Governors play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders (DfE 2015). They have a strong focus on four core strategic functions

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard.

The full Governing Body meets every term. In addition, there are two committees, which meet in advance of the full governing body for more detailed discussions and to review policy documents. They are

  •  Curriculum and Standards
  • Resources

The Governing Body is comprised of 12 members and the composition is as follows

  • One Ex Officio (Headteacher)
  • One staff member elected by school staff
  • One appointed by the Local Authority
  • Two elected by parents of the school
  • Seven Foundation governors appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and the Sponsoring Parish Churches.

Contact the Chair of Governors
If you wish to contact the chair of governors, please email info@smsp.richmond.sch.uk or leave a letter in a sealed envelope, with the clerk to the governors, Allison Peach, in the school office.

Governors Documents: Declarations of Interest GB 2021-22 | Declarations of Interest GB 2020-21  | Privacy Notice for GovernorsSchools Financial Benchmarking | Governor Code of Conduct 2021

Current Governors

Mary Hawes

Chair of Governors
SMSC & RE Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards, Steering Group, Staff and Pupil Disciplinary, Leadership Pay Panel, Complaints Panel

Appointed:
September 2015

Joe Moffatt

Vice-Chair of Governors
Mentor Governor

Committees:
Resources, Steering Group, Appeals Panel

Appointed:
August 2013

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Helen Swain

Headteacher

Committees:
Resources, Curriculum and Standards, Steering Group, Admissions

Appointed:
September 2021

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Simon Pedley

Foundation Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards, Appeals Panel

Appointed:
October 2020

Malcolm Eady

Foundation Governor
Premises, Health and Safety

Committees:
Resources, Curriculum and Standards, Admissions, Staff and Pupil Disciplinary, Complaints Panel

Appointed:
18th December 2014

John Dewhurst

Foundation Governor
English Governor
Arts Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards (Chair), Steering Group, Admissions, Leadership Pay Panel

Re-Appointed:
1st November 2016

Carla Maroussas

Foundation Governor
Relationship Education Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards

Appointed:
1st November 2018

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William Bulkeley

Foundation Governor
Computing Governor

Committees:
Resources (Chair), Steering Group, Leadership Pay Panel

Appointed:
19th April 2017

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Ellie Fernandes

Staff Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards

Appointed:
October 2021

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Ravi Kothakota

Parent Governor
Safeguarding Governor
Governor for Looked After Children

Committees:
Resources

Appointed:
01 April 2021

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Lucy Fink

Parent Governor
Pre-School Link Governor
Pupil Premium Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards

Appointed:
1st April 2021

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Phil Giesler

LEA Governor
SEN Governor
Maths Governor

Committees:
Resources

Re-Appointed:
1st April 2021

Justine Bateman

Deputy Headteacher
Associate Governor

Committees:
Resources, Curriculum and Standards

Appointed:
14th November 2014

Marie Richardson

Assistant Head
Associate Governor

Committees:
Curriculum and Standards

Appointed:
7th November 2014