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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.

Structure of the Governing Body and Trust Board

After the school’s conversion to academy status, the following changes were made:

Jane Pascoe, previously Chair of Governors was appointed a member of the Trust Board and elected as Chair of the Trust for our Multi Academy Trust, Academies of Inspiration.
Richard Sammons and Hugh Betterton were appointed members of the Trust Board for Academies of Inspiration.
Mike Davies, previously a governor at Stanley Park High, was appointed a Trustee and Director of Academies of Inspiration.
Latifa Hassanali was elected Chair of the Local Governing Body
Karen O’Kill was elected Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body.

Current Governors

Latifa Hassanali (Chair)   Karen O’Kill (Vice Chair)  David Taylor (Headteacher)

Parent Governors
elected by the parents of students at the school

Trust Governors appointed by the Trustees

Co-opted Governors volunteers co-opted by the other governors

Staff Governors elected by the staff of the school

Andrew Roper
Sue Spenceley-Burch

Latifa Hassanali
Tony Thorpe
Helen Harwood
Paula Wells

Karen O’Kill
Charles Patey
Kylie Hurrell
Philip Tarr
Maria Walker

Dimple Patel


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

Standards Committee

Students Committee

Finance and Premises Committee

Chair Helen Harwood

Chair Paula Wells

Chair Tony Thorpe

Responsible for learning and teaching, student progress and exam performance.

Responsible for welfare, safeguarding, special educational needs, admissions, attendance and punctuality.

Responsible for management of the school’s finances, premises and assets, budget setting and auditing.

Please click on the link to read more about the Governors and the Trustees.

Meet the Governors

Contact information

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.

Skills ...

The National Governors’ Association recommends reviewing the skills of the governing body every year or so, and a skills audit was completed in September 2017. This evaluated the abilities and expertise among our governors and showed a wide breadth of experience and high level of strategic skill. Governors scored highly for ability and interest in vision and planning, problem solving, challenge and change, and community awareness. The results of this were shared and they will help inform planning, training and recruitment. 

Register of Business Interests

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

Governors Register of Interests 2017-18

The Trustees and Governors of Stanley Park High observe a Code of Conduct. This is published below.

Code of Conduct for Governors and Trustees

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.

020 8647 5842 x227