Meet the governors
The Role of a Local Governing Body (LGB)
The role of the LGB is a strategic one. The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and educational achievement. The school is accountable to the Group Board, and the LGB should ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Group Board.
The LGB works in partnership with the Principal, the Senior Leadership Team, and senior executives from United Learning to:
- Uphold the values of the school, the ethos and core values of United Learning
- Set the school’s strategic plan
- Monitor the performance and progress of the school, agreeing strategies to achieve continuous improvement, raising standards for all students
- Ensure budgets are allocated effectively reflecting the priorities as set out in the school’s strategic and school improvement plans
- Set key targets
The LGB meets twice a term to provide support and challenge to the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team and to discharge its responsibilities. The Principal attends the LGB and other members of the Senior Leadership Team regularly provide updates and presentations at the meetings.
Members of the Governing body visit the school regularly to take part in a range of activities to understand school life, celebrate the academy’s success, provide strategic input to decisions and hold the Senior Leadership Team to account.
Governors are assigned responsibility for a particular portfolio and meet termly with key staff to build strong relationships and hold the school to account in their area of focus. Portfolios include Safeguarding; SEND; Behaviour for Learning; Finance; Pupil Discipline; Data; Pupil Premium; Career Aspiration and Community Engagement. Governors are also linked to individual subjects and meet regularly with the subject leaders to discuss progress in that subject. Governors share their learning from these meetings at the LGB.
Meet the Governors
The LGB formally took control of governance back from United Learning on 1st September 2017. Prior to that the Board had only met in shadow form during the Spring and Summer Term 2017.
Bronwen Tumani – Chair of Governors
Bronwen is a National Leader of Governance and freelance governance consultant working for Barnet Partnership for School Improvement. Bronwen is also Chair of Governors at Foulds Primary School in High Barnet. Bronwen works for Judicial Appointments Commission as a fee paid panel member and for World Class Schools Quality Mark as the Assessment Manager. Bronwen has previously been a Non-Executive Director for an NHS Board and a leader within the HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Bronwen is English Subject Lead.
Jesse Stephens – Vice Chair
Jesse is Vice Chair of Governors and leads on Behaviour for Learning and MFL. Jesse works for the Department for Education on academies policy and school improvement partnerships. Prior to that Jesse worked for United Learning in the school improvement team for 3 years and was previously a French teacher in a North London Academy for 3 years. Jesse grew up locally to the academy.
Oli leads on Teaching & Learning for the LGB and has subject link responsibility for Maths. Oli currently works for Bain & company, a global management consultancy firm, where he supports firms with a variety of business problems. Oli was a teacher between 2010-15 and held leadership roles as Director of Year 13 and then Director of Economics and Business at two different schools. Oli has an MA in Leadership within Education.
Sarah leads on Data for the LGB and has subject link responsibility for PE and Computer Science. Sarah currently works for United Learning as Head of Performance where she leads on monitoring group-wide performance and reporting to the Executive Directors and manages a range of discrete projects for the Strategy and Performance team. Prior to joining United Learning, Sarah worked for the education publishing company Pearson, and at The Future Leaders Trust, an organisation that delivers a school leadership development programme.
Gareth has lead responsibility for Finance and Pupil Discipline and has subject link responsibility for Humanities. Gareth is the Head of Local Authority Financial Control and Capital Finance at the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, where he is responsible for maintaining the financial control framework for Local Authorities and for developing systems and processes to assess the risk that Local Authorities will run out of money to deliver services. He lives locally in North Finchley.
Antoinette leads on Career Aspiration for the LGB and has subject link responsibility for Performing Arts. Antoinette is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist and is the Group Head of Inclusion at Aviva Plc, where she develops and implements global transformation programmes for a wide range of organisations across different sectors.
Sejal is the SEND Governor and has subject link responsibility for RE. Sejal is the Headteacher at Whitings Hill Primary School and has previously been a SENDCo.
Jack is the Executive Headteacher of Underhill School and Children’s Centre and Grasvenor Infant School. Jack is currently seconded to Family Services, LB Barnet for 3 days a week to support Children’s Services in the delivery of an improvement action plan and facilitating effective communication and collaboration between teams and between Family Services and schools. Jack is the Safeguarding Governor for the LGB and has subject link responsibility for PSHE.
Paul is the LA Governor and is a local ward Councillor on Barnet Council representing the Underhill ward. Paul has many links with the local community and has lead responsibility for the LGB for community engagement. He has been a Social Work Manager and has worked in Brussels for an NGO. Paul is currently working as a Parliamentary Assistant in Westminster. Paul has subject link responsibility for Science.
Matthew was appointed as teaching staff governor in September 2017. Matthew is in his second year of teaching and teaches history at TTA. Matthew was previously a private tutor for four years. Matthew is on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.
Jean joined the LGB in January 2018 as non-teaching staff governor. Jean is a caretaker working as part of the Totteridge Academy Site Support Team ensuring that all the school facilities are looked after.
Maisie Cox (Clerk to the LGB)
Maisie has been the clerk to the LGB since November 2017 and also provides clerking services to other local schools. Maisie works as the SEND Admin Assistant at Foulds Primary School in High Barnet.
Governing Body Appointments
The role of parent governor is currently vacant. Parent governors are appointed following a ballot of parents of pupils of the Academy.
The roles of staff governor are appointed following a ballot of the whole staff of the Academy.
Other posts are appointed by the Chair of Governors, in consultation with the Principal and the LGB.
All governor terms are for three years.
If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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