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The Governors

The Governing Body

Governors are called upon to help set the strategic direction of the school, to monitor the school’s performance and to make sure that the budget is wisely spent. This vital role calls for particular skills and commitment, a willingness to invest time in getting to know the school and enthusiasm for keeping up to date with training, legislation and current educational trends.

Our Governors are forward-thinking people who are passionate about the school, and are here to make sure that every student is given the best teaching, opportunities and experiences that the school can provide.

Recent news…

Recent Changes to the Governing Body ...

We are delighted that Mr Andrew Roper and Mrs Sue Spenceley-Burch have been elected to join the Governing Body as parent Governors. Mr Roper brings experience from the world of banking, foreign exchange and sales, including project management and marketing. Balancing this he is involved in the Scouting movement as Assistant Leader at 14th Wallington Cub Pack. He is parent to a child in Horizon school. Mrs Spenceley-Burch is a marketing communications professional with over 20 years of experience and a strong believer in parental voice. She is parent to a child in Year 11. It is a pleasure to welcome them both to their new roles.

Link Week ....

Eight governors took part in Link Governor Week in November. Their visits encompassed diverse areas of the school including tutoring, Post 16, finance, marketing and premises, as well as visits to lessons and tours led by students. This event was linked to the School Improvement Plan, and governors compiled reports after their visits which have been discussed among senior staff, to benefit from the perspective they are able to provide.

The governors were impressed with the standard of the tutoring and enjoyed visiting a tutor group to share their experience. They took part in lessons and value the opportunity to discuss school matters with students. All governors thanked the staff involved.

All governors look forward to working with the school on exciting changes following conversion to academy status in December 2016. 

Current Governors

Local Authority Governor - appointed by the London Borough of Sutton
Jane Pascoe (Chair)

Parent Governors - elected by the parents of students at the school
Andrew Roper
Sue Spenceley-Burch

Co-opted Governors - volunteers co-opted by the other governors
Latifa Hassanali
Charles Patey
Tony Thorpe
Helen Harwood
Karen O’Kill
Kylie Hurrell
Philip Tarr
Paula Wells
Mike Davies

Staff Governor - elected by the staff of the school
Dimple Patel

Headteacher
David Taylor

Governors Register of Interests 2016-17

The full governing body meets at least once each term. Many of the boverning body’s responsibilities are delegated to committees. These are:

  • Chairs Committee responsible for vision, improvement and strategic direction setting.
  • Standards Committee responsible for learning and teaching, student progress and exam performance.
  • Students Committee responsible for welfare, safeguarding, special educational needs, admissions, attendance and punctuality.
  • Finance and Premises Committee responsible for management of the school’s finances, premises and assets, budget setting and auditing.

To contact Jane Pascoe, the Chair of Governors please email officesphs@suttonlea.org, or write to Stanley Park High, Damson Way, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4NS.

Joining the Governing Body

Why do people join the governing body?

Making a difference. Acting as a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education and positively influence young people’s lives.

Getting to know the school. Governors are part of the strategic leadership team of a school, involved with direction setting and evaluation.

Developing vital skills. Governors participate in ‘board-room style’ debate about the performance and direction of the school. They become part of a close-knit team, learning from one another and participating in free training.

Improving knowledge about the education sector. Governors gain a fascinating insight into how the school works and how the education sector is changing.

It’s a challenge. Governors are people who embrace challenge and change, think widely, employ their perception and insight and develop good relationships.

It’s fun! It is rewarding and enjoyable to be part of a team which supports the school, discovering the talents of the school’s students and staff and sharing in their success.

The governing body is always looking for people with time and skills to share. This may be as a Governor or as an Associate Member; or there may be another way in which volunteers are best suited to supporting the school.

For more information please contact Mrs Debbie Stocks, PA to the Headteachers and Officer to the Governing Body.

dstocks@suttonmail.org
020 8647 5842 x227