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Annual Statement of Governance

The Governing Body works with Mrs Loudon and the senior leaders of the school to provide an excellent learning experience for all of our children. We are all unpaid volunteers from different walks of life but what we have in common is our commitment to making Smallwood an outstanding school. 

We provide a strategic overview of the school and help the school to identify key areas for improvement. It is not our job to deal with the day to day management of the school. Instead, we use our own knowledge and experience to help the school identify and achieve its aims and objectives. These targets are included in a document called the School Improvement Plan. The document is constantly updated as the school evolves and the governors and senior leaders of the school use it to ensure that their work is focussed towards achieving the goals that are identified in it.

We act as critical friends of the school. This means that we support and constructively challenge the work of the Headteacher and staff. We evaluate the progress of the school in the light of Ofsted expectations and then make changes as necessary to work towards our high expectations of what Smallwood can achieve.

The Chair of Governors

The Chair of Governors is Harry Cowd. Harry was appointed in 2010 after retiring from his thirty year career as the Headteacher of an inner city primary school.

Harry has an enormous amount of experience in working within education and the local community. He was the leader of Merton Council for eight years and a member for fifteen. Harry was also the Chair of a health authority for seventeen years. Amongst other community and charitable interests, Harry chairs the Board of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Merton Vision and the Battersea Power Station Community Forum. He has been on the Board of the Polka Theatre since 1980 and was Chair there for thirteen years. Harry is a Tutor at Roehampton University, supporting trainee teachers in the classroom and has particular experience in working with and supporting ethnic minority communities.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body has 18 members consisting of Parent Governors, Local Authority Governors, Community Governors and Staff Governors. From time to time vacancies arise on the governing body and if you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school office. Although many of our governors are experienced professionals in their own fields of accountancy, business management, law etc., you don't need any special skills to become a governor and a comprehensive training programme is provided by Wandsworth Council. Enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved and help make Smallwood the best that it can be is the most important skill for a place on the governing body.

We meet termly as a full governing body and more regularly as smaller committees. Each of the committees deals with one of three specific areas of responsibility - Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards (T&L); Finance (F), Premises and Human Resources (P & HR). A list of governors and the committees that they sit on is set out below. If you have any questions for the governors, or would like to raise any concerns with them, you can email them by clicking on their names below.


Mrs Loudon (T&L, S&C, FP & HR) 

Chair of Governors and Committee Chairs

Harry Cowd (Local Authority Governor), Chair of Governors and Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee (T&L, F&P)

Councillor James Daley (Local Authority Governor), Vice-Chair of Governors,
Chair of the Premises and Human Resources Committee (P)

Tom Finch (Chair of Finance Committee)

Other Community Governors

Hilary Rattue (F&P)

Austin Erwin (F&P, T&L)

Judy Hague (P&HR)

Vacant (T&L)

Andrew Rudd (T&L)

Parent Governors

Daniel King (T&L)

Vacant (T&L)

Teresa Li (T&L)

Staff Governors

Gary Gibbs (F, P&HR)

Matthew Bradshaw

Associate Governors

Mike Hedges – Clerk

In addition to the committee structure, certain governors have a special responsibility. These are as follows:

School website: Gary Gibbs 

Special Educational Needs: Harry Cowd

Safeguarding: Harry Cowd (Deputy: James Daley)

Health and Safety: Gary Gibbs

Medical : Hilary Rattue

I am enormously proud of Smallwood Primary School's recent Ofsted inspection which reflects the dedication of the staff to providing an excellent standard of teaching, and an enriching learning environment of the children

Information about the Board of Governors at Smallwood School (March 2018)

Statutory Register of Pecuniary Interests For Headteachers and Governors