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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 once a term - Autumn and Spring and twice a term during the Summer. Additionally it has two sub-committees which meet twice-termly during the Autumn and once-termly during the Spring and Summer 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 Alison Mould, 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

 

Alison Mould – Chairman

Link Governor for Leadership and Management – with responsibility for vision, strategy, staff continued professional development, engaging parents, well being and mental health of all and governor training and succession planning.

 

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 chair Board meetings, the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel and sit on each of the Finance & General Purposes and Curriculum & Standards Committees. 

Both of my parents were teachers and so when I learnt that I could become a governor even though I don'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.

 

Amanda Sayers – Vice Chairman

Link Governor for Safeguarding – with responsibility for safeguarding, child protection, Looked after pupils and website compliance.

 

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 am Vice-chairman, serve on the Finance & General Purposes and Curriculum & Standards Committees and sit on the Head teacher’s Performance Review Panel. 

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.  I am also Chairman at All Saints Catholic College and an Associate Member of Bevington Primary School Board. 

 

Carl Allen – Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee 

Link Governor for premises and budget – with responsibility for health and safety, asset register, budget setting and review

 

I joined the Board of Park Walk in September 2015 as an Associate Member but was elected as a Co-opted Governor by Board members in May 2017. I am Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and sit on the Head teacher’s Performance Review Panel. 

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).

 

Nick Chandler - Chairman of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

Link Governor for curriculum – with responsibility for ensuring the overall whole school curriculum intent provides a broad and balanced curriculum so that pupils are secondary and life ready. 

 

I joined the Board of Park Walk as a Co-opted Governor elected by Board members in May 2015. I am Chairman of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sit on the Head teacher’s Performance Review Panel.

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.

 

Joy Amazu

Link Governor for fundraising

 

I joined the Board of Park Walk in October 2019 as an Associate Member, and serve on the Finance & General Purposes Committee. 

 

Catherine Brooks

Link Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage – with responsibility for ensuring that the curriculum implementation provides both emotional and academic success for all within the EYFS.

 

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. 

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 four children of my own at Park Walk school, and so I particularly enjoy seeing the school continue to improve, year on year.

 

Lynden Easton

Link Governor for Inclusion – with responsibility for pupils: with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, with English as an Additional Language, who are eligible for Pupil Premium, who are Looked After and who are More Able or talented.  

 

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. 

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.  

 

Kris Egan 

Link Governor for behaviour and attitudes – with responsibility for ensuring high expectations of behaviour and conduct - with fair and consistent management, positive learning attitudes, attendance and punctuality, strong relationships with staff, including effective management of bullying. 

 

I joined the Board of Park Walk in November 2019 as a Parent Governor elected by the parent body, and serve on the Finance & General Purposes Committee

 

Eliot Pallot 

Link Governor for Key Stage 2 – with responsibility for ensuring that the curriculum implementation provides both emotional and academic success for all within the KS2.  

 

I joined the Board of Park Walk as an Associate Member but was elected as a Co-opted Governor by Board members in July 2019. I serve on the Curriculum & Standards Committee. 

 

Catherine Rayner

Link Governor for Key Stage 2 – with responsibility for ensuring that the curriculum implementation provides both emotional and academic success for all within the KS2. 

 

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.

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 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.

 

Nicola Raine – Staff Governor 

Link Governor for Personal Development – with responsibility for ensuring that the Park Walk promises are evident so that pupils have a curriculum that develops: beyond the academic, the pupils’ characters, future success, pupils who are equip for life in modern Britain. 

 

Emily Caldwell - Headteacher

 

Paula Evans - Deputy Headteacher (attends 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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