Governing Body

Please find below the names of the Governing Body for Marlborough School. 

To contact any of our Governors directly, please email to request their details. 

Forename Surname Position Category Signed Code of Conduct Signed Declaration of Interest Committee Start End
Elizabeth Smith   Headteacher All 06/06/2022 05/06/2026
Sue Formolli Chair of Governors Local Authority Resources & Pay 23/09/2019 22/09/2023
Candice Smith Support Staff Governor Assistant Headteacher Curriculum  23/08/2019 22/09/2019
Ifeoma Ogosi HT Appraisal Chair & Resources Vice Chair Co-opted Resources, Pay & HT Appraisals 23/02/2021 22/02/2025
Avinash Banerjee Resources Chair Co-opted Resources, Pay & HT Appraisals 03/10/2022 02/10/2026
Rebecca Donaghey

Curriculum Vice Chair & Safeguarding Link Governor

Co-opted Curriculum 03/10/2022 02/10/2026
Amy Ling Vice Chair of Governors  Co-opted ✓  Resources, Pay & HT Appraisals 03/10/2022 02/10/2026
Gary Mason Curriculum Chair Parent Curriculum 03/10/2022 02/10/2026
Abigail  Gage    Co-opted Curriculum 05/12/2022 04/12/2025
Carol C   Support Staff Curriculum 05/12/2022 04/12/2025
Dave Hall Resources Governor Co-opted   14/03/2023 14/03/2026


Governor Biographies

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Elizabeth Smith



Liz has a BA in Music and Arts Education, and originally trained as a secondary mainstream music teacher before focusing on special education needs. She has over 12 years’ experience as a senior leader, working with students with a variety of learning difficulties. Liz holds a Masters in Leadership and Management, as well as NPQH, and is just finishing her Doctorate in Education on holistic assessment for students with severe learning difficulties. Liz joined Marlborough as headteacher in June 2022 and is very much dedicated to the long-term success of the school through working with the whole community.




Sue Formolli          




Sue has worked for Bexley Council for over 14 years, 5 of which were as a School Place Planning Officer working with colleagues to calculate the number of school places Bexley would need to supply. Whilst working in this role, Sue also project managed expansion and new build projects. These included the 6th form for Marlborough at Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, Cleeve Meadow a new SEN School, St Colombus SEN Unit, Bedonwell, Royal Park and Shenstone. Sue also has a personal interest as she has two wonderful nephew (twins) born very prematurely who both have autism. Previously to this Sue worked for 'The Woolwich' for over 25 years in various roles.




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Candice Smith


Candice is Assistant Headteacher at Marlborough School with responsibility for our Legacy pathway. Candice started teaching 17 years ago and has worked in and around Bexley where she gained a vast amount of experience supporting students with a range of needs. She has a keen interest in supporting our students to achieve their full potential as well as supporting their emotional, physical and social wellbeing.




Ifeoma Ogosi


Ifeoma is a Social Scientist with over 13 years experience in teaching and health research. Ifeoma has taught for over six years at the University of East London, the University of Sunderland and Middlesex University London. 
Ifeoma's teaching experience spans public health, health and social care and nursing at BSc and MSc levels. She has taught at Townley Girls Grammar School and now works as an Impact and Evaluation Manager at UFL, strengthening evaluation strategies for the Office of Students intervention projects. 



Avinash Banerjee

Avinash has worked over 15 years in the IT and Finance industry as a Product manager. As a Product manager he had a chance to set the path  forward for the software products that he had built over the years, thus improving customer experience. Using his professional experience, he would like to drive the school forward, set them on a right path for future and provide support where needed.  


Rebecca Donaghey

Having previously worked at Marlborough School for 5 years, Rebecca is fully invested in the school and committed to continuing to support staff and students through her role as a school Governor. Rebecca has been a qualified social worker since 2013 and her background is working within Children's Services. She will be using her knowledge and experience to support the school as the Safeguarding Governor. 




Amy Ling

Having started my own company (Zambezi Sports School) back in 2010 the company has grown to be a large sports provider in the Bexley area. Over the past 12 years, I have gained a wide range of valuable business and staff management skills. I have lots of interaction with a number of parents in the community and I hope that my experience can help support the school provide a fantastic environment both within the school day and the extracurricular opportunities for the children.


Gary Mason


Gary put himself forward as parent governor to give parents a voice and an input into what he and they believe is best for the students. Gary wants to be able to help the school in anyway possible to give the students the best school experience they can have. Gary is a project manager and hopes some of these skills will come of use.






Abigail Gage

I have advocated for those with additional needs for almost 20 years in varying job roles and on a voluntary basis, one of which was a school just like Marlborough The Children's Trust. Currently I work at Jiraffe  as a product specialist supporting children and young adults with their postural needs, providing them with specialist equipment so they can access their environment and therapeutic goals. It was a privilege to have been considered for this role and I am excited and look forward to making a contribution to what is already a fantastic place. 



Carol C

I have worked at Marlborough School for over 10 years. I started as a Teaching Assistant and I am now a Cover Supervisor spanning all classes across the school. This gives me a great insight into all curriculum pathways and a view of the varying needs of the students and staff. This is enforced by my participation on the Wellbeing Team here at Marlborough.

I am passionate about safeguarding and ensuring all students have access to enrichment activities. 

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My name is Dave Hall and I am the managing director of Inspire Sports Skills which aims to create a fun and inclusive experience to all children of all abilities through sport and games. Inspire works closely with SEN schools including Marlborough, Shenstone, Woodside and Cleeve Meadow and also delivers the ‘Inspire’ playscheme in the school holidays for the pupils of Shenstone and Marlborough.

I feel the knowledge and vast experience I have working with the SEND schools, parents and pupils will help me in this role.