OUR Governing Body
School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
Our Earlsmead Governors are a group of elected representatives chosen by the parents, the Local Authority, the school teaching staff and the governing body. These people are willing to devote their time, enthusiasm and skill to governing the school.
Andrew Bethell: Chair of Governors, Chair of the Children's Committee
I have been a governor at Earlsmead School for six years and I now consider myself part of the Earlsmead family. I am retired but during my career, I was a secondary teacher in Hackney, a television producer and most recently worked on Teachers TV, the television channel supporting teachers on all aspects of education, sadly no longer broadcasting.
I am proud of the fact that, with the active support of governors, Earlsmead has made great progress and is going from strength to strength. As Chair of the Children's Committee, I take a particular interest in making sure that our children are progressing in their learning and that they are safe and well looked after. Recently I have had a great time working with Year Six to make a video for their final assembly.
Susan Moyse: Local Authority Governor
I've been a governor at Earlsmead for over 20 years - I love the family atmosphere in the school. I live locally and have two children - now at secondary school and at university. I've worked in a number of London boroughs, always in education, usually supporting school governors. I currently chair the Resources Committee at Earlsmead and we're working to balance the needs of the children with the available funds.
Pascal O'Donoghue: Clerk
I have worked in education for twenty-five years, in various roles, and am delighted to be Clerk to the Governors for Earlsmead Primary School. I took up the role in 2012 and assist the Chair in running meetings efficiently. I keep records of who's who on the Governing Board, committee memberships, and terms of office. I also advise the Governing Board on procedural and other matters.
Beatrice Hyams: Co-opted Governor
I work at the University of London, part of the organisation providing online higher education to students all over the world.
I became a governor to re-connect with schools, and to support the new generation as they face the challenges of succeeding in the 21st century. I want to be part of the team that tells children to be proud and curious, to care about others and believe in themselves.
As a governor I want to make sure that everyone knows and shares Earlsmead values. I am a member of the Resources Committee and the link governor for communication. We are looking at what we say to you and how we say it. We want you to be as excited as us to be part of the Earlsmead community.
I am proud to contribute to the achievements of Earlsmead.
Angie Chandler: Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor at Earlsmead for more than 15 years, and during that time have helped to organise the annual school fair. I am very engaged with the school and all its activities.
I am a member of the Resources Committee and aim to bring my experience as business woman and entrepreneur to getting good value in negotiating service provision.
Breda Maynard: Co-opted Governor
I live locally and was co-opted as a governor nearly 6 years ago. During that time I have seen many changes, to staff, administration and pupil achievement. I feel immensely proud of the progress the school is making and the excellent education being provided to pupils at Earlsmead School.
I am an Education and Social Care Lawyer with particular interest in SEN, Exclusion and School Governance. I am the Link governor for Safeguarding and Inclusion and a member of the Children’s committee.
Fred Amankwah: Co-opted Governor
I have recently retired after 33 years employment with Royal Mail, where I served in various positions as Delivery/Revenue Protection/Communication Manager. A committed Christian, I am an active member of my local Anglican Church.
My first exposure to Earlsmead dates back to the year 1972 when I used to drop my younger cousins at the school from our Hanover Road address. When I was invited to join the board as a Community governor in 2001 I embraced that opportunity with both hands.
I am a member of the Resources Committee where I work to represent the local community. The School no longer receives an Ethnic Minority Grant but I do my utmost best to ensure the community focus is not lost or forgotten.
Earlsmead School will always be dear to my heart. It has been a privilege being a governor all these years and I look forward to renewing my tenure.
Yvonne Thomas: Associate Member
I am one of the new(er) Governors at Earlsmead. I am a Science teacher in a North London Secondary School. This provides me with great insight into a different side of Education, very much valued by our board of governors. In turn I am learning about life in Primary Schools, increasing my awareness of the challenges of transition children face as they progress through the system.
I am link governor for the STEM subjects (maths and science) and will be working to inspire our children and staff in these exciting subjects.
Corinne Roberts: Parent Governor
I am a new parent governor. I am the 'Special Educational Needs' (SEN) link governor, plus the 'Extra-Curricular and Creative' link governor and sit on the Children's Committee. I have over 25 years of working professionally with children, young people and vulnerable adults experiencing a broad range of learning and disability needs. I currently work part-time with two jobs: supporting adolescents and young adults with learning and mental health difficulties in college; plus supporting families who are experiencing safeguarding issues.
I have two children in the school, and generally I am very pleased at how well the school has been working to improve its results. Having been involved with the parents' organisation 'Fair Funding for All Schools' campaign I am aware of the challenges schools currently face in terms of funding and am interested in how we can build on our extra-curriculum activities with our limited resources.
Michele Eastmond: Parent Governor
I am truly honoured to serve as a parent governor and work with an amazing group of individuals to collectively do the best we can for the school. I have a long history of community and social engagement stemming from work across the landscape of my original home, Barbados, where I spearheaded many initiatives for children of primary and secondary school age through my membership/association with the Kiwanis club.
My eclectic career path which has spanned work in the investment, finance, transport, housing and food retail industries has allowed me to develop and fine tune key skills and attributes that I know will be well suited to helping me to be of service.
Hina Shah: Headteacher
I am delighted to be the Head of a hard working team of dedicated staff and governors who share my belief that school should be a safe and happy place where pupils are inspired and motivated to learn and are able to develop physically, emotionally, socially and creatively. I am proud that we are an inclusive school and have high aspirations for every single pupil and a commitment to working in partnership with families so that pupils leave us well prepared and excited about the next stage of what I hope is a lifelong love of learning.
Will Orr: Staff Governor
I am really excited to represent the Earlsmead staff on the Governing Board and be a part of the Children’s Committee. In my six years at Earlsmead I have taught across many year groups and feel well placed to bring staff opinions to the attention of the Governing Body. I aim to always keep children’s learning at the heart of discussions.
As well as being a Staff Governor, I lead computing and technology in the school and I am one of the safeguarding leads.
Information on the membership of the governing board
For full details on the Governing Body of our school please download the following document.