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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

Related party and positions with power declaration

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

Marie Anderson 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

Dr Katia Babbar 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

Jane Slaughter is Chair

Premises and Finance Terms of Reference


Our Governing Body 

Staff Governors

  • Marais Leenders -
    Head Teacher
  • Sameem Malek
  • Sian Giddens

Parent Governors

  • Mohamed Ismail
  • Chris McLeod
  • Alistair Callendar

Community Governors

  • Terri George - Chair of Governors, postal address c/o Brentford School for Girls
  • Nicola Gouldstone - Vice Chair of Governors
  • Marie Anderson - Chair of Human Resources
  • Dr Katia Babbar - Chair of Achievement; Progress and Pupil Welfare
  • Augusto Embrini
  • James Lawson
  • Jane Slaughter
  • Lizzie Waterhouse


  • Marie Anderson
  • Anna Moore

Clerk to the Governors

  • D’cruz & White Ltd


Minutes of meetings 

All minutes of meetings are available on email request through the Councils clerk to the governors e-mail:

Guide to the Law for Governors 

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

Trustees Information & Duties


Chair of Governors                                                                             MsTerri George       


Vice Chair of Governors                                                                   Ms Nicola Gouldstone


Staff Governors                                                                                  Ms Marais Leenders (Head Teacher)

4                                                                                                            Ms Sameem Malek

HT, 2 Teachers, & 1 Non-Teaching                                                   Ms Sian Giddens                   

                                                                                                              1 Vacancy


Parent Governors                                                                              Mr Mohamed Ismail

7                                                                                                            Mr Chris McLeod

                                                                                                              Alistair Callendar

                                                                                                               4 Vacancies


Community Governors

9                                                                                                          Dr Katia Babbar

                                                                                                            Mr Augusto Embrini

                                                        Mr James Lawson

                                                        Ms Jane Slaughter

                                                                                                            3 Vacancies

Co-Opted Governors                                                                        Ms Marie Anderson

                                                                                                             Ms Anna Moore

Associate Governors                                                                                  

Human Resources

Premises and Finance


Achievement; Progress and Pupil Welfare



Marie Anderson


Jane Slaughter


Dr Katia Babbar

Vice Chair:

Vice Chair: Anna Moore

Vice Chair:


Anna Moore

Nicola Gouldstone


Marie Anderson

Augusto Embrini

Terri George

Terri George

Terri George

Marais Leenders

James Lawson

Sian Giddens

Sameem Malek

Terri George

Marais Leenders

Lizzie Waterhouse

Marais Leenders

Mohamed Ismail


Sameem Malek



Jane Slaughter




SAFEGUARDING GOVERNOR with additional responsibility for Health and Safety = Terri George

DATA GOVERNOR = Katia Babbar

LINK GOVERNOR = Allocated as required

SEN GOVERNOR = Terri George




HSGBA REP = Allocated as required (To report back to Governing Body)

HEAD TEACHER PAY REVIEW COMMITTEE = Terri George; Nicola Gouldstone. – Governors interested in serving on this committee should contact the committee chair, to ensure appropriate training is undertaken.


PAY COMMITTEE = Katia Babbar and Terri George - Governors interested in serving on this committee should contact the committee chair, Julie, to ensure appropriate training is undertaken.

Senior Appointment Panel = to be elected from the Governing Body as required.  Panels must include a Governor who has attended Safer Recruitment Training.

*Safer Recruitment Training - Governors will be invited to attend the staff Safer Recruitment Training in March


Complaints, Exclusion, Staff Disciplinary and Appeals Panel = these will be drawn from appropriate available Governors as required.


Governors have elected to be members of the committees as listed above.  However, all Governors are welcome to attend any/all meetings.


Committee members unable to attend meetings for committees on which they are listed should tender their apologies to the Clerk.