Governing Body

All schools are managed by a Local Governing Body, which works closely with the Headteacher and senior staff to run the school in line with DfE and Local Authority guidelines.

The Edgbarrow Local Governing Body consists of two-parent governors, one staff governor, the Headteacher ex officio and sixteen co-opted governors. They are all volunteers who give their time and expertise free of charge to ensure that the school is run well, within budget and putting the needs and well-being of pupils and staff at the forefront.

As with any large organisation, the managers, in our case, the Governors, work on a number of committees that cover various aspects of the school's organisation. These include Curriculum, Finance & Buildings, Staffing, Pastoral and Effective Governance.

The Governing board has the following core strategic functions.

   Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school

  • Agreeing on the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

  • Meeting statutory duties

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form. Readily accessible means that the information should be on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.

If you would like to find out more about the role of the Governors or if you wish to contact the Governors regarding a particular matter, please feel free to contact Celeste Moruzzi the Clerk to the Governing Body, via the school office. She will be able to direct your enquiry to the appropriate Governor or committee. All our Governors are very approachable.

If you are interested in becoming a Co-opted Governor please select this link for our governor application form

At the meeting of the Edgbarrow Local Governing Body on 7th March 2018 the following proposals for the constitution of the new Local Governing Body of Edgbarrow School on joining the Corvus Learning Trust were agreed.

The Local Governing Body will consist of:
      i)  16 Co-opted Governors: Appointed by the local governing body
     ii)  Two Parent Governors: Appointed after ballot of parents
    iii)  One Staff Governor: Appointed after ballot of school staff
    iv)  The Headteacher: Ex-officio   (to be in place retrospectively from 1st January 2018)

Governing Body

  Committees/Special Roles
Parent Governors
(Appointing Body: Parents)
Mr Andrew Johnson - LGB; Finance and Buildings; Staffing; Health & Safety
Mrs Sonia Kay - LGB; Finance & Buildings; Pastoral
Mr Stuart Matthews - Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; Finance and Buildings SLT Lead; LGB; Pastoral; Staffing; School Admissions
Staff Governors
(Appointing Body: Staff)
Mr Oli Johnson - Finance and Buildings; Staffing; LGB; Staff Health and Safety Representative
Co-opted Governors
(Appointing Body: Local Governor Body)
Mr Kofi Adu-Gyamfi - LGB; Finance & Buildings; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes
Mrs Kate Benson - LGB; Staffing; Pastoral
Miss Rebekah Brumby - Chair of Curriculum Learning & OutcomesVice-Chair of Effective Governance; SEND Governor; Pupil Premium and Pupil Inclusion Governor; LGB; Finance & Buildings
Mr Jason Cooper - LGB; Staffing; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes 
Mrs Emma Flower - Staff Discipline Panel Lead; Vice-Chair Staffing; Pay Committee; Sustainability Governor; LGB; Pastoral; Staffing
Mrs Lou Griffin - LGB; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; Staffing
Mrs Alison Hancock - Chair of Finance & Buildings; Chair of School Admissions; Pay Committee; Inventory Governor; Website Reviewer; LGB; Effective Governance; Pastoral
Mrs Daphne Hill - Chair of Governors; Chair of Effective Governance; Headteacher Appraisal Panel; Pay Appeals Lead; Staffing; Development Governor; LGB 
Mrs Emily James - LGB; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; Pastoral
Mr Dan Jordan - LGB; Finance & Buildings; Staffing
Mr Richard McCready - Chair School Admissions; Vice-Chair of Finance & Buildings; Staff Complaint Panel Lead; E-Safety Governor; Cyber Security Governor; Liaison Governor in the event of allegation (child protection) against Headteacher; Whistleblowing Complaints Panel Lead; LGB; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; Pay Committee
Ms Sally McNamara - LGB; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; Vice-Chair of Pastoral
Mrs Sarah Pemberton - Chair of Pastoral; Safeguarding Governor; Pupil Exclusions Panel Lead; Well-being Champion; Child Protection and Children in Care Governor (LAC); LGB; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; Effective Governance; School Admissions
Mr Charles St Aubyn - Vice-Chair of Governors; Chair of Staffing; Recruitment Panel Lead; Pay Committee; Headteacher Appraisal Panel; LGB; Effective Governance; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes
Mr Matt Whiddett - LGB; Pastoral; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes
Mrs Lynda Wood - Vice-Chair Curriculum Learning & Outcomes; LGB; Pastoral; Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Governor

Governors in the past 12 months
1st November 2022 to date

Committees/Special Roles

David Boothe  LGB; Chair of Governors; Chair of Effective Governance; Headteacher Appraisal Panel; Pay Appeals Lead; Staffing
Lee Daley  LGB; Finance & Buildings; Staffing
Charlotte Gouldsmith-Leigh LGB; Pastoral; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes
Steven James LGB; Finance & Buildings; Staffing
Charlotte Revill LGB; Finance & Buildings; Curriculum Learning & Outcomes
John Russell-Smith LGB; Staff Health & Safety Representative; Pastoral; Staffing
Carole Valette LGB; Equality, Diversion & Inclusion Governor; Pastoral; Finance & Buildings

Governor Appointment and Attendance



Term of Office Ends

No. of possible
Meetings 2022/23


Attendance %
(min 70% expected)

