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:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • 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.


The Governing Body at St Alfege with St Peter's School

St Alfege’s has an active Governing Body who involve themselves in the everyday life of the school and work closely with Mrs Wilson 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


Role Name

Chair of Governors

Dr Irene Bishop (CBE)

Vice-Chair of Governors

Simon Foreman

Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee

Beate Hellawell

Chair of Premises & Finance Committee

Simon Foreman

Chair of Personnel and Admissions Committee

Debbie Sandringham

Vice Chair of Personnel and Admissions Committee

Sue Corneck


The Full Governing Board of St Alfege with St Peter's meet termly. 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 (also governor of Dulwich College) September 2017-2021
Foundation/Premises, Health & Safety Simon Foreman March 2017-2021
Foundation/ Vicar of St Alfege Church  Vacant  
Foundation Agnes Jones November 2020-2024
Foundation/SEND Beate Hellawell January 2019-2023
Foundation Sue Corneck May 2018-2022
Foundation/ Looked after children Debbie Sandringham

July 2020-2024

Foundation Frances Shaw March 2017-2021
Foundation Edmond Rose January 2019-2023
LA Governor/Pupil Premium & PE Matthew Ayres January 2019-2023

Parent Governor/ RE

Revd Caroline Risdon

September 2019-2023

Parent Governor Omotoyosi Alao September 2019-2023


Amanda Wilson (ex officio)

Co-opted Governor Victoria Ajoku October 2020-2024
Co-opted Governor Vacant  
Staff Governor Kathy Simpson September 2017-2021

Governors Attendance

Governors meeting attendance 19-20

Governors meeting attendance 20-21

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