The Governing Board works with the Senior Leadership Team to provide strategic leadership and scrutiny of our effectiveness. The Governing Board comprises people from the local community, parents, local authority and staff, including the Head Teacher. Some governors are voted for by parents and staff but the majority are selected for their skill, knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of the school.
The core responsibilities of a Governing Board are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of the staff; and
- Overseeing the financial management of the organisation and making sure money is well spent
The Governing Board plays a crucial role in holding the school to account for securing the best possible outcomes for its pupils. By challenging key decisions and asking probing questions about the school’s performance data, governors can help to guarantee high standards of education provision.
Governors are linked to a specific area of the school’s work or a statutory responsibility e.g. early years, special educational needs. Details of the Governing Board membership and their specific responsibilities can be found below.
The full Governing Board meets at least three times a term to review progress against the school development plan. Governors also visit the school during the working day to see for themselves how the school runs on a day-to-day basis and to monitor progress against the school’s priorities with their linked member of staff.
The chair of governors can be contacted on
Mark Peters – Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governing Body, Member of Business and Learning & Personal Development Committees
It took over a year for me to find a primary school within south London that fitted with my educational ethos and mirrored the philosophy of Hornsby House School where I am Deputy Head, which is so important. Part of my current role is to build links between our school and other organisations within the community and therefore the commonality that both schools share in terms of being creative, progressive and nurturing environments has proved a perfect fit. I thoroughly enjoy supporting the highly skilled and dedicated staffroom at Larkhall to ensure the school continues to build on its recent success.
Andrea Egan – Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governing Body, Member of Business Committee
I have lived in Clapham for more than five years and I became a governor at Lark Hall because I wanted to be more involved in my local community. I am also an Actuary and enjoy using my finance skills outside my day job. Larkhall is a fantastic school and I love being part of it.
Yvonne Steel – Co-opted Governor, Member of Learning & Personal Development Committee
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in Education all my life as a student, a teacher, a head teacher and an Educational Consultant. It’s now great to be a Governor at Larkhall, an innovative and exciting Primary School, where the children really enjoy their learning. I enjoy working as a team and being able to share my previous experience in the strategic development of the school.
Paula Gordon – Staff Governor, Member of Learning & Personal Development Committee
Both of my children attended Larkhall Primary. I started work as a volunteer reader and worked my way up to Learning Mentor during the time my son was here & I have watched the school go from strength to strength. I became a governor to be more a part of the team as we progress from good to great. As the saying goes, be the change you want to see.
Martin Forde – Parent Governor, Member of Learning & Personal Development Committee
I am a parent governor with twin girls who are now in year two and have been at the school since nursery. I am delighted with their education and feel the school is making tremendous progress. I am often at the school and would encourage parents to approach me with any issues which they feel would benefit from governor input.
Gabriel Huntley – Local Authority Governor, Member of Learning & Personal Development Committee
I grew up in Lambeth, attending primary and secondary school locally, and I’ve joined the governing body because I love this area and want to contribute more to the community. Having spent a number of years working for a local MP and shadow minister, I came to see first hand the difference a school like Larkhall can make to the lives not only of young people but also the adults that surround them. Working currently in a communications role for a group of universities, education is very much central to my professional life. I am very proud to support and learn from the outstanding team at Larkhall.
Michael Jefferson – Co-opted Governor, Chair of Business Committee
I have lived in Lambeth for 10 years and have become a Governor at Larkhall because I wanted be more involved in the community and local education. I am keen to use my skills working in finance to help the school and children achieve all they can. I am proud to be able to support the excellent work of all those involved with Larkhall.
Chris Thomas – Co-opted Governor, Member of Member of Learning & Personal Development Committee
I am an economist in the Civil Service. Having lived in Clapham and worked in education policy, I was keen to both use my skill set to contribute to the local community and to get a deeper insight into the impact of policy decisions on schools. Larkhall is a great school and I relish being part of the Governing body that supports and scrutinises decisions made here.
Rosemary Madagwa – Co-opted Governor, Member of Learning Committee
I joined the Larkhall Governing Body in December 2018 and, having being a student in Lambeth, I am looking forward to the challenge of being a school governor.
Jenny Kohnhorst – Co-opted Governor, Chair of Learning Committee
I joined the Larkhall Governing Body in December 2018 and am keen to share my experiences and be part of the Larkhall journey.
Mahamadou Aboubacar – Parent Governor, Member of Business Committee
I joined the Larkhall Governing Body in April 2018. My children attend Larkhall and I am keen to become involved in school life.
Gary Nichol – Headteacher
I have the privilege of leading an amazing team of professionals, all of whom work with fantastic children and parents in order to create a special place where each child is safe and secure and learning is irresistible, fun and exciting and an environment where we all have high expectations of each other.