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St Matthew's Primary

Friendship · Discovery · Prayer

Governing Body

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. Click here for a table of Governor information, and here for a copy of our Strategic Plan.

Governors' Prayer

 Liz Broad - Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

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 currently chair 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 trustee of the UK Literacy Association, serving on its Executive Committee and National Council, and also convening the International Sub-Committee.  I review children’s books for a number of publications and organisations which keeps me in touch with recent publications and which provides a small but steady stream of books for school.  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. 



Nick Woods - Foundation Governor

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.



Sally Aitken-Davies - Foundation Governor

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 and Pay Committees, the link Equality and Diversity Governor, 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.

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.

 Taryn Smith - Staff Governor

I was appointed to the governing body in October 2021 and am the staff representative.  I am currently enjoying my role as the Year 3 class teacher.  Before that, I was a supply teacher at St Matthew's and had the opportunity to teach most classes within the school.  I wanted to join St Matthew's due to the warm welcome I received from the staff and families at our school.  Prior to joining the St Matthew's community I taught in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 across three London boroughs.

 As part of my governor role I am on the curriculum committee.  In my free time I enjoy playing ice hockey, skydiving and trekking.

Anne Khan - Parent Governor 

Appointed parent governor at the end of 2021, I have had a strong relationship with the school since 2013. My 3 children attended the school giving me insights across all school years. I hope to combine my experiences as Vice President within a Global Investment Bank with my experiences of raising a multi-faith, multi-racial family to ensure the school continues to deliver on its values of “Friendship, Discovery and Prayer” as it responds to the post-covid challenges including climate change, diversity, budget challenges and academic rigour. I attend school drop-off and pick-up most days so please don't hesitate to chat if you have any questions. My youngest child, is currently in Year 1 and I look forward to seeing him experience the school's exceptional caring, nurturing and inspiring environment.

Clare Jarman - Parent Governor

I was appointed as a parent governor in July 2022. As a parent of 3 children at St Matthew’s in Year 3, Year 1 and Nursery, I provide a parents voice into the governing body and all its decisions. I am fully committed to the growth and development of the school to ensure every child can achieve their potential. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee, helping St Matthew’s provide the best education and experience for our children.