Governors support the school in accordance with the instrument of governance that is compliant with revised DFE guidelines came into effect on 1st January 2014.
The aim of the Governing Body is to ensure that all pupils at The Livity receive a broad and balanced education based on their individual needs. Governors are expected to take an active part in the school life. They are legally required to attend whole Governing Body meetings at least once a term. Work of the governing body is divided into four committees - Curriculum and Starndards - Community and Pupil - Resources, Premises and Contracts - Personnel and Pay, for which each governor has special responsibility. Parent Governors are particularly welcome and important to the school’s Governing Body.
The Governing Body consists of: 3 Parent Governors, 1 LA Governor, 1 Staff Governor, Head Teacher and 12 Co-Opted Governors. At present there are 2 Co-Opted Governor vacancies
William Thursfield - Chair and Co-Opted Governor
Hello, my name is William and I have been a co-opted governor at The Livity School since December 2013. I had been looking to become a governor for some time, so I was delighted when I was offered the chance to join the governing body at The Livity School. I look forward to bringing my experience of working in school performance at the DFE to help the staff, pupils, parents and other governors to realise the school's vision.
Sue Farr - Vice Chair and Co-Opted Governor - Resigned
My name is Sue Farr. I was appointed in September 2012 as Vice Chair although have been a Governor for just over four years. Resigned in July 2018.
I retired from the Local Authority where I had been working closely with schools and had an interest in developing services specifically for pupils with Special Needs. During this time i worked closely with The School Food Trust to develop standards specifically for children with special needs. The Livity School was used as a case study and the new guidance was launched from the school. I have been an active member of the school transition group which supported the head teacher towards the move to the new, purpose built school. I am passionate, and proud, about improving the lives of children with disabilities and their familes.
Resigned December 2018
I am the incredibly pound mum of Franck (Blue class). Like every parent, we want the very best for our children and I want my son to become the very best he can be. The Livity school is giving a huge support for my family and provides an amazing education for Franck. I believe strongly as parents the need to support the school and teaching staff. That is why I offer my time as parent governor and hope the experience’s I’ve gained in my professional career can help the school and community which do so much for our children.
Professionally I am a teacher and speech and language therapist. I have devoted much of my career life to education - for the past 10 years I have been working in the primary school in the borough of Wandsworth.
I am friendly, approachable and a personable person that is willing to listen and support parents and the school. In my free time, away from work I enjoy reading, music, gardening and running.
Henry Fergusson - Local Authority Governor - Retired
I was born and educated in Sierra Leone, where i have a school named after me. I now live in the borough of Lambeth and was pleased to be asked to become the LA Governor at The Livity School in 2009.
Lene Havardstun - Staff Governor Resigned
Resigned from August 2017 - Lene Havardstun - Teaching Staff
Hi, my name is Lene and I have been working as a teacher at The Livity School since September 2014. I am from Norway where I trained as a teacher and completed my Masters in special educational needs. I have teaching experience from both mainstream and special schools. I wanted to become a member of the governing body to learn more about the Livity School and the English school system and to be part of the school’s development.
Carol Argent- Headteacher - Retired
Retired from The Livity School on 31st August 2019
I became the Headteacher of the Livity School after being successful in my interview in March; I have been the Deputy Head Teacher since 2001.
Pauline Robertson - Co-opted Governor
I am a practicing solicitor, specialising in family law and child protection. I am involved in several community projects. I became a governor in September 2012.
Nicholas Bell - Resigned
Resigned from April 2018 - Nicholas Bell
I have been a Governor for four years, and use my experience as a Chartered Accountant to assist the school with it's financial matters.
Nick Black - Head of Middle School
Nick Black is a parent of the Livity School. He is also head of the Middle School at Dulwich College and a teacher of History. He is a local resident.
David Burgess - Vice Chair of Governors
My name is David Burgess, and I became a Governor of The Livity School in October 2014. I currently work as Publishing Director of The Legal 500 Series, which assesses the capabilities of law firms and in-house counsel in over 110 countries. Having lived in Streatham for 17 years, I look forward to helping the school achieve its goals, work with the local community, and create the best opportunities for all the children.
Gemma Hunter - Support Staff
Gemma Hunter - Support Staff
Clerk to the Governors