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Local Governors

Anthem delegates certain responsibilities to a Local Governing Body (LGB) through an agreed scheme of delegation. 

The purpose of the LGB is to support Anthem Schools Trust in implementing its core purpose of advancing education for the public benefit and to be a link to the school community while providing challenge and support at a local level.  

Local Governors are appointed by Anthem Schools Trust. They serve for a term of four years and can be re-elected for a further four years to serve a maximum of eight years. 

The LGB’s delegated responsibilities are subdivided into three core functions: 

  • Strategic improvement 
  • Support and challenge 
  • Communication and collaboration 

The current members of our Local Governing Body are:

Rachael Norman Chair of Local Governors
Melody Thorpe Local Governor
Naushaba Awan Local Governor
Ore Akande Local Governor
Makeda Griffith Local Governor
Hannah Fahey


Local governors can be contacted via the main school address. You can find this on the Contact Us page of this website. If you wish to contact Rachael Norman, Chair of the Local Governing Body, please email the clerk to the governors, Jane Guest:

Below are the Local Governor Profile and Register of Local Governors 22-23, a summary table of members’ interests and meeting attendance for the full academic year.

A Message from our Chair of Local Governors

As an LGB, we understand and take seriously our responsibilities in terms of ensuring that St Mark’s has developed and implemented its inclusive and distinctive Christian vision and values of Love, Hope, Trust and Transformation for all.

We play a key role in monitoring the impact of the Academy’s vision and values to ensure that it enables all students and staff to be transformed by the renewing of their minds, realise their God given potential and develop their unique gifts and talents so that they flourish and can live “life in all its fulness”.

As Local Governors, an important part of our role is to preserve the Academy’s original foundation by promoting the importance of Academy engagement in diocesan and national school initiatives. We also ensure that the Academy’s distinctive Christian vision and values shape policies, actions, decisions and strategic planning.

One of our central responsibilities as governors is to ensure that a robust self-evaluation process is in place that involves the school community in evaluating the effectiveness of St Mark’s as a church school which includes focussed link local governor visits, participation in SIAMS reviews conducted by the diocese of Southwark as well as taking part in staff and student panels and joining acts of worship.

Rachel Norman - Chair of Local Governors