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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Board of Governors is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

The Board of Governors

 

The school governors play a key role in the life and running of Park Walk Primary School. The board is an elected body drawn from the school’s various stakeholders including parents, staff and the local community. It has important legal powers and has strategic oversight of the school and its activities.

Other roles of the Board of Governors are to:

 

    *promote high standards of achievement

    *act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school

    *provide robust monitoring and evaluation of school performance

    *oversee all aspects of school governance

    *ensure that the school's finances are managed properly

    *offer support and challenge to the Headteacher and staff

    *get involved in higher level staffing and building matters

 

The Board of Governors meets twice a term. Additionally it has two sub-committees which meet twice-termly with a focus on: Curriculum & Standards and Finance, Premises & Personnel. Governors are often delegated to perform specific roles or get involved in school projects with a strategic or organisational dimension, for example major building projects. They are always keen to hear from school stakeholders, and very much enjoy meeting them at the various school events.  If you wish to raise a particular matter with the Board of Governors you can write to Amanda Sayers, Chairman of the Board of Governors, care of the school, but please remember that the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.

 

Current Board

 

Amanda Sayers- Chairman

I joined the Board of Park Walk in 2012.  Having served a brief spell as a Co-opted Governor following reconstitution of the Board, I was appointed in February 2013 as a Local Authority Governor selected by the Local Authority and confirmed by Board members.  I chair Board meetings, the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel, sit on each of the Finance & General Purposes and Curriculum & Standards Committees and am the Link Governor for the Future Direction of the School, More and Most Able Children, Governor Training and Headteacher Performance Review.  I qualified as a barrister in 1984, spent ten years working in the corporate finance department of a Swiss bank (both in The City and in New York) before leaving to bring up two boys, now 22 and 19.  I am also Chairman at All Saints Catholic College and an Associate Member of Bevington Primary School Board. 

 

Alison Mould- Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee

I joined the Board of Park Walk in 2012 as an Associate Member but was elected as a Co-opted Governor by Board members in February 2013.  I am Vice-chairman, chair the Finance & General Purposes Committee, sit on the Head teacher’s Performance Review Panel and am the Link Governor for Strategic Vision: school site and Headteacher Performance Review.  Both of my parents were teachers and so when I learnt that I could become a governor even though I didn't have children I jumped at the chance.

 

I qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and am now a partner at a large Holborn Law firm where I specialise in property litigation. I deal with commercial property disputes ranging from issues involving development sites to more commonplace landlord and tenant disputes. For fun I enjoy running and watching ballet. I live locally.

 

Nick Chandler- Chairman of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

I joined the Board of Park Walk as a Co-opted Governor elected by Board members in May 2015, and serve as the Chairman of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and as Link Governor for Headteacher Performance Review.  I was born nearby in Earl's Court and went to a school very much like Park Walk in Fulham. I now live in West London with my wife and teenage daughter. I have been a partner in a large global law firm since 1997 and specialise in aviation. I am a firm believer in the benefits of a good education as a way to allow each child to fulfil their potential. I hope to play my own small part in giving the children at Park Walk the best possible start in life.

 

Carl Allen

I joined the Board of Park Walk as an Associate Member elected by Board members in June 2015, and serve on the Finance & General Purposes Committee as a Link Governor for Health and Safety and Risk Management.  I am qualified as a solicitor and work in an international law firm headquartered in the City.  I have over 13 years' experience specialising in the finance sector in the UK and abroad (Australia).  Through my work I have also had experience dealing with finance matters relating to further education and higher education institutions.  In my spare time I enjoy sailing and running (mostly chasing my young family around the local park).

 

Catherine Brooks

I joined the Board of Park Walk in October 2015 as a Parent Governor elected by the parent body, and serve on the Curriculum & Standards Committee as Link Governor for Core Learning (English and Maths).  I am a former Deputy Head of English in a secondary school in Tower Hamlets so have valuable experience working in a central London school. I am very familiar with school policies, curriculum and standards, strategic planning and target setting which enables me to make valuable contributions to the Board of Governors.  I have three children of my own at Park Walk school, and so I particularly enjoy seeing the school continue to improve, year on year.

 

Anta Ceesay

I joined the Board of Park Walk in February 2017 as a Parent Governor and serve on the Curriculum & Standards Committee as Link Governor for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). I work for a Local Authority as a Data Information Officer in the Early Years and Intervention Support Service. I have previous experience in Safeguarding and Child Protection. Currently I am studying Psychology part-time and also studying Education and Training part-time. In my spare time I run a woman’s motivational group which I thoroughly enjoy. My experiences have given me insight into the practices of early education which has been enhanced further since joining the Board of Governors and should continue to develop.

 

Lynden Easton

I joined the Board of Park Walk as a Co-opted Governor elected by Board members in June 2015, and serve on the Curriculum & Standards Committee as a Link Governor for SEND and LAC, CP and Safeguarding.  My academic background is in Science at UCL.  I worked for IBM and carried out freelance work for the BBC in its Science programmes.  I am a volunteer for a number of organisations: organising events for the NSPCC, supporting the London Children’s Ballet by organising the attendance to special performances for charities.  I manage the data bases and assist with the administration of local Associations.  I enjoyed being a member of the Parent’s Council at the schools my two girls attended, organising events for children and parents and liaising with the Head and teachers as well as helping primary school children with their reading.  

 

Catherine Rayner

I joined the Board of Park Walk as a Community Governor in 2012 and, following reconstitution, was elected as a Co-opted Governor by Board members in October 2012. I serve on the Curriculum & Standards Committee and act as a Link Governor for Computing and E-Safety, Effective Use of IT/Best Value and Website Compliance. In addition to being a Governor, I have been a Volunteer helper in the school for a number of years. In the last few years I have been helping the swimming teacher. I am in the pool along side him to ensure the children are safe and also having a lot of fun with them as they grow in confidence in the water and grasp the rudiments of floating and swim strokes. I am a qualified Registered Dietician and made my career working within the National Health Service. I spent five years as a part-time Lecturer in Dietetic Practice at Kings College London. I have lived in World’s End for over 20 years and feel very much part of the local community. I have two grown up children, one of whom attended Park Walk Nursery. Otherwise, I also volunteer in a local charity shop, walk my dog and go out to theatre as often as I can.

 

Andrew Whitehead - Staff Governor Link Governor for Attendance and Punctuality

 

Emily Caldwell - Headteacher (maternity leave)

 

Paula Evans - Acting Headteacher

 

Immaculada Matthews Evans - Acting Deputy Headteacher (attends full board meetings as an observer).

 

All governors serve for a term of four years, but may be re-selected by their appointing body.  The Headteacher may sit on the Board for the entirety of his or her appointment.

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