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St Matthews CofE Primary School

St Matthew's

Church of England Primary School

"Our vision is to enable our whole school community to live life in all its fullness." based on John 10:10



Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do. We are a group of volunteers from a range of backgrounds within the local community who are passionate about children’s education and who want to make a real difference to the school.

Our job is to work with the school on the school’s strategy and vision, planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review so that all our children achieve their full potential. We monitor all sorts of aspects of the school’s work including the curriculum, the children’s progress and the school budget.

The Governing Body meets twice every term. We sometimes set up working groups to look at particular issues (such as school expansion in 2011, appointment of the Deputy Head Teacher in 2016). We also work in committees to explore issues in greater detail. These include Faith, Personnel and Admissions, Finance and resources, Performance Management, and Standards).

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation governors, a Local Authority governor, Parent and Staff governors. All governors have equal status .Their job is not to represent their group but to participate as individuals.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at St Matthew's.

Governors’ Directory


Category of Governor                         

Term of Office

Mr. Andrew Buckley


Parent Governor/Chair of Governors


Miss Pam Dryden 


Head Teacher


Rev. Helen Hancock


Team Rector of St. Matthew’s   


Mr Sam Powell


Parish Church Council


Mrs Jessica Johnson   Parish Church Council 31/10/2025
Mr Thomas Eaves   Parent Governor 16/10/2026  
Mr Amit Puni   Parent Governor 16/10/2026

Mrs Fiona Dearman  

Mrs Jen Houghton 

Mrs Pauline Keane


Local Authority/ Vice Chair of Governors

Parochial Church Council

 Southwark Diocese                                                  




Mrs Victoria Lelliot   Parish Church Council 08/03/2027
Ms Jemma Chamberlain - Webber   Staff Governor        01/01/2027