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.
Structure of the Governing Body
Chair of Governors
|Dr Irene Bishop (CBE)|
Vice-Chair of Governors
Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee
Chair of Premises & Finance Committee
Chair of Personnel Committee
The Full Governing Board of St Alfege with St Peter's meet termly. The Learning & Achievement and Finance & Premises Committees meet once a term. The Personnel Committee meet annually and when necessary.
Dr Irene Bishop CBE has a governance role at another institution. Victoria Ajoku has a pecuniary interest through her connection with the company Fan the Glory with Tori. None of the other 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 2021-2025|
|Foundation/Pupil & Sports Premium||Simon Gallie||September 2022-2026|
|Foundation/ Vicar of St Alfege Church||Revd Simon Winn (ex officio)|
|Foundation/ SEND||Beate Hellawell||January 2023-2027|
|Foundation||Sue Corneck||May 2022-2026|
|Foundation/ Children in our Care||Debbie Sandringham||
|Foundation||Victoria Ajoku||October 2020-2024|
|Foundation||Edmond Rose||January 2023-2027|
|LA Governor/Premises, Health & Safety||Matthew Ayres||January 2023-2027|
|Parent Governor||Modinat Banjo||September 2023-2027|
Amanda Wilson (ex officio)
|Co-opted Governor||Angela Williams||September 2023-2027|
|Co-opted Governor||Emmanuella Mensah||September 2023-2027|
|Staff Governor||Kathy Simpson||September 2021-2025|
|Area||Lead Teacher||Link Governor|
|Quality of Education||Amanda Wilson||Dr Irene Bishop|
|Safeguarding||Emily Harris||Dr Irene Bishop|
|PE||Amanda Wilson||Debbie Sandringham|
|Maths||Emily Harris||Alesha Pinto|
|D&T||Amanda Wilson||Alesha Pinto|
|English||Emily Harris||Debbie Sandringham|
|Science||Amy Vong||Matthew Ayres|
|Computing||Amanda Wilson||Matthew Ayres|
|Early Years||Kathy Simpson||Angela Williams|
|RE (including Faith Family)||Amanda Wilson||Revd Simon Winn|
|Art||Rebecca Hilton||Victora Ajoku|
|Music||Rebecca Hilton||Edmond Rose|
|PSHE||Amanda Wilson||Beate Hellawell|
|SEND||Hannah Webb||Beate Hellawell|
|Wellbeing||Kathy Simpson||Sue Corneck|
|Assessment||Emily Harris||Dr Irene Bishop|