Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

The Governing Body

Academy Governors

Dear Parents and Carers,

At Harris Academy Merton we aim to provide a high quality education for each one of our students, within an environment that promotes learning and enjoyment, and develops responsible adults able to maximise their opportunities in whatever walk of life they choose after leaving school.

The Governing Body is responsible, with the Principal and Senior Leadership Team, for setting the educational direction for the Academy and the targets to be achieved over time, and then monitoring progress towards those objectives and targets.

In September 2012 OFSTED rated the Academy as ‘outstanding’ in all four categories – achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management. OFSTED praised the ‘tremendously positive culture of learning and very strong sense of community’ which is evident at the Academy.

We also have a thriving Sixth Form, developed in conjunction with other Academies within the Harris Federation of schools, and which OFSTED also judged to be ‘outstanding’.

The Academy has the highest expectations of its students in behaviour, discipline and hard work.

Students are offered an education which is innovative, effective and enjoyable, built around a focus on Sport and Enterprise. Our aim is to prepare them to succeed in their chosen careers, and as citizens of the society in which they will live and work.

As Governors we expect the Academy to be at the heart of the community in Merton, and that its resources and facilities are shared by as many people as possible.

We look forward with you to a bright future at Harris Academy Merton.

Tony Bayon

Chair of Governors


The Role of Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The members of a Governing Body work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal as a 'critical friend.'


The Governing Body of Harris Academy Merton

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents or guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Academy Merton are shown below:

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Merton is Mr Tony Bayon, who can be contacted c/o the Academy.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Ms Caroline Ford who can be contacted on 020 8623 1000 or fordc@harrismerton.org.uk.

Governing Body

Governor Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed As Business and Pecuniary Interests Meetings attended 2015-16
Sir Dan Moynihan 01/03/2013 4 Years Sponsor Governor Harris Federation 1
Ms Aisha Samad 01/01/2014 Ex-officio Principal None 4
Mr Tony Bayon 01/03/2013 4 years Sponsor Governor, Chair of Governors None 4
Mr Keith Morley 10/10/2012 4 years Sponsor Governor, Vice Chair None 4
Mr Alain Hendrich 01/03/2013 4 Years Sponsor Governor, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee Judicial Appointments Commission; Health Education England 3
Ms Carolyn English 01/03/2013 4 Years Sponsor Governor Director of Secondary Education, Harris Federation 0
Ms Eva Lewis 01/09/2014 4 Years Sponsor Governor None 3
Mr Edward Meinert 01/09/2014 4 Years Sponsor Governor Meinert Corporation 1
Ms Rashmi Rajyaguru 01/11/2014 4 Years Sponsor Governor National Audit Office (Employer) 3
Mr Andy Wood 01/09/2014 4 years Sponsor Governor Silver Bullet Entertainment Ltd 3
Mr Barry Elliott 11/06/2012 4 Years Sponsor Governor None 4
Ms Lucy O'Connell 01/09/2012 4 Years Staff Governor None 2
Ms Natsai Manyarara 01/09/2012 4 Years Sponsor Governor None 3
Mr Seymour McLeod 25/03/2013 4 Years Parent Governor None 1
Ms.Rushmila Alam 12/10/2015 4 Years Sponsor Governor None 3
Ms Kate Mieske (Resigned 20/03/16) 15/10/2012 4 Years Sponsor Governor HM Treasury (Employer) 2
Ms Aishani Roy 04/07/2016 4 Years Sponsor Governor N/A (new governor 2016-17) 0

Parent Governor

Mr Seymour McLeod is the Parent Governor at Harris Academy Merton. Mr McLeod, who has a son at the Academy, has previously been involved in a similar role at primary school level.

The position of the Parent Governor on the Governing Body is important in representing the views of parents/carers and assisting in developing the Academy strategically. The term of office is three years or until the child leaves, whichever occurs sooner. If you would like to contact Mr McLeod regarding any issue, please address your correspondence to Mr McLeod c/o Clerk to the Governors at the Academy and we will forward this to him on your behalf.

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