GovernorsWELCOME TO THE MUSWELL HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY
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 governorsMy 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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:
|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.
- 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