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Barrow Hedges Primary School


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Our Governing Body

The Governing Body at Barrow Hedges consists of 14 members of the local and school community. It works closely with Mrs Wood and her Senior Leadership Team to oversee the strategic direction of the school. It does this by offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, and help where needed. It challenges, asks questions and seeks information to ensure that the best interests of the children at Barrow Hedges are met.

All of the governors work on a voluntary basis. They are either elected by parents or by staff, one is appointed by the Local Authority, and some are co-opted by the Governing Body from the local community. The Headteacher is a governor. Terms of office are 4 years and Governors may choose to stand for re-election.

More details on the role of our Governing Body can be found in the Governors’ Handbook  

Who are the Governors?

Louise Wood - Headteacher

Mike Smith - Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Inclusion Link Governor, Member of Resources Committee

Neil Webster - Chair of New Buildings Development Group, Resources Committee Member

Tim Crowley - Member of Resources Committee

Kumaresh Thiru - Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee

Nermine Abdel Syed - Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Safeguarding Link Governor

Alexis Hille - Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, EYFS Link Governor

Isabel New - Curriculum and Standards Committee, English Link Governor

Gillian de Marco - Staff Governor, Resources Committee Member

Richard Lacey - Parent Governor, Resources Committee Member, Governors's Training

Gavin White - Parent Governor, Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, PE/Healthy Schools Link Governor

Natalie Edgson - Parent Governor, Curriculum and Standards Committee, Mathematics Link Governor


The Governor Handbook attached below provides more detail about the work of a governor.

The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and valuate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher
  • Promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting and monitoring the school's budget, including numbers of staff and their pay

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

All Governors are members of sub-committees and working parties, which deal with specific issues relating to Curriculum and Standards and Resources. These committees meet regularly and feed back to the Full Governing Body, which meets once a term. The terms of reference for the FGB can be found in the Governors’ Handbook.

The non-teaching governors often visit the school and some governors undertake to support certain subject areas as link governors and liaise with the members of staff who co-ordinates that area.

How to contact the Governors: or call 020 8643 4428