What we do
The Governing Body works with Mrs Loudon and the senior leaders of the school to provide an excellent learning experience for all of our children. We are all unpaid volunteers from different walks of life but what we have in common is our commitment to making Smallwood an outstanding school.
We provide a strategic overview of the school and help the school to identify key areas for improvement. It is not our job to deal with the day to day management of the school. Instead, we use our own knowledge and experience to help the school identify and achieve its aims and objectives. These targets are included in a document called the School Improvement Plan. The document is constantly updated as the school evolves and the Governors and Senior Leaders of the school use it to ensure that their work is focussed towards achieving the goals that are identified in it. We act as critical friends of the school. This means that we support and constructively challenge the work of the Headteacher and staff. We evaluate the progress of the school in the light of Ofsted expectations and then make changes as necessary to work towards our high expectations of what Smallwood can achieve.
Who we are
Councillor James DaleyChair of Governors. Chair, Premises & Human Resources Committee
Councillor James Daley
I've been a local Labour councillor for Tooting since 2010, and joined Smallwood's governing body when I moved into the area in 2011. I'm passionate about all things Tooting - but especially Smallwood, which is a fantastic school. For my day job, I run a consumer group and financial ratings business called Fairer Finance. And I'm a dad to two young children so I've got my hands full. If you ever want to talk to me about Smallwood, or any other Tooting matters, my door's always open. Drop me an email to Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiona LoudonHeadteacher. Member, Finance & Planning, Premises & Human Resources, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Standards, Children, Families & Community Committees
I am originally from Scotland, where I was Headteacher in a school in Glasgow for eleven years. I moved to London when I was appointed Headteacher of Smallwood in January 2017. Since joining the team at Smallwood I have loved leading such an energetic and ambitious school. I am lucky to work with a dedicated team of professionals who show great determination in ensuring the very best for all our children. A sense of community is at the heart of our school where everyone feels valued and welcome.
Judy HagueVice Chair of Governors. Chair, Children, Families & Communities Committee, Member Premises & Human Resources Committees
I was born and raised in Oxford then moved to Paris on graduation. In 1980, I came to Wandsworth where, apart from three exciting years in India, I have lived ever since. I worked in management and consultancy in the NHS, higher education and international development. I also have experience as a charity trustee and a mentor for postgraduate students. I enjoy my role at Smallwood working with the committed staff team, fellow governors, parents and the vibrant school community.
Andrew RuddVice Chair of Governors. Chair, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Standards, Committee
Andrew grew up in Essex and went on to study at Durham University and the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a PhD in English. He is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, and before that he worked at the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Andrew lives round the corner from Smallwood and is passionate about education at all levels. He is Chair of Smallwood's Teaching and Learning Committee and the governor responsible for Reading and SEND. He is the author of a book about Romantic literature and India and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Lynsey HedgesChair, Finance & Planning Committee
I've lived in Wandsworth for 13 years and grew up in Kent where I studied Law and now involved in regulatory matters for BlackRock - the largest investment management firm in the world, and of course most recently I've been working on Brexit. I'm also a vice chair of BlackRock's Women's Initiative and Allies network set-up to promote gender equality in the city. I'm extremely passionate about the local community, helping people and making a real difference to peoples lives. I'm also a Wandsworth Councillor candidate for 2022.
Austin ErwinMember, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Standards, Finance & Planning Committees
I was born and raised near New York City and lived for a few years in Bahrain before moving to London over 25 years ago. My association with Smallwood began as a Parent Governor as I had a son in the Speech & Language Unit but I remained a Governor after he left the school. I am a passionate believer in education as an enabler to help young people achieve to their potential and become happy, contributing members of society. My day jobs are as a banker in the City (although now it's WFH!) which prepared me well to participate on the Finance Committee and as a Board member of medical technology companies. I am also a Trustee of KIDS, a national charity for disabled young people and their families. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, cycling and swimming and in quieter times, reading and music.
Stephanie GlenisterMember, Children, Families & Community Committee
I'm from Norwich and studied French and Italian at Warwick University. During this time I spent a year teaching English in France, and after graduating I taught English in Quebec for a year. I've worked at the NSPCC and currently write content for The Key for School Leaders, so I'm keen to bring my knowledge and expertise in safeguarding and education to my role as a new governor at Smallwood.
