Chalet School


Meet the Governors

Name Position Term of Office End Date
Pete Crockett
Co-opted Governor
Acting Chair  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 within mainstream and special schools.


Helena Knight

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.  


Claire Morris
Assistant Headteacher 
Associate Member 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 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 12th March 2022

Working as senior architect in private sector, I have an interest in education and future of special needs teaching as every child deserves all support needed to achieve best of their capabilities. 


Pragati Gupta Co-opted Governor  29th September 2023 

My name is Pragati Gupta. I am delighted to be appointed as a Co-opted Governor at The Chalet School in September 2019. I am working as a Teaching Assistant at Moredon Primary and Nursery School. I have worked as an exam invigilator in different schools in Swindon and as a Teaching Assistant on a voluntary basis. I love working with children, watching them grow and learn and I hope my contribution helps to support them. 


Tracey Gibson Tracey Gibson Staff Governor TBC

I have been a Teaching Assistant at the Chalet School for 6 years, it’s a job I thoroughly enjoy. I became a Staff Governor to further support me to give the best to the pupils in our care and help them grow and thrive. The role enables me to understand how the school operates and the vital role Teaching Assistants play in this. I also represent the views of my fellow teaching assistants.




 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  
  • 1 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 2018-2019 attendance list. 
  • Please click here to view our Instrument of Government.
  • Please click here to view the Declaration of Interests for 2020/2021

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.

Contact Us 

Pete Crockett (Acting Chair) -  
Caroline Pooley -