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The Board of Governors has a collective responsibility for the safe and effective operation of the school, and has ultimate authority for making decisions about the strategic direction of the school. They fulfil their responsibilities through the following actions:

  • Appointing and managing the performance of the Headteacher
  • Strategic planning and agreeing the School Improvement Plan
  • Monitoring pupils’ progress and achievement through regular data analysis
  • Ensuring all pupils receive support according to their individual needs
  • Agreeing the school policies
  • Monitoring the quality of teaching and overseeing staff structure
  • Analysing in detail the school’s finances and ensuring careful management of the budget
  • Overseeing spiritual, moral, social and cultural education
  • Reviewing the school curriculum
  • Setting targets for the school’s performance
  • Sitting on panels as required for hearing staff or student grievances and appeals against student exclusions

The Board of Governors and the Headteacher work in partnership for the good of the school, respecting each other’s roles and responsibilities. Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school or in issues relating to individual students (other than in an exclusion panel). They act as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher and the school and provide advice, feedback and constructive challenge.

Apart from the Headteacher, who is ex-officio, parent and staff governors are elected for a term of four years; they can however be re-elected after this term has expired. Co-opted governors do not serve for a fixed period; they are appointed according to the requirement for their skills or experience in specific areas.  The school is following DfE guidance on ensuring the Board of Governors has the appropriate skill set to do the job effectively.

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Board of Governors

Chiswick School’s Board of Governors

Chair: Rachel Jerrome

Vice Chair: Paul Fawdry

Headteacher: Laura Ellener 

Parent governors: Lesley Tulley, Jo Smith, Victoria Buchanan

Co-opted governors: Denny Anthony, Jitesh Sudera, John Todd,
Ken Seeds, Luke Bocock, Paul Fawdry, Rachel Jerrome

Trust appointed governor: Nicholas Lee

Clerk to Governing Body: Beth Yap

Academy Trust Members: Nicholas Lee, Jocelyn Cripps, James Lamont, Ron Mushiso

Company Secretary: Joanna Duddy

Governors Details

Please click on the following link to view Governors Details for 2021-22.

Governors Details

Biographies of our Governing Body

John ToddJohn Todd

Cllr John Todd has been a governor at chiswick school for a number of years. He is currently the lead governor on SEN-D working closely with the SENCO and her staff.

As a former Chair of the Audit Committee of Hounslow Council and the Pension Panel he brings experience of financial matters and governance to the governing body.
Since retiring from public service he with others through the Habitat for Humanity charity built forty houses/flats in Peckham with volunteer labour.

He has also worked for the United Nations in Pristina Kosovo  having responsibility for a fraud investigations unit dealing with offences involving national utilities and other assets.

He is currently a member of the independent monitoring board at wormwood scrubs prison, an appointment made by the Minister of Justice.

He has been a councillor since 2006 for Chiswick Homefields Ward and has obtained S106 funding for the school.(£250K)

Ken SeedsKen Seeds

Ken has more than 20 years’ experience in education and is currently an Assistant Director at the Department for Education. As Head of School Admissions, he supports ministers in ensuring the fair allocation of school places and oversaw the changes to the present School Admissions Code. He has also previously led on reforms to school expansions and post-16 education. Before joining DfE, he was a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit at HM Treasury. 

Ken went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in Kent. After graduating with a First Class honours degree from the University of Warwick, he obtained a PGCE from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining the civil service, Ken was an Associate Director at BMRB, a leading social research organisation, where he specialised in evaluating education policy. 

In addition to being a school governor, Ken also sits as a magistrate in the Family Court.

Denny AnthonyDenny Anthony

My name is Denny Anthony, and I have worked with young people within the Chiswick community for over 20 years. During this time, I have worked as a Youth and Community worker and managed Hogarth Youth Centre’s youth programme. I am a qualified Youth worker who studied at Brunel University, achieving a BA in Youth and Community work. As the link governor for Safeguarding and Child protection my role is to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is paramount. I have taken on this role, due to me being a qualified Level 3 Child Protection professional. I pride myself in being able to devise programmes that meet the needs of young people, whist also striving towards an ethos of putting young people and their safety first.

Lesley Tulley Lesley Tulley

Lesley works in executive education, running a leadership development business, designing training programmes and delivering individual courses and large group workshops both in person and online. Lesley delivers courses on behalf of Harvard Business Publishing for blue-chip organisations such as American Express, Goodyear and Coca-Cola. Lesley is currently Secretary of the PTA and works with the PTA team to support fundraising initiatives and activities to build the community of parents and staff at the school. Lesley has an MA in Race and Ethnic Studies and is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology. 

Rachel JerromeRachel Jerrome

I have over twenty years’ experience in Human Resources having worked both in the public and private sector and am currently HR Director of a small media organisation based in West London.   I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in April 2018 and bring ten years’ experience of governance to the role having previously been Chair of a local primary school.  

