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What Does The Governing Body Do? The school governors play a key role in the life of Nightingale Primary School. The governing body is drawn from the school’s various stakeholders including parents, staff and the local community. It has important legal powers and has strategic oversight of the school and its activities. The role of the governing body includes:

• Promoting high standards of achievement

• Providing robust monitoring and evaluation of the School’s performance

• Overseeing all aspects of school governance

• Ensuring that the school's finances are managed and impact upon learning

• Offering support and challenge to the Head teacher and staff

• Involvement in senior level staffing and building matters


Governance Structure

The governing body meets twice a term. One of these meetings will take place during a governor day. Governors are nominated to areas of the school improvement plan. In addition two governors are allocated to the statutory roles of Finance and Safeguarding.


Governor Information and Attendance


Meet the Governors

Julia McFall - Chair of Governors & Curriculum Link Governor 

I have been a parent governor since December 2017 and became chair in October 2019.  I have two children at the school, in Year 4 and Year 6.  I'm committed to supporting the school to be the best it can be for all children, staff and the wider community.  I'm the link governor for curriculum development.  Before I became a governor I was treasurer of the PTA for three years.  In my professional life I am a solicitor and have worked in the City and locally.


Carolyn MacLeish,  Co-Opted Governor - Joint Safeguarding and Health & Safety Link Governor 

I joined the Governing Body of Nightingale Primary School as a Parent Governor in the summer of 2013 when my child was in the School.   I resigned as a Parent Governor when my son left the School in in July 2016 and was re -appointed by the GB as a Co-Opted Governor.  I was the Chair of Governors for just over five years.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair and in October this year I stood down  after five great years for personal reasons.  However because Nightingale Primary School is such a fantastic school I am staying on as a co-opted governor to see out my term of office. I am working with Zaheed Patel on Safeguarding and Health & Safety within the School. 

Professionally for the last ten years I have advised on governance and clerking in Schools across London working with their senior leaders and governors.  Prior to working education I worked in the private sector in business research and operations. 


Zaheed Patel - Co-Opted Governor - Joint Safeguarding Link Governor

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in March 2019 and am the lead governor for Safeguarding at the school. I currently work as a Solicitor for a US tech company and have lived in the local area since 2012. I have been involved in a number of volunteering projects helping students from low income backgrounds gain experience and understanding of working in corporate environments.


Jushna Chowdhury – Co-Opted Governor – Core Subjects

I joined the Governing Body of Nightingale Primary School as a co-opted governor in the Summer term 2015. Professionally, I am civil servant and have worked in several government departments including the Department of Education, where I worked on various policies including, Faith Schools  and Adoption. I am currently working in the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy working as a senior policy advisor on Renewal Heat.​


Chimaechi Allan - Co-Opted governor - Curriculum Link Governor

I joined the governing body after moving into the Nightingale Estate in 2016 and wanting to volunteer in my local school. I have enjoyed volunteering in education at secondary level, encouraging applications from state school children to Oxbridge, and raising their career aspirations with the charity Business in the Community. I have addressed educational conferences, led literacy workshops and volunteered in paired reading at primary level in my roles within children's book publishing. Professionally my background is in publishing and marketing in the education sector. I look forward to learning and serving as a governor.


Maura Wilson - Parent Governor - Finance Link Governor

I've been a Parent Governor since July 2016 and had two children who attended Nightingale. Professionally I work as a Commercial Manager for a large food company.


Sinead Culora - Staff Governor and Well-being link Governor.

I have been a staff governor since November 2018 and am currently a Year 6 teacher and head of the school's curriculum working party.

I joined the Nightingale Primary School Governing Board as I feel they should reflect the school community in its entirety. My role has given me a greater insight into the decision making processes within schools and an understanding of school life outside the classroom.

I continue to enjoy the role very much.


Charlotte Harris - Parent Governor and SEND Link Governor

I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in February 2020. Currently one of my children attends Nightingale Primary School. Professionally, I work as a Senior Educational Psychologist for a London Borough where I use my psychological knowledge to provide advice and support to children, schools, and families on how best to meet the educational, social, emotional, and developmental needs of children and young people.


Cllr Jo Blackman - Local Authority Governor


I joined the governing body at the start of 2019. I am a councillor for Wanstead Village ward and cabinet member for the environment and civic pride. I also work part time as head of policy at an environmental organisation where I manage a global campaign to tackle deforestation. I have led local campaigns and fundraising to improve play facilities, outdoor activities and educational provision for children. I have 2 children who attend a local primary school.


Jaspreet Marway - Co-Opted Governor

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2021. I live locally and wish to contribute to the local school and community it serves. I also have a child who attends a local primary school.

Professionally, I work as a doctor in the NHS and have worked in multiple large NHS trusts. I have vast experience in medical teaching, as well as being an interviewer for a leading medical school. I hope to bring the skills and experience I have acquired through my career to this role and I am looking forward to serving as a governor.


Marigold Russell

I currently have two children at Nightingale and I joined the governing body as a parent governor in December 2021. I am an Assistant Head Teacher of an outstanding primary school in Newham where I oversee early reading and the curriculum. I am also a member of our schools training programme where I teach and mentor trainee teachers.


Megan Wang

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in December 2021.  I have two children at Nightingale Primary School.  My professional background is in education and policy research, primarily as a teacher of children with special education needs.  I look forward to serving the school community as a parent governor.

The Head Teacher is automatically a member of the Governing Body.