Rosebery School is a highly successful girls’ comprehensive school for students from 11-18 years old. Our students are a pleasure to work with; intellectually curious, empathetic and fun, they continually challenge themselves to achieve demanding objectives which leads to great personal success. This is coupled with a body of incredibly dedicated and passionate staff who are driven to deliver the best possible provision to our students, to help them all overcome their personal challenges to ensure all doors remain open to them, and to empower them to achieve their dreams.
Headteacher - Staff Governor
I strongly believe that all Rosebery Governors play an important role in the life of the school. I became a Governor because I wanted to be involved in the long-term strategic view of the way in which the school is developing for educating pupils in the 21st Century and participate in ensuring that the school continues to improve so that the highest standards are achieved by across all aspects of school life.
Isabel joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and has served as Chair since December 2015. She is a member of both the Teaching & Learning and Finance & Staffing Committees as well as acting as the nominated Governor for Safeguarding in the School. The Executive Headteacher of Bandon Hill Primary and a National Leader in Education, Isabel’s wealth of education and governance experience adds considerable value to the Board.
Chair of Governors
Rosebery has an enviable reputation but like other schools has a number of challenges ahead. I hope that supporting the school team will give me insight into their experiences and interests, and those of the students, which will help me ensure the work we do at NFER is relevant and helpful to teachers and policy makers.
Lesley, a Director of Research at the National Foundation for Educational Research, was appointed as a Trust Governor in November 2015. She is a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Lesley’s background in educational research supports the Board of Governors in thinking through how to address the challenges facing the School and build further on Rosebery’s successes in preparing young women for the future.
Vice Chair - Trust Appointed Governor
I am proud to be a Rosebery Parent Governor and am committed to supporting the schoolto deliver its strategy to be outstanding and to provide the best educational outcome and equality of opportunity for every pupil.
Working within the Surrey education sector, I support Secondary Head teachers across the county to address the strategic challenges and opportunities that arise from extensive and unrelenting system change and policy reform. Against the backdrop of an ever changing educational landscape, I am pleased to be able to work in the capacity of Governor, with the SLT and Governing body to support Rosebery’s strategic drive.
Sarah’s professional background in project management in the UK financial services sector and the international development sector make her a valuable asset to the Board. In addition, she is an experienced governor who has previously served as a Parent Governor at local infant and junior schools. Sarah is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Having had a daughter benefit from the excellent education and opportunities provided by Rosebery, I am keen to support the school to ensure future students are able to enjoy similar experiences. Governors have a responsibility to make sure that the school is well run now. Equally, if not more importantly, we must ensure that the school has a secure future; that going forward it continues to offer a broad curriculum, encourage creativity in all its forms and prepare students for whatever path in life they choose.
Pam has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2011 and is currently Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee. After many years in a variety of roles in the diplomatic service, she now works in Ewell as the statutory fundraiser at the central offices of Samaritans and brings a range of different expertise to the work of the Board of Governors.
Trust Appointed Governor
I became a Governor at Rosebery because I wanted to support the school in helping each of our daughters to excel.
Harish was elected as a Parent Governor in 2013. He is a member of the Teaching & Learning and Premises & Risk Management Committees. Harish has over 30 plus years’ experience in various complex organisations in a range of roles.
I joined the Board of Governors as an associate staff member as I feel it is important that the membership of the governing body reflects the whole school community. I am passionate about Rosebery and am keen to support the school to ensure that all students reach their full potential and enjoy their school experience.
Elected to the Board of Governors in October 2016 as an Associate Staff member, Lesley has worked at Rosebery for over four years. She is also a parent of a student and was previously a Parent Governor at her children’s primary school.
With three children in the state school system, including a daughter at Rosebery, I was motivated to become a Governor so that I could give something back through the application of skills and experience gained in my professional life. I hope that with my background in finance and investing, I can help ensure the school remains prudent with its finances and able to provide an outstanding quality of education through a well-rounded curriculum, both in the short and long term.
Peter was co-opted to the Board of Governors in March 2017 and brings with him a wealth of professional skills and expertise to contribute to the effective financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent. He is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee.
