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School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school.  Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body. 
What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools, and strive to promote high standards of educational achievement.    We have a wide range of statutory responsibilities.  We appoint staff, we make sure the National Curriculum is being delivered correctly and that the school makes the best possible use of its finances. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body.  Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body.  Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions: 

  • a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
  • b. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and 
  • c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

St Alfege’s has an active Governing Body who involve themselves in the everday life of the school and work closely with the Headteacher in making decisions about the school and planning for future development. The Governors represent the three authorities with a direct interest in the school: The Royal Borough of Greenwich, St Alfege Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE). Parents and staff are also represented on the Governing Body.

Instrument of Government

Structure of the Governing Body:
  • Chair of Governors: Dr Irene Bishop (CBE)
  • Vice-Chair of Governors: Simon Foreman
  • Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee: Revd Chris Moody
  • Vice Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee: (vacant)
  • Chair of Premises & Finance Committee (Resources): Simon Foreman
  • Vice Chair of Premises & Finance Committee (Resources): Paul Stride 
  • Chair of Personnel and Admissions Committee: Debbie Sandringham
  • Vice Chair of Personnel and Admissions Committee: Ms S Corneck

Full governors meets termly with an extra meeting in November to discuss the Raiseonline data.  The Learning and Achievement, Finance, Premises and Personnel and Admissions Committee meet once a term.

Only Dr Irene Bishop CBE has a governance role at another institution.  None of the governors have pecuniary interests.

  Name and Pecuniary Interest Current Term
Foundation/Child Protection and Safeguarding   Dr Irene Bishop CBE (Foundation (PCC) governor) (also governor of Dulwich College and
 University Academy of Engineering South
Jan 2014-2018 
Foundation/Premises, Health & Safety  Simon Foreman (Foundation (PCC) governor) August 2014-2018
Vicar of St Alfege Church (RE Governor)/RE  Revd Chris Moody (ex officio)  
   Revd Caroline Risdon (ex officio)  
Foundation  Sue Corneck  February 2014-2018
Foundation/SEND, Pupil Premium  Debbie Sandringham  August 2014-2018
Foundation  Frances Shaw   March 2017-2021

Naziare Miakayizila

 February 2018-2022
Community Governor  Sarah Anne Morrison June 2018-2022
LA Governor:  vacant  
Foundation Governor  

Paul Stride

 March 2016-2020

 Parent Governor


Claire Greaves

 March 2018-2022

 Parent Governor


Baris Murat Kececi

March 2018-2022

 Executive Headteacher

 Matthew Bulpitt 

 Co-opted (Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion)  Kathy Simpson  
Co-opted Governor Sarah Morrison  
Staff Governor  vacant  June 2014-2018

Useful link for governors:

National Governors Association