Governing Body



NEWS  On Thursday 10th September 2015 members of St George’s Governing Body attended a special Eucharist service at Southwark Cathedral.  During the ceremony Mrs Jill Bray, the Chair of Governors, was presented with the Bishop’s Certificate for Governance by the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark.  In order to achieve this certificate, all members of the Governing Body attended training over the year 2014-15 covering all aspects of the role of a governor.  The aim of the training was to improve and enhance the knowledge and skills of all governors.  The Director of Education of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, Mr Colin Powell, was also present at the service to congratulate St George’s Governing Body on their achievement. 

certificate governance     Jill receiving certificate from Bishop     Governors and Colin Powell at Southwark Cathedral

The Governing Body

Jill Bray     Chair of Governors

I have lived in Forest Hill for 30 years, my family has grown up in Forest Hill and I have taught in Lewisham secondary schools over this period. Until 2008 I was Head of Science at Sydenham School and since then have worked as a consultant helping to improve schools’ science departments. I am a member of St George’s Church community.

I feel very passionately that an inspiring education can make all the difference to a child’s life chances. So my time as a governor at St George’s School is a natural and important part of my desire to see more children being given that chance.

I am proud to be associated with such a caring, innovative and successful school.



Lynne Whipps    Foundation governor

Governor's pictures 2016 (2)I have been associated with St George’s School and, previously, Christ Church School, for over 30 years. My nephews attended this school at the time and I would come along with my sister to help at school fairs etc. Later my sons were to attend the school and I became the Treasurer of the PTA.

I was very honoured when asked if I would consider being a School Governor.

I believe school plays an important part in the way a child perceives the world and they carry the knowledge gained and build on it throughout their lives. Therefore it is important that the school fulfills its responsibility to each child and a strong Governing Body to assist this goal is vital. I am proud to be part of such a team.



Viv Okon    Foundation governor

Governor's pictures 2016 (8)My link to the school is through St George’s Church and I am a serving foundation governor. I have lived in Forest Hill for ten years and love the local environment. I am married to Jo and have two children of my own in Key Stage 2. I have a background in science and currently work in housing/ case law.

I was honoured to be asked to contribute to help the children of our school lay their foundations in education, and to facilitate that experience being memorable. I hope to bring enthusiasm, commitment and my experience to help the school fulfill its goals, to self-evaluate, evolve and progress, and ultimately enable all our children to achive the best they can.



Lucy Franklin-Smith    Teacher governor

Governor's pictures 2016 (3)I grew up in Forest Hill and still live close by. My family continues to live here and I enjoy spending time in the area. I have been a teacher at St George’s for four years, having previously worked in the school in different roles. I was inspired to train as a teacher and become part of the team.

I believe that all children can achieve their dreams and I am proud to be part of a school which helps children to see and believe this too. Being a teacher and a governor, and now the numeracy coordinator, means that I can be part of the future development of the school and can help it continue to be a successful and innovative place.



Barbara Whiting   Supprt staff governor

Governor's pictures 2016 (5)I was born in Forest Hill and have lived in the surrounding area all my life. I attended a local primary school and then Sydenham Girls Secondary school.

I started working at St George’s Primary School in September 2014 and can honestly say that everyday has been an extremely positive experience, not one day has passed where a child (or more often than not children) has failed to make me smile or laugh, they are all wonderful young people with open mind-sets eager to achieve and do well.

The Headteacher, senior leadership team, teachers and all support staff work extremely hard to ensure that the children of St George’s are supported and have an inspirational learning environment and I am proud to be part of a school that places such a high regard on these values.

I hope that the skills, experience and enthusiasm that I bring to the school will enable me to make a useful and insightful contribution to the school governing body and the school community and I look forward to the challenges and learning opportunities that lie ahead with the schools expansion.



Jonathan Shebioba   Local authority governor

I am a governor recently appointed by the local authority, having previously been a parent governor for nearly ten years. My youngest child still attends the school and I have been very impressed with the progress all my children have made while at St George’s school.

I am a Civil Servant, working in central government and have been both a Sunday School teacher and a youth leader and believe that no investment made in a child’s education and development is wasted.

St George’s School has improved greatly over recent years and I am proud to be associated with both staff and pupils as they continue to make good progress.



Joanna Goodrich      Foundation Governor

Governor's pictures 2016 (7)I have been a member of St George’s church congregation for nearly ten years, and I became a school governor in 2013. I have three teenage boys, and when they were younger I was a parent governor at their primary school in Forest Hill for eight years.

I think governors have a really important role to play in supporting the headteacher and all the teachers and staff to achieve the very best for the children in their school. I am very glad to be part of St George’s school and know that it is a happy and secure environment for children to learn. I hope I can contribute to them being able to achieve their very best.



Maria Smith   Parent Governor

 Having lived in Forest Hill all my life I have a real commitment to the area. My connections to the school go back when my nieces and nephews attended the school in the late eighties. Since then all my children have attended the school, my youngest now being in Year 4.

 I have really appreciated the family-orientated community within the school. All staff are very approachable. The teaching has always been good, but in the last few years the school has made amazing improvements.

 I chose the school because it is a church school. Being a Christian, I appreciate the added dimension that a church link brings. I have been a governor for 6 years and have focused on both the premises committee and the faith group. I have gained insight into how the school runs and have been privileged to be part of the vision that drives the school forward.



Ticen Yashar   Parent Governor

My name is Ticen Yashar and my daughter is in year 1.  She joined the school in Reception and I am very happy with her progress.  She has come so far in her learning.

I enjoy planning and organising events.  I have supported my daughter on school trips, assemblies and I have supported the school at an open day for new parents.

I would very much like to continue to support the children, staff and parents at St George’s and give back to the school that has given so much to my family.



Patrick Clarke     Chair of Premises Committee

Governor's pictures 2016 (6)I have lived in the Forest Hill / Sydenham area for 25 years. I am married to Rosie and have two teenage children. I work as a Town Planning consultant advising local authorities and private developers on the planning of new communities and the regeneration of existing neighbourhoods.

I have been a PCC Foundation Governor at St George’s for 8 and a half years and Chair of the Premises Committee for most of that time. My role is particularly focused on supporting the Headteacher and the school’s Premises Manager in ensuring that the physical fabric of the school provides the best possible learning environment for our pupils.

I am really excited about the expansion of the school to two forms of entry and the opportunities that this will create for the current and future generations of pupils.

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