The Governing Body of St Matthew’s School comprises 14 members: 

  • 2 Foundation Governors appointed by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education
  • 4 Foundation Governors appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Matthew’s Church, Redhill
  • 1 Foundation Governor appointed by Reigate Deanery Synod
  • The Vicar of St Matthew’s Church, Redhill (ex officio)
  • 2 elected Parent Governors (elected by the parents)
  • The Headteacher (ex officio)
  • 1 Elected Staff Governors (elected by the school staff)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Co-opted Governor

The current members of the Governing Body are:   

The Vicar of St Matthew's Church (ex officio): Canon Andrew Cunnington (Vice Chair)
Appointed Diocesan Foundation Governors:

Venerable Moira Astin (Chair)

Mr Ian McMillan 

Appointed PCC Foundation Governors:

Mrs Rachel Hossack

Mrs Fleur Howlett

Mr Christopher Roulston 


Appointed Reigate Deanery Synod Foundation Governor:  Mrs Helen Baker
Elected Parent Governors:

Mrs Sonia Cernecca


The Headteacher (ex officio): Mrs Janet Lightfoot
Elected Staff Governor: Mrs Megan Gizzi
Local Authority Governor: (Vacancy)
Co-opted Governor: Mrs Sarah Lawrence

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Lisa Thurston

The core responsibilities of school governors can be summarised as: 

  • Providing strategic management (this is not the same as the day to day running of the school which is the responsibility of the Headteacher)
  • Acting as a critical friend to the school
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Challenging and supporting senior staff
  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Planning the school’s long term future
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Headteacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control 

The full Governing Body currently meets formally each month.

Minutes are available on request. 

As part of their monitoring role Governors visit the school to consult with the Headteacher and senior management, meet with subject leaders, observe lessons, carry out Health & Safety checks etc. 

Governors are present at Parents’ Evenings and other events in order to talk with parents. 

Consultation with staff about school procedures and policies is carried out through meetings, individual discussions and letters as appropriate.

Last update: August 2018