Governors

Governing Board of Tolworth Girls’ School & Sixth Form

Welcome to the Governors’ page of the Tolworth Girls’ School & Sixth Form website.

Andrew PerksThe governing body of Tolworth Girls’ School & Sixth Form (TGS) is comprised of elected parents, academy staff, and representatives from the local community with specialist skills and experience. As volunteers, governors receive no payment for their work and are expected to adhere to a formal Code of Conduct. Their term of office is normally four years.

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

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

To assist in performing their role, governors will 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 are allocated a dedicated mentor from the existing governing board to facilitate their integration. Andrew Perks - Chair of Governors

MEMBERS

There are four members, of whom are also Trustees:

Siobhán Lowe (Headteacher) - signatory to the Memorandum

Andrew Perks - appointed by the Members (June 16)

Suna Marfé - appointed by the Members (October 18)

Charles Grieve - appointed by the Members (January 20)

The Members:

  • are the subscribers to the memorandum of association (where they are founding members);
  • may amend the articles of association subject to any restrictions created by the funding agreement or charity law;
  • may, in certain circumstances, appoint new members or remove existing members;
  • have powers to appoint and remove Trustees;
  • may, by special resolution, issue direction to the Trustees to take a specific action;
  • appoint the Trust’s auditors and receive the audited annual accounts; and have power to change the Trust’s name.
COMMUNITY GOVERNORS TERM OF OFFICE ENDS LINK GOVERNOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Mr Andrew Perks 01.07.24

Chair of Governors,

Chair of Land Development

Human Resources committee

Pay committee

Mr Paul McDonald 08.11.25

Human Resources committee

Equality Link Governor

Mr Phil Morton 15.04.22 (stepped down 16.07.21) Health & Safety
Mr Alex Whitehead 25.02.23

Quality of Education committee

Mathematics/Business Studies/ICT faculty link

Mr Andy Nowak 02.09.24

Student Welfare & Behaviour committee

SEND/Exclusion/Safeguarding Link Governor

Mr Karthi Kuppuswamy 14.09.25

Vice Chair

F, A & A committee

Health & Safety Link Governor

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS TERM OF OFFICE ENDS LINK GOVERNOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Mr Charles Grieve 02.07.25 Finance, Assets & Audit committee (F, A & A Chair)
Mrs Henrietta Hillman 24.09.21 (stepped down 16.07.21) HR (HR Chair)
Ms Abigail Howard 01.07.24

Quality of Education committee

Practical Arts faculty

 

Mr Andy McCallum  01.07.25

Finance, Assets & Audit committee (Vice Chair)

Careers, Education & Guidance Link Governor

Mrs Sarah Moya 28.09.25

Student Welfare & Behaviour committee

Safeguarding Link Governor

English/Drama faculty link

Mrs Carol Wolrich 28.09.25

Student Welfare & Behaviour committee

Humanities faculty link

PARENT GOVERNORS TERM OF OFFICE ENDS LINK GOVERNOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Mrs Suna Marfé 13.12.22

Human Resources committee

Science faculty link

Mr Ismail Laher 20.11.20 (stepped down 16.07.21) Outcomes
Mrs Cheryl Day 20.03.23 (stepped down 16.07.21) HRC/Single Central Record
STAFF GOVERNOR TERM OF OFFICE ENDS LINK GOVERNOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Mrs Siobhán Lowe (Headteacher) ex officio Designated Child Protection Officer
Miss Eleanor Parker 28.03.23

Teacher Governor

Pupil Premium/Looked After Children

Mr Michael Farnon*(Term of office ended) 15.11.20 Support Staff Governor - Health & Safety
Mrs Angie Williams   Clerk to Governors/Company Secretary

Governors' Profiles 

GOVERNORS’ 2021—2022 MEETING SCHEDULE 

GOVERNORS ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

What do governors and trustees do?

The governing body operates at a strategic level leaving the Headteacher and senior leaders responsible and accountable for the operational every day running of the school.

Please refer to the National Governance Association (NGA) for more information:

https://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor/Be-a-Governor.aspx

The governing body have three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

 Contact

To contact the Chair of Governors, please use the following email:

To contact the Clerk to Governors, please use the following email:

 

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