“Helping Children to Make their Mark!”
The Role of the Governing Body
Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school. Governors contribute to ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:
A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school. It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfil their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school. They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.
A Message from the Chair of Governors
We aim to provide a stimulating school environment in which children can enjoy learning and playing with others.
Our school policies are based upon a firm belief in equal opportunities for all children regardless of gender, disability, race, colour or creed. We look for high levels of achievement in all areas.
At Winton we want children to receive a broad and balanced education that will make them lifelong learners and give them the ability to succeed in today’s modern technological society.
We believe that children’s lives are enriched by contact with a wide range of people. We encourage members of the local community to become involved in the life of the school, and the school to be involved in the life of the community.
We aim to help children to develop a sense of consideration for others. We foster and encourage courtesy and self-confidence, so that children value themselves and their abilities and make a full contribution to the life of the school.’
We hope your child will be happy and successful and enjoy their time at Winton.
Chair of Governors
Winton School Governors:
Andrew is a Staff Governor and the Headteacher of the school. Andrew has worked in education for almost 20 years, starting his career as a class teacher in Plymouth before moving to London and working in a variety of schools in Islington. He was previously Senior Curriculum Advisor for the national award winning North Islington “Excellence in Cities” team which provided a range of innovative support and intervention for schools facing challenging circumstances. Andrew has been the Headteacher at Winton for over 5 years and has thoroughly enjoyed working with such a talented and committed team to help make it one of the most highly performing schools in Islington. He provides support and mentoring for less experienced Headteachers. He is also an OFSTED inspector and carries out several inspections of other schools each year. He is committed to reducing the barriers that all young people might face to educational success and ensuring that every child has the best possible life chances through the best possible start in life.
Sara is a Parent Governor and brings almost twenty years of experience working in business as a headhunter. She set up her own company almost three years ago in which she specialises in making senior appointments in the oil and gas and pharmaceutical sectors. She is a French speaker and regularly uses her language skills in her work. Previously, Sara was a secondary school teacher in which she taught French and English up to ‘A ‘ level. She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Modern Languages before obtaining a PGCE in Secondary Education from Westminster College, Oxford. She chose to become a Governor to give something back to the local community. She brings a mix of business experience as well as a genuine commitment to ensuring that children get the best possible outcomes in their education.
John is a Co-opted Governor who brings almost twenty years of professional experience of working within the UK film industry. Currently Director of Sales and Acquisitions for a feature film sales company, John actively works within the private sector of this highly competitive industry and previously ran an international licensing company, liaising directly with the major Hollywood Studios and independent licensors. John studied a business degree at the University of Surrey and later went on to gain a Masters in “Film: Industry and Culture” from the University of Westminster. In his spare time John is an active member of his local community, volunteering for a charity which organises regular events for older people who live alone.
Joti is a Co-opted Governor who brings over thirty years of experience working as a civil litigation lawyer. Joti is a Partner for a leading London law firm and has been involved in some interesting cases focusing mainly on the insurance sector and the area of dispute resolution. Joti holds an LLB Hons degree from the University of Hull followed by the equivalent of a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Law, Chester (Previously the Law College). She became a Governor over three years ago initially as part of the law firm’s commitment to corporate responsibility. She has a special interest in ensuring that the curriculum is broad based and gives children the opportunity to think for themselves, empowering them with life skills that will help them to excel in life.
Katherine is Chair of Governors at Winton School, a position she has held for the last eight years. She is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience of working in the public sector where she is a Senior Manager in Finance for another major London Borough. She brings strong financial and strategic planning skills and is committed to ensuring that Winton School continues to be an exemplary place of learning. she has worked with young people as a volunteer including being an independent visitor for Looked After Children.
John is a Co-opted Governor who currently works as a management consultant for Bain and Co. Previously he was a Policy Advisor at HM Treasury and a Parliamentary Researcher. He holds a MA degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University and a PG Dip in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. He chose to become a Governor to give something back to the community and brings strong skills in strategic planning, finance and analysis as well as an insight into the Government’s education policies.
Nazrul is a Parent Governor who currently works for a publishing company as a multi media consultant. He has worked for the company for nearly 13 years, whose newspaper publications include Islington Gazette and the Hampstead and Highgate Express. A former pupil of Winton School, Nazrul has a deep bond with the school and local community. He decided to become a Governor to ensure Winton School excels in providing a good education and a solid foundation for all children, regardless of background or ability.
