I have taught in a wide range of schools, both in the state and the private sector, in London and in Surrey, full time, part-time and as a supply teacher. Over the years I have taught children of all abilities, from Reception age to Year 6, and for the five years before I retired I was a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
I am married and have two grown up children, a son and a daughter, in their early thirties and four grandchildren. I have lived in Hurst Green for 37 years. Soon after my first child was born I set up a tutorial agency which I ran from home in my spare time and which I have been running ever since.
Nicole Edmondson joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in 2017. She works at the Bank of England and has a PhD in English Literature. She also worked at the Institute of Education for 10 years, where she published academic research in the areas of education and social science.
My name is Agi Dewberry and I have been involved with the school since 2013 when my son started in Reception.
I have always felt like this school is the right place for us because of its nurturing environment and small size.
I quickly got involved into the school PTA for which I was a chairperson for 3 years. I was involved amongst other, in the process of the HGSA becoming a charity.
My professional background is also strongly anchored in education. I hold an MA in Pedagogy from the University of Warsaw , MA in English Linguistics from the University of Lleida in Spain and MA in Bilingualism from the University of London hence the education and wellbeing of pupils are familiar and important issues to me.
Due to personal and professional changes in my life I was no longer able to get involved in the school life as much as I used to but thanks to being a parent governor I am still able to learn about the school reality and help when needed.
I have spent a lot of my life abroad and therefore don't have that much experience with the UK state education system. Joining my daughter's school as a Parent Governor when she started there seemed like a great way to get to know the school and the wider context of education and become actively involved.
Where I come from (Switzerland) the policy is local schools for local children and I passionately believe that unless there are special circumstances children should be able to go to their nearest school with their parents being safe in the knowledge that it meets all of their requirements.
Katherine Saunders has lived in the area with her husband and four children for nearly thirty years. She works locally as a breastfeeding counsellor and is Chair of Oxted Parish Council, serving on the Grant Aid and Planning sub-committees. Katherine is a Trustee of The Robert Bouffler Music Trust and volunteers at Chartwell in her spare time.
Stephen has lived in the Oxted area since 1994, which was when the first of his three daughters started at Hurst Green Nursery School. He teaches A level and GCSE Business and Economics, and this followed his earlier career in banking, marketing and business consulting.
Now that he is going to be working part-time, he is looking forward to spending more time as a Governor at the school, as well as indulging his interests in beekeeping, photography, music and enjoying the countryside.
I have worked at Hurst Green Infant School & Nursery for two years as the Family Liaison Officer having previously worked at the Hurst Green Children’s Centre. Before having children I worked in the City and have a background in Business administration, HR and conflict resolution.
I am passionate about children’s learning and helping families break down barriers to Education by supporting the child and parents in whatever capacity they may need. This can be referrals to specialist agencies, food parcels, hygiene parcels or just someone to talk to.
I am also the Deputy Safeguarding Leader in School.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and walks with my dog Lola.