Key Infomation

The St Matthias School Governing Body

Governors are appointed for a maximum of four years; this term is renewable. The Headteacher and Parish Priest are ex-officio governors, ie by virtue of the position they hold. 

Foundation Governors

The Revd Erin Clark

Member of the RE and Worship Committee
Ex-offico Rector St Matthews Church

Vacancy

By appointment of the Tower Hamlets Deanery Synod

Naomi Agyekum

Vice Chair of Governors
Member of Standards and Curriculum Committee
Appointed on 12/9/2017 by the Tower Hamlets Deanery Synod

Chris Jones

Lead Governor for Equalities
Appointed on 9/12/18 by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Matthew’s, Bethnal Green

Zaki Moosa

Safeguarding Governor
Appointed on 9/12/18 by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Matthew’s, Bethnal Green

Neil Chapman

Chair of Governors
Member of Finance and Resources Committee
Appointed on 31/8/2016 by the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Ricky Thomas

Member of Finance and Resources Committee
Re-appointed on 1/3/2019 by the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Local Authority Governor

Harry Fletcher-Wood

Member of the Standards and Curriculum Committee
Appointed on 12/10/2017 by the Local Authority

Parent Governors

Jharna Chowdhury

Member of the Safeguarding and RE/Worship Committees
Appointed by election on 9/5/2016

Sean Marion

Member of the Safeguarding Committee
Appointed by election on 21/5/2017

Parent Governors

Clare Sealy (Headteacher)

Member of Finance and Resources, Safeguarding, Standards and Curriculum and RE/Worship Committees
Ex-officio governor (ie appointed by virtue of office)

Monica Mannan

Member of Finance and Resources Committee
Appointed by election on 10/4/2016

About Our Governing Body

 

Our governors are representatives of the parish, the Diocese of London, the area Deanery, parents, school staff and the local community. They meet regularly each term and more frequently in smaller subcommittees. The governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. Governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
    Governing bodies are the key strategic decision-making body of every school. It is their role to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.The governing body should ensure that the school has a medium to long-term vision for its future. The governing body should also ensure that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving its vision. This strategy should address the fundamental questions of where are we now, where do we want to be, and how are we going to get there.The governing body should set and safeguard a school ethos of high expectations of everyone in the school community. This includes high expectations for the behaviour, progress and attainment of all pupils in the school, and for the conduct and professionalism of both staff and governors.
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
    Governing bodies should work to support and strengthen the leadership of the Headteacher, and hold them to account for the day-to-day running of the school, including the performance management of teachers. Governing bodies should play a strategic role, and avoid routine involvement in operational matters. It should focus strongly on holding the Headteacher to account for exercising her professional judgement in these matters and of all their other duties.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
    Governing bodies are responsible for making sure their school’s money is well spent.They should do this by making sure they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as:Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?Are we making full use of all our assets and efficient use of all our financial resources?

    Are other schools buying things cheaper or getting better results with less spending per pupil?

    How can we get better value for money from our budget?

Source: DfE, Governors’ Handbook, September 2014