Governing Body

The governing body of Giles Junior School is composed of parents, representatives of the local community and the local authority, and school staff. Governors have legal powers, duties and responsibilities. Our role is to work strategically with the school’s senior leadership team, challenging and questioning the school, identifying priorities for improvement and ensuring that these.


Curriculum & Standards Committee

The Curriculum and Standards Committee is responsible for ensuring that Giles Junior School provides a balanced curriculum which promotes the development of children and prepares them for future opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences.  We monitor teaching and pupil achievement to maintain and improve standards and ensure high expectations.  Our work includes:

  • Monitoring progress in children’s books
  • Receiving and analysing data on attainment and progress
  • Holding the Senior Leadership team and teachers to account to ensure they maintain high standards by asking challenging questions
  • Monitoring lessons
  • Talking to children to gain their views
  • Ensuring the school allocates pupil premium funding and sports funding to good effect
  • Supporting learning in the classroom

Resources Committee

The Resources Committee is responsible for four main topics – money, people, the premises (buildings and grounds) and safeguarding (children and staff, including Health and Safety).

The committee works with the school to ensure that it is able to make the most of its staff, finances and facilities, and that it is a safe and stimulating environment for our pupils, staff and visitors, through a range of activities including:

  • Setting the school’s budget and ensuring that the school’s priorities are included
  • Regularly monitoring income and expenditure and ensuring that all financial risks have been considered and minimised
  • Ensuring that the school gets the best possible value for the equipment and services we purchase
  • Producing and implementing policies and standards for financial management (including those for Lettings, Charging and Remissions, Debt Recovery ), personnel, Health and Safety and Safeguarding (including Accessibility, Attendance, Behaviour, Child Protection, Equality, First Aid, Safer Recruitment and Whistleblowing)
  • Determining and implementing the school’s staff pay and performance management policies
  • The recruitment of teaching staff
  • Managing the school’s assets, including the school buildings and grounds.

Governor Profiles

Mrs Karen Wheatland - Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Giles Junior school since 2001 and both my children subsequently attended the school. I became a governor to gain some insight into how education is delivered and to understand how schools work with changing demands and limited funding. My professional background is in biomedical science and I worked for many years within the NHS and, more recently, in veterinary pathology.  I have seen the school undergo many significant changes and I am pleased that its enduring ethos of kindness, support, high expectation and inclusivity continues to adapt and improve. I am proud to be associated with such a vibrant and flourishing school.

Mr Bill Hadall - Vice-Chair 

I became a Parent Governor when the youngest of our three sons was still in the school, so I have been a governor of the school for over 30 years now. I have always had an interest in education and the development of young people; as a chartered engineer in industry I have managed graduates and apprentices, run a UK-wide graduate recruitment and development programme for a multinational engineering company and more recently set up my own consultancy business working in the engineering sector and with the University of Bristol. Although now retired, I am still very much involved with the engineering community and with Giles Junior school.

I am proud of the way the school has developed and grown whilst dealing with ever-changing requirements from governments and education authorities, and through all of this the staff and governors have worked together to achieve the best for our pupils.

Mrs Woolston  - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher since 2015.  Prior to that I was a sales representative for medical research companies, and a medical laboratory scientific officer in the NHS.  I Joined the governing body in March 2019.  Previously I was an SEN governor at York Road Nursery School.  I enjoy walking my dog, gardening and Pilates. I am currently developing my photography skills. I have also started to practice mindfulness.  My instant love of this school was when I originally visited made me appreciate what a special school Giles Junior is. I wanted to help develop the school further.  As a parent of a child with SEN, I always want to ensure that similar children are receiving the best education and support possible. Every school needs a strong governing body to help them develop – I felt I had a range of skills that could be beneficial.

Dawn De-Vall - Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Giles for over six years.  I am a co-opted governor and I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee.  I have four children who have all been to Giles and one is still attending in Year 5.   I have just completed a master’s degree in law and business, and I work in a local secondary school as an attendance officer.  I enjoy being a governor because I like being part of the Giles community and I want to make an impact on the education of all the children at Giles Junior School.  I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my children.

Kim Hedley - Co-opted Governor

I was a governor at Giles many years ago when my daughters were both pupils at the school. I was extremely proud to be asked to consider joining again. I know the value we (the governing body) can add as a group and individuals to the achievements of all the pupils who attend our school. I believe that we add value and help the pupils and the staff by supporting the school.  I joined the governing body in autumn 2018, I am a co-opted governor.  I am a scientist at Lister Hospital, Sevenage, where I work full time, I am also a member of the Trusts staff side exec, which gives me a different insight into how policies and procedures can work this helps me make a different contribution to the governing body.



Appointing Body

Terms of Office



Interests/Other Governor Roles

Mrs Karen Wheatland


Governing Body

12/10/17 – 11/10/21

Ex-officio all committees

Chair (16/07/20) Safeguarding/ Looked After Children PHSE/SRE



Mr William Hadall


Governing Body

29/08/17 – 28/08/21


Strategy/Pupil Disciplinary

Vice-Chair (6/02/22)


Spouse to Clerk

Miss Louise Whitby



01/08/19 -

Ex-officio all committees/Resources


Mr Ric Euteneuer

Local Authority

Local Authority

01/09/18 31/08/22

Pupil Disciplinary

Creative Curriculum

School Place Planning Strategy Officer- Southwark Council

Clerk to St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy

Mrs Dawn De-Vall


Governing Body

03/10/17 – 02/10/21

Chair-Curriculum and Standards/Strategy/Pupil Disciplinary

Pupil Premium/Literacy


Mrs Sarah Allcock-Green


Governing Body

05/09/17 – 04/09/21

Pupil Disciplinary/Curriculum and Standards



Miss Sophie Bichener


Governing Body


Resources/Pupil Disciplinary






Mrs Kim Hedley






Governing Body

28/11/18- 27/11/22

Resources/Pupil Disciplinary



Mrs Catherine Whitehouse



28/11/18- 27/11/22

Pupil Disciplinary/Curriculum and     Standards




Mrs Claire Menlove



27/11/19- 26/11/23

Resources/Pupil Disciplinary


Mr Edward Kaawha





27/11/19 – 26/11/23

Pupil Disciplinary/Curriculum and Standards



Mrs Christine Woolston



6/02/20 - 5/02/24

Curriculum and Standards



Mrs Mary Hadall


Governing body


Spouse to William Hadall