always had a passion for working with special needs children for as long as I can remember and I have a lot of experience volunteering at a number of different places before finding my home at The Chalet School.  I wanted to become a school governor to share the views of the children and their outlook in different situations. 


Helena Knight – Headteacher
I have 10 years’ experience of being a proud member of The Chalet School Governing Body. Over this time, the governing body has responded and met a range of challenges that has enabled the school to grow from strength to strength.  The responsibilities of governance cannot be under-estimated; however the accountability comes with a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that you can make a real difference to the lives of the children and families that we serve.  


Pete Crockett - Co-opted Governor
Term of office ends - 3rd May 2021
I joined the governing body in May 2017.  My educational experience consists of eight years as a Headteacher and forty years in education.  Since retiring in 2013 I have worked as an educational consultant with mainstream and special schools.    


Claire Morris – Assistant Headteacher and Associate Member
Term of office ends - 12th June 2021
I thoroughly enjoy working at The Chalet School. Working with our children is a privilege and, as much as they learn from us, we learn from them. I champion enrichment and like taking the children to competitions and activities locally and some more further afield. I feel that, as part of the Governing Body, you play an important role in shaping the education and opportunities for our children. I have taught in both primary and secondary mainstream schools, which only strengthened my desire to work with more children with Special Educational Needs. 

Gemma Neighbour


Gemma Neighbour - Parent Governor
Term of office ends - 23rd February 2022
I have recently been elected as parent governor and my Son started at Chalet in reception in September 2017. I have been a police officer for ten years and have particular experience in safeguarding of the vulnerable, including children. I want to advocate for the parent community to ensure our wishes and concerns are considered. 

Sachin Kotalwar - Co-opted Governor
Term of office ends - 12th March 2022
Pen portrait and picture coming soon.


Caroline Pooley - Clerk to Governors
I joined The Chalet School as Clerk to Governors at the beginning of June 2017.  I provide the governing body with administrative support and advice pertinent to work of the governing body.


The governing body comprises the following positions:

  • 1 Headteacher Governor position 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor position 
  • 3 Parent Governor positions 
  • 5 Co-opted Governor positions  
  • 2 Staff Governor positions

The governing body of The Chalet School meets once a month (apart from August).  Please click here to view our Scheme of Delegation which provides an overview of how our governing body operates.  

  • Please click here for the 2015-2016 attendance list.
  • Please click here for the 2016-2017 attendance list.
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 attendance list. 
  • Please click here for the 2018-2019 attendance list. 
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 Declaration of Interest Summary.
  • Please click here to view our Instrument of Government.

The governing body of The Chalet School subscribes to the Swindon Borough Council Governor Support Service which enables governors to access a wide range of training courses.  Governors have attended training on the following topics:

  • Safeguarding
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety
  • Performance Management
  • Data
  • The Prevent Duty
  • Special Educational Needs.

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