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The role of the Governing Body

The school Governing Body meets each term to discuss important matters concerning the school, approve policies, examine the schools finances and monitor the teaching and progress of pupils within the school. The Governing Body establishes committees that focus on specific areas of school life. 

At Southwark Park we have a Curriculum committee that focuses on teaching and learning and a Resources Committee that focuses on finances, HR, Building management and Health and Safety.

The Department of Education overview of the Governing Body

The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This general responsibility gives rise to a range of specific responsibilities, which require the governing body to establish certain procedures.

Complaints (general and curriculum).

The governing body is required to have procedures in place for handling complaints of a general nature and to publicise the procedures.

Constitution of the governing body and instrument of government.

Statutory guidance on the School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2012 and the School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2007 (for schools where the governing body was constituted or varied its instrument of government before 1 September 2012) provide detailed information on how the governing body is constituted, the different types of governors and how they are appointed.

Committees formation, delegation and operation.

Although there are no statutory requirements for committees other than in relation to staff grievance and pupil discipline, many of the governing body's responsibilities and functions can be delegated to committees or individuals.

Standing orders and terms of reference.

Many of the requirements and responsibilities placed on governing bodies are covered by legislation and well defined by guidance and recommended procedures.

The Governance Handbook can be found here

Parents cannot attend Governing Body or Committee meetings. If they wish to raise an issue with the Governors they can do so by writing to them c/o the school. 


There are several different categories of Governor which are:

Parent Governors: selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school

Staff Governor: selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school

Co-opted Governors: appointed by the governing body to represent community or staff interests

Authority Governors: appointed by the local authority

Associate members (not Governors): appointed by the governing body to attend committee meetings and/or full governing body meetings due to their particular skills or experience.


The governing body must appoint a chair and vice-chair and may wish to make a number of other specific appointments to lead on certain aspects of the school.

Parent Governors serve a fixed year term once elected. If you are interested in becoming a school Governor please contact the Chair of Governors in writing via the school.


Governors have a secure area on Fronter which can be accessed here.

School Governors - Term of Office information

Full Name Date of appointment Term of office Appointment end date Appointed by Committee membership or additional responsibility
Carole Pellicci 16/07/2014     Headteacher All committees
Niki Davies 14/10/2016 4 years 13/10/2020 Co-opted Curriculum- CC Chair
Jayne Kiddey 16/07/2014 4 Years 15/07/2018 Co-opted Resources
Sylvia Lang 01/02/2017 4 years 31/01/2021 Co-opted All committees
Glen Camden 17/05/2017 4 years 16/05/2021 Co-opted Resources- RC Chair
Lisa Salkeld Townsley 12/07/2018 4 years 12/07/2022 Parent Governor Parent Governor
Nwal Ahmed 15/11/2017 4 years 14/11/2021 Parent Governor Parent Governor
Oriana Casey 15/12/2017 4 years 14/12/2021 Staff Governor Staff Governor
Anjali Raval 12/07/2018 4 years 12/07/2022 Governors Resources 
Carl Vernalls 13/12/2017 4 years 12/12/2021 Deputy Head Associate Member

Southwark Park Primary School Governor attendance for academic year 2016-17


Those who have held a governing body position in the last 12 months but are no longer governors.

Full Name Date of appointment Term of office Appointment end date Appointed by Committee membership or additional responsibility
Richard Oluyinka 03/05/2013 4 Years 02/05/2017 Parent Governor Resources
Debbie Lawson 08/10/2013 4 years 07/10/2017 Staff Governor Resources
Lisa Collins 25/02/2013 4 years 24/02/2017 Parent Governor Curriculum 
Daniel Hunter 05/09/2016 4 years 22/11/2017 Co-opted Resources
Laura Clarke 16/07/2014 4 years 15/04/2018 Co-opted Curriculum
Charlene Hull 30/06/2015 4 years 20/07/2018 Parent Governor Parent Governor
Pheobe Pluckrose-Oliver 05/09/2016 4 Years 13/12/2017 Co-Opted Resources 


Governors - Other information

Full Name Governance role elsewhere Interests recorded in register of interests Relationship with school staff
Carole Pellicci None None None
Niki Davies Rye Primary School None None
Jayne Kiddey None None None
Sylvia Lang None None None
Glen Camden None None None
Lisa Salked Townsley None None None
Nwal Ahmed None None None
Oriana Casey None  None None
Anjali Raval None None None