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Governors

High View has a governing body of 14 people. These include elected parent and school staff governors, the Head teacher and various co-opted governors. The governors’ role is:

  • Strategy: setting the vision and strategic direction of the school.
  • Accountability: holding the head teacher to account for the school’s educational performance.
  • Financial value and integrity: ensuring financial resources are well spent.

The full governing body is Chaired by Thea Sherer. It meets at least once a term and sometimes in working groups and smaller subcommittees. In September 2017 the Governing Body reformed the committee structure, to ensure that all the most important issues have sufficient time for discussion and to agree actions. The committee structure is as follows:

  • Curriculum and Standards (Chair: Martin Smith)
  • Finance and Resources (Chair: Paul Bell)
  • Pupil Experience and Wellbeing (Chair: Thea Sherer)
  • Pay Committee (Chair: Paul Bell)

The governing body entrusts the day-to-day running of the school to the Head teacher and staff.

A full register of Governors, their declaration of pecuniary interests and meetings at which they have been present over the previous academic year, is available here.

Click here to view a copy of the Governors Annual Report for 2015-6. A report covering 2016-7 will be published by the end of October 2017.

Minutes of our recent Full Body Governors Meetings, once approved, can be found here. Minutes of earlier meetings can be requested via the School Office. 

FGB Minutes 14th September 2016

FGB Minutes 23rd March 2017

OUR School Governors

Mrs Thea Sherer, Elected Parent Governor

Chair of Governors

Chair of Pupil Experience and Wellbeing Committee. Member of: Curriculum and Standards Committee; Pay Committee; Head Teacher Review. Link Governor for Literacy and English. 

I'm Head of Group Communications at a global academic publishing company with many years experience in communications, external affairs and marketing in the public and private sectors. I have particular interests in developing children’s interest and capability in the ‘STEM’ subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the importance of Music and the Arts in the curriculum and the need for all children to have opportunities to achieve their best in the core enablers of literacy and numeracy. I have been a member of the Governing Body since December 2014 and am committed to ensuring that all the children who attend High View have a positive start to their education and are given every opportunity to achieve their best. 

Mr Paul Bell, Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors. Chair of Finance and Resources Committee and Chair of Pay Committee. Link Governor for Safer Recruitment, Safeguarding, Child Protection and Looked After Children. 

I have worked within schools for more than 25 years. I started as a Newly Qualified teacher in Pimlico and worked my way up to eventually become a Head Teacher in a large Primary School in Kent. In all of these years I have never grown tired of the buzz a well-run school has. All children deserve a well-rounded and successful education and I wish to play my part in ensuring this. When I decided to take a break from full time teaching, it seemed logical to become a governor of a local primary school. I especially wanted my school to be local as I was born in Battersea and am proud I have lived most of my life here. 

Ms Susan Corsan, Co-opted Governor

Member of: Pupil Experience and Wellbeing committee; and Head Teacher Review. Link Governor for Behaviour and Nurture provision.

I have been a Wandsworth resident for over 36 years and my children have all been educated at local schools, where they have achieved, thrived and been very happy. I have previous working experience as a Policy Adviser at the Department for Education. There I developed an understanding of many education policies, including induction policy for newly qualified teachers, as well as policy on pupil voice and Learning Mentors. I have also worked as a Jobcentre manager in London and the Midlands, and in the personnel sections of the former Department for Employment. I enjoy sport and gardening, as well as occasional singing and reading. I joined the governing body in Autumn 2013 and was first elected Chair in December 2013. I have volunteered as a governor because I want to be part of helping to ensure that our High View children receive the same excellent enjoyable education and opportunities that I enjoyed.      

Dr Jenny Cooke, Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Curriculum and Standards committee. Member of Pupil Experience and Wellbeing Committee

Link Governor for Science; and Link Governor for Early Years. 

I have lived in Wandsworth for several years and have two young daughters. I have been involved with higher education for the past ten years, initially as a PhD scientist – looking at the role of hormones from the gut in the regulation of appetite, then in a variety of administrative and strategic roles.

I currently work within the Student Recruitment and Outreach Division at Imperial College London and manage a number of programmes and events for primary and secondary schools.  These programmes and events aim to increase pupils’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, support STEM teaching and and also help pupils understand more about life at university.

As a governor at High View I am on the Curriculum committee, with particular responsibility for science, design and technology and healthy schools.  I believe all children are inquisitive ‘little scientists’ and it is important to develop and nurture this natural curiosity as much as possible.

