The Governing Body (GB) helps make sure the school provides a good quality education for your children and is made up of 13 governors.
Our role is to understand, monitor and evaluate the work of the school, to provide support and to challenge decisions made by the school's senior leadership team.
We work closely with the Headteacher and her staff to devise, monitor and evaluate the school’s Strategic Plan. The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
We meet as a full governing body twice a term and each of our committees (Curriculum and Resources) meets twice a term with Health & Safety meeting once a term. Between them, the committees divide up responsibility for monitoring and reviewing school policy and supporting the school development plan.
At Stroud Green Primary School, in keeping with our commitment to openness and transparency, the main Part One of governing body meetings is open and parents are welcome to attend. Please click on the meeting schedule link below to review the governing body meeting dates for this academic year.
Sophie Hall – Chair of Governors
I became a parent governor because I wanted to support the school, while ensuring my children and others achieve their full potential in a safe and happy environment. I chaired the Resources Committee – which oversees the school budget, staff welfare and school premises – and I am now delighted to be Chair of Governors. I am also a member of the Friends of Stroud Green School. Please get in touch at email@example.com.
Nancy Campbell - Vice Chair
I live locally and became a governor in May 2013. I work in online media – first for a women’s online magazine before moving into education. I am now the web and social media editor for the School of Arts at Birkbeck. I am passionate about happy, inclusive schools, which encourage natural curiosity in a nurturing environment and very much look forward to sending my toddler to Stroud Green Primary in the coming years.
Cal Shaw - Head Teacher
Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. There are currently two parent governors.
I joined the Governing Body in June 2013 and I have two children at the school. I chose Stroud Green Primary for my children because it is a true community school and I joined the Governing Body because I want to be part of that community and the continued development of the school. I work for a professional services firm supporting clients with a broad range of complex issues. I hope to use my skills to assist in the great work that Denise Sewell, the staff team and the governing body are doing.
I have two children at Stroud Green and have been a parent governor since December 2016. After spending some time volunteering at the school, supporting children with their reading, I decided to join the governing body to become more involved with the school community. I work as a copyeditor for The Economist Group, where I edit economic and political analysis on different regions of the world. I have lived in and around Islington and Finsbury Park for most of life, and am strongly committed to ensuring that an excellent education is available to all children, regardless of background or personal circumstance. I sit on the curriculum committee, and am the Link Governor for special educational needs.
Co-opted governors are drawn from both parents of students at the school and members of the local community. They are appointed by the Governing Body. There are currently eight co-opted governors (including the chair and vice chair).
As parent governor since 2007, I have seen many changes within the school. My background is in education, which gives me insight to what makes a school successful – as well as a huge amount of empathy with staff. I am committed to ensuring excellent standards of teaching and learning, and want to see that all children achieve their best, while making sure the school meets the needs of the Stroud Green community.
I joined the Governing Body in September 2012 and have a daughter at the school and a son in Rainbow. I like to get involved with the day to day running of the school and have 10 years experience of working in the financial sector; in investment management and global banking. I subsequently sit on the resources committee, which looks at the ways in which we can get the most out of our budget and funding.
I became a governor in May 2012 after moving back to London from Brooklyn, New York. There, I was a single mum for 10 years and a member of the School Leadership Team at my daughter's primary school, where I also coordinated the after-school program. I now live in Tufnell Park with my husband and four children. I am a member of the Governance and Strategy Committee and a Link Governor for Years 4/5.
I have lived in Finsbury Park since 2000 and now have three children at the school. It is a fantastic and friendly school and I decided to join the governing body in July 2016. I run a design and innovation agency called 100%Open that helps organisations to create new products and services, so I subsequently sit on the resources committee, which looks at the ways in which we can create the best possible learning environment at the school. Please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a Staff Governor and am a member of the Resources Committee. In addition to these roles, I support the school to ensure the continued success of all pupils to ensure they fulfil their full potential. I am currently teaching year 1.
I have two children at Stroud Green School and joined the governing body in autumn 2016. I currently work for an international bank having worked previously in the media for 15 years at ITV and the BBC. The skills I bring from my career in market research and insight are centred around understanding issues, finding solutions and facilitating and leading change. I have a keen interest in education and how it will evolve to meet the needs of the changing world. I sit on the resources committee with a responsibility for communications.
Debbie Penglis - Local Authority Governor
I am passionate about education, and have worked in a variety of roles – teaching assistant, teacher, charity director and now senior leader in the education space. Having been brought up locally, I am hugely invested in the school and area, and am committed to pushing us to deliver the best possible results for our students. I sit on the curriculum committee and enjoy thinking about how a carefully crafted culture, pedagogy and staff development lead to great outcomes. I currently work as a Director of Partnerships in a school in east London, and hope to bring my expertise in building networks to Stroud Green.
Rob Thomasson - Staff Governor
I am the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Staff Governor. I have taught in and around London for the past three decades. During my career I have enjoyed many roles in schools; teacher, head of department, senior teacher. I have spent most of the last 15 years in Newham, working in various roles within special needs. I have been employed as a SENCO and Social Inclusion Manager, an advisory teacher for behaviour with Newham local authority, and have worked on several LA committees - including the Fair Access Panel (allocating excluded students), the BAP (the SEN advisory committee) and the New Thinking Group (looking at original ways of applying inclusion policy).
Associate Members are not governors and they do not have voting rights. They are invited to join the Governing Body to provide additional expertise. We are always looking for new associate members to help with the running of the school. If you think your skill set could benefit the school in anyway, please get in touch with Sophie Hall via email: email@example.com.
Jo Bartlett - Deputy Head
I have lived and worked within our community for nearly 30 years and my daughter attended our school. I have held a range of strategic roles at Stroud Green. When Literacy Subject Leader, I was invited to also become a Leading Literacy Teacher within the borough. I held the position of Phase Manager and Assistant Head, before being appointed Deputy Head with responsibility for Safeguarding in 2005. I serve on the Curriculum Committee and am currently the Interim Head of School (from April 2016).
I have two children at the school and joined the governing body in July 2014. I have worked in the media for over 20 years, including stints in journalism, broadcasting, design and advertising. Subsequently, I have been charged with working on how the school communicates with the children, the parents and the wider community. I also get roped into knocking up the school fair posters and built this very website in my downtime. Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pauline McGloughlin -Assistant Head
Cheryl Barker - Assistant Head