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Governing Body

Our Governing Body is made up of professionals from many walks of life. There are 16 Governors who are drawn from parents, staff, local authority and the wider community. They use their expertise and talents from successful careers to enable them to carry out their duties as governors of Friern Barnet School.

The governors work on a voluntary basis ensuring that:-

  1. The vision, ethos and the strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
  2. The head teacher carries out his responsibilities for the educational performance of the school;
  3. Sound, proper and effective use is made of the school’s resources;
  4. They act as a critical friend, particularly to the head teacher;
  5. They are the ultimate school body for appeals.


Governors typically serve for a term of four years, and will have a variety of responsibilities during this time. The governing body meets once a term and there is a further meeting in March to approve the school’s budget. Every governor is a member of one of the three committees (Teaching and Learning, Student Inclusion and Finance and Resources). Most of the work is done at committee level. Meeting half-termly, committees monitor and oversee all aspects of the school’s work, including student progress, teacher performance, attendance, behaviour, policies, budget monitoring and the upkeep of the buildings.

The Chair of Governors is Ms Ann Woodhall, who is a Co-opted Governor. Should you wish to contact the governors about any matter, you can send an email to or a letter can be sent to the school office which will be forwarded promptly to the Chair of Governors. We hope that you will not have cause for complaint, but if you do and have already raised your concerns with the school, complaints may be forwarded to the governing body. The process for this is laid out in detail in the Complaints Policy (under the policies and procedures area of the website).

Current Governors

Ms A Woodhall

Chair and Co-Opted Governor

Cllr A Hutton

Vice Chair and Local Authority Governor

Mr I Bretman

Co-Opted Governor

Cllr B Rawlings

Co-Opted Governor

Mr T Renouf

Co-Opted Governor

Ms N Savva

Co-Opted Governor

Mr M Christie

Parent Governor

Ms S Ghaznavi

Parent Governor

Ms O Glazer

Parent Governor

Mr N Gudhka

Parent Governor

Ms C Fergusson

Co-Opted Governor

Mrs S Kerai

Parent Governor

Mrs T Ward

Parent Governor

Mr J Arnull

Staff Governor

Mr S Horne

Staff Governor and Head Teacher

Mrs J Canavan


Governor Information 2016.17