Tony is a Staff Governor who is currently the Year 2 teacher, Phase 1-3 leader and Science and Humanities leader at Winton School. He holds a BA Hons degree in Literature from Loughborough University, a PGCE in primary education from the Institute of Education and a Masters in Teaching and Learning from University College London. Tony became a Governor as he felt it was important for there to be a voice outside of the Head who could give some insight into the day to day workings of the school
GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE AT GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
|Governor||Date of appointment||Term of office||Date of resignation/end of office||Appointed by||01/12/2015||01/02/2016||09/05/2016|
|Daniel Childs||06/07/2015 (following reconstitution – 1st appt. 10/01/2013) (Co-opted)||4 years||31/08/2016||Governing Body||Attended||Apologies||Absent|
|Katherine Heffernan||06/07/2015 (following reconstitution – 1st appt. 11/03/2008) (Co-opted)||4 years||05/07/2019||Governing Body||Attended||Apologies||Attended|
|Nazrul Islam||06/05/2014 (Parent)||4 years||05/05/2018||Governing Body||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Sara Knight||01/12/2015 (Parent)||4 years||30/11/2019||Governing Body||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Marina Lin||06/07/2015 (following reconstitution -1st appt. 17/05/2011) (Co-opted)||4 years||05/07/2019||Governing Body||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Anthony McMahon||02/09/2013 (Staff)||4 years||01/09/2017||Staff election||Attended||Attended||
|John Mead||06/07/2015 (following reconstitution – 1st appt. 09/10/2013) (Co-opted)||4 years||05/07/2019||Governing Body||Attended||Absent||Attended|
|Joti Penrose-Stevens||06/07/2015 (following reconstitution – 1st appt. 14/05/2013) (Co-opted)||4 years||05/07/2019||Governing Body||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|John Ramchandani||01/02/2016 (Co-opted)||4 years||31/01/2020||Governing Body||NA||Attended||Attended|
|Andrew Rigby||14/07/2011 (Headteacher)||—||—||Headteacher||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Nicholas Wayne||01/12/2015 (1st appt. 21/07/2011) (LEA)||4 years||30/08/2016||LEA||Attended||Attended||Attended|
Governor attendance at Curriculum & Standards Committee meetings
|Nazrul Islam||Apologies||Apologies||Attended (partial)|
|Marina Lin (Chair)||Attended||Attended||Attended|
Governor attendance at Finance & Resources Committee meetings
|Daniel Childs (Chair)||Attended||Attended||Apologies|
GOVERNORS – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
|Name||Governor Type||Term From||Term To||Declaration Of Interest|
|Hilary Furey||13/06/2016 None|
|Katherine Heffernan||Co-Opted||6 Jul 2015||5 Jul 2019||2016/05/09 – Works for LB Haringey which offers traded education services, none of which are supplied to Winton Primary School.|
|Marina Lin||Co-Opted||6 Jul 2015||5 Jul 2019||2016/05/09 – I work for Future Leaders Trust which provides leadership development programmes for challenging schools. No conflict to date.|
|John Mead||Co-Opted||6 Jul 2015||5 Jul 2019||2016/05/09 – None|
|Joti Penrose-Stevens||Co-Opted||6 Jul 2015||13 May 2017||2016/05/09 – None|
|Nazrul Islam||Parent||6 May 2014||5 May 2018||2016/05/09 – None|
|Antony McMahon||Staff||2 Sep 2013||1 Sep 2017||2016/05/09 – Sister has supplied flowers from her florist shop and Father has previously carried out flooring work at the school in his capacity as a flooring contractor.|
|Andrew Rigby||Staff||14 Jul 2011||14 Jul 2015||2016/05/09 – Headteacher is also an Ofsted inspector. Does not inspect Islington schools or any schools where there is a conflict of interest.|
|Daniel Childs||Co-Opted||6 Jul 2015||5 Jul 2019||07/05/2015 None|
|Trudy Morgan||Other||16 Sep 2015||15 Sep 2019||16/09/2015 (School Business Manager) – school gardener is a friend|
|Sara Knight||Appointed||1 Dec 2015||30 Nov 2019||2016/05/09 – None|
|John Ramchandani||Co-Opted||1 Feb 2016||31 Jan 2020||2016/05/09 – I am in a civil partnership (since 21/06/2008) with Anthony Doudle, Head of School Improvement at Islington Council.|
|Claire Brown||Other||19 Apr 2016||18 Apr 2020|
EXPECTATIONS OF GOVERNORS
We expect all governors to be able to demonstrate the following essential qualities and attributes:
Across the Governing Body as a whole, we are also looking to ensure that a range of specialist skills are covered (but we do not expect any individual governor to have all of these), including: understanding and experience of governance; strategic planning; human resources and performance management; data analysis; financial planning/budgeting; community engagement and volunteering; legal understanding; premises and property management; and experience of working in education/social care/health settings.
The Governing Body may also decide to appoint Associate Governors to serve on a particular committee if they provide a specific skill that the committee requires. Associate Governors can vote at committee meetings. They can also attend full Governing Body meetings in a non-voting capacity.
We expect all governors to uphold the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles) which form the basis of the ethical standards expected of all public office holders: selflessness, integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty; and leadership.
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