Mrs Emily Allan, Co-opted Governor

Member of Finance and Resources committe; Chair of Head Teacher Review. Link Governor for School Council and Rights Respecting agenda.  

I am a Projects Manager for BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, with over 10 years’ of successful project management experience. My focus is currently on media development and governance work in North Africa and Eastern Europe. I lead teams across 3 countries at bases in London, Tunisia and Tripoli. I specialise in complex project delivery, fundraising, business development, financial management, strategic planning, HR and operations. Prior to my work with the BBC Media Action Middle East and Europe team, I managed various research projects relating to children and youth, for example research for a youth civic education project in Cambodia and various maternal and child health projects in Africa and Asia. I hold an MSc (Distinction) in Development Studies. During my MSc, I focused on childhood and development. In my spare time, I have volunteered with various youth services and projects in the UK and abroad. I am a local resident in Wandsworth.

Mr Martin Smith, Co-opted Governor

Chair of Curriculum and Standards committee. Link governor for Numeracy and Maths and Data Expertise.

I have worked in education policy for more than 7 years, focusing particularly on science and mathematics at school. From 2013-16 I was a Specialist for the House of Commons Education Select Committee, which scrutinises the policy, administration and expenditure of the Government’s Department for Education. My role in Parliament now is supporting the work of the Science and Technology Committee. My career so far has included science and education policy positions at the Royal Society, the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education, the London Mathematical Society, and the British Ecological Society. 

I studied mathematics at university, and have a particular passion for maths education and ensuring that school performance data is put to good use to ensure High View goes from strength to strength.

Mr Michael Surman, Co-opted Governor

Member of Curriculum and Standards committee and Finance and Resources committees. Link Governor for Pupil Premium Grant.

I am a chartered accountant with experience auditing and advising a range of clients in the commercial, charitable and public sectors. This includes work with a number of government departments and agencies in the education sector. Before moving to south London to start my career I studied modern languages and history at Durham and am passionate about the importance of the humanities in the curriculum. 

Having made London my home, I volunteered as a governor to contribute to the community that welcomed me so warmly when I arrived here over five years ago, and to bring the perspective and skills of my profession to the governance of a local school.

Ms Angela Durnin, LA Governor

Member of Finance and Resources committee and Pupil Experience and Wellbeing committee. Link Governor for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked After Children.

Ms Sian Rowlands, Co-opted Governor

Member of Finance and Resources committee.

I am a senior employment lawyer with experience of partnering leadership teams on a wide variety of people matters such as recruitment, engagement, diversity, performance, policy and change. 

A local Wandsworth resident for the best part of a decade I am keen to contribute my skills to education within the local community as a member of the governing board at High View.

Mrs Cressida Llewelyn, Associate Governor (SEN)

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and specialist Link Governor for SEND.

I am Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at an all boys’ comprehensive school in West London.  Starting as a history teacher in 2000, I moved into SEN in 2005 after a sabbatical in Japan where, amongst other experiences, I was a visiting language assistant in a school for children with special educational needs and complex disabilities. 

As a classroom teacher, I had always been motivated by engaging and supporting those students who find the curriculum a challenge, so when I was offered the opportunity to move into this area it felt like a natural progression.  I have since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy and have attended training to support secondary age students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.  I also act as the school’s appointed assessor for Examination Access Arrangements, which means I have responsibility for identifying and assessing students who may need adjustments to remove barriers to accessing examinations, such as extra time or a reader.  Recently appointed as SENDCo, after more than 10 years as Deputy, I now have oversight for all aspects of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the school – as well as teaching two classes of Year 7 history to keep me putting fine words into practise!

My son is a pupil at the school and I am delighted to have been invited to support the school which has nurtured and encouraged him, helping him to build a love of learning from the day he joined.

Mr Daniel Garrigan, Elected Parent Governor

Member of the Finance and Resources committee and Pupil Experience and Wellbeing Committee. Link Governor for Health and Safety. 

Parent Governor - Vacancy

A vacancy has recently arisen for a Parent Governor and the post is currently open for nominations. 

Mrs Sheeja Krishna, Co-opted Governor

Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Pupil Experience and Wellbeing Committee. Link Governor for Pupil Voice.

Ms Zara Simpson, Teacher Governor 

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Pupil Experience and Wellbeing Committee. Link Governor for Attendance. 

Mrs Georgina Roberts, Head teacher

Member of the Board by virtue of office and contributing member to all committees.