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 with St Peter's CofE Primary School 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

Governors Impact Statement 2023-2024


Structure of the Governing Body



Role Name

Chair of Governors

Dr Irene Bishop (CBE)

Vice-Chair of Governors

Matthew Ayres

Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee

Beate Hellawell

Chair of Premises & Finance Committee

Matthew Ayres

Chair of Personnel Committee

Debbie Sandringham


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/ Looked After Children Debbie Sandringham

July 2020-2024

Foundation Victoria Ajoku October 2020-2024
Foundation Edmond Rose January 2023-2027
Foundation Vacant  
LA Governor/Premises, Health & Safety Matthew Ayres January 2023-2027

Parent Governor

Alesha Pinto

June 2021-2025

Parent Governor Modinat Banjo September 2023-2027


Amanda Wilson (ex officio)

Co-opted Governor Vacant  
Co-opted Governor Emmanuella Mensah September 2023-2027
Staff Governor Kathy Simpson September 2021-2025


Link Governors

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 Vacant
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
History Ana Kinder Vacant
Geography Ana Kinder Vacant
MFL Patricia Rullo Vacant
Wellbeing  Kathy Simpson Sue Corneck
Assessment  Emily Harris Dr Irene Bishop

Governors Attendance


Governors meeting attendance 22-23

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