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Governors

 LONDON BOROUGH OF ENFIELD
GOVERNING BODY FOR GALLIARD PRIMARY SCHOOL
  

MEMBERS:       

  

Name of Governor

Category

Term of Office

Committee

Responsibility

Penny Sullivan

Headteacher

On-going

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Curriculum

Headteacher

Chris Dodd

Co-opted

11/03/2015 - 10/03/2019

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Curriculum

Deputy Headteacher

Andy Griffiths

Staff

30/11/2016 – 29/10/2020

Curriculum

Class Teacher

Linda Sless

Co-opted

11/03/2015 - 10/03/2019

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Curriculum

Joint Vice Chair

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Health and Safety

Dick Eagling

Co-opted

11/03/2015 - 10/03/2019

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Curriculum

Joint Vice Chair

Chair Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee

PE and Healthy Schools

Harry Berman

Co-opted

11/03/2015 - 10/03/2019

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Vice Chair of Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee

Training and Development

Assessment & Pupil Premium

John Prior

Local Authority

01/09/2016 - 31/08/2020

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Curriculum

Website

Curriculum / British Values

Allison Devonish

Parent

12/02/2017 - 11/02/2021

Finance, Premises & Staffing

Curriculum

Chair of Governors

Chair of Curriculum Committee

Child Protection & Looked After Children (LAC)

Yvonne Alexander-Taylor

Parent

12/02/2017 - 11/02/2021

Curriculum

Curriculum / British Values

Galliard Primary School

 

The Governing Body of Galliard Primary School is made up as follows:

 

3 Parent (1 Vacancy)

1 Staff

1 Local Authority

4 Co-opted

I Headteacher

2 Associate

 

Governors are fully involved in monitoring the work of the school and ensuring that the learning and wellbeing of all our pupils is at the heart of everything we do. They ensure they know the strengths of the school and what we need to work on to be even better.

 

Our Governors have a range of experiences and skills which they bring to their role and they attend training to ensure that their knowledge and understanding of school governance is kept up to date.

 

Now they would like to introduce themselves.

 

Penny Sullivan – Headteacher

I am proud to say that I have been working at Galliard Primary School for almost fifteen years and as Headteacher for the last eight years. I believe that Galliard is a school with many strengths. The school community has changed considerably over the last few years as new families move into the area and the school has expanded. What has remained unchanged is the commitment we all have in supporting children to be the best they can be, the happy, busy atmosphere that all visitors comment on when they first visit and the exciting curriculum and many clubs that motivate and inspire all aspects of learning.

 

Allison Devonish – Chair of Governors / Chair of Curriculum Committee & Parent Governor

Over the years I have often been in the school as either a parent helper attending trips, as an active member of the PTA where I served as its secretary or a governor as I feel it is important to be involved in wider school community. I became a parent governor at Galliard in 2013 and currently hold the position of Chair of Governors and also have a link role as Safeguarding governor. I find the role rewarding, seeing the children enter Galliard full of life and ready to learn both educationally and socially, then watch them leave for Year 7 ready for the new chapter in their life. I still find the role just as interesting and challenging now as I did when I first became a governor. I partake in all areas of governor training to further development my own skills and understanding to enable me to perform my role effectively

 

Christine Dodd – Deputy Head and Co-opted Governor

I started my teaching career in Enfield in 1982 after completing my B.Ed degree at Trent Park and actually worked for a term at Galliard during my first year! I have since worked in other Enfield Schools and in Waltham Forest where I took on the role of Deputy Head. My teaching experiences span the whole primary age range and I really enjoy the fact that I oversee the whole school in my current role as Deputy Head Teacher and Assessment Coordinator. I feel that Galliard is a very special school that offers its pupils, not just a fantastic academic education, but a range of enriching experiences that help them to develop into independent, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners.

 

Linda Sless – Joint Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Galliard for many years. My two sons attended the school and this encouraged me to become more involved. I have seen the school grow not only in size but from strength to strength and I am very proud of the achievements of all pupils and staff. I have been on two other Governing Bodies, Winchmore and Kingsmead Schools. I am also involved with various forums, dealing with education, run through the Local Authority. This gives me an insight into issues nationally and within Enfield Schools. I am passionate about children receiving the best education possible. After many years at Galliard I am fully committed to supporting the school and making sure we get the best from all pupils, staff and the wider community.

 

Richard Eagling – Joint Vice Chair / Chair of Finance, Premises & Staffing Committee & Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor for 16 years. My 3 children attended Galliard Primary and I was first a Parent Governor and then remained as a Community Governor. I have maintained great commitment to the school through many changes and I am proud of Galliard and all of its achievements. I am currently Joint Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

 

John Prior – Local Authority Governor

I've been a school Governor for 23 years now. In all this time, I have been very involved in every aspect of school life, as a Parent and Governor. All my children attended Galliard school in the late 80s right through to the late 90s. It's always been a great school, and still is today. I have been on every committee for a long time now covering Finance, Premises, Staffing and Curriculum and always attend meetings unless they clash, but luckily this rarely happens. I am keen to take part in all types of Governor related training, as and when required, so keeping up to date with any new Government proposals. I'm regularly taking part in Governor Network meetings, where I'm able to speak with other Governors regularly, which include the all-important annual events. I always enjoy attending our Governors' Days and leadership get-togethers, which allow me a perfect opportunity to hear about the latest approaches by teachers, meeting other staff and pupils. The school will be going through changes in the future, so it's important that we are all moving forward together.

 

Harry Berman – Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor since 2009. I’ve lived in the Galliard area for 25 years and feel a close affinity with the school. I have a wealth of experience in commercial lending and debt recovery and I am currently the Business Recovery Officer at a fund management company specialising in providing finance for small businesses. Having previously been a Chair of Governors and on the Finance Committee at another school in Enfield, I feel my best contribution to the school lies in the school's financial management and as such I am a member of the Finance, Premises and Staffing Sub Committee. My interests are reading (a passion which I am glad that the school shares), running and my family.

 

Andy Griffiths - Staff Governor

I trained as a teacher in my native North West England but have worked in Enfield schools for 19 years. I have been a class teacher at Galliard for over a decade now and am currently in my second stint as a Staff Governor. Over the years, I have been Gifted and Able Pupil Coordinator and Humanities Coordinator. To me, Galliard is a special place with great leadership, a committed staff and, most importantly, enthusiastic, confident, respectful children who feel cared for and proud of their school.

 

Yvonne Alexander-Taylor – Parent Governor

I am an experienced trainer and English Lecturer who is passionate about the educational development of individuals. I saw the role of Parent Governor as an opportunity for me to continue to contribute my skills and expertise; particularly geared towards the future generation. I was elated to be elected as Parent Governor at Galliard as I admired the visions and ethos of the school and had a burning desire to be a part of its mission in moulding and preparing pupils for the educational and career paths.

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