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Governing Body

A Message from the Chair of Governors

Welcome. I have been a Forestdale governor for many years as well as a local councillor from May 1990 to May 2018, for Heathfield Ward, where the school is located in the London Borough of Croydon and was elected chair of governors in September 2013. Our latest Ofsted Inspection (Jan 2017) highlighted a great many of our strengths and the school and the members of the governing body were happy with the ‘Good’ outcome. However we are all striving for ‘outstanding’ and have excellent plans in place to take the school forward.
The governing body is a ‘critical friend’ in all matters to the school and works very closely with the Head Teacher; the Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the delivery of the curriculum, school finances, maintenance of the school premises and personnel matters. Teaching and Learning is at the heart of all we do at Forestdale and we want to give all our children the very best education and offer them every opportunity to reach their potential.
The Head Teacher is a full member of the Governing Body and attends all Governors’ meetings. In addition to termly governing body meetings governors also visit school regularly to speak to staff and attend events for parents and children. Governors serve for a period of four years, parents with a child at the school are entitled to stand for election as a Parent Governor and vote when elections are held.
I can be contacted through the school office:
Margaret Mead (Mrs)



The Governing Body carries out a very important job behind the scenes in supporting and challenging the school staff to improve the outcomes for children.


Meet the Governors  

Currently there are 13 members and all have voting rights on their committees and in the Full Governing Body:



2 Parent governors (appointed by parents):

Mr A. Aderinola Term of office- 22/11/2018-21/11/22

Mr G. Hopper Term of office- 22/11/2018-21/11/22


1 Staff governor (appointed by the staff):

Mrs L. Hagreen Term of office- 17/11/2019-16/11/2023


1 Local Authority governor (appointed by the LA):

Mrs M. Mead Term of office- 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2022


8 Co-opted governors (appointed by the Governing Body):

Mrs S. Aburrow Term of office- 18/01/2020-17/1/2024

Mr A. Douglas Term of office- 18/01/2020-17/1/2024

Mr F. Mirza Term of office- 18/1/2020-17/1/2024

Mr J. Ferendinos Term of office- 14/3/2019-13/3/2020

Mr D. Simmonds-Term of office- 18/1/17- 17/1/2021

Mrs L. Smith Term of office- 28/11/2016-27/11/2021

Mr T. Coleman Term of office- 21/01/2019-20/01/2023

Ms L. Chick Term of office- 21/03/2019-26/03/2023

Mrs V. Phoo Par Term of office-28/01/2020-27/01/2024

1 Ex officio governor (Headteacher):

Ms V. Esparon Term of office- 1/09/2012


1 Clerk to Governors:

Mrs S. Scott Term of office- 1/9/2016


1 senior leader observers:

Mrs C. Hart Term of office-1/9/2016









Head Teacher Performance Management:



Full Governing Body: 


Attendance Register and Pecuniary Interests 2018/2019


We work closely as a team particularly with the leadership team on a wide variety of tasks which include:

This list may seem daunting but we can honestly say that we really enjoy the huge satisfaction we get from seeing how rapidly the school is improving and feel valued for our part in it. We are a strong team with a variety of skills who work well together and have a shared commitment to continuing the journey together for the benefit of all our children in the future.