Governance

Rosemead’s constitution is unusual in that we are largely parent-governed. The Thurlow Educational Trust is the charitable company to which we all pay fees. The Trust is ultimately responsible for all the School’s affairs.

Who are the Governors?

The Board of Governors is comprised mostly of parents whose children are at the School. The composition of the Board, their tenure of office and the officers of the Board are regulated by the Companies Act and the Trust’s Articles of Association.

Company Secretary:

Ray Sawyer:
Chief Administrations Officer

Current Governors are:

Allen Lai (Chair – Contactable through the School Office)
Gavin Knott (Treasurer)
Alison Morgan
Anne Crane
Ben Jones
Catherine Gardiner (Safeguarding Governor)
Emer Sutherland
Louisa Passmore

Tim Balaam
Tim Lello (Education and Enrichment)

Role of the Governors

The role of the governing body is to determine the aims and overall conduct of the School and formulate and review the policies, plans and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils. The day to day running of the School (in terms of curriculum, staff and pupils) is entirely the Head’s responsibility, but ultimate responsibility for all policies and finances lies with the Board. In order for the School to function properly, it is essential that the Head has full freedom of operation in the discharge of his responsibilities. A stable and effective working relationship between the Head and the Governors is vital.

Meetings of the Governors

The Governors meet twice a term to consider the Head’s report on all matters under his jurisdiction, and to ensure that the School’s financial affairs are in order and that the buildings are well maintained. Matters such as the acquisition of additional premises and any other issues are also discussed at these meetings.

What skills do Governors need?

We always have a good range of professional and non-professional skills on the Board. It is always particularly helpful to have professionals such as accountants, lawyers, architects and/or surveyors and parents with experience of education. There are also roles for Governors without professional qualifications such as road safety and liaising with the Rosemead School Association. All Governors must be prepared to contribute time and effort for the benefit of Rosemead.

Who are the Governors and how do I become one?

New Governors are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Trust in May/June, when one-third of the Governors (those longest serving) either stand down or offer themselves for re election.

Anybody wishing to know more about the constitution or how to become a Governor should contact the Company Secretary through the school office.