Since arriving from Cape Town, South Africa in 2002, where I graduated as an Interior Architectural Designer, I have truly made Surrey my home. As an Estate Agent, I have worked in the local area for over 10 years and offer a wealth of knowledge from both the property and building industries. When not engrossed in the world of property, I can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, transfixed by a game of rugby or spending time with my wife Samantha and our two daughters, the youngest of which has just started at Moss Lane.
My name is Victoria Abbott, and I am delighted to be the Headteacher of our school. I have lived in the local area for about ten years and joined Moss Lane in January 2011. When I first visited the school I was taken by the friendly children and happy atmosphere which continues to this day.
As a Headteacher, I have a few guiding principles which I wish to share with you:
My office door is always open!
If parents and carers have issues or concerns, I am always happy to listen and to help. If I am unavailable at the time, I am more than happy for parents and carers to book appointments to see me via the school office.
I expect excellence!
Our children only get one attempt at school and at Moss Lane we intend to give them the best education we possibly can. My aim is for our children to make excellent progress. As a school we work in partnership with the governing body, making changes to our provision, to make this happen.
Outside of work I am a wife and mum to a teenager daughter. I spend most of my time enjoying long relaxing walks in the countryside and supporting 2 local cricket teams where my family are active members. I also enjoy horses, watching movies, and going out for dinner.
Moss Lane is the first school that I have worked in that is close to where I live. I now fully appreciate what being part of a community really means and feel privileged to work in a school that is at the heart of the community. I believe that a school can have a huge influence on not only a child's life but also on the lives of parents and the local community. I love being a part of Moss Lane School and look forward to taking it to new heights, working in partnership with you all, for the benefit of our children.
Originally from Canada, I moved to London 10 years ago where I work as a solicitor. In early 2020, my country roots came calling and I moved to Chilworth where I now live with my husband, daughter and cat. On weekends, you can most likely find me either on a walk exploring the Surrey Downs or cooking a roast for family and friends. It is with great enthusiasm and delight that I am able to take up the position as a governor on Moss Lane School's governing body and leadership team. I am passionate about establishing strong community ties and am confident my skills and experience will make a meaningful contribution to the continued success of the school.
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Originally from Godalming I had the pleasure of attending one of the GLPs schools when I was a child. After having a brief hiatus to Rutland, I have now returned to the area I love. I am very passionate about sports and have been coaching/developing children for over 15 years. I now want to use these experiences within an educational context to continue the great work the existing governing team has done in recent years. Moss Lane is a fantastic school and I want to contribute wherever possible in providing the very best opportunities for every child.
I moved to the area in 2010 and I am delighted to be joining the governing body of Moss Lane School. I am keen to play a full part in supporting the school to provide a happy, safe and successful place to learn and to contribute to the community. I have worked in Central Government for over 25 years in various managerial roles and will use this experience to benefit the school.
I am currently a member of staff and work in the office at Moss Lane School which I really enjoy. I have 3 boys, all who have attended Moss Lane. Before moving to Moss Lane I was an Operations Manager for a large events company. I was brought up in Godalming until the age of 8 when my parents jobs took us travelling so I feel by moving back to the area and working at the school I have come full circle. I am proud to be a member of staff and now a Governor.
My youngest daughter has followed in the footsteps of her older sisters by joining the Moss Lane School community this year. I hope that my experience in higher education, where I have worked in student support and management for international universities, and my passion for education, will help me make a meaningful contribution as a parent governor. I'm delighted to be part of the team, who all share a commitment to furthering the life chances of the young people we serve. On weekends, I spend quite a bit of time at Farncombe Youth FC, where I coach (or at least attempt to coach!) one of the girls' teams.
Originally from Devon, I have made my home in many places all over the world; from snowy mountains in Europe to crowded cities in China and Taiwan. After 10 years in London, my husband and I moved to Godalming in 2017 with our first baby son. Four short years later, and I'm thrilled that he has started his schooling here at Moss Lane; a wonderfully nurturing and kind school. I can't wait for his younger brother to join the Reception class in two years' time. With a background in teaching and management in EFL education, I'm so pleased to join the governing body at Moss Lane and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the school.
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My family and I relocated to Godalming in 2015 to set roots and begin our children’s education. We spent much of the prior decade living in Singapore and Japan where I worked in Banking. Weather aside, it didn’t take long to settle in and learn to love Godalming, the community and particular the local school which my son Freddie attends. Moss Lane is a wonderful school and now being so pivotal to my family life, I want to be as involved as I can be. I hope with a background in finance and business I complement the existing strong governing team and can add a little something new here and there.