The Chair of Governors

Commitment to excellence is one of the pillars on which our day to day in The English Montessori School is based. It is, therefore, a great privilege to count on the guidance of the Chair of Governors who supports us in maintaining school standards whilst ensuring we focus on helping each and every pupil achieve their true potential.

To this end, our Chair of Governors works together with the School Leadership Team to ensure the best possible academic outcomes and a clear vision of the values and strategic planning for The English Montessori School. This figure also monitors both our professionals’ and our students’ performance, optimising and overseeing the management of all school resources is carried out in an optimal way.

Undoubtedly a valuable asset who allows us to meet the very highest of levels whilst enabling us to prepare for the challenges of the future.

Read in full: ‘Leading governors: The role of the chair of governors in schools and academies’

Source: National College for Teaching and Leadership,




Ms Fidelma Murphy MA H.dip ED
Director of Education Spain

TEMS is grateful to be able to call upon the expert guidance of Ms Fidelma Murphy, who serves as the school’s Chair of Governors and has over 25 years of experience at the forefront of International Education in Germany, Spain, Ireland and the Middle East.

As Chair of Governors, Ms. Murphy works closely with the Principal in the appointment of staff, monitors the school’s performance in a range of areas and works as a critical friend to support us as we strive for excellence in everything we do.

Ms. Murphy comments: ‘It is a privilege to be the Chair of Governors for TEMS. The students at TEMS are a joy to interact with; they are open minded global citizens who are actively involved in the learning process. They are reflective communicators who embrace opportunities to develop their learning skills.

Staff at TEMS are committed to designing personalised learning programmes tailored to their pupils´ needs. They form part of a learning community which constantly strives to improve and grow. The progress pupils make in their academic studies and in their interpersonal skills, bears comparison with the very best schools to be found anywhere in the world.’

Ms. Murphy has extensive experience in International Schools and was part of a start-up team in the Outstanding Schools Programme in the Middle East.

Ms. Murphy was a Principal at two international schools, an IB school visitor and an examiner for Cambridge Examinations. Fidelma joined Cognita in August 2018.

View Ms Murphy’s entire profile here