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 and stimulating school for your child.
Southfield School has ten 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 below or you can contact one of the governors 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 nominated by the Local Authority with the ultimate decision to appoint being made by the Governing Body 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.
Robert Huxford - Chair of Governing Body
Rob Huxford was elected in 2014 and as chair in 2017. He has two 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 to his role as a governor.
Darren Jones – Headteacher Staff Governor
As Headteacher Darren is a staff governor. Southfield is his second headship and he moved to London in 2015. Graduating in Law and Spanish and later studying for an MA in Applied Linguistics, he is a keen linguist and enjoys reading and, drama and the theatre. He has taught and led in a number of outstanding schools in London, Bristol and Cambridge where he completed his studies at Cambridge University.
He is currently completing his PhD in Children’s Literature. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks French to a high level. He is passionate that all children have the opportunity to be the very best they can through access to a highly creative and rigorous curriculum allowing them to be the best they can be. In his spare time he enjoys travelling and taking advantage of living in one of the world’s best cities.
Nick Barrett - Vice-chair of Governing Body
Nick was elected a governor and vice chair of the governing body in 2018 and is also a member of Resources Committee. He currently has two children attending Southfield with a third hopeful of starting in 2020. Post university Nick moved to London and started a career in the financial services sector before getting the opportunity to move abroad in 2007. Returning to London in 2013, Nick saw Chiswick as the ideal place to settle with his young and growing family and, when the opportunity arose, was keen to play an active role in the ongoing development and success of Southfield School.
Nick is currently the COO for a corporate banking team within a global bank and aims to use his professional skills to benefit Southfield.
Angela McHale - Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee
Angela McHale is the mother of two boys who were happy Southfield pupils since Reception. 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 four 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 – Teaching and Learning Committee
Previous to her retirement, Leong worked as an Advisory Teacher in the Virtual School for Looked-After Children at the London Borough of Hammersmith 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 has gained an insight into the many issues and barriers to learning that affect vulnerable children and the need for them to achieve. She is a co-opted governor at Southfield. 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 and she can also speak Bahasa Malaysia, the national language of Malaysia. With the exception of three years abroad, Leong has lived in London for over 40 years. As a trilingual speaker, she 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 fulfil their potential.
Anthony Korn – Chair 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 Shepherd's 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.
Emma Sharpe - Teaching and Learning Committee
Emma Sharpe was elected as parent governor in 2017. She has a son in Year 3 and a three-year old. Emma is a Londoner and lives in Chiswick. She has previously been a school governor in a Hammersmith school.
Emma took this role as she is keen to get more involved in the school community and encourage a strong partnership where parents and guardians work together with, and support the school to make it a safe, caring, inclusive and nurturing environment.
Jim Hubbard - Teaching and Learning Committee
Jim Hubbard was appointed a co-opted governor in 2018. He moved to London in 2010 to earn a master’s degree at University College London and moved to his current home in Chiswick in 2016. He works in public policy and currently leads regional policy at an influential business organisation.
Clare Reed - Resources Committee
Clare Reed is the mother of two children at Southfield and was elected parent governor in 2018. She is an active member of the school community and is keen to support the school continue to achieve the best outcomes and be a happy environment for all of its children. She lives locally in Chiswick.
Clare has worked for many years for the NHS in information management, governance and IT. She currently works for a London hospital heading up an analytics team to support health research.
Sara Nelder - Staff Governor
Sara is a mother of two, who both attended the school since Nursery. She was born and raised in Shepherd’s Bush but now lives in Acton with her family.
Sara has been a Teaching Assistant at Southfield for a number of years and currently works in Year 6; she has previously worked in Year 3, 4 and 5. Sara has a lot of experience and knowledge in childcare and in children with special needs. She finds Speech and Language a very interesting topic and spends a lot of time delivering interventions on the subject. Sara was a very active SPSA class rep for six years. She enjoys music, socialising with friends and spending time with her family.
Sara believes that every child matters and she enjoys watching the children in her care grow and progress. She strongly believes that forming a bond between the school and children makes a huge difference and she hopes to continue being part of Southfield for many years to come.