Welcome to our Governors’ section
School Governors are volunteers who help to run the school. They're involved in decisions about all aspect of managing the school - such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards for school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the Federation's long-term goals. They support the Executive Head Teacher (EHT), but also ask questions and make sure the EHT is taking the Federation in the right direction. How they do this is set out in the Standing Orders for the Working Practices of our Governing Board which includes the voting rights of different types of Governors.
If you are interested in being a Parent Governors please contact the school and register your interest.
Meet the Governors
Let us introduce to you some of our school governors so you know more about them and how they became involved:-
|Governing Board Members|
|Name||Type||Current term of office||Resigned|
|02/10/2020 - 02/10/2024|
|31/10/2019 - 22/09/2022|
|01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024|
|01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024|
Vice Chair 2020-21
|12/12/2018 - 11/12/2022|
|Katie Sparrow Robins||Co-opted Governor||25/05/2019 - 21/05/2023||24/03/2022|
|Maddie Henson||Co-opted Governor||03/04/2019 - 24/02/2023||27/05/2021|
|Jeni Murphy||Associate Governor||04/02/2021 - 04/02/2025||25/11/2021|
|Gift Fitzpatrick||Parent Governor||10/12/2020 - 12/10/2022||25/02/2021|
Governor Pen Portraits
Jennifer Bennett – Co-opted Governor, SEND
“I have lived in South Norwood for over 20 years and am very proud to have served on the governing body for the past 14 years. I started as a parent governor and have been involved in various committees, focussing on Children’s Centre activities and Safeguarding. All three of my children attended either the nursery or the children’s centre. In my day job I am a university administrator, supporting staff and students. I am also a member of a local theatre where I run the wardrobe department. I have found it possible to balance work and volunteering and have gained lots of professional skills from being a governor; it has been a great way to contribute to the community and to be part of a nurturing and high quality setting”
Damian Clark – Co-opted Governor & Local Authority Governor
“I joined the Governing Board as a parent governor when my children attended the school 12 years ago. Since I have been a Governor, the Board has steered the school through many interesting changes including starting up the Children’s Centre and federating two schools. As a result of being on the Board and attending governor training sessions I have developed my personal skills and knowledge which I have found useful both for the Board and in my wider life.”
Michelle McCann - Co-opted Governor, Finance
“I have been a Co-Opted member the Governing Board since February 2016. When I heard the Nursery were looking for Governors I wanted to get involved as I believe that providing the right environment for children at Nursery level is a huge help in preparing them for primary education and sets them on the right path for their life beyond. It is an honour to be able to be part of that journey.”
Jeni Murphy – Staff Governor
“I have recently joined the board of governors. What inspired me to join was my passion for children’s wellbeing and desire to be an advocate for them receiving the best start possible. I work and live in the community so felt that I had an understanding of what it means for children and parents living in the borough and the difference and impact good early education can have. I am very much looking forward to working with the governing body in the future”.
How we work
School Governors meet for a Full Governing Board Meeting once every month. These meetings are usually held in the evening at Selhurst, Crosfield (Elborough Road) or Malling Close Children’s Centre from 6.30-8.30pm. Governors discuss school budgets, buildings and health & safety issues as well as the children, staffing, teaching & learning, safeguarding and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Governors also have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Looked after children, discipline, bullying & behaviour, equal opportunities, staff appraisal and a whole lot more. It is a demanding, but interesting role. If you would like to know more about it, or would like to come and observe a meeting, just let one of our governors know and we would be happy to accommodate you. Governors can be contacted through the office at either school.
Our Federation has a clear vision for the importance of early years and we are passionate about giving children the best possible start to their education. Our services extend beyond the nursery school classes and include our children’s centres services.
Federation of Crosfield and Selhurst Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres
Declaration of Pecuniary (Business) Interests: School Governors 2020:21
The governing body are required to establish a register of pecuniary (business) interests for the governors and staff which should be open to inspection. Schools are required to publish this information, on their website, for school governors.
Governors should declare any links they have with local firms from which the school may wish to buy goods or services. It is important for anyone involved in spending public money to demonstrate that they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make. A Register of Pecuniary interests should be used by all Governors and employees to identify any business/commercial/financial interests they have which might give rise to a potential conflict of interest, e.g. that they, or a close friend, or relative, are an owner, director, or employee of a supplier to the school. Potential conflicts of interest might conceivably extend to other situations, such as if a relationship existed between two people where one could influence the appointment, advancement, or pay of another, (eg granting overtime, approving pay claims or expenses, awarding pay adjustments, etc.). All Governors and staff will be asked on an annual basis to consider whether they have any interests (or relationships) which could in some circumstances lead to suggestions that their objectivity and integrity is compromised.
Date of Declaration
Chair of Governors
Institute of Licensing, BASC (British Association of Shooting & Conservation)
Member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS)
49% share holder - Henson IT Solutions
Member of Unite Union
Member of the Labour Party
Vice Chair of Governors
Katie Sparrow Robins
Executive Head Teacher
National Association of Head Teachers (member)
Member of Unison