Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate strong leadership and management – including by the governing body.
What do governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint both the Head and Deputy Headteachers. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body and the decisions made are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher
At Brentfield we have committed governors who give their own time to help improve the school, attending meetings and visiting the school on a regular basis.
Information relating to governors
|A Badrick||I am a Civil servant in Central Government, with experience in developing education policy and supporting schools. I am passionate about unlocking opportunities through education, and as a governor I contribute knowledge, skills and experience to help the school succeed.|
|A Farah||My name is Abdi farah, and I have been a resident of Brent for 26 years. I have worked in Stonebridge for most of my working life in the sports and youth community sector. I am passionate about young people fulfilling their potential, and as governor at Brentfield Primary I want to play a role in making the students, staff and parents experience a positive and enriching one.|
|P Witham||I became a parent governor 40 years ago. My children are now parents themselves and I have continued to serve as a governor because I passionately believe that a good education is every child’s birthright. By being involved I can help make that happen. We cannot leave something as important as this to chance, every child matters and I want to do my best to help.|
|M Nicholson||I have decided to pursue the opportunity to become a governor as I thought it would be a unique and pleasurable opportunity to give back to the children and families that I serve as a social worker. I want to help the children in the early stages of their educational careers in any way that I can to help ensure that they are given a chance to achieve and reach their potentials and beyond.|
|A John||I was a councillor in Brent for 24 years. I represented Stonebridge Ward throughout that time and grew to know and love the area really well. I have served on a number of governing boards across Brent and have found that my considerable experience as a Brent Councillor has equipped me to make a good contribution to this valuable voluntary role. Stonebridge is a special place and our children deserve the best possible educational start in life. I feel privileged to be able to continue to make this contribution as a Brentfield Primary School Governor.|
|M Ninvalle||I work as a Senior Management leading the design and delivery of education programmes in low income countries. Schools are a central place where children begin to develop their understanding of the world, through their learning environment. I hope every Brentfield child can recognise their importance as a global citizen, and be equipped as a future leaders. I am privileged to be a small part of their journey.|
|K Vaghela||I was elected a parent governor in March 2016. I have lived in the area since 1985 and my children have attended Brentfield Primary School since Nursery. My son is now in secondary school and my daughter in Year 5. My desire to be part of Brentfield’s Governing Body derives from an interest in school improvement at all levels, ensuring development and outstanding education for each and every child.|
|A Ali||I was elected as parent governor in November 2016. I have three children at Brentfield Primary in years 4, 3 and Nursery. I have lived in Brent since 2010 and have found the borough and school to be warm and welcoming. My desire to be part of Brentfield’s governing body derives from genuine interest in school improvement at all levels, and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all.|
|A Serban||I started Brentfield Primary as a trainee teacher in 2017, completing my QTS in July 2018 and currently teach in the Nursery. I wanted to become a governor to learn more about how the school runs and provide a voice for teachers working at the school.|
|M Marhari||All three of my children have attended Brentfield Primary and I have worked at the school for over 10 years. I have found governors’ meetings interesting and feel confident amongst friend to proffer my opinion and ask questions.|