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Meet the School Governors

Chair Of Governors - Jamie GoateChair Of Governors - Jamie Goate

I have lived in East London all my life, and since 2013 have held the role of Chair of Governors for Southwood Primary School.  I live locally to the school with my wife, two children and two dogs. Both of my Children have attended Southwood Primary School and have had great experiences.  I also work as a Non-Executive Director for BDSIP which is the local school improvement company based in Barking and Dagenham – I am also a Senior leader in Openreach, Education is important to me which is why I'm furthering my knowledge studying leadership and management at the London Business School.  I love being part of the School and working with all the Staff, Children, and community to provide the best outcomes and experiences for everyone.

 

Vice Chair Of Governors - Liz Lawrence 

Liz Lawrence (Vice Chair) is a co-opted governor. She chairs the Curriculum, Community and Achievement Committee. Until recently she worked in school improvement, supporting Barking and Dagenham Primary Schools. She is now semi-retired but still working in education. Liz believes in the importance of giving children a wide range of experiences and opportunities within and outside the curriculum, including science, technology, sport and the creative arts. She is proud of what Southwood Primary School offers to its pupils and how nurturing and inclusive it is.

 

 

Co-opted Governor - Carol Dickson 

I have been actively involved in education since 1979 - both in South Africa and then here in the UK for the past 21 years - as a teacher, English Subject Leader and a Deputy Head. I am currently a governor at another local primary school and became a co-opted governor at Southwood Primary School in September 2021.  I believe it’s so important that children learn to read fluently as quickly as possible as fluent readers will learn more, because they can read and gain knowledge for themselves.

 

 

Co-opted Governor - Matt Hollins

I have been a resident of the Borough of Havering since 2007 with an interest in supporting improved education and future prospects of children within the communities. I am occupationally skilled in resource development at a regional level for one of the biggest mainstream telecommunications network providers. Father to 3 young children and active charity fundraiser.

 

 

 

Parent Governor - Rosemarie Serafina

I am 38 year old and I am coming from beautiful Romania. I graduated the university in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.  I am married and I am  the  mother of two handsome boys.  As a parent I value education highly and would work to keep the standards of education offered at Southwood  to a high standard for the benefit of all pupils . My children future is of uppermost importance, therefore I would be delighted to be given the opportunity in making a difference in the education of not just my son's but the school as a whole. I bring an honest and hard working approach to my work dedicating my time to be a proactive and effective school governor.

I would like to work more with parents, teachers, the Head teacher and other governor's to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best  chance of success. The voice of the parents is so important in the running of the school. 

I believe my calm and persuasive manner will ensure that the parents voice is heard. 

 

Parent Governor - Fahim Ahmed

I have always taken a keen interest in community activities and I have been a Governor for Southwood Primary School since 2020. Both of my children currently attend the school and I am very much of the opinion that parent and teacher collaboration will further enhance the quality of education. In my professional capacity I work for a bank to support SME clients to achieve their business aspirations. I am also the Chair of a Community Martial Arts Organisation and a keen runner and cyclist too. I enjoy being part of the school and motivated to challenge and encourage the school to make sure the children get the best possible start in life.  

 

 

The table below lists the members of the school's Governing Board and any interests that they have declared.

Southwood Primary School - Members of the Governing Board (December 2021)

Name of Governor or Associate Member

Category of governor & terms of office

Appointing Body

Membership of Committees

Position of responsibility and link governor roles

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest

Personal relationship with member of school staff

Mr J Goate

Co-opted to 05.12.24

Governing Body

Curriculum, Community & Achievement

Chair of FGB, Leadership & Management

BDSIP Director

Mother, Wife

Mrs L Lawrence

Co-opted to 04.12.22

Governing Body

Curriculum, Community & Achievement

Vice Chair of FGB, Chair of Curriculum, Community & Achievement Committee, Curriculum Development

None

None

Mr M Hollins

Co-opted to 20.09.25

Governing Body

Resources

Chair of Resources Committee, Governor Development & Training

None

None

Cllr E Kangethe

LA representative to 05.10.24

Local Authority

Resources

Cultural Education Governor

Governor at Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

None

Mrs C Grove

Co-opted to 26.11.23

Governing Body

Curriculum, Community & Achievement

SEND Governor

Deputy Headteacher at William Bellamy Primary School

None

Mr R Leighton

Co-opted to 04.12.22

Governing Body

Resources

Leadership & Management

Chief Executive Officer/Trustee/Director, Partnership Learning, Partnership London SCITT Governor

None

Mr D Carlin

Co-opted to 15.10.23

Governing Body

Resources

Safeguarding Governor

Teacher at Sydney Russell School

None

Mr F Ahmed

Parent Governor to 18.03.23

Elected

Resources

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Governor 

None

None

Ms R Lalescu

 

Parent Governor to 18.03.23

Elected

Curriculum, Community & Achievement

Early Years

None

None

Mr S Halliwell

Headteacher

Governing Body

Attends all committees

 

Headteacher, Director of Primary Alliance of Collaborative Engagement (PACE) Limited

None

Ms J Tyler

Staff to 29.01.23

Elected

 

 

Staff Member, The Craig Tyler Trust

None

Mrs C. DicksonCo-optedGoverning BodyCurriculum, Community & AchievementEarly Reading, KS1Deputy Headteacher at Five Elms Primary SchoolNone
VacancyCo-optedGoverning Body    

Southwood Primary School: Governor Committee Information

Southwood Primary School: Governor Attendance Information

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