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 Father Brian Ralph.  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 2021

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 2021 are:

 

 

 

Category & Expiry

1st name

2nd name

Chair/ Vice chair

Register of  Interests

Committee Attendance *

Governing Body Attendance *

1

Ex officio

Head

Ex officio

Sharon

Taylor-Sezgin

 

Governor at Canon Barnett School

05/05

05/05

2

01/09/2019

Staff – Elected

31/08/2023

Harriet

Bowrey

 

Nil

05/05

05/05

3

16/05/2017

Parent – Elected

15/05/2021

Meika

Dulman

 

Nil

05/05

05/05

4

01/11/2020

Parent – Elected

31/10/2024

Rob

Hughes

 

TBA

N/A

N/A

5

01/11/2018

Parent – Elected 

31/10/2022

Sarah

Hannett  

Vice chair

Nil

04/05

04/05

6

01/03/2019

Parent – Elected

28/02/2023

Neil

Cunningham

Chair

Nil

05/05

05/05

7

07/03/2017

LA – Appointed

06/03/2021

Jennifer

Lowe

 

Nil

04/05

04/05

8

15/11/2020

Co-opted by GB

16/11/2024

Paul

Kenning

 

Nil

04/05

00/02

9

12/11/2019

Co-opted by GB

11/11/2023

Brian

Ralph

 

Spouse employed at school

04/05

02/05

10

05/03/2019

Co-opted by GB

04/03/2023

Ben

Woolner

 

Nil

05/05

03/03

11

05/03/2019

Co-opted by GB

04/03/2023

Caroline

Tyson

 

Headteacher /governor at London Fields School, Hackney

04/05

03/03

12

 

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

14/05/2019

Associate

13/05/2023

Jonathan

Clamp

 

Nil

01/05

01/03

 

16/05/2017

Associate

15/05/2021

Tania

Kaiser

 

Nil

01/05

02/02

 

15/11/2020

Associate

16/11/2024

Giles

Ridley

 

Nil

05/05

00/02

*School Year 2019-20    

 

 

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