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Governors Information

The Role of the Governing Body

 The Governance Handbook, published by the Department for Education (DfE) explains that all     governing bodies have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive 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


 Meet our Governors


Andrew Willshire


I have over 20 years’ experience working in Communications, Public Relations and Marketing across commercial, charitable and public sector organisations, as well as four years running my own business.


I bring a wide range of skills to the Governing body including data analysis, stakeholder relations and project management.


I have two children, one at secondary school and the youngest in KS2, both of whom started school in the Nursery at Penwortham.


I have been a Governor at Penwortham since 2013.






Jason Gregory


I have been a Penwortham governor since 2016 and I am the vice-chair of the governing body. I am an experienced leader in strategy, governance, project management and operations in the commercial and not for profit sectors. I recently worked in the Education sector for several years and I am currently working as Executive Director and Company Secretary of a national professional body.  In my role I support the Chair of governors to manage the business of the governing body including recruitment and mentoring of new governors.  I am a member of the Resources and Pay committees. 


Our son spent happy years at Penwortham from Nursery to Year 6 and is now at Graveney School. I am keen to support the school community, so it continues to provide excellent opportunities to the children in its care.




Ross Dalgleish


I am a co-opted Assistant Governor, with a focus on Finance. I have nearly two decades of experience working a variety of regulated functions in the asset management and banking sectors. This has given me skills in people management, corporate governance and financial risk management that I can bring to the Governing body. I moved to Furzedown in 2012 and my three children currently attend the school.














Donna Haywood 


I work 4 days a week as a Creative Director, managing a team and designing book cover art for a major publishing house. I have experience in recruitment, project management and team leadership and I am a D&AD 'SHIFT' mentor providing support to talented young people unable to attend higher education. 


I am a lone parent with a son in year 10 at Graveney and a daughter in Year 4 at Penwortham. I have lived in Furzedown since 2004 and have witnessed many changes in the school and our area. 


Over the years Penwortham Primary has maintained its position as an ambitious, caring and nurturing school sitting in the heart of a strong local community. I am keen to ensure it continues to provide the very best primary education for every child in its care. 


My term as an elected Parent Governor began in 2016. I sit on both Curriculum and Children & Families committees. With a special interest in Pupil Premium.












Halima Aboobaker



I joined the Penwortham Governing Body as an Associate Governor in Summer 2019. Currently, I am a Head of Science in a secondary school. I have been teaching for 13 years where I have led on projects with primary schools and Imperial College, ran CPD’s for local primary schools, initiated transition meetings from KS2 into KS3 and ran many Saturday masterclass sessions for KS2 and KS3 students. I have lived in Furzedown for 12 years and have always thought highly of Penwortham School. Being in Education myself I was able to get a better insight into the School and all it has to offer when my son started in 2015. I always wanted to be a part of Penwortham not just as a parent but as someone who could give back to the community – and here I am!



Julia Jenkinson

I am clinical psychologist and for the last two years I have worked in a specialist school for children (aged 5-16) with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Prior to this I worked for 5 years with children and their families at a pupil referral unit in North London.
In my previous career I worked as a social worker in an inner London child protection service and for a child and adolescent mental health service - working with children who had experienced trauma.


I believe that children who feel safe and cared for are better able to learn and good pastoral care lays the foundation for children to achieve.

I have three children all of whom attended Penwortham School and are now at Graveney School.







Rachel Kamm

I joined Penwortham as a co-opted governor in autumn 2018. I am a lawyer (with a particular interest in education and social welfare issues) and I teach postgraduate law students. I am also involved in community music groups. I have lived in Tooting Graveney for more than ten years and became a governor because I wanted to use my skills in the local community.



Louise Howse


Penwortham was a major reason for moving to Furzedown some 11 years ago. Our two boys have flourished here. Our older son is in Year 9 at Graveney while our younger son is in Year 6 at Penwortham. So, although my connection with the school as a parent is coming to an end I am keen to help the school continue to flourish and successfully tackle the myriad of challenges all schools have especially in the current circumstances.


