Co-opted Governor - Link governor Child protection, LAC and Literacy
Having worked with the staff and children at Haseltine as their Writer in Residence since 2013, I was very pleased to join the board as Literacy Link Governor late in 2016. In my day job as a working writer, I have published four novels and a collection of short stories, and am a regular contributor to newspapers and journals; I have also taught creative writing at tertiary level, at Goldsmiths College and the University of Glasgow, amongst others. However, in recent years, most of my teaching work has been in schools – at Haseltine, and now working with First Story both as a Writer in Residence and to develop and deliver their CPD workshops for secondary school teachers. When taught effectively, writing classes can have a hugely positive impact on children’s learning across the curriculum, enhancing pupils’ capacities both to comprehend and articulate ideas in written and spoken form, and enabling them to be flexible and confident communicators. Operating both at Governing Board level, and on the Teaching for Learning sub-committee, my role as Literacy Link Governor is to support and monitor the teaching of English across the Federation, to ensure it enhances our children’s life chances and their experience of learning in general.
Co-opted Governor - Link governor Safeguarding
I became a governor in the Summer of 2017 because I am keen to support a school in my local community. I live in Lewisham and have three boys across the primary age range. Professionally, I have been in the Education Sector for 15 years and have had a number of different roles in Primary Education. I am currently the Head teacher of a large primary academy in a neighbouring London borough so know first-hand that Governors play an important role in the school, exercising their powers and responsibilities in partnership with school leadership and staff. Although they are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school, they play a large role in planning for the school’s future at a strategic level. Governors act as a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice; ensuring the school improvement agenda is high and heading in the right direction. The Fairlawn and Haseltine Federation has a strong and active team of governors who bring a range of skills and expertise that is valuable in making the two schools such great places to educate your children.
Co-opted Governor - Link governor SEN/Inclusion
Additional Roles (Haseltine School)
I have worked in education for 7 years in a number of schools including Fairlawn Primary and Forest Hill Boys. I team teaching in year 2 every afternoon as well as in a variety of classes in the mornings. I believe in every child making progress.
I have been a staff governor for nearly two years; serving at Haseltine beforehand and now on the new Federation Governing Body since September. I have worked at both Haseltine & Fairlawn schools and have had three children that have been educated at Fairlawn; this has given me knowledge and understanding of both Schools and their ethos. At the present time I work at Haseltine as a cover supervisor and I am the art subject leader.
Parent Governor - Link governor Community engagement/Communications
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant working in the media for over 20 years initially in accounting and production management, then for 10 years at Board level overseeing Finance, HR, Legal, Health & Safety, IT, Facilities and Operations. I have set up a consultancy specialising in troubleshooting struggling organisations and facilitating growth. More recently my social conscience has kicked in and I have taken a Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care, become a Trustee of a neonatal baby charity and my day job is now as Head of Finance and Operations and Safeguarding Lead for a child refugee charity. I have grass roots and continued involvement in the PTA and Parent Forum at Fairlawn; both groups are committed to enriching children’s education and relations between parents and teachers. In my capacity as Link Governor for Community Engagement and Communications I hope to explore those relationships and goals further with both Haseltine and Fairlawn. I understand my role of governor is to to supportively challenge the Federation’s Management team to ensure they are the best they can be.
Local Authority Governor - Chair - Link governor Attendance
I have been a governor at Haseltine for over 10 years, and Chair of Governors for the last few years. I have a background in education having worked for the Department of Education in the areas of statistics and communications. I am a National Leader of Governance, supporting other Governing Bodies to improve. I am married with two school aged children, and I am a church administrator.
Co-Opted Governor - Teaching for Learning Committee Chair - Link governor School websites
I have been a governor of schools in Southwark and Lewisham for the past five years. I have experience of working with schools with both formal and informal federation arrangements. I have chaired subcommittees in finance, resources and standards. I have worked in several management roles in science and health policy and communications after completing my doctorate research in biochemistry. I live in Lewisham with my young family.
I am a qualified Nursery Officer with 35 years experience in the field. I have worked for the Local Authority in various positions. During that time I also opened an after school programme for disadvantaged children in the borough. The program offered support to children who needed extra tuition with maths and English. I am in the process of setting up a Youth Club.
I have been a Governor at Haseltine School for four years. I have a daughter in year five at the school.
My hobbies involve reading, visiting museums, cinema and theatre.
Co-Opted Governor - Resources Committee Chair - Link governor Numeracy and Governor Training
I am a Co-Opted Governor of The Fairlawn and Haseltine Primary Schools Federation. I am the Link Governor for Numeracy and Governor Training and a representative on the Resources and Pay Committee’s. Prior to being appointed into this role in September 2015, I have served on the Haseltine Primary School Governing Body since July 2009 and Fairlawn Primary School Governing Body since November 2012. Over this time, I have obtained governance experience in chairing, finance management, handling appeals and staff recruitment.
My employment experience is in management consulting & strategy across the capital markets industry (actuarial consulting, investment banking and asset management). My interests as a governor lie in helping ensure decisions align to strategic intent and that resources are allocated with short, immediate and long-term priorities in view for the schools.
I attend regular governor training and recently partook in 'Working with Parents and your Community' and 'Established Governor Refresher'.
Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair - Link governor Data Protection
I am very proud to have been a governor since September 2015. Since taking on this role, I have learnt so much from training, teachers and colleagues and I continue to do so.
I have a professional background in employment law and litigation which serves me well as a governor – especially when considering access, Data Protection and appraisal related matters. I am expanding my experience into museum based training and education with an MA in Museum Studies and a role at a local gallery working across their family, young and older people’s programmes. This has given me greater understanding of safeguarding issues and direct experience of working with children and young people.
I have two children who attend Fairlawn and love it and I want to see the school go from strength to strength.
I am a co-opted Governor for the Fairlawn and Haseltine Federation. I am currently a strategy advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service. I previously worked in communications and policy for the Department for Education in areas including school food, equalities , primary assessment, apprenticeships and SEND. Prior to this I worked as a production journalist and sub-editor on both national and regional newspapers. Outside of my day job I have worked with a number of community projects in education, including teaching English as a second language to children in Cambridge, computer tutoring for the elderly, a literacy project in Hackney and most recently working as a voluntary tutor for bright A-level students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to support their university aims.
Co-opted Governor - Link governor Premises/Health and Safety
I am a co-opted Governor for the Fairlawn and Haseltine Federation. I am also the link Governor for Health and Safety. I am a chartered town planner with experience in the public and private sector. I work for a housing association providing new homes across London.
I am committed to working with staff, parents and the local community to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve the highest possible attainment.
Staff Governor - Link governor Science
I have been a class teacher at Fairlawn since 2011 and am currently the Key Stage 1 Phase Leader and a Year 2 class teacher. As the staff governor, I look forward to being part of both school communities. The pupils across both schools have such an enthusiasm and passion for learning, which I am thoroughly excited to find out more about among the staff, pupils and parents.
Minutes of the Full Governing Body Meetings are available in the school office