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Nightingale Primary School

Nightingale Primary School

Admin.nightingale@redbridge.gov.uk

Ashbourne Avenue,
South Woodford,
London E18 1PL
Tel: 020 8989 9987

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Meet the Governors

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.

 

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.‚Äč

 

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.

 


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