Parent Governors          
Mr Andrew Johnson 12.11.21 11.11.25 11 10 91
Mrs Sonia Kay 14.11.23 13.11.27      
Mr Stuart Matthews 01.09.18 Ex Officio 15 13 87
Staff Governors          
Mr Oli Johnson 27.09.23 26.09.27  0 n/a 
Co-opted Governors          
Mr Kofi Adu-Gyamfi 08.01.24 07.01.28      
Mrs Kate Benson 08.01.24 07.01.28      
Miss Rebekah Brumby 20.06.18
13 9 69
Mr Jason Cooper 08.01.24 07.01.28      
Mrs Emma Flower 15.01.20
10 10 100
Mrs Lou Griffin 16.11.22 15.11.26 86 
Mrs Alison Hancock 14.11.18
17 16 94
Mrs Daphne Hill 16.11.16

11 10 91
Mrs Emily James 11.09.23 10.09.27 0 n/a 
Mr Dan Jordan 08.01.24 07.01.28      
Mr Richard McCready 14.11.18
14 10 71
Ms Sally McNamara 16.11.22 15.11.26 86 
Mrs Sarah Pemberton 01.01.18

16 15 94
Mr Charles St Aubyn 16.11.16
13 12 92
Mr Matt Whiddett 24.04.23 23.04.27 3 100 
Mrs Lynda Wood 15.01.20
10 10 100
Governors Clerk          
Celeste Moruzzi  20.06.12  Ex Officio 21 21 100
Governors - past 12 Months     
Mr David Boothe 16.10.14




Mr Lee Daley 16.11.22 02.07.23 38 
Mrs Charlotte Gouldsmith-Leigh 16.11.22 24.05.23 6 4 67 
Mr Steven James 09.06.15




Mrs Charlotte Revill 17.03.21 25.01.23 6 5 83.3
Mr John Russell-Smith 26.01.21 31.08.23 10 5 50
Mrs Carole Valette 15.01.20 26.09.23 11 6 55

Register of Business Interests


Nature of Interest

Role Updated

Parent Governors    
Mr Andrew Johnson Parent of a child at Edgbarrow School
Member of Parent Teacher Association of Edgbarrow School 
Sept 2023
Mrs Sonia Kay Governor - RISE Alternative Learning Provision, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Parent of children at Edgbarrow School
Husband - Governor at Oaklands Junior School (part of the Corvus Learning Trust)
Nov 2023
Staff Governors    
Mr Stuart Matthews

Headteacher at Edgbarrow School - started 2018
Crowthorne Trust - Trustee
John McCann Trust - Trustee
Corvus Learning Trust - Director of Education - started April 2022
Sept 2023
Mr Oli Johnson Teacher at Edgbarrow School Oct 2023
Co-opted Governors    
Mr Kofi Adu-Gyamfi West Berkshire Council - Climate Change Service Lead
Parent of a child at Edgbarrow School
Jan 2024
Mrs Kate Benson Teacher at St Crispin's School, Wokingham (The Circle Trust) Jan 2024
Miss Rebekah Brumby
Parent of a child at Edgbarrow School Sept 2023
Mr Jason Cooper Parent of a child at Edgbarrow School Jan 2024
Mrs Emma Flower Parent of children at Edgbarrow School Sept 2023
Lou Griffin Parent of children at Edgbarrow School  Sept 2023
Mrs Alison Hancock Parent of child at Edgbarrow Sixth Form
Edgbarrow School Exam Invigilator - started June 2022
Sept 2023
Mrs Daphne Hill None Sept 2023
Mrs Emily James None  Sept 2023 
Mr Dan Jordan Current employment - Honeywell UOP
Governor at Onslow Infant School, Guildford
Fiancée is a Teacher at Edgbarrow School
Jan 2024
Mr Richard McCready
Wife is employee at Edgbarrow School - started Nov 2018 - Maths Apprentice
Wife has children at Edgbarrow School
Sept 2023

Ms Sally McNamara Parent of a child at Edgbarrow School 
Parent of a child applying to join Edgbarrow School Year 7 2024-25 (currently at Hatch Ride School)
Sept 2023
Mrs Sarah Pemberton PPDR Ltd - Director of building company focusing on private sector - started Jan 2005 Sept 2023
Mr Charlie St Aubyn None Sept 2023
Mr Matt Whiddett None Sept 2023
Mrs Lynda Wood Associate Governor at a Wokingham School Sept 2023

Governors - past 12 months



David Boothe Co-opted Governor None
Lee Daley Co-opted Governor Parent of children at Edgbarrow School; Works for the Ministry of Defence, Army Brigadier; Commandant Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration
Charlotte Gouldsmith-Leigh Co-opted Governor Parent of a child at Edgbarrow School
Steven James Co-opted Governor Corvus Learning Trust; Chair of Trustees - started Jan 2018
Surrey & Hampshire Canal Cruises Ltd - Director
John Pinkerton Canal Cruises Ltd - Director
Charlotte Revill Co-opted Governor Staff Member at Edgbarrow School
John Russell-Smith Staff Governor Staff Member at Edgbarrow School
Carole Valette Co-opted Governor None

Updated March 2024

Governing Body and Committee Membership 2023-2024

Governor Attendance 2022-2023

Governor Register of Business Interests 2023-2024

Useful links
Department for Education website
National Governors' Association
Government Information for School Governors