Our Governors

Meet our Governors

Our Governors

High quality effective and ethical governance is key to success in our school system and for the future of children and young people” Governance Handbook, Department of Education, March 2019.

Schools are facing difficult times with Central Government expecting Governing Bodies to drive efficiency savings without compromising on the education of the children in their care.  Having successfully completed the school rebuilding programme whilst maintaining our high pupil outcomes and embarking on the renewal of the Bishops Certificate in Church School Governance, the Governing Body at Eltham Church of England are now looking to the next stage of strategic planning.

The Governing Body, although not directly involved in the day to day running of the school, are along with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team, responsible for the whole school environment ensuring the delivery of the children’s education in a safe, inclusive, fun and challenging way, and for ensuring that the school fulfills their statutory responsibilities.

In keeping with a defined strategy the Governing Body at Eltham always strives to have the widest range of skills sets as possible represented on the board.  We annually review the Governing Body’s strengths and weaknesses to ensure we have the right abilities to meet the very exacting standards required of Governors despite it being a voluntary role. Where need be we undertake specific training individually and collectively.  This attitude is reflected in an endorsement of the Governing Body by Julie Taylor Head of School Improvement, Inclusion, Learning and Achievement at the Royal Borough of Greenwich when she said;

“The Governing Body at Eltham Church of England are exceptionally  knowledgeable and fulfil their role to a high standard….they are clear about their role as strategic leaders, … setting key priorities … modelling culture, values and ethos. They are relentless in their pursuit of further improving entitlement for the children in their care … safe guarding is “everyone’s” business in the school. They … abide by and model “the principles of public life” as set out by Lord Nolan … They are steadfast in their commitments to doing right by the pupils past and present.” (the full quote can be found HERE).

It is the responsibility of the Governing Body to ensure that the Strategic Leadership, Accountability, People, Structures, Compliance and Evaluation of the school is outstanding and as such consult with the widest possible range of stakeholders these include not only those actively involved with the school but outside agencies, advisers, local communities, the Church and other schools locally and elsewhere in the UK to make this happen at Eltham Church of England Primary School.

Eltham’s Governing Body is looking to become a centre of excellence for governance and is building a wide range of external contacts throughout the educational sector.   We are lucky to have a stable and committed set of Governors at Eltham who are always looking to the future. The school reputation and the highest standards of education for the children in our care firmly sits at the centre of all we do.

Rupert Osborn
Chair of Governors

Governance-Annual-Statement-2023-2024


Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors

Mr Rupert OsbornCo- opted Governor
LAC Governor
Term of Office4 Years from September 2022
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021- 22
Governance Role in Other
Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held: Xact Risk Solutions Ltd
Nature of business / interest Lloyd's Insurance Broker / CEO
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance 2022/23GB meetings: 3/4Finance Committee: 3/3

Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs Irina Jarrett-ThorpeParent Governor
Term of Office4 Years from July 2022
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2020-21
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:Director of Engineering Minds
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held: Engineering Minds
Nature of business / interest STEM after school club
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23GB meetings: 2/4
Curriculum Committee: 3/3
Personnel Committee: 2/3

Other Governors

Reverend Caroline Risdonex officio
Term of OfficeWhile in office
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021-22None
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which
interest is held:
None
Nature of business / interestNone
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23GB meetings: 3/4

Faith Committee 3/3
Mrs Patricia Gooding Foundation Governor
Term of Office4 Years from September 2022
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021-22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held: None
Nature of business / interest:None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/2023GB Meetings: 4/4
Faith Group: 3/3
Curriculum Committee: 3/3 Finance Committee 2/3
Mr Colin MackenzieFoundation Governor PCC
Term of Office4 years from September 2021
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021-22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Business interests:None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23GB meetings: 4/4Finance Committee: 3/3
Mrs Alberta RoseniorFoundation Governor
Pupil Premium Governor
Term of Office4 years from September 2021
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021/22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Business interests: None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/2023GB meetings: 3/4
Curriculum Committee: 3/3
Faith Group: 3/3
Mr Matthew WillsHeadteacher
Term of OfficeWhile in Office
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021-22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Business interests: None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23GB meetings: 4/4

Finance Committee 3/3
Personnel Committee: 3/3; Curriculum Committee: 3/3;
Faith Committee: 3/3
Ms Celia NivenFoundation Governor (PCC)
Term of Office4 Years from December 2023
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interestsNone
Governance Role in Other EducationNone
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is heldNone
Nature of business / interestNone
Relationships with staff or Governors:None
Mr Daniel BullParent Governor
Term of Office4 years from June 2021
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021/22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Business interests: None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23GB meetings: 4/4 Faith Group: 3/3
Curriculum Committee: 2/3
Ms Catherine ReesFoundation Governor (PCC)
Term of Office4 years from December 2023
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2023-2024
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which
interest is held:
None
Nature of business / interestNone
Relationships with staff or Governors: None


Glory OwenFoundation Governor
Term of Office4 years from September 2021
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021-22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Business interests: None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23 GB Meetings: 4/4Personnel Committee: 2/3
Finance Committee: 2/3
Adam Kennedy Foundation Governor
Term of Office4 years from September 2021
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021-22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Business interests: None
Relationships with staff or Governors: None
Attendance in 2022/23GB Meetings: 3/4Curriculum committee 2/3; Finance Committee: 2/3
Elaine Williams de CernutoSDBE Governor
Term of Office4 Years from November 2022
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2021/-22
Governance Role in Other Education Institutions:None
Name of person/business/entity in which interest is held:None
Relationships with staff or Governors: Parent
Attendance in 2022/23GB meetings: 3/4