Merton Abbey has a governing body, as do all other state schools in Merton. Our purpose is to help the school achieve the best for all our children. We do this by working with the head teacher and staff to make sure that teaching is excellent, good resources are available to help children learn and money is well spent. We also read and act upon the many documents sent to school, so that we are confident that Merton Abbey operates legally and gets the support and grants, to which it is entitled. Another of our roles is to appoint the head teacher and assist in other senior appointments.
The full governing body meets once a term and we also have regular committees which focus particularly on school standards, staffing and the budget. 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 are welcomed in to visit school in working hours, 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 joining us as a governor.
As well as having a Full Governing Body meeting each term we also have smaller committee meetings.
These meetings take a more focused look at different areas of school life.
Tom Young (Chair)
Led by Michael Bradley, Headteacher
Children, Families and Community
Mamie Barden (Chair)
Led by Lizzy Ogunnubi-Sime, Assistant Headteacher
Teaching and Learning
Cypren Edmunds (Chair)
Led by Andrew Knox, Deputy Headteacher