The Governing Body

The key roles of the governing body are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body was appointed by the Bourne Education Trust to take over from the Interim Academy Board following the removal of special measures in the Section 5 Ofsted visit in march 2016. The Matthew Arnold Governors are as follows:

Name Role Link
Penelope Smith (Chair)

The Chair of Governors is Dr Penelope Smith. Penelope was on the existing governing body before the school was placed in special measures. She then sat on the Interim Academy Board and was a key player in moving the school out of category. She is currently Vice Chair of Governors of Riverbridge Primary School and formerly Chair of the Children and Learning Committee there. Penelope has seen three daughters move successfully through the school.


David Burr (Vice-Chair)

Currently the Chair of Governors of Glebelands School, Cranleigh (Personnel and management), David was the Chair of the Interim Academy Board which was appointed in 2014 and was a key player in moving the school out of category. Curriculum
Tim Sanders (Vice-Chair)

Recently semi-retired, Tim Sanders was a chartered tax adviser for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) and head of the European tax practice based in the London office. Tim is ranked in the first tier of tax advisers in Chambers’ European, UK and Global guides to leading lawyers, and is recognised as a leading tax adviser in The Legal 500 and Debrett’s People of Today.

Results and Intervention
Carolyn Cobbold Co-opted Governor Teaching and Learning
Sue Copperwheat Support Staff Governor  
Anne Field Parent Governor  
Chris Kebble Co-opted Governor  
Karen Mwaamba Parent Governor  
Gavin Rowlands Teacher Governor  
Graham Scowther Parent Governor  
Jackie Van-West Co-opted Governor  

We can be contacted by writing to us at the school address or by email at  I very much look forward to meeting you during the year and working in partnership to provide the best possible education for your child or children. If you would like any further information at this stage or would like to comment on this page, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Penelope Smith

Chair of Governors


Meetings of the Full Governing Body of The Matthew Arnold School are due to be held on 1st  December 2016, 12th January 2017, 16th March 2017, 4th May 2017 and 13th July 2017.

All meetings held by the Governing Body are open.  If you wish to attend a meeting, please email giving a minimum of five days’ notice of your intention.  Visitors may be asked to leave the meeting for items that are classified as confidential.