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 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 (chair: Stefan Bown) which reviews the budget, personal and premises. This committee meets once a term and all Governors can attend these meetings.
Because of Covid-19 the governors are doing online reviews of subject areas and year groups.
If you are interested in joining the Governing Body please contact the School Office.
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Karen Bridgman who can be contacted via the School Office.
Click here for statutory information on the current governing body
“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.”
Simon Campbell - Chair
I have been a co-opted Governor since 2017 and am delighted to be able to help the school achieve its strategy.
I have two children at the school and love being part of the community. Professionally I am a senior change manager for a financial services company
Ann Bastow - Vice Chair
I am a co-opted governor with responsibility for SEND. 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.
Nik Barras - Parent Governor
‘I have been a resident of new Malden since 2011 and both my children attended Burlington Infants and currently attend the Junior school. I have worked extensively with schools and local authorities in my professional career supporting schools reduce costs so they can re-invest in classroom and extra-curricular and helping to build both new schools and extensions affordably and sustainably. I currently work for Cabinet office and the MoD.’
"I am a co-opted Governor at the Junior School and I myself attended Burlington as a child from 1999 - 2005. My family and I have lived in New Malden for over 20 years.
Professionally, I work in Finance as an Actuary for a professional services company. I look forward to helping the school achieve its ambitions using my personal knowledge of how Burlington can open up a world of opportunity for its pupils."
I am a co-opted 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 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.
Julie Hickman - Parent Governor
I have enjoyed being involved with the school as a parent rep and as chair of the PTA for the last 3 years. Providing additional funds to support the school vision of inspiring children towards a love of learning and knowledge.
In my professional life, I worked for 20 years in the investment banking industry in IT and project management roles. Currently I am working for the local authority administering early years funding. This has given me important skills I can transfer to the role of Governor.
I look forward to learning more about the curriculum, how it is delivered at Burlington and how it encourages all children to access education and be the best they can be.
I am local authority appointed governor with children at Burlington. I have lived in New Malden for over 6 years and the Kingston area since childhood. As a parent, neighbour and local community member being a governor gives me the opportunity to help and support the school to meet its vision and mission.
Professionally I work digital technology sector based in the City.
“I am co-opted governor with children at Burlington.
I have lived in New Malden for over 10 years and as a parent, neighbour and local community member being a governor gives me the opportunity to help and support the school to meet its vision and mission.
Professionally I’m a manager for a large infrastructure company.”
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.
I have been a co-opted governor since November 2019. My two children started their Burlington journeys in the Nursery at the Infant school, and my eldest is currently enrolled in the Junior school.
As a parent I’m grateful that my children are benefiting from such a positive learning environment at the school, and as a governor I feel a strong commitment to ensure its continued strength.
I have lived in New Malden since 2013 and work in a commercial role for a global management & technology consulting firm.
I am a co-opted governor who until recently had a child at Burlington Junior School. We moved away from the area after 9 years, but it was not an easy decision and the hardest part of the decision was taking our son away from all his friends and such a great school. We all loved Burlington and felt part of a family.
Burlington Junior school does an amazing job and I just want to keep doing what I can to help the school. I work in media as an Insight and Marketing manager. My role requires me to manage several large projects at a time, but most importantly understand people - what they need and want, how they behave and what makes them tick. I can also bring insight from the fact that I am now a parent of children at different schools and so provide an alternative perspective and experience from that. I hope all this experience can help Burlington Junior school keep doing fantastic things.
I am a Staff Governor and have been since 2018. My roles at Burlington Junior School include being a class-based teacher, the school's English Lead and part of the Senior Leadership Team. I have been a teacher for over 8 years and I love being part of the Burlington community.