I am currently the governor lead for behaviour and am a member of both the Resources and Pupil Outcomes Committee and, parent of two children at the School.

Jitesh SuderaJitesh Sudera

I work as a project manager in healthcare, having joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee. I was involved in the development of Personalised Care and am now at the forefront of its implementation across the service, enabling people to be active partners in their health and wellbeing.   

I look forward to contributing to the ambition of Chiswick School. I sit on the Resources committee and am the link with the Pupil Premium team.  

I like to be active and travel as often as my schedule allows.

Paul P FawdryFawdry

Paul works in the city in charge of Emerging Markets FX trading for a Japanese Investment Bank. He has worked in finance for over 15 years spending time in New York as well as London. Through this Paul brings both financial expertise and private sector experience to the governing board. He is a local Kew resident with a young family who cares passionately in opportunities for all and is dedicated to making sure that the pupils at Chiswick School get the best springboard possible to succeed in later life.

Jo Smith

Governor Biog photoI have 3 children at Chiswick School and divide my time between working freelance for the Medical Research Council and as a Childminder. I previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the MRC at Hammersmith Hospital, carrying out research into sudden cardiac death in children and young people. I have a PhD in Biochemistry and have recently enjoyed volunteering at Chiswick as part of the Outside In programme, supporting GCSE Science and A Level Chemistry students.

I am also a member of the Governing Body at Cavendish Primary School.

Victoria Buchanan

Victoria BuchananI am a mum of 2 at Chiswick School. I believe in community schooling and the life changing power a school can have. I really wanted to get involved and help this school be the best it can be.

I am a creative director in the digital communication industry. My career has been in the ever evolving digital sector using technology to enhance our experiences and communications. I work on a range of businesses developing their customer experiences. I develop branding, content, design, advertising, social media, customer journeys to physical exhibitions. I also work with many organisatioins encouraging female and diversity into the STEM and the Creative Arts sectors. I hope all my experiences and knowledge can help at Chiswick School.

Nicholas Lee

Nicholas Lee

Governors Register of Business Interests

Governors sign a form each term to declare whether they had any related parties with whom Chiswick School has had any transaction in the last school year. (relevant parties are listed below).

  • Spouse or Partner
  • Adult children
  • Any person with whom they have a close personal relationship
  • Any entity in which they have an interest which gives the significant influence over its affairs.
  • Any interests in which any entities where the person noted under 1-3 above has a significant influence

Governors currently have the following Business interests to declare:

Chiswick School Governors Interests 21-22

If you require any further information please contact the Clerk to the Governors.

Chiswick School Academy Trust

There are 4 members of the Chiswick School Academy Trust, which is a charitable company responsible for the running of the school, and which has control over the land and other assets. Although it has an official role in submitting an Annual Report and Accounts to Companies House and holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM), it delegates most matters of governance to directors – also called governors.


The Board of Governors recently underwent a restructure in line with DfE guidance. The previous committee structure has been replaced and governors now attend meetings more frequently about all school business. This means they are fully informed about all aspects of governance. Sometimes a small working party will look closely at a particular project and report back to the board of governors on findings and recommendations. The one exception is the Pay and Staffing committee, which meets regularly and reports to the main Board of Governors on aspects of staffing.

Meetings and Reporting

Each governor is linked to a designated area of activity within the school (for example, SEN-D or Health and Safety) and they are responsible for reporting back on this area to the whole governing body at meetings held at least twice a term. A summary of the minutes of these meetings is available for all to see on the Minutes section of this website.

Meetings are usually held at 6.30pm on weekdays and last around two and a half hours. In addition, there is an AGM once a year and a Development evening. Meeting dates and attendance records are as follows:

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2021-22

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2022-23

Governing Body Attendance 2020-21

Governing Body Attendance 2021-22

Meeting minutes are available upon application from the Clerk of Governors -

Training and commitment

All new governors receive induction training and are allocated a mentor. There is a wide programme of training courses available through the London Borough of Hounslow all year round and governors also commit to studying training modules online through the Modern Governor website, to which the school subscribes. Governors receive weekly newsletter updates through the NGA (National Governors Association) and are expected to keep up to date on education policy and government initiatives. An annual team development evening is held every summer and ad hoc training sessions are organised when a need is identified.

Governors read numerous papers and policies prior to meetings and they keep in close contact with the school in between meetings through informal visits and by attending school events. The Chair/Vice Chair meets weekly with the Headteacher and communicates with the other governors on items discussed and new developments.

Governor Report (Audited Accounts)

Please click on the following link to view the Audited Accounts -

Audited Accounts for Year Ending 31 August 2020

Audited Accounts for Year Ending 31 August 2021


You can contact the Board of Governors by emailing or by leaving a note or letter at the school’s reception.  We welcome your feedback.

If you have a concern or complaint, please raise it with the school first. Any questions concerning your child’s education are best directed in the first place to his or her form tutor or an appropriate member of staff. Email addresses of individual teachers are available by phoning reception on 020 8747 0031.

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