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Welcome to our Governors' section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

 

Letter from the Chair of Governors

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

My name is Carl Brewin and at the September meeting of our full governing body I was elected Chair of Governors of Comber Grove Primary School.

 

I have some big shoes to fill: the meeting saw Dr Lorelai Ciortea step down as Chair after over 4 wonderful years in the role, expertly guiding the school through a successful OFSTED inspection and transition to the leadership of Mr Dax and now Miss Bowmer. I am really looking forward to the challenge!

 

I would like to take a few moments to discuss exactly what we as governors do and the nature of our role.

 

The governors help Miss Bowmer and all staff in the management of the school. While the staff are responsible for the day to day running of the school, governors provide strategic management and are a critical friend, supporting the work of the head teacher and other staff.

 

Governors monitor and review the school's progress. We set annual targets for the school's performance, for the head teacher and we ensure that the head teacher sets targets for other staff.

 

As a maintained primary school Comber Grove has a delegated budget from the London Borough of Southwark to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment. The governors ensure this budget is well spent. We will offer advice to the head teacher about staff recruitment and some of the other strategic spending decisions.

 

Governors are not paid for the assistance they give, but carry out their roles because of direct links they have with the school and/or the local community.

 

We would be delighted to hear from you if you have anything you would like to discuss with us about any aspect of the school. You can contact us through the school or through our dedicated email address: governors@combergrove.co.uk.

 

We are currently seeking parent governors for the school. Parent governors give an invaluable contribution to the governing body and the school as a whole, so if you would like to get involved, please let me, Miss Bowmer or the school office know.

 

Thank you.

 

With my very best wishes

 

 

 

Carl Brewin

 

Chair of Governors

Our School Governors are:

 

Carl Brewin

 

I became a co-opted governor at Comber Grove Primary School in September 2015. [I was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2017.]

 

I am a practising barrister, working from Hardwicke Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn in London. I became a barrister in 2006 and specialise in property law and landlord and tenant law.

 

Before coming to the Bar I studied Russian and Politics at the London School of Economics.

 

I have lived in London since 2000 and in Walworth since 2007. I love the local area, and have always wanted to build greater links with the local community.

 

Comber Grove is a fantastic school, encouraging the highest standards in work and play and driven to improvements across the board for the benefit of every child. I was delighted to be invited to join the governors as a co-opted governor and have taken an active role since joining.

 

Since becoming a governor, my focus has been on finance as a member of the Finance and Premises sub-committee, where I have used previous experience of management of my former chambers to help me assist the sub-committee in making the tough decisions it has to make for the benefit of the school overall.

 

I am really excited to have been elected Chair of Governors, and relish the opportunity and challenge to serve the school in the years ahead.

 

Samantha George

 

I became a governor at Comber Grove in 2017, after six years working as a teacher in Birmingham and London. I currently work as a Senior Research Associate for a social enterprise which works with schools across England to support them in building skills like communication and leadership in their children. I'm really interested in how we can use data and research to help children get the best education they can, skills I am hoping to bring to my role as a governor at Comber Grove.  

 

Being a governor is a great way to feel even more of a part of the Camberwell community, where I've lived for the past four years. When I visited Comber Grove for the first time, I was really struck by the warm, caring atmosphere and the talented, dedicated staff. I'm excited to see all the brilliant stuff the school does in the next few years. 

 

In my spare time, I love live music and comedy, cooking and spending plenty of time outdoors. 

 

Samantha George

Stuart Ross

 

I have been a co-opted governor at Comber Grove since May 2015 and I am currently a member of the finance and premises committee and the pay committee.

 

I currently work for a Private Bank in London looking at how we interact with our clients to ensure we deliver the best possible service for them. Prior to that I held a number of roles in financial services focussing on Regulatory engagement and Compliance. 

 

I am originally from Edinburgh in Scotland and have lived in London since 2010. I am committed to giving something back to the community in which I live and believe that Comber Grove provides me with that opportunity which I am very grateful for. 

 

Best,

 

Stuart 

Suzanne Nethaway

I became a co-opted governor at Comber Grove in February 2014 and I am a senior associate at a City law firm, specialising in real estate transactions.  I grew up partly in Germany and also in Lincolnshire but London has been my home since 2004. I live in Camberwell with my husband, not far from Comber Grove and have done since 2011. We are expecting our first baby in early 2018. Together we enjoy eating out, particularly around Camberwell Green and Peckham, cooking at home and travelling. I also run a small online stationery business from home and, when I have time, am a keen hobby baker.

 

I have been the chair of the Curriculum and Welfare committee for two years and am also the school's link governor for [curriculum and learning]. Comber Grove is such a wonderful school because it encourages children to become well-rounded, confident individuals, ready to face the challenges that life will hand them.  There's a strong history of the arts which I think is really important and the children are respectful, kind and above all happy. I particularly love the school's library facility and am always delighted to watch any of Comber's plays and performances because they're so imaginative.

 

Suzanne

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