Annual Governance Statement
Belvedere Infant and Nursery School’s governing body is made up of 6 governors who represent the school’s staff, parents, the Local Authority, and the community. So that you can get to know your governing body a little more, individual governors have provided some information about themselves.
Councillor S. Hinkley - Chair of Governors
I have lived in Belvedere for the vast majority of my life and even attended Belvedere Infant School myself as a little girl! I still live in Belvedere with my husband and daughter and I am heavily invested in the local community. Prior to having our daughter, I worked as a Marketing Manager for a manufacturing company, which involved budget setting and management, procurement, sales and extensive direct contact with customers, overseas agents and suppliers. After over 16 years of working in this role, I was very fortunate to be able to stay at home when my daughter was young and had the time to re-evaluate my work life. During this period I became a Trustee and the Treasurer of St Augustine’s pre-school, which I enjoy very much. I also changed career completely when I returned to work as I knew I wanted to do more for the local community. I have now been a caseworker for Teresa Pearce for nearly three years, a role which gives me a valuable insight into challenges and issues faced by local residents. In May 2018 I was honoured to be elected to the London Borough of Bexley as one of the three Belvedere Ward Councillors, which enables me to be an effective voice for Belvedere residents and to fight for positive change and investment in our area. More locally to the school, I am also a Director of the Belvedere Forum, a charity which operates the Belvedere Community Centre and provides much needed support to the local community and hosts various regular groups and events. Needless to say, I am very busy, but absolutely love being involved with the school. The children are of course the stars, but there is such a strong and dedicated staff, it makes working with the school a fantastic experience.
Mr Adam Thorogood - Vice Chair of Governors
I have a background in finance and having worked across various industries and countries for the last 20 years I wanted to use that experience to benefit the children who attend this wonderful school, and so becoming a school governor gave me that opportunity. It is important for me, having children myself, that I do whatever I can to ensure that the children are happy and enthusiastic to learn in a safe school environment and as a member of the board of Governors, I feel privileged to have such a responsibility working with this great and diverse team.
Ms J Whysall
I have been involved with the school for 22 years, initially as a parent as both my children attended the school, then as a class teacher, Early Years Lead, Inclusion Lead and currently as Acting Deputy Head Teacher with responsibility for Inclusion and Safeguarding.
I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education for each and every child and for them to reach their full potential, whilst at the same time maintaining a safe, nurturing and happy environment.
I am committed to supporting the governors and the head teacher in taking our school forward and believe that we are well on the way to achieving an outstanding OFSTED.
Mrs S Salter
I have always wanted to work with children and completed a Nursery Nurse course at Bexley college many years ago! I then worked for 11 years in as Nursery Nurse and Leader at a private day nursery. I have worked at Belvedere Infants and Nursery School since 2007. During my time at the school I have worked across all year groups as a 1:1 for SEND children and as a Class teaching assistant in Early years. In 2016 the opportunity came for me to became a Learning Mentor and have an impact on helping both the children and families of our school. I have seen the school go through many changes and feel that as a Staff Governor I can help to bring it to Outstanding.