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Our Governors

Who are your Governors and what do they do? 
The Local Governing Body (LGB) at Staples Road Primary School comprises of parents, staff and members of the community. We have volunteered to support the whole School Community through monitoring and evaluating the strategic direction of the School and the provision for our children and in being a 'critical friend' to all staff.  See the document 'What does a Governing Body do?' below for more details.
You can contact the LGB via the School Office, at governors@srps.efspt.org or find us in the playground. We look forward to meeting you at either the Macmillan coffee morning in September, Parents evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms or at the Open Evening in July.  The annual survey will be held in June and we appreciate your feedback.

Your Governors are:

Marwan Mikdadi - Trust Governor & Chair of LGB
Jennie Clarke - Parent Governor & Vice Chair of LGB

Catherine Byers Parent Governor

Melissa Tanner - Parent Governor
Erica Alter - Trust Governor

Katherine Benson - Trust Governor

Lynne Hague - Trust Governor
Andrew Marshall - Trust Governor

Christopher Paul - Trust Governor
Staff Governors: Nick Mallender and April Toms
Clerk to the Governors is Janice Webber

Marwan - I have worked in schools since 1997, starting out as an economics teacher in Guildford, before moving to London. In 2010 I moved to Bancroft’s School to become Deputy Head before moving in 2017 to become Executive Principal of Astrum Education, setting up Kensington Park School. I have recently moved to be Director of Education at Acumen Education and continue to live in Loughton.

 

Jennie - In my role as parent governor I feel I can positively contribute to the school’s continued improvement. I will work with the parents, teachers, leadership team and other governors to help achieve and meet the objectives set, which will provide our children with the best platform to be successful both academically and pastorally. I have 2 children who attend the school and I’m passionate about their education and the environment within which they are nurtured and encouraged to strive.  I have many years of experience within the Media business, working for media owners where I have held many senior project management positions and will look to apply my professional skillset to my role as parent governor.

 

Melissa - I have lived in Loughton for 7 years and have two children who attend Staples Road Primary School. I am enthusiastic in my role as a parent governor; I will work closely with the school and the parents to ensure that Staples Road can continue to deliver highly effective teaching and learning to our children, to seek out areas of improvement and to act as a platform for feedback from the wider parental community.

I am accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment and I have been working in the banking and IT sector for over 15 years. As Global Head of Portfolio Management I am responsible for change initiatives within large-scale IT environments. I have a number of transferable skills which can benefit the school in my role as parent governor, and I look forward to supporting the school in achieving its objectives and vision.

 

Erica - I have been a governor, first of the infants and then of the amalgamated primary, since 2009. I have lived in Loughton for 31 years and have worked voluntarily in the community for around fifteen. My children are grown up so I feel I bring something different to the Governing Body from Parent Governors or indeed younger governors. I find my work as a governor both important, rewarding and fun. For me an all round education and broad curriculum is tantamount to the welfare of children. I have a special interest in Forest Schools and help with this on a regular basis throughout the year. I can often be found in kagoul and wellies around 3.15 pm with muddy, but hopefully happy children.

 

Catherine - I have been a Trust Governor at Staples Road School since Autumn 2017 and have now been elected as a parent governor. I lead on the English SDP Priority alongside two other governors.  I bring experience of public sector governance, finance and national-level policy making from my role as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health and Social Care.  I have three children, and the eldest child is in Badger class.

 

Lynne - I lived in Loughton, close to Staples Road, and my two children attended the Infants’ school some time ago.  I currently work at Bancroft’s School and am involved with outreach, partnerships and alumni, and was previously PA to the Head.  I oversee a Saturday school project for primary school children and I help run a local group of the national charity, PHAB, which encourages children, young people and adults with and without disabilities to socialise together.  I believe every child should find school a secure and caring environment where they can be happy, stimulated and encouraged to flourish, both educationally and socially.  I hope that as a Governor I will be able to support SRS to achieve its aims and ethos.

