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Riverview CofE Primary & Nursery School

Riverview exists to love, challenge and inspire adults and children within a Christian community


The Governing Body of Riverview C of E  Primary School & Nursery  2019-20

The key roles of the governing body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In order to carry out our role efficiently and effectively, the detailed work of the governing body is undertaken by two committees.  In addition to attending full governors’ meetings, all governors sit on at least one of the committees which report back to termly meetings of the full governing body, at which broader issues are also discussed and agreed.

The Learning and Progress Committee

Considers and makes recommendations about all issues associated with the successful organisation of the curriculum, including teaching and learning, monitoring and assessing pupil progress, reporting to parents and examination results. It also includes attendance and performance management

The Resources Committee

Considers annual review of pay policy, recruitment, other personnel issues and safeguarding arrangements. Considers and makes recommendations about all budgetary issues for the school and the Ewell Family Centre including setting & monitoring the budget.  Also responsible for overseeing the school ‘Governors' Fund’.  Oversees buildings and develops links between the school, parents/carers and the wider community, including our church, our neighbours and statutory authorities.

How to contact us:  If you have any feedback you would like to give the governing body or have any questions regarding the strategic direction of the school please contact the Chair or Vice Chair of   Governors via email: or by telephone 020 8337 1245.

 Our School governors are:


Date of appointment 

(all four year terms except Headteacher)

Governor Status



Special Responsibilities

Mercy Atkins

1st Sept 2013

Head Teacher - Governor ex officio

Learning & Progress


Head Teacher

Emergency Contact

Key Holder

Elaine Letchford

1st Sept 2018

Foundation Diocesan Governor

Chair of Governors

Learning & Progress



Early Years (Temporary role)

Confederation Epsom & Ewell Partnership Representative

Academy Governor

Emergency Contact

Key Holder

Vivienne Aitchison

6th Oct 2017

Foundation PCC     Governor

Chair of the Resources Committee

Pay Committee

Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND)

Looked After (LAC)


David Senneck

3rd May 2017

Foundation Diocesan Governor

Learning & Progress


Valerie Bradfield

26th Nov 2019

Foundation PCC     Governor


Community Partnerships (The Church / Family Centre)

Philip Cairns


4th Jun 2018

LEA Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of the Learning & Progress Committee


Pay Committee

Pupil & Sport Premium

Jo Sander

27th Sept 2018

Staff Governor


Link /Training Governor

School Business Manager

Doug Marshall

24th Jan 2019 Parent Governor Learning & Progress

Honorary Treasurer

Richard Watson

22nd July 2019

Foundation PCC     Governor

Resources Community Partnerships (The Church / Family Centre)

Tracey Robbins

7th March 2016 Associate Member

Resources (Voting rights)

Ewell Family Centre Manager
Sara-Jane Bailey 31st March 2020

Parent Governor



Foundation Diocesan Governor    
Vacancy   Foundation   Ex-Officio    
Niral Purohit Resigned 18th November 2019 Parent Governor    
Geoff Bowyer Resigned 23rd July 2019 Foundation Governor    
Sheila Lemon Resigned 23rd July 2019 Foundation Governor    
Nick Barber Resigned 17th June 2019 Parent Governor    

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education (3) and the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Ewell (3).  One additional Foundation Governor is ex-officio.

Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school

The Staff Governor is elected by other members of staff at the school.

The Local Authority Governor is nominated by the local authority,  appointed by the Governing Body.

The Head Teacher is a Governor ex-officio

Associate Members do not have voting rights on the full governing body, but may vote in committees.

Additional Information.

The Head Teacher is an ex-officio member of the Learning & Progress and Resources committees.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Nicola Tagart, who has been the Clerk for the School since January 2016.

Our meeting dates

The 2020-21 Governing Body meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday 21st September 2020 (Setting Committees)
  • Monday 9th November 2020 (Autumn FGB)
  • Monday 1st March 2021 (Spring FGB)
  • Monday 17th May 2021 (Summer FGB)

All meetings start at 5.00pm in the school.  Anyone wishing to attend must give two weeks notice to the school office (

Our meeting minutes

Previous minutes are available upon request from the School Office

Register of Interests

From 1 September 2015 governing bodies will be under a duty to publish on the website their register of interests.