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“Helping Children to Make their Mark!”





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:

  •  setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  •  holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  •  overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

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 make visits to the school which enable them to monitor, observe and support various areas for continuous improvement and they meet once a term to discuss these parts of school life in the appropriate sub committee:

  • Curriculum & Standards
  • Resources
  • Children, Families and Community

Governors also meet as a whole group at the full Governing Body meeting once a term to review current data and reports, using the information to support the school and develop plans for the future.



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.

Dan Allen
Chair of Governors



Bode Akanbi

Bode is a co-opted governor who brings over 13 years of professional experience of working within the health and safety industry.  Bode currently works at one of Europe’s largest public arts funded centres and occasionally works on children charity events in Scotland.   Bode become a Governor as he is keen to share information and knowledge from his H&S background to support and improve standards across the school.

Dan Allen

Dan is a co-opted governor and a qualified accountant with nearly 20 years of experience in the media, tech and education industries. Dan is currently chief financial officer for a business which supports both the day to day roles and professional development of school leaders and governors. Dan chose to become a governor as he was keen to combine his passion for education and his experience in finance and business leadership to support Winton to improve outcomes for children.

Safia Danovi

Safia is a parent governor and has a particular interest in promoting science, technology, engineering and medicine, particularly to girls. She obtained her PhD in cancer biology in 2008 and recently became an editor at the journal Nature Communications after nearly 8 years with Cancer Research UK.

Maria Fondevila

Maria was recently elected as a parent governor. She has a Batchelors degree in English studies and French and 8 years of retail experience. She is also a fluent Spanish and French speaker with an interest in foreign languages. Her aim as a parent governor is to contribute to children’s education and help raise schools standard to the highest level.

Sam Garrood

Sam Garrood is a staff governor.  He is now in his fifth year teaching at Winton, having taught in years 5 and 6.  Sam  studied Geography at Newcastle University and then went on to complete his PGCE.  He is the subject leader for Mathematics and PE and outside of school he is passionate about sport, plays for a local football team and is an active member of the Islington Cycling Club.

Toby North

Toby is the local authority appointed governor. He works in public affairs for a charity, The Children’s Society, leading their influencing work with local and regional government. He lives in Islington and has a degree in History, Politics and International Relations from the University of Durham. He chose to become a governor because he is keen to use his experience to improve educational outcomes in London’s schools.

Joti Penrose-Stevens

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.

John Ramchandani

John is co-chair of governors 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 the competitive industry and previously ran an international licensing company, liaising directly with 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 in solitude.


BODE AKANBI:  Link Governor – Deputy Safeguarding, Link Governor – Equality

DAN ALLEN:  Chair (Full Governing Body), Chair (Resources Committee), Link Governor – Early Years Foundation Stage

SAFIA DANOVI:  Link Governor – Child Protection, Safeguarding & Looked After Children

MARIA FONDEVILA:  Parent Governor, Link Governor – Behaviour & Attendance, Link Governor – English

SAM GARROOD:  Staff Governor

TOBY NORTH:  Local Authority Governor

JOTI PENROSE-STEVENS:  Link Governor – Philosophy 4 Children / Pupil Voice

JOHN RAMCHANDANI:  Vice Chair (Full Governing Body), Deputy Chair (Resources Committee), Chair (Children, Families & Community Committee), Link Governor – PE, Sports & Healthy Schools, Link Governor – Policy Review, Link Governor – Pupil Premium


The current Governing Body structure commenced on 1 September 2017.  Attendance registers will reflect this change going forward.

Current Attendance Record 2018/2019: Governor Committee Attendance 2018&19 (1)

Attendance Record 2017/18:Winton Governor Committee Attendance

Historical Attendance Record: Historical Governor Committee Attendance


Name Governor Type Term From Term To Declaration Of Interest
Hilary Furey 13/06/2016 None
Joti Penrose-Stevens Co-Opted 06-Jul-15 13-May-17 2016/05/09 – None
Toby North Local Authority 22-Jan-19 21-Jan-23 09/06/19 – None
Trudy Morgan Other 16-Sep-15 15-Sep-19 16/09/2015 (School Business Manager) – school gardener is a friend
Bode Akanbi Co-Opted 08-May-17 07-May-21 09/06/19 – None
John Ramchandani Co-Opted 01-Feb-16 31-Jan-20 2016/05/09 – In a civil partnership  with Head of School Improvement at Islington Council.
Claire Brown Other 19-Apr-16 18-Apr-20  None



We expect all governors to be able to demonstrate the following essential qualities and attributes:

  • commitment to improving education for all pupils;
  • ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and to take collective responsibility for decisions;
  • willingness to learn and to engage in training and development;
  • commitment to the school’s vision and ethos and to the democratic values of freedom, tolerance and respect for the rule of law;
  • literacy, numeracy and IT skills, sufficient to deal with governing body papers and school data.


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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