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Governing Body

Who We Are


Veronica Kirwan
Chair of governors

Sylvester Ojobo
Vice Chair of governors

Olu Babatola
LA governor 

Shivraj Bheenick 

Ann Jefferson 

Vanessa Hye
Staff governor 

Petruta Nila
Amtul Malik
Parent governor 

Caroline Morley
Parent governor 

Sarah Harvey
Head teacher

What We Do


Alongside the senior leadership team at Discovery, governors are responsible for deciding on the strategic direction of the school. This includes contributing to decisions on:


  • vision and values
  • staffing
  • curriculum
  • finance
  • premises
  • behaviour and standards
  • equality and inclusion
  • health, safety and safeguarding
  • extended school
  • special educational needs
  • parental and community engagement


We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and inclusive place.
We support and challenge the school leadership team, acting as a ‘critical friend’.
We each contribute our experience and expertise to drive school improvement forward.
We meet in committees and once a term as a full Governing Body. 


The Governing Body is drawn from the staff of the school, the local authority, parents and the local community.


Parent governors play a vital role on the Governing Body and their contribution is greatly valued. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, please contact Veronica Kirwan, Chair of Governors, via the school office.


Contacting the governors: We welcome the views of parents and are always happy to discuss any concerns or ideas you may have to improve the school. Parent governors are often available in the playground before or after school, or you can leave a message or letter for us in the office.