Meet the Governors
Mr P Cook: Chair - Co-opted Governor
I have been a school governor for 20 years starting when my two children attended the school in the 1990s. I have served on all governors’ committees and am currently Chair of the Primary Academy. I am a retired local government officer finishing my career in a regeneration department in an east London local authority. I now enjoy photography, gardening and, since retirement, not travelling daily on the Northern Line.
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Ms K Ashworth: Principal
I have worked at Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, senior leader and now Co-Principal. I have been involved in the school becoming both an academy and amalgamating as a primary school. I previously served on the governing body as a teacher governor. I have been a member of the Curriculum Committee where I have been able to discuss pupil progress and give explanations and insights regarding data. I have also presented reports to governors on Special Educational Needs and staff training. As a local resident in Sutton, I also have first-hand knowledge and experience of issues which affect the whole school community.
Mr C Hudson: Principal
I have been teaching since 2006 when I took up my first teaching post as a Year 4 teacher in a local Sutton school. Following a number of years working across Years 4-6, I moved to Cheam Park Farm Juniors in September 2013 to embark on the next stage of my career, as a Year 6 teacher. Cheam Park Farm Juniors soon became Cheam Park Farm Primary and gave me the opportunity to teach in year groups outside of KS2. Since moving into the role of Vice Principal and then Principal, I have been able to teach one day a week in Reception whilst still covering classes further up the school when required which has allowed me to ge to know so many more children and families across the whole school. In my time as a senior leader at Cheam Park Farm, I have been involved in many different aspects of school improvement and consider myself lucky to be a leader at a school with such fantastic and supportive staff, governors and parents.
Beyond the academic side of school, I have run the Sutton Schools' Football Association since 2011 where I co-ordinate inter-school football between all of the schools across the borough and am proud to have improved the opportunities for children not just at Cheam Park Farm but across all schools in the borough. I take an active role in attending sporting fixtures (football or otherwise) wherever I get the opportunity to do so. I am also an avid theatre goer and have always enjoyed working with colleagues in school to produce shows for Christmas or end of year productions where parents feel proud that their children have been a part of the show.
When not in school, I enjoy time with my family and finding new ways to entertain my two boys!
Mr S Fuard: Co-opted Governor
I joined the board of governors at the school at the end of 2013 as a community governor. Since joining I have served various committees including Standards and Resources. I currently work as a director of a property development company and prior to that have worked in various countries as a television producer and executive specialising in factual programming. I hold a masters degree in film and television from Bournemouth University.
Mrs D Harris: Co-opted Governor
I’ve been a governor at the school for over four years serving on the Standards Committee and as literacy governor. Most recently I’ve been working with the Learning Council at the Kingston Avenue site looking at ways of getting the children to read more for pleasure. My work in a multinational FTSE 100 FMCG company ensures that I can bring the best business practice into the school and help to maintain the very high standards that the school already has. Outside of work and school, my interests are painting, walking and socialising with family and friends.
Mr S Ellingham: Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor at Cheam Park Farm Infants School for over 10 years, with particular emphasis on resources, staff pay, selection and retention, conflict resolution. I have also delivered critical incident training to staff and governors. Having retired from the Metropolitan Police I now work for a charity that delivers classroom based workshops in schools designed to prevent and discourage children from engaging in harmful activity such as gang membership, inappropriate social activity, knife crime and use of social media. I have run a local church youth club for over 25 years and am committed to helping children achieve their full potential.
Ms P Chhaya: Parent Governor
I have worked in the IT Industry for over 15 years and have had various roles within this sector; but also passionate about learning and development and currently run programmes within my area to develop and deliver these. I have two very energetic boys and one who is currently at Cheam Park Farm. I have recently embarked on my journey as a parent governor and applied for the role as the pandemic and home schooling has been an eye opener to the world of education for our children. I am very excited to have the opportunity to support the school. In my spare time I love to travel but recently have discovered wonderful walks around the local area.
Mrs D Chidwick: Parent Governor
I am just starting on my journey as a Parent Governor at Cheam Park Farm Primary and I am excited to have the opportunity to support the school and all its pupils. I have two children at Cheam Park Farm, one at the Infants and one at the Juniors. I work for the NHS as a Senior Diagnostic Radiographer at St George’s Hospital where I have been for twenty years and I enjoyed coming into school to talk to a reception class about my job before the pandemic struck. In our spare time we love going for muddy walks together in the woods and myself and my daughter have also just started to try and learn Spanish!