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Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

The Edmund Waller Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school.

Its main functions are to;

  • To provide a strategic overview that ensures the pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards
  • Act as a “critical friend” of the school by providing the Executive Head, Head of Schools and staff with support, advice and information and monitor and evaluate to school’s effectiveness and promote the interests of the school and pupils.
  • To ensure accountability. We are accountable to parents, pupils, the community, the Local Authority and Ofsted

It is also responsible for many important decisions in the running of the school. These include:

  • Appointing the Headteacher and Associate Headteachers. Governors are also involved in the appointment of teaching staff as appropriate.
  • Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented
  • Determining how the school’s budget is to be used each year
  • Dealing with official complaints and exclusions

 

Our Governors

Our governing body includes:

  • 12 governor places (Reconstituted December 2020)
  • Headteacher 1
  • Staff 1
  • Appointed by the London Borough of Lewisham 1
  • Elected parents of pupils attending the school 3
  • Co-opted 6

STRUCTURE
Chair of Governors – Elisabeth Stone
Vice Chair of Governors - Vacancy
Safeguarding Link Governor - Elisabeth Stone
SEND/Inclusion/Pupil Premium/Disadvantage Pupil Link Governor- Loesje Macrory
Premises and H&S Link Governor Harvir Sangha
Finance Governor- Isar Bhattacharjee
Data/ Curriculum Link Governors- Trish Dooley and David Kenington
Pay Committee Chair- Isar Bhattacharjee
Marketing, Communication and Engagement Link Governor- Sam Brown
Pupil Discipline Committee and other ad hoc committees- Drawn from a pool of governors as appropriate

Clerk to the Governing Body: Karen O’Brien karenobrien913@btinternet.com

 

This document defines the structure of the governing body: Edmund Waller Instrument of Government

The staff governor is elected by the staff and normally serves for 4 years.

The parent governors are elected to serve the Governing Body by parents of the school and normally serve for 4 years.

Parent governors are pleased to hear about views and ideas and can be contacted in writing via the school office.

The co-opted governors are invited onto the Governing Body, by the Governing Body, to add areas of expertise and to represent the local community. We use a robust set of skills audits to ascertain the requirements and expertise required by the governing body. Co-opted Governors are appointed to serve for 4 years.

A full list of the governors as well as information about their appointment, committee membership, attendance, and the Register of Business interests is available below.

Anne Rennie – Headteacher

Ms. Rennie has been the Headteacher here at Edmund Waller since September 2020.

Byron Barrett – Staff Governor

Mr. Barrett Teaches in Year 6. He was elected staff governor in July 2020.

David Kenington – Parent (Link Governor for Resources, Health & Safety, Premises)

“I became a parent governor in June 2019 and my son and daughter attend the school. I am an academic researcher, undertaking post-graduate research University College London, focused on energy use in buildings and its impact on climate change. I also work as a researcher for central Government departments, focused on evaluating energy and climate change policies. I bring a broad range of skills (strategy, communications, business planning, HR and finance) generated from leading a research business and academic research activities. I have a passion for education and sustainability, and will bring these skills to help the school become even more fantastic than it already is.”

Loesje Macrory – Parent (SEND/Inclusion Link Governor)

“I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as a parent governor in October 2020, and am very much looking forward to working with the school to support the best interests of each child in its care. With two children at Edmund Waller, I am fully invested in the school’s caring, creative and supportive community. I want to help nurture everything that makes it so special, whilst working hard to support improvement where it is needed.
With 12 years experience as a teacher, mentor and leader in a wide range of schools with different strengths and challenges, I believe I am very well-placed to do this.
I am the Early Years Leader in a lead school for outdoor learning in Lambeth, have presented to LSBU students on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, pioneered effective systems for supporting early intervention to ensure that no child ‘slips through the net,’ and hold an NPQSL.”

Trish Dooley – Co-opted (Curriculum & Outcomes Link Governor)

“I am a co-opted governor and feel very privileged to be working with and representing Edmund Waller School. I am a former deputy head teacher of 4 large London secondary schools, one in the neighbouring borough of Greenwich. I was originally a Maths teacher and am now retrained as a leadership coach. I do much of my coaching in education, though not exclusively, coaching leaders at all levels. I remain passionate about education and am an advocate for ensuring all young people access the best opportunities a school can offer.‚Äč”

Sam Brown – Co-opted Governor (Marketing, Communication & Engagement Link Governor)

“I am a co-opted governor and am excited to play my role in ensuring that Edmund Waller is a place where pupils and staff thrive. I have had a long interest in public policy, previously working abroad for an intergovernmental organisation. I am now a Civil Servant and bring experience of policy development and strategic oversight.”

Local Authority Governor – Isar Bhattacharjee (Finance Link Governor)

“I was delighted to join Edmund Waller as a governor in the first half of 2021. I work as a consultant in the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, where I’ve worked on strategy projects, digital transformations, financial scenario planning projects and governance programmes across the private sector, the public sector and third sector organisations. I am particularly passionate about education and evidence based early years interventions, and I am excited to support Edmund Waller wherever I can.”

