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History and Ethos
Motto and Values
Friends of Forest Hill
The Governors of Forest Hill School are representatives of the local community, local education authority, parents and school staff. They give their time voluntarily and work together to bring a range of interests, outside knowledge and skills to the school. The Governors are highly supportive of the ethos and core values of Forest Hill School and are responsible for:
Establishing the strategic direction of the school by:
- Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives
- Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
- Meeting statutory duties.
Ensuring accountability by:
- Appointing and managing the performance of the headteacher
- Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets
- Reaching out to the school’s wider community
- Using the views of stakeholders to shape the school’s culture and develop strategies, policies and procedures
- Contributing to school self-evaluation.
Overseeing financial performance by:
- Setting the budget
- Monitoring spending against the budget
- Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
- Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed.
The full Governing Body meets twice a term. An agenda is issued and minutes are taken to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.
If you would like to find out more about the role of the Governing Body or enquire about becoming a Governor in the future then please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Ms Vicky Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Forest Hill School Governors…
Mr Keith Knox
Keith Knox joined the Governing Body in 2012 and previously held the roles of Vice Chair and Learning and Achievement Governor before becoming Chair in 2021. Keith is a passionate supporter of the school, which was attended by his son.
His working career has largely been spent in International Aid observing how resources spent on educating children from an early age in developing countries can bring huge economic benefits to local communities. Since retiring, he has become a Trustee and Director for the Charity ‘River Thames Boat Project’.
Mr Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan has been a Governor and Headteacher at Forest Hill School since November 2014.
Prior to that he was Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for student outcomes. Michael’s career has been entirely in all ability community schools.
He has a passionate belief in the power of education to transform the lives of pupils from every background and this is at the core of his commitment to Forest Hill School. His belief in the school is reflected in the fact that his son was a student for seven years before going on to university.
Elected by the Parents of Students attending Forest Hill School
Mr Clive Caseley
Clive Caseley has two sons at Forest Hill School and a daughter at Sydenham School. He believes strongly in local and community schools and wants Forest Hill to provide a springboard for success for our students.
He believes it is important to invite parents into the life of the school and to communicate openly and honestly. As link governor for communication, he is helping develop further the two-way dialogue with families and our wider community. In his day job, Clive works with public services and third sector organisations seeking to improve, change and grow.
Ms Judith Ralphs
Judith Ralphs is Vice Chair of the Governing Body and has three boys (including twins) currently attending Forest Hill School. This role gives Judith the opportunity to contribute to the school’s development and strategy to ensure the progress and achievement of all the school’s young people, thus giving them the best start in life.
Judith is a public health professional and strongly believes in supporting the wellbeing and social cohesion of us all and our communities.
Dr Helen Charman
Dr Helen Charman has a son at Forest Hill School and has been a parent governor since 2017. She is a lifelong education professional in the cultural sector and a firm advocate for the essential role of creativity in young people’s education and personal development.
She is a member of the Learning and Achievement Committee and link governor for English.
Ms Tabitha Corley
Tabitha Corley was elected a parent governor in 2020. She has two sons at Forest Hill and an older son at university. She believes strongly that all children should have equal access to a broad education and that all should be able to learn and achieve. She is particularly interested in provision of pastoral and special needs support to enable best outcomes for all children. She fully supports the community ethos of the school and the benefit of good communication between school and parents/carers.
Tabitha studied languages at university and then did a law conversion course, working for many years as a Family/Children’s solicitor. She is also a qualified teaching assistant. She has spent numerous years volunteering at primary school to help with fundraising events and also helping children with reading. More recently she has been assisting the Friends of Forest Hill with school events.
Ms Sabrina Dixon
Sabrina Dixon has a son in Year 9 at Forest Hill School. She is a qualified secondary teacher with eight years’ experience and is the Executive Director of a Mental Health and Parental Engagement advocacy company. Passionate about supporting members of her community and improving the borough, Sabrina is a member of the Lewisham BME Network, a board member of the Lewisham Mental Health Leadership Alliance, and an advisory board member of Birmingham and Lewisham African and the Caribbean Health Inequalities Review Board.
