Each Compass school has a local governing body composed of a group of volunteers drawn from the community, each bringing a range of skills, expertise and professional experience. Our Governors provide essential links between the school, parents/carers and the local community. Governors work with staff and parents in an atmosphere of co-operation to provide the best possible framework for educating our children. They are involved in all aspects of school life and meet regularly with leadership teams.

Governors fulfil their responsibilities by:

  • Supporting the school and its ambition by working strategically to develop and implement vision and ethos;
  • Ensuring that the children are receiving the best education and achieve the best outcomes by monitoring the quality of teaching and standards across the school;
  • Setting a budget and making sure that financial resources made available to the school are used effectively;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make.


Chair of Governors - Ann Jefferson

Ann has been a governor for 40 years mostly in Blackpool until she moved here 11 years ago. She has sat on many Education committees including Improving the Workforce for Greenwich Council.  Ann worked in a large 4 form entry school for 30 years as a Cook Supervisor in Lancashire and was very involved in school life.

Ann can be contacted at the Alderwood Primary School contact address.


Alderwood Governance Structure

Ann Jefferson Chair of Governors
Caroline Ridler Parent Governor
Heather Silvester Parent Governor
Joanne Gordon Executive Head Teacher
Katie Cutajar Co-Headteacher
Natasha Tilley Co-Headteacher
Rosemary Hutton Co-opted Governor
Sarah Cook Staff Governor
Susan Parr Co-opted Governor
Miranda Williams Co-opted Governor


Please see the attachments section below for detailed governance information, including terms of office, appointment information and pecuniary interests.


MAT Governance Information Links

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Data Protection

The Compass Partnership of Schools' Data Protection Officer is Nathalie Fitzgerald. If you have a data protection query, please click here for contact information.