Hurlingham School and Hurlingham Nursery are owned by Private Limited Companies: The Hurlingham School Company Limited and Hurlingham School Nursery respectively. Both companies have two directors; Fiona Goulden and George Duncan. The Chair of the Board of Directors is George Duncan. However, the board member with ‘day-to-day’ responsibility for the overall running of the School is Fiona Goulden, George’s daughter. Fiona works on a full-time basis within the School setting and liaises closely with the Headmaster, the SLT, the Admissions Registrars, Catering Managers and the Financial Controller to support and assist them in their duties.
The Head, meanwhile, has full responsibility for teaching, learning and curriculum development. School Development Planning is thorough and detailed, undertaken on a regular basis between the Principal and the Head.
George Duncan is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and attends a Board Meeting and an Advisors’ Meeting each term although he is not actively involved in the day to day management of the School.
The School benefits from a Board of Advisors, who meet termly with Directors, Principal and Head to ensure accountability, discuss ongoing issues and act as a sounding board.
The School is not a registered charity.
Board of Advisors
Susie West brings a wealth of expertise to the Board of Advisors, all delivered with infectious enthusiasm and a vibrant sense of humour. She has taught in both maintained and independent sectors, and has experience working with all age groups from Reception to senior school Sixth Form. She has taught overseas in Kuala Lumpur, but more recently was on the academic staff at Sussex House, and Deputy Head at Kensington Prep. Furthermore, for over thirteen years Susie was Head at St Christopher’s School in Hampstead. She now mentors new heads and carries our leadership appraisals. She is passionate that education must always look forward, by teaching the skills needed for the future, beginning in the earliest of years. Innovative and vivacious in everything that she does, Susie has also worked in business, fashion, the NHS and the motor trade!
Laura Marani taught first at Faulkner House School and then for 23 years at Pembridge Hall where she was Deputy Head for nine years and then Head for a further nine. She has now retired from full time teaching but is still very involved in the educational world as a Governor of both Queensgate School and Notting Hill Prep.
Diana Watkins was chair of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) for the academic year 2008-09 and previously held the position of Vice Chairman. She has served on both the IAPS Education and Inspections committees. In January 2010 she retired as Head of Leaden Hall in Salisbury, where she had been for 16 years. She is a leading light in the development of modern independent education and is a passionate believer in the need to focus on early years teaching to create solid educational foundations.
Carol Attfield grew up in Wimbledon in a family of Headteachers and teaching was a natural career choice for her. She trained at the prestigious Froebel Educational Institute in Roehampton and has enjoyed a very happy career in the schools of S W London. After many years as Headteacher of two large primary schools in the London Borough of Merton, each sharing facilities with departments for children with Special Educational Needs, she spent the final seventeen years of her career as the Head of the Junior Department at Putney High School. Since her retirement she has been a regular visitor to Hurlingham School and loves her involvement with the children and staff. She was also a local Magistrate for over thirty years, eventually serving as Chairman of the S W London Bench, and has served on a wide variety of local Governing Bodies and Committees.