Petts Hill Primary School

Petts Hill
Primary School

Governors

At Petts Hill Primary School we have 11 governors.

Whether you are a prospective or existing parent please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

Opportunities to join the governing body arise at regular intervals. There is currently one vacancy for a parent governors. We are always keen to hear from parents who may be interested in joining the governing body – please contact the school for more details.


Category of Governor

Name

Term of Office

Sub Committee Groups

Area of Responsibility

Declaration of business interests

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mr Mark Wild (Chair)

20-June-15

To

19-June-23

All Sub Committee Groups

None to declare Sept 19

Community Governors

Co-opted

 Mrs Shela Patel

 15-Nov-18

To

14-Nov -22

*Curriculum, Standards & Well-being Committe

 Safeguarding

SEND

 None to declare Sept 19

Community Governors

Co-opted

Ms Zahra Bawab

20-Jun-15

To

19-Jun-23

Curriculum, Standards & Well-being Committe

 

None to declare Sept 19

Community Governors

Co-opted

Ms Fidelis Griffiths

30-June-16

To

29-June-20

*Pay and

Staffing Committee

Early Years

None to declare

Sept 19

Community Governors

Co-opted

Mr Mathew Bennett

30-June-16

To

29-June-20

*Resources Committee

Reading

None to declare

Sept 19

Community Governors

Co-opted

Ms Christos Faleye

 11-June-20

To

10-June-24

 

 

 

Parent Governors

Mrs Elena Gurschi

 

13 -June-19

To

12-June-23

 

 

None to declare

Sept 19

Parent Governors

Mrs Shabana Davison (Vice Chair)

20-July-17

To

19-July-21

Pay & Staffing Committee

 

 None to declare Sept 19

LA Governors

Cllr. Chris Summers

18-Oct-19

To

 17-Oct-23

Resources Committee

None to declare Sept 19

Head Teacher

Ms. Valerie Upton

Start Sept 2003

All Sub Committee Groups

None to declare Sept 19

Staff Governor

Mr Chris Redford

2-Mch-20

To

1-Mch-24

Curriculum, Standards & Well-being

 

None to declare March 20

Observer/Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Katherine Flewitt

 

Curriculum, Standards & Well-being

English & Maths

None to declare Sept 19

Clerk to Governing Body

Mrs Lesley Tucker

 

N/A

None to declare Sept 19

What do Governors do?

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.

Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies. The governors act as a “critical friend” to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.

School governors help our school provide the best possible education for our pupils by:

  • Thinking and working strategically to help raise standards;
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets;
  • Supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made;
  • Promote high standards of educational attainment and ensure continued school improvement;
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  •  Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school;
  • Manage the school’s budget, including deciding how many staff will work there and their pay;
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils’ achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results;
  • Participate in the appointment of staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline, and;
  • Approve an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted);
  • Ensure provision for pupils with statements of special educational needs;
  • Set standards of behaviour;
  • Assist with the preparation of a school profile for parents;
  • Deal with complaints;
  • Hear appeals against pupil exclusions;
  • Fulfil duties placed on governing bodies by the Department for Education. 

Mark Wild

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Mark Wild has worked in development with BBC Natural History Unit for 2 years.

Previously he was Director International Development for National Geographic Television in Washington DC. Prior to this, he was Head of Production and Development for Discovery Communications with Animal Planet International responsible for programming throughout the UK, EMEA, Germany, Italy, Asia, Pacific Rim and Latin America regions. Before Discovery he worked in feature films across disciplines and was an early graduate of the UK Film Industry Training Scheme having gained practical experience in photography and advertising. He currently lives in London with his wife and three sons.

Previously he was Director International Development for National Geographic Television in Washington DC.  

Shela Patel

Shela works as a Safeguarding Officer with The Football Association (The FA).

She studied Psychology and has a Masters in Forensic Psychology. Shela also has over ten years’ experience of working with children and young people in the Criminal Justice System which she gained before her employment with The FA. She lives in London with her two young children and is committed to ensuring that all children are able to access learning in a safe and secure environment.

Has over ten years’ experience of working with children and young people in the Criminal Justice System. 

Councillor Chris Summers

Journalist who worked at the BBC for 18 years, mostly on the News website.

A specialist in crime and covering courts, he previously worked for UK News and the Gloucester Citizen, where he covered the trial of serial killer Rose West. He is currently working for the Daily Star Online. He is also a Labour Party councillor representing Northolt Mandeville ward and stood for Parliament against Boris Johnson in Uxbridge & South Ruislip in May 2015.

He was vice-chairman of Ealing’s planning committee and also sat on the Adoption & Fostering Panel.

Fidelis Griffith

My career spans more than 25 years in local government in the Midlands and here in London.

Experienced gained in support services, facilities management and customer services involving managing staff, budgets, service standards and improvements and projects. Contributing to successful partnership working with professional social care and corporate colleagues, staff and customers. Working with the very young to teenagers and young offenders in the voluntary sector has provided me with a good understanding of the issues and challenges faced by our children. I am a local resident, recently moved with my partner and two teenagers into Ealing from Brent.

Contributing to successful partnership working with professional social care and corporate colleagues, staff and customers. 

Shabana Davis

 She completed her PGCE at The Institute of Education and has since worked in further education over the last 13 years as a lecturer, in particular with the 16-18 year old cohorts.

She currently teaches at HE level at City and Islington College, where she holds a number of roles alongside her teaching, such as, an assessor and an internal quality assurance officer. 

 She is proud to have been appointed as a parent governor and sits on the Staffing committee. She has committed herself to the role as a Governor, not only because her own child attends Petts Hill Primary School. But also, due to the fact that she is passionate about education and has first-hand experience and knowledge of the importance of teaching and learning in a safe and supportive environment. 

Her hobbies and interest consist of reading, keeping fit and traveling far and wide, enjoying the delights the world has to offer.
She currently teaches at HE level at City and Islington College

Zahra Bawab

Zahra is a recent graduate who has a particular interest in Education.

She studied International Relations at master’s level, and Anthropology as an undergraduate. Zahra currently works in the software industry and has several years’ experience in IT. Her main interests include reading, environmental awareness, and refining IT and educational processes within the school environment.

She studied International Relations at master’s level, and Anthropology as an undergraduate.   

Chris Redford

I became a governor because I wanted to help make the school as good an environment for the students as possible, as well as broadening my own knowledge on the inner workings of Petts Hill, which I feel can only benefit me going forward in my career.  I would say I work hard and give my best with everything I do.  I feel I am also very approachable and easy to work with. 

I am the Year 5 teacher at Petts Hill.  I initially qualified to teach Secondary school PE, however felt I was more suited to a primary school environment.  I was the PPA cover teacher at Petts Hill for a year before I took everything I had learnt in that year and applied it to being a class teacher.  In my spare time I play as much Golf as I possibly can.

I am the Year 5 teacher at Petts Hill

Elena Gurschi

I became a Governor because I felt compelled to learn how the British education system works.

Being part of the community and embracing its values were essential for me from the moment I chose to live in this country. I learn everything alongside my daughter and I enjoy the challenge.  Due to my legal background, my strengths are communication, fast decision-making, organisation and result-orientation. I speak Romanian, Russian and French languages.  My hobbies include swimming, travel, reading, photography and cross stitching.

I speak Romanian, Russian and French