The role of the governing body

The main aim of the governing body of Thornton Heath Nursery School is to maintain and improve the standards of education. Our work is divided into four key areas:

  • Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources;
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Head of Nursery and the senior staff to support and challenge them in managing the school;
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent. Currently the school is supported through a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Croydon local authority and the Pegasus Academy Trust (PAT). This is because there is no permanent school leadership, and while there are on-going discussions nationally and locally about the financial stability and sustainability of nursery schools, a decision about long-term leadership capacity subject to ongoing discussion with the Education Department of Croydon Council. The SLA provides for PAT to appoint our Head of Nursery, and the work of the school is overseen by the Executive Headteachers of the Trust, with whom the governing body works in close partnership. Governors are generally appointed to serve for a four year term of office. The number of governors in the governing body is set out in the school’s ‘Instrument of Government’. Our governing body can consist of a maximum of 15 governors, who represent parents, staff, the local authority and the community: this is made up of 2 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 local authority governor, 10 co-opted governors and the Head of Nursery.

Staff Governors can include both teaching and non-teaching staff. Staff governors are elected by the staff and should communicate with those who elect them. Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. Co-opted governors are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether the person meets their eligibility criteria. Parent Governors are elected to be representative of the parent body. If there are not enough nominations, the governing body can appoint parent governors. Parent governors may complete their term of office when their child leaves the school.

Members of the governing body of Thornton Heath Nursery School (as of November 2018) are:

  • Emma Whapham (Chair of Governors, Finance) – Community governor
  • Jenette Indarsingh  (Head of Nursery)
  • Cheridah Caesar-Mejias (Safeguarding, Child Protection & Looked After Children) – Co-opted governor
  • Wayne Biswas (Lead Teacher) – Staff governor
  • Lynne Sampson (Pegasus Academy Trust) – Co-opted governor
  • Ashleigh White – (SEND) Parent governor
  • Marley King –  Parent governor
  • Sophie Richardson – Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

All governors can be contacted c/o the school, either in writing or by email to