What We Do

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

The Governing Body is drawn from the staff of the school, the local authority, parents and the local community.

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 Althea Baker, Chair of Governors, via the school office.

Contacting the governors: We welcome the views of parents 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.

Please click here for a copy of Pakeman Primary School’s Instrument of Government.

Pakeman has 10 governors. There are five co-opted governors, one governor appointed by the local authority, two elected parent governors, one staff governor and the headteacher.

Lynne Gavin

Lynne Gavin



Lynne Gavin


Favourite children’s book:
I love “Goodnight Mr Tom” by Michelle Magorian. You find yourself pulled into the story in the first few sentences. It made me laugh and cry and is hard to put down!

Two desert island teaching resources:
Book of poetry and my guitar (make sure you bring your earplugs)

Times tables or spellings:
Spellings – learning new words. I love doing my crossword puzzle each day

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