 

Andy - I now live in Epping, previously in Loughton. My interest dates from my daughter's time at the school when I became a parent governor. I have been involved in education for forty years and was a secondary headteacher for 11 years. I was also an Ofsted inspector. I currently work as an education consultant in London schools. 

 

April - I joined Staples Road as a Year 6 Schools Direct Trainee in September 2015 and have been a class teacher here ever since, teaching Years 2, 3 and 5. Previously, I attended London Metropolitan University, where I studied Sports Therapy BSc Hons. For the past two years, I have led Science at SRS and have helped raise the profile of science in school and have helped create an engaging curriculum across all year groups. Since joining Staples Road I have run netball club for Years 5 and 6 and in recent years, have started a separate club for years 3 & 4. I have also assisted in running handball club in Year 6. In my role as staff governor, I will represent a staff viewpoint and will give a perspective of the day-to-day running in school. 

 

Katherine - is Headteacher at Abbotsweld Primary School in Harlow and has a successful background in teacher development, pedagogy and curriculum design. She has delivered courses throughout the UK and has experience in primary, all-through and international settings.

 

 

Name of Governor

and

Date of Appointment

Category of Governor and term of office expiry

Term of office is four years except where indicated*

Appointing body

Position of responsibility including membership of committees (if any)

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest. Including whether a governor at another school.

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner or relative.

Governor Attendance during last academic year 2020/2021

Meetings – LGB x 8,

Pay Committee x 1

Erica Alter

 

19/09/2018

 

Trust

 

18/09/2022

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Staff Disciplinary/ Dismissal Committee
  • Pupil Discipline (Exclusions) Committee

None

None

100%

Katherine Benson

 

01/01/2022

Trust

 

31/12/2025

 

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Staff Disciplinary/ Dismissal Committee
  • Pay Appeals

None

None

N/A

Catherine Byers*

 

01/02/2022

Parent

 

31/01/2026

 

Elected by Parents

  • Staff Dismissal Appeals
  • Pay Committee

 

Parent of year 1 & year 4 children

None

See below*

Jennie Clarke

 

13/03/2019

 

Parent

 

12/03/2023

 

Elected by Parents

  • Vice Chair of Governors
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals
  • Pay Committee

Parent of year 5 child

 

None

66%

Lynne Hague

 

19/09/2019

Trust

 

18/09/2023

 

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Staff Dismissal Appeals

 

None

None

100%

Nick Mallender

 

01/09/2021

Headteacher

 

Ex-officio

 

Ex-Officio

 

 

None

None

100%

Andrew Marshall

 

19/09/2018

 

Trust

 

18/09/2022

 

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

 

  • Headteachers Performance Management Review
  • Pay Appeals

None

None

66%

Marwan Mikdadi

 

19/09/2018

Trust

 

18/09/2022

 

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Chair of Governors
  • Headteachers Performance Management Review
  • Pupil Discipline (Exclusions) Committee
  • Pay Committee

Teacher - Westminster School

 

None

100%

Christopher Paul

 

31/03/2022

 

Trust

 

30/03/2026

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

 

Army Officer

None

N/A

Melissa Tanner

 

02/07/2019

 

Parent

 

01/07/2023

 

Elected by Parents

  • Pay Appeals Committee
  • Parent of year R & year 5 children.
  • Flashdragon Investments.
  • Husband is EFDC Councillor

None

100%

April Toms

 

08/07/2020

 

Staff

 

07/07/2024

 

Elected by Staff

 

None

None

83%

Governors who have left during the last twelve months

 

Catherine Byers*

 

31/01/2018

Trust

Resigned January 2022 Elected as a Parent Governor - See above

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Staff Appeals Committee
  • Pay Committee

 

Parent of year 1 & year 4 children

None

100%

Keely Burnage

 

17/09/2018

Trust

 

Resigned Dec 2021

 

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Staff Disciplinary/ Dismissal Committee
  • Pay Appeals Committee

 

None

None

100%

Jane Harvey

 

Ex-officio

 

Headteacher

 

Retired August 2021

Ex-Officio

  • Pupil Discipline (Exclusions) Committee
  • Pay Committee

 

None

None

100%

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