Meet the Governors
Tom Alexander, Chair of Governors
Tom Alexander has been a governor at Perseid since 2007 and Chair of Governors since 2015. With a background in local government, focusing on Adult Social Care and Corporate Services, Tom chose to become a governor to give back to his local community and challenge himself by working in the education sector.
With a vision of providing every child and family at Perseid School with a great and unique learning experience, Tom prides himself on the teamwork and effectiveness of the governors and senior leadership.
“It is inspiring to see the pupils develop their sense of character and skills whilst they are with us at Perseid School”.
David Erridge, Vice Chair
David joined the Governing Board in May 2013 after retiring from his position as Head of Human Resources for the London Borough of Wandsworth and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for Wandsworth, a statutory position responsible for the management of allegations concerning safeguarding made against staff or volunteers.
David is currently Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Committee and the Designated Governor for Safeguarding. His role includes to regularly attend meetings to discuss safeguarding issues and the Special Schools’ representative on the Merton Schools Forum.
“I chose to be a Governor because I want to contribute my knowledge and skills to help the young learners at Perseid succeed in a safe environment”.
Zafar has worked with the governing board since 1997, serving on the Resources and Pay Committee, and Full Governing Board. With a background in finance and risk management, Zafar chose to become a governor after expressing an interest when his daughter joined the school – and never left!
Believing that his length of service working as a governor for Perseid School provides a unique insight; his vision for the future of Perseid lies with continuing to place the pupils at the centre of all that the school does, and expanding the current healthcare provision for all.
I look forward to continuing my role as a governor to Perseid School and contributing to the governing body; as we contribute to making a difference to the well-being and direction of the school.
Caroline has worked with the Perseid Governing Board for four years as a parent, governor, alongside the Resources and Pay Committee, currently chairs the Outcomes Committee and works as a Senior Lecturer for University of Westminster.
She was motivated to join the governing board as her daughter currently attends Perseid Lower School, and with a background in education, works as a Senior Lecture at University of Westminster and is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Higher Education Academy.
Her favourite aspect of the role as a governor links to her relationship with Perseid as a parent. Caroline loves to hear about the individual achievements of pupils and staff, and on the other side - of the different communication and behavioural management strategies that are incorporated into the classroom to support pupil learning and breathe the school vision of Blazing a Trail in learning.
The work that Perseid School does for its pupils is truly inspiring, and I joined the committee to contribute and support its vision. I look forward to working alongside the network of dedicated staff and amazing pupils to continue helping pupils meet and exceed targets, and ensure it continues to be a happy school, where staff, parents and pupils are made to feel welcome.
Paul Cutter has worked with Perseid as a governor and a member of the Resources Committee since 2013.
As a parent and a governor, Paul gets to see the workings of our school from two different perspectives.
His vision is to ensure Perseid School continues to offer an outstanding education to pupils, whilst sharing best practise with schools locally and internationally. For Paul, the most interest aspect of his role at Perseid is the opportunity to see the impact the school has on the development of pupils, in particular how children with very different needs can be helped to reach their full potential by employing different educational techniques.
As a parent at Perseid School, I have benefitted from their hard work and commitment to the pupils. I want to give back to the Perseid community and help them to achieve their goals.
Sharon has worked at Perseid School in a variety of roles for 17 years and has served on the Governor’s Resources Committee for over 5 years.
Having worked in all key stages and as a TA3, Sharon believes she can contribute greatly to her role as a Support Staff Governor.
Her vision that all pupils reach their utmost potential is supported by Sharon’s commitment to the school and her desire to help the school continue its outstanding provision to pupils.
The knowledge that I gain through my work with the Governors will enable me to support the students and colleagues at Perseid, ensuring that we become the best school we can, by working as a whole team.
As a Middle Leader, Karen has a pivotal role at Perseid School serving as both a teacher for six years, and on the Governors Outcomes Committee for three years. Her role as a teacher encouraged the decision to become governor, as Karen wished to gain an understanding of the processes that ensure an Outstanding school and provision.
Her vision, to continue developing Perseid School as an Outstanding teaching school, and expand to meet the needs of more students within the borough is supported by her belief that the exceptional leadership and sense of community spirit is Perseid School’s strongest attribute.
I chose to become a governor because I wanted to be actively involved in what goes on behind our classroom doors. I love both of my roles at Perseid School, as it provides an insight into how we make a difference to the learners we are educating, from both points of view.