Governing Body of Sydenham School

Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Education Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity. They have responsibility for overseeing the strategic framework of the school including setting policies, approving the curriculum and overseeing the school budget.

The Governors support the Headteacher and give feedback, recognising and celebrating achievement, identifying where the school is not achieving as well as it could, and providing support and encouragement when exploring ideas for improvement. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities - Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.

The Full Governing Body Minutes are available to view on request. Please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school to arrange this.​

Current Governing Body of Sydenham School


Voting is open in our Parent Governor Election from 9am on Thursday, 5 May, to 5pm on Thursday, 19 May. Read the candidates' supporting statements below and then click the following link to vote:  

Please note that you must be a parent/carer of a current Sydenham School student for your vote to count. Only vote is allowed per parent/carer.

Candidates' Statements

Charlene Clotworthy:

As a parent who is passionate about education, exemplified through my current position as a SENCo (Special Educational needs Coordinator) managing all aspects of education and learning, I understand the demands as a parent and professional of working tirelessly to develop teaching strategies to support our children’s learning and development. Apart from my work, I provide support to parents who feel their child’s school has failed to provide adequate support due to special educational needs. Lastly, it would give me great pleasure to share the knowledge and skills that I have gained to make a positive impact.

Patrick Cullen:

I believe in non-selective education and schools with links to their local community. I’m passionate about social mobility and giving equal opportunities to children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

Two of my three daughters are at Sydenham School (years 7 and 9). I actively support the PTA and my local neighbourhood. I work in the legal sector and have  experience working in diverse teams in the UK and overseas. 

As a Governor, I want to use my experience in professional services to contribute to the leadership of Sydenham School and make a positive contribution to children’s education and welfare.

Jimoh Muraina Giwa:

I hope to be close to both the school and students, ask and attend to their questions or problems if I am elected. And I will be faithful and adhere to all rules, norms and regulations of Sydenham School.

Maja Hilton:

As a parent of two girls at the school (Y9&Y8) I am interested in the Parent Governor role.

I feel ordinary yet privileged that I represented this rich multi-cultural area at tthe Council (2014-2018).

In my professional capacity as a Director and Company Secretary of a medium-sized company I have many skills in different areas and understand well the complexities any large organization face.

With my positive attitude I want to join the team that will provide the best environment and teaching methods to ensure that each and every one of the girls will reach their full potential.

Kate Slater-Vance:

I’m new to Sydenham School, with a daughter in Year 7 and another daughter eager to join in 2024. I have been very active in their Primary School careers and I'm keen to understand and participate in their Secondary School journey. My background is in Project Management within the Advertising industry so I've got lots of experience working in a team delivering challenging client briefs. I’m enthusiastic, focused and want to help drive continuous improvement within our school and community. I am prepared to dedicate the next 4 years working hard to support policy, objectives and targets at Sydenham School.


Governor Biographies

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings 2019/20

Click here to view the Governors' attendance for 2019/20.

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings 2020/21

Click here to view the Governors' attendance for 2020/21.