A team committed to excellence

Our Governing Body

Message from the Chair

The Governors at Eastwood have traditionally had a close and effective relationship with the school and centre.

Governors are there to be a ‘critical friend’ – to provide strategic leadership and accountability. They set the aims and objectives for Eastwood, and the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the School and Centre are making.

The full Governing Body meets three times a year, and there are subcommittees that focus on finance, personnel and achievement, which have their own separate meetings. Governors are welcome to visit at any time and report on what they see.

If you are over 18 years of age you could become a governor. You don’t need special qualifications and there are no particular requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working well with other people.

If you would like further information, please get in touch with the Executive Head Teacher.

Clive Landa
Chair of Governors

The Governing Body

As a maintained nursery school Eastwood has a full Governing Body that meets each term to review standards and progress and to make key decisions. The Governors provide the Day Nursery as part of a community service.

If you would like to contact the Chair or any of the Governors please contact the nursery school or 020 8876 3976 or mark your correspondence for the attention of the Governors and it will be passed on without delay. If you have a complaint or concern then please contact the Executive Headteacher in the first instance in line with our complaints procedure.

What our Governors do

Our Governing Body is made up of members of our school, and local community. We work closely with the Executive Headteacher as part of the school leadership and take an active interest in what happens at Eastwood. We have responsibility for strategic planning and policy development. We work as a team to make sure the school provides a good quality education for all its pupils. You may contact the governors in writing via the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Eastwood please contact the Executive Headteacher on 0208 876 3976.

Current Governors

Please click the other governor information link at the bottom of the page for a list of current Governors.

Chair of Governors

  • Clive Landa – Chair Full Governing Body & Safeguarding Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

  • Helen Thouless (SEND Governor Somerset & Eastwood Nursery)

Co-opted Governors

  • Lotte Lydon (Chair - Teaching and Learning Committee , SEND Governor - Balham Nursery)
  • Helen Thouless (SEND Governor - Somerset & Eastwood Nursery)
  • Francois Marshal ( Chair - Resources Committee, Safeguarding Governor - Eastwood Nursery )
  • Helen Tovey (Safeguarding Governor - Somerset Nursery)

Parent Governors

  • Susanna Giustiniani (WFMNS - Somerset)
  • Valentine Obichigha (WFMNS - Eastwood, Health and Safety Governor)
  • Vacancy
  • Vacancy

Staff Governors

  • Russell Howard
  • Fiona Treadaway (Co-opted)
  • Vacancy

Executive Headteacher

  • Catherine McKeever

Associate members

  • Vacant
  • Kitty Dearman (Safeguarding Governor - Balham Nursery (Co-opted)
  • Vacant


Curriculum and Achievement

This committee looks at the standard of education and care we provide and develops policy in relation to the curriculum- the range of experiences, activities, knowledge, skills and attitudes we aim to provide for the children. The committee looks at how well children overall and groups of children at Eastwood make progress in their time with us.


The Resources sub-committee ensures that Eastwood is appropriately staffed and that proper policies and procedures are in place. The Committee helps to ensure that Eastwood recruits high quality people with the correct checks and processes in place. The Committee ensures that Eastwood manages its finances appropriately. It agrees the annual budget and monitors expenditure carefully ensuring resources are used to benefit the children and community.

The Governing Body has many specific responsibilities as defined in the School Governance Regulations. They include;

  • The responsibility for the conduct of the school.
  • Setting targets in standards and achievement.
  • Statutory responsibilities regarding Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  • Ensuring policies relating to the school’s operation are prepared and are reviewed regularly.
  • Providing information for parents.
  • Financial management and meeting the Schools Financial Values Standards.
  • Personnel matters, including staff appointments as appropriate.
  • Management and maintenance of buildings.
  • Pupil discipline and behaviour.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the activities of the school.
  • Drawing up an Action Plan after an inspection by OFSTED and overseeing its implementation.

The Governing Body delegates all of its functions to a committee and the day to day running of the school and decisions to the Executive Headteacher.