Governors & Staff
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 realising 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|
|Andrew Perks||10.11.19 (retired)|
|Paul Thompson (Chair)||19.11.19|
|Parent Governors||Term of office expires|
|Suna Marfe (Vice Chair)||13.12.22|
|Neil Beckett||24.09.21 (resigned 19.11.19)|
|Co-opted Governors||Term of office expires|
|Staff Governor||Term of office expires|
|Siobhan Lowe (Headteacher)||N/A|
|Allyson Pond||03.02.23 (resigned 14.11.19)|
The Clerk/Company Secretary
Angie Williams - Governors can be contacted via the Clerk/Company Secretary as follows:
Tel: 020 8879 5902
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 below.
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 2019 - 2020 below:
- 26th September 2019
- 14th November 2019
- 16th January 2020
- 25th March 2020
- 12th May 2020
- 2nd July 2020
Governors are also assigned to one or more of the following four committees:
- Quality of Education
- Finance, Assets & Audit
- Human Resources
- Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Wellbeing
These committees usually meet twice a term and report back to the full governing body.