The Governing Body take an active interest in the life of the school and individual Governors work in partnership with school staff on specific areas of the School Development Plan (SDP).

Representatives from the community, parents, members of the teaching team and the Headteacher form the full Governing Body which meets every term. The two committees ‘Curriculum and Self Evaluation’ and ‘Finance and Staffing’  meet, on behalf of the governing body, on a regular basis to look at key areas in further detail.

The role of the Governing Body

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and are also involved in the appointment of other staff. It is the governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make tough decisions about balancing resources based on what is best for the children.

Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Body.

The role of the Governing Body is to:

– set the vision, 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 evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

– be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher

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.

The Governors aim to conduct themselves and work with the school in accordance with the NGA code of conduct.

What we do

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once a term and is fully minuted by a dedicated Clerk to the Governors.  The agenda for a Full Governing Body meeting will include review of the school development plan, a Headteacher’s report – with particular regard to pupil progress, an update on other priority areas and reports from the chairs of our committees.

At Furzefield, we have two committees which have authority to agree and monitor policies and key actions on behalf of the full governing body.  The committees each meet once a term.  Currently our committees are:

  • Finance and Staffing – This committee sets and monitors the budget with the School Business and Headteacher and takes it to the Full Governing Body for approval.  It also reviews staffing needs. The chair of the committee is Christopher Reed.
  • Curriculum and Self-Evaluation – This committee is focused on standards and the progress made by all children in the school, the curriculum as well as the quality of teaching. Behaviour, attendance and punctuality are also reviewed at these meetings. The chair of the committee is Jan Knott.

Alongside the committees our Governor, Jan Knott, Chairs the Red Oak Advisory Group. This group comprises The Red Oak Family Centre Manager, the Headteacher, Governors and other members of staff including the School Business Manager, Local Authority representative as well as Professionals from the local community.  It meets regularly to give support, advice and discuss issues that are of importance to the families of Merstham.

Governors also have specific areas of responsibility (eg: maths, child protection/safeguarding and SEND) and are involved in working groups that focus on specific projects E.g. school ICT.

All our Governors are expected to visit the school so they know about day to day life in school.  These visits are structured and made in partnership with the Headteacher and the staff team.

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please do so via Mrs Tait, Clerk to the Governors in the school office on .

Current list of Governors

Governor NameGovernor CategoryAppointing BodyCommittees and ResponsibilitiesDate of appointmentTerm of OfficeDate of stepping downBusiness and financial Interest(s)Governance roles in other educational institutionsMaterial interests arising from relationships between Governors or between Governors and school staffAttendance (academic year 2021-22)
Martin Buckland Co-opted Governor
Governing BodyChair of Governors
Chair of Finance & Staffing Committee
All committees, plus HT's Appraisal Panel; Pay Panel
Link Governor
15/03/201815/03/2022-14/03/2026Director of HR at Work Ltd
The Scout Association (Cub Scout Leader)
Gavin Govinden
HeadteacherEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacherAll Committees
01/09/2022HeadteacherHeadteacher of FPS

Rachel CollinsCo-opted Governor
Governing BodyCurriculum Committee17/10/201919/05/2021-08/05/2025DHT at FPS100%
Mary Dardis
Co-opted Governor
Governing BodyVice Chair of Governors
Curriculum Committee
Maths responsibility
HT's Appraisal Panel
Responsible for Health and Safety
01/04/201501/04/2019-31/03/2023Trustee of Merstham Millennium Trust90%
Elaine ForsythCo-opted Governor
Governing BodyCurriculum Committee
Responsible for liaison with LA in event of allegations against HT
Responsible for Child Protection/Safeguarding
01/06/201901/06/2019 – 4/06/2023Hawthorns School88%
Jan KnottCo-opted Governor
Governing BodyChair of Red Oak Advisory Group; on Pay Panel
Chair of Curriculum Committee
SEND (& LAC) Governor
01/04/201501/04/2019-31/03/2023Spouse is Chair of Redhill & Reigate Almshouses88%
Gillian PotterAssociate Governor (no voting rights)Governing BodyFinance & Staffing Committee01/04/201501/09/2022-31/08/2026SBM at FPS
Melanie RobertsCo-opted Governor
Governing BodyCurriculum Committee17/10/201816/10/2022-15/10/2026DHT at FPS
Partner is FPS's independent H&S advisor
Deborah SkeltonParent GovernorGoverning BodyDeputy Chair of Red Oak Advisory Group
English Link Governor
15/03/202215/03/2022-14/03/2026Child at FPS100%
Adam Webster
Co-opted Governor
Governing BodyICT link governor22/11/202122/11/2021-21/11/2025DHT Caterham School75%
Linton WoodeCo-opted Governor
Governing BodyPE link governor22/11/202122/11/2021 – 21/11/2025Child at FPS43%
Sharon ConroyAssociate Governor (no voting rights)Governing BodyFinance & Staffing Committee; Red Oak Advisory Group19/05/202219/05/2022 - 18/05/2026The Red Oak Family Centre ManagerN/A
Fern WinderStaff GovernorElected by school staffTBC06/10/202206/10/2022 – 05/10/2026N/A
Julie DevlinLA GovernorGoverning BodyFinance Committee
24/11/202224/11/2022 – 23/11/2026N/A
Dora Daniels-YeboahCo-opted Governor
Governing BodyTBC21/11/202221/11/2022 – 20/11/2026N/A
Governors who served and term has ended during the last year
Susan ChrysanthouHeadteacherGoverning BodyAll committees01/09/2010Headteacher31/08/2022

Headteacher of FPS
Nahom Aklilu
Parent GovernorGoverning BodyFinance & Staffing Committee
Computing responsibility
Home Office employee
Labour Party Member
Marvet GayleAssociate Governor (no voting rights)Governing BodyFinance & Staffing Committee; Red Oak Advisory Group03/02/202103/02/2021-02/02/202519/04/2022The Red Oak Family Centre Manager100%
Sharon MorganAssociate Governor (no voting rights)Governing BodyFinance & Staffing Committee01/11/02001/11/2020-31/10/202431/08/2022

SBM at FPS67%
Victoria HattonStaff GovernorGoverning BodyFinance & Staffing Committee01/04/201701/04/2021-31/03/202531/08/2022Teacher at FPS83%
Val WilliamsCo-opted GovernorGoverning Body01/04/2019 - 31/03/202301/02/2022Trustee of Merstham Millennium Trust50%
Julia SiredAssociate Governor (no voting rights)Governing BodyFinance & Staffing Committee22/02/2021
22/02/2021 - 21/02/202522/10/2021
SBM at FPS33%
James KempParent GovernorGoverning BodyChair of Finance Committee01/04/201901/04/2019 - 31/03/202331/10/2021
Child at FPS50%
Christopher ReedLA GovernorGoverning BodyChair of Finance and Staffing Committee03/06/2021
03/06/2021 – 02/06/202524/11/2022
Marisa AtkinsParent GovernorElected by parentsCurriculum Committee
Wellbeing Link Governor
Science (KS2) responsibility
17/10/201917/10/2019-16/10/202304/01/2023Child at FPS89%