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
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.”
All governors are invited to attend additional committee meetings to discuss and review particular aspects of school life.
The Curriculum Committee (chair: Daniel Jackman) meets once a term to review curriculum sequencing and progression, as well as to discuss subject strengths and areas of development. Subject leaders may also attend these meetings to provide updates to our school governors.
The Resource Committee (chair: Stefan Bown) meets to review the budget, personnel and premises. This committee meets once a term.
Joining our Governing Body
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.
Nick Barras - Parent Governor
I have been a resident of New Malden since 2011 and both my children attended Burlington Infants and Junior Schools, with one still currently attending 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 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.
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.
Stephen Arbuthnot - Acting Chair of Governors
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 both are 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.
Rev Katie Thomas
I moved to New Malden in February 2018 to become the Vicar of St James Church on Bodley Road. I am a single mum to three children, including one with special educational needs, two cats and a very lively dog! I’m delighted to working with such an excellent school and the brilliant children we have at Burlington.
I am co-opted/parent Governor at Burlington Junior School since September 2021. I have been living in the New Malden area since 2017. I have a daughter in the Juniors and a son in the Infants.
I am a post Graduate student of International Human Resource management at Kingston university. Being a school Governor provides me the opportunity to contribute towards school education and development and my local community.