The Full Governing Body meets at least every term. The three core strategic governance functions set out in the DfE School Governance Handbook are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of its staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 


    Governors take on specific responsibilities and work with the senior leadership team to monitor and raise standards. The Governing Body have the full range of skills and experience to fulfil its responsibilities. This includes people who are appointed for their particular expertise, parents and staff. All governors give their time voluntarily and work very closely with the Head teacher and the staff at the school.

    John reilly, Head Teacher



    amanda griffiths, Deputy Head Teacher - Associate Governor

    Before joining the Link Secondary School, I worked as a Registered Nurse on the renal medicine ward at St Thomas' Hospital, and then in mainstream secondary education as a teacher of Spanish and French. I have several years' experience of being a Head of Year and of leading a successful Modern Foreign Languages department that, unusually in a state funded comprehensive school, taught five languages.

    My interest in language learning and communication, and a wish to work in a different education setting, brought me to The Link Secondary School in September 2012. I joined the school as the Year 7 class teacher, and was appointed Deputy Headteacher in March 2016.

    I am proud to be the Deputy Headteacher at the school. The pupils and staff form a friendly and diverse community to which it is a


    Annabel faulkner, vice chair of GOVERNORs (lead Governor - Curriculum)

     I am a retired teacher of 38 years. I started my teaching career in London and became a head of department, before following my interest into special education. I joined the Link Secondary School initially as a class teacher and then as Deputy Head. I developed my skills and interest and gained a Masters in SEN and latterly an NPQH, which led me to a role as a Headteacher of a special school for autism.

    My passion has always been to develop individuals as holistically as possible to give them confidence and developing the skills to live as independently and successfully as possible.

    Through my work and interests I have developed very good local networks. I am now a volunteer advocate for young people.

    I continue to live locally and am married with two grown up children. My other passions are sport and gardening. I continue to keep fit through running , cycling and swimming. I play tennis regularly and have recently taken up golf.





    Maryanne vernede, PARENT GOVERNOR (lead governor - assessment)

    I became a Parent Governor at The Link Secondary School in September 2016 when my daughter transferred to the secondary school from the Link Primary School. Prior to this, I had been a Parent Governor of the Link Primary School since September 2012.

    I am married and have two sons in mainstream secondary schools. I work part-time in an administrative role at a Montessori pre-school.

    In 2005, I gained a BSC in Herbal Medicine. I have an interest in holistic therapies and Montessori education and have used these approaches with my daughter. I have a particular interest in occupational therapy for children and whilst I was Parent Governor at the Link Primary School, I had the privilege of observing the Occupational Therapists working with the children.

    Prior to having children, I worked in event management, investor relations and in the hotel and banking sectors.


    will scott, GOVERNOR

    As a Teach First Ambassador, I am committed to addressing educational disadvantage in all forms, whether that stems from restricted aspirations or from lack of appropriate mainstream provision. I gained a PGCE with Distinction in Secondary Science from Canterbury Christ Church University through the Teach First programme and taught in two Outstanding schools in the Harris Federation.

    I read Natural Sciences at Queen's College, University of Cambridge and am passionate about the role of practical science in the classroom. My research interests have included the Prevalence and Clinical Outcome of Rasmussen Encephalitis (with Young Epilepsy/UCL/Institue for Child Health/Great Ormond Street Hospital) and Morpological Decomposition ( with the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain at the University of Cambridge).

    In my spare time, I indulge my interests in technology, Formula 1 and photography. I'm honoured to join the Governing Body of The Link Secondary School and look forward to sharing in the journey ahead.


    Register of Interests

    The following interests have been declared

    John Reilly - Headteacher      
    Amanda Griffiths
    Deputy Headteacher     
    Nothing to Declare    
    Staff Governor      
    Maryanne Vernede - Parent Governor Nothing to Declare    
    Annabel Faulkner - Governor Volunteer, MAPS (Sutton Volunteer Centre)   March 2016
    Will Scott - Governor Nothing to Declare    

    Nothing to declare indicates that the Governor has signed to state that they have no interests to declare