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 meets at least once a term and sometimes in working groups and smaller subcommittees. Our main committees, which also meet termly, are:
- Curriculum and Standards (Chair: Martin Smith)
- Finance and Resources (Co-Chair: Angela Durnin and Daniel Garrigan)
- Pupil Experience and Wellbeing (Chair: Thea Sherer)
- Pay Committee (Co-Chair: Angela Durnin and Daniel Garrigan)
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 2016-17
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.
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. Link Governor for Safeguarding, Child Protection and Looked After Children.
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
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 Committee; 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
Co-chair of Finance and Resources committee and Pay committee. Member of Pupil Experience and Wellbeing committee. Link Governor for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked After Children.
I am a chartered accountant with experience in a variety of industries across the public and private sector both in the UK and Australia. I now work at the centre of UK financial services and have recently moved from Finance to a strategy role looking to implement significant transformation across people, process and technology.
I am local to Wandsworth, having lived in the borough since 2007. In my spare time, I help run a local sports club focusing mainly on both our financial health and the development of our junior membership proposition. It is this activity which enticed me to volunteer as a Governor as I believe all children are entitled to an excellent education in a safe and supportive environment.
Ms Sian Rowlands, Co-opted Governor
Member of Finance and Resources committee. Link Governor for Safer Recruitment.
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
Co-Chair of the Finance and Resources committee and Pay committee. Member of the Pupil Experience and Wellbeing Committee. Link Governor for Health and Safety.
I am a chartered accountant, with experience in private and charitable sectors. I also have experience working as a trustee with local youth charities. In particular, I strongly believe in the importance of children having the opportunity to take part in sport as part of their learning and development.
My children both attend the school and love it here. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to our school and support High View as we work together to enable all our children to achieve their full potential.
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.
I have been working at High View Primary School for 15 years as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Wrap Around Care Manager.
As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for Upper Phase, I have always been motivated by engaging and supporting students who find the curriculum a challenge.
As part of the governing body, I aim to help our children receive an excellent education and promote our school values. Recently, I have become involved in the School Council which promotes 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.