The Board of Governors
The Governing Body at St Andrew’s and St Mark’s Church of England Junior School is made up of volunteers who have a wide range of technical and personal expertise and qualities. The members are elected by parents and staff but also appointed by our Parish Council, the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, and the Local Education Authority. We also have a number of associate governors who give freely of their time and expert knowledge in areas such as finance, ICT and Special Educational Needs.
The full Governing Body meets twice a term. However, the responsibilities of governors are wide and varied and it would be impossible to meet those responsibilities fully without the work of the committees. These committees are delegated specific authority, and in return must report their actions and decisions to the full body. The committees are:
- Management and Resources
- Curriculum and Standards
In addition to these formal committees there is a Faith Group. Members of this group work with the headteacher, staff and parents to ensure that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of our church school is maintained and enhanced.
Each governor is also linked to a subject area.
The Governing Body works with the headteacher and staff to decide the school's strategy for improvement so that pupils learn effectively and achieve the highest standards, while always respecting the professional roles of the school staff and their responsibilities for the day to day management of the school. The governors focus on where they can add most value, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They need to act as a critical friend to the school, providing support, information and advice as well as asking challenging questions and pressing for improvements.
Alison Vigurs: Headteacher
Matthew Gates : Teacher governor
Caroline Case: Deputy headteacher, associate governor
Robert Stanier: The Reverend Robert Stanier became vicar of St Andrew and St Mark, Surbiton in 2013, and has been the Chair of Governors since 2015. Before becoming ordained he worked in strategic consultancy. His previous post as an ordained minister was as the chaplain at Archbishop Tenison's School, Lambeth, a boys' secondary school, with girls in the 6th form. He has three young children.
Anne Barker: Following a career in education, as a Diocesan Governor, Anne Barker works to support links between the school and the parish and the Diocese of Southwark. She is chair of the Management and Resources Committee and also a member of the Curriculum and Standards, Pay and Admissions Committees and a member of the Faith Group.
Glynis Kortright: Glynis is an associate member of the governing body. She has many years of experience in school governance and served as the chair of governors at SASM. Although qualified as a teacher her career was in the Metropolitan Police. All three of her children attended SASM and she maintained her links with the school through music and the governing body. She is link governor to music and is a member of the Finance Committee. Glynis was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to education.
Carole Bourne : Carole Bourne is a church minister who retired in 2012 from St Mary's East Molesey. She has degrees in History and Politics and her research addressed the way children form their ideas about the world, through television news, family and other sources. Carole taught for thirteen years in junior schools in Sutton, Elmbridge and Kingston. She has worked in Adult, Further and Higher Education in this area since 1970. Carole served on the Board of Governors in schools in Epsom and East Molesey. She is passionate about education and about our responsibility for forming the aspirations of upcoming generations. She has two children and seven granddaughters. Carole is the link governor for literacy and a member of the Management and Resources Committee.
Tristan Lefebvre: Tristan Lefebvre is the local authority governor. He has an avid interest in education and educational policy which led him to become the chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. He is link governor for science. Tristan hopes to help the staff and pupils of St. Andrews and St. Mark continue to achieve the high standard of a well rounded education.
Beryl Pooley: Beryl is an Associate governor .She has lived in the area for more than 40 years and her daughter attended SASM in the ‘90s. She is a retired primary school headteacher and retains a keen interest in Special Educational Needs provision. As SEN/Inclusion governor she hopes her experience is of value to the school and the children. She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.
Matthew Cowan: Matthew Cowan has been a Governor since 2011, first as an Associate Governor and more recently as a Parent Governor. He has three sons, and his middle son is currently in year 5. As a qualified accountant with over 18 years experience in the Financial sector, Matthew chairs the Finance Committee and is also the Link governor for numeracy.
Cecile Stearn: Cecile is a foundation governor appointed by the PCC of the church and is a member of the Faith Group and the Management and Resources Commitee. She works in PR and marketing communications and has a background in the arts. Cecile has two young sons, one of whom is at SASM. She has a keen interest in education and actively participates in school and church events. Cecile is the link governor for art.
Ed Davey: Ed Davey has also recently been appointed as a foundation governor for the school. Ed was a member of parliament for Kingston and Surbiton from 1997 to 2015, serving as secretary of state for energy and climate change in the last government. Ed has two young children and has a keen interest in education, having spent some time as his party's spokesperson for education.
Aaron Day: Aaron was appointed as a parent governor in March 2016. He brings several years' experience of school governance at another school to the role as well as experience as a business analyst.
Ruth Gilmore: Ruth Gilmore was appointed as a Foundation Governor in December 2016. After early childhood in England, Ruth spent her adult life in Northern Ireland. For over 30 years she taught Anatomy at Belfast's Medical School. After early retirement Ruth ran her own yoga studio and provided training for yoga teachers across the UK and Ireland before coming to live in Surbiton in 2008. She has a grandson at SASM and another at Maple. Ruth is the link governor for PSHE and is a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee. She also runs the weekly “Saints Club”, a lunchtime bible club.