Meet the Governors


Shamani Wathsala (Governor)

Shamani has 19 years of HR experience of which 11 years has been within the Educational sector. Shamani used to work for Orchard Hill College and supported the Head as her role as Senior HR Advisor. She is currently a HR Consultant supporting a number of schools within inner and outer London.



Mr Andre Bailey – Principal Ex-Officio   






Laura Ni Dhruachain (Governor)

Laura is a dual-qualified solicitor admitted to practice in Ireland, England and Wales and works in a law firm in London.



Amelia Willis (Governor)

Amelia is a Wandsworth resident and works for Wandsworth Council as the Voluntary & Community Sector Manager. Amelia previously worked in Children’s Services for 5 years and supported Nightingale Academy with pupil voice and community engagement projects. Amelia is really looking forward to continuing her support and celebrating the school as a Governor.

Sophia Madden (Parent Governor) 

Sophia is an experienced children’s commissioner with an interest in Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND). She has led on a number of strategic commissioning projects / programmes to improve outcomes for Children and Young People with SEND. She also has a son with additional needs and has lived experience of education, health and social care pathways for children and young people with SEND. Sophia also sat on the Parent Carer Forum as a steering group member up until recently and has experience in supporting parents and carers to navigate the SEND System.


Shalomi Gutherie (Staff Governor)


Erica Szulc (Governor)


George Webb (Governor)








The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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