Every school has a Governing Body which is legally responsible for the operation of the school including staff appointments, school budget, health and safety, safeguarding, maintaining the school buildings and monitoring the school’s performance.
The Governing Body has three key roles:
A strategic role: to agree with the Headteacher what areas the school should focus on to improve and provide the best possible education for our children.
A monitoring role: to be aware of the attainment and progress made by the children at the school.
A financial role: to ensure the financial resources are well managed and are being used effectively to improve pupil progress and attainment.
Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school. The focus of the work of the Governing Body is school improvement and high standards of educational achievement.
The Governing Body meets five times a year and the meetings are always quorate. The Governing Body has considered the following issues during the past year:
- The recommendations in the Ofsted Report
- The School Development Plan and priorities for the school.
- The progress made by pupils and support being provided to close any gaps
- Attendance and Fixed Penalty Notices
- School Budget
- Parent’s Forum
- The development of the school.
- Building works
There is also the Resource Committee which reviews the budget, personal and premises. This committee meets once a term and all Governors can attend these meetings.
Every month a Governor visits the school and will focus on a particular area.
The dates of meetings for 2018-2019 are:
26 September 2018
21 November 2018
23 January 2019
13 March 2019
19 June 2019
If you are interested in joining the Governing Body or attending a meeting as an observer please contact the School Office.
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Karen Bridgman who can be contacted via the School Office.
“We believe that every child has the right to achieve his or her full potential, regardless of their gender, race, language, physical ability, special educational needs or socio-economic background. We ensure that every child has equal access to all areas of school life and full entitlement to the curriculum. It is our aim to positively promote school life and full entitlement to the curriculum. We value all members of our school community.”
Mr. Jason Lebidineuse BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA- Chair of Governors
I am a Community Governor with two children who both attended Burlington Junior School and my wife works at the school as a Teaching Assistant. As a family we participate in all aspects of the school and think it is very important to support our community.
As part of my role I am the Link Governor to Year 4, sit on the Finance Committee as well as participate in the main full Governor meetings.
I qualified as an Architect in 1997 and have worked for a large commercial practice called Scott Brownrigg for over 19 years. During this time I have have designed buildings in all sectors of the industry and managed large teams of architects and consultants. I am now a Director with the responsibility of managing a business unit of approximately 80 people.
Simon Campbell Vice Chair
I am a Community Governor having had two children in both Burlington Infants and Burlington Junior Schools some years ago. Being a School Governor gives an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to the local community and the education of the next generation by supporting, and being a critical friend to, the staff at the school. With my background in a career in the music business and as well as my governor role I am passionate about music in schools. I am delighted to see how the school continues to grow and develop and maintain the very highest standards in all areas under its Head and Deputy Head in the challenging arena of modern education.
I am pleased to be able to support the school as a co-opted governor. I am a parent of children at the school.
I work for a Financial Services company in Change Management and hope to provide business management input the team.’
As an old pupil of Burlington, I feel privileged to have been co-opted onto the school’s governing body. I am committed to providing the best possible education for every child in the school together with the other governors and staff, in partnership with parents and carers.
My background is in financial services, where I worked for 10 years in derivatives and risk management, before re training as a Secondary Maths teacher, working in schools in South West London and Surrey. This role really fuelled my passion and motivation to see the children flourish and improve their chances of educational enrichment.
I have also spent the last 10 years in the Healthcare sector, as a co-owner of two nursing homes on the South Coast.
I have two boys aged 8 and 11.
I am a co-opted governor and have 3 older children who were previously at Burlington. I am a nurse and work in the Burns clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
I was appointed to the Governing Board in March 2016 as a parent governor, with two daughters in the junior school. I work for a financial systems consultancy in central London, and have lived in New Malden for over 30 years
I am a co-opted governor with responsibility for SEND [and I am also a link governor for Year 6 in 2018-19]. I have two sons, one of whom currently attends Burlington Junior School.
Professionally, I have previously worked for over 10 years as a strategy adviser to the BBC's governing board and, currently, as a business and financial adviser within BBC Radio and Music.
I have been a co- opted Governor at the Junior school since March 2017. I have a daughter in year 4 and another daughter currently in the Infant school in year 2.
I am a HR Manager for a London Medical School and have lived in New Malden for almost 7 years.
My name is Viviana Patterson. I have a daughter in the Juniors. My family and I have lived in New Malden for a number of years.
I have experience of working in school settings which supports my role as a governor.
Celina Summerhays- Staff Governor
"I am Head of Year 3 at Burlington Junior School. I moved from Hampshire to London and have been at this school since September 2015. I'm very passionate about teaching and I feel extremely privileged to work in such a fantastic school. I joined the governing body in September 2016 as I'm really interested in and committed to finding ways to improve the school and provide the children with the best possible education."
Mrs P Hall- Staff Governor
I have worked in both the Infants and Junior Schools for over 30 years. My 2 boys came to this school and found it really friendly so I was really pleased when I was offered a job. I am now a HLTA and enjoy all aspects of this position.