Sabrina is keen to create an inclusive and diverse educational culture that serves to empower and promote positive growth and understanding of others amongst the boys at Forest Hill School, and believes that an effective combination of a community ethos, parental engagement, and school support is imperative for the success of our boys.
Ms Katie O’Donovan
Katie O’Donovan joined the Governing body in 2020. She is the parent of two boys at Forest Hill School and is really keen to connect parents with the leadership of the school, so they can work together to ensure the school provides a holistic and excellent education for all its students.
Katie has spent the last twenty years working in public policy, in Government, and the campaigning and private sectors. She is also on the board of the charity Red Thread which seeks to tackle youth violence as a public health issue.
Ms Zoe Camenzuli
Mr Andrew Guy
Andrew Guy is a TV Producer working with charity and non-profit organisations to optimise their fundraising capabilities. He joined Forest Hill School as a Co-opted Governor in 2017 and takes an active role in the Learning and Achievement Committee.
Ms Victoria Pinnington
Victoria Pinnington joined the Governing Body in 2019. She is the Director, Communications and Income Generation at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, located near to the school in Forest Hill.
An experienced communications and business development strategist, Victoria has over 20 years’ management experience in both private and public sectors. Prior to working in the cultural sector, she enjoyed a variety of roles in education, most recently as Head of International Marketing at King’s College London. Victoria is a Full Member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Trustee of the charity Kids in Museums and also HOME, Manchester’s centre for contemporary theatre, film, art and music.
Ms Kirsty Perry
Kirsty Perry joined the Governing Body in 2021. She is a former SFH6 student and since leaving the school has gone on to work at the Department for Education as a Policy & Engagement specialist, where she has worked closely with universities across England to deliver a digital transformation project.
Kirsty currently specialises in teacher recruitment and retention and has a keen interest in inclusive recruitment practices and research-driven approaches to policy design.
Mr David Godfrey
David Godfrey joined the Governing Body in 2021. He was a student at Forest Hill School from 1997-2004 and subsequently graduated from the University of York with a degree in Philosophy and Politics.
David has spent the majority of his career working in corporate affairs and communications advising companies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
He currently works in the financial services industry. He has a particular focus on ensuring students have the skills for a successful career post education.
Ms Sally Kelly
Sally Kelly is a co-opted governor and enjoys contributing to the strategic direction of the school. She has a son at Forest Hill School who has benefited from the strong pastoral support and broad curriculum.
Sally has worked in education for most of her working life – as a secondary school teacher and senior leader. Her current role as Head of the Virtual School in a local authority enables Sally to work strategically to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children in our society. She is also a trustee of the National Association of Virtual School Heads, a charity which aims to deliver improved educational outcomes for children in care. She believes that a rich, broad and inclusive education can be the driver for change in pupils’ lives.
Ms Deborah Aboro
She has spent the last 20 years working at top City Law firms, 10 in a senior management position, where she has developed a wide skillset, including ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulation, maximising cash-flow opportunities aligning with the firm’s business plan. Her current role is a Finance Systems Subject Matter Expert (SME).
Deborah is actively involved in partnering with the community to raise students’ aspirations, ambition and access through programmes such as the Young Talent Programme Internship, which provides local schools with access to the legal profession through work opportunities. She is also keen to support local children within the work of the governing board and have specific oversight of the school’s arrangements and provision to bring about ‘Aspiring To Excellence Together’.
Outside of work, Deborah’s interests include gardening and reading.
Clerk to the Governors
Ms Karen O’Brien – email@example.com
Ms Rachel Woolf, Deputy Head
Mr George German, Deputy Head
Mr Iain Haresign, Deputy Head
Ms Samantha Davies, Director of Strategy and Resources