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Structure and Remit of the Governing Body

Central Foundation Girls’ School is a Voluntary Aided Foundation School maintained by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Governing Body has the overall responsibility, under the Education Act 2002, for the conduct of the school, for promoting high standards of educational achievement, and for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

The Headteacher is accountable to the Governing Body for the internal organisation, management and control, and the educational performance of the school and its students. The governing body has responsibility for the appointment of all staff but has delegated this to the Headteacher for all staff below Deputy Headteacher.

Governors are responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent, and ensuring that Central Foundation Girls’ School has an effective and appropriate system of financial and management controls. The Governing Body has delegated the day to day responsibility to the Headteacher for implementing effective management systems, including financial monitoring and control systems, and for ensuring that the systems conform with good financial management practices and with the finance regulations of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

 

Please click to view our Governance Statement 2020 - 2021

The Governors approve all policies and review the performance of the school at all levels through the following Committees:

  • Resources Committee:  Responsible for overseeing financial performance.
  • Curriculum and Standards Committee: Responsible for overseeing educational performance.
  • Personnel Committee: Responsible for overseeing staffing resources. It has a sub-Committee for Health & Safety, responsible for overseeing all premises related maters, on which staff and union representatives also sit.
  • The Headteacher and Senior Staff Performance Management and Pay Review committee. This Committee reviews the performance of the Headteacher annually and determines the pay of the headteacher and members of the senior leadership team.
  • Other Committees are formed as required for considering staffing issues and pupil exclusions.
  • The Governing Body has the power to appoint Associate Members to Committees but does not currently do so.

 

Governing Body structure

School staff (2):

The Headteacher is automatically a Governor. The staff of the school elect a Staff Governor

Parent Governors (2):

Parent Governors are elected by a ballot of all parents/carers

Local Authority Governor (1):

The Local Authority (LB Tower Hamlets) appoints a representative

Foundation Governors (8):

Foundation Governors are the majority (it follows from the voluntary-aided status of the school) and are appointed by the Central Foundation Schools of London

Co-opted (2):

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board

Members of the Governing Body | 1st September 2020

All Governors are elected for a period of four years, but often stand for more than one term of office. 

The Chair of Governors at 1st September 2020 is Mr Barry Gooden

The Vice Chair of Governors at 1st September 2020 is Mr Clive Arding

The Clerk to the Governing Body for 2020-2021 is NPW Governor Services, Francis House, 760 Barking Road, Plaistow, London E13 9PJ (enquiries@npw.so)

 

All members

Expiry Date of Term of Office

Title

First Name

Second name

Headteacher                 Ex Officio

Ms

Esther

Holland

    Foundation                   30/11/2021

Mr

Barry

Gooden

    Foundation                   09/07/2023

Mr

Clive

Arding

    Foundation                   31/08/2024

Mr

John

Cruse

     Foundation                   30/06/2022

Ms

Frances

Simmons

     Foundation                   01/04/2025

Mr

Shahanur

Khan

     Staff                                  16/10/2022

Ms

Syeda

Khanom

    Foundation                   14/10/2023

Mr

James

Leviseur

    Foundation                   25/03/2023

Mr

Lionel

Green

      Foundation                   14/07/2024

Dr

Helen

Jenner

       Local Authority           20/03/2022

Ms

Hilary

Evenett

                  Parent                             05/05/2025

Ms

Afia 

Khatun

                  Parent                            25/04/2022

                                   Mr

             Easin

             Ahmad

                  Parent                            06/11/2020

Ms

Parveen 

Rob

                  Co-opted                       13/05/2024

Ms

           Donna

Jones

                  Co-opted                       07/07/2025

Ms

Catherine

Harrington

                  Co-opted                       30/06/2025 Ms Mahera Ruby

Meetings

The Governing Body meets four times a year. Governors, in addition to attending the main Governing Body, attend the meetings of at least one of the committees so that each Governor attends a meeting between seven and ten times a year, together with visits to the school for other reasons. We also try to attend public events such school play performances, music concerts and prize-giving ceremonies.

Central Foundation Girls' School meeting attendance | 2020-2021 

Y = Attended, N = Apologies, Blank = Not Required