Southfield’s governing body is responsible, together with the headteacher, for the overall running of the school. Governors work as a team and aim to play our part in helping to make Southfield a happy, stimulating school for your child.
Southfield School has thirteen governors, made up of elected parents, elected teachers, representatives of the Ealing local education authority and co-opted governors. Each governor’s term of office lasts four years. Our school governors are rated amongst the best in the local authority.
The governing body meets at least once a term and deals with a wide range of issues concerning the school. It has two sub-committees – one covering the curriculum and the other responsible for management, finance, appointments and the school building – which consider issues in more detail and report to the full governing body. As governors our main responsibilities are to:
– oversee the school’s budget. This is allocated each year by the local education authority; The governing body, in consultation with the head teacher, decides how that money is spent;
– decide on staffing levels and oversee staff appointments;
– monitor the school development plan. This is a short, medium and long-term plan for the school covering the curriculum and its development, financial management and premises;
– maintain links with Ealing local authority from which the school receives support and advice on financial, personnel, premises and curriculum matters.
You are welcome to see minutes of our governing body meetings on our Governors’ Communications page or can contact one of the governors (see below) if you have any questions about the work of the governing body.
You can either be elected as a parent governor (details of the next elections are available from the headteacher), be appointed by the local education authority (this is done by the political parties represented on the Council) or be co-opted by the other governors. If you are interested in being considered for co-option, then please contact the headteacher or the Chair of the Governing Body via the School Office.
Simon Prebble – Headteacher
As Headteacher, Simon Prebble is automatically a member of the governing body. He took up his post in September 2010. He has been a teacher for twenty-four years and has taught all age groups from Nursery to Year 6 in three different London boroughs. Prior to taking up his current post he was the Principal Primary Adviser for Ealing Local Authority and led the Primary School Improvement Team. For seven years he was the head of a primary school in Hanwell. All his teaching experiences have been in diverse communities. He strongly believes that children only have one chance in education and it is the responsibility of schools to ensure all children achieve. He has lived in the Borough of Ealing for twenty years and loves travelling, playing tennis and reading.
Janet Barton – Staff Governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Janet Barton became a School Governor in 1987. She’s worked on both the Teaching & Learning and Management Committees and has had input to numerous policies & decisions. Why does she like Southfield so much? She says “Children, Staff and Governors come & go – But – the same happy atmosphere & vision for learning has remained since my own children came here.” She really enjoys working as part of the EYFS team and loves helping children reach their full potential. She was born in East London and grew up in Central London. Outside school she enjoys football (watching not playing!) films, music and particularly reading, especially anything with an historical content.
Ngozi Fasan – Finance link governor; Member of the Resources Committee
Ngozi Fasan joined the governing body as the Finance Governor in June 2013. She is a mother to a 3+ year old boy and as his primary school attendance is imminent this sparked an interest in getting involved in schools.
She is a Chartered Accountant who trained with Ernst and Young. She currently works as Risk and Control manager in an Investment Bank.
She enjoys meeting new people and is actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility events at work. She actively volunteers at Church as a Sunday school teacher and also used to sing as part of the Choir. She loves travelling and reading and plans to someday write a book herself.
Georgina Gilbey – Staff Governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Biography to follow
Robert Huxford – Chair of Governing Body; Health and Safety link governor; member of the Resources Committee
Rob Huxford was elected parent governor in 2014 and as chair in 2017. He has 2 children that both attend Southfield. Living locally in Chiswick Rob is keen to be an active member of the school and support the staff and governors to continue and build to make Southfield a great environment for the children to learn in.
Rob is a commercial head at a large global pharmaceutical company based in West London and brings his business experience as his role as a governor.
Angela McHale – IPC Link Governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Angela McHale is the mother of two boys who have been happy, Southfield pupils since Reception. Her older child is now at Senior School. She was born and raised in London, went to school in Ealing, and has lived in Chiswick since 2004. She has been an active member of the SPSA since 2010 and was the Chair of SPSA for 4 years. She was elected as a parent governor in October 2015. Having gained a degree in Politics at Warwick University she decided to follow her passion and become an actor, receiving a distinction from the Drama Studio, London. In between acting jobs she realised she also liked coaching and helping others become more effective, confident communicators. She now combines a career as an actor with working as a training consultant.
She believes that a child’s experience of school is more positive and their attainment levels are higher when parents are involved in school life and she hopes to support the school as they continue their great work in this area. She also has really enjoyed seeing the children engage in the International Primary Curriculum and one of her roles is as an IPC link governor. She also currently chairs the Teaching and Learning committee.
Leong MacSweeney – Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Previous to her retirement, Leong worked as an Advisory Teacher in the Virtual School for Looked After Children at the London Borough of Hammermsith and Fulham. Her role consists liaising with schools and colleges in order to support the Borough’s Looked After Children’s achievement in education. Through working with Looked After Children she have gained an insight to the many issues and barriers to learning that affect vulnerable children and the need for them to achieve. In addition, Leong have worked in Further Education colleges teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and literacy to adults. Prior to being a qualified teacher, Leong was a qualified State Registered Nurse specialising in Renal Transplant and Dialysis at Charing Cross Hospital.
Although Leong’s mother tongue is Chinese, her first language is English. Leong also speak Bahasa Malaysia, which is the national language of Malaysia. With the exception of 3 years abroad, she has lived in London for over 40 years. As a trilingual speaker, Leong has always been interested in the mechanics of acquiring language skills. Her other interests include inter-cultural assimilation and the impact education has on personal development and well being and Leong is passionate that all children be given the opportunity to achieve and to fulfill their potential.
John Tanter – Chair of the Resources Committee
John Tanter was elected parent governor in 2014. He has a daughter in Year 2 and twins (a son and a daughter) who have just started in Reception. John has lived in various parts of London since he started work, moving to Chiswick two weeks before his eldest daughter was born in 2007. With three children in the early part of their time a Southfield John was keen to get more involved in the life and work of the school, supporting the Headteacher and staff in providing the best possible learning environment for the pupils.
John is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and currently works for a large energy company.
Anthony Korn – Member of the Resources Committee
Anthony Korn is a local authority nominated governor. He lives locally. He is a barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law and advises both employers and employees in employment disputes. He also writes and lectures on employment law topics. Before going into practice, he worked as an employment advisor at the Shepherds Bush Advice Centre. Outside work, he is learning Japanese and enjoys tennis and skiing. He has joined the Governing body to contribute to the local community.
Thomas Muir – Maths Link Governor and Member of the Resources Committee
Tom Muir joined the governing body as a Co-opted Governor in October 2016. He lives locally in Chiswick and works in Hammersmith as the Director of Communications for a large provider of mental healthcare services and specialist education.
Tom has previously held roles working for the UK Government as a political adviser for public services and HM Treasury, and has also worked in communications for a large Japanese investment bank. He enjoys being active in the local community.
Marianna Loizia – Clerk to the Governors
Marianna Loizia is an experienced clerk having worked with many Ealing governing bodies over the last 12 years. She has been clerking at Southfield since January 2011. She has a good insight into the workings and challenges of a successful governing body and served three terms as a school governor. She juggles clerking with a full time job as a PA, and looking after her family.