As at 1st January 2021 Muswell Hill Primary School has no staff earning more than £100k a year.

In 2019, the Department of Education ran consultation on their “Financial transparency of local authority maintained schools and academy trusts” document.

The published results can be viewed at the following link:

Muswell Hill Governing Body

Introducing our governors


Sarah Lima   My name is Sarah Lima and I am a commercial lawyer specialising in IT contracts. I have been a governor at Muswell Hill since 2018 and am part of the Resources and Pay Committees. I have a particular interest in the school’s compliance with data protection laws and help with the external contracts the school enters into.      

Josephine Jackson My name is Josephine Jackson, and I live in Hornsey. I’m married and have three children, a cat and a dog.  I work full time at the Financial Reporting Council and started my career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  I have been a Governor for nearly three years now and I chair the Resources Committee that has oversight of the finances, budget, premises and other such related matters.

Hilary Plant My name is Hilary Plant. I have been a Governor at Muswell Hill Primary for two years. I am currently Vice Chair, Link Governor responsible for Special Educational Needs and Disability and Link for years 5 and 6. I am also the Governor responsible for staff wellbeing. Having two daughters, who hugely benefitted from their start in life at Muswell Hill Primary, motivated me to become a Governor at our school. I have recently retired from a 42-year career in the NHS as a nurse, researcher, psychotherapist, and senior manager. I provide understanding of the complexities of public sector work with an open approach to supporting experience of children, parents, and staff.

Dan Salem My name is Dan Salem. I have been a governor for over 7 years and have had a variety of roles from Chair for the past 2 years to the Resources Committee where we have managed to make substantial improvements to the school from upgrading the playgrounds to the internal decor and fabric of the building, whilst managing the limited budget we are given.  Very much looking forward to the next chapter on our journey from outstanding to extraordinary.

Martin Gibbins My name is Martin Gibbins and I’m a parent governor. I have been on the governing board since January 2019. I have two children at Muswell Hill School and take a keen interest in helping the school operate and run. I am an Architect specialising in school design and my aim as governor is to assist and advise on such aspects as school development projects.  As part of the Resources Committee I help with the running and upkeep of the school. I am also the designated governor for Health and Safety (which involves termly visits to report on both building and user issues) and part of the Curriculum and Standards team.

Jeremy Kanter My name is Jeremy Kanter and I have been a co-opted governor since November 2019. I have recently become a member of the Curriculums & Standards Committee. I was born and raised in Muswell Hill and returned 16 years ago to raise my own family here which consists of a wife, two teenage daughters and a dog. When I am not a governor or unofficial ‘Uber driver’ to my kids I am the Chief Marketing Officer at Fever-Tree the makers of drink mixers and tonics.  

Susi Finer My name is Susi Finer. I have been a parent governor for three years, starting when my youngest child was in year 4 at Muswell Hill Primary.  I am chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee, which involves supporting the headteacher and senior leadership team on the implementation of curriculum changes and ensuring that these changes are effective, leading to good attainment and progress.  I am also the lead governor liaising with Haringey Education Partnership on the achievement of Black, Asian and minority ethnic pupils.  

Alexa Charnley My name is Alexa Charnley. I have been a parent governor for three years. I have two children at the school. I work at Save the Children and my background is in fundraising, marketing and partnerships. I am currently Chair of Governors, and I also am the link governor for Safeguarding. This involves ensuring that all the necessary safeguarding checks are undertaken for people who interact with the children, and ensuring the school follow safeguarding policies, procedures and training. I also sit on the Resources Committee.  

Muriel Thompson My name is Muriel Thompson. I currently have the pleasure of working at MHPS as the class teacher of Violet class and phase leader of years 5 and 6. I am passionate and dedicated to the inclusive, creative ethos of our school and wider community. I have experience in a number of diverse educational settings and roles in which I have undertaken a number of educational research projects. As well as this, I have worked in the international development field prior to teaching. I love travelling, the arts, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends. As a staff governor I offer a unique insight and voice to contribute to the strategic development of the school.  

Sarah Gray My name is Sarah Gray and I’m an Associate Governor.  My two children (now young men) went to Muswell Hill Primary; I also now work in the office.  I have been a governor for a considerable time and before that I was on what is now the PSA and was a class rep too.  My former career was in the international section of an examination awarding body and I still work proof reading for them.  I sit on both the Resources and the Curriculum & Standards Committees.  

