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Governor Details

What do Governors do?

 

All state schools in Merton are required to have a governing body. There are three core functions of our governing body: (1) to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, (2) to hold the headteacher and senior leaderships team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and (3) to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent. In other words, the governing body exists to both support and challenge the school.

 

Governors are volunteers and are appointed to represent all parts of the school community: parents, teaching and support staff, Merton and community interests. We are expected to attend meetings regularly and visit the school at least once per term, so that we have opportunities to talk to staff and children. This helps us to understand how Merton Abbey works and what we can do to make it even better.

 

We are always pleased to talk to anyone who is interested in finding out more about what we are doing as governors. You are also welcome to read our Governors’ Impact Statement that highlights the work we have done over the last academic year. Moreover, if you think you might be interested in joining as a governor, please feel free to speak to one of the governors or the headteacher about how to join the governing body.

 

Governors’ Committee Structure

In addition to the full governing body meeting once a term, we also have termly committee meetings which focus different aspects of monitoring and evaluating our core functions. The following is the current list of committees, along with the membership:

 

Children, Families and Community Committee

The Children, Families and Community Committee focuses on pupil wellbeing, community links, matters related to equality and diversity, communications with parents and carers, extracurricular activities, attendance and admissions.

 

Cypren Edmunds (Chair)

Mamie Barden (Vice Chair)

Frances Cresswell

 

School Lead - Lizzy Ogunnubi-Sime, Assistant Headteacher

 

Resources Committee

The Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring the school’s budget, the recruitment and wellbeing of staff, and the premises.

 

Tom Young (Chair)

Eloise Kohler

Rahul Duseja

 

School Lead - Michael Bradley, Headteacher

 

Teaching and Learning Committee

The Teaching and Learning Committee monitors and evaluates pupil achievement and the quality of teaching, ensuring the school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the school's aims, all pupil needs and legal requirements.

 

Marpessa Avans-Tholel (Chair)

Lesley Scott

Sandy Cowling

 

School Lead - Andrew Knox, Deputy Headteacher

 

Governors’ Attendance Record

 

Governors’ attendance at meetings is monitored and recorded to check that members are present and carrying out their duties.

 

Full Name

Category of Governor

Appointed by

Term of Office

Attendance

Attendance 2017/2018

Attendance 2016/2017

Roles

Start

Finish

2018/2019

Michael Bradley

 

Headteacher

 

09/13

-

FGB

2/2

Com

1/1

FGB

4/4

Com

3/3

FGB

4/4

Com

6/6

Headteacher/Governor Section of the Website

Mamie Barden

Parent

Governing Body

09/16

09/20

2/2

1/1

4/4

3/3

3/4

3/3

Co-Chair of Governing Board

Governor for the School Website and Secondary Governor for Safeguarding

Frances Cresswell

Parent

Governing Body

09/16

09/20

2/2

1/1

4/4

3/3

4/4

3/3

Co-Chair of Governing Board

Governor for English, Safeguarding and the Governor Action Plan

Sandy Cowling

Local Authority

Local Authority

09/09

09/17

1/2

0/1

4/4

4/5

4/4

6/6

Link governor for maths

Cypren Edmunds

Co-opted

Governing Body

10/15

10/19

0/2

0/1

3/4

1/3

4/4

3/3

Governor for SEN

Tom Young

Co-opted

Governing Body

04/16

04/20

1/2

1/1

4/4

3/3

3/4

2/3

Governor for Personnel/ Workload & Staff Morale and Well-being

Sanjay Hatwal

 

Co-Opted

Governing Body

09/16

09/20

1/2

0/1

2/4

1/2

4/4

3/3

Left Governing Board in February 2019

Lesley Scott

 

Staff

Staff Appointment

10/16

10/20

2/2

4/4

4/4

3/3

4/4

2/2

Governor for Assessment

Eloise Kohler

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

1/17

1/21

1/2

1/4

1/4

3/3

1/2

2/2

Governor for Budget monitoring/Strategic financial planning

Rahul Duseja

Co-opted

Governing Body

6/18

6/22

2/2

1/1

3/3

1/1

-

-

Governor for Premises

 

Marpessa Tholel

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

11/22

2/2

0/1

3/4

0/1

-

-

Governor for English (Reading & Writing) & Curriculum

Janine Bartlett

 

Parent

Governing Body

09/16

09/20

 

-

 

-

1/1

0/1

4/4

3/3

Left Governing Board May 2018

Tom Shirley

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

06/13

06/17

-

-

-

-

2/4

1/3

Left Governing Board Sept 2017

Emily Adams

 

Staff

Staff Appointment

09/09

09/17

-

-

-

-

4/4

3/3

Left Governing Board Dec 2017

 

Governor Pecuniary Interests

Governor’s Full Name

Business/Pecuniary Interests

Details of Governance in

other educational establishments

Relationships with others

in the school, governing

body or LA

Michael Bradley 

None

None

None

Sandy Cowling 

None

None

None

Cypren Edmunds 

None

None

None

Tom Young 

None

None

None

Mamie Barden               

None

None

None

Frances Cresswell          

None

None

None

Eloise Kohler                    

None

None

None

Lesley Scott                     

None

None

None

Marpessa Tholel             

None

None

None

Rahul Duseja                 

None

None

None

 

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