Governors

The Governing Body is actively involved in the life of the school. 

Garfield School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability at the school. The team of governors appoints the Head Teacher and holds the main responsibility for the finance of school.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
▪ Set the aims and objectives for the school
▪ Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
▪ Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
▪ Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
▪ Be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher


The governing body is made up of parent, co-opted and staff governors. Parent governors are voted for by the parents and carers of children attending the school. Governors are appointed for a four-year term. The full governing body meets as a whole group twice a term to approve policies, review the progress and direction of the school and vote on significant decisions. However, governors are in constant contact with the school and each other, as well as attend at least one of the sub-committees once a term.

Garfield’s sub-committees are:

Resources (R)
This committee deals with matters relating to personnel, finance and premises.

Curriculum and Standards (C&S)
This committee is responsible for making sure the school follows the National Curriculum;

WHO ARE THE GARFIELD GOVERNORS?

Michèle Thomas: (Head Teacher)

 

Chair of Governors: Robert Dickinson

Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 21st July 2021

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors, Link Governor for Safeguarding & Data & Standards, Committee member for Resources

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 100% at Full Governors, 100% at Resources

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 100% at Full Governors, 100% at Resources meetings

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at C&S

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 75% at Full Governing Body meetings, 80% at committee meetings.

Registered interests: None

 

Sally Fox:

Staff Governor, elected by staff until 12th October 2024

Responsibilities: Curriculum & Standards Committee member

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 100% at FG meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20:

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 67% at Full Governing Body meetings.

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 50% at Full Governing Body meetings.

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings.

Registered interests: None

 

Alex Boothroyd

Co-opted Governor, elected by the Governing Body until 3rd May 2021 

Responsibilities: Link Governor for Maths & GDPR. Curriculum & Standards Committee member

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 0% 

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 100% at C&S

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 67% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Jessica Gregson

Co-opted Governor, elected by the Govering Body until 3rd May 2021

Responsibilities: Link Governor for English. Curriculum & Standards Committee member

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 100%

Governor attendance in 2019/20:  100% at C&S

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 67% at Full Governing Body meetings, 67% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 50% at committee meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Kiri Wilkins

Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair, elected by the Governing Body until 5th December 2022

Responsibilities: Pupil Premium

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 100%

Governor attendance in 2019/20:  100% at C&S

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

 

Helen O'Brien

Parent Governor, elected by parents until 27th February 2023

Governor attendance in 2020/21:  100% at FG & 100% at Resources

Governor attendance in 2019/20:  100% at Resources

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

 

Carl Tams

Parent Governor, elected by parents until 28th December 2024

 

Arwa Haider

Parent Governor, elected by parents until 28th December 2024

 

Clerk: Sarah Parker:

 

No Longer Serving 

 

Zeeshan Jaweed Akhtar

Parent Governor, elected by parents until 6th October 2020

Responsibilities: Link Governor for Finance & Marketing & Extended Schools. Resources Committee member

Governor attendance in 2019/20:  100% at Resources

Governor attendance in 2018/19:  100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 67% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 33% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 67% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings.

Registered interests: None

 

Cassia Bissessar:

Co-opted Governor, elected by the Governing Body until 18th October 2021

Responsibilities: Curriculum & Standards Committee member

Governor attendance in 2019/20:  0% at C&S

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 67% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Adriano Marino

Parent Governor, elected by parents until 17th March 2020

Responsibilities: Link Governor for SEN & EAL. Resources Committee member

Governor attendance in 2019/20:  100% at Resources

Governor attendance in 2018/19:  100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 75% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings.

Registered interests: None

Andrew Blake

Term of office expired

Governor attendance in 2018/19:

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 50% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 67% at committee meetings.

Registered interests: Governor Representative on Merton Strategic School Effectiveness Partnership Board.

Leila Fatah

Term of office expired: 29th January 2019

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 100% at C&S

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 0% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 50% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

 

Sarah Hudson

Resigned 17th May 2018

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 50% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings.

 

Abdul Latif

Resigned 15th May 2018

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 100% at committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 100% at Full Governing Body meetings, 67% at committee meetings

 

Meetings scheduled for 2020/21:

AUTUMN TERM

FG & Curriculum & Standards (C&S) Combined  - 13th October 2020 at 12.30 (virtual)

Resources (R) - 10th November 2020 at 12:30 (virtual)

SPRING TERM

FG & Curriculum & Standards (C&S) Combined - 12th January 2021 at 6:30pm (Virtual)

Resources (R) - 16th March 2021 at 12.30 (Virtual)

SUMMER TERM

Resources (R) - 11th May 2021 at 12.30

FG & Curriculum & Standards (C&S) - TBC

Please click on the attached links for more information:

Garfield Governor Information

Governor Statement 2018-19

Governor Behaviour Pledge 2019-20