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Governing Body

Policies and Statements

Policies and Statements

The policies and statements below refer to the finance and governance of Brentford School for Girls.

Governor Expense Policy

Deed of Variation

Articles of Associations

Governors Register of Business Interests:

Governors sign a form each term to declare whether they had any related parties with whom Brentford School for Girls has had any transaction in the last school year. (relevant parties are listed below).

  • Spouse or Partner

  • Adult children

  • Any person with whom they have a close personal relationship

  • Any entity in which they have an interest which gives the significant influence over its affairs.

  • Any interests in which any entities where the person noted under 1-3 above has a significant influence

Governors currently have no Business interests to declare.

Governors will then sign a form at each termly Full Governing Body meeting to confirm that they have no additional information to add since the date of the last signature. If there are any changes detail will be added here.

If you require any further information please contact the Clerk to the Governors.

 What is a Governor ?

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent 
  • The Department of Education explains that the purpose of having a governing body is to:
  • Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement 
  • Keep the pressure up on school improvement 
  • Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice 
  • Help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community 
  • Make the school accountable to the public for what it does 
  • Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review 
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff 
  • Not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action. 

Our Governing Body at Brentford is a group made up of twenty parents, school staff (including the Head Teacher), and people from the local community who together oversee the development of the school. 

Governors do not manage the school, that is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and Leadership Team but they do help determine the aims and values of the school, the priorities for development and help to monitor that the decisions they are making are having the desired effect.  

Governors need to be willing to work as part of a team, read papers, attend meetings and ask constructive questions. There is free training available and plenty of advice and support from the school and other members of the Governing Body. All Governors need to be willing to consider the interests of all children and families in the school.



The Governing Body has three Committees:

Human Resources

It is the responsibility of the Human Resources Committee to take the lead role within the governing body to consider all matters relating to staffing including:

  • Vacancies and appointments
  • Staff development
  • Performance management
  • Absence
  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Grievance proceedings
  • Redundancy
  • Early retirement requests
  • Pay 
  • Recruitment and Retention

Julie Woodward is Chair of Human Resources.

Human Resources ‘Terms Of Reference

Pay committee Terms of Reference

Achievement; Progress and Pupil Welfare 

It is the responsibility of the Achievement; Progress and Pupil Welfare Committee to take the lead role within the governing body to ensure that the school provides a curriculum which is:

  • Balanced and broadly based that includes the National Curriculum, religious education, drug education, personal, social, heath and citizenship and sex education
  • Promotes spiritual, moral, social and physical development of pupils and society
  • Prepares pupils for the next stage of their school education
  • Helps to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life

Nicola Gouldstone is Chair.

Achievement; Progress & Pupil Welfare Terms of Reference

Premises and Finance 

It is the responsibility of the Premises and Finance committee to: 

  • Monitor the financial administration of the school
  • To prepare the annual budget for approval by the whole Governing Body
  • To authorise any necessary changes in the course of the year
  • To plan ahead for the financial wellbeing of the school
  • To deal with all matters related to Health and Safety
  • To deal with all matters related to premises
  • To act as an Audit Committee

Simon French is Chair of Premises and Finance

Premises and Finance Terms of Reference

Our Governing Body 

Staff Governors

  • Marais Leenders -
    Head Teacher
  • Sameem Malek
  • Shim Amin
  • Nancy Horsnell

Parent Governors

  • Rosie Griffiths
  • Alison Wren

Community Governors

  • Terri George - Chair of Governors, postal address c/o Brentford School for Girls
  • Nicola Gouldstone - Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Achievement, Progress and Pupil Welfare
  • Simon French - Chair of Premises and Finance
  • Julie Woodward - Chair of Human Resources
  • Anna Moore
  • Katia Babbar
  • Renu Badiani
  • Marie Anderson
  • Paul Chambers

Associate Governor

  • Liz Gers

Clerk to the Governors

  • Caren Benn


Minutes of meetings 

All minutes of meetings are available on email request through the Councils clerk to the governors Caren Benn -

Guide to the Law for Governors 

You can download the Guide To the Law For Governors *here.