The Governing Body of Beauclerc consists of enthusiastic and committed individuals drawn from parents, staff, the local community and the Local Authority. As well as statutory duties such as reviewing school policies, contributing to the School Improvement Plan and overseeing the finances, the Governors actively support staff, parents and children in many aspects of school life, and participate in many activities.

The Governing Body of Beauclerc and Chennestone Schools

In April 2011 the Governing Bodies of Beauclerc and Chennestone Schools agreed to federate and subsequently reconstituted in September 2018. This means that the Schools are led and managed by:

  • a single Governing body of 11 members ( 2 parent governors, 2 staff governors, 1 LA governor and 6 co-opted governors)
  • a single Headteacher
  • a joint school leadership team


  • The two schools have a shared vision, ethos and values
  • The Headteacher shares her time between the two schools
  • The two schools have separate budgets
  • Each school retains its individual characteristics and identity
  • Separate OFSTED inspections and school self-evaluation
  • Separate reporting of performance data and standards
  • The Admissions criteria has changed recently to give Beauclerc  feeder status to Chennestone School - see Surrey admissions criteria
  • The day-to-day experience of children and families will generally remain unchanged

The benefits of the federation for the two schools

  • Ensures coordinated provision for children and families in Lower Sunbury whilst catering for parental preferences and choice
  • Improves sharing of good practice and raises standards
  • Provides a structure for working together
  • Increases opportunities for Key Stage 1 staff to work in year group partnerships
  • Enables consistency in learning strategies and facilitates a smooth transition for children
    into Year 3
  • Increases opportunities for staff to take on leadership roles and gain a variety of experiences
  • Enhances recruitment of quality staff and retention of experienced staff
  • Facilitates further liaison and co-ordination of events
  • Creates opportunities to achieve ‘value for money’ and make some savings e.g. joint training
  • Enhances professional development opportunities for staff
  • Strengthens the two schools in their relationships with outside agencies and the Local Authority

Minutes of the meetings of the full Governing Body are available on request from the school office. Governors can be contacted via the School Office.

The Governors

Mrs C Bowman - Chair Co-opted Governor
My name is Carley Bowman and though I’m a co-opted governor, I’m also mum to Ben who went to both Beauclerc and Chennestone Schools. We have many happy memories of both and I am a strong advocate of the schools’ values and ethos. I am delighted to be able to support them as a governor.

I’m a former BBC journalist with lots of experience reporting on politics and education – so I’m not afraid to ask challenging questions! I left the Beeb in 2013 and am now a freelance media consultant with a much healthier work-life balance. This has given me the opportunity to dedicate time to other passions and take on other responsibilities, like being a school governor.

I have a particular interest in health and well-being for all pupils and served as a governor at Great Ormond Street Hospital for a three-year term. I am the schools’ lead governor for safeguarding and am passionate about good communication – with staff, children, parents and the wider community.

I try to bring all my skills and experience together to support the fantastic staff and senior leadership team in maintaining high standards of teaching and learning while preserving the schools’ caring and nurturing culture for all children.

Mr S Griffin - co-Vice Chair Co-opted Governor
I have been a co-opted governor at Beauclerc and Chennestone since September 2015, and am passionate about each and every child being able to achieve their potential.
My wife and I have two children. We moved to Sunbury just before the birth of our second and really enjoy being a part of this community. Our youngest is at Beauclerc and the eldest – having been at Beauclerc – is now at Chennestone. I work in Surrey County Council’s Schools & Learning service, supporting Surrey’s education community to meet the needs of all children and young people in the county.
Earlier in my career, I spent seven years in education, starting as a teaching assistant in a special school. I then qualified as a teacher in further education before training to teach Spanish on the Graduate Teacher Training Programme.

Mrs H McGrath - co-Vice Chair Co-opted Governor
I was co-opted to the board of governors in 2016 when my daughter joined the reception class at Beauclerc. I have a legal background in local government and regulatory governance which gives me a keen interest in compliance, transparency and accountability in leadership.
I am delighted to formally contribute to Chennestone and Beauclerc schools and support the excellent work and dedication of all staff.

I take an active community interest in Sunbury and support the vibrant work of the PTA whenever I can. I welcome parental interaction and feedback to enable a cohesive unified school setting to provide the very best opportunities and development for our children.

Mr L Nichols - Local Authority Governor
I have lived in Sunbury for over 30 years and I have been a Governor of the school since 2002. I was Chair of Governors for two years. Both my children attended both Beauclerc and Chennestone. I try to bring an external perspective to the challenges facing the school and make sure that the needs of the present are balanced with the requirements of the future. Away from the school I have recently retired from being Head of IT for a central government department.

Mrs L Ali - Co-opted Governor

Mr R McCarthy - Co-opted Governor

Mrs L Anderson - Executive Head Teacher

Ms L Wales - Associate Member

Mrs K Duddy - Staff Governor

Mrs E Eggleton - Parent Governor
I joined the governing body in November 2019 as a parent governor. I have two children, one currently at Beauclerc and the other at Chennestone. Since my eldest started at Beauclerc in 2016 I have undertaken a number of roles to support the schools, including class rep and chair of the PTA at Beauclerc. I took the opportunity to stand as a parent governor so I could further contribute to the development of a successful future for the children, parents/carers and teaching staff at the schools. I work for a food manufacturer and hope to use my professional expertise in communication, strategy and people development to support the governing body and the school’s leadership team.