As Managing Director of a large media agency, my focus was on the staff encouraging them to grow - personally and professionally - contributing to the development and success of the company. I bring these skills to Penwortham and its staff to help with its continued success.









Alan Biddiscombe


I was delighted to be able to join the Governing Body at Penwortham as an elected Parent Governor in Autumn 2020. I have worked as a Secondary School teacher since 2004, and since 2008 have worked at a large comprehensive school in south London. In 2011 I joined the leadership team at my school and have been a member ever since. I have been responsible for several different parts of the school in this time which has given me an overview of the challenges that can be faced by schools both Primary and Secondary. I have also seen the hope, ambition and nurture that a successful school can provide for its students and wish to help Penwortham continue its path of combining a rigorous academic education within an inclusive and caring environment. I have two children both currently at the school in Nursery and Year 2.






Penwortham Governing Body and Committees

 Details of Governors Election

 Register of Pecuniary Interest

 Link Governors

 Governors Attendance


 Headteacher: Runs the school on a daily basis; advises governors; is the main influence on the governing body decisions.

Governing Body: Determines the aims, ethos and priorities of the school; acts as a critical friend-   asking  supportive and challenging questions; delegated power to run the school to the Headteacher


Planning and Policy making

Headteacher: Writes and formulates the school improvement plan (SDP); drafts detailed action plans   and Self Evaluation.

Governing Body: Involved in planning discussions and decisions through its committees; agrees the     final SIP and SEF; ratifies whole-school policies



Headteacher: Supplies information, advice and produces the curriculum plan; determines and   implements an appropriate curriculum for the school; advises the governing body on the disapplication   of the National Curriculum for any pupils.

Governing Body: Determines curricular policy and agrees the curriculum; establishes a sex and   relationship education (SRE) policy ; considers any disapplication from the curriculum


Teaching & Learning

Headteacher: Responsible for the standards of teaching – evaluates the standards of teaching and  learning and ensures that proper standards of professional performance are established and   maintained; Provides special educational needs  & disability (SEND) information .

Governing Body: Monitors the standards of teaching; approves the SEND information report.


Pupil Behaviour and wellbeing

Headteacher: Implements the behaviour and safeguarding policy; has the power to exclude a pupil;   notifies the governing body of any exclusions; provide reports on pupil’s personal development and   welfare.

Governing Body: Monitors the behaviour and safeguarding policy and approves the written statement   of behaviour principles; Considers parents’ representations about an exclusion through a pupil  discipline  committee; Advises the Headteacher regarding reinstating a pupil


Headteacher: Draws up the initial staffing structure based on the school's needs and  manages the   appointment process

Governing Body: Approves the number of staff at the school and level of the posts; approves the   proportion of the overall budget to be spent on staff; Has formal responsibility for managing   appointments, but the mechanics of recruitment are normally delegated to the Headteacher; should   work within the agreed criteria; appoints the Headteacher


 Headteacher: Interprets the regulations for the governors; makes performance-related pay   recommendations following teacher appraisals.

 Governing Body: Approves teachers’ salaries, including recommendations from the senior leadership   team on whether to award performance-related pay in line with the school’s pay policy; determines   salary levels for all members of staff; ratifies the statutory pay policy


 Headteacher: Day-to-day management of staff – for example, deploying, managing and leading all   teaching and non-teaching staff and allocating particular duties to them; carries out appraisal of staff.

 Governing Body: Deals with disciplinary/grievance issues at the panel stage; approves the discipline,   conduct and grievance procedures; carries out Headteacher appraisal; ratifies the appraisal policy;   ensures staff receive a regular appraisal of their performance.


 Headteacher: Day-to-day management of the school, including who can enter the premises; complies   with health and safety law; decides whether to close the school when there are health and safety risks.

 Governing Body: Approves a lettings policy (if applicable); ensures emergency procedures are in place