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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 Patricia Brutto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Forest Hill School Governors…
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.
Mr Jack Green
Jack Green is a Science and Psychology Teacher and the Head of Year 11 at Forest Hill School.
He initially worked at the school as a Teaching Assistant before completing his teaching training, and then returned as a qualified teacher in 2015.
He has been a member of the school governing body since 2018. Jack believes that the boys at Forest Hill School are unique individuals and is passionate about helping them develop and reach their full potential.
He became a governor to help the school reach its goal of being an outstanding boys’ school, to become more involved in the wider community, and to further develop his own skill set.
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
Ms Keeley Graham
Keeley Graham is the Safeguarding/Pupil Premium Link Governor. Her career has largely been in Banking Finance and she was also a School Business Manager for six years and Primary School volunteer for over 15 years.
Keeley passionately believes that education and knowledge coupled with aspirational teaching and parental engagement are key factors in unlocking a young person’s potential.
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.
Mr Keith Knox
Keith Knox joined the Governing Body in 2012 and is now Vice Chair and Learning and Achievement Governor.
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’.
Dr John Perry
John Perry has been Chair of the Governing Body since September 2016 with two sons benefitting from Forest Hill School’s broad curriculum and community ethos and a daughter attending the Sixth Form.
John’s particular interests are strengthening school governance and ensuring appropriate response to individuals’ Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Professionally, he has been a central government civil servant for several decades working on science and equality policies, and on corporate issues of public finance and procurement (including PFI), governance, and personnel.
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 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.
Mr Tristram Kennedy-Harper
Tristram Kennedy-Harper became a governor for Forest Hill School as he feels it is important to give back to our local community.
Over the past 20 years, he has volunteered for various organisations and is thrilled to be involved with this school and to support it, especially the work of the Resources Committee, which he now Chairs.
He wishes to continue to bring his own perspective as a solicitor with a finance background to the school, and provide the best governance structure to enable all students to succeed.
Mr James Bayley
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