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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 the 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


My term of office began in March 2017 after attending all main governor meetings in an observational role since October 2016. I attend school strategy and full governing body meetings and I also sit on the Finance and Premises committee as I have a special interest in the Finance side.


Our eldest son is now in Year 6 and has been at the school since Nursery. Although his time at Penwortham is coming to an end I am keen to ensure that the school continues to provide the opportunities to the children in its care as it always has.




Kate Amis


I am an experienced governor having previously been the chair of governors at Belleville Primary School for 7 years. I remain a member of the Belleville Multi Academy Trust. I am a National Leader of Governance which means that I offer support to other schools in London and the SE to help them improve their governance - an essential on the road to school improvement. 


I have three grown up children who attended Belleville and then Graveney. Though my children are grown up and have left home I remain passionately engaged in the role of primary education and the importance of ensuring that ALL children get the best opportunities possible


I work in education project management having previously been a geography teacher then leader in secondary education. I now work at Queen Mary University, London encouraging students from all backgrounds to succeed taking geography at university.


I am currently the chair of the curriculum and standards committee and I also sit on the personnel committee.













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.












Matthew Huddart


I am a co-opted governor, with a specialisation in finance. I am the chair of the finance committee. I have worked in the financial industry for 17 years and I'm currently a UK Equity Portfolio Manager at AXA Investment Managers. I hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.  Before becoming a portfolio manager I spent ten years as an equity analyst, specializing in financial companies. Both roles involve questioning the way businesses are run, encouraging good corporate governance and a strong understanding of accounts. I have lived in Furzedown for over ten years with my wife Alisi. We have two children at Penwortham.





Lynn Selwyn-Reeves



I have lived in Furzedown for almost 20 years with my husband Iain and have one son at Penwortham. 


I am a freelance photographer and illustrator and a founding Trustee of Sprout Arts, Furzedown’s volunteer run community art space. My commercial experience includes project & supply chain management, mentoring trainees, sourcing, and product design & development through my previous roles in retail buying.


Prior to being elected Parent Governor in 2016, I Co-Chaired the PTA for 3 years.


I believe every child deserves to be encouraged within a safe and nurturing environment, to be the very best they can be, to feel valued as part of our school and to understand how we as a school contribute to our local community. 


I am chair of the children, families & community committee and serve on the resources committee. I am link governor for Creative Curriculum, PSHE, Inclusion EAL and Inclusion MAGT, and Governor representative on the school Rights Respecting committee.










Waseem Milan



I am  a HR Business Systems and Processes Director working for a technology company which supports the travel industry and has extensive knowledge of this area working with IT applications. I have children in year 1 and year 5 at Penwortham, as well as an older child at Graveney and twins who will start nursery in September. I have lived locally all his life and is a former pupil at both Penwortham and Graveney.

Katharine Boisseau



I have been teaching for 7 years and have worked at Penwortham Primary school since 2013. Prior to teaching at Penwortham, I taught for two years in a school in Croydon teaching across KS1.Before teaching I gained a degree in Fine Arts, and afterwards completed my PGCE at Kingston University. I am currently teaching in Year 3 and lead the year group. I have recently taken on the role of Maths Lead and am striving to raise the standards in Maths across the school. I believe in Penwortham’s vision to be an excellent school, where equality and well-being are at the heart of all that we do.





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 started as a co-opted governor in autumn 2018. I am a lawyer, with a particular interest in education issues. I have lived in Tooting Graveney for more than ten years and became a governor because I wanted to get more involved in my local community.

Penwortham Governing Board and Committee 

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Penwortham Committee 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