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The Board of Governors is made up of representatives from the community, parents and from College staff. They work very closely with the Principal, Jan Atkinson, and her senior leadership team to ensure that students receive a quality education in a safe and welcoming environment.

Whatever course or programme that your daughter/son undertakes at the College, we want to be sure that it is a quality experience with successful outcomes.

The Board of Governors would like to encourage you to take an active part in your child's education by ensuring that attendance is good, there is a commitment to study and that you attend parents evenings and College events.

We are sure that your experience with the College will be a positive one.

Please contact Sue Young, should you wish to get in contact with or require any further information from the Board of Governors.

Governing Body Structure 2018-19

Full Governing Body
Simon Trotter, Chair
Mike Hage, Vice Chair 
Felix Beck 
Barbara Barwick 
Helen Laker
Karen Hunter
Dhiren Suares 
Mtr. Ariadne van den Hof 
Mary Karooma-Brooker 
Appan Balaguru 
Sue Hammond 

Jan Atkinson, Principal
Peter Smyth, Facilities Manager
Sara Wells, CL – Hospitality & Catering
Ashley Beecham, Teacher – Inclusive Learning Department

Executive Committee:
Simon Trotter, Mike Hage, Barbara Barwick,  Jan Atkinson, Felix Beck
Finance & General Purposes Committee:
Peter Smyth, Dhiren Suares, Mary Karooma-Brooker, Jan Atkinson, Appan Balaguru
Human Resources:
Barbara Barwick, Simon Trotter, Jan Atkinson, Sue Hammond
Quality Standards:
Mike Hage, Felix Beck, Barbara Barwick, Peter Smyth, Helen Laker, Sarah Wells, Mary Karooma-Brooker
Personal, Development, Behaviour & Welfare:
Simon Trotter, Mike Hage, Helen Laker, Ashley Beecham, Dhiren Suares


Link Governors:

Department Link Governor
A-Levels / Gifted & Talented and More Able Felix Beck
Art & Design Mike Hage / Mary Karoomer -Brooker
Building Services Peter Smyth
Business Helen Laker
Childcare & Early Years Barbara Barwick
Construction Trades Peter Smyth
Employability / Careers Simon Trotter / Barbara Barwick
Governor Training Mike Hage
Hair & Beauty Karen Hunter
Hospitality & Catering Karen Hunter
Humanities Helen Laker
ICT / Media  
Inclusive Learning Curriculum / High Needs / ALS Mike Hage
Mathematics & English GCSE / FS / Literacy Dhiren Suares
Safeguarding Mike Hage
Science / A-Level Studies Felix Beck
Sport & Public Services Barbara Barwick
SMSC Mary Karooma-Brooker
Equality & Diversity Mary Karooma-Brooker



Declaration of Interests

Unless otherwise specified all governors have declared that do not have any business or financial interests, neither are they governors of another school.

Governors Term Length

Governors are expected to serve a four year term, Governors are to resign before the full four year term if they so choose, Governors are also free to run for another term.

Governor Selection

Governors are selected in accordance with DFE Academy Governance guidance. This includes appointment, peer recommendation, application or appointment via vote. Further information can be found in the terms of reference attachment below.

Governor Secure Area

Governors have access to a secure environment hosted on Firefly VLE. 

You can find a copy of the Governance Handbook (March 2019) below as a downloadable attachment or by clicking this link.