The Governing body is made up of individuals drawn from different parts of our school’s life: parents, staff, members of the community, and church. Governors are ordinary people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
Governors work with the school leadership to ensure high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:
Many of our non-staff governors are frequently in school and at school events, and are always happy to have a conversation about any aspect of our school’s life.
However you can also contact the governors by asking the school office to pass on a message or by emailing them at:
In addition to the Head Teacher (and Deputy Head who attends as an observer), our Governing Body is made up of ten elected members, plus the Vicar of St Richard’s Church:
Our current Governors are as follows:
Mark is head of transport at Hounslow council and was has been a governor of the school since Autumn 2013 and chair since Oct 2015. He has responsibility for providing oversight on a number of areas of the curriculum and also oversees the use of the pupil premium grant. Mark lives in Kingston with his wife and four year old daughter.
Craig has been vicar of St Richard’s since Oct 2010, and a governer since 2011. Although he is most often in the school to support its religious life, he loves learning, having had a previous life as an atmospheric scientist. He also loves running, gadgets, motorbikes and his wife and 2 children, though not necessarily in that order.
Karen is Head of Governing Bodies Support in Hounslow, and has worked in governance and school improvement since the early 80s. She has been a governor at our school since 2013, and is also on the Governing Body of a primary school in Ham which gained ‘Governor Mark’ in recognition of good practice.
Graham first became a parent governor in 1989 and has been a governor most of the time since. He has held the positions of Vice Chair and Chair, including the period running up to becoming St Richard’s School. Graham is committed to helping the head and staff improve on the already rapidly improving standards.
Rachel joined the Governing Body in 2015, when the school became St Richard’s, and is a church PCC member. She used to be a primary teacher and is committed to supporting the school grow and develop. Rachel also has two boys who attend the school.
Lorna has been on the Governing Body since Sep 2011, originally as a staff governor, although she now works in another Hounslow Primary school. As a teacher, Lorna is able to support and challenge on a range of teaching and learning aspects. She has recently returned, after taking a few months off, following the birth of her daughter.
Hayleigh has been a governor since 2012. She is NVQ 3 practitioner at the neighbouring St Richard’s CE Playgroup where she has worked for 8 years. Hayleigh’s 2 children have both attended St Richard’s. She is also the chair of the school PTA and is active in lots of areas in the school’s life.
Sally has worked in schools for 12 years in a variety of roles, 6 of those years being in a specialist setting for children with very challenging behaviour. She is also a mum to 5 children, and understands the challenges and difficulties that raising children can sometimes bring. She enjoys being able to help others and is happy to put her knowledge and experience to good use as a Governor.
Key issues considered during 2015/16 include:
The governing body does not distribute its work amongst committees; instead we meet monthly as a full Governing Body. Advantages are that all governors have involvement in all of the key issues, such as the quality of teaching and finance. Issues can be tackled promptly by the full GB and time is not wasted reporting committee decisions.
However as a result of this review we did decide to create more named governor roles, to enable individual governors to look at an aspect of governance work in more detail which included visiting the school and meeting with relevant school staff. Named governor responsibilities can be found below.
Admissions Committee: Rev Holmes, Mrs Hurst, Mr Madge and Mrs Vaz
Curriculum and Standards:
Headteacher’s Performance Panel: Mr Frost, Mrs Harrison and Rev Holmes
Health & Safety, Premises: Mr Madge
Inclusion and SEND: Ms Wyeth Wyeth-Isaacs
Parents, Pupils and Community: Rev Holmes
Pay and Performance Panel: Mrs Bruce, Mr Frost, Mrs Harrison, and Rev Holmes
Senior Appointments Panel: Mr Frost, Mrs Harrison, Rev Holmes, Mrs Hurst and Mr Madge
Mrs Bruce: Assistant Headteacher, Hounslow Town School; married to Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, London Borough of Hounslow
Mr Frost: Head of Traffic & Transport, London Borough of Hounslow
Mrs Harrison: Governor at Meadlands Primary School, Ham; Head of Governing Bodies Support Service, London Borough of Hounslow
Ms Wyeth-Isaacs: Partner of The Hazeldene Workshop, supplier of wooden shapes