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Governors & Members

‘Governance is strong.’ OFSTED – Nov 17

Governors come from a variety of different backgrounds, reflecting the many interest groups in our school, but they have one important thing in common. They are dedicated to ensuring that the children in the school have the best education possible. This is the primary focus of all governors.

A school’s governing body comprises of Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Co-opted Governors. The full governing body usually meets three times a year, with additional meetings called when necessary.

Becoming a Parent Governor is open to all parents or carers of children within the school. When a vacancy arises elections are held to select a new governor, who would hold office for four years.  Induction training, for new governors, is essential.  Additional training to gain specific knowledge and skills is also available, at no charge.

Wentworth Primary School governors have a wide range of experience, knowledge and competences working effectively as a team making corporate decisions.

Although the work of the governing body is voluntary, it has many responsibilities but in general, it is there to set the policy framework for the school and to monitor the implementation as managed and carried out by the Headteacher and staff. They play a strategic role in the leadership and management of the school. They delegate organisational responsibilities to the school leadership team. This is made up of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Governors hold formal full board meetings three times a year and an Annual General Meeting with the Members.  In addition, governors have sub-committees that monitor school planning, process and performance in curriculum, personnel, finance and premises.

Governors involve themselves wherever possible in all aspects of school life. They visit the school formally and informally, supporting children’s learning and working collaboratively with all staff, to enrich the opportunities that we provide.

As the governors and strategic managers of the school, they keep themselves informed of government initiatives and their implications for the school. The close practical working arrangements developed between governors and the leadership team are essential in maintaining Wentworth as a highly achieving school that we can all be proud of.

Val Churchill

Chair of Governing Body

Co-Opted Governor

Term of office: 07/07/2021 - 06/07/2025

Business / Personal Interest: Employed by London Borough of Bexley in Governor

Services - January 2013 - Present

Chair of Governors Orchard Primary School - September 2021 - Present


Committees: Finance, Audit and Risk,

Curriculum and Personnel, Pay Committee, Headteacher Review Panel


Responsibilities: Safeguarding, SEND, Data Analysis, Science

Dr Jeffrey Quaye OBE

Co-Opted Governor

Term of office: 13/01/2021 – 12/01/2025

Business / Personal Interest

Aspirations Academies Trust - National Director of Education and Standards - September 2018 

Coventry University External Examiner -

August 2022 - Present

Royal Docks Academy Secondary School Trust

Governor - January 2019 - Present

BMAT Trust Multi-Academy Trust Standards

Committee Member - February 2020 - Present

Ofqual Government Body External Expert -

May 2020 - Present 

Ofsted Government Body Ofsted Inspector -

October 2012 - Present

Department for Education Government

Department Advisor - September 2017 - 


University of Oxford External Examiner - 

March 2020 - Present

Worshipful Company of Educators Education

Changing Lives Learning - Trustee - September 2023 - Present

Committees:  Curriculum and Personnel

Responsibilities: Curriculum, data analysis,


Giles Swan

Associate Governor

Term of office: 23/10/2019 – 22/10/2023


Business / Personal Interest: Employed as a

director of global funds policy by the Investment Company Institute  - no shareholding and not a

Director of any UK entity - January 2012

Director and 50% shareholder in Swan Global

Services Ltd (CRN: 11580920), a company providing higher education services, none of which relate to primary or secondary schools in the UK - September 2018

Institute of Banking - September 201



Gemma Simcock

Staff Governor

Term of office:  01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

Business / Personal Interest:

Committees: Curriculum and Personnel,

Finance, Audit and Risk


Trudi Franklin

Co-opted Governor

Term of office:  01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

Business / Personal Interest:

Committees: Curriculum and Personnel

Responsibilities: Curriculum, English

Jennifer Magness

Co-opted Governor

Term of office:  01/09/2023 - 30/08/2027

Business / Personal Interest: Employee of Save the Children - February 2016-Present




Clerk to Governors

Bexley Clerking Services

Lewis Pollock


Term of office:  01/04/2022 – 31/03/2026

Business / Personal Interest: None

Committees: Finance, Audit and Risk,

Curriculum and Personnel

Responsibilities: Headteacher

David Harrington

Staff Governor

Term of office: 04/05/21-03/05/25

Business / Personal Interest: None 

Committees: Curriculum and Personnel,

Finance, Audit and Risk



Stephen Patterson

Parent Governor

Term of office:  01/11/2021 - 31/10/2025

Business / Personal Interest: Spouse is an 

employee at Wentworth Primary School

Committees: Curriculum and Personnel

Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Nicki Webb

Co-opted Governor

Term of office:  07/12/2022 - 06/12/2026

Business / Personal Interest: KCC Early Help Worker - December 2018

Committees: Curriculum and Personnel

Responsibilities: Early Years

Ross Lawson

Co-opted Governor

Term of office:  01.02.2024 - 31/01/2028

Business / Personal Interest:



Thanks to Governors who have served over the last 12 months

Joanna Lawrence - February 2024

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