The Structure & Remit of Chessington School’s Governing Body

The Purpose of Governance

(1) The purpose of Governance is to provide a confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

(2) The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body works in close co-operation with the Headteacher to provide support and challenge to encourage and enable the highest possible standards for the School.



a) The Local Governing Body (LGB) meets approximately six times a year. It is a strategic body, responsible for ensuring that the three core functions explained above are met. It also has the power to appoint members. The Governing Body delegates responsibilities to the three Committees as explained below:

Chair of Governors: Karen Carman
Co Vice-Chairs of Governors: Gregor Falck and Vanessa Sinet

(b) The Learning and Teaching (L&T) Committee meets at least once a term. It monitors and evaluates pupil achievement and the quality of teaching, ensuring the School provides a high quality learning experience and delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the School’s vision, all pupil needs and within current legal requirements.

Chair: Vanessa Sinet
Vice Chair: Vacant

The Curriculum and Outcomes Working Party, led by Vanessa Sinet and supported by Andrew Evans is a sub-group of the L&T Committee, which meets as and when necessary. This Group encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

(c) Finance & Business Committee meets approximately three times a year. It advises on the financial management of the School. The Committee monitors financial management issues and acts accordingly with sufficient authority to make its action effective.

Chair: Karen Carman
Vice Chair: Han-Ley Tang

Finance Working Party meetings are normally held monthly, during term-time by the Finance and Business Committee. The purpose of this Working Party is to scrutinise and monitor the School’s accounts, in greater detail, leaving more time at the F&B Committees for Governors to focus on more Strategic Finance issues as well as specific topics.

(d) Student, Staff and Community Wellbeing (SSCW) Committee meets at least once a term. It supports, monitors and challenges the School on all aspects of pupils’ personal development, welfare and behaviour and the wellbeing of staff. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing engagement with parents and collaborating with the School’s Student Council in relation to their community and student leadership activities. The relevant aspects of the School’s development plan are monitored at SSCW meetings.

Chair: Carolyn Withey
Vice Chair: Vacant

Further information about the members of Chessington’s Governing Board, including their profile, attendance, responsibilities and voting rights can be found on other pages of the Governors’ section of the School website.


Chessington School, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2JS

Chessington School is a co-educational, non-selective, secondary school providing excellence in education for pupils aged 11 to 16

Everyone valued • Every day an opportunity • Every moment focused on success

Everyone valued
Every day an opportunity
Every moment focused on success


Chessington School is part of Every Child Every Day Academy Trust, a company limited by guarantee that is registered in England (Company Number:08185432), with a registered office c/o Grey Court School, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7HN

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