The Governing Body sets performance targets for all areas of life at St Matthew's School. This work includes such diverse subjects as the times of school sessions, the level of pay for teachers, the targets for pupil achievement and the balanced treatment of political issues. Many of the targets are informed by central or local government policies. Below is a list of Governor information:
Liz Broad - Chair of Governors
I was appointed to the governing body in November 2018. I have worshipped in the Parish of Wimbledon, at St Mary’s, for over 40 years, and served as a governor (including as Chair) at Bishop Gilpin for 22 years until 2011. My entire working life has been spent in education: initially as a primary teacher in Mitcham and latterly as Head of Primary Initial Teacher Education at Roehampton University. During my career I have visited St Matthew’s on a number of occasions to observe student teachers on placement, and I have enjoyed getting to know the school and staff even better since becoming a governor. I am a member of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and also sit on its Schools’ Committee, which gives me helpful advance warning of any imminent changes to policy which require governors’ attention. I have a background in children’s literature and the teaching of reading and I am a member of the UK Literacy Association’s Executive Council, serving also as chair of its International Sub-Committee. All this plus family, a garden and a small and rather naughty puppy keep me well-occupied in retirement!
Gary Quinn - Head Teacher and Ex Officio Governor
Helen Orchard - Ex Officio Governor and Vice Chair
I have been Team Vicar of St Matthew's Church since April 2011. One of the reasons I applied for the job was because of the school: I could tell even at interview what a special place it is. I really enjoy coming into school to lead collective worship and spend time with the staff and children. It is also lovely having the school coming to the church on a regular basis for festivals: Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers' Service, as well as for other visits to learn more about the church and the Christian faith. It is a pleasure and privilege to serve on the Governing Body and I also chair the Curriculum Committee. I am interested in all areas of school life but have a particular responsibility for issues relating to spirituality and religion.
Naomi Manhire - Teacher Governor
It has been a pleasure to have been a part of the St Matthew’s community for the last 7 years. I joined St Matthew's as a teacher in 2013 and became Staff Governor in 2017. The role gives me the opportunity to work closely with both staff and governors to help improve our school, to make contributions from a teacher’s perspective and to learn about different aspects of school leadership. Currently, I am lucky enough to teach Year Six and enjoy the role of preparing the children for their next chapter. Alongside this, I lead Phase 2 (Year 4,5 and 6) and maths across the school, a subject I feel very passionately about. In my spare time, I enjoy watching and playing sport as well as trying to tick as many countries of the world off my bucket list.â€‹
Nick Wood - Wimbledon PCC Representative
I have one child currently at St Matthews and one who has been right through the school and moves to secondary school in September 2020. Both have enjoyed a wonderful experience at the school. I've been lucky enough to be a Governor since 2017 and still learn something new at every governors meeting. Having spent my career working in banking, I was naturally asked to join and subsequently chair the Finance & Premises Committee and oversee the Maintenance Fund. Given the stretched finances of all schools, I’m very happy to serve in this way.
There is something very special about our school, with the strong link to St Matthews church, and I feel privileged to be a part of this community. Having two energetic and sport loving children, I’m also very pleased with the level of sporting provision at school, where St Matthews always punches above its weight, giving all the children the chance to play and compete in a wide range of sporting activities.
James Boatman - Parent Governor
I have two sons at St Matthews, am married to Emma and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018. I provide a current parents perspective on the governing body and am a point of contact for all parents. I often drop William and Hector to school in the mornings so please introduce yourself if you would like to chat. The school governing body provides important support to Mr Quinn and the teaching staff and I hope to help with the continued success of St Matthews.
David de Souza - Parent Governor
Since our son George joined the nursery class at St Matthew’s in 2015 we have enjoyed participating in the life of the school (my wife Nelle spent two-years as a PTA co-chair). My professional background, previously at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and now in the Corporate Governance & Regulatory Affairs function of a UK bank, is in providing constructive challenge to senior leaders and working collaboratively to identify practical ways to improve policies, processes and accountability in organisations. I am also a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and was previously a member of the FCA’s Diversity Advisory Group. I hope to provide as much support as possible to the fantastic staff and leaders at St Matthew’s who make our school such an amazing place for our children.
Will Cooper - PCC Representative
I was originally elected as a Parent Governor in May 2014, and am now enjoying a second term as a PCC representative. With my eldest daughter now leaving the school after 7 very happy years, I am pleased that I am able to continue my association with St. Matthew's for at least 2 more years as both a parent and a governor. It is a real privilege to be part of such a close-knit community, and I hope that I can continue to support the school in realising all aspects of its development plan. As a Deputy Head teacher in a secondary school, I am pleased to be a member of the Curriculum Committee and am a strong supporter of the integrated curriculum model, which encourages the children to make connections between all their areas of study and to apply their understanding to unfamiliar situations. I am also the Safeguarding Governor for the school, a role for which I receive a range of statutory training and guidance. I am a very keen DIY enthusiast, tennis player and watcher of Formula 1 motor racing.
Sally Aitken-Davies - PCC Representative
I have been a Governor of St Matthews since 2013.
Having lived in Merton for over forty years bringing up our family of three grown up children all of whom went to school locally I bring to the Governing Body local knowledge and experience.Extensive previous service as a School Governor in the borough gave me confidence to take on the role as PCC representative, I am a regular attender at St Matthew's Church. I have recently retired as a physiotherapist working locally in the community. This has given me extensive local knowledge and contacts in the area which I might hopefully to be able to bring for the benefit of the children at St Matthew’s.
Mrs Zoe Grogan - Foundation Governor
I was appointed to the governing body in May 2018. I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee and the link governor for the history and geography curriculum. I am a Foundation Governor which means I was appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and alongside my fellow governors play a particular role in ensuring the school’s Christian ethos and character. I regularly attend St Matthew’s Church where I play an active role in children’s worship. I am also a parent and have two sons at St Matthew’s. Since our eldest joined the school in 2017, we have loved being part of such a vibrant and caring community. My professional background is as a board adviser and search consultant advising corporate clients on leadership challenges including a wide range of senior executive and non-executive appointments.
Cllr. Andrew Howard - LA Governor
Christian Dingwall - Foundation Governor
I have been a foundation governor of St Matthew’s School since early 2020. I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee and the link governor for the music curriculum.
As a foundation governor I was appointed by the parish council and share a responsibility for the school’s Christian ethos. The school has a strong bond with St Matthew’s Church where I am a regular attender. I believe that the connection is a valuable one that should be nurtured and maintained.
I have a strong personal and professional commitment to public service values. Throughout my professional career as a solicitor I have acted mostly for NHS bodies. Much of my work is advice about and support for good governance, regulatory compliance and organisational development.