Welcome to Tolworth Girls' School & Sixth Form Governing Body

The governing body of TGS is comprised of elected parents, members of the school’s staff, and representatives from the local community with specialist skills and experience. As volunteers, governors are not paid for their work and will be expected to adhere to a formal Code of Conduct. Terms of office are normally four years.

Making decisions collectively, governors support and challenge the school leadership team, monitor the quality of teaching and the progress of school improvement, and oversee behaviour and safety. They also closely monitor the school’s finances.

Acting as “critical friend” governors should not involve themselves directly in operational matters, which are the responsibility of the Head and her Senior Leadership Team. The governors’ role is primarily strategic.

To assist in performing their role, governors will need to attend relevant training courses – the majority of these are run by the local authority and are designed to be governor need specific. During their induction period, new governors will be allocated a dedicated mentor from the existing governing Board to facilitate their integration.

Being a governor at TGS is both challenging and rewarding. A successful school, focused on realizing the full potential of each student, TGS is currently undertaking an exciting period of facility upgrade and expansion.

Paul Thompson - Chair of Governors

Community Governors                       Term of office expires      

  • Dennis Doe                                                                      27.09.20
  • Andrew Perks                                                                  10.11.19
  • Paul Thompson (Chair)                                                  19.11.21
  • Paul McDonald                                                                09.11.21
  • Paul Druckman                                                               02.10.21
  • Philip Morton                                                                  15.04.22
  • Alexander Whitehead                                                    25.02.23

Parent Governors

  • Suna Marfé (Vice Chair)                                                 13.12.22  
  • Sarah Miller                                                                      20.11.20
  • Ismail Laher                                                                     20.11.20
  • Neil Beckett                                                                     24.09.21
  • Karthi Kuppuswamy                                                       24.09.21
  • Cheryl Day                                                                        20.03.23

Co-opted Governors

  • Jane Vessey                                                                    20.05.18 (resigned 20.05.18)
  • Emma Payne                                                                 08.07.18 (resigned 08.07.18)
  • Jon Hind                                                                         12.01.20
  • Joseph Farrell  (Chair)                                                  05.03.21 (resigned 11.07.18)
  • Charles Grieve                                                              03.07.21
  • Henrietta Hillman                                                        24.09.21

Staff Governor

  • Siobhan Lowe (Headteacher) – Ex-officio                  N/A
  • Michael Farnon                                                            15.11.20
  • Allyson Pond                                                                 03.02.23
  • Eleanor Parker                                                              28.03.19

Associate Members

  • There are currently no Associate Members

Governor Profiles

The Clerk/Company Secretary

Angie Williams

Governors can be contacted via the Clerk/Company Secretary as follows:

Tel: 020 8879 5902       Email:

What is the role of a Governor

Governors are appointed to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together, they cannot act as individuals.  For more detail on the role of school governors, please see the refer to the National Governance Association.

Becoming a Governor - Who Chooses the Governors?

  • Staff Governors appointed by self-nomination and staff vote (where necessary)
  • Parent Governors appointed by self-nomination and parent vote (where necessary)
  • Elected Governors, and the Headteacher select Community Governors and Co-opted Governors
  • Associate Members - elected by the board

For more information about becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk who will be pleased to advise of any vacancies and how you might apply.

When we meet

The full governing body meets twice a term. Please see scheduled meeting dates for 2018 - 2019 below:

  • 20th  September 2018
  • 28th November 2018
  • 21st March 2019
  • 16th May 2019
  • 11th July 2019

Governors are also assigned to one or more of the following four committees:

  • Outcomes, Teaching & Learning and Assessment

  • Finance, Assets & Audit

  • Human Resources

  • Student Welfare & Curriculum

These committees usually meet twice a term and report back to the full governing body.

Committee Structure and Meeting Dates 2018-2019

Statutory Ad Hoc Special Purposes meetings are also convened where necessary.

Governors' Attendance 2018-19 (live doc)

Governors' Attendance 2017-18

Governors' Attendance 2016-17

Governors' Attendance 2015-16

Governors' Attendance 2014-15

Governors' Code of Conduct 2017

Restrictions on being a Governor