Governors

Hello, welcome our Governor’s page. Hopefully this will have the information you require about the governing body.

Our governors are drawn from the staff, parents, community and church congregations of the area. We are a strategic body, we are not involved with the day to day running of the school but create the policies which are implemented by the staff. Our role is to support and to hold to account the teaching body of the school, but we are not experts on education, we do receive training but we bring to bear our experience from varying walks of life and a wide range of jobs.

The majority of our work is done through our committees which meet twice a term. We meet together twice a term at the Full Governing Body meetings where we monitor the impact of the policies on the work of the school.

Mrs Sally Chapman

Mrs Sally Chapman

Chair of Governors
Miss Megan Brown

Miss Megan Brown

LA Governor, Chair of Finance
Mrs Sara Rayment

Mrs Sara Rayment

Foundation Governor, Chair of Personnel
Mr Tom Bichard

Mr Tom Bichard

Foundation Governor, Chair of Premises
Mrs Matilda Walker

Mrs Matilda Walker

Parent Governor, Chair of Admissions
Mrs Sue Boreham

Mrs Sue Boreham

Foundation Governor
Rev John Watson

Rev John Watson

Foundation Governor
Mrs Helen Poyton

Mrs Helen Poyton

Head Teacher, Chair of Church School Working Group
Mrs Jess Mills

Mrs Jess Mills

Head Teacher
Mrs Francesca Nezrek

Mrs Francesca Nezrek

Staff-Governor
Mrs Helen Glanville

Mrs Helen Glanville

Parent Governor, Chair of Learning & Inclusion
Mrs Deborah John

Mrs Deborah John

Parent Governor
Ms Rachael Annear

Ms Rachael Annear

Foundation Governor
Mr Nick Broome

Mr Nick Broome

Teacher Governor

For Governors' terms of office please click here

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Sally Chapman.

The role of the governors is to help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils. We do this by thinking and working strategically to raise standards, we monitor and evaluate progress towards the school’s priorities and targets. We support the Headteacher and staff as well as challenging their expectations.

There are 14 governors at DVIS:

  • 2 Parent Governors who are elected to be representative of the parent body. 
  • 2 Staff Governors to represent teaching and non-teaching staff, the Headteacher is also a governor.  With the exception of the Headteacher, staff governors are elected. 
  • 1 Local Authority (LA) governor who is appointed by the local authority.
  • 8 Foundation governors (including the Vicar) who are normally appointed by either Southwark Diocese Board of Education or St Barnabas, our local church.

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We meet twice a term as a Full Governing Body. We also have five committees and one working party that meet once or twice a term.

Our committees are:

  • Admissions – oversee the admissions arrangements, changing policy if required and hearing appeals.
  • Learning and Inclusion – meet and discuss teaching and learning, progress of all pupils, curriculum delivery, policy and practice, safety and care of all children.
  • Finance – set the budget, ensure budgets are adhered to, value for money is gained and that financial regulations are followed.
  • Personnel – oversee staffing in school, staff structure, pay and conditions of employment, interviews and attendance and absence.
  • Premises – oversee the building maintenance program, deciding priorities for development and renewal, health and safety of the property, checks of equipment

We have one working group and this is the Church Group which focuses on self evaluation of all aspects of school life relating to the school’s ethos, leadership, RE and worship, as well as looking holistically at the children’s education at DVIS.

If you would like to contact the Governing Body regarding a school related matter please email this address chairofgovernors@dulwichvillage.southwark.sch.uk or send a letter via the school office clearly addressed to the Chair of Governors. 

Governor Vacancies: There are currently no vacancies.

Governor Bios

Helen Poyton

Helen Poyton has been Headteacher at DVIS for ten years. She studied at Cambridge and has enjoyed teaching for over 21 years.

Jess Mills

Jess Mills has been the deputy and co-headteacher at DVIS for 5 years. Prior to this she worked in East London, teaching children from Reception up to Year 6.

Sally Chapman

Sally Chapman, Chair of Governors, has been a governor for six years and lives locally. She is a chartered surveyor and her two children attended DVIS.

Sue Boreham

Sue Boreham has always lived locally and her two children, now adults, attended Dulwich Village C of E Infants School. Her professional background is Human Resources and she is now semi retired and has various voluntary roles with local organisations.

Tom Bichard

Tom Bichard is a practising Architect and Chair of the Premises Committee. Tom's three children have all attended the school.

Francesca Nezrek

Francesca Nezrek is a Teaching Assistant, currently in Year 1. Her previous career was as a qualified nurse. She has been with the school since 1993. She has one daughter who was a past pupil and has now made a career in teaching.

Megan Brown

Megan Brown grew up in Southwark and currently works at the London School of Economics as an Executive Assistant. Prior to this Megan worked in Parliament for over 5 years providing administrative support in a variety of roles. Megan is the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium link governor.

Matilda Walker

Matilda Walker works as a lawyer in the city and has three children, two of whom have been through the school. Matilda is Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Admissions Committee and the Maths link governor.

Rachael Annear

Rachael Annear is a solicitor working in the city and specialises in IP and information law. She lives in Dulwich and attends St Barnabas church.

Nick Broome

Nick Broome is in his second year of teaching Year 2 at DVIS and new to the Governing Body this term. Since arriving, he has enjoyed playing an active role within the school community, leading PE and running his own Drama club.

Sara Rayment

Sara Rayment is a secondary school English teacher, whose daughter attended DVIS. Currently on a career break, she has the time to devote to governance; she is Chair of the Personnel committee and is the link governor for both English and Safeguarding.

Helen Glanville

Helen Glanville was elected as a parent governor and her three children have all enjoyed a very special time at DVIS. She trained as a primary school teacher and is Chair of the Learning and Inclusion committee.

Debbie John

Debbie John has been a Parent Governor since January 2016. She has 3 children - the eldest child attended DVIS and is now in the Hamlet Junior school, her middle child is currently in Year 1 at DVIS and the youngest is in nursery. She is a Civil Servant with experience in education, economic development and the constitution. Debbie currently works in the Cabinet Office.

John Watson

John Watson is Vicar of St Barnabas and Christ’s Chapel and Foundation Chaplain. He is married and has four quickly growing up children​.