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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.

Register of Business Interests

Please click on the link to view the Governing body’s Register of Business Interests.

Governors Register of Interests 2016-17

Structure of the Governing Body

On 15 March 2017, the Local Governing Body met for the first time following the school’s conversion to academy status.

The following changes were approved/noted:

  • The appointment of Miss Jane Pascoe as a member of the Trust Board and her election as Chair of the Trust for our MAT, Academies of Inspiration;
  • The appointment of Mr Richard Sammons and Mr Hugh Betterton as members of the Trust Board for Academies of Inspiration;
  • The appointment of Mr Mike Davies as Trustee and Director of Academies of Inspiration;
  • The election of Ms Latifa Hassanali as Chair of the Local Governing Body
  • The election of Mrs Karen O’Kill as Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body.

The structure of the MAT will be published shortly. We are looking forward to new challenges with a strong team leading us forward.

Skills ...

A skills audit was completed in May 2016 to evaluate the abilities and expertise among our governors. This showed a wide breadth of experience and high level of strategic skill, with governors scoring highly for ability and interest in vision and planning, problem solving, challenge and change, and community awareness. The results of this were shared at the Full Governing Body meeting in June, and they will help inform planning, training and recruitment. 

Current Governors

Latifa Hassanali (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

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

Headteacher
David Taylor

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

Chairs Committee
Chair Latifa Hassanali
Responsible for vision, improvement and strategic direction setting.

Standards Committee
Chair Helen Harwood
Responsible for learning and teaching, student progress and exam performance.

Students Committee
Chair Paula Wells
Responsible for welfare, safeguarding, special educational needs, admissions, attendance and punctuality.

Finance and Premises Committee
Chair Tony Thorpe
Responsible for management of the school’s finances, premises and assets, budget setting and auditing.

To contact Latifa Hassanali, the Chair of Governors please email office@stanleyparkhigh.org.uk, 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