Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country.  Every school has a governing body, made up of members of staff, members of the local community, parents of children at the school and people appointed by the local authority.  At Henry Cavendish, as with every school in the UK, we need to be aware of what’s going on in the school, what’s working and should be encouraged and, perhaps more importantly, what isn’t working and needs to change.  Our role is to support and challenge Mrs Hardy and her senior leadership team.  We’re not there to rubber stamp decisions, and we have to ask difficult questions and discuss issues so that we arrive at sensible and constructive outcomes which will help Henry Cavendish maintain its high standards and continue moving forward. It is important we get things right.  How we do our job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.

We are legally required to:

  • Set strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • Approve the school budget
  • Review progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • Appoint, challenge and support the Headteacher

We are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. That is entirely down to the Mrs Hardy and her Senior Leadership Team.

If you have a question or a problem you should first talk to your child’s class teacher, the office staff or the Headteacher.  If you don’t feel able to talk to any of the school staff and have something that’s on your mind, then please do contact us.  You can send us an email to, leave a note in the governors’ postbox in reception, or talk to one of the parent governors in the playground.

From June 2014 the Governing Body consists of 15 members and include:

  • 4 parent governors – elected by parents of children attending Henry Cavendish Primary School
  • 1 LA governor – appointed by the London Borough of Lambeth
  • 1 Headteacher – ex-officio
  • 1 staff governor – elected by school staff
  • 8 co-opted governors – elected by the Governing Body

Instrument of Government

The governors are:

Headteacher & Staff GovernorsParent GovernorsLocal Authority GovernorsCo-opted GovernorsAssociate Members
Alexandra Hardy, Headteacher, ex officioKirsty Pearce (term ends October 2018)Steve Hayes (term ends April 2019)Penny Church (term ends July 2019)Dawn Persad
Laura Watkins (term ends November 2018)Jessica Bates (term ends October 2018)Gay Wenban-Smith (term ends May 2022)Michelle Raistrick
Re Hobley (term ends February 2020)Simon Lawrence (term ends May 2018)
Richard Garner (term ends March 2020)Georgina Morley (term ends May 2022)
Lorna Burg (term ends May 2022)
Tim Baxter (term ends May 2018)
Elinor Hull (term ends June 2022)
We currently have three vacancies

Previous members of the Governing Body

Parent Governors: Michael Bellingham (term ended February 2016) & Jo Sandford Smith (term ended March 2016)

Staff Governor: Michael Anderson (term ended November 2015)

LA Governor: Ivana Jenkins (term ended in May 2015 with the restructure of the Governing Body)

Co-opted Governor: James Lee (resigned June 2018), Simon Lawrence and Tim Baxter (term ended in May 2018)

Governors Register of Business Interests

Register of Business Interests


Most of our formal work is done in full Governing Body meetings, held twice a term. We also have three small sub committees.

Analyse School Performance Committee

The Analyse School Performance Committee meets termly to monitor and analyse data on pupil performance and progress. It reviews school performance targets in these areas, both to support and challenge the school. Areas of concern or improvement will be highlighted and discussed at the next full Governing Body meeting.

Performance Management Committee

The Performance Management Committee meets to set targets for the Head and leadership team and assess their performance against them. The Committee makes recommendations to the Pay Committee.

Pay Committee

The Pay Committee supports the Governing Body in fulfilling its statutory obligations regarding pay. Its members include the members of the Performance Management Committee plus one or two other governors, and its duties include putting into effect the school’s pay policy, recommending the annual pay budget and keeping abreast of developments in the field. It will also agree the pay progression for the senior leadership team of the school.

Please find below dates and minutes of the Full Governing Body meetings

Summer Term 2017



Spring Term 2017

30 January 2017

13 March 2017

Summer Term 2015

18 May 2015

29 June 2015

Spring Term 2015

4 February 2015

23 March 2015

Autumn Term 2014

13 October 2014

1 December 2014

Summer Term 2014

19 May 2014

30 June 2014

Autumn Term 2013

2 December 2013

 Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meets at least once a term to review and approve the annual budget.  They also look at long term financial plans for the school, reflecting school priorities including staffing plans and plans relating to the repair, maintenance and development of the premises and to recommend action on these plans to the Governing Body.