Liz Stone – Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

“I joined Edmund Waller as a co-opted governor in July 2021. I have worked in education since 1985 , mostly as a teacher and in the latter years of my career as a head teacher. I am now working as an adviser supporting schools within Lewisham with school improvement. I am passionate about improving young people’s life chances through education and enabling pupils to reach their full academic potential, develop high levels of emotional intelligence and a lifelong love of learning. I believe it is paramount that schools are safe and stimulating environments, where pupils and their families feel valued and respected. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to such a caring, creative and successful school community.”

Harvir Sangha - Parent Governor

Molly McParland - Co-opted

I was thrilled to join Edmund Waller as a co-opted governor in Summer 2022. I believe all children should have access to a fantastic education. From working on inclusive education policy with UNICEF Armenia as a graduate student, to working in EdTech to make higher education more accessible, I have been involved with initiatives pursuing this aim since I was studying myself. I live locally, and I am honoured to contribute to the safe, caring, and vibrant community at Edmund Waller.

Alongside educational endeavours, I have worked in political risk consulting and senior strategy and operations roles in the technology sector. I have a wealth of experience building and managing strategic projects and new ventures, including leading compliance and infrastructure departments.

Aiesha Feldwick - Co-opted

 

Governors’ Details (for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months)

 

FULL NAME

CATEGORY

APPOINTED BY

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

TERM OF OFFICE (NUMBER OF YEARS AND END DATE)

DATE RESIGNED

Anne Rennie

Headteacher

        N/A

    01.09.20

 

 

Isar Bhattacharjee

LA

        LA

    30.03.21

4 – 30.03.25

 

Elisabeth Stone

Co-opted

       GB

    13.07.21

4 – 13/07/25

 

Byron Barrett

Staff

       Staff

    20.4.20

       4- 20.4.24

 

David Kenington

Parent

Parents

05/06/19

       4- 04/06/23

 

Arjun Medhi

Co-opted

       GB

01.09.20

       4

Resigned 06.12.22

Joanna McMahon

Parent

Parents

29/06/18

4 – 28/06/22

Term ended June 2022

Steph Schiller

Co-opted

        GB

      13.10.20

        4

Resigned February 2022

Sam Brown

Co-opted

        GB

15/06/21

        4 – 15.06.25

 

Loesje Macrory

Parent

        Parents

        23.10.20

        4- 23.10.24

 

Trish Dooley

Co-opted

        GB

Re-appointed 01.7.20

  4– 01/07/24

 

Harvir Sangha

Parent

        Parents

19.05.22

 4 – 19.05.26

 

 

GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2021- 2022 – GOVERNING BODY

NAME

12/10/21

0712/21

01/02/22

29/03/22

03/05/22

15/06/22

12/07/22

Arjun Medhi

Y

Y

Y

Y

X

Y

Y

Anne Rennie

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Byron Barrett

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

David Kenington

       Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Steph Schiller

       Y

X

Resigned

February 22

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna McMahon

Y

Y

Y

X

Y

X

Term ended June 22

Loesje Macrory

        Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Sam Brown

Y

Y

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Elisabeth Stone

       Y

Y

Y

X

Y

Y

Y

Isar Bhattacharjee

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Trish Dooley

Y

Y

Y

Y

X

Y

X

Harvir Sangha from 19/5/22

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Y

Y

 

Pay Committee 12th October 2021 attended by Anne Rennie, Arjun Medhi, Isar Bhattacharjee and David Kenington

 

Register of Governors’ Interests 2022/2023

Name

Name of Business or Organisation

 

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date of Appointment or Acquisition

Date of Cessation of Interest

Date of Entry

Anne Rennie

Employed at the School

Headteacher

N/A

1st September 2020

 

Nil return

07.11.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byron Barrett

 

Employed at the School

Teacher

Live Vision Media

Media Production

N/A

20th April 2020

 

Nil return 06.12.22

Elisabeth Stone

Education Consultancy

Consultant

N/A

13.07.21

 

Nil return

07.11.22

Trish Dooley

 

Leadership Coaching and Team Facilitator. Trish Dooley Ltd

Coach and Consultant

N/A

Re-appointed

1st July 2020

 

Nil return

11.10.22

Arjun Medhi (Chair)

 

Danos Consulting

Director

N/A

Re-appointed 1st September 2020

Resigned from the GB 06.12.22

Nil return

11.10.22

Harvir Sangha

Queen Mary University

London

Teaching Associate

Self-employed Consultant- Sole trader and Director Doyenne

N/A

19.05.22

 

Nil return

11.10.22

David Kenington

Self-employed Working Research Ltd

Research &Evaluation Consultancy

N/A

05.06.19

 

Nil return

11.10.22

Isar Bhattacharjee

Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group

Management Consultant

 

30.03.21

 

Nil return

11.10.22

Sam Brown

TENEO Ltd

 

N/A

15.06.21

 

Nil return

08.11.22

 

 

Loesje Macrory

Heathbrook Primary School

Early Years Leader

N/A

23.10.20

 

Nil return

11.10.22

Molly McParland

None

 

N/A

12.07.22

 

Nil return

10.10.22

Aiesha Feldwick

Cambridge City Council

Organisational Change Lead

N/A

11.10.22

 

Nil return

07.11.22