Trust Appointed Governor
As a parent, I want actively to support the school to continue to provide a happy and supportive environment for our daughters to learn and grow. I will use my knowledge and expertise to help the school leadership team to continuously improve standards, so our daughters can be the best they can be, ready and equipped for the opportunities life holds.
Silke was elected as a Parent Governor in March 2017. Her skills and experience as a Strategy and Planning Manager at TfL setting strategic direction and managing risks in challenging economic times strengthen the Board’s capacity to set and champion vision, ethos and strategy. In addition, Silke’s previous experience as a governor at St Martin’s Infant School brings an independent, fresh perspective to the work of the Board.
As a parent who works in the field of education support services, becoming a governor seemed a natural step. Being a governor can be a challenging role requiring tact and diplomacy in supporting the School’s drive for improvement. I have constantly developed my understanding and knowledge of school life…..schools never stand still for a minute!
Sue was appointed as a Trust Governor in 2015 having orginally become a governor in the primary sector in 2007. A Finance Consultant working in the education support services, she is vice-chair of the Finance & Staffing Committee and chairs the MAT Committee.
Trust Appointed Governor
Having three daughters who have attended Rosebery over a period of twelve years, I have been very interested in supporting the school and assisting the Head and teachers knowing how hard they work and how passionate they are in developing every pupil. Subsequently I have been part of the Governing Body using my knowledge to improve and maintain the buildings as part of an incredible learning curve in the day-to-day life of Rosebery, as well as supporting the Leadership Team in the everyday business of running a successful school.
First elected as a Parent Governor in 2009, Malcolm has recently been re-appointed as a Trust Governor. Malcolm’s knowledge and experience as a surveyor for local company, Atkins, have been put to good use – he chairs the Premises & Risk Management Committee and leads the governors on Health and Safety.
Trust Appointed Governor
A strong advocate of a healthy State Education system to promote equality and opportunity, I volunteered as a Governor to assist the school in being at the leading edge of that provision. The challenges we and our children face are becoming ever more complex and we seek to provide a path through education that helps us and them meet those challenges intelligently and with a clarity of purpose.
Rob joined the Board of Governors in March 2017. After 30 years in senior roles in the aviation industry and setting up various small businesses with his wife including a current pre-school setting, he now works on a variety of consulting projects for companies large and small in various sectors. He brings a range of general business skills and compliance expertise to the Board.
My nomination form said that maintaining Rosebery’s high standard cannot be assumed but will be achieved through vision and hard work. Governors, staff and parents are key contributors to these goals. This remains true today; perhaps more so now we are an academy and with the challenging financial position we, like all schools, have to address.
A Rosebery governor since 2008, when he was elected by parents, Richard is Managing Director in a mid-sized engineering company. His professional role includes all aspects of the business but particularly strategy, operations, finance, premises and personnel. As Chair of the Finance & Staffing Committee, Richard leads the group of governors who particularly monitor the financial performance of the school, ensuring its money is well spent, and the performance management of staff. He is also a member of the Premises & Risk Management and MAT Committees.
Trust Appointed Governor
As a member of the Board of Governors, I believe I can support not only our students in making the best decisions, but everybody in our community. Governors work behind the scenes to guide and challenge the school. I relish the opportunity to work alongside a range of professionals within this important role in an open and honest way.
James was elected as a Teaching Staff Governor in December 2015 and is a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. As Head of Drama at Rosebery, he brings to the Board of Governors an understanding of the School’s ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses.
Head of Drama - Staff Governor
I am particularly interested in ways of helping the school work more effectively in partnership with parents, which I see as absolutely core to the success of the school.
Elected as a Parent Governor in November 2014, Maria has two daughters at Rosebery. Her professional experience working for London University and Comic Relief in research and international development on issues related to young people’s health and well-being provides the Board of Governors with valuable insight into the broader needs of adolescents. As a charity trustee, she has lead on successful applications for project funding, additional skills and experience which she brings to the Board. Maria is a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee.