Smallwood Primary School and
Language Unit

Governors

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

The Chair of Governors

Our Acting Chair of Governors is Cllr James Daley. He has been a member of Smallwood’s Governing Body since 2011 and is also a local authority councillor for Tooting. James, who has been Vice-Chair of the Governing Body since 2017, stepped up to the role of Chair of Governors when our former Chair Harry Cowd stood down on 1 October 2019.

You can contact James by email at Cllr.j.daley@wandsworth.gov.uk

The Governing Body

The Governing Body currently has 12 members consisting of Parent Governors, Local Authority Governors, Community Governors and Staff Governors. From time to time vacancies arise on the Governing Body and if you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school office. Although many of our Governors are experienced professionals in their own fields of accountancy, business management, law etc., you don't need any special skills to become a Governor and a comprehensive training programme is provided by Wandsworth Council. Enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved and help make Smallwood the best that it can be is the most important skill for a place on the Governing Body.

We meet termly as a full Governing Body and more regularly as smaller committees. Each of the committees deals with one of three specific areas of responsibility - Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards (T&L); Finance (F), Premises and Human Resources (P & HR). A list of Governors and the committees that they sit on is set out below.

If you have any questions for the Governors, or would like to raise any concerns, you can email the Acting Chair of Governors by clicking here - Contact Us

Headteacher

Mrs Loudon (T&L, S&C, FP & HR)

Chair of Governors and Committee Chairs

Councillor James Daley (Local Authority Governor), Chair of Governors

Judy Hague - Vice-Chair of Governors

Andrew Rudd - Vice-Chair of Governors

Tom Finch - Chair of Finance Committee

Other Community Governors

Austin Erwin (T&L)

Judy Hague (P&HR, CFC)

Andrew Rudd (T&L)

Johanna Haffenden (CFC)

Parent Governors

Anna Byrne (T&L)

Nichola McGuire (CFC)

Mark Ball (P&HR)

Staff Governors

Gary Gibbs (F&P, HR)

Farzana Syed (T&L)

Associate Governors

Michael Bowen – Clerk

Alexandra Newman (CFC, F&P)

Lynsey Hedges (F&P)

In addition to the committee structure, certain Governors have a special responsibility.

These are as follows:

Special Educational Needs: Andrew Rudd

Safeguarding: James Daley, Judy Hague

Health and Safety: Gary Gibbs

School Website: Gary Gibbs