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The Board of Governors is made up of representatives from the community, parents and from College staff. They work very closely with the Principal, Jan Atkinson, and her senior leadership team to ensure that students receive a quality education in a safe and welcoming environment.

Whatever course or programme that your daughter/son undertakes at the College, we want to be sure that it is a quality experience with successful outcomes.

The Board of Governors would like to encourage you to take an active part in your child's education by ensuring that attendance is good, there is a commitment to study and that you attend parents evenings and College events.

We are sure that your experience with the College will be a positive one.

Please contact Sue Young, should you wish to get in contact with or require any further information from the Board of Governors.

Governing Body Structure 2019-20

Full Governing Body

Simon Trotter (Chair) (Member)
Jan Atkinson
Mike Hage
Neil Jones
Karen Hunter (Member)
Barbara Barwick (Member)
Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Member)
Appan Balaguru
Jackie Gray
Helen Laker (Member)
Felix Beck
Sue Hammond
Mary Karooma-Brooker (Parent)
Sarah Wells (Staff)
Peter Smyth (Staff)
Ashley Beecham (Staff)

Paul Wiltshire – June 2019
Dhiren Suares – September 2019

New Appointments:-
Sue Hammond – June 2019
Appan Balaguru – June 2019
Jackie Gray – July 2019 (Academy Ambassador)
Neil Jones (Academy Ambassador)

Quality, Standards & Personal, Development, Behaviour & Welfare Committee :
Mike Hage (Chair), Jan Atkinson, Felix Beck, Mary Karooma-Brooker, Helen Laker, Ashley Beecham, Peter Smyth, Sarah Wells

Finance, HR & General Purposes Committee:
Appan Balaguru (Chair), Jan Atkinson, Sarah Wells, Peter Smyth, Neil Jones

Audit & Risk Committee:
Sue Hammond (Chair), Jan Atkinson, Jackie Gray, Helen Laker, Mary Karooma-Brooker

Link Governors:

Department Link Governor
A-Levels / Gifted & Talented and More Able Felix Beck
Art & Design Mike Hage / Mary Karoomer -Brooker
Building Services Peter Smyth
Business Helen Laker
Childcare & Early Years Barbara Barwick
Construction Trades Peter Smyth
Employability / Careers Simon Trotter / Barbara Barwick
Governor Training Mike Hage
Hair & Beauty Karen Hunter
Hospitality & Catering Karen Hunter
Humanities Helen Laker
ICT / Media  
Inclusive Learning Curriculum / High Needs / ALS Mike Hage
Mathematics & English GCSE / FS / Literacy Dhiren Suares
Safeguarding Mike Hage
Science / A-Level Studies Felix Beck
Sport & Public Services Barbara Barwick
SMSC Mary Karooma-Brooker
Equality & Diversity Mary Karooma-Brooker



Declaration of Interests

Unless otherwise specified all governors have declared that do not have any business or financial interests.

  • Mtr. Ariadne van def Hof is also a governor at Christ Church CE School, Shooters Hill.
  • Sue Hammond is a Trustee at Signma Academy Trust and NCTS Academy Trust.

Governors Term Length

Governors are expected to serve a four year term, Governors are to resign before the full four year term if they so choose, Governors are also free to run for another term.

Governor Selection

Governors are selected in accordance with DFE Academy Governance guidance. This includes appointment, peer recommendation, application or appointment via vote. Further information can be found in the terms of reference attachment below.

Governor Secure Area

Governors have access to a secure environment hosted our VLE. 

You can find a copy of the Governance Handbook (March 2019) below as a downloadable attachment or by clicking this link.