Governing Body

The Governors of West Wimbledon Primary School act as a ‘critical friend’ to the School. The Governing Body comprises people from all walks of life who bring a diverse range of skills, expertise and experience which allows it to lead and support the School in making the correct choices about its development: but also holds it to account for its performance.

The Governing Body is a crucial part of the school community and works closely with the Headteacher and the leadership team, particularly in relation to setting the strategic priorities for the School. It scrutinises the School’s financial management, the safeguarding of the children, our relationships with our neighbours and the maintenance of our buildings and grounds, as well as overseeing what is taught, how it is taught and, most importantly, what children achieve. It is an integral part of the School and who we are.

Minutes from all Governor’s meetings are held on file by the school and are available for inspection by any interested person. Please address your request for a copy to the Chair of Governors and send it to this email address: school@westwimbledon.merton.sch.uk

The West Wimbledon Primary School governing body exists to be a critical friend to the Headteacher in running the School to maximise pupil learning and achievement. School Governing Bodies have three functions:

  1. Ensure the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the School are clearly defined. (i.e. providing strategic leadership).
  1. Ensure the Headteacher performs her/his responsibilities for the educational performance of the School (this is done by holding the Headteacher to account).
  1. Ensure the sound, proper and effective use of the School’s financial resources (i.e. making sure the School’s money is well spent).

It is the responsibility of the governing body to set the strategic framework within which the School operates, and to ensure that all statutory duties are met.

It is not the intention for governors to be shadow professionals. No amount of training could equip governors with the skills and knowledge of the many professional disciplines – finance, personnel, curriculum, management etc., which the role of the governor could encompass. Governors have themselves identified the skills and qualities necessary to enable them to work as an effective team as follows:

  • to have an interest in children and to be supportive of school staff;
  • to make full use of their full knowledge, skills and experience;
  • to attend meetings and get involved;
  • to recognise the values and mutual concerns which bind them as a team;
  • to work co-operatively with a common purpose to get the job done;
  • to have mutual respect and tolerance for different points of view;
  • to be able to identify, evaluate and prioritise issues;
  • to encourage qualities of leadership and delegation;
  • to have an awareness of the values of the school, its aims and objectives;
  • to be prepared to listen;
  • to have a sense of humour;
  • to take a common sense approach;
  • to establish a balance between achieving the task, keeping team spirit and motivation high, and valuing the contribution of the individual.

Governors’ activities include:

  • attending Full Governor Body meetings which are held once a term;
  • attending meetings of at least one of the committees of the Governing Body (more details below);
  • attending school events and to be visible to pupils, teachers and parents;
  • making a focussed learning visit to the school at least one a year;
  • monitoring and evaluating the national curriculum offer that the School provides and other pupil performance data.

The committees

Upon becoming a Governor, colleagues are asked to join at least one of the following committees of the Full Governing Body:

  1. School Business Committee – responsible for school finances, site and premises and ensuring the school is managed in accordance with best practice.
  2. Pupils and Community – responsible for effectively engaging with all key stakeholders e.g. pupils, parents, teachers and the local community.
  3. Standards, Teaching and Learning – responsible for driving up standards of pupil learning and achievement.

The committees meet once a term except for the School Business Committee which meets twice a term.

The roles and responsibilities of a school governor are varied. To help evaluate and perform the role, the National Governors Association has created a list of twenty questions for governing bodies to consider. They provide a helpful framework both to follow and to understand school governance. These can be found at the following link:

www.nga.org.uk/Guidance/Workings-Of-The-Governing-Body/Governance- Tools/Twenty-Questions.aspx

Firstname Lastname Term of office start date Term of office end date Governor Type Position Committee Link Link Declaration of interest
Ankur Agrawal 03/02/17 02/02/21 Parent Vice Chair of Governors and Chair, School Business Ctee School Business Policies None
Jennifer Cox 07/03/17 06/03/21 Co-opted Standards, Teaching and Learning Pupil Premium None
Eric De Regnaucourt 07/03/18 06/03/22 Local Authority Pupils and Community Equalities None
Greg Easton 15/01/16 14/01/20 Parent Chair, Standards, Teaching & Learning Ctee Standards, Teaching and Learning IT None
Louise Field 18/10/17 17/10/21 Co-opted Chair Pupils and Community Ctee Pupils and Community Safeguarding Staff None
Paul Lufkin 01/09/18 Executive HT Headteacher, Wimbledon Park Primary School 
Gemma Isaac 26/02/18 25/02/22 Parent School Business Training None
Emeka Okorocha 10/03/16 09/03/20 Parent School Business Health & Safety None
Jo Reynolds 01/09/15 01/09/19 Co-opted Chair of Governors All Parent of a pupil at the school
Rosie Williamson 09/06/2015 08/06/19 Staff None

Former Govenors

Firstname Lastname Term of office start date Term of office end date Governor Type Position Committee Link Link Declaration of interest
Jennifer Young 09/06/15 20/12/18 Co-opted Vice-Chair School Business Spouse is Chair of Friends of West Wimbledon
Chris Euden 09/06/15 29/03/18 Co-opted Chair of Governors 17-18 Standards Teaching and Learning / School Business Spouse employed at the school
Phillip Craig 01/09/15 20/07/18 Co-Opted School Business None
Simon Harris 13/04/15 31/08/18 Headteacher Pupils and Community, Standards, Teaching & Learning, School Business Spouse employed at the school / NAHT Branch Representative, Merton
Paul Tavner 07/03/17 06/07/18 Co-opted Pupils and Community, Standards, Teaching & Learning None
Hilary Ali 09/06/15 31/08/18 Associate None

This is the schedule of Governing Body meetings for the academic year 2018-19

WWPS GB meetings 2018-19 v2

WWPS Governors Attendance – September 2017 – August 2018