Nichola McGuireMember, Children, Families & Community Committee
I'm Nichola McGuire, one of the Parent Governors.
I've lived in South London all my life but my children started at Smallwood in 2015 when I moved to the local area with my family. I'm a local artist and also work part time at Earlsfield Library which helped me to lead the revamp of Smallwood's school library recently.
As a Governor I am part of the Children, Families and Community Committee where I am well placed to utilise by experiences and knowledge as a parent as well as my experience of the close local community to maximum benefit.
I am passionate about being part of a school that roots itself in ensuring our community has access to an amazing educational resource that promotes and represents diversity and inclusion at it's heart.
I am always happy to listen to and speak with parents so if you want to discuss or suggest anything at all, feel free to catch me in the playground, message me on Classlist or stop me if you see me around locally.
Daniel HowMember, Finance & Planning Committee
I was born and raised in North London, moving South of the river after finalising my degree at Loughborough University. Having started in Clapham, I made the move to Tooting seven years ago when discussions on starting a family began with my wife Christina! I have three children at the school: Annabelle, Spencer and Ralph (twin boys) and was very privileged to have been voted a Parent Governor in 2020. Our family have been exceptionally impressed with Smallwood to date, in not only how they look after our children, but also their response to COVID-19.
As a Governor I sit on the Finance Committee and am dedicated to working with the school to ensure that both the children, and the books, remain happy and healthy! With three children at the school I'm keen to ensure the progress made by Fiona and the management team to date continues as we come out of the pandemic and beyond. If you have any concerns you'd like voiced from a Parent Governor perspective, feel free to come and chat with me at pick up/drop off, or whenever you see me in and around Tooting!
Mark GullifordMember, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Standards Committee
I was elected as a parent governor in 2020 and live in Tooting with my wife and two young children. I grew up in rural Somerset, but now work as a solicitor for a City firm and am also a trustee of a local church. I am delighted to be part of the governing body and to see the energy and enthusiasm from parents and staff alike about the school.
Gary GibbsMember, Finance & Planning, Premises & Human Resources Committees
Having spent 29 years working for a corporate company, it was time for a change. I had been a parent volunteer when my child attended the school and Parent Governor initially, then joined the school as an employee. Its been interesting and rewarding being able to see, learn and get positively involved in the way our school works and being part of the school community.
Farzana SyedMember, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Standards Committee
I was born in London and I'm currently living in Sutton. As well as having a PGCE in Primary Education I also have a BSc Honours degree in Biology and I'm also an accredited diet consultant. I have worked at Smallwood Primary for over 10 years now. I'm passionate and committed to our school, our pupils and their parents in doing the very best to educate and improve the lives of young children.
Alexandra NewmanMember, Children, Families & Community Committee
I moved to London in 2011, and have been a proud Tooting resident for just over six years. I joined Smallwood Primary School as a Governor in early 2020. I thoroughly enjoy the responsibly of this role, and look forward to continuing to contribute positive change throughout the school. As part of my Governor role, I also sit on the Children, Family and Community committee.
My career to date has been within the sports sector. I worked in the education team at UK Anti-Doping for nine years, and am currently a Sport Integrity Manager at UK Sport. UK Sport is the nation's high-performance sports agency, funded by the Government and The National Lottery.
You won't be surprised to hear that I have always been sporty; my main hobbies include playing netball, yoga, pilates and running. I also love to cook, go to live music events and travel the world.
Johanna HaffendenMember, Children, Families & Community Committee
Adelise joins us from Donhead Preparatory School, where she is currently Head of English and Head of History. She is passionate about literature and believes cultivating a love for reading opens doors to a world of opportunities. Alongside her teaching degree, Adelise holds a BA in English Literature and has completed a Creative Writing course at the University of Cambridge. She hopes to further her studies in Education with a Masters degree in the future. Adelise reviews educational book proposals, children's and young adult fiction for the Bloomsbury Publishing Group and is a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion. Adelise is looking forward to working with the Smallwood team and helping to establish a partnership with the school and local community.
In addition to the committee structure, certain Governors have a special responsibility.
Special Educational Needs: Andrew Rudd
Safeguarding: James Daley, Judy Hague
Health and Safety: Gary Gibbs
School Website: Gary Gibbs