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Co-Opted Governor

  • Vacancy

We are looking for someone to join our governing body team. If you would like to contribute to the development of St Meryl school by using the skills you already have and gaining even more along the way through training and experience then please contact either the headteacher or the chair of governors

Parent Governor

  • vacancy 

There is an opportunity for a parent to join the Governing Body and support the future development of St Meryl.

You will have training and access to advice in order to take on the role and play a part in ensuring that we achieve the very best outcomes for all of our children.

Please contact either Mrs Geddes or the chair of governors, Val Hall to find out more.




Mrs Val Hall

  • Chair of Governors
  • Member of the Finance and Premises Committee, the Curriculum and Personnel Committee and the Strategy Committee
  • Co-opted Governor until 23/9/22
  • Strategic role linked to Outcomes for Disadvantaged Groups  2018-19
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Named governor for DSEN and Looked After Children


Register of business interests: company director of Carpenders Park Community Hall Ltd and trustee of Carpenders Park Community Hall registered charity.


Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2017-18: 5 out of 5 meetings


'Hello, I'm Val Hall and I've been Chair of Governors since early 2014. A year later I retired from teaching after 25 years at a local special needs school. I have two children, now in their thirties who both attended St Meryl School. I have been a member of the Governing Body for several years now and I am named governor for SEND and Children Looked After. I really enjoy being part of the fantastic St Meryl team who work together for the benefit of all the pupils. We all aim to be the best that we can which is exactly what we want for our pupils.'

Mrs Shruti Morjaria

  • LEA Governor until 04.12.2021
  •  Vice Chair
  • Member of the Curriculum and Personnel committee
  • Monitoring Outcomes in Maths, priority 1 on the School Development Plan 2018-19
  • Monitoring outcomes in English Priority 4 on the School Development Plan 2018-19


Register of business interests: none


Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2017/18: 4 out of 4 meetings.


My name is Shruti Morjaria and I am Vice-Chair of Governors.

My background is in IT Project Management working for a local authority organisation in a full-time role. I have two children myself (aged, 9 and 6) so appreciate what it takes to support children through their journey, both pastorally and academically.

I passionately believe in good education and wanted to give everything I can to ensure St.Meryl does its absolute best for all of its students to ultimately prepare them for life.


I am honoured to be a governor at St.Meryl and look forward to making a difference to the lives of the staff, parents and pupils of this wonderful school. 


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X

Mr Shabbir Merali                  


  •  Co-opted governor until 31.12. 2019
  • Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.
  • Member of the strategy committee and the pay committee
  • Monitoring the school budget
  • Monitoring Sports Premium


Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2017/18: 4 out of 5 meetings.


'My name is Shabbir Merali. I am a chartered accountant by profession and have lived in Carpenders Park since 1987. Four of my five children have attended St Meryl and I have been a governor at the school when my children (now grown up) were attending. It is an absolute honour to be able to make a contribution again as governor to the school that gave my children a solid foundations.'

Mrs Rebekah Akonor

  • Parent Governor until 31.08.2019
  • Chair of the Curriculum and Personnel Committee
  • Strategic role Outcomes for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Groups 2018-19
  • Monitoring provision and outcomes for SEND pupils 2018-19

​Register of business interests: none


Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2017/18: 3 out of 5 meetings.


'Hello, my name is Rebekah and I became a parent governor in October 2015. I have two children at St Meryl. I have been a teacher for 15 years and hope to use my knowledge and skills to support my role on the Curriculum and Personnel Committee. I am honoured to have the opportunity to become involved with the St Meryl community and hope to support the school to continue to be a thriving place in which all children are given the tools to achieve to the best of their abilities. It has been a great experience being on the governing body so far, learning about the school and being part of a hardworking and dedicated team.'

Mrs Olga Cara 

· Parent Governor from March 2018 

· Member of the Curriculum and Personnel committee 

· Strategic role linked to monitoring outcomes in Maths 

· Year 1 link governor

My name is Olga Cara and I am a parent governor. I have been a St Meryl governor since March 2018. I am a mum of three lovely children all of who currently are in St Meryl. I am also a full time academic, Lecturer in Sociology of Education at Institute of Education University College London. My interests are in home-school partnerships, family learning and the part ethnicity and languages play in education. I find the role of a school governor very thought-provoking for me both as a parent and professional. I believe all children deserve good quality education in safe and nurturing environment. I also think that parents, school and broader community have to come together to raise happy and confident children who can achieve at their best ability. I feel privileged that I can contribute to this through my role as a governor and be a part of an amazing team of dedicated people.

Mr Palak Shah        Parent Governor

Mrs Shreena Navsaria          Co-opted Governor

Member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

Member of the Finance Committee

Joint governor for SEND

Link governor for Early Years


Miss Sophie Furniss      Co-opted Governor

Member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

Y4 link Governor

Safeguarding / CLA governor

Mrs Michele Geddes

  • Headteacher
  • Member of the Finance and Premises Committee, Curriculum and Personnel Committee and Strategy committee 


Register of business interests: none


Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2017/18: 5 out of 5 meetings.


‘I am very proud to be the headteacher at St Meryl. At our school our children are truly at the heart of all we do. I very much enjoy working with the governing body to ensure that each and every one of our wonderful pupils receives the best possible education, in every sense of the word and achieves their full potential.’

Staff Governor - Members of staff have agreed to attend governing body meetings on a rota in order to share the responsibility.