What We Do

Alongside the senior leadership team at Pakeman, governors are responsible for deciding on the strategic direction of the school.

The role of the Governors is to:

  • Set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of pupils and the performance of staff
  • Oversee the school’s financial performance and ensure its money is well spent

This includes contributing to decisions on:

  • vision and values
  • staffing
  • curriculum
  • finance
  • premises
  • behaviour and standards
  • equality and inclusion
  • health, safety and safeguarding
  • extended school
  • special educational needs
  • parental and community engagement

We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and inclusive place.
We support and challenge the school leadership team, acting as a ‘critical friend’.
We provide links to other schools in Islington.
We each contribute our experience and expertise to drive school improvement forward.
We meet in committees and once a term as a full Governing Body.

Constitution

Pakeman Primary School currently has 9 governors:

  • the chair of governors
  • the vice chair of governors
  • 3 co-opted community governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 staff governor
  • and the governing body also includes the headteacher

The Deputy Head and School Business Manager also attend Governing Body Meetings.

Parent governors play a vital role on the Governing Body and their contribution is greatly valued. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, please contact Janet Convery, Chair of Governors, via the school office.

Organisation of Committees

The committees are organised as follows:

  • Resources Committee (Finance, Premises and Staffing)
  • Curriculum Committee (Standards and Curriculum)
  • Pay Committee

Governors Appointed to the Resources Committee:

  • Gregor Poynton, Committee Chair
  • Janet Convery
  • Marta Tildesley
  • Emma Bonnin, Headteacher
  • Gill Dukelow
  • Laura Popazzi
  • Bashir Ibrahim
  • Molly Flowers

Governors Appointed to the Curriculum Committee:

  • Sara Evans, Committee Chair
  • Janet Convery
  • Amal Esselmi
  • Maria Farress
  • Emma Bonnin, Head teacher

Pay Committee:

  • Marta Tildesley
  • Gregor Poynton

Link Governance

We have a system of link governance in place. Where possible, governors are linked to areas of the School Improvement Plan. Current link governor arrangements are:

  • Safeguarding and inclusion (SEND): Marta Tidesley and subject lead – Tracey Gulliford
  • Curriculum and broader experiences: Sara Evans, Amal Esselmi and subject lead – Ben Sadler
  • Maths: Laura Popazzi and subject lead – Ben Sadler
  • English: Maria Farress and subject lead – Harry Glass
  • Achievement at Greater Depth: Gregor Poynton and subject leads – Ben Sadler and Harry Glass
  • Well-being and Attendance: Bashir Ibrahim and subject leads – Tracey Gulliford, Arlene Scott, Marcia Harris, Natalie Broomes and Estelle Bevis-Murrain.
  • Outdoor learning and Play: Molly Flowers and subject lead – Rob Gutteridge

Communication

Contacting the governors: We welcome the views of parents/carers and are always happy to discuss any concerns or ideas you may have to improve the school. Parent governors are often available in the playground before or after school (you can identify us from the noticeboard just inside the front door), or you can leave a message for us in the office.

Governors committees

Governors historical

Governors meeting attendance

Governors membership

 

Janet Convery
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Janet Convery

Chair of Governors

Marta Tildesley

Marta Tildesley

Vice Chair of Governors

Sara Walsh Evans
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Sara Walsh Evans

Co-opted Governor

Gregor Poynton
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Gregor Poynton

Co-opted Governor

Laura Popazzi
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Laura Popazzi

Co-opted Governor

Amal Esselmi
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Amal Esselmi

Associate Governor

Molly Flowers

Molly Flowers

Parent Governor

Maria Farress
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Maria Farress

Staff Governor

Bashir Ibrahim
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Bashir Ibrahim

Local Authority Governor

Dipesh Panchal

Dipesh Panchal

Clerk to the Governors