Governors contribute their collective experience and skills to the academy on a voluntary basis. They play a strategic role sharing, as a board, collective responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the policies, plans and procedures within which the academy operates, helping to provide an environment in which good quality education can thrive. They approve the academy budget and act as a critical friend to the Headteacher by providing support and challenge. They have no legal authority to act individually and their over-riding concern is the success of the academy as a whole.
The Governing Board of the Academy must comprise a minimum of four appointed governors and two parent governors. There is a Chair and Vice Chair of Governors. Governors are appointed by the Academies Enterprise Trust to ensure that the board has the right balance of skills and experience, including:
- educational knowledge and expertise
- financial expertise
- community knowledge
- safeguarding knowledge and expertise
- leadership and people management skills
The Clerk to the Governors is Andrew Falk. Operating within the requirements of AET, he is responsible for the preparation of agenda papers and for taking the minutes of all full board and sub-committee meetings.
David has lived in Barnes for twenty years and in London for over thirty. He is a graduate of Kings College, London.
For the last fourteen years, he has run his own training & development business, working as a sales, leadership and communication skills trainer and coach.
He has two daughters at RPA, both of whom attended East Sheen Primary School; his wife Fiona is a Learning Support Assistant there.
David was elected as one of two Parent Governors when our Academy was formed in 2010 and was appointed Chair of Governors in July 2014.
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Jan Allcorn (Vice Chair of Governors) has been a Sheen resident for many years. As someone who benefited from the 1944 Education Act, and one of the first in her family to gain a degree, she is a passionate believer in state education providing the best opportunity for all children.
She became a teacher at 22 years of age and worked for many years in London comprehensive schools before becoming a local authority advisor/school inspector. She now works as an educational consultant undertaking reviews of teaching and learning, behaviour, and mathematics in secondary schools. She is an Ofsted Accredited Inspector.
In addition to her work as Vice Chair of Governors Jan is a member of the Student Wellbeing committee and has oversight of the school’s Special Educational Needs provision and Maths.
Anne Hahlo is now in her third elected term on the governing board since the academy opened in 2010. She has two daughters, one in Year 11 at RPA and one who has now left to go on to university.
She has lived in Barnes for 25 years and is involved in many community activities. She believes that schools form a vital part of that community and that both benefit when students are educated in their local school. She has run her own marketing and market research services business for the past 20 years.
Anne is the Chair of the Student Wellbeing committee.
Tom Dahri joined the Governing Board in 2014 and has been a Barnes and Sheen resident for over 20 years. He is married to our PTA Chair Lynn and they have two children at RPA in Years 11 and 9.
Tom has 27 years experience as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service, ranked at Detective Inspector, currently working in a police station in West London. His portfolio has ranged from investigating homicides and terrorism to community partnership programmes focusing on the reduction of violent crime, including working with the local borough Adult and Children Safeguarding Boards. He is the local police lead for the recruitment, retention and progression for ethnic minority police officers and is a mentor for officers’seeking promotion or lateral development towards specialist detective roles.
Tom sits on the committees for Student Wellbeing and Finance and Resources.
Tom is a qualified RFU coach and until recently has been playing rugby with the Bank of England 2nds team.
AET (Community) Governors
Mona Adams has been an East Sheen resident for more than 40 years. She has two adult daughters who were students of Sheen Mount and Richmond Park Academy's predecessor school. She sits on the Student Outcomes and Student Wellbeing committees.
Mona worked at the BBC and for cinema and independent television companies as a programme developer, interviewer and historical consultant. She was seconded to the BBC's Corporate Affairs department, where she developed her communication and PR skills. She is a governor at Sheen Mount Primary School and a Trustee of the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes. She plays a mean game of badminton and runs a local club where she shares her love of the game with players of varying ages.
Nikki Rossner is an East Sheen resident who has lived near RPA for over 20 years.
She is a qualified secondary school teacher and taught 11 to 18-year-olds for 17 years in SW London. She chairs the Student Outcomes committee.
She is a mother to two children, a keen traveller and enjoys participating in most sports.
Alistair Fernie joined the Governing Board in early 2015. He is a member of the Student Outcomes Committee and co-Chairs the Finance and Resources Committee.
Alistair joined the strategy consulting firm McKinsey in October 2015 after 18 years working for the UK Department for International Development. He ran British government aid programmes in Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Middle East, and was latterly Director for International Finance. Previously he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières and Amnesty International. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford.
Alistair lives in Barnes and has seven-year-old twins at Barnes Primary School. You may see him running in Richmond Park or on the Thames tow paths, training for his next marathon.
Claire Boyer has lived in East Sheen for nearly 20 years. She has a son in Year 11 at RPA who previously attended East Sheen Primary School.
Claire is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience of working in a variety of organisations, both not for profit and commercial. She’s currently the Director of Finance and Procurement for a Housing Association which owns and manages properties in Surrey and surrounding areas. She is Chair of the Governing Board’s Finance & Resources committee and is lead Governor for Finance.
Outside of work she enjoys walking and reading and is a keen tennis player.
How was the Governing Body of RPA appointed?
Parent governors are elected by parental vote every four years. AET governors are selected for their skill sets and experience and are approved by the AET Board of Trustees in conjunction with the Chair and Governing Board.
How do the governors fit into the AET framework and what is their role?
The Governing Board of the RPA is accountable to the AET Board of Trustees. Its role is to ensure the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy, to hold the Principal to account for its performance and leadership and to oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure money is well spent. Operational matters are the responsibility of the Principal, but governors provide advice, support and challenge regarding all aspects of the Academy’s performance.
How do governors monitor performance?
The Governing Board has established three committees, each focused on key aspects of the school's performance:
Each committee contains at least three members of the Governing Board and has a designated member of the Senior Leadership Team reporting into it. The Principal and Chair of Governors are de facto members of all committees and attend meetings regularly.
- Student Outcomes committee (Chair: Nikki Rossner) - student progress, attainment, teaching & learning
- Finance & Resources committee (Chair: Claire Boyer) - budgeting, expenditure, HR, Health & Safety, premises
- Student Wellbeing committee (Chair: Anne Hahlo) - student safeguarding, pastoral support, behaviour and attendance
Committees meet once per half term. Their work feeds into the main Governing Board, which also meets once per half term.