Chisenhale School Governing Body

School governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school. This means they work with the staff and local authority to support the school. They help to set strategic aims and achievement targets for the school, monitor procedures and budgets and contribute to the drafting of policies. They are unpaid volunteers and at Chisenhale we are lucky to have a very committed governing body with a wide range of skills and experience.

There are 14 school governors at Chisenhale, four are elected parent governors, seven are co-opted community governors, chosen by the governing body, and one is a local authority governor, appointed by Tower Hamlets. The Headteacher is a staff governor andone other staff governor is elected by the teachers and support staff.

How do governors carry out their job?

At Chisenhale the governors meet once a term for a full governors’ meeting and twice a term for committee meetings. The Chair of Governors meets more frequently with the Headteacher to discuss matters as they arise. Much of the governors’ work is done at committee level and at Chisenhale we have three main committees. The Resources Committee deals with finance and staffing, the School Improvement Committee looks at learning and teaching, standards and the curriculum and the Building Links Committee concentrates on issues concerning the maintenance and improvement of the school building, and relations with parents and the wider community.

Who are the governors at Chisenhale?

The Chair and Vice Chair of governors and the Chairs of committees are elected annually by the governors. Currently the Chair is Neil Cunningham and the Vice Chair is Sarah Hannett.  The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school address and school telephone number.

Being a Governor is a challenging but rewarding experience. If you are interested in becoming a governor please speak to one of the parent governors, the Headteacher or to Ruth Crossan, our parent engagement officer.

Be a governor

Please click here for information about being a governor and the national Goverance Association

Chisenhale Governing Body February 2022

The school is a maintained community school. It is governed by a body of 14 governors, some of whom are elected and others appointed. The Governing Body has a significant role in making strategic decisions, particularly on finance, and in holding the school to account through its challenge to the Headteacher. The governing body of Chisenhale Primary School usually meets four times a year. In addition there are two standing committees – School Improvement and Finance & Resources. The governors and associate members at 1 February 2022 are:

 

 

 

Category & Expiry

1st name

2nd name

 

Category & Expiry

1st name

2nd name

1

Head

Ex officio

Gemma 

Anidi

10

Co-opted

04/03/2023

Ben

Woolner

2

Staff

31/10/2025

Kim

Glynn

11

Co-opted

15/11/2025

Thomas

Georgiou

3

Parent

31/10/2025

Elaa

Zounaghi

12

Co-opted

15/11/2025

Maddy

Masqood

4

Parent

31/10/2025

Tamara

Barklem

13

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

5

Parent  VCHR*

31/10/2022

Sarah

Hannett

14

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

6

Parent CHAIR*

28/02/2023

Neil

Cunningham

 

Associate

13/05/2023

Jonathan

Clamp

7

LA

01/03/2024

Jennifer

Lowe

 

Associate

16/11/2024

Giles

Ridley

8

Co-opted

16/11/2024

Paul

Kenning

 

 

 

 

9

Co-opted

 

vacancy