Mandi , our Headteacher, is also a member of the Governing Body.  

The composition of the Governing Body is outlined in our Instrument of Government which is reviewed annually. It was approved in 2017 and remains unchanged.

Who does what:

Chair: Alexa Charnley
Vice Chair: Hilary Plant
Chair of Resources: Josephine Jackson
Chair of Curriculum & Standards: Susi Finer
Safeguarding Governer: Alexa Charnely
SEND Governor: Hilary Plant
Health & Safety Governor Martin Gibbins
GDPR Governor: Sara Lima
Link Governor - EYFS: Susi Finer
Link Governor - Years 1 & 2: Jeremy Kanter
Link Governor - Years 3 & 4: Martin Gibbins
Link Governor - Years 5 & 6: Hilary Plant

What do we do?

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher, they are sometimes referred to as ‘critical friends’.
This means that the Governing Body is involved in:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay

  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent

  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community

  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things such as pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary matters

  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment

  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school
Governors must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

All governors sign to confirm that they agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.  

How do we do this?

The full Governing Body generally meets 4/5 times a year. There are two committees that meet 2/3 times a year and these are the Resources Committee and the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Working parties are formed if specific work is required.  

Contacting the Governing Body

If you have any queries or comments do please feel free to contact any member of the Governing Body via the School Office and they will be happy to forward your email or letter; alternatively you can send us an email at:  

Governing Body Minutes 2017 - 2018

Governing Body Minutes September 27th September 2018

Governing Body Minutes 22nd November 2018

Governing Body Minutes 31st January 2019

Governing Body Minutes 4th April 2019

Governing Body Minutes 11th July 2019

Governing Body Minutes 21st May 2019

Governing Body Minutes 19th Sep 2019

Governing Body Minutes 21st Nov 2019

Governing Body Minutes 13th Feb 2020

Governing Body Minutes 7th May 2020

Governing Body Minutes 23rd Sep 2020

Governing Body Minutes 25th Nov 2020

Governing Body Attendance 2017 - 2018

Governing Body Attendance 2018 - 2019

Governing Body Attendance 2019 - 2020

Governing Body Attendance 2020 - 2021  

Governor Open Day 2017

The focus of the day was Philosophy For Children

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Governor Feedback on Visits

To read the feedback from Governors please click on the following links:

Alexa Charnley - 3rd July 2018

Jessica Rosenfield - 10th March 2017

Jessica Rosenfield - 7th February 2017

Carey Miller - 15th December 2016

Michael Cunningham - 16th November 2016

Michael Cunningham - 10 June 2016

Simon Wantman - 6th May 2016

Michael Cunningham - 26th February 2016

Simon Wantman - 4th February 2016

Carey Miller JP - 1st February 2016

Michael Cinningham - 2nd February 2016

Sarah Gray - 19th January 2016

Jessica Rosenfield - 11th December 2015

Jessica Rosenfield - 3rd December 2015

Michael Cunningham - 3rd December 2015

Michael Cunningham - 26th November 2015

Jessica Rosenfield - 25th September 2015

Carey Miller - 13th July 2015

Simon Wantman - 10th March 2015

Carey Miller - 27th Feb 2015

Simon Wantman - 27th Feb 2015

Simon Wantman - 9th December 2014

Various Governours Feedback - 7th March 2014

Ian Kennedy - 6th June 2013

Ian Kennedy - 18th June 2013

Register of interest

It is our statutory duty to produce a register of interest, this includes a declaration, business interest and also a declaration of pecuniary interests. Please click here to see the details.

Governor Training on PREVENT

Suzy Fotheringham Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Nikki Blain Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Dan Salem Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Enrique Sacau Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Jessica Rosenfield Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Sarah Gray - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Nilesh Goswami - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate.

Alexa Charnley - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Simon Wantman - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

James Wiltshire - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Susi Finer - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Carey Miller - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Nilesh Goswami - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Simon Wantman - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Iain Kennedy - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Dan Salem - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Sarah Gray - Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Nikki Blain- Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Jessica Rosenfield- Channel General Awareness Module Certificate

Governor Open Afternoon: Design Technology Week 2016

Susi Finer - 15th November 2017

Dan Salem - 24th March 2016

Jessica Rosenfield - 24th March 2016

Carey Miller - 24th March 2016