Governors

Our Local Governing Body is made up of volunteers from our sponsors; The Drapers’ Company and Queen Mary University of London.

They contribute to strategic development and raising standards of achievement in our school. Our Governing Body works hard to ensure the best for all children through regular meetings and monitoring in school.

School governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They are in charge of planning the school’s future direction and can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement. Governors are also accountable to parents and their wider community for the performance of the school.

There are three core functions of a governing body, reflected in Ofsted’s inspection criteria:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders and ensuring statutory duties are met.
  • Holding headteachers to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school self-evaluation.
  • Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including Pupil premium Grant, to raise standards.

Meet The Governors

Mrs Mary Ireland

Chair of Governors

The Drapers' Company

Governor since January 2019

Mrs Bryony Frost

Vice Chair of Governors

Queen Mary University of London

Governor since September 2015

Responsible for: Outcomes for Pupils - Linked Governor for PPG

Mr Ed Buckley

Governor

The Drapers' Company

Governor since September 2015

Responsible for: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Mrs Katharine Matheson

Governor

The Drapers' Company

Governor since September 2015

Responsible for: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment- Linked Governor for SEN

Mrs Lucy Panter

Governor

The Drapers' Company

Governor since April 2016

Responsible for: Outcomes for Pupils - Linked Governor for PPG

Mrs Libby Shipway

Community Governor

 

Governor since 2018

Responsible for: Behaviour and Welfare

Governor Biographies

Mrs Mary Ireland

Mary graduated from St. Andrews with a degree in Biochemistry and started her working life in Essex with Proctor and Gamble. She then became a teacher, spending 35 years teaching Science and Maths in both state and independent schools. She retired from Bancroft’s, a Drapers School, in 2016 after 9 years as Headteacher. She then became a Draper. Mary lives on the South Coast with her husband and dog; she is a governor two other schools and a Christ’s Hospital charity.

Miss Bryony Frost

Bryony is the Head of Research Operations at King’s College London. Before this, she worked at Queen Mary University of London for nine years. After studying for a Physics degree at Keble College Oxford, Bryony went on to MSc study at Imperial. Bryony has been a governor at Drapers' Maylands Primary School since 2014 and has responsibility for outcomes for pupils, working to ensure high aspirations for everyone.

Mr Ed Buckley

Ed Buckley is a veteran City fund manager and founder of two alternative investment management boutiques. He has recently joined UK wealth manager, Redmayne Bentley, as an investment executive. Ed has been a Drapers' Liveryman since 1997 and a Governor at Maylands since July 2014.
Mrs Katharine Matheson

Katharine Matheson has taught law at various universities for 32 years.  She currently works for BPP University. She is a Drapers' Company liveryman and first started working with Drapers Maylands in 2014 as part of the group which set up the school. Previously she has been a governor of a primary school in Berkshire.

Mrs Lucy Panter

Lucy Panter is a portfolio manager and managing director for Oakhill Advisors Europe, a global asset management business. Lucy invests in performing and stressed European credit opportunities providing financing solutions to businesses. She has particular specialisation in the consumer, retail and leisure sectors. Lucy has over 20 years experience having previously worked at GoldenTree, PSAM and Goldman Sachs. Lucy earned an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations and a B.A. from University College London. Lucy is a liveryman at the Drapers' Company.

 

School governors  are also responsible for specific actions such as ensuring that there is a procedure in place for handling complaints; approving school budget; appointing a headteacher.

Our Governing Body meets each half term and may rely on committees to advise their decisions. Committees may address issues such as staffing, finance, curriculum and premises. Further information can be found by clicking here.

Upcoming Meetings 2018:

  • Monday 9th July
  • Monday 8th October
  • Monday 3rd December

Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust also has a Board of Directors, responsible for ensuring that the schools work together across the MAT and share the same vision and ethos. They meet every term to ensure that the Local Governing Bodies of the schools are performing their duties and that the high expectations for achievement and shared ethos are well-managed. 

Information on the Board of Directors can be found by clicking here.

Planning Agendas for the Local Governing Body Meetings

Sept   Dec   April July
Secondary Exam Results Analysis Principal's Report Forecasts for End of Year Principal's Report Finance Principal's Report
Finance School Improvement Plan Finance Budget Planneing SEN Staff Training
Primary Data Report Attendance (previous year strategies) SEF Primary Quality Assurance Report Annual Safeguarding Report Primary Data Report
Primary Sports Premium   Primary Data Report     Agree Budget for Next Academic Year
Pupil Premium         Annual Attendance Review
          Performance Management Arrangements for Next Academic Year